What are your all time rock concert highlight?

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benlorentzen

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What is your ALL TIME rock concert highlight?

I have three:

1: Deep Purple Oslo August 1987
This was simply electric. Started off with HIghway star, and Blackmore walked on somewhere in the first verse after a long intro by the band with neither Gillan nor Blackmore on stage. One can only guess what was shouted back stage...But it turned out to be a n incredible night. The band themselves referred to it as special.

2: Chuck Berry, Oslo 1989
I knew so many of the tunes I surprised myself. They just jumped out of seemingly nowhere, a deep place hidden within, obscure fleeting pictures of cars, radios, records... stuff my parents would listen to. He was very old looking, but still had the undeniable extra. I will never forget that night.

3. Soundgarden Oslo 1996
I got to meet Chris and Kim back stage before the show because I called up the record lable and told them I was the biggest fan in town. They let me in.
I will never forrget them walking on and without a count in and kicked off Spoonman. Magnificent!

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What is your ALL TIME rock concert highlight?

I have three:

1: Deep Purple Oslo August 1987
This was simply electric. Started off with HIghway star, and Blackmore walked on somewhere in the first verse after a long intro by the band with neither Gillan nor Blackmore on stage. One can only guess what was shouted back stage...But it turned out to be a n incredible night. The band themselves referred to it as special.

2: Chuck Berry, Oslo 1989
I knew so many of the tunes I surprised myself. They just jumped out of seemingly nowhere, a deep place hidden within, obscure fleeting pictures of cars, radios, records... stuff my parents would listen to. He was very old looking, but still had the undeniable extra. I will never forget that night.

3. Soundgarden Oslo 1996
I got to meet Chris and Kim back stage before the show because I called up the record lable and told them I was the biggest fan in town. They let me in.
I will never forrget them walking on and without a count in and kicked off Spoonman. Magnificent!

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Don't know that it qualifies as rock per se, although over their time they played pretty much everything except metal (ugh!).

The Bee Gees 1974, before their later disco sound epoch, when Robin's vibrato and Barry's mid-range through falsetto voices and they were still young with all that amazing energy. In an era when live performance on stage with rudimentary gear by today's standards meant live, and with no metal distortion to hide behind with their vocal centric sound, talent definitely required.

"Life is just a bowl of cherries ...."

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Don't know that it qualifies as rock per se, although over their time they played pretty much everything except metal (ugh!).

The Bee Gees 1974, before their later disco sound epoch, when Robin's vibrato and Barry's mid-range through falsetto voices and they were still young with all that amazing energy. In an era when live performance on stage with rudimentary gear by today's standards meant live, and with no metal distortion to hide behind with their vocal centric sound, talent definitely required.

"Life is just a bowl of cherries ...."

lhagedorn

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The first concert at the pontiac silver dome in Michigan. The Who :D 80 some thousand people.

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The first concert at the pontiac silver dome in Michigan. The Who :D 80 some thousand people.

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Every Santana concert that I have ever been to

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Every Santana concert that I have ever been to

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So many great concert's but the highlight moment would have to be Pearl Jam at Britxton Academy 1993. A few months before Versus was realised the band played most of that and the debut album Ten. A great concert, but the last song just completely destroyed the crowd.

They played the slow, soft song "Indifference" which no one in the crowd had heard before. What a choice to end a show. It finshed, Eddie Vedder said "Goodnight", the band walked off stage and there was a stunned silence though the entire venue, then the crowd erupted in applause. Never witnessed an end of a show like it.

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So many great concert's but the highlight moment would have to be Pearl Jam at Britxton Academy 1993. A few months before Versus was realised the band played most of that and the debut album Ten. A great concert, but the last song just completely destroyed the crowd.

They played the slow, soft song "Indifference" which no one in the crowd had heard before. What a choice to end a show. It finshed, Eddie Vedder said "Goodnight", the band walked off stage and there was a stunned silence though the entire venue, then the crowd erupted in applause. Never witnessed an end of a show like it.

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Also don't know if it qualifies as rock.

There is an old Paul Masson winery near where I grew up. It's now called the Mountain Winery and hosts a summer concert series. You got to taste wine between sets.

I saw B.B. King play there. He did something like 5 encores and invited the opening act onstage to play with him. The opening act was some [then] unknown guy named Robert Cray.

Made me pick up the guitar.

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Also don't know if it qualifies as rock.

There is an old Paul Masson winery near where I grew up. It's now called the Mountain Winery and hosts a summer concert series. You got to taste wine between sets.

I saw B.B. King play there. He did something like 5 encores and invited the opening act onstage to play with him. The opening act was some [then] unknown guy named Robert Cray.

Made me pick up the guitar.

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Some years ago, B.B. King and a large group of artists touring with him came to Missoula. It was an outdoor, no seats, on-the-lawn show. I figured B.B. would be last of what seemed to be 30 artists so I skipped the show and the long, super late drive home. I found out the next week B.B. was first on stage. Some years later I skipped a Johnny Winter show thinking he comes to town every now and then and I'd catch him later. I have a guitar that he noodled with back stage at that show but both artists are gone now and I won't get to see them. I try not to skip concerts anymore... that's how I came to see Robert Cray.

I've seen some big acts although many might think they're dated (because some think some music is dated ). Both the 'Stones and Paul made it to the thriving 70,000-strong Missoula megalopolis and through the years here or in other places I caught Link Wray, The Kingston Trio, Stan Getz, P,P&M, The Ventures, Denver, Sha Na Na, Presley, James Taylor, Dylan, Neil Young, CSN, the Eagles, CCR, Bo Diddly, Willie, Jeff Beck, ZZ Top, Elton,Tedeschi Trucks Band and a bunch of others including my fav, Kristofferson.

But my "all time rock concert hightlight?" Loggins and Messina during their "Full Sail" album tour. Their concert highlighted much of their earlier albums and it was a blazing show. I had never before or have ever since experienced the level of excitment I got from that concert. The third row, center seat no doubt had something to do with it but the band blew me away. They burned the house down! (a few years later that San Antonio venue really did burn down)

I think individual concerts can rock out, excite and inspire no matter who is playing . I've seen some pretty flat shows by some pretty big names and I've seen shows by lessor knowns that startled me by the fire they created in the audience. L&M was one of those.

"It takes a lot of devotion and work, or maybe I should say play, because if you love it, that's what it amounts to. I haven't found any shortcuts, and I've been looking for a long time."
-- Chet Atkins

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Some years ago, B.B. King and a large group of artists touring with him came to Missoula. It was an outdoor, no seats, on-the-lawn show. I figured B.B. would be last of what seemed to be 30 artists so I skipped the show and the long, super late drive home. I found out the next week B.B. was first on stage. Some years later I skipped a Johnny Winter show thinking he comes to town every now and then and I'd catch him later. I have a guitar that he noodled with back stage at that show but both artists are gone now and I won't get to see them. I try not to skip concerts anymore... that's how I came to see Robert Cray.

I've seen some big acts although many might think they're dated (because some think some music is dated ). Both the 'Stones and Paul made it to the thriving 70,000-strong Missoula megalopolis and through the years here or in other places I caught Link Wray, The Kingston Trio, Stan Getz, P,P&M, The Ventures, Denver, Sha Na Na, Presley, James Taylor, Dylan, Neil Young, CSN, the Eagles, CCR, Bo Diddly, Willie, Jeff Beck, ZZ Top, Elton,Tedeschi Trucks Band and a bunch of others including my fav, Kristofferson.

But my "all time rock concert hightlight?" Loggins and Messina during their "Full Sail" album tour. Their concert highlighted much of their earlier albums and it was a blazing show. I had never before or have ever since experienced the level of excitment I got from that concert. The third row, center seat no doubt had something to do with it but the band blew me away. They burned the house down! (a few years later that San Antonio venue really did burn down)

I think individual concerts can rock out, excite and inspire no matter who is playing . I've seen some pretty flat shows by some pretty big names and I've seen shows by lessor knowns that startled me by the fire they created in the audience. L&M was one of those.

"It takes a lot of devotion and work, or maybe I should say play, because if you love it, that's what it amounts to. I haven't found any shortcuts, and I've been looking for a long time."
-- Chet Atkins

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I have seen many big name acts but the best show ever was a complete surprise to me and every one who attended.

I saw Eric Johnson at a small local venue on the same night as the Stones were playing near by in Portland. There was also another big name act booked across town that same night. This crowded situation set up a simple quirk of circumstance.

Unfortunatly for Eric, less than 100 people showed up for his gig. The up side was that I got to watch his entire show from about 5 feet away. If I couldn't see some aspect of his technique all I had to do was move a couple of feet, in one direction or the other, and the view was perfect!! I not only enjoyed the sound, but I got to closely watch a real master, up close and personal! It was as personal, as if the gig happened in my living room.

I doubt the band made much money that night. But the crowd was very enthusiastic and (despite what must have been a disappointing gate) the band played several encores. Real professional musicians for sure! That was the best $25 I ever spent!!

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I have seen many big name acts but the best show ever was a complete surprise to me and every one who attended.

I saw Eric Johnson at a small local venue on the same night as the Stones were playing near by in Portland. There was also another big name act booked across town that same night. This crowded situation set up a simple quirk of circumstance.

Unfortunatly for Eric, less than 100 people showed up for his gig. The up side was that I got to watch his entire show from about 5 feet away. If I couldn't see some aspect of his technique all I had to do was move a couple of feet, in one direction or the other, and the view was perfect!! I not only enjoyed the sound, but I got to closely watch a real master, up close and personal! It was as personal, as if the gig happened in my living room.

I doubt the band made much money that night. But the crowd was very enthusiastic and (despite what must have been a disappointing gate) the band played several encores. Real professional musicians for sure! That was the best $25 I ever spent!!

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I also saw THE BEST ending to a rock show ever at a Journey Concert. By the end of the show the audience was completly WILD! They did several encores because the audience would not let them off the stage. So the lunched into another crowd pleaser but with a twist this time. As the band played a huge fireworks show erupted in the sky over the stadium. I do believe it was the best fireworks desplay I have ever seen. It was close over head and finally it got louder than the band on stage. While the entire stadium was entranced with the over head pyrotecnics, the song ended and the band exited the stage. It was another few minutes before the explosions ended. Then, before the crowd could realize what just happened, the stadium sound system began to play a loud recording of Toni Bennet singing "I left my heart in San Francisco"........

The entire stadium of what had moments before been a rabid screaming mob of thousands, emptied that same stadium in a matter of minutes. Honestly they all just immediately walked out, in an orderly fashion, without making another sound. Talk about Masterstroke Showmanship!!

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I also saw THE BEST ending to a rock show ever at a Journey Concert. By the end of the show the audience was completly WILD! They did several encores because the audience would not let them off the stage. So the lunched into another crowd pleaser but with a twist this time. As the band played a huge fireworks show erupted in the sky over the stadium. I do believe it was the best fireworks desplay I have ever seen. It was close over head and finally it got louder than the band on stage. While the entire stadium was entranced with the over head pyrotecnics, the song ended and the band exited the stage. It was another few minutes before the explosions ended. Then, before the crowd could realize what just happened, the stadium sound system began to play a loud recording of Toni Bennet singing "I left my heart in San Francisco"........

The entire stadium of what had moments before been a rabid screaming mob of thousands, emptied that same stadium in a matter of minutes. Honestly they all just immediately walked out, in an orderly fashion, without making another sound. Talk about Masterstroke Showmanship!!

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Not really a “rock concert”. Saw a small unknown band playing in a bar in Cupertino Ca.

It was a bar best suited for about 150 people, there must have been 200 packed in there. The waitresses were delivering drinks, bunch of people were playing darts in the back. The place was very loud, people laughing, glasses being banged together. Probably the least loud thing in the bar was the band.

The band went quiet for a few seconds and the guitarist started tapping out the Snoopy theme. To this day I don’t know how he did it but the guitar sounded exactly like a piano.

After a minute or so the bar was silent. I remember looking around and everyone in the bar had just stopped what they were doing and were watching him play the snoopy theme. The waitresses were stopped in the middle of the room, the bartender was just staring. It was an amazing moment. The only time I’ve seen a guitarist silence a bar with a Henry Mancini tune. The guitarist was John Wedemyer.

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Not really a “rock concert”. Saw a small unknown band playing in a bar in Cupertino Ca.

It was a bar best suited for about 150 people, there must have been 200 packed in there. The waitresses were delivering drinks, bunch of people were playing darts in the back. The place was very loud, people laughing, glasses being banged together. Probably the least loud thing in the bar was the band.

The band went quiet for a few seconds and the guitarist started tapping out the Snoopy theme. To this day I don’t know how he did it but the guitar sounded exactly like a piano.

After a minute or so the bar was silent. I remember looking around and everyone in the bar had just stopped what they were doing and were watching him play the snoopy theme. The waitresses were stopped in the middle of the room, the bartender was just staring. It was an amazing moment. The only time I’ve seen a guitarist silence a bar with a Henry Mancini tune. The guitarist was John Wedemyer.