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There is nothing exactly like the experience of a live concert. From the first beat of the opening number to the last tone of the encore, if the show is done right you are held enthralled both by the music and the show.

I am curious by how many people here have been to how many concerts, and who we all have seen. I am assuming there has been a wide variety of acts seen, so i am doing the counting by groups of five, so come on folks... don't disappoint me. ;)

I've listed all the acts I've seen down below but one, since I for the live of me cannot recall her name. i went with my ex and I know she was some famous person in 2005 or so, but i cannot recall who it was...sigh.... damn brain problems.

Anyways, feel free to list a tune or three from the concerts that you've been to as well, and lets get some serious music going tonight.

Men at work

Inxs

Lionel Richie

Aretha Franklin

Tracy Chapman

Doobie Brothers

Chicago

Grateful Dead

Bette Midler

Devo

The Association

The Guess Who

The Drifters

The Platters

Bob Seger

Josh Groban

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I have seen ----- many musicians / groups in my lifetime

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  •  Tip Jar (35+ / 0-)

    I'll tell you what justice is. Justice is a knee in the gut from the floor on the chin at night sneaky with a knife brought up down on the magazine of a battleship sandbagged underhanded in the dark without a word of warning.

    by BFSkinner on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:07:31 PM PDT

  •  I live in Nashville (11+ / 0-)

    There's live music everywhere.

    We want to build cyber magicians!

    by VelvetElvis on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:14:31 PM PDT

  •  i couldn't count (12+ / 0-)

    first live concert without my parents was edgar & johnny winter. last concert was m. ward. acts i saw the most were the grateful dead and the san francisco symphony. not together, except once, sort of.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:17:33 PM PDT

  •  It actually depends on whether seeing the same (19+ / 0-)

    person or band multiple times is counted as one. I've seen Neil Young around 35 times and the Pretenders about 20. Then there are festivals. Does a two day festival count as 2 or does it count as 20 for the number of bands?

    Most of the people taking a hard line against us are firmly convinced that they are the last defenders of civilization... The last stronghold of mother, God, home and apple pie and they're full of shit! David Crosby, Journey Thru the Past.

    by Mike S on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:17:51 PM PDT

  •  I got paid. (24+ / 0-)

    I worked for Bill Graham Presents, the San Francisco Bay Area concert promoter, from 1980 - 1995 inclusive. I don't know how many bands and performers I've seen. Your poll doesn't nearly go high enough.

    I stopped counting the number of Dead shows I worked at at 300. It's quite a bit more than that.

    I worked at shows Friday, Saturday, and usually Sunday nights, and often Wednesday nights or other weeknights as well. Every week. For 15 years.

    And got paid.

  •  Kinda gave up on concerts recently (9+ / 0-)

    in favor of multi-day festivals. I don't like sitting in a stadium chair where you can't dance, smoke, and beers ar $6.00.

    I've done Bonaroo twice (back when it was cool 2003-2004), Wanne for the past two years, and The Peach Festival last year.

    All told, in those 5 events, I think I saw at least 200 bands and camped in some crazee campgrounds. Highly recommended (if you know what I mean).

    Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. Theodore Roosevelt

    by Zwoof on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:23:32 PM PDT

  •  I've been to hundreds and hundreds of concerts... (15+ / 0-)

    I've seen (among others):

    Andres Segovia
    Tom Lehrer
    Amjad Ali Khan
    Pete Seeger
    Charles Mingus
    Toshiko Akiyoshi
    Grateful Dead
    Mikhail Baryshnikov
    Ravi Shankar
    Vilayat Khan
    King Sunny Ade
    Asad Ali Khan
    Hakurotwi Mude
    Huun-Huur-Tu
    Bhimsen Joshi
    King Crimson
    Frank Sinatra
    Jethro Tull
    B.B. King
    Joe Pass
    Ornette Coleman
    Cecil Taylor
    Tonia Maria
    Abdullah Ibrahim
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Ali Akbar Khan
    Sam Rivers
    Mountain
    David Bromberg
    Don Cherry
    Ulhas Kashalkar
    Bill Evans
    The Baluchi Ensemble
    Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra
    Tom Paxton
    Jan Garbarek
    McCoy Tyner
    Mike Seeger
    Sun Ra
    Muddy Waters
    Benny Carter
    Hamza El Din
    Dagar Brothers
    John Fahey
    Leon Redbone
    Mallikarjun Mansur
    Mimi Farina
    Old & New Dreams Band
    Mingus Dynasty
    Keith Jarrett
    Anthony Braxton
    Boston Symphony Orchestra
    ....

    the list goes on and on.

    Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

    by WarrenS on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:25:45 PM PDT

  •  more than a few.... (15+ / 0-)

    some highlights would be Taj Majal in a kiosk at MSU with only about 50 people there.  Kinda unbelievable that.  Front row at an Elton John concert during the Tiny Dancer period at Jenison Field House (worst acoustics EVER). ELP at Pine Knob (Jerusalem was mind blowing as was Take a Pebble). Seeing Doc Watson live at a bluegrass festival in the Irish Hills with my dad (appreciation of bluegrass was one of the few things we had in common).  The Christmas show of the Transiberian Orchestra (bit overblown laser show but the music was good).  Cargo (damn good Romanian band) live in Piata Mare in Sibiu and meeting the band after for beers.  

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:27:13 PM PDT

    •  a quick intro to Cargo (5+ / 0-)

      the song is Batacanda.  This was in Cluj.  

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:50:58 PM PDT

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    •  I have a few of those. (6+ / 0-)

      David Bowie at the Roxy and the Palladium. Neil young at a small bar in the valley. Front row at the first last tour of the Eagles. The Damned in another small bar. Back stage at a halloween Oingo Boingo show, the best time to see them. Janes Addiction at about twenty different clubs before they made it. Front row when Elton John did a reprise of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road from start to finish with the original band.

      Then there were the jazz shows. I saw Dave Brubeck 50 years after his seminal album. Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten and Marcus Miller all playing bass at the same time. Al Dimeola and Return to Forever. Bela Fleck with Stanley Clarke.

      So much more. I can't tell you how much I love living in la.  

      Most of the people taking a hard line against us are firmly convinced that they are the last defenders of civilization... The last stronghold of mother, God, home and apple pie and they're full of shit! David Crosby, Journey Thru the Past.

      by Mike S on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:59:07 PM PDT

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  •  My first live performance (9+ / 0-)

    was my grandfather on the piano.

    My second live performance was my grandfather on the piano..

    My third live per....

    Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall this day light such a candle by God's grace in England as shall never be put out.

    by Bollox Ref on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:29:05 PM PDT

  •  Fewer Than Almost Anyone, Yet Many (7+ / 0-)

    I'll attempt to count.

    Even so I'm well into the 20's. Thing is being into trad starting in my teens, I was often at festivals, cultural activities or workshops where like so many present I was participating one way or another as much as listening. Somewhere under a dozen pop acts people of the various times would know; half as many classical or so.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:30:20 PM PDT

  •  Since my 1st concert with w/Little Stevie Wonder (11+ / 0-)

    opening for Diana Ross & the Supremes in 1967, err... umm, is 'lots' a number? Way back when tickets to see popular recording artists were still affordable, it's got to be well into the hundreds. Add in regional ones, then over 1000.

    Punxsutawney Phil has been unfriended.

    by jwinIL14 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:33:21 PM PDT

  •  Most memorable (7+ / 0-)

    Backstage Rolling Stones/ Van Halen

    Backstage AC/DC (where we almost got arrested @ afterhours party)

    Sharing a doob with Duane Allman and the ABB in '71

    Hiring Kim Simmons (Savoy Brown), Brian Auger (Oblivion Express) Tim Bogart (Vanilla Fudge), and Greg Enrico (Santana) to play my club when Kim called and said they were out of money and needed to get to New Orleans the next night. Plus, I took them out to dinner since they hadn't eaten and then partied til dawn after the show.

    Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. Theodore Roosevelt

    by Zwoof on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:36:09 PM PDT

  •  Hundreds...from my first concert as a child... (8+ / 0-)

    ...with my parents, Johnny Cash in Memphis. As an 'adult," I've worked as a director or board member of four music festivals and also as a radio host, concert promoter, and sometime musician. Met tons of blues musicians, both famous and less well known. Seen 1950s rockers, real country and western performers, 80s hair metal bands, punk (Ramones, Iggy, etc.) all kinds. My faves included classic soul singers, I've seen/heard Wilson Pickett, Isaac Hayes, Clarence Carter, Solomon Burke, Otis Clay, Bobby Bland, on and on.

  •  Hundreds - it was my job (9+ / 0-)

    From the late '70s to the mid '80s I was a concert photographer for record labels in L.A., and went to venues small (the Whiskey, Godzillas etc) and large (Dodger Stadium, the Colisseum), and shot just about every act you've heard of (and believe me - NOT heard of!). My forte was punk groups because I hated 'stadium' rock, and one of my favorite stories was being assigned to shoot the Who's 'farewell' concert at the L.A. Colisseum in... 1981? I wasn't happy about it, and I remember telling people "Damn it's about time these dinosaurs DID retire!!"

    And they're STILL playing...

    "When does the greed stop, we ask the other side? That's the question and that's the issue." - Senator Ted Kennedy

    by Fordmandalay on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:38:53 PM PDT

  •  not very many (14+ / 0-)

    but the first one was the Beatles.  That should get me a few points!

    sometimes the dragon wins

    by kathy in ga on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:39:40 PM PDT

  •  I've been to many concerts over the years (6+ / 0-)

    and one concert I missed- Woodstock.  I was in one of those cars on the NY thruway.  Took almost six hours before we were turned around.  Oh well.

    I also saw the Grateful Dead, and please don't be mad, but they really didn't 'do anything' for me.  But I so enjoyed bragging about it.

    I went to a lot of the Central Parks free concert series during the late 60's/early 70's.  Saw most of the top artists there (although a few years after their prime).

    While I actually can't say I saw Simon and Garfunkel, I was there and I heard them.  (We were in the way back, behind trees.  Still had a ball.)

    I saw Billy Joel and that was awesome, but the best concert I attended was seeing The Beach Boys on the beach in Atlantic City.  

    For a $15.00 bus ticket, I got $10.00 in quarters, plus $2.50 off the buffet, and The Beach Boys.  And I couldn't find anyone to go with me (it was July 4th) so I went all by myself.  Liberating!

    I also attend a lot of my local high school concerts- I love band music and since my son played tuba, I kinda got hooked.

    Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

    by grannycarol on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:40:40 PM PDT

    •  Saw Bill Bell play tuba several times in college (4+ / 0-)
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      BFSkinner, jayden, Tuba Les, grannycarol

      I played too, just not as well as he did (few people could).  That guy could tickle a mouthpiece.

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:39:50 PM PDT

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      •  The memory of William Bell Lives On (1+ / 0-)
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        Since he was born on Christmas day a number of Tubists played a memorial on the ice rink of Rockefeller Center in 1974. That was the first TUBACHRISTMAS which has been played every year since, and spread to over 200 cities around the world.

        I never got to hear him, but I honor him every year with an event in San Pedro, CA.

        Don't run thru the screen door, Granny, you'll STRAIN yourself!

        by Tuba Les on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 10:10:19 AM PDT

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    •  I drove 19 hours (2+ / 0-)
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      BFSkinner, grannycarol

      to a free concert in Central Park to see Nils Petter Molvaer.

      It was a very remarkable experience to see one of the utmost musicians ever.

      His albums Khmer and Solid Ether take up where Miles left off. Absolutely brilliant work.

      Suddenly, it dawns on me, Earnest T. Bass is the intellectual and philosophical inspiration of the TeaParty.

      by Nebraska68847Dem on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 07:44:20 AM PDT

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  •  1962 (5+ / 0-)

    Started things off: Bob  D., Joan B.,  Peter, P. & M, Simon and Gar, C,S,N and Young, Dead, P.Seeger, Limeliters, K.Trio, Dillards, Flatt and Scruggs, NG Dirt Band, later the Stones...beach boys always sucked and always will

  •  Less than 5 that I can recall...the one actual (4+ / 0-)
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    CenPhx, BFSkinner, Timaeus, jayden

    "concert" was the Doobie Brothers in the Kibbie Dome at the University of Idaho long ago.  They opened with a blacked-out back-lit a cappella riff on the chorus of this song:

    Beyond that, I was a spotlight operator at an Olivia Newton John concert in 1974 in the gym at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho (don't remember any part of it except how hot those big old hand-directed spots can get), and my new beautiful young bride and I saw country singer Eddie Rabbitt at the Clark County Fair in SW Washington in the early 80's (almost solely because his duet with Crystal Gayle, "Just You and I" was the wedding song for the aforementioned beautiful young bride and I)...

    I guess one of the musical downsides of an adult life spent in natural resource management is that one doesn't often live anywhere near the sorts of places where concerts happen...

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    by Jack K on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:48:19 PM PDT

  •  I haven't been to a whole lot of concerts (6+ / 0-)

    I did see Ike and Tina Turner once...that's the biggest named band I think I've seen.

    But when I was a waiter in college I did serve a couple of musicians: Ramsey Lewis, George Benson and Elvin Bishop. George Benson had a ring with a diamond that rocked back and forth (iirc, it's been a long time ago).

    (I also poured water for John Wayne, Eddie Albert and Clu Gulager, as a lowly busboy.)

  •  The best show out of a large number (4+ / 0-)
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    BFSkinner, CenPhx, jayden, Remediator

    "It's the (expletive) 21st century man. Get over it." - David Ortiz

    by grubber on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:57:37 PM PDT

  •  I have not been to a lot, compared to some people (11+ / 0-)

    The first big name was Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys. They were campaigning for Jimmy Davis for Governor of Louisiana. I sat on the side of the stage. Jimmy Davis was also a singer and a movie star at the time, but he won the election.

    I saw Elvis in Little Rock when he was just starting out. Got to see him do the first public performance of Hound Dog....the record was released the next day.  

    Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

    by Otteray Scribe on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:02:28 PM PDT

  •  I haven't been to a live concert in a while now (7+ / 0-)

    but recently I struggled over whether to go to see Leonard Cohen in concert. I am entranced by him, and wanted to experience being in the atmosphere of him live. I didn't go, convincing myself that listening to him at home alone was enough, but a part of me regrets my choice. I hope I get the opportunity again to see him live. Please don't anyone tell me that I was right regretting my decision. No, just kidding, tell me what I missed.

    'A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit' Greek Proverb

    by janis b on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:06:52 PM PDT

    •  If he tours again, GO. No matter how far (6+ / 0-)

      or how much you have to pay.

      You missed a lot.

      I saw him in concert in 1995 or thereabouts at the Fox Theater in Detroit and thought that was a wonderful show. Wanted to see him in 2009 but his nearby concert was the same day as my youngest nephew's wedding. Believe me, I had to think hard about that.

      But I wound up seeing him later that fall in Cleveland. Crazy logistics; had to drive there and back in the same day (night). We were SO VERY GLAD we went. Transcendent, holy experience. I'm tearing up thinking about it.

      Same applied with his last tour. (Oh, already almost 18 months ago now!) I almost hesitated, thinking it couldn't possibly compare with the other shows I'd seen. We went anyway, and I was so glad again. Miraculous.

      So this is what you missed. Fantastic back-up performers; his band and singers are the best imaginable. So, so solid. Leonard doesn't sing very well, technically, but his voice is the perfect medium for his songs. Growly but pure; soft but distinct. Impeccable timing.

      He had an unbelievable graciousness on stage. Very warm, welcoming. Funny, unassuming, self-deprecating. If an act, a superb one. Charisma to burn, and sexy as hell even near 80; no wonder he had such a busy life!

      My older daughter (then 27) went with her boyfriend to the most recent show. Neither was a big Cohen fan before, but I convinced her they should go. They were both grateful afterwards, since they thought it was fabulous, too.

      I am sorry you didn't go. I hope we all have a chance to see him live (again).

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      by peregrine kate on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:55:04 PM PDT

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  •  Well, this is sad (6+ / 0-)

    I grew up in Iowa, a desert for concerts. My first concert was in college when I saw Nine Inch Nails. I'd post a song, but I don't think it's in most people's favorite type of music.

    Since then I've seen the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Foo Fighters, U2, Coldplay, Chevelle, Story of the Year and the White Rabbits.

    But I generally avoid concerts like I avoid baseball games at big parks in favor of spring training games in small parks. Hearing a band at a small venue is a lot more fun.

    That being said, here is one of my favorite bands playing one of my favorite songs. Death Cab for Cutie is great live.

    Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

    by CenPhx on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:11:38 PM PDT

  •  I don't know the number, but it is way over 60. (2+ / 0-)
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    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:11:59 PM PDT

  •  My first Concert was Jim Morrison and the Doors (4+ / 0-)

    in 1967 and I went to the Monterey Pop Festival on the last day a couple weeks later. I went to both California Jam I and II plus the Day on the Green concerts. I grew up less than an hour drive to San Francisco when the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin were planing at street festivals.

    I was sent to Chicago for training in 1971 after I joined the Navy and went to Ravinia Park almost every weekend for the free concerts. I've seen at least a hundred different acts over my life and have seen many acts more than once. I've seen Yes nine times and Jethro Tull eight times and several others like the Who and ELP multiple times as well.

    I also saw Fleetwood Mac before Buckingham/Nicks join the band but not afterwords even though I was a huge fan. When I moved up to Oregon in '79 I saw Seafood Mama which became Quarterflash before they began getting national airplay. But I have to admit that I haven't seen nearly as many live acts since the 80's. The shows just got too expensive for me.

    Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

    by RMForbes on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:34:20 PM PDT

  •  Off the top of my head (8+ / 0-)

    Johnny Cash/Carter Family
    Paul Simon
    Simon & Garfunkel
    Everley Brothers (opening for S&G)
    Cher (multiple times)
    Lou Bega (opening for Cher)
    Cyndi Lauper (opening for Cher)
    Prince
    Van Halen
    U2
    Rolling Stones
    Tina Turner
    Katy Perry
    Trans-Siberian Orchestra
    Eagles
    Joe Cocker
    Madonna
    Bette Midler
    Elton John
    Erasure

    I regret never having seen Queen live, but at least Queen + Adam Lambert are coming my way this summer.

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    by lotac on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 10:01:09 PM PDT

  •  I have no idea... (2+ / 0-)
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    Seeing these guys soon...

  •  Hmm. This is an interesting and somewhat (5+ / 0-)

    challenging question.

    I guess my claim to fame would be not the raw numbers of groups I've seen, but the widely (wildly) different genres I have enjoyed.

    When I was a child and teen I went to Metropolitan Opera touring companies, including the last performance by the Met at Masonic Temple (Rigoletto).  That was pretty fabulous. Heard D'Oyly Carte perform Gilbert & Sullivan; must have seen The Mikado two or three times. Still see opera live when I have the chance. Heard Renee Fleming in a stage performance of Daphne. Exquisite.

    Come to think of it, I saw a few Broadway musicals; do they count? Touring company of 1776. Very impressive in 1970, when the U.S. was already gearing up for the bicentennial. I saw Yul Brynner in the revival of The King and I not long before he died. I know, it's a terribly racist premise and plot. But the music was gorgeous and the staging was grand.

    Also at that general age I saw lots of folkies. Gordon Lightfoot and Judy Collins for sure; also Josh White, Jr. Tom Paxton I think. Several others I can't specifically recall. Hmm. Ron Coden. (Anyone else remember the Raven in Southfield, MI?)

    Slightly older, I started going to hear jazz along with my classical music. Same year that the Juillard String Quartet played the Beethoven Quartets (the whole cycle) at Mich State, I also heard Anthony Braxton and Christopher Parkening.

    A little older than that, I was really into women's (read: lesbian feminist) music. Holly Near; Meg Christian; Linda Tillery; Sweet Honey in the Rock. Michigan Women's Music Festival twice. I am pretty sure I saw Holly and Ronnie Gilbert in concert together. (I still go to hear Sweet Honey every chance I get. Probably close to ten times now.)

    Then more local jazz: Straight Ahead, a women's jazz group. Wonderful players. Oh! George Shearing when I was in HS. My, my, my, how he could play.

    Hmm. Then some blues and R & B, and more jazz. Kimmie Horne. Keb' Mo'. Leon Redbone. What a funny cat, no? Local trios. Taj Mahal. Gospel: Five Blind Boys of Alabama. Odetta, that glorious musician.

    Reggae, though I wasn't a huge follower. Local groups, mostly.

    Pop cross-over: Joan Armatrading, Tracy Chapman.

    More folk: Claudia Schmidt. Greg Brown. (Both really excellent musicians/songwriters). Sally Rogers, no relation to Stan or Garnet. Still regret never seeing Pete Seeger live. Mustard's Retreat. Bob Franke. Linda and Richard Thompson. Chenille Sisters. Dick Siegel. Maura O'Connell (hmmm, lovely) Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

    Occasional "world" music. Cesaria Evora. Incredible singer. Huun-Huur-Tu (thanks, WarrenS, for the reminder). Kodo, the Japanese drummers. Uakti, before they hit it big ;) Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Johnny Clegg and Savuka.

    Big-time rock concerts: probably only Procul Harum. Weird, how long ago that was.  Well, if you don't include the glorious performance by Stevie Wonder at Detroit's 300th birthday bash at Hart Plaza. Tens of thousands of people there, blissed out and singing along. Simply a beautiful day.

    More singers: Cleo Laine (helluva voice) and Audra McDonald. Oh! Barbara Cook--in her late 70s, she could still sell the hell out of her songs. Leonard Cohen, as I mentioned above.

    Choral groups, too, but most of those were in the classical repertoire. John Eliot Gardner's Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra--a stand-out. Divine.

    These are bittersweet memories, I hope you know. Some folks never to be heard again, along with those I've already missed. Relationships long gone, too. Hell, same with my misspent youth! ;)

    But a good question all the same.

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    by peregrine kate on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 10:42:44 PM PDT

  •  I can't even guess how many. (6+ / 0-)

    Saw Three Dog Night at Penn State when I was still in high school; that was perhaps the first. No, that's wrong: the first was Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at Royals Stadium with a bunch of other students at KU's summer journalism program for h.s. students.

    At the old Ritz on E. 11th St. in Manhattan, I saw some great acts, including Art of Noise, the Eurythmics, and Robert Palmer, but also saw some other performers in larger venues.

    Then there are the "intimate spaces" (read: dives) where I saw some great jazz or rock. The jazz artists tended to be more well-known; the rockers, more locally known.

    Never went to CBGB's though.

    Do buskers count? I've heard some remarkable world music in subway stations....

    English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

    by Youffraita on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 10:58:50 PM PDT

  •  Too many to count. (5+ / 0-)

    I am fortunate to live in Austin which is a music city with a top tier university so there is never a shortage of opportunities to attend an incredible variety of live concerts. I've also traveled to other cities specifically to see concerts and performances. My concert-going has tapered off quite a bit in the past few years though.

    I've had the pleasure and blessing of seeing and hearing many amazing and magical performances live such as this:


  •  Lots. (2+ / 0-)
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    When the trucks show up on time, the stage hands are on their game, the gear works, and catering tastes good:

    if the show is done right you are held enthralled both by the music and the show.
    Amen.  This is true for Artists, musicians, audience, and crew alike.  I can't wait for tomorrow's show.

    “The purpose of our lives is to add value to the people of this generation and those that follow.” – Buckminster Fuller

    by TheFern on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:54:40 PM PDT

  •  I don't know how many (3+ / 0-)
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    but one of the most unforgettable for me was The Cure and Midnight Oil and others at the Leysin Rock Festival in the Swiss Alps in 1990...

    "In the morning when the sun rises, sometimes it's hard to believe there ever was a night." ~Joseph Cotten, Gaslight (1944)

    by churchylafemme on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:55:52 PM PDT

  •  I come from a musical family (2+ / 0-)
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    And have seen a lot of different kinds of music over the years.  But a few stick out in my mind:  Led Zeppelin in 1977, ELP (the tour with the white rug), Ken Hensley in a bar, Heart's triumphant homecoming to Seattle, Kiss in makeup, Alice Cooper, The Guggenheim Grotto in a 50-person church coffeehouse, Anonymous 4, and Leonard Cohen's most recent tour.  I think I've seen Jorma and Jack the most, though.

  •  I ushered at the Mosque Theater in Newark NJ (5+ / 0-)

    as a high school student. Everybody came through. The Leningrad Philharmonic, Joan Baez, Sammy Davis, Jr., Olatunji, Peter, Paul, and Mary…I also went to concerts in New York, such as Ravi Shankar and Alla Rakha, and P. D. Q. Bach (Peter Schickele), and the New York Philharmonic. Then I ushered in college. Artur Rubinstein was one of the best. I heard Vladimir Horowitz when he came out of retirement, before the big Carnegie Hall concert. Then I went to free concerts in college, such as Ralph Kirkpatrick (our harpsichord professor), and Louis Armstrong, and the New Lost City Ramblers, and Bob Dylan; and I played in the Concert Band, conducted by Aaron Copland, Gunther Schuller, and others. A performance of Schubert's song cycle, Die Schöne Mullerin, and another of Die Winterreise.

    After college, I played live on Korean national television and won a prize in the Korea Herald Foreigners' Music competition, when I was a Peace Corps volunteer. Much later I sang with the Slavyanka Russian Chorus.

    After Korea there was a night at the Kabukiza in Tokyo, and back in the USA, a Don Giovanni performance, the San Francisco Symphony, the San Jose Symphony, Victor Borge, various Klezmer concerts, Patrick Ball, Stomp, Yo Yo Ma, Ricky Skaggs, Christopher Parkening, Mark O'Connor, Chet Atkins, Brian Berline, and more. The Strawberry Music Festival was continuous Old Time and Bluegrass music for days.

    Also Broadway and off-Broadway musicals.

    There were lots more. I can't remember them all.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 12:08:24 AM PDT

  •  Growing up in the bay area, you get numerous (2+ / 0-)
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    opportunities to go to multi-day music festivals, and, in my case, if you know someone who ushers for Bill Graham Presents, you get to be a "plus" and usher a concert here and there. I don't know how many acts I've seen over the years, but it's over 61.

    Here I am, now. Entertain me.

    by blueoregon on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 12:33:31 AM PDT

  •  Probably seen about 300 shows, maybe more (3+ / 0-)
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    Best shows I ever saw were The Cure at the gorge in 96(Played for almost three hours as the sun was setting behind them) and The Arcade Fire at the Crystal Ballroom in 2004 (The most amazing combination of heart and musicianship I've ever seen, really the best live band on the planet). Crash Worship (google them) in Seattle in 93 comes close as well. So many great shows and memories. I could write half a book.

    Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about. Mark Twain

    by Deathtongue on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 12:50:31 AM PDT

  •  Have seen The Dead Milkmen in West Palm (1+ / 0-)
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    BFSkinner

    Beach and YoYo Ma in New York.  It won't surprise anybody to learn they attracted somewhat different audiences.  

    Both concerts were terrific.  

    Was in the crowd on a night Paul Simon did "The Boxer," but adding the extra verse.  You could feel a surge of electricity through the audience when he began the verse.  It was very close to prophecy, kind of, sort of.  Felt that way, anyhow.  

    "How can we know the dancer from the dance?" (Yeats)

    by Remediator on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 03:46:34 AM PDT

  •  Buffalo Springfield, 1968, (2+ / 0-)
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    first concert; I still have the poster/handbill. Hendrix, twice in one weekend, Newport '69. Canned Heat, a zillion times at the Topanga Corral; John Lee Hooker showed up, too. Stones, '71 & 72. Deep Purple, ELP, Black Sabbath, Yes, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Rory Gallagher, Bob Marley, B.B. King 10x, Johnny Winter, (Lucky 7x), Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson., Merle Haggard, Lynrd Skynrd - (Before the crash), Charlie Daniels Band, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, CSNY, Led Zep, Robert Plant, The Who - '71- '73. Stevie Wonder w/ Stones. Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Blue Cheer, Santana - a bunch, Jeff Beck, likewise. Eric Sardinas - 10-x +.  Marvin Gaye, Ravi Shankar, Van Halen - a month before their first album, partied with 'em backstage, too. Ike & Tina (have one of their session guitarist's Olympic White Stratocasters), Henry Rollins Band, Billy Wilson Band. And dozens more I can't remember right now. (Ya know, the sixties & seventies)...SSK  

    "Hey Clinton, I'm bushed" - Keith Richards UID 194838

    by Santa Susanna Kid on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 04:52:32 AM PDT

  •  My most recent concert experience: Simple Minds (1+ / 0-)
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    in the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. Can't say they still have the same live energy they had in the 80s and 90s but it was still good to see them after they had not played the States since 2002.

  •  I had to guess (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't remember how many I've seen, if you count local bands as well as the larger 'professional' ones.  I've gone to 'professional' concerts about 6 times, with about 10 groups. But if you count the local bands, well I had a boyfriend for a few years who played in a local band, so I'm not even sure how many bands I've seen from that standpoint. Many.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 06:29:27 AM PDT

  •  I grew up in Chicago (2+ / 0-)
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    and lived in DC.

    The number of back water joints and places I've seen people playing at goes on forever.
    Some greats played those haunts... I didn't know the guy playing rhythm guitar inconspicuously on a back-street bar behind Rush street was Keith Richards until I read about it in the paper the next day. (My favorite place. It stayed open until 6am. Got to love a place that announces, "First light is seen!")

    I know great music when I feel it.

    I sat in a joint that could stuff 400 people in it... on a Wednesday night to see Albert Collins. 12 of us braved the blizzard to get there on a Wednesday night. Of the 12, most sat in at some point from 8pm until 6am. I could barely play a drum but spent an hour or so on a kit putting "keeping time" (poorly).
    (I didn't go to work that day; didn't even bother calling in... found out later that work was cancelled and they tried to call me at home from 4am until 7am... I got home around 10am).

    Great music stirs a soul. It's hard to find, but when it shows up... I stop, listen, and go forward a changed person.

    Suddenly, it dawns on me, Earnest T. Bass is the intellectual and philosophical inspiration of the TeaParty.

    by Nebraska68847Dem on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 07:34:52 AM PDT

  •  My first concert was The Beatles. (1+ / 0-)
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    BFSkinner

    I was 6 and my dad took me and my sister to see The Beatles at Dodger Stadium.
    I do remember screaming, and the stadium.
    Since, some highlights.
    Led Zep, Pink FLoyd, ELP, Genesis, ZZ top, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Robin Trower, Jeff Beck, ELO, Queen, Peter Gabrial, Thin Lizzy, Ringo Starr, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, GBH, The Tubes, The Runaways, Joan Jett, The Ramones, The Dickies, The Circle Jerks, Social Distortion, The Buzzcocks, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Sex Pistols, The Dammed, Mudhoney, Husker Du, The Minute Men, Flipper, Bikini Kill, The Undertones, Nine Nine Nine, NIN,  L7, Black Flag, The Cramps, The Meteors, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rancid, DRI, The Julie Ruin,
    Currently I have tickets to go see, Elton John, The Black Lips,  
    Waiting to get tix to see: Jeff Beck, Ringo Starr.

    These are just off the top of my head.   Rock on people.

    " With religion you can't get just a little pregnant"

    by EarTo44 on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 08:04:03 AM PDT

  •  I had a buddy............. (0+ / 0-)

    that was a part time DJ while going to school. He was also a rock aficionado. He got me albums at promotional prices and we went to many great live concerts.

    I think the three most notable were shows that were the part of these groups first US tours and before they had made a name for themselves.  ZZ Top on their first tour at the Frankfort, KY civic center. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on their first tour at the Louisville Palace Theatre.

    Peter Frampton toured the US after breaking off from Humble Pie. I saw him live in an outdoor concert at a automobile race track in Jeffersonville, Indiana. There were two other acts: John McLaughlin and a band out of New England (I have forgotten the name) with an big, ugly, hairy lead singer who wore a white wedding frock.  

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

    by cazcee on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 09:10:58 AM PDT

  •  Maybe 10. (0+ / 0-)

    The best were John Prine at Charleston Performing Arts Center in 2005 at the kickoff of the "Fair and Square" tour,

    Robert Earl Keen, Jr., at the Charleston Music Hall in November 2006,

    Vance Gilbert opened for George Carlin the last time I saw George.

    A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon. -Bill Clinton

    by PSzymeczek on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 10:53:44 AM PDT

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