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May 5, 2020 7:34 pm  #1

Do You Have ONE Favorite Concert?

Mine would have been the James Brown Revue in the late summer of 1962 at Buffalo Memorial Arena. It was also my first major concert at the tender age of 18.  Never before had I experienced such a huge production... a packed arena... two drummers, two keyboard/organs... guitars... horns... the Famous Flames... and on and on... and of course James Brown himself. I've seen many top-name entertainers' concerts since them, but the James Brown Revue will always be at the top of my list.


May 5, 2020 8:50 pm  #2

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It was December of 1977.  In the rather compact basketball arena at the U. of Oregon, the Beach Boys came to play.  They were all there, including Brian, Bruce, and a solid string section.   Since it was the U. of Oregon, quite a large number of students were there who had come to school from California.  The arena was just the right size to squeeze us all together, the acoustics were perfect and the love from the audience to the Boys was returned in total.  As an old DJ, I attended many concerts but if I could have bottled the high (without any other stimulus) that was in my head that night, I could have retired right there on the spot.  I saw the Boys two other times, once at the famed Lagoon Amusement Park ("All the kids dig the Lagoon now") and the other at the Portland, OR baseball park.  They were good but nowhere close to that magic night!!


May 6, 2020 7:29 am  #3

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I would have to include two.

1- Any of the four Gene Pitney concerts we saw in the late 90's and early 2000's (all in Casinos).  Always a classy event.  Regular rhythm section band, but also strings, percussionist, and back-up singers.  Gene was always faithful to the hits, but also included songs by other performers/writers that he enjoyed.  Needless to say, Gene's voice was always spot-on. Added bonus, on 3 of those occasions we got to "meet and greet" with Gene.

2- In 2012 (could be off by a year or two) we got tickets for one of the "Kenny Vance: Up Close and Personal" concerts that he used to do occasionally.  It was in a small venue about the size of a high school theater (maybe 250 seats), in Gibsonnia, Pa.  Kenny (and the Planotones) were on stage for 3 hours, singing, talking about the songs, and answering questions from the audience.  It felt like Kenny was performing for a large group of friends.  Naturally, Kenny's voice and the harmonies of the Planotones were absolutely amazing.  That was on July 3rd, and the next day we drove about 50 miles to Franklin, Pa. (population 6 000), watched the 4th of July parade, and that evening took in a band shell concert by the Vogues in the town square.


May 6, 2020 11:13 am  #4

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Tough question. The first that comes to mind was Carole King in Ames, Iowa in February 1976. If it wasn't her birthday was awfully close to it. No opening act and she played for nearly three hours.


May 10, 2020 8:13 am  #5

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The Beatles Aug. 19, '66


May 10, 2020 8:20 am  #6

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of course there's many other memorable moments
July 4, '75 The Stones in Mem and their legendary idea of coming on stage on elephants and flaunting the stage "gimmicks" on Star Star
Seeing Tull do Aqualung for the first time
B. B. King play up close and personal at his club on his birthday


May 13, 2020 5:13 am  #7

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Concert For The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame - Cleveland Municipal Stadium - September 2, 1995.

Rather than describe why this is my ONE favorite concert I will post the set list and it should be obvious:

Chuck Berry with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: "Johnny B. Goode"
John Mellencamp: "R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A."
John Mellencamp and Martha Reeves: "Wild Night"
Bon Jovi: "With A Little Help From My Friends"
Eric Burdon with Bon Jovi: "It's My Life," "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place"
Melissa Etheridge: "Be My Baby," "Love Child," "Leader Of The Pack"
Dr. John: "Blueberry Hill," "What'd I Say"
Al Green: "Tired Of Being Alone," "A Change Is Gonna Come"
The Pretenders: "My City Was Gone," "The Needle And The Damage Done"
Johnny Cash: "Folsom Prison Blues"
Johnny Cash With John Mellencamp: "Ring Of Fire"
Jackson Browne: "Redemption Song," "Tracks Of My Tears"
Jackson Browne and Melissa Etheridge: "Wake Up Little Susie"
Aretha Franklin: "I Can't Turn You Loose," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
Aretha Franklin with Al Green: "Freeway Of Love"
John Fogerty: "Born On The Bayou," "Fortunate Son"
Soul Asylum and Iggy Pop: "Back Door Man"
Lou Reed with Soul Asylum: "Sweet Jane"
Gin Blossoms: "Wait," "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better"
Sheryl Crow: "Let It Bleed," "Get Off Of My Cloud"
George Clinton and The P-Funk All-Stars with Larry Graham: "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)," "I Want To Take You Higher"
The Kinks: "All Day And All Of The Night," "Lola"
Heart: "Battle Of Evermore," "Love Hurts"
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: "Shake, Rattle And Roll," "Bo Diddley"/"She'S The One"
Jerry Lee Lewis with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: "Great Balls Of Fire," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: "Darkness On The Edge Of Town"
Natalie Merchant: "I Know How To Do It"
Robbie Robertson: "The Weight"
Bruce Hornsby: "I Know You Rider," "Scarlet Begonias"
Bob Dylan: "All Along The Watchtower," "Just Like A Woman," "Highway 61 Revisited," "The Real You At Last"
Bob Dylan with Bruce Springsteen: "Forever Young"
Booker T. And The MGs: "Green Onions"
Sam Moore: "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby," "Hold On, I'm Comin"
The Allman Brothers Band: "Blue Sky"
The Allman Brothers Band With Sheryl Crow: "Midnight Rider"
The Allman Brothers Band: "One Way Out"
Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora: "Imagine," "Give Peace A Chance"
Slash and Boz Scaggs: "Red House"
James Brown: "Cold Sweat," "It's A Man’s Man’s Man's World," "I Feel Good"
Martha and the Vandellas: "Dancing In The Street"
Little Richard: "Good Golly Miss Molly," "Tutti Frutti"
John Fogerty and Sam Moore: "In The Midnight Hour"
Chuck Berry with Bruce Springsteen and Melissa Etheridge: "Rock And Roll Music"


May 13, 2020 1:53 pm  #8

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1959: Dion & The Belmonts at my high school, St. Cecilia's in Englewood, NJ.   Also on the bill was an all black band of about 8 musicians called Tyree Glen & the Emeralds who almost blew the roof off the gym with an array of guitars, drums, saxes and some heavy R&B.  Rumor had it that our Mother Superior was not entertained by the show and consequently this was the first and last rock n'roll show at the school.  Memories are made of this.

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August 4, 2020 8:53 pm  #9

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Without a doubt my favourite concert was on July 27, 1974 outdoors at Varsity Stadium, Toronto. It was America with James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt also on the bill. I've been to many concerts before and since then and nothing ever topped that for me.


August 5, 2020 11:01 am  #10

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not even remotely. hundreds of 'em, easily. though one kinda stands out. when i was still in high school, writing an underground paper, "freedom rider", curtis mayfield played a show at west virginia tech college. i was invited to attend, and granted a five minute interview between his two shows, the first of which had to be shut down because students were rushing the stage in overenthusiastic support. i asked a bunch of quick dumb questions, but he answered them in a teaching way that profoundly moved me.

at the end of the second show i was able to talk to master henry gibson, who was mayfield's well known percussionist. he had nothing but praise for his boss, and assured me that my impression of curtis was indeed correct. gibson seemed almost devoted to curtis, and mayfield's message of a sensible revolution rang true to me then as well, and still does today.

...did i ever tell ya about gregg allman and the tooth fairy at the new haven coliseum? great show too. seriously, maybe the best show i remember might be a manfred mann gig, opening for somebody mid-seventies. he played hits and everything in between in one piece, as if a suite, with no breaks. simply brilliant.        

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August 5, 2020 9:12 pm  #11

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Mine is just about the Neville Brothers - every where I saw them, they were the best ever,  Damn, I miss them.


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