Live Music

United States
November 8, 2007 5:35am CST
What is the best concert, festival, or live performance by any band you ever attended? What made it that way for you? What was the worst? Why?
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
9 Nov 07
This is a real blast from the past for me. I haven't gone to concerts in ages, but my all time biggie remembrance one was when I went to the 1976 Rolling Stones concert in Madison Square Garden. Mike Jagger was still in his prime then, though I've seen clips of the Stones in recent concerts and he can still strut his stuff pretty well even nowadays..LOL
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• United States
9 Nov 07
Hello Pyewacket! Yeah, it's a blast from the past for me too! I haven't been to a concert or music festival in many years. I would like to attend a Bonnaroo festival once though. That's funny that you would mention the Rolling Stones! One of my worst concerts was a Rolling Stones concert! Hehehe. They had Hell's Angels guarding the stage and I witnessed a couple of them attacking a fan trying to get closer to the stage. Somebody on LSD had leapt from a bridge right in front of me and was crying for his mother. God it was awful!!! I was never much of a Rolling Stones fan anyway. I did have a few of their songs that I really liked, but the only one I've held on to, and have in a 'Relics' file on my computer, is 'That's How Strong My Love Is'. Plus I liked that movie they did called 'Performance.' The sound track was good too. That's where I first heard, and became a fan of, The Last Poet's... especially their songs "White Man's Got a God Complex" and "Wake Up, N i g g a s" I'm glad you stopped by! Later...
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• United States
11 Nov 07
Yeah, it was the Rolling Stones free concert at Altamonte... it was promoted as being 'Woodstock West'. I'm afraid it didn't work out that way! I don't think I have ever met anyone in my entire life who saw the movie Performance! And yet I casually mentioned it as though it was standard American fare! What about you, did you like the soundtrack? Do you remember the Last Poets? I think they were like the original rappers! Man, I don't know what happened here... I never saw this post till today. I didn't get any kind of email notice so I never checked!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
12 Nov 07
Are you kidding I loved the soundtrack. Alas no longer have it as it was a record and I no longer have a record player. Anita Pallenberg was then Keith Richards gal, wasn't she??
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@williamjisir (22901)
• China
8 Nov 07
Good evening, dear zigzag buddha. I love to see live entertainment performance as it is so live and often I can get greatly affected by their performance as to like some of the singers that I seldom listen to their songs or music. Usually after a live concert, I would become their fans. By the way, I just respond to this discussion based on my own feeling without considering too much of the questions mentioned above as I am a person easy to like songs after a live concert or performance. lol. Good night, friend.
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• United States
9 Nov 07
Oh Williamjisir, you are such a good and faithful friend! I agree, a live performance is so full of energy and life! And I too have become a fan of many performers after seeing them live! One of the requirements that I have for a place to live is that it is a community that has much live music and theater performances to attend. (My grown children & I have been looking for the ideal place for us to live for many years now.) I won't say goodnight, as I just got up, but I will say good morning - even though it is now evening, and thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience!
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• China
9 Nov 07
Thanks so much for your nice complimentary words. I am glad that you live in such a place where you can see lots of live music performance to match your taste and demand. Yes, I think that because of the different time zones, we need to make some adjustments to our greetings to the other side of the world. hehe. Thanks very much.
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• United States
11 Nov 07
Williamjisir! Sorry! Like I just told Pyewacket, I had no idea these comments were posted, as I got no email notification! Yes, it seems that just as you're signing on, I'm sitting here bleary eyed and ready to sign off! So I think since we know that's the case, and we should just greet each other with the appropriate time of day for ourselves... you can say 'good morning' and I will say 'good night'!
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
8 Nov 07
I've been to some concerts held here in my country, consists of local bands and rockers. I love the 90's music scene here, I always watch my favorite bands whenever I can. I was even lucky that time, since I always get free tickets. I win them through raffle, as I'm glad my class adviser would always choose me in favor of others since they thought I could be a musician someday!LoL I haven't been to any worst concert yet, since there are times that I leave the place whenever I find the performers are boring!;)
• United States
9 Nov 07
What are some of the bands names that you love? And how nice to get free tickets to see them! What musical instruments do you play? Do you play in a band?
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• United States
11 Nov 07
I like Eraserhead! Although I'm not much into heavy metal, well, I do like the Beastie Boys, and AC/DC! Maybe a couple others.
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• Malaysia
14 Nov 07
one of the best concerts I've attended was in 2004, a concert by s.h.e (girl group from taiwan). It was priceless because I get to go to my favourite artiste's concert for the first time- seeing them live and sing along with them, and go crazy! also because i get to go with the person I love the most, so it made the concert more memorable. hmm..dun think i've been to a bad concert before..
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• United States
14 Nov 07
Yep, sounds like you had all the ingredients necessary for a memorable night! A couple of my worst concerts were just because I had a bad seat and couldn't see the bands well. One of my best ones was front row seats at a Love n Rockets concert that my boyfriend took me to as a birthday present. Yeah! That was a great birthday celebration!
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@lilaclady (28238)
• Australia
8 Nov 07
The very best concert I ever went to was one that my very special friend did in 2002, he was a teenage idol in his younger days I was his biggest fan and now a very special friend and he was doing a reunion show with his fellow singing partner, they literally brought the house down, I was selling CD's for him in the foyer, money was being thrown at me from every direction, a man had to come and help me, my precious friend passed away one week later, this is the show I will never forget...
• United States
9 Nov 07
What a poignant memory for you. Sounds to me like he had accomplished what he wanted to accomplish and moved on in a hurry! May you also manifest your dreams! I appreciate your response! Thank you.
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• India
7 Jul 08
Hi zigzag, my Dad wrote poetry when he was alive. A friend of his set music to his lines. They put together a band of singers and musicians and moved from place to place giving shows. Those were the only shows I ever attended as a child. Did I enjoy them? Well, I can't say they did. In those days, books were my best friends, and everything else made me feel lonely. Right now, I am a sort of recluse. I detest stepping out of home and do it only if it is absolutely necessary. So, I am sorry I don't have any experience of concert/live performance to share. As for festivals, I could never enjoy Christmas. I don't why, but there was just too much to eat, and I never had any appetite. I simply hated the idea of so many pigs and hens dying just because Jesus was born. I am not a vegetarian, so I don't know why I felt like that. I used to enjoy the Nativity of our Lady. Why? I don't know. We have a tradition of cooking an odd number of vegetarian dishes on that day. We collect flowers from our gardens and offer it to the Lady. It is a sort of harvest feast plus religious affair. I loved the loads of sugarcane around and the tradition of powdering the first grains of the year, mixing it with rice, and drinking it after the midday prayers. Those were the days when I was a kid. My father was an atheist and so was my grandfather; they would get together and discuss the foolishness of Christianity. While they were doing that, the women would be cooking in the kitchen, and I would be with the women, not the men.:) I don't celebrate any feast now, not even my birthday. Cheers and happy mylotting
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• India
7 Jul 08
.... the tradition of powdering the first grains of the year, mixing it with MILK, and drinking it........ Gosh, I wish Mylot had an edit feature. Cheers!
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• United States
7 Jul 08
My father and grandfather had a band when I was a kid. They used to play at a local 'dance hall' on Saturday nights. As a child I would stand at the foot of the stage and watch them with their faces all lit up from laughter and stage lights. I loved it... all the people dancing behind me, and the tables heavily laden with food, yeah, I absolutely loved it! I'm sorry your experience wasn't as pleasant for you! We have music festivals here in America that are not religious events, just a lot of different bands playing on outdoor stages with lots of food and other activities as well. I don't celebrate religious holidays either, nor do I pay any attention to my birthday. I think your father and grandfather had the right idea. I hate the way Christians feel it is their 'duty' to go into other lands and force their way of thinking on others. I really despise Christianity. I am trying to get over it, not for any Christians benefit, but for my own. It doesn't feel good to be harboring so much hatred, but it has been really hard for me to just let it go.
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• India
8 Jul 08
One of the biggest pains of my life is Christianity. I was born a Catholic and educated in a convent. Studying or teaching in a school/college run by nuns and priests is a sure way to hell. That was when I began seriously thinking about the religion. I wondered why their religion, which they say teaches love and compassion, doesn't make them better people. And once you really start reading the Bible and learning more about Christianity, you will surely feel like rejecting it outright. Cheers and happy mylotting!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
1 Nov 08
Because I love Coldplay, I've seen them in concert three times. One was at the Greek Theater in Berkeley with my brother and sister. Not only did I get to see and hear them for the first time, I was also able to enjoy the whole experience with my siblings. The second one was somewhere far. I think it was about 3 hours away from where I live but I also still have to drive another hour and a half to pick up a friend who went with us and then dropped her off. That was a long driving night (I used to love to drive and would rather drive myself than be driven) but it was well worth it to enjoy the band with Sister, Boyfriend and a very close friend. The third one was somewhere in the South Bay and this time it was with Sister, her friend and Boyfriend. I also enjoyed Fiona Apple's concert in San Francisco. The venue was just a few blocks away from my brother's place so we walked it. Sister bought all three of our tickets as she just wanted to see her no matter how expensive the tickets were (about $100+). Lastly, I surprised Sister with tickets to a Lucinda Williams concert in the city. In my opinion, I think that was the best concert I went to as it was more intimate and Lucinda Williams was just a few hands away.
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• United States
1 Nov 08
I'm pretty sure I saw the Incredible String Band at the Greek Theater!!! I do not know the band Coldplay. If I had friggin any bandwidth I would check out youtube for a video, but not with this dial-up!! But I am familiar with both Fionna Apple and Lucinda Williams. Steve Earle does a thing or two with Lucinda Williams that I just love. And yeah, I absolutely agree, the intimate venue is far more fun than the huge concerts. I saw Love 'n' Rockets like that.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
1 Nov 08
I must admit their videos aren't the extraordinary but most of their songs are very good, in my opinion. We have signed CDs. Sister tracked them down during an interview in the city and Chris Martin (the lead) signed all five and that was before they released their third and fourth albums. Two of the CDs were their first two albums and the last three were special releases all B-sides...
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
1 Nov 08
Oh, Ziggy. You never fail to shock/amaze me with your past. So you did get on the band train. Hahaha... I think I'm fine with autographs myself. But we never know. Ahahaha.
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@CJscott (4183)
• Canada
19 Aug 09
The great Canadian Barn Dance. That is a wicked show, they use impromptu-ish instruments put together from old farm and ranch equipment. The worst was Default, the bass hurt my head. I enjoyed it more from the Parking Lot, Though I did talk to half the band members with out even realizing it. I think they thought it was neat that I didn't recognize them, I just really liked their song "Wasting my Time" that was a big hit at that time. Cheers.