With today's ticket prices for rock concerts out of control, as well as my diminishing interest in attending rock concerts as I get older (which, coincidentally coincides with my increasing interest in Jazz), I thought I'd reminisce about rock concerts of "yesteryear" (i.e. the old days for me, pre-children!). Here are a couple of my favorites I attended back in the day:
1) U2 - Joshua Tree Tour - Best seats I've ever had: third row, Madison Square Garden. I loved the band, that album, and their live performances. The only negative was Bono's arm being in a sling from an accident during a previous show. Highlights (for me) were "I Will Follow," "New Year's Day," and closing with "40."
2) Tom Petty - 1986(?) - Saratoga Springs - had lawn seats, went mostly because a couple of friends were Petty fans. Man, was he good live! Loved "Runaway Trains," and the opening act, Georgia Satellites, were excellent live as well.
3) Monster of Rock - Meadowlands - 1991 - Went for Guns and Roses, but was blown away by Metallica. Alcohol consumption partially impaired my ability to truly appreciate their performance (and I don't even remember Faith No More taking the stage), but Metallica simply owned the day - period. Hey, at least Axl came out, which was generally a 50-50 proposition.
4) Kansas - The Power - 1988 - Most under-rated. They got back together, promoted their new album, and played small venues. Saw them at the Stanley Theater in Utica for like $10, went with 10 friends...and they were incredible. Played all their old stuff really well, sounded polished, very fun.
5) Rush - 1994 (?) - Simply fantasic musicians
6) Tool - 1998 - Really good, nice visuals, and I saw them at Red Rocks ampitheater in Colorado. Can't beat that venue...
There's plenty more, but those are some of my faves. How about you? What are some of the best shows you've seen?