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So what was the best gig or concert ( or are they both the same thing :lol) you have been to?

 

For me it was probably U2 Zoo TV tour back in the early 90's, that tour just made other bands say"hell we have to up our game"

 

Others, Metallica/Oasis/Slayer/Noel Gallagher/AC/DC......

 

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The sad horrible truth is that my best and worst gig are the same thing as ive only been to one, the sadder more horrible truth is that it was Hanson!! (Mmm Bop!). I can happily say though, that I went with my girlfriend at the time and she paid for everything and showered me with gifts, I felt like a proper lady, almost as much as when I was watching Hanson perform.......sigh
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Man I'm guilty of ever only going to KISS and two Pearl Jam gigs. The PJ gigs had a big emotional impact on me, the first one being the first one of course and drawing the lines and getting into a relationship with my girlfriend by taking her to the second one.

 

However I'm doing the lot this year. Brad in two weeks, Mudhoney in May and Queens of the Stone Age in June.

 

And I made A2 blueprints and calculated costs to convince my girlfriend. We're gonna do most of the Europe gigs with Pearl Jam next year, if they're planning on coming over. Isn't confirmed yet but I'm doing it next time. So I'm covering Germany, Netherlands, England, Denmark, France, Sweden or wherever they are, I'll be there.

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Hmm, toughy. These days I hate gigs because of all the people (I know, how dare they eh?), and the crushyness of the kind of gigs that I'd go to. It just pisses me off and I end up not enjoying the music.

 

But back in my teenage days, I used to go to quite alot. The best for me would probably be My Chemical Romance because they were my first favourite band, Coldplay because they were just cracking live and Madina Lake who I remember being particularly awesome.

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seen machine head 3 times, they are awesome and at download last year they encouraged the fans to start a new record for circle pits :lol

 

download last year, metallica death magnetic gig along with glastonbury 09 and t in the park 08 are up there with my favourites.

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If you class Glastonbury as a gig then I have done 96 - 2002, I used to get in free as I helped out in the Catholic tent. It was either Glastonbury 04 or 05 I took one look at the mud and just handed my ticket to the nearest person waiting for tickets near the gate. I could not face any more mud I had wrecked too many clothes in the previous years.

 

Apart from that I have never been to a concert or gig as my parents when I was younger would not let me and when i was older there was no one i strongly liked to go. I have very weird music tastes.

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Reading's always been fun. I went every year from 2003 to 2008, and it was always good. Best one of concert is much tougher. It's hard to pick one over all, because different types of shows are good for different reasons. I really like tiny-tiny hardcore shows I've been to like Sikth and Rolo Tomassi, and The Ghost of a Thousand, and Cancer Bats for their intimacy, and riotousness, and sense of danger, but I've also really liked huge stadium shows I've been to like The Rolling Stones for being sort of mad Cirque de Soleil Las Vegas shows, and then I've enjoyed sort of mega-party, live-band disco sort of shows like Cobra Starship, Say Anything and Blink-182.

 

The last really, really good show I went to was Say Anything and Motion City Soundtrack in Times Square last year.

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For actual gigs the best I've seen is the U2 Pop tour back in 1995 at Wembley. Just the sound, they quality of the band, the songs. It was at the time they released the Batman theme "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" and "Discotheque", which were both class tunes.

 

I've also seen Tenacious D at Hammersmith which was fantastic. They just played their debut album from start to finish and everyone sang along and acted out the skits :lol.

 

Who else? I've been to a couple of gigs with my dad. We saw Jools Holland in Cardiff, Sting in San Jose (in this outdoor grass-verged hippie bowl) and Neil Young at Hammersmith. They were all really good, despite me not really being a fan of any of those acts.

 

With my pal Stebbo (who is a music nut and goes to gigs all the time) I've seen a few gigs with him, but the two standout ones were a very, very early Doves concert in the Wulfrun Centre in Wolverhampton when we were in uni. Great gig from, at the time, total unknowns. In November 2011 we went to the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in LA and saw 1980's hair-metal pastiche band "Steel Panther". Unbelievably amazing. Just mind-blowingly good wailing on guitars :). In April this year I'm going to see Utah Saints with him.

 

Overall though, the single greatest live act I've ever ever ever seen was the Dr Dre & Snoop (& "friends" including 50, Eminem and Wiz) headline at Coachella 2012. I'm proud, and somewhat smug (and you know Boyo's not smug :xyx) to say that I was there when they first did that Tupac hologram, and it was absolutely magnificent. Spine-tingingly magnificent in fact.

 

Other Coachella highlights include Cage The Elephant (who I'd never heard of before, but quickly became one of my favourite bands), Duck Sauce, Kanye West, Duran Duran, The Kills, Florence (seriously, awesome live), David Guetta, Nero, Leftfield, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Madness, Pulp, Sleigh Bells, Magnetic Man, Paul Van Dyk and Sasha.

 

Coachella's awesome. Not going this year, but am geting 6 tickets for 2014 :xyx

 

Cheers!

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Best concerts for me was Disturbed/Slipknot combo outdoors in the mud moshing and thrashing around in a rainstorm heaving mounds of dirt and grass onto the stage. I was one of the lucky 100+ escorted from the building shall we say, a tad early due to extenuating circumstances that were out of my control.

 

Godsmack/Metallica was awesome with a rotating stage. Will have to say Godsmack blew metallica out of the water live. Also throw in AC/DC and Kid Rock shows ive been to. Kid because he is a local boy and AC/DC because...well... its fu##ing AC/DC!!!

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I saw Black Sabbath at Ozfest 98 lying in the setting sun on the slope at the side of Milton Keynes bowl. It was a pretty special experience.

 

I played a gig with Cave In, so I got to watch them from the side of the stage and got to chat to them before and after the show, so I think that's one of my favourite gigs, but technically it doesn't count because strictly speaking I was working. :lol

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My most memorable concert is for sure Ministry.Revolting Cocks/Pissing Razors at the Ogden in Denver. Anyone who knows the Ogden knows that it's a 500 limit capacity. Well Ministry's sound system was designed for 15,000 at least. There performance was the only time in my life that I thought a band was going to murder me with sound. They opened with three or four songs from their current album with no pause in between. It was brutal. After that they stopped long enough for Al to ask if we wanted to hear some old shit. Everyone screamed yes but in the back of my head I was thinking, holy shit, the old stuff is way more brutal - I'm dead.

 

Ears rang for three solid days and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

 

Second favorite gig has to be Tool with Nile at Fiddlers Green(also in Denver). It was mesmerizing.

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We can use this thread to talk about gigs in the present tense yes?

 

Because Soundwave was a mo'f*cking BLAST.

 

I need somewhere to dump all my thoughts so bear with me, a novel will probably ensue.

 

I've seen Chris Jericho wrestle, now I've seen him sing and prance around like a homo. Seriously, he has weirdly effeminate stage moves. But Fozzy were fun even though I didnt actually know any of their songs apart from "Enemy". I also thought this was the closest I'd get to a band during the day. I was wrong.

 

Watched a hardcore band called This Is Hell for about 20 mins while I ate lunch, the lesson from which is that I need to see more hardcore bands. Makes missing Madball, Sick of it All and VOD that much sadder and I might go see all three tomorrow. Anyway, there were like 10 dudes rocking out to This is Hell and one chick sitting on someone's shoulders in the middle of the pit getting her tits out and being mercilessly sprayed with the hose. Good times.

 

At 2pm God decided to play with his weather toys and in the space of about 30 mins we had bucketing rain, brilliant sunshine, bucketing rain and brilliant sunshine again. Drenched and sunburnt in the space of one set. Which was Bullet for my Valentine, by the way, and they were pretty great. Continued my run of circle pits by being caught right between two.

 

A bunch of trucks got lost in flood waters so Sum 41 were late, which was not part of my plan. Deryck Thingy was dressed up as Johnny Rotten, with red hair, and came off like a complete c*ck. Lucky for me they played "We're All To Blame" and "In Too Deep" in the first 15 mins so I had no qualms about leaving them for Slayer. Who were, well, Slayer. I sat and watched them for about 20 mins and realised this was the first time I'd sat down all day. Saw "War Ensemble" and "Jesus Saves" so I was good.

 

The main item on my agenda was Killswitch Engage, because they are possibly my second favourite band and I'd never seen them before. Turns out their stage was late too, so I got to see All Time Low play "Dear Maria Count Me In". This was the first time I'd ever really been in the middle of a proper mosh. I ended up pushed all the way to the front and was about three rows back to see Jesse Leach play with Killswitch, so I was stoked. They rocked it too.

 

Killswitch running late means I missed out on seeing A Perfect Circle, which was my only real bummer of the day. I did hear "The Outsider" while I was, ahem, outside ANZ. Linkin Park started off with "A Place for My Head" so my dreams came true after their first song. They stopped playing at one point because some dude was injured in the pit, which was a really classy move. Anyway I love these guys and I love seeing them play. I love that they care about how they sound live.

 

My back had crawled away to die at this point so I subsisted on willpower for the next THIRTY FIVE MINS waiting for Metallica to f*cking arrive. But not to worry because METALLICA. Pretty self-explanatory I think. They played some cool ass sh*t, lots of early stuff, and it was Rob Trujillo's 10th anniversary so he was rocking out to "Orion" and sh*t. It really is just amazing to see them play.

 

Its a late slip, but I mean, you guys have Reading and Download and whatever, Americans have a bunch of festivals, if you are ever thinking about going, DO IT. So, so completely worth it.

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Worst gig, not so much a gig as a set - it was an NME sponsored "New Music" tour at the QMU in Glasgow, really tiny, dark, sweatbox kind of venue. losprophets. Awful. AWFUL. 25 minute set, spent 15 minutes of it soundchecking or arguing with the sound man or the front row... then played Shinobivsdragonninja twice. Argued some more and ****ed off. The night was saved by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Andrew WK absolutely destroying the place with amazing sets.

 

Oh, and the reunited Thin Lizzy with Ricky Warwick on vocals. I like them, but they're not Lizzy. They shouldn't have been under the Lizzy name; now they're doing the rounds as Black Star Riders, I'll go see them. I walked out of that gig, real shame as The Union and Supersuckers killed on support.

 

Last time I saw Bon Jovi... totally on autopilot, it was raining and Jon stood at the back of the stage for 90% of the show to avoid getting wet. Arse.

 

Best, weird choices... Gun reuniting afer 15 years and playing to 400 people in a packed Rockers Nightclub in Glasgow. I had my hands on the bar at the front, and there were two people between them. Great set, some of the stuff is on YouTube and it's amazing. Thunder's last show in London as proper headliners, at the Odeon. Weird atmosphere leading up to it, but once they got on stage and turned it on, it turned into a giant party. Same with the annual Xmas shows.

 

Andrew WK at the Garage Glasgow last year - turned the entire floor into a circle pit just by pointing a finger. Unreal show, so energetic, so heavy. If you get a chance, go see him.

 

Gig on the Green in Glasgow years back; saw Queens Of The Stone Age with Lanegan, Marilyn Manson and Eminem. Great spectacle!

 

I'd highly recommend checking out The Union on the tour if you get a chance, they're just getting better, and better. Great on record, even better live.

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Jimmy Redman;1222614]I know hey. St. Anger and all that ballyho feels like yesterday, and it was a decade ago.

 

 

St. Anger was such a rubbish album, Hetfield and co. must be still embarrassed by it.

 

Also did Dave Lombardo leave Slayer?

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