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    Any style of music, any era, who put on the best live shows you've seen?

    (1) Bruce Springsteen, Berkeley Auditorum -- about 1000 customers. The band was on stage for 4 hours.
    (2) Third World, Berkeley Auditorum. 20 year anniversary tour. Nothin off the latest album, only the best of their best. Long show, everybody danced all night long.
    (3) The Tubes, San Jose Center -- about 3000 customers. Always enjoyed the music... had no idea beforehand they really were a stage act.
    (4) Pink Floyd, Oakland Coluseum -- about 11,000 customers. Wish You Were Here: all of Dark Side of the Moon and all of Wish You Were Here. I can still smell the air.
    (5) Talking Heads, a movie theatre in Palo Alto. Stop Making Sense. Best concert DVD you can buy. Everybody was dancing in the aisles. Everybody.
    (6) The Boomtown Rats. SF Club, about 2000 customers. WOW. Who'd expect a band singing about school shooters and Hitler's mistress would be soooooooooo good? All the big name musicians in the Bay Area were attending that night.
    (7) Rory Gallagher, some club in San Francisco, about 800 customers, sometime after _The Irish Tour_ album was released. Saw and heard things done w/ a guitar I never knew could be done. Way under-rated artist.
    (8) Muddy Waters, some bar in Palo Alto. One of the great bluesmen of all time.
    (9) Roxie Music. Don't recall where... great music, great show.
    (10) Jethro Tull, Oakland Coluseum. A real surprise. Very lively performance.

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    (1) Pitchshifter, Wolverhampton Civic Hall, 2001 (I think) - I cant remember exactly when this one was 'cos I spent the entire night bouncing around like a manic...never had so much fun in my life! :)

    (1=) Hundred Reasons, Wolverhampton, 2001 - As above :)

    (2) Iron Maiden, Download Festival, 2003 - Never have been a huge Maiden fan, but those guys know how to put on a show!

    (3) Audioslave, Download, 2003 - I am to young to have seen Soundgarden, and never got the chance to see Rage Against The Machine, so I suppose this was the next best thing on both counts! :)

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    Jethro Tull has always been a good show.My first Tull show was in 1987.Iron Maiden was another live favorite.My first Maiden show was in 1984.I caught them as "Charlotte and the Harlots" at L'Amour in Brooklyn in 1988.Pink Floyd was excellent both times I caught them,both at Giants Stadium.Frank Zappa was awesome in 1988,his last tour.I saw Nine Inch Nails at a small club in Trenton,NJ back when Pretty Hate machine was new.I saw Noel Redding(Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist) at Wetlands in NYC,that was an incredible show.here's a couple of relatively obscure bands I caught at Wetlands,Hawkwind and Ozric Tentacles.They both put on truly memorable shows.then there was Motorhead in Asbury Park.Buddy Miles(Band of Gypsys,Hendrix) in Garfield.And I'm just scratching the surface.BTW,Stop Making Sense is an excellent video.
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    Wandered over to youtube and found all sorts of videos.

    > (7) Rory Gallagher (R.I.P.), some club in San Francisco, about 800 customers, sometime after _The Irish Tour_ album was released. Saw and heard things done w/ a guitar I never knew could be done. Way under-rated artist. I saw all 4 of these performed at the show mentioned above:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74ahK...ry%20gallagher
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ujVo...ry%20gallagher
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_RP2...ry%20gallagher
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1zsR...ry%20gallagher

    (6) The Boomtown Rats. SF Club, about 2000 customers. WOW. Who'd expect a band singing about school shooters and Hitler's mistress would be soooooooooo good? All the big name musicians in the Bay Area were attending that night. Not one of my fav's but it is typical of their live shows.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hRep...earch=boomtown


    (3) The Tubes, San Jose Center -- about 3000 customers. Always enjoyed the music... had no idea beforehand they really were a stage act. First clip is a video for MTV so it's cleaned up quite a bit... really cleaned up since it's about the Peep Show business in San Francisco. Second clip has a few shots of what the same song was like live.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B72Of...search=waybill
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stX5o...search=waybill

    What made these guys really wild is all the different imagry you see in the second clip appears to be taken from a dozen different shows but you'd see that much stuff going on in each show -- costume changes, props, stage changes, lighting, the works. It was a stage act as much as a band. Wild.

    (5) Talking Heads, a movie theatre in Palo Alto. Stop Making Sense. Best concert DVD you can buy. Everybody was dancing in the aisles. Everybody.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt9mh...alking%20heads
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipvV8...alking%20heads
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV_5d...alking%20heads


    and a couple bands I never saw but wished I had:

    Patti Smith -- when she sings "Jesus died for our sins... but not mine" you can believe her. The second clip is Hey Joe. I wish I could have found the Patty Hearst version* but this one is hot too.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2VDY...=patti%20smith
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b182Q...22hey%20Joe%22

    And Stevie Ray Vaughn (R.I.P.) Compare the intro of this tune
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7PAH...20ray%20vaughn

    to this one from Rory Gallagher
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JB-5...ry%20gallagher

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    * Patti Smith intro to Hey Joe:
    "... and now that youre on the run what goes on in your mind, your sisters they sit by the window, you know your mama doesnt sit and cry and your daddy, well you know what your daddy said, patty, you know what your daddy said, patty, he said, he said, he said, "well, sixty days ago she was such a lovely child, now here she is with a gun in her hand."

    and her conclusion:
    "...But daddy, daddy, youll never know just what I was feelin,
    But Im sorry I am no little pretty little rich girl,
    I am nobodys million dollar baby, I am nobodys patsy anymore
    Im nobodys million dollar baby, Im nobodys patsy anymore
    And I feel so free."


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