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    • CommentAuthordot_xom
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    Confession: I'm starting this mostly because, after twelve years of enjoying Trent Reznor's music, I'm finally going to watch Nine Inch Nails perform live on Monday. Unless there's another thread devoted to it (I did the obligatory search; all seems clear), talk/rave/complain about recent concert and gig experiences here.
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    NiN is amazing live; I saw them on the Downward Spiral tour and with David Bowie. I almost wish I hadn't grown so anti-touch; I would have liked to have seen NIN JA too.
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    Interestingly enough, the last concert I went to was the NIN/JA show in Noblesville, IN. I did a song-by-song write-up in my blog. I was trying to get to an indoor show in Chicago on the super-very-last leg, but I can't afford it. I've never seen a NIN indoor show, and I'm sad.

    And before that, I don't even remember what the last show I went to was. I think it might have been Tool at the Xcel in Minneapolis. *shrugs*
    • CommentAuthordot_xom
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    The last show I saw was The Prodigy earlier this year, before they released Invaders Must Die.

    The Prodigy (4)

    It's nice that we're getting more concerts in Singapore, especially considering that a little over a decade ago, when Eric Clapton came to town, he supposedly told the crowd that he had to actually sign an agreement with the authorities that he would not play Cocaine (or, at least, that's what a friend who attended the show said).
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    Saw NIN live years ago on the NIN/Bowie tour. Reznor was either sick or wasted and shrieked through his set while bashing away at his guitar. The band wasn’t happy about it, and the show was awful. Bowie came on, his band was awful, he was clearly uncomfortable with the evening and everybody under forty gave up and went home early. I’ll always treasure my Pantera show memories, because even when they were too drunk to stand up or remember their songs, they could still put on a great live show and leave the crowd happy.

    And if you ever get a chance to see Scissor Sisters play live, do it. They’re great live musicians and play stripped-down, uptempo rock versions of their songs that blow their albums out of the water.
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    Dinosaur Jr. is playing a free show in Seattle tonight. Hellllll yeah!
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    Although it makes me sound a bit like a Birkenstock-wearing hippie pansy, I have to admit the best concert I ever saw was the Indigo Girls with 2 Nice Girls opening, in 1991 or 92, in a small Iowa campus theater in front of a crowd of about 800. 2 Nice Girls' version of /Speed Racer/ left a lasting impression.

    I really should take advantage of the Boston music scene more, but I just can't bear actually attending most concerts. The last thing I probably attended was show at the Comcast Center a few years back, one of those combo-alterna-tour shows. I left during the Modest Mouse set after concluding the Yeah Yeah Yeahs had been the best thing there. I bought a ticket for the Dengue Fever show, but wimped out on actually attending.
    • CommentAuthordot_xom
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    I have to admit the best concert I ever saw was the Indigo Girls

    I reviewed one of their gigs earlier this year, and they were fantastic.
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    In terms of a concert being a show and a form of visual entertainment, I saw Snoop Dog a few years ago when he was still doing Project Revolution, and I have to say, the guy can perform (even if you don't like his music). It might have been the contact high coming from the stage, but all of the props, dancing, and general entertainment value made it a great show; it wasn't just a bunch of people standing on stage singing and/or playing instruments.
      CommentAuthorCameron C.
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    I've seen the New Jersey band OURS a bunch of times (Each one fucking incredible).

    Saw Alice Cooper in 05 and it was, also, fucking incredible.

    Saw Blackfield early 07 which was great. Next month I'm seeing Porcupine Tree, too, which I'm looking forward to a lot.
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    Seeing The Mekons last week had a a huge effect on me. Could have been the intimacy (smallish, relatively new space within walking distance of my home), could have been the fact that they acted like a group of people who have been friends for almost as long as I've been alive, or it could have been the fact that they put more energy into a "semi-acoustic" than I would have thought possible.

    I've seen a lot of great shows: Nick Cave, Sixteen Horsepower, Fucked Up, Front 242, Mission of Burma, etc, but nothing has ever made me want to listen to nothing else for an entire week the way The Mekons did.
    • CommentAuthorAlexGBYMR
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    Saw The Old Romantic Killer Band and Montana at Big Hands, Manchester on Thursday.

    Big Hands is a tiny little bar next to Academy 1. It's basically a line with some seats and a bar.

    However the above two band were amazing, TORKB's singer/guitarist ended the show in the audience, on a chair using whatever came to hand to play his guitar; bottles, glasses, the ceiling, some guy etc. Check 'em out if you get the chance.
    Although be prepared to see a large man in nothing but his boxers and t-shirt.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    couldn't score tix to NIN's final shows in L.A. boooo. at least I have my dvds and youtube.

    On the plus side, budget permitting I will go check out The Dead Weather live. As well as Down & Melvins this month. And hopefully Mastodon & Dethklok in November! RAWR!
    • CommentAuthorLani
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    I'm generally too poor to be able to go to big shows (and I hate crowds), so I mainly limit myself to great local acts. However, in one of my prouder moments (though this is absolutely going to date me), I skipped out on my senior prom to see Offspring and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones instead. I'd say that was definitely the superior choice.
    • CommentAuthorMark R
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    @racingpenguins - Offspring and Bosstones vs. Prom? Prom don't stand a chance. Superior choice seconded.
    • CommentAuthorAllen
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    I saw NIN a few years ago, with... some other band, I don't know who and really don't care. NIN was incredible, after the first hour and a half they had played every song I needed to hear and I had another list in my head. By the end of the night it was fulfilled as well. One of the best shows I've ever seen.

    Last show I saw was Gogol Bordello. Over 2 hours of STRAIGHT FORWARD punk rock. There was maybe 5 minutes total of talking and another 5 minutes of the band leaving and coming back on stage for more. That is what most concerts should be like. Even got to see local band, the Monads afterward in the Halo Bar attached to the venue for about an hour before heading home. More shows need to be like Goglol and NIN.
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    Soem good shows i saw in the last month...

    Plastic Gods at Dillons Bar

    Eistnaflug Rock festival our in the Far east of the country

    Forgangur Helvítis (The Gates of Hell)

    And Solstafir last weekend, also at Dillons

    Like @Allen i want my gigs to be full of energy with the whiff of Danger about it. As for gig going In Reykjavik, it´s a little weird. The issue is not with the music, it´s rather more with the crowds. The gigs above were metal/Hardcore bands and the crowd at these gig were much ready to go mental, dance around and break shit. But there are many bands who attract more of a "Hipster" crowd here and all you get from them is a pose with their arms firmly crossed, heads slightly cocked and barely moving. And there is NO DANCING around to the music unless everyone is very drunk. Ít´s a bullshit "Oh i´m Waaay to Cool to dance like an idiot to this stuff, in the Ubercool clothes that i´m wearing." Very annoying....
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2009 edited
    I'd forgotten about the Bosstones show I attended - same venue, at Grinnell College, less than 800 folks.

    Rumor had it that we'd laid in something like 14 kegs for that concert, and that by showtime the Bosstones alone had worked through three of them. This was reflected in the lead singer's lack of judgment in estimating when the crowd was at the proper density and level of excitement to accept a stage dive. I'd never seen someone *bounce* off a wooden floor before.

    I also caught Buddy Guy at the same venue. About halfway through the set, he gets a mischievous look on his face and yells out, "Hey, who you wanna hear? Clapton? I can do Clapton." Launches into a dead-accurate Clapton-style solo. Switches through a few other famous lead guitarists, then gets down off the stage (wireless pickups on the guitar), walks through the audience, back behind the stage and out to the loading dock, where he played for a while just staring out into the darkness, then through backstage and up again onto the stage through the back, and launched back into the song he'd started from, never missing a damn beat. Most impressive guitar solo I've ever seen.
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2009
    Circle in 1993. This was during their insane noise-punk-krautrock phase, so the songs were mostly ten minutes of single riffs at full blast distortion. The club didn't have an elevated stage, so during the last song one of the guitarists just waded into the pogoing audience, hands held up. The audience promptly started ripping the strings off the guitar. The lights consisted of strobes, blacklight and emergency lights.

    dEUS in Dublin, 2000. This was a weird one. I don't actually remember a thing about the concert, though I was entirely non-inebriated. I didn't dance, but was drenched in sweat at the end. And felt strangely clean. Feedback'll do strange this to me, it seems. Blur was the night's headliner, but didn't really stand a chance after the Belgians.

    Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, Tampere Jazz Happening 2006. 11 people, conducted improv, loud, funky, chaotic and utterly free. This was another one of those situations where I had to restrain myself from getting up from my seat and just screaming. I spent the half hour after the show just crying with joy.

    The BellRays, 2008. 25 songs in 45 minutes. Lisa Kekaula throws one hell of a good party, yeah?
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2009
    Last concert I went to was Flogging Molly on St. Patty's Day I believe.

    Unfortunately, I went there after spending 10 hours standing around the Javits Convention Center wearing a giant foam smiley costume and all I could do was sit on the floor while watching them. There were far too many frat boys and their girlfriends apparently thought that their music was great for showing off their pole dancing moves. Kids these days! *shakes cane*

    Before that, I'd seen Gogol Bordello, which is always amazing, and Amanda Palmer, who I thought was fantastic, but my boyfriend believed she lip synced many of the songs. Sadly, Zoe Keating had to fly off to another country instead of play NYC that night as well, though I saw her last fall playing at MIT, which was beautiful. Zoe Keating's music is achingly beautiful, moreso in a large, echoing auditorium.

    Oh, and I go to the Pulsewave shows in Manhattan every couple of months to see the 8-bit musicians (or videogame musicians, whatever you want to call them) 'cause my friend plays them all the time. I wish people in NYC would dance once in a while. Heck, one time at a Gogol Bordello show, my boyfriend and I were dancing to the wonderful music playing before they came on (stuff like on this Bar Gypsy comp we own that GB promotes) and people were giving us sour looks for not standing perfectly still, staring at the stage like zen cows.

    My memory is starting to jog with all the live music I've seen lately. Despite all my bitching, there are an amazing amount of small music shows to see in this city, even if the concert goers are lame. I saw my friends' band "Graph" play at Goodbye Blue Monday in Bushwick and the "Two Man Gentleman Band" play the Slipper Room for the Scarlett Takes Manhattan book release party. I think I like the small, intimate live shows much better than full on concerts of sweaty people who didn't even get that way from dancing. They also have better ticket prices (free).

    Another small band I saw live a year or more ago was Hazmat Modine, a NYC-based jazz band that played a wonderful bar that served really good whiskey down on Bleeker St. Since they're local, I do recommend catching them sometime.