I was just looking through my box of old tickets and reminiscing about some great shows that I had seen:
Dylan at the EMU Ballroom in Eugene in '99. He had just played with Paul Simon for a crowd of about 60,000 and then announced this show on a Thursday for the coming Monday eve. The place holds about 900 people and it wasn't even packed. I was online behind Ken Kesey for tickets! Dylan was incredible, playing in this small venue trying out new songs (it was the first time he played Down Along the Cove!) and generally having fun!
Patti Smith and Neil Young at the Gorge. Can't remember the year, but it was incredible. Peter Buck from REM came out with Patti for a Not Fade Away encore and then Neil came out, pouring rain, and rocked the place so hard I thougth the Gorge would cave in. It was filmed for the Neil Young movie and if you've seen it, you can get an idea of what it was like to be there.
The Stones, Hampton VA in '81. It was Keith Richards birthday and we went because...we thought they were getting old and might not be around too much longer! It was the Tattoo You tour and they played for a long time, incredible show, and it was broadcast on cable tv so I've since found a double dvd of it and it was as good as I remember!
Bruce Springsteen, Nassau Coliseum, New Years eve.'80. Right after the River came out. I had never seen anyone take that crowd and OWN them like Bruce. He had people rocking, would calm them down, talk, played for 4 hours and people sang every word. It was perhaps the greatest concert I have ever seen.
Others that popped into my head...Zappa at the Greeks, Frank Black acoustic in a small bar for free, REM coming to my college, Elvis Costello at Duke (playing Ship of Fools), Tom Waits standing next to my seat waiting to take the stage, Lou Reed shaking my hand after a front row show, Santana coming out to jam with Clapton in Charlotte, 12th row for one of the many WHO farewell tours, Ten Years After opening for ZZ top in Greensboro after a smoke-in, 2nd row for Warren Zevon, etc...
Anyhow, it got me to thinking that some of you may have some great shows that you went to other than Dead shows that I'd love to hear about. Well?
"The only funeral you should ever try to interrupt is your own, and that should be a full-time job." -Kinky Friedman