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    Let’s all share the tale of the best concert we’ve ever been to!

    Mine was last summer. It’s kind of weird because it wasn’t really bands I loved, but I remember it oh, so fondly. It was a concert put on by a local radio station called Y101, and the concert was called YStock! Pretty cheesy. It was 6 bands, and I only went because alot of my friends were going and one of them gave me a free ticket.

    It started around noon and the first band was called Dexter Freebish who some of you may remember as the one-hit wonder behind the song "Leaving Town." They were actually pretty decent and the threw free CDs to the crowd and I caught a copy fo their album. I’ve never seen a band do that before.

    At this point, I think it might be important to say that there was maybe 1200 people MAX on this island for this concert and since we got their early we were literally front row and there was nothing stopping us from getting onstage (i.e. no security).

    The second band was really really good, they were called Vast. I have their CD now but I don’t think I’ve listened to it in months, and they were pretty much a one-hit wonder as well. I think their hit was called "Free." They’re sort of a goth band and at this point my friend Ely (who, as I’ve told Mattman before, has felt the need to do something stupid at nearly every show we’ve went to) jumps on stage and starts head banging. It took everyone in the crowd like 2 minutes to figure out that this wasn;t part of the act. To this day, I laugh hysterically at the picture hanging on my wall of 5’6" 140lb. Ely in a headlock from a 6’6" 300lb. muscle-bound black security guard.

    For some reason, he didn’t get thrown out. Don’t ask why, I dunno.

    Third band – no idea. I really don’t remember their name. They were another one-hit wonder and they really sucked. They were a Limp Bizkit rock/rap thing and their hit was a cover of a rap song. During this pathetic attempt at a set, I bought RATM’s "Battle of Los Angeles" and Queens Of The Stone Age’s "rated R."

    Speaking of QOTSA, they were up 4th, and I really wanted to see them. They’re a tight band. (Yes, AP, tight as a nun’s you-know-what.) They were totally awesome, playing hits from their most recent release and from the old Kyuss albums. During this set, my friend Richard who’s sort of Redneckish but listens nearly exclusively to Soundgarden and Primus, gets really excited because he thinks they’re the next big thing. He pretty much starts a mosh pit where he gets the snot beaten out of him.

    Another point you may want to know – there was literally like an hour between sets. So it’s almost 6pm and I go get in line to get my QOTSA cd signed by the band (all the bands were signing). Like 300 of us get in line (:eek [img]images/smiles/converted/smile.gif[/img] and I’m literally like 20th in line. They let maybe 25 through, after 30 minutes of waiting. Totally ridiculous but cool that I got my CD signed and Kenny got his shoe signed (don’t ask).

    The 5th band was one of the two co-headliners. They were called Marvelous 3 who you may remember for their (you guessed it), one-hit "Freak of the Week." They’re far too poppy for my liking but they played a decent (hilarious) rock set. At one point, the lead singer takes off his ratty shirt made out of a brit flag and throws it and Kenny’s brother Justin catches it. He threw it back. They were quite mad.

    The highlight of the show was Marvelous 3 telling a ridiculous story about the lead singers walking in on his sister, um, pleasuring herself to the song "Sunshine of your Love" by Cream which they went on to play. The story was very graphic, albeit hilarious, but I can no longer listen to that song. It’s totally ruined on me.

    The concert ended on a low note, Stroke 9. They had 2 or 3 hits, I think. I hated them but my friend Kenny’s gf and her friends thought they were God’s gift to music. More on that later.

    As soon as the show ends, the entire security staff just leaves. No waiting for the artists to leave, just boom and gone. So Richard and I go "backstage" per se, where the buses were and we decide we are going to find QOTSA. We go in one… Stroke 9 it is. So, we lie to the stroke 9 guys and get them to take a picture with my friend Kenny’s gf and crazy associates and they now think I’m the greatest thing on earth. Kenny was not pleased.

    After the show, we walked around Richmond, went to a club called Alley Katz, heard a band play that I don’t remember at all because we were playing pool and eating pizza. Got home at 2 AM.

    I guess it wasn’t the best band(s) I’ve ever seen [obviously]. They didn’t play particuarly great. But the memories of my goofy friends and a good time we had on Brown’s Island – last a life time.

    So who’s next… tell me your favorite concert ever.

    [For those of you thinking this thread is stupid, hey, it’s been a slow day…]



    Legal Disclaimer: None of the names have been changed in the above story, and yes, that photo is available, if you’re wondering.



    Since we`re talking about concerts,the other day I was talking to a guy about a concert that happened here a few years ago the other day so I`ll talk about that.
    A few years ago Low played here,a band people seem to love or hate,they play very slow and sad,much in the vein of slow Neil Young Tunes or the Velvet Underground`s third album or Galaxie 500.The guy was telling me Low was playing and there was 10 or so people digging what Low was doing but a bunch of people was saying "Where`s the rock?,you don`t rock!" Low has to put up with this shit alot,I heard on the radio that they got food thrown at them,etc at other gigs,nowadays they seem to be getting more people liking them,Thom Yorke of Radiohead said recently he loves them,maybe this will get people to wake up and see that they`re a good band.Their most recent album"Things we lost in the fire" is one of my fav records of the year.
    In my opinion we have enough bands who rock,we need more bands to try something different,Low started playing this music in the early 90`s when it was totally uncool,but over the years slow/sad core music has evolved to include a lot of bands doing this stuff.
    If you want to check out Low,there`s 2 mp3`s at Tinytelephone.com you can take a listen to,and there`s a Yahoo.com archived concert,it`s 4 tunes,it`s a video concert so you can watch it as well.



    I saw Ricky Martin last night and he was so sexy, i really love the way he sakes his Bon Bon! What a spunk and what a man [img]images/smiles/converted/redface.gif[/img]
    later trav [img]images/smiles/converted/biggrin.gif[/img]



    <BLOCKQUOTE><font>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by aNtIPop:
    <STRONG>I saw Ricky Martin last night and he was so sexy, i really love the way he sakes his Bon Bon! What a spunk and what a man [img]images/smiles/converted/redface.gif[/img]
    later trav [img]images/smiles/converted/biggrin.gif[/img]</STRONG><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Dear lord I pray you’re kidding… [img]images/smiles/converted/tongue.gif[/img]



    I saw J + the Fog twice on this last tour so obviously those shows (especially Chicago) would be #1. Other than that, The Old 97’s here in Indianapolis at a place called Birdy’s. They are one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen! They are currently touring w/Matchbox Twenty and Train which is a shame. They are of the Alt-country genre.

    I also saw Radiohead in Chicago last week, enough said.



    <BLOCKQUOTE><font>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ELJ:

    Dear lord I pray you’re kidding… [img]images/smiles/converted/tongue.gif[/img]</STRONG><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    lol lol lol lol lol [img]images/smiles/converted/blush.gif[/img]
    later trav [img]images/smiles/converted/biggrin.gif[/img]



    <BLOCKQUOTE><font>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by andyfest:

    I also saw Radiohead in Chicago last week, enough said.</STRONG><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Seeing them the 13th and 14th in D.C… ’nuff said as well.



    I’ve been to a handfull of awesome concerts in my weird little life, here I’ll just throw in the last thing that set my mind adrift in a huge way. I spent something like 10 days in Prague, Czech republic this summer, and one night me and a czech friend of mine ended up at this small little jazz club. It didn’t look much to the world and I never expected to enjoy it as much as I did. It had been a really warm day and I totally felt like having a cool drink in the bar. Wanting to get something really good and refreshing I took a long look at their drink list and finally made up my mind to go with a bitches brew (mainly cuz it sounded like a kool name for a drink I guess). Then the bartender told me they had no ice [img]images/smiles/converted/eek.gif[/img] Dang that drink sucked w/o the ice, so I was about to suggest that we got the hell outta there b4 long. Soon enough this trio from Prague started playing though – tenor sax, drums, bass – and christ they were insanely hot, wiped away all track of time and place right from the first note. Playing like their life depended on it doesn’t even begin to describe what was going on at all, I literally had to remind myself to breath during some of the solos. Seemed like everyone in the audience were just sitting there in awe, all smiles, and couldn’t believe their senses. Had to return there a few times more b4 flying back to boring old sweden, and every night there was a different group from czech playing, young musicians all of them. Unbelievably, they were all as, or almost as, fantastic as that first trio. It seems like that country is overcrowded with cool jazz cats, and that the wickedest of them can be found playing at aghaRTA on a regular basis. If any of you guys end up in Prague for whatever reason, you just gotta pay that place a visit. Their program can be found at arta.cz/aghaprog.htm btw. Oh, and screw the drinks, get a beer instead, they’re really good and ridiculously cheap (weird how a pop or a mineral water is way more expensive [img]images/smiles/converted/eek.gif[/img] ). It’s a really cool city too, so I’ll be going back there for sure.

    Cheers, Max


    Bucky Ramone

    Some great concerts of the last couple of months:

    Slobberbone – Paradiso Amsterdam
    This was at the small upstairs hall, the place was quite full, and the temperature was quite high (to put it mildly). Slobberbone succeeded
    in raising the temperature another couple of degrees with their unique mix of country and something between hard rock and punk. Highlights: "Gimme back my dog", "Barrelchested" and a bassplayer throwing his "Drive-by truckers" into the crowd….. Some time after the show (we were having a nice and quiet beer to cool down a little), a half-naked bass-player came looking for his t-shirt (in the proud posession of a good friend of mine). After some negotiations it was returned to its original owner, it was traded for a signed (by the whole band) copy of "Barrelchested"……

    Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Ahoy Rotterdam
    The last concert of his European tour, three hours of the best music on this earth, Neil looked he wanted to play on and on, but the Crazy Horse looked exhausted, and in need of it’s stable…..
    A couple of very good friends of mine and me finished evaluating the gig at 7 in the morning in a pub. Funny to get out of a pub when the sun is shining again and all the ‘normal’ people are going to their work, it is even more funny when you realize that you’re supposed to be at the office again about one hour later…. [img]images/smiles/converted/biggrin.gif[/img]



    Oh yeah, Neil Young also played here in stockholm this summer and was in great shape, best I’ve seen him since he toured w/ Booker T And The MG’s when his furious 17 minute solo in Down by the River made his amp catch on fire. It was like that amp was crying for mercy: "You’re killing me here!! I can’t take no more!!!"



    Violent Femmes – probably the best show I’ve ever been to. They played like raving mad men. Brian Ritchie became my all time fav. bass player that night with some awesome soloes. Also guest stars, the Horns Of Dilemma were great.

    Motorpsycho -Every Motorpsycho show I’ve been to has been a blast. They always give their best and somehow manages to do it all completely different from last time. Their concerts may be descriped as supersonic journeys in sound.



    I bet everyone read my ‘mudhoney experience’, that’s definatly the best show i’ve ever been to….

    other great shows-
    the melvins – i was in the very front row, right below kevin (bass)…it was an AWESOME show

    murder city devils – i was first row behind the mosh pit (only cause i was taping [img]images/smiles/icon_wink.gif[/img] ). they are one band that is AWESOME live

    i saw The Who about three years ago, and it was very fun. There were a lot of old people (duh), but they sure know how to rock for a bunch o’ old men [img]images/smiles/icon_smile.gif[/img] . Keith Moon their drummer is dead, but they had Ringo Starr’s son on drum’s and he was very great

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