Thursday, February 16, 2012

Live Music

I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to see an incredible amount of live music in my first 40 years and I plan to continue. My first concert was the Police at the Providence Civic Center 4-13-1982, I was 11 years old. I remember the opening act, Bow Wow Wow, getting booed off of the stage and thinking that this was normal, like the gong show! And I remember how fabulous the Police and Sting were that night, they held the audience in their hands. I was hooked!

Stones VIP Pass (first time ever backstage) & Ghost in the Machine Tour Book From 1982 (I still have these!)

In high school my friends and I would work all summer landscaping at Green Animals, and we we would spend the rest of our time going to concerts all over New England. Sometimes we would be the first ones in line at the record store to buy tickets when the summer lineup was announced. Most of my favorite live concert experiences have nothing to do with being backstage, VIP, etc. Today when I am fortunate enough to have preferred seats or backstage passes, I often watch the show from the middle of the crowd - there is nothing like it when a great band is playing.

Green Animals Topiary Garden

Most of what I listen to on a daily basis is live music. I just prefer the improvisation and way great live music sounds. It is natural and real, you can hear the interaction between the musicians and you know that it has not been altered, re-mixed or dubbed over.

A friend and I were debating our top 5 concerts of all time that we have seen live (another in a long list of top 5 discussions we love to have). I found it very hard to come up with just 5, so many great moments and the memories after 20+ years are foggy at best sometimes. Every time I came up with 5 someone would remind me of another show that should be considered. I am going to keep working on it, if you have any suggestions or want to send me your top 5 I would love to debate with you:


  1. My first concert was actually Weird Al Yankovic (I think I was 10 or so). It was in a community college auditorium in the Chicagoland area, and it was awesome! Since then, these are probably my favorite shows I've seen:

    5) Muse - United Center
    4) Buddy Guy - Best Buy (mostly because he signed a guitar for me!)
    3) Dismemberment Plan - The Metro
    2) Pearl Jam - Lollapalooza
    1) Daft Punk - Lollapalooza

    As you can tell, that year at lollapalooza left a lot of great memories.