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Performers you wish you had seen in concert

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Connemara, Mar 11, 2007.

  1. LabelKing

    LabelKing Well-Known Member

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    Klaus Nomi.
    Sylvester
     
  2. California Dreamer

    California Dreamer Well-Known Member

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    Limiting this to opportunities that I actually had

    Midnight Oil
    AC/DC led by Bon Scott
    Easybeats

    In San Diego, I unaccountably decided not to invest $35 to see the Cure, backed by Interpol, backed by The Killers.

    But my biggest regret was a week in the early '80s where Melbourne played host to four up and coming bands. There were two gigs to choose from: Talking Heads backed by U2, and Simple Minds backed by The Pretenders. How could I not have gone?????

    (BTW, there would have been some chemistry at the latter gig - it was where Jim Kerr and Chrissie Hynde got together).
     
  3. nioh

    nioh Well-Known Member

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    Jussi Björling
    Jeff Buckley
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    The Rat Pack
    Miles Davis
    Bob Marley & The Wailers
    Jacob Miller
    Nirvana
    Various Classic Composers.
     
  4. clarinetplayer

    clarinetplayer Well-Known Member

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    J. S. Bach (improvising on a pipe organ as he would test its "lungs")
     
  5. The Deacon

    The Deacon Well-Known Member

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    Freddie Mercury-Listen to Play the Game where he battles the guitarist for high notes, Mercury's command of voice was off the charts.
    Ella Fitzgerald in her youth and middle age
    Billie Holliday
    Sly and the Family Stone,(even now, since Sly has returned to us from hermitdom) his sisters Rose and Vaetta have some pipes!
    Stevie Ray Vaughn
    Robert Johnson
    The Funk Brothers
    Staple Singers
    Al Green pre-disco era
    Chic-disco era
    Funkadelic in 70's
    Bernie Worrell
    Roger Troutman one more time
    Phyllis Hyman
    Donnie Hathaway
    Julie London-"Goody,Goody"
    saw the OHIO Players at the '04 CBC afterparty. Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner can still interpret like few others and the voice can still "OWW"!
    Mahalia Jackson
     
  6. designprofessor

    designprofessor Well-Known Member

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    Performers I wish I'd seen, not strictly bands:

    Jimmy Scott
    Locations:The Apollo or Swing Street in their heyday
    Doors
    Kerouac or Bukowski at a poetry reading
    More Martha Graham!
    The Dadaists at Cabaret Voltaire
    More Stevie Ray Vaughn!
    I still want to work on a Christo project!
    Juan Belmonte
    Rat Pack
    a few notable women from Russ Meyer films
     
  7. Bona Drag

    Bona Drag Well-Known Member

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    led zeppelin in their prime

    Exactly how I would put it; my first answer to this question hasn't changed since I was 12...

    And Doc, ultimately you're right re: Iggy. His stage presence at 60 will still blow away kids a third of his age...
     
  8. Dakota rube

    Dakota rube Well-Known Member

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    Duane Allman/Berry Oakley & The Allman Bros.
    The Beatles
    The Who
    Miles Davis
    Dusty Springfield

    Actually saw Zeppelin in their prime...the Physical Graffiti tour. Simply amazing.
     
  9. Alter

    Alter Well-Known Member

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    In '89 I spent a few months in San Diego. Some band I had heard of called Nirvana was playing in Tijuana. I couldn't find anyone to go with and chickened out because the people I was staying with said Tijuana was no place for a young Canadian boy to be hanging out alone. [​IMG]
     
  10. cheapmutha

    cheapmutha Well-Known Member

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    the libertines
    the clash
    joy division
    biggie
    the dead boys... my dad used to tell me stories of thier singer hanging himself on stage with his mic cord
     
  11. Get Smart

    Get Smart Well-Known Member

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    The Beatles circa '64
    Elvis circa '56
    The Jam in 1980
    Minor Threat in 1981
    The Clash in 1979
    The Who circa '65
    Johnny Burnette circa '57
    Little Richard circa '58
    Bill Haley circa '55
     
  12. A Y

    A Y Well-Known Member

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    Mikhail Baryshnikov in classical ballet in his prime
    Vaslav Nijinsky
    Rudolf Nureyev
    Anna Pavlova
    Sylvie Guillem in classical ballet

    --Andre
     
  13. Baron

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    Little Richard circa '58

    That's a good call. My dad saw him around then. He said that he completely destroyed his piano onstage - just smashed it into pieces by the end of the show.
     
  14. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Well-Known Member

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    Plenty of the great ones have passed, and I'm sure a lot of us missed out on seeing them live. If you could resurrect a few musicians and hear them play, who would they be?

    Three come to mind almost instantly:

    Muddy Waters--listen to his live albums. You can feel the electricity through the speakers.

    Frank Sinatra--Well, it's Frank. What more to say.

    Ella Fitzgerald--[​IMG]

    Good choices. Ella was great, even though I only saw her late in life when she was physically limited and could perform only a few songs.
     
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    I shelled out for a ticket to their reunion tour, but I'm debating selling it - not because I need the cash, but because I think it may be depressing. What does the committee think? Bear in mind that Iggy is pushing 60 (!).
    Obviously, it's not going to be the same as it would have been back in the day. On the other hand, Iggy has always struck me as a guy who loves performing and has a great deal of commitment and artistic integrity -- definitely not just someone who'll be chugging through the greatest hits catalog to make a buck. I think it'd be a fun show.
     
  16. dkzzzz

    dkzzzz Well-Known Member

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    I wish I could see: Queen with Freddie, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Fritz Kreisler playing , Rahmaninov playing, Paganini, Oystrah, Jerry Lee Lewis.

    I hope I will see: David Bowie, Prince, Tom Waits.

    I am so lucky I saw: Horowitz, Jeff Buckley.
     
  17. Get Smart

    Get Smart Well-Known Member

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    Jerry Lee Lewis.

    Saw him a few years ago, and unfortunately I think he just needs to retire. It's always cool to see a legend, but his set was terrible. Every song was half tempo and he only played about 3 of his own songs, it was mostly a cover set of standards.

    another letdown was Chuck Berry about 6 years ago....again, half tempo and just a sad reflection of how great he used to be.

    on the other hand, I've seen Bill Haley's Original Comets (his band in mid 50s) and these geezers are pushing 80s-90s and they rock the house like a band in their teens. They play fast, hard, and have amazing stage presence. so it can be done.
     
  18. Bona Drag

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    these geezers are pushing 80s-90s
    !!! And Chuck is rock n' roll...I'd pay just to spend two hours in the same room as the guy. I do feel you tho...
     
  19. GQgeek

    GQgeek Well-Known Member

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    I am so lucky I saw: Horowitz, .

    Lucky bastard. What did you see him performing? And when?
     
  20. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Well-Known Member

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    I am so lucky I saw: Horowitz, Jeff Buckley.

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    koji
     

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