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What are the greatest gigs you ever witnessed and which ones really disappointed?

 

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1. Roger Waters, Us and Them  (2018?) Tour, Adelaide Entertainment Centre. Fabulous, enthralling.

2. Leonard  Cohen, (2012?) Adelaide Entertainment Centre. I was not even a fan. His performance, the sound , the band was absolute perfection.

3. Dire Straights , (1983/4?) Festival Hall Melbourne. My first BIG Concert. Hot, sweaty, standing. Brilliant.

4. Joan Armatrading. The Key Tour. (1983/4) Somewhere in Melbourne. Transfixing, love her.

 

                                              Losers.

1.Joan Armatrading. Berkeley University , San Francisco (1994).  A dream come true. Hanging out in San Fran, going to a gig at Berkeley, plenty of combustible assistance...... The sound sucked, the crowd sucked and Joan just wanted to go home(end of a long tour)

2. Paul Weller. Adelaide Entertainment Centre.  (2011?) Seen him before, usually pretty good. Couldn’t sell out the big hall so in the small hall. Started badly with technical issues. The crowd are no longer 18 year old Jam fans but middle aged suburban dwellers who you actually need to engage. If you can play ‘go F##k yourselves’ on a guitar then Paul gave a Grammy Winning performance.

3. Melissa Etheridge. Adelaide Entertainment Centre (2014?) Oh dear. A ‘show’ not a performance. I have no idea if the bass player died the night before and they needed a fill in but the pineapple playing was either off his tree or simply had never heard the songs before. Rather than figure he should just hit a note correctly occasionally he decided that if you try them all you might hit a winner at some point.  Atrocious!

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Winners: Nick Cave at Collingwood Town Hall the week before Christmas 1994. Brutal show, the band we’re on fire and really gave me thought as to how hard he could rock.   Ministry at th

Read ‘em and weep, Ooogh.  

I can only really pinpoint the year of the first concert I saw. 1966, grade 6 lunchtime concert at school. Masters Apprentices. Really made a big impression on me. Countless fantastic s

Thought of some more.....

 

                               Winners.

 

Hunters and Collectors. Fern tree Gully Hotel (1983?) Rocking hard and loud. Right up front left with some huge PA blasting my eardrum. Spent the concert with my finger in my right ear, Mark Seymour thought it was pretty funny. Actually permanently damaged my hearing...

 

                          Losers.

 

Cheap Trick. Palais Theatre StKilda (1980 something)

JUST TOO LOUD MAN!!!!!!!

 

Pink Floyd (1984?) Melbourne.  Just didn’t float my boat.  Maybe I just didn’t know where to score acid. The big inflatable pig on a guy rope hanging at the back of the hall awaiting it’s grand entrance just reeked of Spinal Tap.

 

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Great ones that remain in the memory

Slade supporting the Stones(I think) looking down on the stage set up on the finishing straight at Randwick from the top of the grandstand. Must have been the 70s

Daniel Lanois  and his hot band at Sydney’s Basement

Fat Freddies Drop at the Hordern

Neil and Liam Finn at Taronga. Never been a huge Split Enz/ Crowded House fan but this was out of this world! 

Dont really remember any bad ones.

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Ramones, Palace Melbourne, mid 80s. “ONE, TWO, FREE, FOUR”. I’ve seen the ramones, I have lived a full life.

Flaming Lips, Palais Melb, 2017ish.  Confetti cannons, hundreds of mega-balloons floating around, crew in giant blow up costumes wandering across the stage and a huge inflatable “F*#K YEAH MELBOURNE” sign being bounced around the crowd.  Made perfect sense.

 

Losers:

Matthew Sweet, Collingwood Town Hall, mid 80s.  You have one of the great indie guitar heroes in Richard Lloyd in your band and you mix him way down below the other guitar?  Dumb.

And Cheap Trick were too loud but I did catch one of Rick Neilson’s guitar picks which he was throwing into the crowd.  Still got it, too.

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My greatest gigs...

 

1. David Bowie - Entertainment Centre, Sydney - 2000-2005?

 

It was Bowie! Had pretty bad seats side of stage but the music made it irrelevant. Still was only dancing.
 

2. Midnight Oil - Hope Estate, Pokolbin NSW 2017?

 

I've been a fan for most of my life, and only half-saw them live before when I was much younger and wasn't paying much attention. They rocked the hell out of this outdoor venue. Only negative was finding out after the event that we had been upgraded due to a seating stuff up, and could've been about 20 metres closer to the stage!

 

3. Morrissey - Livid Festival 2002, Sydney

 

Morrissey's fantastic voice in all it's glory.

 

I'll just list others here as I couldn't be bothered explaining lol...

 

Refused - Enmore 2016? - How good is it when you love a disbanded group, only for them to reform and you get to see them live?!

 

No Fun At All - Gaelic Club, Sydney 2012?? No idea when tbh - Just an awesomely fun show, from one of my favourite bands.

 

The Police - Homebush Stadium, Sydney - circa 1998? Again, I'm hopeless with dates. 


I guess I've been lucky because I can only think of one disappointing show, that was Coheed and Cambria, Soundwave Festival, Sydney 2017 or thereabouts. I was full of anticipation to see them live after years of them being one of my favs, only for the audio to suck so bad. Totally ruined it.

 

Other good ones.... Beastie Boys - Both times I saw them were great (Hordern and Selinas) but Selinas was insane, being a much smaller venue, although got into the after party after the Hordern Pavilion gig, which was cool. Didn't meet the "boys" other than DJ Hurricane though, and got his autograph on a piece off a VB carton lol.

 

Public Enemy and Ice T at the Hordern was awesome too.

 

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Ha, strangely Pink Floyd in Melb same as @Ooogh , felt like the only one not on drugs but still loved it, maybe a different night?

Hunters and Collectors Village green 80's , also same as @Ooogh

Silverchair, a couple of weeks after they released their first album at the Empress, a tiny pub in Fitzroy, couldnt believe that that huge sound was coming from these little kids on the same PA as the band before.

ACDC at Myer music bowl in the 70's straight after back in black was released. My first concert and was deaf for a week.

Ian Dury at festival hall (80's) awesome band.

John Scofield at the Continental (90's?) unbelievable band.

Vince Jones, anywhere in Melbourne, conti, Tankerville arms

Most suprisingly Devo in 2010's? at Festival Hall,  Eddie Current supression ring and Regurgitator supported and were great but Devo blew them away with (unexpectedly) their energy.

 

Losers

Me for refusing to pay 15 GBP (the door price was 4)  from a scalper to see Nirvana a few weeks after Nevermind was released at the Kilburn National in London.

 

 

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I'll keep remembering as my brain thaws out 😂

 

Pixies - Hordern Pavilion around 2014. Another band that I thought I'd never get to see live. They played a huge set (around 20 songs from memory) and I think it was one of thise gigs where they play one of their albums in entirety.

 

Bad Religion - Hifi Bar? Sydney around 2016. Much like above. Didn't think I'd see them live, but did and they didn't disappoint. So good.

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7 minutes ago, frednork said:

Me for refusing to pay 15 GBP (the door price was 4)  from a scalper to see Nirvana a few weeks after Nevermind was released at the Kilburn National in London.


Ouch! Sadly, I only came to really appreciate Nirvana after it was too late to see them live. I have friends that saw them at BIg Day Out.

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4 minutes ago, Esoterica said:

Pixies - Hordern Pavilion around 2014


I googled it and THE Pixies did their Doolittle 20th anniversary tour in 2010, so it must've been that. They toured here again in 2017, which is too recent to be the show. 
 

Apparently they played 27 songs at the gig I attended! Talk about getting your money's worth.

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Worst gigs

 

dead can dance at Perth concert hall 2012 , last show I think of world tour , they just went through the motions. Disappointing. 
 

new order Canterbury court Perth mid 80’s , they looked bored, hooky played with his back to the audience, no interaction with the audience.  Afterwards they admitted they would sooner stayed in and watch the FA cup. Have seen them since a few times and they were better. 
 

The damned Canterbury Perth, late 80’s got drunk, had to bail a mate out of a fight, can’t really remember concert. Drunk 

 

surprising gigs 

 

OMD in the late 80’s Canterbury court Perth ,wasn’t a big fan wondered how they would go live. Had a full band including brass section and was a really good concert.

 

Suzanne Vega Astor theatre Perth 2013 ( I think) just her on acoustic guitar and another guy on electric guitar. A surprisingly good concern , she really knew how to treat a crowd and the 2 of them played really well. 
 

Lamb Astor theatre Perth (2014 I think) not a band I knew a lot about or a lot of songs. Her on vocals, him on electric double bass and a keyboard player. They played really well and engaged really well with the audience. 
 

kraftwerk as part of global dance festival (mid 2000’s) on the Perth esplanade. Amazing one of loudest yet clearest concerts ever been too. Super cool 
 

peter  hook and joy division orchestrated at the Perth concert hall . Was in 2 minds about this, thinking It could be tacky. Turned out to be awesome, well put together with a lot of thought behind it. Was really impressed 

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Yes at Wembley Empire Pool, supporting Going for the One. Bliss! Got on the wrong train after the concert and ended up walking around Watford all night waiting for the buses to start running so that I could get back to Luton.

Genesis at Earls Court, must have been '77/'78, a short time before/after seeing Bowie at the same venue. Both great shows.

U.K. at Hemel Hemstead. Got to shake the hand that wipes the bum of Bill Bruford. He took the album cover from me and went back into the Green Room so that all of the guys could autograph it for me.

King Crimson at Aylesbury Friars, a warm up gig the night before their official first night at The Venue, in Victoria, London. Went to both shows. The Aylesbury gig was much better. Got to shake Fripp's hand and had a brief chat.

Sebastian Hardie, as support for Yes at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in 2003. Never thought that I would ever get the opportunity to hear Four Moments played live.

Richard Thompson at Tilly's in Canberra, twice in two years. The man's a genius.

The Angels at Merimbula RSL, and Chisel at the Tarthra pub, both early '82. Two of the greatest nights out that I have ever had. For a fellow on holiday from Derby in WA it was like being in the big city.

 

Losers:

Can't really remember many concerts that made me wish that I hadn't bothered. Cat Stevens at the WACA in Perth, about '74/'75, supporting Catch Bull at Four. It was in his drinking days and he was chugging a bottle of Jack Daniels all through the show. He didn't connect very well with the audience, said we were very strange, and didn't do an encore.

 

I'm sure that there's lots more but they escape me at the moment.

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Winners:

Ramones, Palace Melbourne, mid 80s. “ONE, TWO, FREE, FOUR”. I’ve seen the ramones, I have lived a full life.

Flaming Lips, Palais Melb, 2017ish.  Confetti cannons, hundreds of mega-balloons floating around, crew in giant blow up costumes wandering across the stage and a huge inflatable “F*#K YEAH MELBOURNE” sign being bounced around the crowd.  Made perfect sense.

 

Losers:

Matthew Sweet, Collingwood Town Hall, mid 80s.  You have one of the great indie guitar heroes in Richard Lloyd in your band and you mix him way down below the other guitar?  Dumb.

And Cheap Trick were too loud but I did catch one of Rick Neilson’s guitar picks which he was throwing into the crowd.  Still got it, too.

You suck Rodney! I must have been standing right next to you and spent the whole night trying to score one of the numerous guitar picks Rick Neilson was throwing out with no success. The whole time running the risk of permanent deafness from the industrial strength PA!  Have you got a photo of your glory box find? 

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Amazingly there are multiple recordings of the entire Pink Floyd concerts in 1988 in Melbourne, on youtube  at least 3 dates i have seen. I may review and see if they differ in quality.

 

Did remind me of this shtinker performance tho

 

 

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Too many to list in full ( only one bad - Pantera, Newcastle circa '90 )

 

In chronological order...

 

Iron Maiden 'The Beast on the Road', Capitol Theatre, Sydney '82

My first gig as a 15 year old, allowed to catch the train, on a school night, with a school friend... by ourselves.

The Capitol is no more, demolished I think?

But it was a beautiful old theatre with a very English look and feel.

The street full of Harleys turned out for one of Australia's first real Metal tours.

The black, Metal t-shirts, the denim, the leather, the studs, the long hair and lots of hot chicks.

As a young fella at an all boys Christian Brothers school...  I was hooked.

 

Motorhead - Central Coast Leagues Club '83 ( I think ).

A regional tour of Aust. as a new four piece.

About 50 people in a 2,000 capacity room...  they played their guts out, as if the room were full.  It was F*CKING LOUD.

Plenty of room front stage...  talking with the band...  A plectrum and a beer from Wurzel, though the smartarse shook it first.

Underage, in the good ol' days of paper, no photo ID.

 

The Angels - Any Central Coast Leagues Club gig at all...  but especially when I met them backstage.

Always an electric atmosphere leading up to them coming on stage.

 

Rose Tattoo - A rough pub in Woy Woy, can't recall the name, '85.

Sneaking in underage, such a naughty boy...  But, I wasn't there to drink...  I was there to see & hear the band.

 

Many, many more memorable gigs...

 

Nirvana  BDO Sydney  Hidden Pavilion 1991

 

Ministry  Selina's, Coogee Bay Hotel.

 

I'll probably be posting a few more here.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Ooogh said:

You suck Rodney! I must have been standing right next to you and spent the whole night trying to score one of the numerous guitar picks Rick Neilson was throwing out with no success. The whole time running the risk of permanent deafness from the industrial strength PA!  Have you got a photo of your glory box find? 

Read ‘em and weep, Ooogh.

 

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Good:

Genesis, December 1986 at the Tennis Centre. 

Broke my arm in a motorbike accident earlier in the afternoon, but went along to the concert anyway- well worth the effort too !

 

Calexico September 2013 Athanaeum Theatre Melbourne .

Met a few members of the band after the concert in the foyer and happily got the whole band to sign a few albums of theirs!

Invited me to come to their concert the next day at the Corner hotel Richmond. 

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Bad:

Dire Straits - Myer Music Bowl February 1986 - Mark Knopfler sounded like he'd been singing non stop for a month, and pulled an all nighter on Speed before coming down in this performance.

Terrible flat concert , no interaction or conversation with the audience !

 

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Calexico September 2013 Athanaeum Theatre Melbourne .

Saw them at Myer music bowl on a pleasant afternoon in december in 2003, Nick Cave was the headline but I think I enjoyed Calexico more.

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21 minutes ago, frednork said:

Saw them at Myer music bowl on a pleasant afternoon in december in 2003, Nick Cave was the headline but I think I enjoyed Calexico more.

Amazing band live, also saw them a few years ago with @Anatoly Beaver-Hausen - happy times! 

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And how could I forget: My first annual leave after starting full-time work, three weeks off (the following year it became four weeks) and my mate and I booked our Around Australia tickets with TAA (about $200 each, weekly wage for me was about $20 after tax. Them were the days).

We ended up in Melbourne for a total of 10days as we scored tickets to Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Festival Hall, and Led Zeppelin at Kooyong. Those days will never come again.

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Stick to one band.

                                     Winners.

Led Zeppelin, in icehockey arena in Gothenburg, Sweden.

A dream come through, they were on fire.

 

                                      Losers.

Led Zeppelin, six monthts later in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Off their faces, no interest in the gig what so ever, just wanted to finish up and go home.

 

About six months later, they played what I think was their last concert

live, Glastonbury?

Did not go after the Copenhagen experience. Heard reports that it was one of the best gigs they ever done. Bastards.

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Wow, this brings back some memories and a lot of Alcohol (although don’t drink now)

 

Great Concerts

 

1984 Sweethearts Cabramatta 

radiators  ? But have slight recollection of Jimmy Barnes singing

a couple of songs. But it was a big night.

 

1985 ?  Sydney EC.

Uncanny x men, mondo rock, INXS 

 

1986 Sydney EC 

Ronnie James Dio


1989 Sydney EC

U2

 

1989 Some pub in Sydney 

Tism


1989 Sydney EC

Bon Jovi


1990 ? Sydney EC

Motley Crüe 

 

1995 Sydney EC

Kiss

 

2000ishSydney EC

Kiss 


2008’ish Sydney EC 

ACDC

 

2009 Sydney EC 

‘Iron Maiden 

 

2011’ish

Iron Maiden

 

2011 Hordern Pavillion

The Script
 

2013 Sydney Homebush arena

Motley Crüe & Kiss 


2013 Sydney Homebush arena

Black Sabbath 

 

2017 ? Sydney CG

Coldplay

 

2018 Sydney 

‘the script


2018 Sydney ANZ

Bon Jovi 

 

2018’ish ? Sydney Homebush 

Wiggles 


don’t really recall any bad concerts.

 

 

 

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Brilliant & wish I could do it all again:

Prince - Welcome 2 Australia 2012 - Brisbane (went to two of those - both shows totally different set lists as he does)

Prince - Piano & A Microphone - Sydney Opera House - 2016

Madonna - The Girlie Show - MCG - 1993 (my first ever concert and what a way to start my concert journey!)

Kylie - Show Girl - the second time round as she had to cancel the tour mid way due to her cancer, this show was her return after her cancer - was beautiful - 2006

 

Excellent:

Celine Dion - Celine - 2018

Kylie - Aphrodite Tour - 2011

Kylie - X tour - 2008

Beyonce - 2011

Adele - 2017

Justin Timberlake - Future Sex Love Show - 2007

Janet Jackson 

My Chemical Romance - Welcome to the Black Parade - 2007

Madonna - Rebel Heart Tour - 2016 - was a great show but she did not come on stage until after 11pm so I was a little stinky about that, had to go to work the next day so ended up staying up all night as I got home after 3am.

 

Disappointing:

Gwen Stefani - The Sweet Escape - 2007 - was disappointing as she did not even bring her full stage setup to Australia !!

Pink - I have seen her twice too, but I find the concerts are all too much the same ...........

 

I am sure I have missed some out......................but one thing I know is this, if you love someone and have the chance to see them- DO IT !!

I am so lucky I made the trip to Sydney to see Prince in 2016 - we lost him just two months later ..........................

so many of my friends regret not going and some of them lived in Sydney 

 

 

 

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Remaining in chronological order...

 

Bruce Springsteen 'Born in the USA' tour, Sydney Ent. Cent. 1985.

 

My older brother and his mate had tickets, but my bro had to work and couldn't go.

 

From my earlier post you may gather I was a young Metal Head...  and a purist...  if it wasn't Metal, or Hard Rock, I wasn't listening.

I was in year 12.

 

I was floored by this performance.

It was an eye opener for me... Of course I knew the album, how could I not, but I wasn't expecting such a passionate and consummate musician and performer.

The whole band was 'on fire'.

 

I saw Queen at the same venue, the same year.

 

As I got older and began digging into the roots of Metal, thanks to my year nine teacher, Mr Muldoon, who brought records in for me to take home, I found bands like Queen.

 

A thrilling, spectacular performance...  Sadly one of the last for Freddie.

 

I've seen Joe Jackson twice, also at the Ent. Cent.

Another passionate performer and first class band.

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AC/DC -  Stiff Upper Lip tour. A balmy Saturday night in Hobart, Jan 2001. Outdoors at the TCA Ground on top of Hobart’s domain hill. The blokes were in the mosh pit, the wives and kids were back home across the river at Rosny. When we got home after the gig the ladies recited the set list to us, having heard it clear as a bell. My ears stopped ringing the following Thursday.

 

Billy Joel - Madison Square Garden 2018. Playing concert #60-something on the trot in his home town. Amazing performance, zooming around the stage on a 3-wheeled stool. He went to hospital the next day for a hip replacement. I’ll never forget 15000 people singing Piano Man in unison.

 

Losers

 

U2 ~ 2002 Docklands Stadium in Melbourne. Kayne West turned the crowd off before the main act, then the horrendous sound system sealed the deal.

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Oh yeah, forgot I saw Queen this year - you know before that thing call Covid came around !!

Not an Adam Lambert fan, but have to say it was fantastic - I wanted to see Brian May and the "Red Special" at least once in my life. I was too young to go to their concerts when they came to Australia when Freddie was alive.

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Did anyone see Rodriguez at Tanelorn in '79? After 10 minutes of nothing he was "assisted" from the stage. Too much chemical artistic influence apparently. 

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4 minutes ago, t_mike said:

Did anyone see Rodriguez at Tanelorn in '79? After 10 minutes of nothing he was "assisted" from the stage. Too much chemical artistic influence apparently. 

hahahaa - that reminded me - saw Angry Anderson a few years ago at a local gig - and he got taken off stage for dropping his Dacks and waving "little Angry" around !! LOL  was the talk of the town for a while there..............🤣

 

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Goodies

 

U2 - '90 I think.  Most emotional big gig I've ever experienced.

Split Enz Myer Music Bowl, The Crowdies were on first, the the Enz lauched on stage with Shark Attack!!!

Mary Chapin Carpenter, 2010? middle front row at Pallais.  She delivered.

Men At Work, 2007, Prince of Wales. with Greg Ham.  loved it.

Mental As Anything, The Forum, 1987, fun fun fun!

1927, Boom Crash Opera, Tennis Centre, 1990, great double gig

Keb Mo, 2012, awesome!  Totally delivered.

Lorenna McKennit, Concert Hall, 1997, Just loved this.

Chris de Burgh, Concert Hall, 1996, consumate performer and superb muso live.

Chris de Burgh, 2005, Basel Switzerland, hadn't lost anything, tremendously good.

Christy Moore, Concert Hall, 1994, excellent.

AC/DC, Tennis Centre, 2010, yep loved it. (I took ear plugs for the cannons)

Chris Wilson, Continental Cafe, 2008, Just a legend.  Absolutely delivered every gig.  Sorely missed.

John Farnham, Town and Country (London) 1991.  He was killer and to be surrounded by Australians the other side of the World was just priceless.  Best atmosphere and energy of any gig I've ever been to.

 

POX

 

Bob Dylan, Margret Court, 2019, absolute shite!  He had contempt for us the audience.

Emmylou Harris at the Pallais, 120dB and she was stoned off her head.

Dr John, another 120dB shocker. only concert I have ever walked out of!  Total pox.

Leo Sayer, Pallais, just terrible.  Couldn't sing, couldn't dance!

Split Enz, Kingborough Sports Centre, 1983 - my very first concert - they were terrible.

James Taylor, 2004, Tennis centre. front row middle again. Totally contrived and insincere performance

John Denver, Glass House, 1993, 80 minutes of waggon songs.  Horrid!

Dire Straits, Glass House, 1986, terrible sound, terrible playing.  Absolute rubbish.

 

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Best - Every Pearl Jam gig ever. Usually 2 1/2 to 3 hours, and they always seem to be enjoying themselves. I’ve seen every tour since Vitalogy

 

Worst - Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Kiedis was out of tune, they played for maybe an hour and spent half the time talking to the audience.

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Honestly, I've enjoyed 99% of the hundreds of concerts I've seen over the years. I've been pretty fortunate. The legends, the up and comers, underground heroes, the now deceased.

 

Even the memory of a flat performance or tantrum gives me a memory to chuckle at.  The pinnacle of this was seeing Oasis (Liam & all replacements) being bottled off stage in Switzerland at the end of a great festival day.

 

Though I do have a BEST. David Bowie in Zurich 2003. This felt to me like 25 years of my musical obsessions being concentrated in that place at that moment. It was emotional. He played the new stuff I was into, all the old classics, he was on fire and seemed immortal.

 

And the WORST? Having tickets to Nirvana in January 1992 playing Metropolis Fremantle..... and finding the show is cancelled at 5pm due to Kurt's "Ill health".

 

I'd like to add a LAST category (before the world closed). Weyes Blood at the Perth Festival in February. Fortunately sublime.

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Winners:

Machinations, rugby club in the ACT.  Massive sound, so much energy.

Stadium gig in Canberra that had a few bands but notable the Cockroaches and Hoodoo Gurus.  Cockroaches came on earlier and started playing the opening riff from "What's my scene" - crowd goes nuts, then gets confused.  The proto-wiggles laughing their heads off.

Iggy Pop ANU Refectory.  Several of the ladies attempting to rape him on stage during the show.

Nirvana, ANU Refectory 1992.  A riot broke out and the cops attended in large numbers.  Wild.

Nick Cave, ANU Refectory 199? The whole place heaving up and down to The Mercy Seat.

Pan!c at the Disco, Brisbane a couple years ago.  Daughter wanted to go but didn't want to go by herself.  I expected to hate it and the pre-arranged songs and sequencing wasn't fun but he did put on a good show.

Boo Seeka, last week in Newcastle.  Stripped down (a bit) and socially distanced but super entertaining.  Saw the early show and then having a beer in the bar got invited back in to the late one for free, with better seats.  Win!

 

The losers:

Club Hoy at the Great Northern in Chatswood, early nineties.  Out of tune, couldn't sing, we left

Ween, Macquarie Uni early nineties.  Out of tune, couldn't sing, not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't that.

 

 

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The Good / Great / Brilliant:

 

Rose Tattoo Eureka Hotel Geelong 1983 - LOUD and a great night (my doctor says the ringing in my ears should stop any day now...).

Deep Purple Perfect Strangers Tour 1984ish Melbourne Entertainment Centre - The Return - great sound / show.

Queen The Works Tour 1984/85 Melbourne Entertainment Centre - brilliant sound and Freddie.

Tommy and Phil Emmanuel 1986 Terminus Hotel Geelong - sheer genius.

Van Halen F.U.C.K Tour 1992 Hawaii - hey, it’s Van Halen!!

Deep Purple Abandon Tour 1998?? Melbourne Entertainment Centre - super tight show.

Elton John 2014?? With 2Cellos Canberra - great night out.

 

The Bad:

 

Dio 1982?? Melbourne Festival Hall - just bad sound....real bad sound.

Van Halen 1999 - Melbourne Entertainment Centre - having a bad night...

 

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Some more of mine have been excavated from the memory...

 

INXS, Kick Tour 1988 (I think) was my first live gig. Sydney Entertainment Centre. I thought it was a bit later, but just looking through some of the band's gigs, it must be this date, as I'm certain it was the 'Kick' tour. I just thought I was a bit older, but 13 or 14 isn't far off what I thought. No wonder I went with Dad. Anyway, the show was like seeing heaven or something. What a first gig to see!

 

P.S: Looking at all the gigs INXS played, it makes me realise how massive they actually were.

 

Some Mike Patton shows have been amazing (obviously being Mike). I saw Tomahawk, The Melvins and Fantomâs at the Hordern. How good is that?! Two of Patton's bands and he was involved in The Melvins part too. Very unique. I stood way too close to the massive amp stack on the stage. I remember one of The Melvins, downed a bottle of vodka like it was water. Maybe it was?

 

I like most of Mike's bands, including the two aforementioned, but finally got to see one of my favourite bands since I was a teenager Faith No More perform at Soundwave around 2012 and it was everything that I had imagined. As good as being at a solo show tbh. Massive crowd, great performance and sound quality. Mike was quite amusing too, talking about trying out "chaturbate" hahaha.

 

 

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Well, I suppose that I should mention what was, I think, my first ever international astists gig. Must have been '71, I think. Deep Purple/Free/Manfred Mann's Earth Band/Chain, for $12, at the Beatty Park Aquatic Centre, which was the pool venue for the '62 Commonwealth Games in Perth. Sound must have been awful with all of those ceramic tiles, but who cared? Chain were excellent, MMEB were even better, and Free outdid both of them. Wish that I could say that Deep Purple stomped all over the other three, but I recall being slightly underwhelmed on the night. Too high expectations?

DP's comeback gig, their first of the tour in '84, was way, way better. My ears are still ringing. Gillan joked that the band were so nervous that they were all wearing brown trousers.

Need to mention Daddy Cool and Spectrum at the Astor Theatre/Cinema in Perth around about that time, too. Memory isn't clear if it was one gig or two, but I think it was one. Pretty certain DC did the first half and Spectrum the second. Great bands, great gigs.

Just remembered as I was writing that, Daddy Cool at Beatty Park as well. Highlight of the night was a real extended jamming version of Come Back Again.

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2 minutes ago, Ian McP said:

Hmmm, age demographics judging by concerts attended, pensioner of semi retired!

Not in my case - still working full time and stuck doing so for a few years yet ................ 😉

 

But I get what you mean.................reading through the thread though shows me how great music "was" and how lucky we all are to see these artists when we did, because I do not think live entertainment is the same now in this manufactured era we live in with music (generalising btw) - the worst thing to happen was the loss of live gigs in Australia - the pub bands - my work mate remembers seeing INXS when they were just starting out and in a local pub........

 

I just remembered I have seen Lady Gaga twice too................................she is great live ....................

 

I bet I forgotten some others ............

Madonna was my first ever though - 1993 - had to fly from Tasmania to stay over in Melbourne for that one - was so exciting - a big stadium tour and I had a "Golden Circle Ticket"  - the travel agent let me pay it off for several months before hand - along with my flights and accommodation - I was not earning much $$$ but I would go in every two weeks and pay more off..........................

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27 minutes ago, JukKluk2 said:

Well, I suppose that I should mention what was, I think, my first ever international astists gig. Must have been '71, I think. Deep Purple/Free/Manfred Mann's Earth Band/Chain, for $12, at the Beatty Park Aquatic Centre, which was the pool venue for the '62 Commonwealth Games in Perth. Sound must have been awful with all of those ceramic tiles, but who cared? Chain were excellent, MMEB were even better, and Free outdid both of them. Wish that I could say that Deep Purple stomped all over the other three, but I recall being slightly underwhelmed on the night. Too high expectations?

DP's comeback gig, their first of the tour in '84, was way, way better. My ears are still ringing. Gillan joked that the band were so nervous that they were all wearing brown trousers.

Need to mention Daddy Cool and Spectrum at the Astor Theatre/Cinema in Perth around about that time, too. Memory isn't clear if it was one gig or two, but I think it was one. Pretty certain DC did the first half and Spectrum the second. Great bands, great gigs.

Just remembered as I was writing that, Daddy Cool at Beatty Park as well. Highlight of the night was a real extended jamming version of Come Back Again.


Daddy Cool played my Mum’s 21st!!!

 

That was January 1970, and one of the band members was a friend of a friend of her BF at the time.

 

I imagine getting them to do that for her 23rd would have been impossible!

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Daddy Cool played my Mum’s 21st!!!

 

That was January 1970, and one of the band members was a friend of a friend of her BF at the time.

 

I imagine getting them to do that for her 23rd would have been impossible!

That is so exciting - LOVE Daddy Cool !!

I recently found out the lead singer of Wolf Mother - his parents live in a townhouse next to me !

They are my neighbour - 

the boys are all overseas of course because that is where they get the $$ and fame .....................such a shame.

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5 minutes ago, April Snow said:

That is so exciting - LOVE Daddy Cool !!

I recently found out the lead singer of Wolf Mother - his parents live in a townhouse next to me !

They are my neighbour - 

the boys are all overseas of course because that is where they get the $$ and fame .....................such a shame.


She was actually into folk - and didn’t care for them!!!

 

They were a reasonably hot local act at the time, but nothing more at that stage.

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