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What is the best concert you’ve ever gotten tickets to?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 28, 2008

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“Alicia Keys about a year ago. She was a really good performer and the show was awesome.”

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“I think probably the Eels at The Bottleneck. I had just discovered them and went there with a huge group of friends, so it was a really great experience.”

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“Jay-Z’s Blackout. I really like his music and the concert was jam packed. We had to pay a little extra for better seats, but it was well worth it.”

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“My first time seeing Van Halen back in the late ‘70s or early ‘80s.”


BrianR 9 years, 7 months ago

Wow Multi, that's some of the best Yacht Rock out there. Very cool.There are too many good ones to say which stood above the others. Led Zeppelin, The Carpenters, Muddy Waters & Johnny Winter, Leonard Bernstein & the Israel Phil., the original Allman Brothers Band, The Stones in 1975, Mott the Hoople with Queen and Aerosmith opening. I would love to see Dead Can Dance.

chapdaddy 9 years, 7 months ago

Too hard to pick a favorite:(in no particular order)Run DMCPolicePrinceKC and the Sunshine Band (really, they were good)Earth, Wind, and FireBeastie BoysBilly Joel

terrapin2 9 years, 7 months ago

A close second would be the Summer Sessions Tour at Harmony Park in Minnesota Aug 8th, 1999 which featured four stellar bands:Gov't MuleString Cheese Incidentmoe.GalacticThis was one awesome musical experience, with each band raising the bar a bit higher, and a group jam at the end that was nearly unbelievable!!!

dajudge 9 years, 7 months ago

Probably The Pretenders at Starlight Theatre in KC on my 30th birthday.Although, ZZ Top at Kemper was really good, as were the Rolling Stones.Also, Jethro Tull and Savoy Brown in Denver.But, perhaps the best--Gary Puckett and the Union Gap with The Human Beanz opening at Salina, KS. My first.

8ball 9 years, 7 months ago

i've seen many concerts,but the one i'm most excited about is crue fest in st. louy on 7-20 -08 see you there

looza 9 years, 7 months ago

No brainer......Boxcar Willie down at the KCK Railroad tracks. We drank a 12 pak and stepped into some Slim Jims. It was freakin' awesome!

labmonkey 9 years, 7 months ago

Jonas-I am jealous. Now I will never get to see Pantera.

Scott Drummond 9 years, 7 months ago

BS&ESB3rd row, center stage 1988, Tacoma WA.

labmonkey 9 years, 7 months ago

I loved The Sound and the Fury. Too bad they broke up before they made it big. I also got to see the Toadies in their last concert before they broke up at Foxtown in Pittsburg. The only big name concerts I have been to are Rockfest 2001 (Saliva closing the second stage was probably the best part of that), Sammy Hagar/David Lee Roth at Sandstone (Sammy was 100 X's better than Dave...he actually tried to put on a show while Dave went through the motions), and Cake/Weezer a couple years ago at Sandstone. The best one I missed (because I was only a Freshman in HS and my parents wouldn't let me go), Metallica/GNR at Arrowhead with Ice T opening. Man I wish I could have gone to that.

notajayhawk 9 years, 7 months ago

Pink Floyd, The Wall tour, 1980 at the Nassau Civic Center in New York. My first was pretty good too, a general admission Who concert in Springfield MA, a few years before what happened in Cincinatti when they still allowed GA - there weren't even seats on the floor, it was just a sea of people. We were just a few feet from the stage, and every time we'd see the security staff bracing themselves against the barricades, you could look back and sea a wave rippling through the crowd heading towards the stage. I can definitely understand how Cincinatti happened - were were the first group of people there in the morning waiting for the doors to open, and from the time I handed the guy my ticket to the time I got down to the floor, my feet never touched the ground.

PrincessConsuelaBananaHammock 9 years, 7 months ago

My first "over 21" concert was to see Foreigner, Journey, and Billy Squire at Sandstone -- all my best friends came with. Good music, a whole lot of beer, it was a great night!

JoRight 9 years, 7 months ago

I envy bcman so much it's not even funny.For me, it'd have to be Petty & Jackson Brown in 01' or the Allman Bros. just last year in Colorado.

BrianR 9 years, 7 months ago

trollkiller (Anonymous) says:"You were 11 right?..Oh, yeah, I believe you Marion Ha ha ha"That is entirely plausible, I was 13 when I saw the All Bros in 1970. A cousin took me because he knew I liked them and, coming from a family of musicians, it was just something that happened from time to time. I'm still kicking myself for NOT going with him to see Blind Faith the year before because at the time, I had no idea who they were.

readit 9 years, 7 months ago

The Who 1989Stadium at Tampa Bay, FloridaWhen they started singing Love, Reign O'er Me, it started raining! CHILLS!!!

TacoBob 9 years, 7 months ago

A few in Lawrence...Bob Mould - BottleneckWebb Wilder - BottleneckBoomtown Rats - Liberty Hall (with Sir Bob Geldolt)Go Go's - Liberty HallPolice - Liberty Hall (touched Sting's foot!)Devo! - Liberty HallMarshall Crenshaw - GranadaGuadalcanal Diary - BottleneckIggy Pop - Liberty HallRomantics - KU (can't remember the name of the building!)George Thorougood - KU (can't remember the name of the building!)Jason and the Sorchers - KU (can't remember the name of the building!) (cowpunk!)Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes - Liberty HallCheap Trick - Allen Field HouseFools Face - Liberty HallOthers that don't come to mind.....And my favorite band.....The Who - Arrowhead Stadium

ohjayhawk 9 years, 7 months ago

Santana w/ Macy Gray at Blossom Music Center. I took my mom and dad with me, and a great time was had by all. Even though we had some second-hand "smoke" wafting past us from the couple in front of us. As we were in the car leaving, my mom mentioned how she was kind of hungry. I said "you have the munchies, huh?" It went right over her head. My dad told me later that he had gotten it and laughed. Once we explained it to her, she thought it was pretty funny as well.

OnlyTheOne 9 years, 7 months ago

The Beach BoysThe AnimalsGenesis (with Peter Gabriel)HawkwindAlice CooperEvery Genesis concert - until Phil "Commercial" Collins skipped KC one tour - Jerk!Pink FloydPaul McCartneyNeil Diamond

Mike Blur 9 years, 7 months ago

First show? Cheap Trick Allen Field House April of 79.Later on, Bob Marley at Hoch, Buzzcocks at Lawrence Opera House, Go-Go's, XTC, 999, Dickies and on and on. Many of the greatest shows I've been to I didn't have any tickets for. I've also worked a few dozen shows of bands I don't care about (the Dead, Springsteen), but many of you have mentioned here.I've scanned and uploaded many concert and sporting event tix to my flickr account.

BrianR 9 years, 7 months ago

Yo, BC, nice work! I've seen Rory Gallagher too, he was great. I would've loved seeing Genesis but never got the opportunity.

jonas 9 years, 7 months ago

3 spring to mind, I guess. My first, when I was 13, was Megadeth, Pantera, and White Zombie. I was a little nervous that someone was going to beat the @#$% out of my scrawny suburban adolescent body, but no problems, and great metal! The last two Tool concerts I've been to. The Reverend Horton Heat in the Bottleneck. I've seen him 3 times, and it's always great. Some of you listed some great bands, but by the time I was old enough to go they were all fat and old, and the fire was gone. So sad.

mom_of_three 9 years, 7 months ago

2000, Houston, George Strait Music Festival - George, of course, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Mark Chestnut, LeAnn Womack, and Asleep at the Wheel (who is great).Then 2001, George Stait Music Festival - George, Alan Jackson, Lonestar, Brad Paisley, LeAnn Womack, Sarah Evans and Asleep at the Wheel. 2007 - Oklahoma City, Chicago, and Huey Lewis and the News, 2nd row. Huey was mad at his sound board, which was replaced for Chicago. Chicago was fantastic, and played my favorite song at the end of the night " 25 or 6 to 4"2004 - Lakefest, Atchison, cheap tickets for open seating, we got there early and close. Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts. Both were unbelievable.

lawrencemom 9 years, 7 months ago

Paul McCartney in Ames, IA in the early nineties

BrianR 9 years, 7 months ago

geekin_topekan (Anonymous) says:"The Kinks....I don't believe I would ever buy any Kinks music..."I'm not sure I would either but damn, are they ever good live. I saw them in the gym at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA and they were superb.

Aiko 9 years, 7 months ago

I would have to say Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and The Grateful Dead at the Rubber Bowl in Akron, Ohio-86'. Great Show!

SusieCreamcheeze 9 years, 7 months ago

Saw the " Who" perform "Tommy" at the Filmore East in the 1969 . Rolling Stones in louisiana ...not sure what year.B B King a lot on the East coast he opened for every one.Jimmy Hendrix 8 months before he died, at the Vietnam Moratorium Committee "Winter Carnival for Peace" at the "Felt Form" in New York in 1970 .. he walked off the stage. Also there - Peter, Paul. and Mary, Blood Sweat Tears, The Rascals, Judy Collins, and Richie Havens to name a few.Missed Woodstock in 69 I don't have a fav I guess, had a great time at every concert I ever went to.Ike and Tina at KU in the 60's that was exciting

sinkorswim 9 years, 7 months ago

Chicago - twiceKenny RogersBeach Boys - twiceZZ TopJourneyPaul AnkaDoc SeversonRoy ClarkOak Ridge Boys - last Nov. in Topeka was awesome!The Pointer SistersBut my all time fav is Garth Brooks. Have seen him twice and both were AMAZING!

hornhunter 9 years, 7 months ago

Alice Cooper and Poison at the Buffalo Chip, Sturgis. But I think the view had a lot to do with it.

Christine Pennewell Davis 9 years, 7 months ago

Wow bc. No country people on here today? Kellie Pickler/ Rascal Flats Vegas. Journey years ago to many to remember.

Melissa Kounelaki 9 years, 7 months ago

Joan Jett-all 6 times I've seen her, though a show in KC (RoadHouse Ruby's) in '97 was probably he best.Aimee Mann-twice at Liberty HallI've seen some good shows at the Bottleneck, too.

Northsidegirl 9 years, 7 months ago

Black Flag, KU ballroom, 1986.Also: X with Tex and the Horseheads, KU ballroom, 1986.

trinity 9 years, 7 months ago

wow, have been to so many concerts-that's a toughie! if we're talkin' best concert i've ever gotten tickets to i have to say hands down the most recent, even though getting tickets wasn't a particularly difficult feat; the Asylum Street Spankers up at knucklehead's in kc mo! awwwesome show! :)

Richard Heckler 9 years, 7 months ago

In the mid 1970's in St Louis. Bob Dylan and The Band doing their last waltz tour. Before the night was over Eric Clapton and George Harrison had joined them. When the first show was over we purchased tickets for the second show with Clapton and Harrison jamming all the while. What a deal.

miker 9 years, 7 months ago

Springsteen , Kemper 2004 , 8th row center tickets...I think he sweated on us !

beatrice 9 years, 7 months ago

Many, many to choose from. Frank Zappa, front row tickets, would have to top the list!Led Zeppelin in 1977 was very good, but not as good as Pink Floyd that same year, Animals tour, Oakland Coliseum.XTC opening for The Police, at the State Fair (no actual ticket, since it was free and general admission)Bo Didley at a tiny club with about 75 people, and the Meat Puppets, about 20 times, in the same little club (The Mason Jar, Phoenix).The Smiths, The Sugarcubes, The Residents, the one and only David Bowie. Each time I've seen Laurie Anderson has been great, as is Candye Kane.And Tom Waits just last week was amazing and one of my favorites of all time. I love live music, but concerts are too expensive now. My general rule of thumb is, if you can purchase a performer's entire recorded output for less than you can buy a ticket, the ticket is too expensive.

trollkiller 9 years, 7 months ago

Marion (Marion Lynn) says:The Beatles.Municipal Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri, 1964.You were 11 right?..Oh, yeah, I believe you Marion Ha ha ha

unklemonkey 9 years, 7 months ago

The Decemberists at the Uptown Theater, and, honestly, the downtown Wilco concert were my two favorites.

Unix_Admin 9 years, 7 months ago

Pink Floyd 1988 & 1992 and Paul Mcartney in St. Louis in 1999. Awsome shows!!

KansasPerson 9 years, 7 months ago

Count Basie and his orchestra, in the early eighties (Basie died in 1984). I had tickets to a concert/dance in a ballroom in Atlantic City -- the majority of people did not dance, but just crowded close to the stage, listening to them swing.Another time, he came to AC and did a free concert on the beach, under the stars. That was WONDERFUL!!! And I even got to meet him. My first and only meeting with royalty. :)I'd also have to include any and every time I've seen They Might Be Giants!!!

geekin_topekan 9 years, 7 months ago

David Bowie at Sandstone on the "request" tour.Stevie Ray Vaughn at Red Rocks.The Kinks at Red Rocks.I don't believe I would ever buy any Kinks music but I would love to see them again.

KSChick1 9 years, 7 months ago

Grateful Dead-2 shows in St. Louis July 1995. They played in Chicago after that, then Jerry Garcia went into treatment and died August 9. Took 2 cars, 4 adults and one 17 month was pretty cool.

H_Lecter 9 years, 7 months ago

Too many, but perhaps McCartney & the Eagles (not together), but 2nd & 3rd rows respectively.I think the only bands left on my bucket list are Zeppelin & (all four) Beatles.

camper 9 years, 7 months ago

Trip Shakespeare, two shows at the Bottleneck spring of 93'. The best live band I ever saw,.

person184 9 years, 7 months ago

Paul McCartney 2002 in STLPolice 2007 STLPrince 2004Billy Idol and The Cult 1988Toots and the Maytalls...every damn time I see themU2 1987 Joshua Tree Tour U2 Zoo TV early '90sWould still love to see Led Zep and Peter Gabriel

terrapin2 9 years, 7 months ago

Grateful Dead at Sandstone July 4th, 1990, without a doubt. A whole bunch of our friends rented the old red double-decker bus from the Jayhawk Bookstore and responsibly let a professional driver haul all of us to the show! We loaded up a couple of kegs and a few other party favors and took off for Sandstone! Awesome friends!Awesome trip to the show!Awesome concert!

jonas 9 years, 7 months ago

labmonkey: The good ones are always taken too soon, ne? I had never heard of Pantera or White Zombie (which was just coming in at that point) before that show, and me and my friend went out and bought the available CDs for both the next day.

Bill Griffith 9 years, 7 months ago

1979 at Royals (Kauffman) Stadium, Van Halen-a new band- opened up with a virtuoso on the guitar, followed by Eddie Money (oh well), Steve Miller put on an excellent show, and then Kansas played under a full moon and put on a stunning performance. Steve Walsh was superb as an entertainer and the music was of course, complex and full of twists and turns. Rich Williams, the Kansas guitarist, said in a later interview that it was one of the two finest performances they ever turned in.

boxturtle 9 years, 7 months ago

Sigur Ros - Liberty Hall 2002 Hands down.

jhwkfan79 9 years, 7 months ago

My top 3 concerts would be: Tom Petty and the heart breakersJohnny Cash (when he came to the lied center)and most recently Garth Brooks.

Mike Blur 9 years, 7 months ago

TacoBob:The Police never played anywhere in Lawrence. I saw their show at One Block West in KC, 1980, and I would have been aware of it had they played anywhere in Lawrence since they formed. I think it was 1982 when they began playing Kemper Arena-sized venues.Plus, if you're going to claim Boomtown Rats and Devo (among others) at least get the name of the venue right. It was not Liberty Hall; it was the Lawrence Opera House. Same building, OK, but different venue entirely.

jaywalker 9 years, 7 months ago

Springsteen -- every tour since I first saw him at Kemper in '84. Friends got me tickets for my birthday and I've been hooked ever since.Stevie Ray Vaughn at Starlight three years in a row. Phenomenal. Was hoping for a surprise guest appearance at Clapton show when he died two days before. Remember exactly where I was when I heard on KY.Trip Shakespeare at the Bottleneck -- you're right on with that one Camper! Tool Master of Brainerd, baby! Ya know the older brother is the lead singer for Semi Sonic, right?Dave Matthews Band at Bottleneck -- thought it was a guy I knew from Bagdad Jones that had started up a new band the first time they played there. Shocked it wasn't but great show.Salty Iguanas, Bagdad Jones, and Lonesome Hounddogs -- phenomenal Lawrence bands in the late 80's and 90's. And last but definitely not least --- Joe Moon. Extraordinary 12 string virtuoso that came back to play Omega every year. He started playing on that outdoor stage one year, a huge thunderstorm blowing in from the west, and started in with 'All Along the Watch Tower'. Mesmerizing. In fact, I'd be eternally grateful if anyone reading this might know how I can get my hands on some of his old CD's. Mine were lost in a move and I miss 'em somethin' fierce. Any links or help would be greatly appreciated.

Steve Jacob 9 years, 7 months ago

Seen Nine Inch Nails four times, probally best in Topeka after "Downword Spirial" 1995-96?The Raconteurs at The Uptown in KC this year

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