Concerts I have attended

As I was kicking myself for not going to hear Bo Diddley when he played in my own home town, my thoughts turned to the performers I HAVE seen and heard in person. Looking back, I realize that I’ve attended some notable concerts in my day. Let me attempt a list: Eric Burden and the Animals (my first rock concert); the Monkees (hey, I had to take my little sister, all right?); Janis Joplin (by now I’d gone off to college); the Jefferson Airplane; the Byrds; Jimi Hendrix; the Box Tops; Three Dog Night; Leon Russell; B. B. King; Bob Dylan (half a dozen times); Waylon Jennings (my tastes begin to change); Johnny Cash (sort of; I was at the Washington Mall on the bicentennial; I could hear Johnny singing from the stage but I was so far away that I couldn’t see him; still, I’m going to count it); the Everly Brothers; Alan Jackson; George Strait; the Dixie Chicks (before they went unpatriotic); LeAnn Rimes (when she was a prodigy singing “Blue”); Travis Tritt; Marty Stuart; BR-549 (numerous times); Junior Brown; Wayne Hancock; Alison Krauss (more than once); that “Down from the Mountain” tour from “O, Brother, Where Art Thou”; Merle Haggard; Chuck Berry (at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis).

The best concert? That would probably be the Grand Ole Opry session (I think I’ve been there three times) at which I heard four legends: Hank Snow, Porter Waggoner; Charlie Louvin; and (the high point) Bill Monroe (just shortly before his death).

Do you have any notable concerts as milestones in your life?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Booklover

    The local high school choir concert, which I play for. I’m being totally serious. I think nothing beats the local talent of an excellent large high school choir, unhindered by mechanical sound equipment technology. Some churches have stopped making beautiful choral music for whatever reason, so the local large high schools are where I hear beautiful music.

    But I’d still like to hear Allison Krauss. :-)

  • Booklover

    The local high school choir concert, which I play for. I’m being totally serious. I think nothing beats the local talent of an excellent large high school choir, unhindered by mechanical sound equipment technology. Some churches have stopped making beautiful choral music for whatever reason, so the local large high schools are where I hear beautiful music.

    But I’d still like to hear Allison Krauss. :-)

  • CRB

    I recall attending a Doobie Bros. concert in which a new singer named Billy Joel was the opening act. I said to my brother that “this guy is going to be big!”
    Also attended an Elvis concert in an Auditorium, but was so far away (like watching from the goal post of a football game down to the other end. He was, of course very good and I could hear him, but it’s not the same being so far away from the stage.
    Also seen Chicago for which I my ears were ringing (as they were for the Doobies!) afterwards for the rest of the evening, but again another excellent act!

  • CRB

    I recall attending a Doobie Bros. concert in which a new singer named Billy Joel was the opening act. I said to my brother that “this guy is going to be big!”
    Also attended an Elvis concert in an Auditorium, but was so far away (like watching from the goal post of a football game down to the other end. He was, of course very good and I could hear him, but it’s not the same being so far away from the stage.
    Also seen Chicago for which I my ears were ringing (as they were for the Doobies!) afterwards for the rest of the evening, but again another excellent act!

  • Rich Shipe

    I was born too late (1975). I grew up on classic rock and missed all the greats. Probably the greatest rock band ever was Led Zeppelin and I’m jealous of anyone who saw them. I know a guy who saw them in concert in Germany while he was based there in the 70s.

    I’m jealous of so many above. Defining was Van Halen in 1993. Best show was U2′s PopMart tour at RFK stadium in DC.

  • Rich Shipe

    I was born too late (1975). I grew up on classic rock and missed all the greats. Probably the greatest rock band ever was Led Zeppelin and I’m jealous of anyone who saw them. I know a guy who saw them in concert in Germany while he was based there in the 70s.

    I’m jealous of so many above. Defining was Van Halen in 1993. Best show was U2′s PopMart tour at RFK stadium in DC.

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    How strange, Dr. Veith, that you and I would have seen the same band. My first concert ever (in 1986 — my parents took me) was the Monkees, though it was their 20th anniversary reunion tour. Bizarrely, Weird Al opened for them.

    Probably the biggest show I’ve ever attended was Radiohead, who played somewhere in Washington state a few years back. (I also saw a No Doubt show — on their Tragic Kingdom tour — rather randomly, when my friends and I were in Montreal and a bit bored.)

    My first show upon arriving in Portland was an Old 97′s concert, and as was often so, they really lit the place up. That is perhaps the closest, musically, my concert experience gets to Dr. Veith’s.

    Other than that, I have always enjoyed the concerts of some of my favorite bands, Sufjan Stevens and Danielson. At one Danielson show, I chimed in from the audience with an echo part, but I came in a few bars early; Daniel, the lead singer, continued to “conduct” my part from the stage, pointing at me to say “keep singing”. That was pretty cool.

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    How strange, Dr. Veith, that you and I would have seen the same band. My first concert ever (in 1986 — my parents took me) was the Monkees, though it was their 20th anniversary reunion tour. Bizarrely, Weird Al opened for them.

    Probably the biggest show I’ve ever attended was Radiohead, who played somewhere in Washington state a few years back. (I also saw a No Doubt show — on their Tragic Kingdom tour — rather randomly, when my friends and I were in Montreal and a bit bored.)

    My first show upon arriving in Portland was an Old 97′s concert, and as was often so, they really lit the place up. That is perhaps the closest, musically, my concert experience gets to Dr. Veith’s.

    Other than that, I have always enjoyed the concerts of some of my favorite bands, Sufjan Stevens and Danielson. At one Danielson show, I chimed in from the audience with an echo part, but I came in a few bars early; Daniel, the lead singer, continued to “conduct” my part from the stage, pointing at me to say “keep singing”. That was pretty cool.

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    Also, I was unaware that the Dixie Chicks despise our country. Or have you — and so many others — confused the president with the nation he serves, Dr. Veith?

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    Also, I was unaware that the Dixie Chicks despise our country. Or have you — and so many others — confused the president with the nation he serves, Dr. Veith?

  • S. Bauer

    James Taylor at Fiddler’s Green
    Dan Fogelberg (rip) at Red Rocks

    Performances at Rocky Ridge Music Center (1970s), expecially:
    Borodin’s Second String Quartet
    Schumann’s Piano Quintet
    Brandenburg I

    Playing viola in a performance of Mahler’s First Symphony in the University of Nebraska student orchestra.

    I would have loved to have gone to a Led Zeppelin concert.

  • S. Bauer

    James Taylor at Fiddler’s Green
    Dan Fogelberg (rip) at Red Rocks

    Performances at Rocky Ridge Music Center (1970s), expecially:
    Borodin’s Second String Quartet
    Schumann’s Piano Quintet
    Brandenburg I

    Playing viola in a performance of Mahler’s First Symphony in the University of Nebraska student orchestra.

    I would have loved to have gone to a Led Zeppelin concert.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    No, tODD, I was being snide as I so often am, making an ironic reference to how the Chicks got dropped by country radio on these grounds. I admit to being a bad person. But I’m kind of looking forward to the time soon when the shoes will be on the other feet.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    No, tODD, I was being snide as I so often am, making an ironic reference to how the Chicks got dropped by country radio on these grounds. I admit to being a bad person. But I’m kind of looking forward to the time soon when the shoes will be on the other feet.

  • utahrainbow

    AKUS (Alison Krauss & Union Station) definitely. It was a beautiful outdoor venue, Red Butte Gardens, in Salt Lake City. Not only that, but you could bring in a picnic, even real beverages! I know, I know, its always about the alcohol in Utah, but it made for a very nice night: great music, picnic with wine, and my hubby.

    Incidentally, this was when they had just finished production of “O Brother…” (one of my favorite movies) and the band joked that Dan Tyminski’s wife enjoyed seeing George Clooney croon with her husband’s voice :)

  • utahrainbow

    AKUS (Alison Krauss & Union Station) definitely. It was a beautiful outdoor venue, Red Butte Gardens, in Salt Lake City. Not only that, but you could bring in a picnic, even real beverages! I know, I know, its always about the alcohol in Utah, but it made for a very nice night: great music, picnic with wine, and my hubby.

    Incidentally, this was when they had just finished production of “O Brother…” (one of my favorite movies) and the band joked that Dan Tyminski’s wife enjoyed seeing George Clooney croon with her husband’s voice :)

  • mommy

    Michael Card

  • mommy

    Michael Card

  • Susan aka organshoes

    Doc Watson live.
    Richie Havens, who ran so late behind a mediocre opening band, I got impatient and hungry and left the venue for a hamburger next door. Where Richie Havens was sitting having a burger.
    And Marty Stuart yeah. That guy sings and plays long and loud and strong for any sized crowd. He’s particularly loyal to his smalltown Mississippi audiences. A real pro, so versatile and with so much heart.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    Doc Watson live.
    Richie Havens, who ran so late behind a mediocre opening band, I got impatient and hungry and left the venue for a hamburger next door. Where Richie Havens was sitting having a burger.
    And Marty Stuart yeah. That guy sings and plays long and loud and strong for any sized crowd. He’s particularly loyal to his smalltown Mississippi audiences. A real pro, so versatile and with so much heart.

  • kerner

    You beat me to James Taylor, S. Bauer, at State Fair Park, West Allis, WI, (approx 20 years ago, exact date unknown). The worlds worst acoustics are in that venue, yet you could understand every word JT sang, and every note was perfectly clear.

    Also John Fogarty at the Summerfest main Stage, Milwaukee, WI, 2006. He was officially the warm up act for John Mellencamp, but the difference was that Fogarty could still sing all his songs himself. Alas, and no disrespect to a man for something that may not be his fault, Mellencamp needed help from his band sometimes.

  • kerner

    You beat me to James Taylor, S. Bauer, at State Fair Park, West Allis, WI, (approx 20 years ago, exact date unknown). The worlds worst acoustics are in that venue, yet you could understand every word JT sang, and every note was perfectly clear.

    Also John Fogarty at the Summerfest main Stage, Milwaukee, WI, 2006. He was officially the warm up act for John Mellencamp, but the difference was that Fogarty could still sing all his songs himself. Alas, and no disrespect to a man for something that may not be his fault, Mellencamp needed help from his band sometimes.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    I was only a few miles from Woodstock but did not go on account of the rain. Truly.
    Which , with the right combination of drugs, not only didn’t matter, but actually added to the atmosphere. So they say…if that’s what you choose to think of as atmosphere…

  • Susan aka organshoes

    I was only a few miles from Woodstock but did not go on account of the rain. Truly.
    Which , with the right combination of drugs, not only didn’t matter, but actually added to the atmosphere. So they say…if that’s what you choose to think of as atmosphere…

  • http://www.patrolmag.com Nathan

    I’m going to take you to a show before I graduate Dr. V.

    Best concert I’ve ever seen….
    hmm.

    Probably bob dylan at Harry Grove Stadium two years ago in MD.

    Dylan’s not at the top of his game anymore, but that man has done more for my taste in music than any other artist besides U2, and when he walked out on-stage, after I had camped out in the outfield for 6 hours, I thought I was watching the second appearance of the American Da Vinci.

    He closed with “Like a Rolling Stone” and “All Along the Watchtowers” and to hear a baseball stadium of people sing “How does it feel?”

    still brings chills to my spine.

    Close behind, Radiohead at Nissan Pavillion in Bristow.
    flash floods, freezing weather, but one of the most intense and compelling performances I’ve ever seen.

    Dark secret: the scottish band Snow Patrol put on one of my favorite shows at the 9:30 club at midnight 9/11/06. The lead singer dedicated a song to me, and then after the show we hung out for a bit and talked about what it was like for them to open for u2. some of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.

    sorry to ramble.
    but seriously. you and i are going to go to a show soon.
    -n

  • http://www.patrolmag.com Nathan

    I’m going to take you to a show before I graduate Dr. V.

    Best concert I’ve ever seen….
    hmm.

    Probably bob dylan at Harry Grove Stadium two years ago in MD.

    Dylan’s not at the top of his game anymore, but that man has done more for my taste in music than any other artist besides U2, and when he walked out on-stage, after I had camped out in the outfield for 6 hours, I thought I was watching the second appearance of the American Da Vinci.

    He closed with “Like a Rolling Stone” and “All Along the Watchtowers” and to hear a baseball stadium of people sing “How does it feel?”

    still brings chills to my spine.

    Close behind, Radiohead at Nissan Pavillion in Bristow.
    flash floods, freezing weather, but one of the most intense and compelling performances I’ve ever seen.

    Dark secret: the scottish band Snow Patrol put on one of my favorite shows at the 9:30 club at midnight 9/11/06. The lead singer dedicated a song to me, and then after the show we hung out for a bit and talked about what it was like for them to open for u2. some of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.

    sorry to ramble.
    but seriously. you and i are going to go to a show soon.
    -n

  • ssmith

    I grew up listening to Simon and Garfunkel with my dad. So when they had their “Old Friends” reunion, I paid the exorbitant price and bought us tickets. So that definitely qualifies as the most memorable concert. (I’ve also seen the Rolling Stones, the Jacksons, Duran Duran, the Beach Boys, Billy Joel/Elton John, Paul Simon and Jars of Clay. Oh,yes – I also saw the Monkees 20th Anniversary tour with Wierd Al!) Wow – talk about eclectic! 8-)

  • ssmith

    I grew up listening to Simon and Garfunkel with my dad. So when they had their “Old Friends” reunion, I paid the exorbitant price and bought us tickets. So that definitely qualifies as the most memorable concert. (I’ve also seen the Rolling Stones, the Jacksons, Duran Duran, the Beach Boys, Billy Joel/Elton John, Paul Simon and Jars of Clay. Oh,yes – I also saw the Monkees 20th Anniversary tour with Wierd Al!) Wow – talk about eclectic! 8-)

  • jim claybourn

    2 that always stick out in my mind.

    1) 1969 – Blood, Sweat & Tears. Not because I went (which I did), but the REASON that I went and the concert that I gave up instead. I only had the cash to go to one concert, and my girlfriend at the time (now my wife of 34 years) convinced me that we should go see BS&T, instead of another group in town the same week, Led Zeppelin. ARGHHHH!

    2) Early 1973 – Rod Stewart (he was still a rocker then) and opening act Rory Gallagher. My brother was a journalism student, working at the local newspaper and they didn’t have a reporter to cover the concert. He suggested letting me go and write up a review, which his editor somehow went along with. I got a backstage pass (obviously) and got to meet Rod and the boys, and also Rory and his band. If you’ve never listened to Rory Gallager solo, or his band, Taste, you are missing something special. He played the blues like no one else at that time. Unfortunately he died too young, of liver disease. Check him/them out on youtube, you’ll be glad that you did.

  • jim claybourn

    2 that always stick out in my mind.

    1) 1969 – Blood, Sweat & Tears. Not because I went (which I did), but the REASON that I went and the concert that I gave up instead. I only had the cash to go to one concert, and my girlfriend at the time (now my wife of 34 years) convinced me that we should go see BS&T, instead of another group in town the same week, Led Zeppelin. ARGHHHH!

    2) Early 1973 – Rod Stewart (he was still a rocker then) and opening act Rory Gallagher. My brother was a journalism student, working at the local newspaper and they didn’t have a reporter to cover the concert. He suggested letting me go and write up a review, which his editor somehow went along with. I got a backstage pass (obviously) and got to meet Rod and the boys, and also Rory and his band. If you’ve never listened to Rory Gallager solo, or his band, Taste, you are missing something special. He played the blues like no one else at that time. Unfortunately he died too young, of liver disease. Check him/them out on youtube, you’ll be glad that you did.

  • Bruce

    Bob Dylan during his flirt with Christianity. I got free tickets–not a lot of people in Madison Wi were hot to see ole Bob doing whatever it was he was doing. “Saved” is still one of my fave songs.
    I saw Simon and Garfunkel before they split: 1968.
    Not a country fan, but it was a lot of fun to go see Merle Haggard with Veith, when Haggard came to Milwaukee a few years ago. The Pabst Theatre is an amazing place.
    And then there were the rock fests of the late sixties and early seventies: Canned Heat, Richie Havens, The Kinks, and Pink Floyd, among many lesser knowns.
    For a number of years, Madison had a Blues Fest in late August that was sublimely enjoyable. Great micro-beer, a soundstage backed up onto Lake Mendota; lawn chairs, leisure, and great music.
    Finally, an extended fixation on The Incredible String Band (ooh, I admitted it…) led to a memorable concert on campus in about 1978.
    I would have liked to been able to attend the Newport Folk Fest in about, oh, 1965.

  • Bruce

    Bob Dylan during his flirt with Christianity. I got free tickets–not a lot of people in Madison Wi were hot to see ole Bob doing whatever it was he was doing. “Saved” is still one of my fave songs.
    I saw Simon and Garfunkel before they split: 1968.
    Not a country fan, but it was a lot of fun to go see Merle Haggard with Veith, when Haggard came to Milwaukee a few years ago. The Pabst Theatre is an amazing place.
    And then there were the rock fests of the late sixties and early seventies: Canned Heat, Richie Havens, The Kinks, and Pink Floyd, among many lesser knowns.
    For a number of years, Madison had a Blues Fest in late August that was sublimely enjoyable. Great micro-beer, a soundstage backed up onto Lake Mendota; lawn chairs, leisure, and great music.
    Finally, an extended fixation on The Incredible String Band (ooh, I admitted it…) led to a memorable concert on campus in about 1978.
    I would have liked to been able to attend the Newport Folk Fest in about, oh, 1965.

  • http://castingoutnines.wordpress.com Robert Talbert

    Best show I have ever been to: the hard rock/metal trio King’s X when they were touring for “faith hope love”, some time back in the late 80′s/early 90′s, at a small auditorium in Memphis. Right up until 1995 they had as clear of a Christian message as I have ever heard, as well as amazing music — seamlessly tight, effortlessly powerful, and even featuring Beatlesque three-part harmonies. I had no idea a band could be *that* good.

    Best concert I have seen recently: The Wiggles, at Conseco Fieldhouse here in Indy with my then-3-year old. Seriously. They put on a great show, and everybody in the place, kids and adults included, had a terrific time. And to continue the Led Zeppelin meme here, Murray Cook even did a bit from the intro to “Stairway to heaven” right before he went into “Play Your Guitar With Murray”.

  • http://castingoutnines.wordpress.com Robert Talbert

    Best show I have ever been to: the hard rock/metal trio King’s X when they were touring for “faith hope love”, some time back in the late 80′s/early 90′s, at a small auditorium in Memphis. Right up until 1995 they had as clear of a Christian message as I have ever heard, as well as amazing music — seamlessly tight, effortlessly powerful, and even featuring Beatlesque three-part harmonies. I had no idea a band could be *that* good.

    Best concert I have seen recently: The Wiggles, at Conseco Fieldhouse here in Indy with my then-3-year old. Seriously. They put on a great show, and everybody in the place, kids and adults included, had a terrific time. And to continue the Led Zeppelin meme here, Murray Cook even did a bit from the intro to “Stairway to heaven” right before he went into “Play Your Guitar With Murray”.

  • wfseube

    Most memorable were Styx and Journey, both at the old Arena in St. Louis. Also saw Rush in 1979 at Kiel Auditorium….great seats on the floor, but my ears rang for a week.

    During college, I saw Chuck Mangione – great show. And probably the best concert I’ve ever seen was the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, at the Univ. of MO auditorium. In later years I saw the NGDB again in San Francisco, and in my youth I saw Gordon Lightfoot in concert twice.

    Since then, have seen the Newsboys a couple of times and attended the Cornerstone music festival a couple of times and saw some pretty amazing bands there.

    Not really a concert, but I saw a “lecture” given by Mel Blanc, also while in college…an amazing talk by an amazing guy.

  • wfseube

    Most memorable were Styx and Journey, both at the old Arena in St. Louis. Also saw Rush in 1979 at Kiel Auditorium….great seats on the floor, but my ears rang for a week.

    During college, I saw Chuck Mangione – great show. And probably the best concert I’ve ever seen was the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, at the Univ. of MO auditorium. In later years I saw the NGDB again in San Francisco, and in my youth I saw Gordon Lightfoot in concert twice.

    Since then, have seen the Newsboys a couple of times and attended the Cornerstone music festival a couple of times and saw some pretty amazing bands there.

    Not really a concert, but I saw a “lecture” given by Mel Blanc, also while in college…an amazing talk by an amazing guy.

  • LAJ

    The very best concert I have been a part of was singing the “Brahm’s Requiem” in Madison, Wisconsin with orchestra and 1,000 voice choir directed by Robert Fountain, who was an amazing choral director. But singing in college at Bethany with fellow Lutherans was also truly wonderful.

  • LAJ

    The very best concert I have been a part of was singing the “Brahm’s Requiem” in Madison, Wisconsin with orchestra and 1,000 voice choir directed by Robert Fountain, who was an amazing choral director. But singing in college at Bethany with fellow Lutherans was also truly wonderful.

  • Texan

    I saw Merle Haggard during his first “farewell” tour.
    My wife took me to a Robert Earl Keen concert for my birthday one year. They were both great.

    Wow, Lutherans have good taste in music; I’m definitely converting now.

  • Texan

    I saw Merle Haggard during his first “farewell” tour.
    My wife took me to a Robert Earl Keen concert for my birthday one year. They were both great.

    Wow, Lutherans have good taste in music; I’m definitely converting now.

  • Jenn W

    I grew up on my mother’s Lps of Peter Paul and Mary – and Van Claiburn (sp?). I went to numerous concerts as a child but they were always classical (and usually I was playing). I did get to see the National Symphony in DC back in the 80′s. I’ve seen the San Francisco Symphony at Davies (in the 90′s) and a few others around Asia. My first non-classical concert was someone country at the State Fair in MT. Most memorable (in the audience not on stage) would be Tim McGraw/Faith Hill – the night he was going to propose on stage and decided she’d get embarassed so he waited and proposed after the concert – of course it was all over the radio the next day. Most memorable (on stage) would be when I got to be in the back up orchestra for Mark O’Connor – and I got him to sign my CD! When I lived in Malaysia I got to be in the back up orchestra for a whole bunch of Malaysian pop stars and I was always getting in the newspaper b/c I was the white girl in the orchestra – it was fun when I was 16 – It would irritate me now!

    This past month I got to play Mahler’s Symphony No 1 for the second time and I was beside myself the whole time we rehearsed it! I played it first in the 80′s as a high school freshman with our citywide youth symphony and have been trying to get the groups I’ve played with to perform that piece for over 20 years! Finally, as my last concert in Vegas! :) So GREAT! What I’m really looking forward to is Josh Bell in DC (hopefully).

    I like other music just haven’t been to any concerts – I went to a Stones IMAX concert once, does that count? ;)

    I won’t even get started on the Bach Motet series we used to go to in Palo Alto CA! That was some heady stuff! Of course, my Dh was singing bass and I love to hear him sing so… talk about heart throb! ;)
    In Christ
    Jenn in Vegas, Humming Mahler, I love the third movement!

  • Jenn W

    I grew up on my mother’s Lps of Peter Paul and Mary – and Van Claiburn (sp?). I went to numerous concerts as a child but they were always classical (and usually I was playing). I did get to see the National Symphony in DC back in the 80′s. I’ve seen the San Francisco Symphony at Davies (in the 90′s) and a few others around Asia. My first non-classical concert was someone country at the State Fair in MT. Most memorable (in the audience not on stage) would be Tim McGraw/Faith Hill – the night he was going to propose on stage and decided she’d get embarassed so he waited and proposed after the concert – of course it was all over the radio the next day. Most memorable (on stage) would be when I got to be in the back up orchestra for Mark O’Connor – and I got him to sign my CD! When I lived in Malaysia I got to be in the back up orchestra for a whole bunch of Malaysian pop stars and I was always getting in the newspaper b/c I was the white girl in the orchestra – it was fun when I was 16 – It would irritate me now!

    This past month I got to play Mahler’s Symphony No 1 for the second time and I was beside myself the whole time we rehearsed it! I played it first in the 80′s as a high school freshman with our citywide youth symphony and have been trying to get the groups I’ve played with to perform that piece for over 20 years! Finally, as my last concert in Vegas! :) So GREAT! What I’m really looking forward to is Josh Bell in DC (hopefully).

    I like other music just haven’t been to any concerts – I went to a Stones IMAX concert once, does that count? ;)

    I won’t even get started on the Bach Motet series we used to go to in Palo Alto CA! That was some heady stuff! Of course, my Dh was singing bass and I love to hear him sing so… talk about heart throb! ;)
    In Christ
    Jenn in Vegas, Humming Mahler, I love the third movement!

  • http://www.hawleychurch.org Chris Dale

    Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds at Northrop Auditorium on the University of Minnesota Campus c. 2001-2002. Absolutely amazing.

  • http://www.hawleychurch.org Chris Dale

    Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds at Northrop Auditorium on the University of Minnesota Campus c. 2001-2002. Absolutely amazing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17639370291865261582 Cindy

    My first rock concert, early in my college years, was the BoDeans. It was as cool and memorable as one’s first rock concert ought to be. Ever faithful to my first favorite band, I saw the BoDeans another time or two, at venues ranging from a concert hall to a county fair. Later in college, I went to a show that had Soul Asylum, Matthew Sweet, the Jayhawks, and Victoria Williams.

    Switching genres…seeing Joshua Bell play his Stradivarius at the Pabst in Milwaukee was amazing. I’m not likely to have such a high-class, cultured experience very often. In contrast, my next concert probably will be The Wiggles at the Brown County Arena. (Actually, The Wiggles are pretty good, and I like their stuff, except for Dorothy the Dinosaur.)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17639370291865261582 Cindy

    My first rock concert, early in my college years, was the BoDeans. It was as cool and memorable as one’s first rock concert ought to be. Ever faithful to my first favorite band, I saw the BoDeans another time or two, at venues ranging from a concert hall to a county fair. Later in college, I went to a show that had Soul Asylum, Matthew Sweet, the Jayhawks, and Victoria Williams.

    Switching genres…seeing Joshua Bell play his Stradivarius at the Pabst in Milwaukee was amazing. I’m not likely to have such a high-class, cultured experience very often. In contrast, my next concert probably will be The Wiggles at the Brown County Arena. (Actually, The Wiggles are pretty good, and I like their stuff, except for Dorothy the Dinosaur.)

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer TK

    1970′s
    Todd Rundgren’s Utopia tour
    Peter Frampton
    Bruce Springsteen
    Pablo Cruise/Eagles/Boz Scaggs
    Dan Fogelberg
    Hall and Oates
    Electric Light Orchestra

    My “I’m a born-again Christian” years:
    Amy Grant
    Scott Wesley Brown
    Second Chapter of Acts
    River

    In past ten years:
    James Taylor – what a legendary talent!
    Styx – amazing, Tommy Shaw is also a legend. Years of clean living shows on his face.
    REO Speedwagon – good, but scary to see what years of partying truly makes you look like.
    Little Memphis Blues Orchestra with Taylor Hicks, Elliot Yamin, Ace Young and Bucky Covington – this concert started at midnight and went to 2am, good loud music in a small bar. It remains one of my favorites.

    Upcoming concert:
    The lineup, performing their own hits and The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album in its entirety will include:

    * Todd Rundgren
    * Lou Gramm of Foreigner
    * Bo Bice (American Idol finalist)
    * Christopher Cross
    * Denny Laine of The Moody Blues/Wings

    Taylor Hicks was supposed to perform, but has bowed out for his Broadway commitment. I most likely will not be going because my daughter’s opening worship service for college is that same weekend. I just stare at the tickets and imagine being there.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer TK

    1970′s
    Todd Rundgren’s Utopia tour
    Peter Frampton
    Bruce Springsteen
    Pablo Cruise/Eagles/Boz Scaggs
    Dan Fogelberg
    Hall and Oates
    Electric Light Orchestra

    My “I’m a born-again Christian” years:
    Amy Grant
    Scott Wesley Brown
    Second Chapter of Acts
    River

    In past ten years:
    James Taylor – what a legendary talent!
    Styx – amazing, Tommy Shaw is also a legend. Years of clean living shows on his face.
    REO Speedwagon – good, but scary to see what years of partying truly makes you look like.
    Little Memphis Blues Orchestra with Taylor Hicks, Elliot Yamin, Ace Young and Bucky Covington – this concert started at midnight and went to 2am, good loud music in a small bar. It remains one of my favorites.

    Upcoming concert:
    The lineup, performing their own hits and The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album in its entirety will include:

    * Todd Rundgren
    * Lou Gramm of Foreigner
    * Bo Bice (American Idol finalist)
    * Christopher Cross
    * Denny Laine of The Moody Blues/Wings

    Taylor Hicks was supposed to perform, but has bowed out for his Broadway commitment. I most likely will not be going because my daughter’s opening worship service for college is that same weekend. I just stare at the tickets and imagine being there.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer TK

    Oops, I almost forgot..

    Every single choir, orchestra and band concert my children have participated in. Those concerts are true works of beauty and effort with no expectation of monetary reward. I don’t believe any of my above listed concerts evoked a tear. These concerts did many. My favorite: the Christmas concert at our church’s school. All 200 children , from distracted preschoolers to slightly bored or embarrassed 8th graders, loudly proclaiming God’s truths. True catechism, set to music, aimed at all ages of hearts. That is my favorite concert and I get to attend every year!

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer TK

    Oops, I almost forgot..

    Every single choir, orchestra and band concert my children have participated in. Those concerts are true works of beauty and effort with no expectation of monetary reward. I don’t believe any of my above listed concerts evoked a tear. These concerts did many. My favorite: the Christmas concert at our church’s school. All 200 children , from distracted preschoolers to slightly bored or embarrassed 8th graders, loudly proclaiming God’s truths. True catechism, set to music, aimed at all ages of hearts. That is my favorite concert and I get to attend every year!

  • Brian

    #18 wfseube,

    I loved concerts at the old Kiel Auditorium. I saw Ozzy Osbourne there, among others, back in the mid 80′s. Great show. As with your Rush concert, we had center stage floor seats as well and is probably my most memorable concert.

    Another good memorable concert was April Wine at the Westport Playhouse. Westport had (has?) a rotatong stage which mad watching the show very cool.

    Probably the worst concert I ever attended was a George Strait (sp?) concert in 1990 or so, also at the Kiel Auditorium. I dated a girl who was into country music (big mistake for me, by the way). The guy never even moved on the stage. I thought he was a cardboard cut-out prop. This along with the fact that I didn’t know any of his songs made it one long boring evening.

  • Brian

    #18 wfseube,

    I loved concerts at the old Kiel Auditorium. I saw Ozzy Osbourne there, among others, back in the mid 80′s. Great show. As with your Rush concert, we had center stage floor seats as well and is probably my most memorable concert.

    Another good memorable concert was April Wine at the Westport Playhouse. Westport had (has?) a rotatong stage which mad watching the show very cool.

    Probably the worst concert I ever attended was a George Strait (sp?) concert in 1990 or so, also at the Kiel Auditorium. I dated a girl who was into country music (big mistake for me, by the way). The guy never even moved on the stage. I thought he was a cardboard cut-out prop. This along with the fact that I didn’t know any of his songs made it one long boring evening.

  • Brian

    Wow. If you can read through my typos above I meant to write “rotating stage which made watching …”.

    Sorry for the postscript here.

  • Brian

    Wow. If you can read through my typos above I meant to write “rotating stage which made watching …”.

    Sorry for the postscript here.

  • Joe

    I worked at a beer booth at Summerfest (11 days of music on Milwaukee’s lake front) one summer. In those 11 days I saw and heard all kinds of bands. It was great. One of the best shows on a free stage was former Styx front man David DeYoung and his wife. David Lee Roth still puts on a good show.

    But the best rock concert I have been to was Tom Petty. I have never owned a Petty album and I really did not want to go. My wife talked me into it. About three songs into the set I realized that Petty can do a concert that everyone can love. If he only did his songs that made it into the 10 ten he could still play a 2 hour set. It was great. I found out I like Tom Petty at the show.

    Best overall concert: The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra just did Bach’s entire Mass in B-Minor. It is fairly rare that it is preformed from start to finish. A friend described it as a once in a life time opportunity.

    Worst concert I ever went to was Blue Man Group. It was interesting for about 15 minutes and then it just felt repetitive and repetitive and repetitive, etc.

    Cindy: As soon as I read BoDeans in your comment I just knew you were from the Green Bay area. I think I have seen them 100 times. You almost have to try not to. I grew up in Oconto Falls (40 miles north of Green Bay).

  • Joe

    I worked at a beer booth at Summerfest (11 days of music on Milwaukee’s lake front) one summer. In those 11 days I saw and heard all kinds of bands. It was great. One of the best shows on a free stage was former Styx front man David DeYoung and his wife. David Lee Roth still puts on a good show.

    But the best rock concert I have been to was Tom Petty. I have never owned a Petty album and I really did not want to go. My wife talked me into it. About three songs into the set I realized that Petty can do a concert that everyone can love. If he only did his songs that made it into the 10 ten he could still play a 2 hour set. It was great. I found out I like Tom Petty at the show.

    Best overall concert: The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra just did Bach’s entire Mass in B-Minor. It is fairly rare that it is preformed from start to finish. A friend described it as a once in a life time opportunity.

    Worst concert I ever went to was Blue Man Group. It was interesting for about 15 minutes and then it just felt repetitive and repetitive and repetitive, etc.

    Cindy: As soon as I read BoDeans in your comment I just knew you were from the Green Bay area. I think I have seen them 100 times. You almost have to try not to. I grew up in Oconto Falls (40 miles north of Green Bay).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17639370291865261582 Cindy

    Joe: I had heard that they were doing that Bach mass in Milwaukee. I am kicking myself that I didn’t go.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17639370291865261582 Cindy

    Joe: I had heard that they were doing that Bach mass in Milwaukee. I am kicking myself that I didn’t go.

  • kerner

    But the BoDeans are from Waukesha. Did they play in Green Bay a lot?

  • kerner

    But the BoDeans are from Waukesha. Did they play in Green Bay a lot?

  • orthodachshund

    in roughly chronological order:

    Chicago — Chicago Stadium, 1976

    Chick Corea & Return to Forever — Milwaukee PAC

    Paul Manz — St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth

    Harry Chapin — Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor A buddy of mine had his date bail on him at the last minute, so rather than let a perfectly good ticket go to waste… My recollection is that Harry had quite a foul mouth. I was a bit distracted by the girl in the seat next to me — she seemed to be snorting cocaine during the concert.

    Chick Corea — Summerfest He did an amazing rendition of Spain, which must have lasted well over half an hour!

    Maynard Ferguson — Summerfest I never knew a trumpet could hit such high notes until I heard him.

    Phil Keaggy — the gym at River Forest An amazing guitarist

    Nancy Wilson — with the River Forest Jazz Ensemble on campus

    Lionel Hampton — Navy Pier I was just passing by and was drawn in by this old guy playing the vibes and having so much fun

    James Galway — Orchestra Hall, Chicago I seem to recall his doing a ridiculous number of encores, 8, if I’m not mistaken

    either Isaac Stern or Pinchas Zukerman (I can’t remember which one) — Orchestra Hall, Chicago

    Synod — various venues around Chicago Summer workers at River Forest had nothing better to do on the weekends than to follow Synod, a band comprised of RF alums who once worked campus security together

    Chick Corea — Park West, Chicago

    Pat Metheny — Ravinia, Chicago

    The OK Chorale — Lincoln Center, Washington DC It was a local group, but since the son of our faculty’s principal was a part of the group, and since the principal gave us the tickets… why not go see Lincoln Center?

    Chick Corea, Roy Haynes, & Miroslav Vitous — Blues Alley, Georgetown

    Mstislav Rostropovich & the National Symphony Orchestra — 4th of July at the Capitol Mall, 1983 Seeing Mstislav doing the bunny hop with the audience during a rain delay is a priceless memory

    Since my wife and I are not often on the same page regarding taste in music, and given the prohibitive prices for tickets, I’ve not attended many concerts since. We’re most likely to catch Garrison Keillor when he comes to the state fair.

  • orthodachshund

    in roughly chronological order:

    Chicago — Chicago Stadium, 1976

    Chick Corea & Return to Forever — Milwaukee PAC

    Paul Manz — St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth

    Harry Chapin — Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor A buddy of mine had his date bail on him at the last minute, so rather than let a perfectly good ticket go to waste… My recollection is that Harry had quite a foul mouth. I was a bit distracted by the girl in the seat next to me — she seemed to be snorting cocaine during the concert.

    Chick Corea — Summerfest He did an amazing rendition of Spain, which must have lasted well over half an hour!

    Maynard Ferguson — Summerfest I never knew a trumpet could hit such high notes until I heard him.

    Phil Keaggy — the gym at River Forest An amazing guitarist

    Nancy Wilson — with the River Forest Jazz Ensemble on campus

    Lionel Hampton — Navy Pier I was just passing by and was drawn in by this old guy playing the vibes and having so much fun

    James Galway — Orchestra Hall, Chicago I seem to recall his doing a ridiculous number of encores, 8, if I’m not mistaken

    either Isaac Stern or Pinchas Zukerman (I can’t remember which one) — Orchestra Hall, Chicago

    Synod — various venues around Chicago Summer workers at River Forest had nothing better to do on the weekends than to follow Synod, a band comprised of RF alums who once worked campus security together

    Chick Corea — Park West, Chicago

    Pat Metheny — Ravinia, Chicago

    The OK Chorale — Lincoln Center, Washington DC It was a local group, but since the son of our faculty’s principal was a part of the group, and since the principal gave us the tickets… why not go see Lincoln Center?

    Chick Corea, Roy Haynes, & Miroslav Vitous — Blues Alley, Georgetown

    Mstislav Rostropovich & the National Symphony Orchestra — 4th of July at the Capitol Mall, 1983 Seeing Mstislav doing the bunny hop with the audience during a rain delay is a priceless memory

    Since my wife and I are not often on the same page regarding taste in music, and given the prohibitive prices for tickets, I’ve not attended many concerts since. We’re most likely to catch Garrison Keillor when he comes to the state fair.

  • Joe

    “Did they play in Green Bay a lot?” All the dang time. They seemed to be overly popular with the St. Norbert kids. It was almost cult-like. Thus, they played there all the time.

    BTW – I just noticed a flyer for a Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra with The Guffs collaboration as part of the MSO’s summer concert series. Sounds interesting.

    The Bach Mass was just completely awesome. They had the Mass laid out in the program with the English translation below the Latin. It was easy (I don’t know much Latin) to follow along and to appreciate how much the music emphasized the specific sections of the Creed. It was just great.

  • Joe

    “Did they play in Green Bay a lot?” All the dang time. They seemed to be overly popular with the St. Norbert kids. It was almost cult-like. Thus, they played there all the time.

    BTW – I just noticed a flyer for a Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra with The Guffs collaboration as part of the MSO’s summer concert series. Sounds interesting.

    The Bach Mass was just completely awesome. They had the Mass laid out in the program with the English translation below the Latin. It was easy (I don’t know much Latin) to follow along and to appreciate how much the music emphasized the specific sections of the Creed. It was just great.

  • kerner

    My kids love the Guffs.

  • kerner

    My kids love the Guffs.

  • http://wittenbergtrail.ning.com/profile/RobinLee Robin Lee

    I went with my parents to see a Vladimir Ashkenazy recital at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1983 or 1984. It was thrilling to see Ashkenazy perform live, but an unexpected surprise was that we sat next to Eric Idle (of Monty Python fame). He’s a classical music fan, too.

  • http://wittenbergtrail.ning.com/profile/RobinLee Robin Lee

    I went with my parents to see a Vladimir Ashkenazy recital at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1983 or 1984. It was thrilling to see Ashkenazy perform live, but an unexpected surprise was that we sat next to Eric Idle (of Monty Python fame). He’s a classical music fan, too.

  • http://jramos95.blogspot.com Jay Ramos

    I have seen U2 three times: the ZooTV

  • http://jramos95.blogspot.com Jay Ramos

    I have seen U2 three times: the ZooTV

  • http://jramos95.blogspot.com Jay Ramos

    I have seen U2 three times: the ZOOTV Tour at the Vet in Philadelphia in 1992, the POPMart tour at the Alamodome in San Antonio in 1997, and the Elevation tour at Compaq Center in Houston in 2001. All three were absolutely amazing.

    The Pearl Jam show in Las Cruces, NM, in 1995 was excellent as well. It was great to discover a bootleg of that show in an Austin record store a few years later.

    The HORDE Festival in 1996 also was a lot of fun. Getting to see Rusted Root, Lenny Kravitz, DMB, and Blues Traveler all in one place was a blast. Unfortunately, I also remember getting kicked in the head by a crowd-surfer.

    I also enjoyed several smaller shows in my college years (91-95) at the venerable Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT: The Ocean Blue, Milltown Brothers, Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians, Leaders of the New School, Social Distortion, and Public Enemy (the night before my Calc final, no less!).

  • http://jramos95.blogspot.com Jay Ramos

    I have seen U2 three times: the ZOOTV Tour at the Vet in Philadelphia in 1992, the POPMart tour at the Alamodome in San Antonio in 1997, and the Elevation tour at Compaq Center in Houston in 2001. All three were absolutely amazing.

    The Pearl Jam show in Las Cruces, NM, in 1995 was excellent as well. It was great to discover a bootleg of that show in an Austin record store a few years later.

    The HORDE Festival in 1996 also was a lot of fun. Getting to see Rusted Root, Lenny Kravitz, DMB, and Blues Traveler all in one place was a blast. Unfortunately, I also remember getting kicked in the head by a crowd-surfer.

    I also enjoyed several smaller shows in my college years (91-95) at the venerable Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT: The Ocean Blue, Milltown Brothers, Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians, Leaders of the New School, Social Distortion, and Public Enemy (the night before my Calc final, no less!).

  • Joe

    Last night my wife reminded me that I had seen Aerosmith at Alpine Valley (Wisconsin). I was 16 or 17 at the time. I went to the show to see the opening band and left a huge Aerosmith fan. The amount of energy Steven Tyler puts into a show is truly amazing.

  • Joe

    Last night my wife reminded me that I had seen Aerosmith at Alpine Valley (Wisconsin). I was 16 or 17 at the time. I went to the show to see the opening band and left a huge Aerosmith fan. The amount of energy Steven Tyler puts into a show is truly amazing.

  • Linda

    In the mid-70s my friends and I saw a ton of concerts: REO Speedwagon, Aresosmith, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Slade, Head East, Bread, Peter Frampton and a whole bunch more. I even saw Elvis about a year and a half before he passed away. Boy, he looked so bloated and did not even come back on stage for an encore again. Security just wisked him away. When I was a little kid my oldest sister and her then fiancee (now husband) took me to the Peter, Paul, and Mary concert. As an adult I saw Aaron Tippin, Tracy Lawrence etc. In the early 90′s I went to a private Bud Party where we shook hands with George Strait. Trisha Yearwood, who was a fairly new singer then, headlined for him. Gotta love the memories!

  • Linda

    In the mid-70s my friends and I saw a ton of concerts: REO Speedwagon, Aresosmith, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Slade, Head East, Bread, Peter Frampton and a whole bunch more. I even saw Elvis about a year and a half before he passed away. Boy, he looked so bloated and did not even come back on stage for an encore again. Security just wisked him away. When I was a little kid my oldest sister and her then fiancee (now husband) took me to the Peter, Paul, and Mary concert. As an adult I saw Aaron Tippin, Tracy Lawrence etc. In the early 90′s I went to a private Bud Party where we shook hands with George Strait. Trisha Yearwood, who was a fairly new singer then, headlined for him. Gotta love the memories!


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