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Old 25-07-2005, 14:04   #1
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Thumbs up Best gig you've ever been to....?

My best gig was in 1996: Manic St. Preachers @ London Brixton Academy

with support from Stereophonics (when they were actually good!!!) and the Super Furry Animals (awesome)

..... Fantastic gig!
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Old 25-07-2005, 14:09   #2
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Hall and Oates in late 70s/early 80s, Sheffield City Hall. I know that will make me look like a real old, boring git but it's the genuine answer and it was one of those gigs that anyone who was there will probably share my thoughts. Second best probably Springsteen at either St James's Park or Bramall Lane, again ages ago.


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Edit: Just googled it and it was 18/1/1977!! Jethro Tull could have written that song about me...

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Old 25-07-2005, 14:13   #3
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Absolutely impossible to give just one as I've been to so many great gigs over the years. I'll rack my brains and try to come up with a list of some of the best
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Old 25-07-2005, 14:16   #4
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I've been to hundreds so its very difficult for me to say some highlights:

In the last year, The Black Keys at Leeds Cockpit last October.

For personal reasons: Alice Donut at Camden Underworld last July. One of my all time favourite bands playing their first UK gig for over 10 years and it was captured on DVD. Simply awesome

Best "big" gig, Pixies headlining the Reading Festival in 1990. It was my first festival but I was there for Pixies so it felt like a 3 day long support slot leading up to Pixies at their height. Weather was lovely too.

Foreign gig, probably Breeders at 9.30 club in DC. There was a real buzz in town over this and tickets were like gold dust. Members of Fugazi, Shudder to think and Ultra Vivid scene were in the audience so I was watching a great band surrounded by members of other great bands.

Can't believe I saw that gig, Nirvana at the Duchess of York (pub in Leeds) in 1989

Well worth the money gig, Tom Waits in Amsterdam last November. Ł360 for 2 tickets from an agency! Coolest man alive playing a blinder.
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Old 25-07-2005, 14:22   #5
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The White Stripes at Bridlington Spa
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The Polyphonic Spree in the tent at the Leeds Festival a couple of years ago.
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Old 25-07-2005, 14:33   #6
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Alice In Chains/Screaming Tree's-Kentish Town 1991
Teenage Fanclub-Bristol 2001
Red Hot Chilli Peppers-Astoria 1989
Queensryche-Kentish Town 1988
Queen-Knebworth 1986
Slayer-Birmingham 1987
Queens Of The Stone Age-Newport 2001
Oasis/Manic Street Preachers/Prodigy/Chemical Brothers/Ocean Colour Scene-Knebworth 1986
Metallica/Anthrax-Cardiff St Davids Hall 1986
Living Colour-Bristol Bierkeller 1989
Mindfunk-Bristol Bierkeller 1990
Kiss-Stafford Bingley Hall 1983
Jeff Healy/Johnny Diesel-Bristol Studio 1989
Guns N Roses-Marquee, London 1987
Guns N Roses/Soundgarden/Faith No More-Wembley Stadium 1992
Def Leppard/Loverboy Bournmouth International Arena 1988
Blur-Newport Centre 1999
Bon Jovi/Dan Reed Network-NEC 1989
Motley Crue/Cheap Trick-Cardiff St Davids Hall 1986
Donington 1984: AC/DC, Van Halen, Ozzy, Gary Moore, Y+T, Motley Crue, Accept
U2-Cardiff Arms Park 1987
The Prodigy/Foo Fighters-Cardiff International Arena 1998

..and last but not least....Ozzy/Budgie-Bristol 1980 my first gig!)
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Old 25-07-2005, 14:36   #7
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I think it is a toss up between:

Public Enemy & Anthrax - Brixton Academy 1991
Metallica - Cardiff, St Davids Hall - 1986
Neil Young - Finsbury Park (1992?)
Oasis - TJs, Newport - (1995?)
Primal Scream - Bristol Studio - 1990

--edit--

oh yeah, hardly cool but Guns n Roses/Faster Pussycat in Bristol Colston hall in 1987 was just storming rock n roll

All absolutely exhilerating but there are just sooo many to choose from. Sadly all of them are years ago

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Old 25-07-2005, 14:37   #8
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The Polyphonic Spree in the tent at the Leeds Festival a couple of years ago.
Just shows how subjective these things are I was pretty underwhelmed by them that night. I prefered Elbow who were on a bit earlier. The best i've seen the Spree were the first and last times I saw them both at the Leadmill in Sheffield. The first was particularly memorable as my Dad had just had a heart attack and I didn't want to go. I was made to by my then g/f and it really cheered me up. I saw them again at Leeds Poly a few months later and was sat with their main guy Tim talking about what had happened and we ending up chatting about heart disease! Its one of his biggest fears apparently.
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Old 25-07-2005, 14:45   #10
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Marillion - Misplaced Childhood Tour - NEC
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The one that probably changed the direction of my life:

Sex Pistols - Hastings Pier - 1976
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Old 25-07-2005, 15:17   #12
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Toss up between Muse, QOTSA, SOAD, Radiohead, White Stripes, Pixies, Bob Dylan, Audioslave but for sheer moshpit in a small venue fun I'd go for The Hard-ons at the Riverside in Perth about 1990ish.
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Just shows how subjective these things are I was pretty underwhelmed by them that night. I prefered Elbow who were on a bit earlier. The best i've seen the Spree were the first and last times I saw them both at the Leadmill in Sheffield. The first was particularly memorable as my Dad had just had a heart attack and I didn't want to go. I was made to by my then g/f and it really cheered me up. I saw them again at Leeds Poly a few months later and was sat with their main guy Tim talking about what had happened and we ending up chatting about heart disease! Its one of his biggest fears apparently.
Well, to date, it's the only time I've seen them, so I've nothing to compre them to. I got a bit bored by Elbow I seem to remember.
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Old 25-07-2005, 15:20   #14
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Stone Roses - Glasgow Green - 1990
Any and all of the T in the Park's 1994 onwards
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Pink Floyd - Earls Court 1980
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Pink Floyd - Earls Court 1980


My first ever gig. what a great show


(apart form Alvin Stardust when I was 8 but I don't count that )
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REM - Hammersmith Odeon, Sept 1987, 'Work' Tour.

A Saturday night, 'Document' was released the Monday after. 10,000 Maniacs supported and were superb - Natalie failed to get Stipe on to duet. Had tickets right at the back of the circle. They opened with 'Finest Worksong', which no-one knew and closed with 'Radio Free Europe' (which everyone knew !) as a genuinely unplanned encore. What I mean by that is the crowd had mostly left after 2 double encores but a crazy hardcore was having none of it, even though the houselights had been on for five minutes. People were stood on their seats. They eventually came back on and Stipe said 'Leave the houselights on or someone will get hurt.' I kid you not - the look on the band's faces as they took the crowd's deafening applause was something to behold. They simply couldn't believe it. Still gives me goose bumps to this day. There was still a little bit of mystery left at this point but from then on world domination ever so slightly beckoned.

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Green Day - Brixton Academy Jan 2005. Without a doubt (I don't have that many to compare to)
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