August 4, 2009

Fifty Bands

This post was inspired by a Facebook meme that's going around.
    "Test your memory and your love of live music by listing 50 artists or bands (or as many as you can remember) you've seen in concert. List the first 50 acts that come into your head. An act you saw at a festival and opening acts count, but only if you can't think of 50 other artists. Oh, and list the first concert you ever saw (you can remember that, can’t you)?"
I tried to leave out:
  • bands you've never heard of;
  • bands I saw at Lollapalooza;
  • bands I saw for free;
  • and bands whose concerts I have no memory of!
Here's what remains, in pure stream-of-consciousness order:
  1. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mother's Milk tour, Orpheum May 1990? Still the loudest concert ever.
  2. Peter Gabriel is the first concert I saw, at Great Woods in 1987, with Youssou N'Dour opening. My mom went with me. I saw PG again on the US tour, and again on the UP tour.
  3. ZZ Top, the Worcester Centrum...
  4. ...and The Black Crowes opened for ZZ Top on the Recycler tour in 1990!
  5. Paul McCartney 1989 (Centrum) and 2001 (Brendan Byrne Arena)
  6. The Dead Milkmen, opening for the Chili Peppers, May 1990
  7. Violent Femmes, Orpheum, 1994? I thought the balcony was going to collapse during "Blister in the Sun".
  8. Billy Joel at the old Boston Garden, on the Storm Front tour; even in 1990 he could not sing the high parts in "An Innocent Man" anymore.
  9. AC/DC, I think it was the Blow Up Your Video tour, with Cinderella opening.
  10. Aerosmith: December 31, 1989, at the old Boston Garden, with Skid Row opening.
  11. Wilco 2002, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2013
  12. Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band 2009
  13. Ben Folds, 2002- the cover photo of Ben Folds Live was taken at the show I went to.
  14. Letters to Cleo, Avalon, early 90s
  15. Bob Dylan and Natalie Merchant, February 25, 1999, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland Maine.
  16. Bob Dylan at Avalon with Em, George, and Mandy, circa 2004?
  17. Natalie Merchant in the mid-90s, I forget where.
  18. Liz Phair 1998 (opening for Alanis Morrissette at the CCCC), 2003 at Avalon
  19. The Breeders, Avalon, Title TK tour
  20. Bob Mould
  21. John Hiatt, The Tiki Bar is Open Tour, South Shore Music Circus, Cohasset MA 2002.
  22. Nick Lowe, Somerville Theater, At My Age tour
  23. Sting 1987 (Garden), 1988 (Great Woods)
  24. Sinead O'Connor, Great Woods, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got tour
  25. Bruce Springsteen 1992 Human Touch/Lucky Town tour, Centrum; December 1995 (Ghost of Tom Joad, Orpheum; Tracks tour, Garden 2001
  26. Fountains of Wayne, the Paradise
  27. The Thorns, the Paradise, early 00s opening for...
  28. The Jayhawks the Paradise
  29. Chicago and
  30. The Beach Boys at Great Woods summer 1991 or 92?
  31. Little Feat and 
  32. Steve Miller Band at Great Woods summer 1991 or 92?
  33. George Thorogood  at Great Woods summer 1991 or 92?
  34. Spin Doctors
  35. The Lemonheads
  36. R.E.M. Monster tour at Great Woods
  37. Barenaked Ladies at the CCCC, mid 90s, and at Great Woods in 2001?
  38. Buffalo Tom
  39. New Pornographers
    At this point, I could not think of any more off the top of my head, so I read some old blog posts to jar my memory...
  40. Lucinda Williams at the State Theater Portland ME
  41. Squeeze at Avalon
  42. John Wesley Harding
  43. Pearl Jam at the Orpheum, on the Versus tour, maybe the best show I have ever seen.
  44. Ellis Paul at least twice, most recently at Club Passim in 2014
  45. Robert Plant at SXSW is the closest I have been to a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer- me, my wife, and our friends were all up against the barricades for this show.
  46. Prince 2004 at the Garden, Musicology tour
  47. Hall & Oates at the Orpheum, early 90s
  48. The Cranberries at the Orpheum, mid 90s
  49. Alison Krauss & Union Station
  50. Indigo Girls at the Orpheum, when Swamp Ophelia came out
  51. Guster

  52. and many more...