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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Feedback Saturday (#13)

Well, we went to our first Christmas Party of the season last night and upon returning home, I quickly fell fast asleep. Hence the absence of Feedback Friday and the make-shift addition of the ever-popular Feedback Saturday.

Why do I even bother trying to explain these things? Is anyone even out there?

Okay, enough of them there hors d'ouvres, here's the main course for ya . . .

The anything-if-not-excessively-persistent Procrastination Station Management Team called me collect this morning from their quarterly golf retreat in Honolulu (to which I have as yet never been fortunate to receive an invitation), and said they wanted to know something about the live music tastes of each and every reader out there. At least those who have still managed to avoid indictment.

So, I came up with a simple, yet informative question for this week's feedback-fest . . .

What was your favorite concert of all time?

That's it. That's the question. I want to know all about the best live music performance you've ever experienced. Feel free to fill us all in on how close you were to the stage, how crazy you were when the bass player winked at you or how drunk you were when you fell asleep in your car in the parking lot and totally missed the entire show.

There is just one stipulation to this week's edition - I don't want to see the words "Barry" or "Manilow" anywhere near the comment section. The penalty for this will be swift and harsh. It might even result in a complete loss of points. Hey, we have to have rules, here people.

As per usual . . . this should be fun.

Ben O.


Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Fav concert of all time? That's a tough one, seen so many. Fav one recently was Cradle of Filth in L.A. They put on a heck of a show.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

U2 is up there - hmmmm - Joan Osborne, maybe - it was part of Lillith Fair - the leg that stopped near me was all good. Or Santana.
I've hardly been to a bad concert...

7:40 PM  
Blogger Lingo Slinger said...

I went to an outdoor music festival in British Columbia where I saw (the founding father of acid jazz) Roy Ayers!! I was right in front of the stage and had some interesting non-verbal exchanges with the sax player! It was an amazing gig!!!

The best "big time" concert i've been to would be tied between The Beastie Boys (outside @ Molson Park) & Coldplay at the Air Canada Centre. Colplay was pretty awesome because I got to party with the band afterwards... But that was back when I was "a somebody", when I worked in the crazy-ass music industry! *Sigh* Good times... Good times!

8:39 PM  
Blogger Underachiever said...

Coldplay, hands down! I was pretty close to the stage. It was parking lot section: "way the hell over there" row: behind the dumpster. Seat: your booty in a brown puddle.

Actually, they were pretty darn good seats. I had a wonderful time.


PS Just for the heck of it:


9:05 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Zombie - Never seen them. I bet it was good, though.

Teri - I've never seen Santana, but I would if I could. I must admit to being a bit a U2 freak. I've seen them many, many times . . . and they are all wonderful memories. The Stones were pretty cool as were Pink Floyd and RUSH at Red Rocks. The biggest regret I have is not seeing Stevie Ray Vaughan before he died. But then how was anyone supposed to know about that.

Lingo - Outdoor music festivals can be very cool. I saw the very first Lalapalooza with Jane's Addiction. That was intense.

Undr - Coldplay is on my list of wants in the concert department. I bet they are awesome.

I am going to have to dock you 391,762 points though for that uncalled for outburst.

Ben O.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Underachiever said...

Thank you sir, may I have another?



(sorry I can't help meself)

10:51 PM  
Blogger anne said...

I haven't been to that many famous-people concerts... I'll say Living Colour, probably more for "sentimental" reasons, and the fact that Vernon Reid was definitely playing for me only.

6:46 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

Tough one indeed.
I saw Bryan Adams in Sun City, SA in '94 & was almost close enough to touch his *ss mmmmmmmmmm...
Then there was the U2 Vertigo tour gig at Croke Park here in Dublin earlier this year which was awesome... but the best has to be (sorry) Robbie Williams at the Phoenix Park 2 years back. 135,000 people, we were nowhere near the stage but it was awesome, vibey, entertaining - even the rain didn't dampen the atmosphere. Even hubby had fun, and he doesn't even like Robbie.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

Does Milli Vanilli count?

6:57 PM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

Nobody make fun of me:

My favorite concert was an outdoor, under the stars concert with John Mayer and Counting Crowes.

It was excellent.

Runner up:

9:55 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Undr - nope, that's it bro.

Anne - LIving Colour was at the Lalapalooza we saw. They are pretty good.

Terri - good calls. U2 in Dublin is pretty high on my list of wants.

Sherry - Uh . . . No. (Just kidding. You can count them if you want.)

Sadie - Jon and Crows would be a nice show, no doubt about it. Back in the day we saw the strangest double billed show - it was INXS and Guns 'N Roses together in Texas Stadium. Totally bizarre, I know.

Ben O.

10:07 PM  
Blogger BUDDESS said...

Big time concerts in PE, South Africa - what a laugh. Westlife recently toured here, no chance of seeing them in PE. We have to travel to Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban if we want to see big acts.

1:42 AM  
Blogger trinamick said...

Only once have I been farther than 3rd row back at a concert and it was ZZ Top. :( But Nickelback has to be the best concert I've been to: 2nd row, close-up pics, and they had fire!

10:24 AM  
Blogger jenbeauty said...

Oh good lord...have you read my blog??!! I have been to so many concerts and have been close to the stage many times. I really liked Green Day this year. They totally rock and are so into the crowd.

Paul McCartney was good as that was one of the first concerts/dates hubby and I went on.

I have seen a lot of unknown bands around town here that are really cool.

This was a much harder question than I realized. I would say Bon Jovi, the 5th time when I was 8 months preggers w/my son. Everyone was shocked and very nice about seeing this pregnant woman at a rock show. Plus the little guy danced around all night and has not stopped to this day!

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah-h-h-h-h, mention of the famous double bill at Texas Stadium brings back memories -- not good, but memories!! (fellow blog fans, that was before son Ben O. was old enough to drive, so MOM made the supreme sacrifice - TOTALLY NAIVE -and took several "not-old-enough-to-drive" boys to said concert.) They told me it was Barry Manilow.
Just kidding, Ben. But old MOM does actually have a fave, live concert of her own, and I know this dates me, but it was ELVIS, in Little Rock, Ark, approx. 1972--probably before most of the rest of you readers were born!!! We had 6th row seats, and loved the show. We could see the sweat on his brow, and no, I didn't catch one of the famous scarfs. Hope your "code" is all better. Love you, MOM

10:34 AM  
Blogger Henry said...

Mom---you rule
My Mom did the same for me when I was younger and she took me to see Aerosmith and Guns n Roses.
During the show she commented on how great GNR was, except for "that guy's filthy mouth".


`72? That would been fat elvis huh?
Still cool all the same to have seen, "The King."

10:48 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

MOM you win this one hands down. Elvis?!!
Now that is something to put on your list of "Have's"

2:33 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Buddess - I know that U2 has played Johannesburg before.

Trin - Saw ZZTop in Texas - that was actually really good. They rock. Most people don't know this, but Jimi Hendrix of all people lists the guitarist for ZZTop as one of his biggest heroes and influences. Look it up.

Jenbeauty - yep, saw Sir Paul a couple, couple years back. Really good hearing all his stuff as well as all those Beatles songs.

Hey - There's Mom! She took us to so many concerts. Duran Duran, Def Leppard, The Rolling Stones, Tears for Fears.

Henry & Terri - Moms just showing off a little with her Elvis sighting. Ask her if she's ever seen RUSH or U2 or Pink Floyd.

Ben O. has left the building . . .

9:54 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Just to make Mom feel better, I was not only alive in 1972 but in grade school. ;-)

Best concert ever? Crap. I've seen so many good ones over the years.

Just saw Bauhaus a couple of weeks ago and it was prety freaking awesome. Last year was Tears for Fears and they had me in literal tears they were so fabulous. The year before that was the huge reunion of Iggy and The Stooges here in their native Detroit - again moved to tears at the sight of Iggy on stage once more.

REM in the mid 80s when Camper van Beethoven opened for them was a wicked cool concert (can someone born in the 60s say "wicked cool?"

Worst concert ever was New Order - they played for 20 minutes and that was it.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Lingo Slinger said...

Just remembered another rockin' show... The Trews at The Horseshoe Tavern, just before they exploded onto the scene!

1:06 PM  
Blogger The Zombie Lama said...

Sting at the Gorge in Washington. That or Beck at the Experience Music Project opening.

7:43 PM  
Blogger neurotik said...

Gotta go with Greenday, back in...1997? 98? Outdoor venue with about 30K people there. It had been raining earlier, so when it stopped and greenday came on everyone was pumped. Ther mosh pit was insane, and kids were slidding down the hill on the side of the venue which had turned to mud. It's the only time I saw a 2-layered mosh pit. Some idiots had decided to rip up the plywood base that was protecting the field, and there were 4x8 boards 'surfing' the pit with people on top of them. After that Greenday set fire to everything on the stage. Good show.

2:11 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I have a few:

Van Halen, 1984 - their last tour with David Lee Roth.

Van Halen, 2004 - Sammy Hagar blew me a kiss :-)

Oingo Boingo, early 90s - the last time I saw my favorite band live. I wiggled my way up to the front row, and high-fived the drummer at the end of the show.

6:57 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Ben O. - They have a lot of charisma. Another good show surprisingly was Metallica '86, Cliff's last tour in America.

1:33 AM  

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