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One of the most memorable concerts that I've ever attended was:

1996 U2 Pop Mart Tour in the Houston Astrodome.

SO many to choose from, but I had a blast at the Monster of Rock show at Rice Stadium back in 1988ish.

Lineup in order of appearance:

Kingdom Come

Dokken

Metallica

Scorpions

Van Halen

It was awesome (except for Kingdom Come who sucked :( ).

Best show ever for me Roling Stones in Prague circa July 1995. It was outdoors in an old stadium. Estimates were that 120,000 people were there. I would not know as I was about 30 feet from the stage in a sea of people. It was a once in a lifetime deal for me. Too many people. I have seen the Stones in Houston on 2 other occasions and neither show was even that good. In fact the show last December was downright boring (and way overpriced). Never again will I see the Stones live.

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Best concert that I ever attended was the Hall & Oats and I think Chicago at the Cynthia Woods Pavillion. There were about 12 of us, all on the hill, sitting on a large (30' x 30') blue tarp. It started to rain pretty hard, so we got up, lifted the tarp and stood underneath. As soon as others on the hill saw this, they too ran under our tarp. Well, they couldn't stay under our tarp for free, so we made them hold the tarp up and buy us beer. We all charged up the hill, under the big blue tarp, to the beer stand. It was quite the sight. :D

Second best was the Billy Joel and Elton John at Rice Stadium in 1995. Besides BJ and EJ putting on one helluva performance, there was a lightening show going on behind the stage.

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My freinds and I sitting 4th row at The Summit, for the Run/DMC and Beastie Boys Tour in 1987. A couple of my friends got up on stage with The Beastie Boys to dance with these girls they had in cages, like go-go dancers. We got totally polluted, and I still don't know who drove us home, when it was MY car that we took.

Willie Nelson back in 2001 at Cynthia Woods was pretty good also. Saw Kenny Chesney before he was "KENNY CHESNEY". My wife is the biggest Willie Nelson fan ever, so she was just lit up like a Christmas Tree, and my wife swears that's the night our first child was concieved, SO, yeah, it was a pretty good night for both of us I guess.

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U2, 1992 @ the summit (Zoo TV) followed by a close second: Neil Young, Silver & Gold, 1999 at the Aerial Theater

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here's a small list

the queers/teen idols @ fitz down (2004)

sonic youth/pavement @ the unicorn (1993, on my 18th bday)

shellac @ numbers (6.11.05)

de schmog playing on the patio outside of catal huyuk (sometime around 91-92)

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Some good ones:

Pearl Jam/Smashing Pumpkins/Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Unicorn - 1991...my first concert; I had been a big Chili Peppers fan for years, but never heard of Pearl Jam or Smashing Pumpkins (they hadn't hit it big yet)...I got to grab Eddie Vedder's balls as he crowd-surfed to the back of the Unicorn (accidently, of course, as I reached up to help support him...I don't think he appreciated my support! :P )

Mr. Bungle at the Vatican 1992 - memorable because the band came out and stood statue-like, in complete silence, for about 30 minutes before starting the show. It was a near-riot while we were waiting. After a handful of songs, the show ended when Mike Patton, while swinging the mike stand round and round, hit a bouncer in the back of the head. Said bouncer got up and shoved Mike Patton down...show over.

1992 Perpetual Park Party at UH (fIREHOSE (headlining, moved to Local's due to rain), King Missile, Billy Goat)

1993 Perpetual Park Party at UH (featuring Rev. Horton Heat, L7, Bad Livers...that's the one where Snow got his ass beat by the crowd for lip syncing...unfortunately it was also the last Park Party. :( )

Reverend Horton Heat/Porno for Pyros at the Lone Star Amphitheater - 1993?

Phish at the Tower Theater - 1994

Femi Kuti at the 2001 International Festival

Kila at the 2001 International Festival

Any Linus Pauling show at Rudz :P

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Some good ones:

Pearl Jam/Smashing Pumpkins/Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Unicorn - 1991...my first concert; I had been a big Chili Peppers fan for years, but never heard of Pearl Jam or Smashing Pumpkins (they hadn't hit it big yet)...I got to grab Eddie Vedder's balls as he crowd-surfed to the back of the Unicorn (accidently, of course, as I reached up to help support him...I don't think he appreciated my support! :P )

Sounds like one of those "I'll never wash this hand again !" kind of moments. Like when Marsha got kissed by Desi Arnez Jr. Dreamy !

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Where are all the old farts on this topic? Most of these bands I'm reading about are BABIES!!!!

I saw Paul Simon at the Cynthia deep-Woods-off Pavillion with a lightening show behind the stage. I think it was his Graceland Tour. Killer.

Moody Blues (same venue) with the Houston Symphony. Wonderful.

Little Feat at Rockefellers .......... one long featgasm.

Leonard Skinnard at the Pavillion. We were up on the front row against the stage. Man, it was hot down there in August. Not to mention loud. That was in '96.

YES. Cosmic. Those guys are getting up there in years, but they still have it.

How 'bout the WORST concert? Stevie Nicks at the Summit. Tedious. The Association at Rockefellers. Some people should just stay home and be remembered for who they were.

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I almost forgot. Thanks to our fans and fellow HAIFers, my band Stride was the first local band ever to play the Toyota Center last March. That had to be one of the best shows I've attended for obvious reasons. Playing in front of 20,000 people certainly doesn't suck.

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I almost forgot. Thanks to our fans and fellow HAIFers, my band Stride was the first local band ever to play the Toyota Center last March. That had to be one of the best shows I've attended for obvious reasons. Playing in front of 20,000 people certainly doesn't suck.

That's right ! I forgot about that, man, congrats on that. What a wonderful memory to have. Where are you guys playing next Gary. I think a HAIF mixer at a Stride GIG would be good.

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That's right ! I forgot about that, man, congrats on that. What a wonderful memory to have. Where are you guys playing next Gary. I think a HAIF mixer at a Stride GIG would be good.

Oh man, it was great! The catering was unbelievable, the dressing rooms were sick, and the whole backstage area was gigantic. We hung out with Bon Jovi for a while (nice guys) and then went on stage to a HELL of a lot of people. Oh, and the light show was fantastic.

The only downside to the evening was when I put some damp jeans in a dryer backstage. Unfortunately it happened to be Jon Bon Jovi's personal dryer and I got yelled at by his tour manager. I won't tell you what he had in that thing as I might get sued (g-strings, g-strings, g-strings).

We've played to large crowds before (5-8 thousand), but this was the super big time.

As far as playing for the next HAIF mixer...Actually were working on the 3rd album right now, so not much happening on the live front. We've been playing live all over the country for the last three years, so we needed a break. I do know a lot of people locally though, so we could all come to an agreement for the band we wanted, and I could make a couple of calls.

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Oh man, it was great! The catering was unbelievable, the dressing rooms were sick, and the whole backstage area was gigantic. We hung out with Bon Jovi for a while (nice guys) and then went on stage to a HELL of a lot of people. Oh, and the light show was fantastic.

The only downside to the evening was when I put some damp jeans in a dryer backstage. Unfortunately it happened to be Jon Bon Jovi's personal dryer and I got yelled at by his tour manager. I won't tell you what he had in that thing as I might get sued (g-strings, g-strings, g-strings).

We've played to large crowds before (5-8 thousand), but this was the super big time.

As far as playing for the next HAIF mixer...Actually were working on the 3rd album right now, so not much happening on the live front. We've been playing live all over the country for the last three years, so we needed a break. I do know a lot of people locally though, so we could all come to an agreement for the band we wanted, and I could make a couple of calls.

Heh, I'll just get you plastered and we will all just happen to be at an "open mic night".

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The Beatles-I was snuck in because I was only 12-and the Moody Blues; all in the Coliseum and Harry Connick.

So? Am I old or what? :lol:

B)

"Old" ? You aren't "Old" nmain........................You are friggin' ANCIENT ! <_<:P:D

Well, wait a minute, were you snuck in during the 70's or the 60's ? :lol:

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"Old" ? You aren't "Old" nmain........................You are friggin' ANCIENT ! <_<:P:D

Well, wait a minute, were you snuck in during the 70's or the 60's ? :lol:

The 60's and you'll be ancient someday as well.

B)

BTW, how's the kid? :)

You may be old, but I would have given my left you know what to have seen The Beatles.

It was great! I thought Lennon was just about the coolest guy in the world and Ringo had my nose. :lol: I remember them just like it was yesterday-no pun there. ;)

B)

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You may be old, but I would have given my left you know what to have seen The Beatles.
Seeing them was about all you could do back then. Most of the concerts were so loud from screaming fans that you couldn't hear the music.

My first "concert" was seeing Cab Calloway and the Everly Brothers at the 1956 Houston Auto Show.

My other concerts include The Byrds, the Ariplane, and Eric Burdon twice, once with Animals, once with War (I think). I attended the Black Oak Arkansas/Grand Funk concert, but it was so damned loud that I couldn't even tell what songs they were playing. It suk'd.

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It was great! I thought Lennon was just about the coolest guy in the world and Ringo had my nose. :lol: I remember them just like it was yesterday-no pun there. ;)

B)

I still think Lennon is the coolest guy in the world. Hard to believe that a redneck from Liverpool has made such an impact on our society. I didn't always like his views, but I respected his guts. Of course his writing skills don't need to be addressed.

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(1993 some downtown venue) Cocteau Twins

It was in some night club, right? Heaven or Las Vegas tour?

Although this is the only concert I've ever seen in Houston, it's one of my all time favorites. I saw them in Dallas the following evening (maybe two days later, it's a pleasant blur...) in a converted gym or something. The two shows are a combined experience for me.

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- Jimi Hendrix... Houston Music Hall

-Little Feat...several different cities.... - -- Rolling Stones..67 or 66 ..

-Jeff Beck- w/ Rod Stewart..Music Hall

Neil Young.. Verizon

John Hiatt- Verizon

Joni Mitchell- Summet The Band with CSN The summit

Jackson Brown -Summit

Linda Ronstadt ...Summit

Bruce Springsteen... Summit

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Best: The Fiery Furnaces, The Arcade Fire (before I'd ever heard of them), and The Unicorns at Walter's--June (I think) 2004.

Most memorable: (tie) The New Pornographers at Mary Jane's/FatCat (2003) and The Decemberists at Mary Jane's/FatCat (2005). Why? At both concerts, the headliners performed short sets because the smoke factor was unbearably high. They either need to improve ventilation at that place or make it a non-smoking venue.

one of my favorites as well... that was also the last unicorns show --- ever.

i tend not to go there due to the smoke. i only go there if it's free. jiminy!

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the Cult opening for Metallica, and U2 with Red Rockers..around 84?

Metallica opening for Dio at the Music Hall in 1983.

I don't know if it was really my favorite but certainly one of my most memorable.

Not only because it was my first concert, but because we had seats behind one of the balcony support poles! How's that for a great view! :P

We also couldn't find our car after the concert and we walked around under I-45 in the pouring rain for an hour.

The other early memorable concert was also in '83. Judas Priest/Def Leppard at the Coliseum.

Some dudes stole our concert shirts from us at knife-point after the concert. (Welcome to the Big City :ph34r: )

The most fun I had at a concert was in 2001. Seeing Cake at a street festival in some neighborhood on Chicago's north side.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Pink Floyd on the Division Bell Tour at Rice Stadium. (I forget the year) The only thing that sucked was pouring rain after 45 minutes in the show, half the lights not working on stage any more, and Dave's guitar finally giving up. The lazers in the rain were GREAT until they stopped working...

Also School of Fish at the Vatacan, early 1990's? that place was nuts. They did a cover of George Michaels' "Father Figure" and people were moshing.

Good times.. thanks, i'll go back to sleep now.

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This thread started while I was on vacation, so I have not seen until today when Zippy resurrected it... thanx.

My first concert was very early 70's - Brownsville Station. I could not even guess where it was. I was maybe 14 yrs old and for some weird reason my Mom let me go.

The next concert was Chicago at the Houston Coliseum - maybe 74 or 75? Great show, I had very good seats and was first time ever seeing a "real" concert.

There were many after that, but the one I "remember" from High School Days:

ZZ Top - Many of Thanksgivings at the Summit

Pink Floyd "Animal Tour" Rice Stadium

Bad Company - Coliseum

Black Sabbath & Boston - I think at Colisuem - But remember that Boston blew doors off Sabbath.

Led Zeppelin

Marshal Tucker Band

Pure Prairie League (Texas Opry House)

Jerry Jeff Walker

I remember going to the Music Hall to see someone... cannt remember who... but thought that was the best place in the 70's for a concert and wish more had been there.

After High School:

Genesis (more than once) - Summit

Rod Stewart - Summit

Tina Turner - Summit

Buddy Guy (Rockafellers)

B.B.King (Rockafellers)

Eric Johnson (many times, many places)

Elton John and Billy Joel

These are the ones that stick out in my mind the most... I'm sure I forgot some great ones.

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Pink Floyd on the Division Bell Tour at Rice Stadium. (I forget the year)

I was at that show! It was the spring of 1994.

I saw Paul McCartney's The New World Tour at the Astrodome in 1991.

I also saw No Doubt open for Tears for Fears at the Compaq Center. This was during the KRBE Holiday Ball or something like that.

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U2 - Joshua Tree Tour at The Summit

The Cure - Disentigration at The Pavilion

Meat Beat Manifest and Loop Guru at Numbers

Depeche Mode - Music For The Masses at Astroworld

Depeche Mode - Songs of Faith and Devotion at Compaq Center (both nights)

Depeche Mode - Violater (I don't remember if this was at The Pavilion or Compaq.)

Depeche Mode - Exciter Tour at The Pavilion

k.d.lang at Verizon

k.d.lang with the Houston Sympony at Jones Hall

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The Beatles-I was snuck in because I was only 12-and the Moody Blues; all in the Coliseum and Harry Connick.

So? Am I old or what? :lol:

B)

I'm older! Rolling Stones - Summit - 1989. Ry Cooder 1975 (?) - former Weingarten's Grocery on Richmond Ave. in Montrose - about 20 people attended - best venue for this innovative musician.

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I also saw the Beatles. We were on the 13th row. Stood in line for two days even though we had tickets. My parents picked us up at night and took us back the next day to stand back in line. I think I was 12 or 13 then. I still have the program book I bought at the concert.

Found out later that they didn't even really sing but just moved their lips.

Despite the lack of music it was an incredible experience! I remember finding a $20 bill in the concession area and thought I had won the lottery. Twenty bucks was a lot of money to a 13 year old back then :lol:

But I think the best concert I ever saw here was one that had Canned Heat, Vanilla Fudge and Cream (ERic Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce (?)). Either that one or Hendrix. All at the Coliseum. We'd always see Johnny Winter at those concerts, just walking around looking weird.

Believe it or not, girls wore dresses to concerts back then and guys also nicely dressed. No jeans or long hair (yet) and probably not a joint being smoked during the concert LOL.

Becky

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I also saw the Beatles. We were on the 13th row. Stood in line for two days even though we had tickets. My parents picked us up at night and took us back the next day to stand back in line. I think I was 12 or 13 then. I still have the program book I bought at the concert.

Found out later that they didn't even really sing but just moved their lips.

Becky

Where did you see the Beatles at ?

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