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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

105 Concerts

01: Atlanta Rhythm Section (Steppenwolf was on the bill, but they bailed and we got The Mushroom Band as the opening act. Early 79? Ike Hall, West Point, NY. First exposure to the smell of weed.

02: Nazareth/Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, summer 79, Capitol Center, Md.

03: Kiss, summer 79? Dynasty Tour, MSG, NYC.

04: Kansas, 79? Ike Hall, West Point, NY.

05: Boston, fall 79, Schwetzingen Sports Arena, West Germany.

06: Rainbow, fall 79, Schwetzingen Sports Arena, West Germany. Gram Bonnet line-up.

07: Van Halen, summer 80, Boston Gardens, Boston, Mass. Dave had multiple injuries, arm in a cast, great stories.

08: Alice Cooper, 1981, Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY.

09: The Pretenders, 1981, Ike Hall, WP, NY. Original pre-death line-up.

10: Joan Jett/David Johanssen, 1981, Ike Hall, WP, NY. One of the best ever.

11: Rainbow/Scorpions, 1982, MSG, NYC. Scorps blew away pathetic headlining Rainbow.

12: B52's, 1983, Ike Hall, WP, NY.

13: J. Geils Band, 1983, Ike Hall, WP, NY

14: Ozzy, 1983, Mid Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

15: Krokus/Blackfoot, 1984, Mid Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

16: Kiss/Accept, 1984, Mid Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

17: Motley Crue/Ratt, 1984, Mid Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

18: Aerosmith, 1984, Orange County Fair, NY

19: Wesley Willis & The Fiasco

20: The Ramones,1984, Univ. of MD

21: The Ramones, 1984, The Bayou, Washington DC. Got Tossed out by a jar-head for doing the pogo about half-way through.

22: U2, 1985, Capitol Center, MD The best ever? Maybe.

23: Yes, 1984, Hartford CT

24: Rush, 1986, Baltimore Md

25: Peter Gabriel, 1986, Capitol Center

26: Al DiMeola, 1985, U of M

27: Patrick Moraz & Bill Bruford, 1985, U of M

29: Iron Maiden/Coney Hatch, 1984, Mid Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

30: REO Speedwagon, 1982, Nassau Colliseum, NY

31: Judas Priest, 1984, Mid Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

32: Marillion, 1986, The Roxy, NYC

33: Hot Tuna/Foghat, 1987?, The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY. Bloody awful. The drummer was the only original Foghat member, and Hot Tuna was a poor substitution for the initial headliner, Nazareth, who cancelled.

34: Georgia Satellites, 1987?, The Chance, Poghkeepsie, NY. One of the best ever.

35: Dylan/the Grateful Dead/ Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. RFK, DC. Great fun.

36: Grateful Dead, 1988, MSG, NYC. Great show, heavy trip, we got Terrapin.

37: Grateful Dead, 1988, Brendan Byrne Arena, Medowlands, East Rutherford NJ. Watched first set without acid. Big Mistake, found some during drums, just in time.

38: REM/10,000 Maniacs, 1987, Radio City, NYC. Great Show.

39: Stevie Ray Vaughn, 1988, Mid Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY. Months before he died. Absolutely amazed.

40: John Lee Hooker, 1987?, Philadelphia, PA. Life Changing Event.

41: Rolling Stones/Living Colour, 1989, Shea Stadium, Queens, NY. Clapton showed up.

42: Rolling Stones/Living Colour, 1989, JFK Stadium?, Philadelphia. Drove down and back same night. It rained. Totally worth it.

43: REM, 1989, Brendan Byrne Arena, Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ

45: Keith Richards/Replacements, 1989, Brendan Byrne Arena, Meadowlands, East Rutheford, NJ. Keith's birthday. Great show. Replacements were awful (expected); instead of finishing 'Can't Hardly Wait', which they started and aborted multiple times, they moved on to a rousing 'Happy Birthday' to Keith. If i could have hung out backstage at any concert I've ever seen, this was the one.

46: Kix, 1984, The Bayou, Washington DC. One of the best ever.

47: Kix, 1986?, Hammerjacks, Baltimore, MD.

48: Robin Trower, 1986?, Hammerjacks, Baltimore, MD

49: Frehley's Comet, 1986?, Hammerjack's, Baltimore, MD

50: The Ramones, 1988, Bedford, NY. A very short show, slightly over an hor, during which they went through 35 songs.

51: Metallica, 1990?, The Continental Airlines Arena (formerly the Brendan Byrne Arena), Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ. Great show, though I didn't know any of the songs, excepting their cover of Queen's 'Stone Cold Crazy'.

52: The Cramps, 1990, the Academy, NYC. My first crowd surfing.

53: Red Hot Chili Peppers/Dead Milkmen, The New Roxy (Studio 54), NYC. Killer show.

54: Fishbone, 1995, The Wetlands, NYC. Amazed.
55: Lollapalooza, 1990? (the first one), Waterloo Village, NJ. Missed The Boredoms. Caught Henry Rollins, The Butthole Surfers, Nine Inch Nails, Ice T & Body Count, Souxie and the Banshees, and Jane's Addiction. I took a nap during Living Colour, having seen them twice w/ the Stones earlier that year.

56: The Buzzcocks, 1991?, New Rochelle, NY

57: Red Kross, 19??, Joey Ramone's Rock and Roll Summer Nights,someplace on St. Mark's, NYC. I remeber the show, and hanging out with the Two Pats, but not much else. That may have been the night I helped a legless Joey Ramone to his feet at the bar.

58: Gene Loves Jezebel, 1992, The Limelight, NYC

59: Lenny Kravitz, 199?, Roseland, NYC

60: Aerosmith/Guns & Roses, 1988, Orange County Fair, NY. Axl claimed to be ill, only putting in half of a set, forcing the band to fill in with a rather pleasant blues jam and some punk cover with Duff singing. Aerosmith was great, as usual.

61: Aerosmith, 1993, Albany, NY. Still astounding the third time in ten years.

62: AC/DC, 1993?, Albany, NY.

63: The Reverand Horton Heat, 1994?, the Limelight, NYC. Got religion.

64: Smashing Pumpkins, 1994, Albany, NY. The most negative show ever.

65: Pink Floyd, 1994, Yankee Stadium, NYC. The first, and best, of the 'All Drug Olympics'. Weed, beer, mushrooms, acid, cocaine, and hydrocodone. In that order I think, the mushrooms got eaten about an hour out of the city, the acid was dropped as we parked the car, the hydrocodone was saved for the long drive back to Albany to sooth the effects of being stuck in an enclosed space for three hours on a brain full of hallucinogens. The show was good too.

66: Lollapalooza III?, 1994, Saratoga Springs, NY. It was the one Nirvana was supposed to headline before Kurt bailed, leaving the uber popular but oh so depressing Smashing Pumpkins to fill the slot. Nick Cave was good, and so was George Clinton's P-Funk All Stars. The Breeders were apauling, triggering pre-recorded loops to make-up for that fact that only Kim Deal and the drummer had any actual musical ability. A joke.

67: Ramones, 1995, May Day, Albany, NY. My first Ramones show w/ out Dee Dee. Not Bad, not great.

68: UFO, 1995, the Limelight, NYC. God smiled on me, gave Schenker the desire to get back with UFO and tour the 'Strangers In the Night' set. This show meant more to me than any other show, except maybe the first Kiss concert in 79. A dream come true, fifteen years in the making.

69: Bowie, 1995, Roseland, NYC. Best sounding show ever.

70: U2, 2001, MSG, NYC. The first show @ MSG after 9/11. Very emotional, but the band was a bit off. I think they came straight from the plane or something. They certainly tried. The most expensive show ever @ $145.00

71: Alice Cooper, Halloween 2001, Roseland, NYC. Great.

72: Alice Cooper, Halloween 2002, The Beacon, NYC. Better.

73: Alice Cooper, Halloween, 2003, The Beacon, NYC. The best?

74: Alice Cooper, Halloween 2004, The Beacon, NYC. The best?

75: Alice Coope/Cheap Trick, October 2005, PNC Center, NJ. Cheap Trick suffered from poor sound.

76: Tool, 2001, MSG, NYC. Decent. Great sound. Boring band.

77: Patti Smith, 199?, Summer Stage, Central Park, NYC.

78: Devo, 2004, Summer Stage, Central Park, NYC. Mind blowing.

79: Lucinda Williams, 2004, Summer Stage, Central Park, NYC. I got shussed.

80: Beastie Boys, 2008, Summer Stage, Central Park, NYC

81: Music Midtown Day 1, 2006?, ATL, GA. Lou Reed, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Keith Urban

82: Music Midtown Day 2, 2006?, ATL, GA. John Fogarty, some random country, a bit fuzzy on that day

83: Music Midtown Day 3 2006?, ATL, GA. Joan Jett, Def Leppard (horrid), Devo

84: Amsterjam, 2007?, Randall's Island, NYC. Worked for Figo who played one of the alternate stages, saw L.L. Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Foo Fighters, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers who proved beyond a shadow of a doubt (all puns intended) that they are the greatest working Americain Rock band, and just might be the greatest Americain Rock band ever, and a contender for the world title.

85: Disco Biscuits, 2008, some hippy fest upstate. Whatever. Snoop Dogg played the first night. He's the man. His band was great.
86: Luna, 2007?, Bowery Ballroom, NYC. Last Luna show(s).

87: Bad Brains, 2000, ????, NYC. Amazing.

88: Wilco, 2007?, Radio City. Fred took me. I got it. American music.

89: Wilco, 2008, McCarren Pool, Williamsburg, NYC. Not the best sound, too much cement. Beer lines out of control. No weed.

90: Kings of Leon/Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, 2007?, Radio City. I dug BRMC, they have a cool dark vibe. KOL are lost on me.

91: Some Hippy Fest, 2007?, Randall's Island, NYC. Dave Mathews, Bare Naked Ladies, Mike Doughty. A hot dusty day.

92: Lollapalooza 5?, 1995?, Randall's Island, NYC. It was the Soundgarden/Metallica bill, the last of the original Paloozas. Soundgarden was good.

93: Kiss, 1996?, Continental Airlines Arena, Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ. The first leg of the big reunion tour, a New Years show. Magical, though I detected some supporting tracks beefing up the sound, but hell, Ace was back, the make-up was back, and I was happy to be fifteen again.

94: David Bowie, 2005?, Jone's Beach, NY. Fun show. He had that huge choir/cult act open, what were they called?

95: The Johnson Family, 1996?, Knitting Factory, NYC. Interesting semi-religious family act, great players, great singers, and great songs.

96: All Tomorrow's Parties Day 1, 2008, Monticello, NY. Meat Puppets, Built to Spill, Thurston Moore, Bardo Pond.

97: All Tomorrow's Parties Day 2, 2008, Monticello, NY. Shellac, Polvo, Om, Fuck Buttons, The Drones, Les Savy Fav. Les Savy Fav was the best act of the whole festival.

98: All Tomorrow's Parties Day 3, 2008, Monticello, NY. Dinosaur Jr, My Bloody Valentine, Mogwai, Yo La Tengo, Mercury Rev, Bob Mould, Spectrum. I loved Bob Mould, as his set contained the most familiar material of the whole weekend, and well, I just love Bob, but I got real drunk, and by the time I settled into check out Dinosaur Jr I was having trouble maintaining. J. Mascis had a wall of Marshalls surrounding a giant Marshall stack at least nine feet tall. It was sooooooooo loud. Louder than anything I had ever witnessed. Abusively loud. So much so that I went to find a place to get some horizontal time. When I woke, My Bloody Valentine was wrapping up their set. I went in and was immediately struck by three things: My Bloody Valentine were even louder than Dinosaur Jr, the sound coming from the stage was a wall of noise, a feedback binge that went on for at least twenty minutes, and I had managed to grow old enough to question the necessity of such ridiculous and obviously damaging.

99: Neil Young, 2008, Radio City, NYC. An immensely satisfying show, long, long overdue.

100: Fleetwood Mac, 2009, MSG, NYC. A great show, super high energy. Totally stunned.

101: Deep Purple/Thin Lizzy, 2007?, The Beacon, NYC. Deep Purple was great, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan, and Ian Pace rounded out by Don Airey in place of John Lord, and the excellent and much more melodic Steve Morse in Blackmore’s spot. Thin Lizzy was a bit disappointing, how could it not be without Phil or Brain Downey. Shred King John Sykes, who only played on one Lizzy record (the last one) handled the vocals, and Mark ‘The Animal’ Mendoza, of Twisted Sister, ably handled the bass, but it was simply lacking magic, and Sykes was way louder than longtime Lizzy guitar whiz Scott Gorham.

102: Little Feat, 1988?, somewhere in Connecticut. The late eighties Lowell George-less line-up.

103: Robert Cray/Treat Her Right, 1988?, Lake Componce, CT. Cray was/is great, and so was Treat Her Right, a three-piece of guitar, tenor guitar, and cocktail drum that would later morph into Morphine (I told you, all puns intended).

104: Scorpions, 2008, The Beacon, NYC. Man those sextagenerian Krauts can Rock the shit out of theater.

105: Iron Maiden, 2008, MSG, NYC. Maiden has not lost a step in 25 years.

Sir, believe you also attended several The Horse You Rode In On and Kablamachunk! shows.
REO in '82? Man, you've been cool since forever. That must have been the hottest ticket of the season. The guitar solo in "Keep On Loving You" can make me cry if I've been drinking too much.
Is this a list of all the concerts you've been to?

What about the Kinks at Ike Hall 79 or 80.

Also, you and I went to see Zebra upstate in New Paltz or Kingston. I have forgotten the entire lineup, but it was a real low point in music history.
-- Mitch

I was in Germnay when the Kinks came to Ike Hall.

I totally forgot that Zebra show. I'm sure there are others that slipped as well.
I think Fastway was on one of those bills too
Yeah, Maiden/Fastway/Coney Hatch..
What's scary is the number of shows here where I saw the New York City show on the same tour.

I have to agree with you on Dino Jr. I saw them at Terminal 5 last year and it was just abusively loud and unpleasant. I'm sure that's because I am older, but it was just insanely loud. I have no idea how J. Mascis can even hear anything after standing in front of that rig night after night. I also got the impression that Mascis is using the loudness to overcome sloppy playing because the solos he played at that show were pretty dull and uninspired.
I think I saw most of 1-17 with you..
Did The Brains open for the B52's? I think some of those guys ended up in the Georgia Satellites.. I remember that I saw them, but do not remember if they were any good.
How'dya miss seeing the Cap'n and Tenille and Beverly Sills (saw em both) in WP?
Didn't we go to Fleetwood Mac too?
Maybe Germany again.
The Babys!
The Babys were with the Kinks. I think we did see the Brains....dunno...whoever opened for the B-52's were an instrumental act, and at the end of the last song they sang "..and I'll say just what I like". I thought that was great.
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