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Ok i was wondering what your favourite gig yod been to was? I personnaly if honest have only been to one gig in my 18 year existance which was a few months ago in the weee Wolverhampton Wulfrun Center in surprise surprise to see cKy.

 

It was awesome as we got there at about lunch and went around wolvo buying shit and getting lunch before we hung around the wulfrun a bit waiting for mates when who should walk by us but BAM MARGERS BROTHER JESS- as seen in Jackass and the drummer of cKy, he was very pleasnt and was more than happy to talk about the band and his brother. The lack of a pen cheesed me off but he was an awesome bloke as was the young lady with him whom i didnt know.

 

Later when in the first act out was an american quartet called Fireball ministry and who should be on eof the guitarists but the young woman i met with Jess. They were a great band who played some pretty old school stuff and I really injoyed listening while i knocked back the guiness and puffed on my fags ( i opnly smoke when socialising so dont quote me as being a smoker). cKy came out and rocked a nearly 3 hour set playing all their hits and even playing a christmas song (Im March) .

 

At one point i went out th back doors to check the merc and buy a cKy cap when i noticed the man who served me looked rather like the lead singer of the support act. Turned out he was the lead singers brother and manager and he tried to see me their cd at a full fiver less than it was being sold for their. Of course my drinking and taken up all my funds so i couldnt afford it but he was more than happy to chat as the rest of the band came in and were happy to give me their autographs on a flyer with a permanant marker the manager bloke had and gave me free stickers and stuff.

 

Id say its going to be hard to top that gig for me, my first and was better than i expected.

 

So whats your favourite gig youve been to?

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Hmm.. I have 2 that are on level with each other.

 

Firstly, Jet. I didnt even think they would be that good, when i went i wasnt in the mood. But the were amazing from start to finish.. this is a true rock and roll band.

 

Second, abit different, My Chemical Romance which was actually last week the gig. Brilliant, got battered though as it was a small venue, everyone was climbing on the stage. At the last song, i was in the pit, and this guy musta been easy 7 foot was on stage, i kept my ground to catch him.. every other fcker moved out the way and he landed on top of me, and then 3 more little annoying mini moshers thought it would be funny to climb on stage and jump on me on the floor. Apart from that the gig was amazing.

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I've been to a few gigs now. My favourite was probably the last one, Muse. The venue was pretty small (Ulster Hall) and there was a great atmosphere and the band were superb. Next gig for me is on Monday at the Limelight when The Datsuns are playing. Not a huge fan but my friend is so I thought I'd go along anyway.
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I got three... Korn at the MEN, man that was one hell of a show and one hell of a pit, it hurt so much!

 

Metallica - Leeds Fest last year... I finally get to see my heroes live and they played every classic they ever wrote, and a couple of songs off St Anger but what can you do... One and Sandman for the encore! Superb!

 

Rammstein - Apollo in Manchester 2002 - Anyone ever witnessed a band crowd surfing in a dingy? A beautiful UFO light rig? The best use of pyro in a concert ever? Or perhaps just some of the most innovative and crunching metal ever! It was all in German and we all sang along and loved every second!

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blooming heck, I've been to so many gigs that it would be virtually impossible to choose a favourite.

 

Most visually impressive - either Marilyn Manson back in 1996 or Rammstein a couple of years ago.

Most hazardous to my health - Six foot under in 2003 (felt like I broke my neck) or Fear Factory in 1996 (covered in bruises)

Most highflying - Sick of it All in 1998, when I did a huge stage dive

 

Ah, now I have a favourite (not the favourite, but a favourite) - Anthrax last year in Wolverhampton. A band I have wanted to see for a long time.

Obituary this year in Germany.

Metallica in 1995.

 

all fond memories. might be easier to ask me about bad gigs I've been to.

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I'm seeing RHCP on 19th. So that will probably be my fave

 

Im goin to see them in three days cant wait!!! Chemical brothers were fantastic the screens the lights the music everything! I realise robbie williams isnt everybodies cup of tea in fact im sure quite a few of you hate him but ive seen him twice and he was excellent, even if you dont like his music hes a brilliant showman and he gives it his all on stage.

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So many gigs, have to go for the following:

 

Feeder at Reading 02, beautifully moving concert

Powder Download 04, amazingly surreal performance boarding on soft porn

Korn Wembley 03 visually stunning great performance

 

Will tak a lot ot beat them but hopefully someone will.

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Slane Castle a few years ago U2 in the house I went with about 6 of my mates and Ireland were playing holland that day and they showed the second half on the big screen Jason Mc Ateer bangs one into the back of the net wooooooooooooo

Then U2 come on on rock the place It was a beautiful day lol

 

The eminem concert I went to in punchestown was pretty cool too he was supported by X-zibit and cypress hill slane just gets the nod probably coz of ireland kicking the dutchs ass hahaha

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This weekend was a contender for me. I went to a gig with a couple of mates, G3 it's called, meaning three guitarists, one of whom on those tours is always Joe Satriani. This time he was with Steve Vai and a guy called Robert Fripp who used to be in a big band from the sixties called King Crimson. Fripp came on first and produced weird orchestral layers of different sounds from his guitar, not playing fast but using effects to produce this kind of surreal music. It's not normally what I would choose to listen to as it sounded kind of like weed smoking music, but it was enjoyable to watch (though not everyone there thought that) and kept me interested for his set.

 

As soon as he finished, Steve Vai walked out to greet the audience. Amazing. He started off playing a triple necked guitar, working up to playing all three necks to kind of create a full sound just on his own, before his band came out and joined him on a song called 'I Know You're Here'. Anyway, Vai and his band gave the best demonstration of musicianship that I have ever and quite possibly will ever see from any one band, playing some songs I wasn't expecting but other songs I have wanted to hear for a long time. I know no-one apart from possibly Alan really cares about this guy, so I'll just say that the highlights among many were brilliant performances of 'Whispering A Prayer' and 'For The Love Of God', which had a spanking new keyboard introduction to it which was a nice twist.

 

After that, Joe Satriani came out and delivered a fantastic live performance. His musicianship was phenomenal as well, his band weren't so much in the focus, the stunt stuff in his songs was pretty much left up to him rather than showingoff the rest of the band, who kept it reasonably simple as far as I could notice. His songs were generally rockier and maybe more 'fun' to Vai's more 'impressive', if you see what I mean. He was playing over at our side of the stage for a lot of his set, which four rows from the front is a pretty good view. :D Highlights of the set were 'Satch Boogie', 'Always With Me, Always With You', 'Up In Flames', 'War' and an awesome moment for me, when he played 'Flying In A Blue Dream', which I've been listening to since I was about nine or ten, this weekend being the first time I had seen it performed live and it was excellent.

 

The three of them did a jam after Satriani's set, doing one song from Satriani, one from King Crimson and one from Vai before a superb widdly skill filled cover version of Neil young's 'Rockin' In The Free World'.

 

After the show I stayed for the Aftershow meeting. It was incredible to get the chance to talk to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Joe Satriani is one of the nicest guys I've ever met. He was super nice to everybody, signing a couple of things for me and posing for a photo which I hope will develop without any problems, plus taking the time to chat for a while and answer questions from everyone. He was just so easy going and friendly, it was a real pleasure and a privilege to meet him. Vai was more reserved in a laid back sort of way. I got the impression that he was pretty knackered but he was still happy enough to sign stuff, have his picture taken and answer questions from whoever wanted to talk to him. I was a bit more nervous in front of him and forgot loads of good questions I was going to ask him, perhaps because I had time to see Satriani coming whereas Steve Vai just kind of appeared in front of me quite suddenly and I panicked a bit, I wasn't really gushing and didn't make a complete idiot of myself, at least I don't think so, but there as loads of stuff that I wanted to ask him which I forgot once the show started and then remembered about ten minutes after I left the venue! That's the way it goes though, there's no point worrying about that as there's nothing you can do about that really. I remember as I was walking away from Steve Vai that I made the point of thanking him for taking the time to sign stuff and talk to me as well as get my photo taken with him. As I turned to walk back to where my friends were (they went up after I did), I heard him say 'Thank you'. It pleased me to know that both of them appreciated their fans and were completely down to earth with them, showing how much they valued the fact that we had come to see them perform. The main thing was that I met two absolute heroes of mine and they were really cool guys to meet face to face having put on an incredible show, so you can't ask for more than that. Just thinking about seeing them play and talking to them after the show puts a smile on my face. 8) Since then I've been picking up the guitar quite a bit more than previously, hoping that their unbelievable skill might have rubbed off on me. Imagine my lack of surprise when I discovered that I still play in my usual sloppy, try to run before you can walk style! :P

 

It's too soon after that gig to say whether it tops seeing AC/DC, The Rolling Stones and The Pretenders in Leipzig or all of the bands I saw at Donington earlier this month, but along possibly with seeing Iron Maiden supported by Murderdolls at the Madrid Plaza de Toros and maybe Status Quo and The Beach Boys at Liverpool King's Dock, those would be the outstanding gigs that I have seen.

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Paul McCartney, in Liverpool, nuff' said.

 

The other gig that I really enjoyed was The Hives in Liverpool a few years back, there were two support bands, one of them called the Mooney Suzuki, they were first one and played absolutly amazing. They got a great responce from the crowd who clapped them off, the next band were aload of crap, but then The Hives came out and gave another great performance. Both them and Mooney Suzuki have an amazing ability to connect with a crowd and produce of much energy from their music.

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Thunder's best of Birtish tour in 1995, when it came to the Barras. b.l.o.w. opened, never heard of them since, but then Skin (the band, not the shaven headed former singer of Skunk Anansie) were special guests, played an hour or so, then Thunder played a 2 hour set. Incredible.

 

It was the first time I got to gobackstage, and I ended up with my program signed by all of Thunder and Skin - still in my posession to this day. How both bands never made it big is beyond me :(

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hmm many gigs to choose from.

One of em being BrandNew with StraylightRun at the leeds cockpit, January 20, Straylight Run were amazing and BrandNew were just phenominal, they played "Sic Transit Gloria.." as encore and all the kids were singing along, met JesseLacey and got his wristband hehehehe.

Another mention has to be Ataris, with PlanesMistakenForStars and Cursive supporting at Leeds uni. PMFS and Cursive were brilliant, pit was immense. didnt stay for Ataris set simply cos they suck.

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I have been to qute a few gigs, but my favourites have to be:

 

KoRn Sept 2002: Awesome gig with one great support band (Trust Company) and one lame one (Puddle of Mudd) Saw them at London Arena.

 

Slipknot February 2002: Amzing show with the best line-up of support bands (American Headcharge, In Flames, One Minute Silence) Saw them at NEC Arena.

 

Incubus June 2002: Simply Fantastic as they played all the good tracks off SCIENCE. Saw them at Birmingham Academy.

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for me it has to be Muse at the NEC in December, i ended up working the wembley one so got me and the mrs tickets for birmingham drove up there for a truly superb gig.

 

Our Lady Peace have been great whenever I have seen them as have jimmy Eat World.

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iv been 2 that many im kinda stumped.

anthrax at donington in 87.the pit was,well like any pit and the hi-lite was joey sayin hey london.

anthrax at newcastle city hall with testament,we were on testaments tourbus drikning with them...gr8 lads.

heart at same venue,no stageshow,just them and lights.

body count at newcastle mayfair (rip) 94,hug out with ice-t and beatmaster v (rip).

u2 at leeds and murrayfield in 97,the popmart tour.

kylie at shepherds bush in 98,cos i met her and managed front row.

 

worst was guns n roses at donington 88.

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Hey Alan, what was Donington 88 like in general, if I may ask? Iron Maiden, David Lee Roth, Guns 'N' Roses, there were one or two other there as well who I can't recall, but the bill looked like it couldn't have been anything other than good. If you were there, what were your thoughts on it?
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well MLM,the ill-fated donington 88 line-up was

HELLOWEEN:the only band i was there 2 see mainly and i even got my banner in kerrang,but they were awesome,great opening act,like cinderella the previous year.

GUNS N ROSES:stoned and/or drunk and their sound was awful.shame those 2 lads died in the crush.

MEGADETH:saw them a few month earlier and were as good as,thou lars cummin on stage at the end and hugged mustaine was cool...ending the fued.

DAVE LEE ROTH:well wot can u say.the show stopper oozed class and even had the nerve 2 play the stevie vai's geetar aswell.

KISS:soundwise they were perfect but lacked stage presence 4 me.

IRON MAIDEN:nuff said cos it was maiden and it was 107,000 ppl.

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Awesome Alan. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son is probably my favourite Maiden album, so to see them touring that must have been great. Kiss I agree with you, I'm not much of a fan personally, Roth + Vai = pure awesomeness, Megadeth - (was this around the time of 'So Good, So Far... So What!'?) must have been cool to see them (even if their best albums were the two after that), sorry to hear Guns 'N' Roses were poor and Helloween, I'm not fussed about them but I've nothing against them.

 

I've always wondered about Donington 88 as if there were one gig I could go back in time to see, that would probably be the one that I would choose to see. On papaer it sounds unbeatable without more bands being added, but Maiden and in particular the Roth/Vai factor (the year after Vai had designed his signature Ibanez JEM guitar) would be enough for me to want to see it. I've just been directed to a site with some Vai bootlegs on it including a couple of shows with David Lee Roth so I may check that out, give me a shout if you want the web address Alan. :xyx

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