So, this week has focused on music in a variety of, genres, decades, degrees of greatness and what some might call an assault to the auditory senses. To wrap up this fine week of blogging, I am going to take my writing cue from some of the responses to the Concert Blog.
Over the course of my musical life, I’ve been extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to see all of the shows I’ve seen. In addition to that, I’ve had the ability to create a personal library of considerable size in both CD and digital format. However, being a music devotee, I want more. I want more CD’s, more digital files, and more opportunity to catch live acts. I look back at the missed opportunities to see some amazing shows and kick myself for being too lazy, too late, or at times even too responsible to attend certain shows.
Today we are going to talk about concerts in both past and future terms. Confused yet? Good, me either. I will keep this in a Top 10 format and will list the concerts that I missed or at least wished I had the opportunity to see and I will also list the concerts that I want to see before I am unceremoniously taken from this lovely thing some call life.
Top 10 missed opportunities:
- Pink Floyd Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour
- U2 Joshua Tree Tour
- Guns N Roses & Metallica (I realize that tour was plagued with problems but at long as I am dreaming, if I had attended, it would have been a flawless, musical love fest with duel encores)
- Bruce Springsteen Born in the USA Tour (I’ve seen Bruce on several occasions but this tour was sort of a revival and they went all out and played monster sets (3-4 hours).)
- Uncle Tupelo (This band was such a tinder box of musical genius that there was no conceivable way for it continue. I’ve seen both bands from the former temperamental leaders (Jeff’s Wilco & Jay’s Son Volt) and would have loved to catch them early.)
- Led Zeppelin Reunion (This was never an option or an opportunity but man what a treat that would have been.)
- The Black Crowes (I had free tickets at Will Call for an early show they did in Dallas when they opened up for ZZ Top. I never made it to the show for various and sundry reasons. Looking back none of the reasons were reasonably worth what I missed.)
- 2002 Austin City Limits Music Festival (This was the inaugural musical voyage for ACL and it had a great lineup of bands on the rise as well as the ARC Angels reunion show.)
- Farm Aid 1 1985 (A great event with a stellar line up. Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Billy Joel, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, B.B. King, Waylon Jennings, to name a few.)
- Nirvana (Just to be part of that bit of musical history.)
Top 10 Must See Acts:
- My Morning Jacket (Amazing live shows and wicked cool music)
- Red Hot Chili Peppers (I just dig them)
- Neil Young (Musical icon)
- U2 (They are awesome)
- John Mellencamp (Great catalog even when he was Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, and John Cougar Mellencamp)
- Phish (Ultimate Jam band that took the torch from the Grateful Dead)
- Paul McCartney (Come on, he is a friggin’ Beatle)
- Lyle Lovett (I like all his music even the song from the Stuart Little soundtrack and well, he was married to Julia Roberts!)
- Counting Crows (I realize that despite their latest release, they are in the twilight (or beyond) of their career but I really dig their live albums and think they would be fun to see live)
- The Eagles (I am a huge fan and begrudgingly have never seen them. In my defense, their exorbitant ticket price is one key factor to this dilemma.)
So dear reader, who is on your concert list?
Great music awaits!