Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Live In Concert

As I tuned in to the WOXY vintage radio stream, I saw an image of a hand making the “devil horn” gesture so many have exhibited at concerts throughout the land. Inspired by this symbol, I now present to you a hallmark of useless information – the best live acts I’ve ever seen. In no particular order:

1. Tribe Called Quest/De La Soul/Souls of Mischief – Cincinnati
Brother Tim and I saw this tour at Bogart’s up by U.C. Not only was it a great show, but it was also notable for being the only concert I’ve ever attended where someone larger than myself obstructed my view.
2. Uncle Tupelo – Columbia, Missouri
Before Jeff Tweedy’s Wilco and Jay Farrar’s Son Volt, there was Uncle Tupelo. I saw them on almost every tour from 1990-1994. There best shows were as a trio (first with Mike Heidorn, then Ken Coomer on drums). Most fun show was the “Blue Tuxedo” show – Jeff Tweedy: “Welcome to the prom!”. Most memorable were the last two shows they played at the Blue Note in Columbia, Missouri.
3. Mike Watt – West Palm Beach and Pompano Beach, Florida
Both shows were in small rooms and very loud. In the first show Watt played the entirety of his “Contemplating The Engine Room”. Nels Cline (currently with Wilco) played guitar. A couple of years later, Watt returned with two more sidemen and played classic Minutemen, Firehose and Stooges material. He’s a very approachable guy.
4. Barenaked Ladies – Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida
I’d written of BNL’s “Gordon” as a joke record for several years until my old roommate Megan took me to one of their concerts. A Spinal Tap moment occurred when the main curtain in front of the stage didn’t drop at the proper cue during the first song. They’re a band whose music you don’t have to be familiar with ahead of a show. Just show up and have a good time. Preppygirl and I saw them a few years later with a bigger set and costumes.
5. Lollapalooza 1993 – Philadelphia (Rage Against The Machine, Tool)
Rage and Tool weren’t as well-known as they are today. Tool’s effect on the audience was scary – turned us into a pulsating, swaying mega mosh pit. This was the infamous Rage appearance where they stood naked before the crowd with 12 minutes of feedback, saying nothing.
6. Lollapalooza 1994 – Cincinnati (Beastie Boys and Smashing Pumpkins)
Both bands were at their peaks. Beasties set it off with “Sabotage”.
7. Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players - Chicago and Scotland
I’m not going to try and describe this act. Just link up here and experience them for yourself.
8. Blue Mountain/Southern Culture on the Skids – Florida
Some of the best alternative country from both ends of the spectrum. Blue Mountain is defunct, but SCOTS is still touring.
9. Morphine – West Palm Beach, Florida
I was fortunate to see this group before their singer, Mark Sandman died.
10. The Kids In The Hall – Ft. Lauderdale and Buffalo.Alright, these weren’t music concerts, but what the hell! The Florida show in 2000 was the last of that tour – Buffalo 2002, the first. 2000 was fantastic, because none of us had seen them all together since “Brain Candy”. The show began with the theme blaring out before the silhouetted images of the boys dancing behind the scenery. When they emerged, dressed as the office ladies from the Cathy/Kathy sketches, the room erupted.


3carnations said...

Barenaked Ladies give a terrific concert. We've seen them a couple of times.

princess slea said...

Magda and I drove up to Palm Beach to see DeLa Sol at some preppy bar like Windjammers or somthing like that. No one in the audience was even paying attention to them except for Magda and I. I remember chanting back the potholes in my lawn song. After the set they came out and danced with Magda and I, it was cool.

PreppyGirl said...

KITH and BNL were great. I remember not being too enthused at Mike Watt - but I had fun anyway. One of my favorites was Lollapalooza 1992 with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ministry, Ice Cube, Ice T,Soundgarden, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and Pearl Jam. I had just turned 21 so I was happy I could drink a cold beer in the hot Miami sun. The next day Hurricane Andrew hit. Good think we got the heck out of Dodge!

I miss going to concerts... (sniffle, pout)

Mr. Social said...

FISHBONE, Truth and Soul Tour, hands down. 'Nuff said.

princess slea said...

I started to think of my favorite show and then I thought of about 5 and starated to write them here but now I think I'll just steal the post and put in on my blog.
thanks size 15

Galoot said...

Princess - There were two hole in the wall places in West Palm right across the street. Ray's Downtown Jazz (where I saw Watt) and Respectable's Cafe (Blue Mountain, SCOTS, Son Volt among others).

Mr. Social - I loved me the Fishbone at Lolla '93! And thanks for my icon.

Galoot said...

Princess sparked me to do an honorable mention listing so:

10,000 Maniacs (final tour with Natalie

U2 - Final dress rehearsal before Zoo TV tour at Hershey Park ("Pride" done twice!)

Social Distortion/Rev. Horton Heat/Paw - Social D fought the bouncers


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