What's the best gig you've ever been to?

Discussion in 'Community' started by mrjamin, May 31, 2003.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Feb 6, 2003
    ...mine would have to be REM on the Up tour in Earls Court (London) - 1999. Going to see them again in 3 weeks :D

    second to that would be the Deftones in 2001 @ London, Docklands arena, who i'm seeing again in 2 days!

    Music is my life, i go to a gig a week usually (not huge ones, admitedly, but they're sometimes the best gigs).
  2. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Hmmmm....either Pink Floyd @ Earls Court, or The Rolling Stones @ Wembly :D
  3. macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    The closet for me would be that my wife attended several Elton John concerts as a teenager!
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    buffalo ny
    NIN downward spiral tour with marilyn manson and the jim rose circus... i saw it in buffalo, not england... but hey... i saw it...
  5. macrumors 68020


    Jan 1, 2002
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I might be tempted to say stereolab in pittsburgh in 2000..

    Morrissey in Akron in 2000 on Valentines day was awesome to

    And i've seen the cure too many times to list and they ALWAYS sound amazing.

    Robert Smith's voice is top.

    I also saw Red House Painters at a small club in Philly. It was very chilling. He's a very intense performer....
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2002
    Chicago, IL, USA
    it's a tie between Sleater-Kinney/Belle & Sebastian at the DAR Hall in DC last year, and Cibo Matto/Pavement in Pittsburgh '97.

    although REM on the monster tour was pretty good, too.
  7. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 6, 2003
    I saw them a couple of years ago - wasn't to impressed myself, but then i'd never heard of them when i saw them and they were only a support act

    Would LOVE to have seen the cure!
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2002
    Philadelphia, PA
    Although I have been to many large venues (Pearl Jam, Faith No More, U2, etc.) I prefer the small concerts, 150 people tops.

    Of those the best one I have been to lately was Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks (S.M. of Pavement).
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2002
    The inner depths of madness, aka Kent, OH
    This is a very difficult question! I think I'm most tempted to say the Foo Fighters concert I went to last week was the best gig I've ever been too.
  10. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 6, 2003
    I used to love Pavement. They were great.

    I saw POD in a 400 capacity venue before they made it big in the uk - that was amazing. also met brandon boyd (incubus) as well as whatshisname from My Vitroil at the gig.
  11. macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    Gig: PWEI, Leeds T&C September 1994,

    Review: they totally blew every other band I have ever seen clean out of the water.. No exceptions! Limp Bizkit wouldn't have stood a chance!! heh-heh!!

    Dance O' Meter: Pogo'd for 2 hours, crowd surf'd, slam danced... Sample It, Loop It, F**k It, And Eat It baby!!

    Gig: Underworld, Glastonbury 1999,

    Review: filled the field, big, big party.... last tour with Emerson... And stunning Tomato visuals that worked, even on an open stage... karl Hyde rocks more than any other.... and he's running totally clean too... They were very good at Brixton last year, unfortunately Brixton Academy sucks...

    Dance O' Meter: Your are kidding aren't you.... they felt the floor rumble in Tokyo... heh-heh!!

    Gig: R.E.M., Glastonbury 1999,

    Review: they were cooking that nite, much better than when I saw them at Earls Court a few days previous, but that probably has more to do with Earls Court being the worst gig venue in London.... souless, too big, crap acoustics etc etc...

    Dance O' Meter: was all going well, till they decided to do 'Everybody Hurts', that's when the lighters come out and if you dance, you'll be set on fire for being disrespectful...

    Gig: Portishead, Ashton Court Festival,

    Review: 1997, not billed, we turned up on the day with fingers crossed.... Beth Gibbons is such and underated front woman! Warm, clear summer night, shuffling to 'Undenied' does it really get anymore blissed out than that??

    Dance O' Meter: We nodded our heads alot, shuffled our feet, and stared at the stars as they came out to play...

    Gig: Sneaker Pimps, Greenbelt festival, 1997

    Review: the choons man.... :) the choons....

    Dance O' Meter: See Portishead

    Gig: Juliana Hatfield Three, Leeds T&C, November 1993, supporting the fab Teenage Fanclub, and the Posies....

    Review: we knew it'd be good when we saw that she had an amp wth a 'F-in Loud' setting....

    Dance O' Meter: Pogo'd...

    Gig: Nirvana, Reading Festival 1992,

    Review: like everyone else I loved Nirvana... but they sucked live... big time! But still defining for being Nirvana's last UK gig!

    Dance O' Meter: Slam danced, moshed, pogo'd.... they still sucked though...

    Gig: Afro-Celt Soundsystem, Glastonbury 1999, Sunday night...

    Review: those who were there, KNOW exactly what I mean.... ;) The party afterwards up in the Greenfield was even more hardcore...

    Dance O' Meter: Shake that hippy sh*t to those world music vibes... shake it boy... shake it!!

    Gig: Carina Round, Summer 2001, The Spitz, London....

    Review: I'd read about her in a underground London rock journal, I quite fancied her, so went to the gig, she was billed as a new 'PJ Harvey', that's something to live up to, she's actually better though!! ;) :D

    Dance O' Meter: Too small, too packed...

    Gig: Garbage, Wolverhampton, 1996,

    Review: not as raw as I'd hoped, sounded exactly like the record... which in hindsight, is actually quite a good thing...

    Dance O' Meter: spent most of it with my arms round my then girlfriend, trying to stop her being kicked in the head...

    Gig: Oasis, Leeds, 1993....

    Review: before they had a hit single, and before Liam started doing that evil 'manc' accent evertime he sang 'Cigarettes and Alcohol'. We were there right at the beginning.... they were so cool, seemd so vital... what went wrong?? :confused:

    Dance O' Meter: Very beer'd up for that one... lot's and lot's of Newcastle Brown Ale, went crazy!

    Gig: LTJ Bukem, Coventry 1998,

    Review: played at our final student night bash to celebrate finishing Uni...

    Dance O' Meter: Destroyed my Airwalks... get my drift... ;)
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2002
    Atlanta, GA
    Dexys Midnight Runners Geno tour at Oxford, UK way back in the mists of time

    Joy Division, supporting the Buzzcocks, same venue, again way back when (late 70's)

    The Tubes, an amazing experience, ditto the above (I was a student in the area at the time so Oxford New Theatre was THE venue to see acts)

    Pink Floyd Earls Court second Wall tour
    Pink Floyd Earls Court Division Bell tour, as I got to hear Dark Side of the Moon live

    Radiohead, Warrington, UK Kid A tour, absolutely blinding gig on a muddy field in a huge tent. Am absolutely gagging for November to hurry up and get here as I have tickets for the Earls Court gig Nov 27th

    So now I feel really, really old, sigh......
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2002
    Where the air is crisp
    ...one of the most 'intense' gigs I have been to must have been Moby in a small club in Lausanne, Switzerland around '98.

    The cover band was actually the same guys, they just switched instruments around (I think Moby played bass in the background). Then when the 'real' act started Moby was SUPER aggressive, smashing a keyboard until the keys came off and walking off stage twice...in the second half of the concert, he became super mellow, asked the tiny crowd for requests and played all sorts of songs by other artists...he even had people from the crowd get on stage and pick an instrument.

    One of those priceless moments...
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    This probably sounds silly but the best gig I've been to had to be one of the three They Might Be Giants Concerts I've been to. I can't decide which one. Their concerts are always GREAT. They always surprise you with the playlist (their discography includes like 300 songs) and they really do interesting things with the audience.

    In fact, they are playing free in Atlanta next Friday, so I'm getting ready to attend my fourth concert of theirs. :)

    I love They Might Be Giants! :D


    P.S. Weezer was really good in concert too, though I'm not much for the stadium concerts. There's just too many people.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2002
    I saw Incubus last May in Chicago and they definitely rocked that show.
  16. macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2002
    The best ones were when I was in college. All at Assembly Hall - U of Illinois

    Hall & Oates (roommate is a huge fan) from the second row- Big Bad Boom Tour

    Police - Synchronicity Tour last stop in 1983.

    U2 - Joshua Tree
  17. macrumors 68010


    Jul 19, 2002
    down the road, that's where i'll always be
    love Cibo Matto, SciFi Wasabi just makes me so happy.

    iGav, loved to have seen Bukem, especially with Conrad.

    Saw Oasis and Blur at The Angel in Bedford. A lot of bands played there a month before everyone heard of them. very strange that Bedford should be a top place for that.

    I think the best gig I went to was Herbaliser, at The Roxy in Manhattan NYC about three and a half years ago i think, DJ Krust was playing too, (from Roni Size' Reprazent kru) he was tops. Jake (Herbaliser) rocked out. He even played my two favourite songs back to back for me (I were playing pool with him earlier that night, having handed him a cd of some rather dodgy movies, I was his Hotline contact heh).
    Close second though would have to be Metallica at the Milton Keynes Bowl, or Sepultura at Brixton.
  18. pEZ
    macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2003
    Madison, Wisconsin
    I'm gonna have to say a tie between Semisonic at the Vic Theater in Chicago and Flickerstick at the Rave in Milwaukee - both are really small venues, so you feel like you are WITH the band, not just there to see them. Both bands also talk to ya too, they are entertaining, not just hella good music.
  19. macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says....agreed - the cure have always have great sound live...first time I saw them was on the "Faith" tour and I always go see them whenever possible. The Dark Trilogy DVD that comes out in a few days is eagerly anticipated....oh yeah!
  20. macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    It would have to be Queen in 1978(?), the "Jazz" tour. It was the first 'rock concert' I had ever been to. I was 11 years old and my dad took my best friend and I to see them at Kemper Arena in Kansas City. I've forgotton a lot of things over the years, but I still have very vivid memories of that show. I saw them again in 1980 and still have the t-shirt.
  21. big
    macrumors 65816


    Feb 20, 2002
    Floyd, '94- Legion Fields, Birmingham, Alabama

    though Simon & Dylan rocked too,
  22. macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2002
    2nd star on the right and straight till morning
    yeah baby.....

    saw the tubes on their first tour(white punks on dope!!!!) with quay lude and the most outrageous stage show.....ever.

    more old timer shows...

    led zep in 75(ish)...great show...physical graffiti tour
    deep purple, the who, allman bros., aerosmith, elo, black oak ark, uriah heep( when the bassist was shocked on stage...), zz top, j. geils, foghat( a great friggin show), golden earring, queen, yes, cat stevens...

    and ELVIS(twice).

    all before the age of 16.


    edit: forgot about audioslave while making the cochese video...
  23. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 6, 2003
    i saw Bob Dylan live and it was one of the worst gigs i EVER went to! Second to that was Toploader supporting *coughs* Bon Jovi.
  24. macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd rock from the sun...
    I totally agree... I also prefer the small club gigs.

    As a musician though it is a cool feeling to play in front of a few thousand people.

    But still, the best gig I ever had as a musician (regarding fun) was with a 70's cover band (70's disco stuff) on a festival! We played for almost 4 hours, and the audience (about 500-700 people) was having such a wild party with us, it was unbelievable... Those were the times. I think it was in 1997, but I am not sure anymore which year, I would have to check...

    Oh, and before I forget... the best gig I saw lately was Markus Miller here in Berlin in the Quasimodo last fall.

  25. macrumors 68010


    Jul 19, 2002
    down the road, that's where i'll always be
    ooh, forgot about this one, quite possibly my favourite...

    Faithless and Paul Oakenfold at Irving Plaza, small venue, awesome

    "bouncin' round like bunnies"

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