Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by Pingu, Mar 21, 2013.
I can't narrow it to one or even a top ten.
Reading the thread makes me think of other great gigs I've been to or acts at festies..
Fishbone at Glastonbury one year early 90s I guess?
G love and special sauce... Same year in a wee tent?
Hole, not long before kurt died at Shep bush
Placebo, during 1st album period at brix academy
Roni size at Glastonbury
Basement jazz at Hyde park week before live 8 I think it was
And a band called the warm from Japan that played in my local... For sheer intensity and utter electronic amazingness
I do wonder though, has the greatest gig ever already happened, some awesome gigs in this thread that people have been too and can't think of anything now that would make me excited to see, but that's just me maybe?
snap, as it happens
Easy. The Smiths at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester 1986. The Queen is Dead tour. Fucking brilliant. But closely followed by Bob Dylan doing an acoustic set in Magdeburg in the nineties.
Should have mentioned earlier - Thee Bat - mental Japanese punk band (mentioned on the ladies of punk thread) - Leeds brudenell social - 2012.
Very very jealous of the smiths gig.
And amazed that Dylan did a gig in the last 30 years that wasn't shit
Grinderman - Hammersmith Apollo 2010
Soft Cell - Brixton Academy - 2002/3?
Neil Young - Glastonbury - 2009
Julian Cope - Koko - 2006 (+ numerous other times.. )
Devo - Royal Festival Hall 2005?
Portishead - ATP - Ally Pally - 2011
Billy Bragg - Glastonbury - 2005/6?
Graham Coxon - Hanmersmith Palais - 2007/8??
( I have excluded tribute bands here.. )
Tori Amos - Royal Albert Hall - 2011
I saw him at the O2 a few years back and it wasn't up to much. In Magdeburg it was full of old Ossie rockers and Dylan played like he was back in the sixties. Plus I got right to the front of the stage. In the O2 he looked like an ant.
Orbital - Glasto - 1999
Radiohead all the times I've seen them.
Fist gig i ever went to. Billy Childish with the Milshakes at Meday art college. They arrived on motorbikes thru the crowd and played an hour or so of maximum rock and roll. Changed my life forever.
...actually I've remembered another gig that was hugely enjoyable and very fondly remembered. I was reminded of it because of another thread. Our very own Jazzz at the Royal Festival Hall. He's really very good indeed. Ragtime piano for those who didn't know. He was originally Dr Jazz on these boards but he changed it because people, quite wrongly, thought he was representing himself as a qualified medical doctor. He wasn't, it was a reference to this.
Off the top of my head...
Primal Scream - Eden Project - 2004
Stone Roses - Brixton - 1995
AC/DC - Donington - 1984
Deep Purple - Knebworth - 1985
Chemical Brothers and Prodigy on consecutive weeks at the Newcastle Mayfair pilled off my gurny little face (92?)
Ramones - every time but Manchester International & Astoria stand out
Motorhead - most times but Manchester International sometime late 80s (?)
Leonard Cohen - Big Chill - 2008
There'll be others I'll remember...possibly my first few gigs because they were the first; Girlschool in Chelmsford (81 or 82 I think), Gillan in Southend in 82 and UFO in Southend around the same time...
Pickman's model - were Ramones/ANL supporting Cast of all people at that Astoria gig?!
The ramones were headlining
My favourite gig attended would have to be when I saw Carter USM at the Cavern in Exeter. Small venue, stage diving, hands in the air sing along, beer soaked, rock and roll romp.
Buff Medways was one of my favourite gigs too. also I would mention Jesus Lizard Sheffield 1996, Ween London about 2002, Viking Moses earlier this year in my local bar to 20 people, Mummies Valencia 2008 or so, Fat Whites earlier this year in Dalston.
Different gig, same tour. A couple of weeks earlier (or maybe later) at Liverpool Stadium.
Neurosis in a small Norwegian town with 30-40 people in the crowd. PJ Harvey in 1994 at Roskilde. Nirvana in Oslo 1992. Dead Moon, Oslo, late nineties.
Ok, bit different to Mogwai and Tool as previously stated but...
Billy Bragg at The Barbican in about 2006.
I thought it was just going to be just him but he had a load of the folk on 2 winners from that year with him and Martin Carthys sons.
Plus I was with my parents and some really good friends.
Just so many...
Suicide at the Marquee in about '78
XTC at the Music Machine, about '80
The Fall, anywhere, possibly at Hammersmith Palais in '82.
Thems WERE the days.
Super Furry Animals Glastonbury 2003
Nicole Atkins Bowery Ballroom 2007
Built to Spill at So What?, Oslo 1999.
Hawkwind soon after the Space Ritual stuff around 75/6, Manchester Palace; Sabbath with the original line up, Manchester Free Trade Hall, same era. The Clash, Manchester Apollo 78 ish, mainly playing stuff off the first album. Suppose the only reason they were best for me is I was an age to still be starstruck and able to absorb myself into the whole thing, no cynicism.
Against my better judgement, I will mention the gig that, until a couple of weeks ago, I’d definitely have included in the list, not for the entire gig, but for the performance of one song, which was one of the most memorable (in a good way) live musical experiences ever.
The artist was, sadly, that well known homophobe Michelle Shocked. Shortly before the release of Short Sharp Shocked, playing in a ram-packed Leeds Poly. The gig was good. But it was the intro to her debuting Graffiti Limbo, with what was, in retrospect, a highly dubious story, but still a gripping one that completely held all 1200 people in complete silence, as we remained throughout the song, you really could have heard a pin drop. A genuinely stunning moment.
Brian Wilson - Glastonbury 2005: Hit after hit in blazing sunshine after the flooding had almost ruined the festival. Great back-up band too, who more than covered for Brian's obvious infirmities. Danced like a loon for over an hour.
This is a hard one for me to answer,
Reading and Glastonbury from 88 until about 96, I saw that many I can't remember plus my memory is possibly a little impaired
The Smiths in 1986 as it was the first proper band I saw
Iggy at Reading in 91, Gaye Bykers in Newcastle Riverside around 88 or 89.
That Petrol Emotion in Newcastle Riverside around 87
Fields Of The Nephilim when they played Elizium somewhere around 1990.
Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Pixies etc. Too many to mention.
The shit gigs thread was easier.
I can now narrow it down to Underworld at the Sydney Opera House
last Tuesday. Phew! I will write more about it when I have recovered,
which might be some time yet.
David Byrne Edinburgh Playhouse.
There was a time when Bo Diddley wasn't the legend he was by the time he died and he was playing smaller venues.
I'd always been a fan because he was more underground and difficult-to-find (for a 13 year old) than Chuck Berry in the early 60s.
He was on at the Half Moon in Putney in, possibly, 1980 or 81. We got there a bit late and the place was already full but it was only about 2-300 people and we were still only 5 or 6 yards from the stage.
That was my best gig.
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