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Old 20-11-2008, 19:32   #121
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Prince - 86 Parade, 87 SOTT and 88 Lovesexy. Amazing tours.
Couldn't agree more...plus any of his Aftershows are always special!

Depeche Mode - Violator was pretty special
Transvision Vamp at the Brighton Event was fun (I was mugged for my ticket but was given a Press pass that gave me free beer all night)
Erasure - Milton Keynes Bowl
William Orbit - Queen Elizabeth Hall was amazing!

Been to loads, I'll have a think and post back!
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Old 20-02-2009, 17:34   #122
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Nitzer Ebb - Subterranea (London): packed gig, ace atmosphere, and my mate getting his 'woooooooooooo' on the live cd that was released.

Depeche Mode - World Violation at Brum: my first mode gig, a few rows from the front, awesome gig.

Leftfield - Rock City: left me speechless, brilliant stuff.
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Old 25-03-2009, 20:53   #123
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I'm torn between the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff in 2004 and The Cure last year at Wembley Arena.

RHCP because of the energy of the performance - and because I've been a fan since before Blood Sugar Sex Magic so was familiar with a lot of the older stuff. The Cure because again i've been a fan for a long time and because they played a 3 and a half hour set! Fantastic!!

I also saw The Cure at the NME Big Gig last month - again they were good, but 'only' played for 2 hours.
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Old 25-03-2009, 23:45   #124
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3 and a half hours ??!! what time did they start ?!
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Best recent ones for me are probably The Subways gig at Rock City, which was the last of their tour and ended with Billy crowd surfing for about 10 minutes at the end.

Failing that, was very impressed with ****** Up, so much energy for such a fat *******!
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Old 26-03-2009, 07:06   #126
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I was at the Cure gig mentioned above - they were onstage from just before 8pm to about 11.20pm! It was a very good gig.

However, at the weekend I think I just saw the best gig that I've ever seen, and that against some very strong competition. I was at the Marillion weekend in Port Zelande, Netherlands, and the Saturday set in particular was just phenomenal. The Friday and Sunday sets weren't far behind, either. 3000 fans dedicated enough to travel from all over the world to watch three sets on consecutive days provided an atmosphere that I've not experienced anywhere else, and the band fed on that and gave back just as much themselves. I'll be one of the first in the queue when they announce the next one!
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Old 27-03-2009, 20:11   #127
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Either Kanye West in November 07 - was only his second or so gig after the death of his mum so it was a very powerful and emotional show, played for a full 2 and a bit hours, did practically every hit and even busted out 'Don't Stop Believing' by Journey!! lol.

So either that or possibly, The Dandy Warhols at a real small venue, which was very intimate, had a great set, and they're one of my fav bands anyway
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Old 27-03-2009, 20:17   #128
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either pixies at coachella 04 or beasties at reading 98
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Old 27-03-2009, 20:18   #129
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Old 01-04-2009, 10:28   #130
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either u2 popmart tour at roundhey park or jacksons dangerous tour at the same place both fantastic gigs

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Old 01-04-2009, 11:48   #131
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Depeche Mode - World Violation at Brum: my first mode gig, a few rows from the front, awesome gig.

Mine too! Cool

Continues to annoy me that they never released an official recording of that tour.

I think Nine Inch Nails at Reading last year might've finally pipped that to Best Gig.

(PS think I would've been scared at a Nitzer Ebb gig at the time!)

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Difficult, this... as a rule I save my ticket stubs to remind me of what I've been to over the past 20 years or so

Let's see: going back a long way, Marillion at Craigtoun Park in '88 was immense; ditto when I saw them the following year at the Barrowlands. Echo & the Bunnymen in Edinburgh was also one of the best shows I've been to. PWEI at Reading in '91 and Glasgow in '92 were also great gigs. I rarely (if ever) listen to those bands anymore, but the memory of them being great nights still sticks.

In more recent times: Alkaline Trio at Rock en Seine 2005 was fantastic (to top it off I bumped into them afterwards); Chuck Ragan was great at the Underworld in '07, as was The Draft the year before; Mother Mother last year in Vancouver, then Montreal, were incredible gigs; and Rise Against's shows at the Astoria in '07 and Portsmouth '09 were two of the most exciting live performances I've seen (not quite as great when I saw them at Taste of Chaos '07 when they were on before... The Used )

Oh, and the Metallica Death Magnetic launch show at the O2 in September was an excellent night with a great setlist...
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The best:

U2 Popmart, Wembley Stadium 1997

James, Reading 1991

Pink Floyd, London Arena 1989

The Charlatans, New Fast Automatic Daffodils & Soul Family Sensation St Austell 1991

Madness, BIC, Bournemouth 2001 (the original 7 line up)

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U2, Earls Court 2001

New Order, Reading 1993

Marillion, St Austell 1988

The Alarm, St Austell 1991

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Rush, Wembley Arena 1991

Saw Carter USM numerous times

Nirvana, Reading 1991 (always my claim to fame with youngsters, they weren't much good!!).

Blur, Reading 1991
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Old 02-04-2009, 16:26   #134
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Orac - I too was at Reading '91 (mentioned in my above post for PWEI's set), and you've reminded me that James were indeed very good as the Saturday headliners (I also enjoyed Iggy on the Fri & the Sisters on the Sun.) As with you, catching Nirvana there is something I have told people about, but they really didn't do much for me (although they were my mate's main reason for travelling 500 miles down to the fest!). I just thought I'd better see what the fuss was all about.

And Marillion in St. Austell in '88? Not too long before Fish left, then. As mentioned in my above post, I saw them at Fish's last gig with the band, and then saw H's first Scottish date in the following year (about which he gives an anecdote about how nervous he was in the "From Stoke Row to Ipanema" video.)
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The Sugarcubes, Sheff Uni, 1988 - when Bjork was very sweet and innocent. She made a cute little speech about learning about Sheffield steel and cutlery whilst at school hehe
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Orac - I too was at Reading '91 (mentioned in my above post for PWEI's set), and you've reminded me that James were indeed very good as the Saturday headliners (I also enjoyed Iggy on the Fri & the Sisters on the Sun.) As with you, catching Nirvana there is something I have told people about, but they really didn't do much for me (although they were my mate's main reason for travelling 500 miles down to the fest!). I just thought I'd better see what the fuss was all about.

And Marillion in St. Austell in '88? Not too long before Fish left, then. As mentioned in my above post, I saw them at Fish's last gig with the band, and then saw H's first Scottish date in the following year (about which he gives an anecdote about how nervous he was in the "From Stoke Row to Ipanema" video.)
Reading 91 was just the saturday for me...

St Austell was 87 or 88 - can't remember - it got postponed cos fish was ill. Tried to get into marillion since, just cannot, don't like the H voice.
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Rage Against The Machine - Feile 95, my first concert. Brilliant.

Madball - Saw them in San Fran in february and they were just brilliant. Tiny sweaty venue. Perfect for the music.

R.E.M - Slane 95. Still my favourite though.
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Hawkwind - Atomhenge tour - Aberdeen Capitol (RIP) September 1976: fantastic, immersive performance, Calvert on top form.

King Crimson - Hammersmith Apollo - late 1982: coolest walk on ever, amazing musicianship: I always suspected the cross-rhythm bits in Larks Tongues part 2 were a recording studio trick. No so!

Double bill tour of Graham Parker and the Rumour and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Dukes - no gig will ever top this for sheer enjoyment, with the crowning glory being both bands all on stage for the finale.
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Elbow - Roundhouse, Camden, 2008. Absolutely awesome. Amazing crowd, felt like being among friends. Newborn live just to die for. I've been to a lot of gigs but this hasn't been beaten yet.
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