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Even though I know I'm going to be flamed for this, one of the most memorable gigs was Nickelback, 2008 at RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin. Basically a mid-size tent on a parking lot, wonderful crowd, beer, and excellent rock.
Motorhead at the Odeon, Hammersmith, on the Bomber tour was pretty "Whoah!".
The lighting rig, shaped like a WWII bomber, looked terrific. When they played Bomber and the rig started diving, banking and turning, you just thought, "oh, yes!". Then the rig's nose landed, Lemmy climbed into it, and it started climbing and flying again while Lemmy continued paying the bass, curly cable hanging down to his amps. Health and Safety? Ha!.
I saw them a couple of times, the only full headline show i saw, had terrible sound. I still have an oversize pick signed by Phil. I am still in shock that he died.... I went to his grave in LA and saw the statue at the Rainbow.
My recollection is that the sound wasn't as bad as you might have expected, but that could be roughly 40 years of memory myopia. Certainly not the loudest band I saw at about that time - that honour goes to Siouxsie and the Banshees at the Music Machine, Camden (now KoKo, just gone up in smoke this week).
Not a great gig per se, but a fun story about a gig I enjoyed. Due to the tag line in the email, seems to fit.
A few years back, I happened to be in Las Vegas for a few days. Staying at Luxor, I wandered up to Mirage the first day to get tickets for the next night's performance of Love. Afterward, I went into MGM Grand and saw that Rush was playing the next night.
While wandering around, I heard a voice over by the horse-racing game laughingly say, "What a rip-off", as if his horse had just gotten nosed out.
Playing the machine were Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and their manager. Don't remember if Neil Peart was around too.
Being a person who values privacy myself (Limelight my favorite song), I didn't bother them, although I'm sure they would've been gracious about it.
The next morning, back to Mirage to switch Love to the night after, then to MGM to get tickets for Rush.
Both very enjoyable shows, that was a pretty good couple of days.
On April 7, 1968, the last day of their East Coast tour<br>
Janis Joplin and others Went to visit a Army buddy in New York City he<br>
arranged a date with his cousin a girl who had never been out of New York City<br>
She asked where I lived? Ohio my rural upbringing and description of the surroundings<br>
prompted the question if we had cows seems she had never seen a cow<br>
Janis was great and this Peter Paul and Mary die hard fan had a new music hero<br>
If anyone is counting the other great gig was seeing Peter Paul and Mary while in the Army<br>
And at Kent State many years latter with my kids front row seats Being Old has advantages when it comes to enjoyable memories