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post Jun 13 2013, 12:03 AM
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Hiya folks! I recently had the discussion with some of my friends about their favorite live performances that they experienced. It got me to thinking.... What are your favorite ones you experienced?

And to share, mine was Trans-Siberian Orchestra. It started off with a sad Christmas story and some really dark orchestrated music. Needless to say... I was kind of feeling depressed.

Suddenly......

HOLY SHIT!!!!! They unleashed pyro, laser lights, crazy stage mechanics and face-melting Rock and Metal out of nowhere!! It was insane!!
Also, one of their keyboard/piano players looks very similar to Beethoven. And when he played The Charlie Brown/Peanuts theme song during his solo act... the audience went nuts!! It has been my favorite live performance thus far!


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post Jun 13 2013, 07:25 AM
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To me... hmmm, I remember the first time I was Steve Vai on stage in Budapest at the G3 show. It was raining, big arena, big crowd - Robert Fripp was the opening act (the guitarist from King Crimson). At that time, I haven't understood a darn thing he did and I was getting bored. Suddenly after he finished, the rain gradually stopped and guess what - when Vai came out so did a big big rainbow. It was amazing for a 19 year old like me, to see the nature bowing down to his guitar idol back then laugh.gif Needless to say, the show was AMAZING - it was the complete set they did in the famous 2003 Live in Denver G3 with Malmsteen!


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post Jun 13 2013, 09:19 AM
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Of performances ive seen, definitely Steve Vai!, epic is an understatement, but performances that i really wish i was at: John mayer's 'where the light is' in LA. (i know many wont agree with me here tongue.gif ) , but hes always been my favourite
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post Jun 13 2013, 01:27 PM
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One of the first concerts I went to, one of the opening acts was a band called "Bury your dead". At one point the singer says when he starts he wants to see how many people can get to the stage and high five him. When the song started, I remeber it was like the whole crowd errupted, and there was this continuos flow of crowd surfers making their way to the stage. There was SOOO much energy in the crowd. It was amazing.


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post Jun 13 2013, 02:07 PM
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As cheesy as they are, KISS puts on a great show and I'm looking forward to seeing them again on August 11 at a small outdoor amphitheater about 2 miles from my house - it's the best place to see concerts, a small venue and you can sit on the lawn. I can even sit on my back porch and hear bands play, that's how I realized I had forgotten Shinedown was playing a concert there - I was out back smoking and heard them playing right up the street.


I have enjoyed so many shows; Rush, Queensryche, Styx, Kiss, Dio, Iron Maiden, Ozzy, Incubus, Tool, 7 Dust, Stone Sour, Slip Knot and so many others; all great in their own right, but regardless of the sound quality, the more intimate the setting, the more I enjoy the show.

I think seeing Zakk Wild perform on the back of a flatbed truck in the parking lot of a local music store, with one of my friends playing drums for him, was probably the best show I have seen, no frills, just like hanging out at practice with him. He must have drank a case of beer in the hour he played - but it was great.
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post Jun 13 2013, 02:38 PM
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One of the best shows that I have seen live is Nine Inch Nails at Luna Park Stadium. I was amazed by the show, the sound, the lights, the videos, everything was killer. They did a show similar to this dvd:




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post Jun 13 2013, 06:36 PM
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I've been to a bunch of epic concerts, but these two stick out for me personally:

Beatsteaks (probably the best german live band) at the Area 4 Festival 2012. It was 30° C all day, it was the last show on the last day of the festival. The band was great, the crowd was great, everything was great. Here's an hour-long excerpt:



Foo Fighters at the Hurricane Festival 2011. Opposite to the concert above, it was raining pretty much all day, it was cold that evening, in the middle of the show heavy rain kicked in. It also was the last show of the last day of the festival. And I loved it biggrin.gif Here's a short excerpt:



Other mentionable concerts were Iron Maiden 2011 in Oberhausen, The Big Four 2011 and Metallica at Rock im Park 2012 where they played the entire Black Album.


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post Jun 13 2013, 06:38 PM
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biggrin.gif I don't really like watching bands live much, and haven't watched very many. Probably have played twice or thrice the gigs myself than I have watched. A few years back I saw Danko Jones and it was pretty good. But live shows are much better on bluray. Better sound, less fuss.Even better - bluesy, a great 7.1 sound system, video projector + a few friends and lots of beer.


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post Jun 14 2013, 07:20 PM
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Either Kiss (my first concert when I was around 7), King's X live in San Antonio or the Rockstar Uproar tour. Bullet for my Valentine and Avenged Sevenfold honestly sound like their albums live.


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post Jun 14 2013, 07:46 PM
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Gwar, it was just over the top from start to finish.


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post Jun 15 2013, 12:02 AM
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Its almost impossible for me to pick just one. I remember seeing Pantera a few time at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Those were some of the most crazy and fun shows I'll ever witness. biggrin.gif

ANother really good one was with Judas Priest when Ripper Owens was with the band so they weren't playing big arenas. The show was small with like only 200 people but the performance by Ripper and the band was just amazing. It was just surreal to me to see Priest so up close. Pretty much the same thing happened when I saw Iron Maiden with Blaze Bailey and they were playing smaller venues. I was right up in front of Steve Harris and Dave Murray the whole show! smile.gif


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post Jun 15 2013, 08:56 AM
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For me it was 2007 G3 tour by J. Satriani, J. Petrucci and P. Gilbert.


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post Jun 15 2013, 09:50 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jun 13 2013, 06:25 AM) *
To me... hmmm, I remember the first time I was Steve Vai on stage in Budapest at the G3 show. It was raining, big arena, big crowd - Robert Fripp was the opening act (the guitarist from King Crimson). At that time, I haven't understood a darn thing he did and I was getting bored. Suddenly after he finished, the rain gradually stopped and guess what - when Vai came out so did a big big rainbow. It was amazing for a 19 year old like me, to see the nature bowing down to his guitar idol back then laugh.gif Needless to say, the show was AMAZING - it was the complete set they did in the famous 2003 Live in Denver G3 with Malmsteen!


Hey, I was there too! Dunno where my father got the idea of taking a six years old kid to an instrumental rock show, though biggrin.gif
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post Jun 15 2013, 10:54 AM
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A while back..... Knebworth 1990, UK with a line up of:
Cliff Richard & The Shadows
Status Quo
Dire Straits / Mark Knopfler
Tears for Fears
Elton John
Eric Clapton
Robert Plant & Jimmy Page
Phil Collins
Genesis
Paul McCartney
Pink Floyd

These Guys made it my all time favourite live performance...but they would wouldn't they.... Pity BlackSabbath wasn't there..Now I'm being greedy laugh.gif



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post Jun 15 2013, 12:48 PM
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QUOTE (DeGroot @ Jun 14 2013, 11:02 PM) *
Its almost impossible for me to pick just one. I remember seeing Pantera a few time at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Those were some of the most crazy and fun shows I'll ever witness. biggrin.gif

ANother really good one was with Judas Priest when Ripper Owens was with the band so they weren't playing big arenas. The show was small with like only 200 people but the performance by Ripper and the band was just amazing. It was just surreal to me to see Priest so up close. Pretty much the same thing happened when I saw Iron Maiden with Blaze Bailey and they were playing smaller venues. I was right up in front of Steve Harris and Dave Murray the whole show! smile.gif


Holy c... You've seen Pantera live? biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

QUOTE (TeoWulf @ Jun 15 2013, 08:50 AM) *
Hey, I was there too! Dunno where my father got the idea of taking a six years old kid to an instrumental rock show, though biggrin.gif


Greaaat!! Nice to know that someone here shared that amazing experience! 6 years old sounds like a great age to go at an instrumental rock gig!


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post Jun 15 2013, 01:18 PM
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Hard to pick one, maybe Rammstein!


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post Jun 15 2013, 01:26 PM
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QUOTE (Headbanger @ Jun 15 2013, 11:54 AM) *
A while back..... Knebworth 1990, UK with a line up of:
Cliff Richard & The Shadows
Status Quo
Dire Straits / Mark Knopfler
Tears for Fears
Elton John
Eric Clapton
Robert Plant & Jimmy Page
Phil Collins
Genesis
Paul McCartney
Pink Floyd

These Guys made it my all time favourite live performance...but they would wouldn't they.... Pity BlackSabbath wasn't there..Now I'm being greedy laugh.gif


Black Sabbath on Concert together with Shadows and Status Quo?

Come on tongue.gif

In My live history, maybe Kreator... they kicked our arses with those mosh pits
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post Jun 15 2013, 03:45 PM
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QUOTE (Slavenko Erazer @ Jun 15 2013, 02:26 PM) *
Black Sabbath on Concert together with Shadows and Status Quo?

Come on tongue.gif

In My live history, maybe Kreator... they kicked our arses with those mosh pits


You've obviously not been exposed to Cliff's 'Livin Doll' laugh.gif


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post Jun 15 2013, 04:17 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jun 15 2013, 11:48 AM) *
Holy c... You've seen Pantera live? biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif


4 times... smile.gif All between the Vulgar Display of Power and Far Beyond Driven albums. Pantera's music was WAY better for me live than on album. Such an energized and entertaining band.


QUOTE (Headbanger @ Jun 15 2013, 09:54 AM) *
A while back..... Knebworth 1990, UK with a line up of:
Cliff Richard & The Shadows
Status Quo
Dire Straits / Mark Knopfler
Tears for Fears
Elton John
Eric Clapton
Robert Plant & Jimmy Page
Phil Collins
Genesis
Paul McCartney
Pink Floyd

These Guys made it my all time favourite live performance...but they would wouldn't they.... Pity BlackSabbath wasn't there..Now I'm being greedy laugh.gif


Oh man, what an all-star cast! Page, Gilmore, and Clapton at the same show.

Can you imagine what that ticket price would go for nowadays. rolleyes.gif


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post Jun 15 2013, 05:23 PM
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QUOTE (DeGroot @ Jun 15 2013, 05:17 PM) *
Oh man, what an all-star cast! Page, Gilmore, and Clapton at the same show.

Can you imagine what that ticket price would go for nowadays. rolleyes.gif


Yes it was an amazing day. Out of interest as you mentioned price nowadays, I looked it up..It was only 30 quid..I just found a ticket for sale at a rock memorabilia site for 40 quid... I've still got mine somewhere... laugh.gif I'd be cheeky to ask for my money back plus a tenner! smile.gif I'll give it to my kids.
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