8thPlanet11 February 2008 at 5:04pmPosts: 693 (0 today)Status: offline
I once saw Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band as part of one of the most unlikely 4-act sets you could ever imagine.
Opening act was Donovan (way past his prime, but nothing to be ashamed of), next was either "Bob" or The J. Geils Band (J. Geils was a hoot! I remember Magic Dick all the way on top of the speaker towers, and this was at a football stadium!) Bob Seger stunk the joint up. Period.
The headliner (and the reason we were there) was Yes.
Whoever put that bill together was on better drugs than we were.
I also saw Frank Sinatra in concert once (around 1980)! The tickets were free and I wasn't expecting to like it much.
Frank Was Cool?
Funny Story: Joe and I (Joe got the Sinatra tickets from the bank where he worked) were pretty far up in the stands. Towards the end of the show we were yelling "Mack The Knife" (even though we knew Bobby Darin was the "real" singer). Anyway, a few years later (1984) Sinatra recorded Mack The Knife as a single.
My contribution to the world of music? maybe? I like to think so.
This story doesn´t involve me, but is surely embarassing.
Back in the 80´s -when I was collaborating in a radio Station, down in Mexico City- we used to set charters to different concerts, mainly in Houston and/or Dallas.
So, there was this trip to see the Stones (Bridges to Babylon Tour, perhaps?) and there was this great great great Stones´fan who was just ecstatic about seeing his Stones for the first time.
So, we usually organized some sort of a cocktail, previous to the concert, mainly to have everyones assembled to catch a bus to the Stadium. . . So, there he was this guy, jumping all over with a smile so big you couldn´t believe it.
But then, he decided he had to get a joint to "catch the whole experience". . . We departed from the hotel, and the guy had his eyes red as a ballon, but the big smile intact.
We got to the Stadium, took our seats and the joint did its thing. . . 5 minutes before the concert actually started. This guy fell asleep and NEVER actually saw the Stones.
That is embarassing!
As for Ultravox. . . I would have loved to see them back then.
Listener11 February 2008 at 6:58pmPosts: 199 (0 today)Status: offline
Ray Allen and Lord Charles Butlins 1980, but I dont think that counts.
clothy11 February 2008 at 8:14pmPosts: 2484 (0 today)Status: offline
The worst concert I can remember was Tanita Tikaram the seats were rubbish and the sound was absolutely crap.
The Utravox concert was actually ok really so I suppose I should retract that one.
Then of course there was Yes when Jon Anderson had left and the Buggles took over I think the whole audience was shouting bring back Jon and Rick.
Listener11 February 2008 at 11:28pmPosts: 199 (0 today)Status: offline
Saw Whitesnake at Liverpool Empire, it was a small stage, lights went down, curtain raised slowly to a sustained deafening note from jon lords organ, the stage smoke billowed out from under the safety curtain, intense white light blinded the crowds, two side stage explosions rattled out, David Coverdale ran to the front of the stage and screamed his Wowwwargghh signature throttle, fantastic intro, he then ran backwards with his mike in his hand and fell over the drums.
I think he noted in his diary "must note size of set".
The Village People!!!!! I HATED disco. Just like some of you other folks here, I was dragged to this show by a friend. My friend was gay and we did end up having a lot of fun and I'm not even sure it was because of the music. I ALWAYS had fun with my friend Keith (gawd how I miss him!!!!).
Another was, now I'm gonna get ready for the fire to start, Phil Collins. It was BORING. He never interacted with the crowd and if you want to know the truth, I think he was lip synching to most of the songs since they all sounded just like the recordings. Never chatted between songs at all. Almost everyone in the crowd was disappointed and there was more conversation going on than listening to the music. Go ahead. Fire away!!!!
I saw Liberace once with my Mom. It is the only concert she has ever been to (again with my gay friend Keith). The costumes were spectacular and my Mom grinned from ear to ear for weeks afterwards. She still does when we talk about that night.
Most other shows I've been to have been tolerable or better. I just usually like the concert atmopsphere.
And YES, I HAVE seen Barry Manilow twice and he was BRILLIANT!!!!!.
Oh one more I just remembered was Neil Young. I guess he was good as a musician but never sang one song that I ever heard before. I guess some artists do that but, again, I was dragged by my sister who could not stop apologizing for the lack of known music. Again, we had a good time but I don't think it had much to do with the music.
Synnie13 February 2008 at 1:04amPosts: 4169 (0 today)Status: offline
OOps, I still don't know, why Van Morrison made me feel so d*** sick in the Fillmore East in 1970. . .
But he was the warm up for Fleetwood Mac, whom I happened to love those days.
And since the concert was free for me, because I knew the Joeis(or so) Light people, who were in charge for the lights of the show and friends of partners of Jazz pianist Paul Bley (who had invited me to N.Y.), I then enjoyed the FM very much and immediately felt much better.
It could all have been due to a great dinner for artists short before, I don't know, honestly.
Anyhow, between the two I was backstage and was fed by something sweet from the FM, but suffered badly short before, while they wanted me to talk with them :-]
When they later came to Berlin, they seemed to remember something . . .so, I could make good fotos from them.
But it took me a long time, to be able to listen to Van Morrison again :-]
Ela5 February at 8:12pmPosts: 1336 (0 today)Status: offline
Felt like digging in the archives....So adding to this thead-Concert embarrassments- One of the worst concerts I went to was James Taylor, not due to his music or banter,etc...but due to conditions that made it impossible to hear. It was at a venue in Mass. called Great Woods-now called Comcast Center I think. It has seating with a roof above, and then lawn seating as well. Just as JT started his show, it started pouring rain. I was at the back of the seating so rain was coming in and the sound of the rain hitting the metal roof made it impossible to hear. I could see his mouth moving, and I could see him strumming the guitar but couldn't hear anything but the rain hitting the roof and others around me yelling "louder", " turn it up" !! Another dud- Lenny Kravitz. He played at an event in West Palm Beach called Sun Fest. He had such a diva-like attitude, and got really mad when the crowd wouldn't sing back to him during his song-I Want To Fly Away...not sure of the song title, he kept holding the microphone out and instructing the crowd, but not much of a response, and he ended up stomping off in a little tantrum and ended the show like that. Up until that point he was alright, not great, but alright...the tantrum was not pretty.
mooniest5 February at 10:30pmPosts: 1531 (0 today)Status: offline
oh wow!! ~ I am going to read through alot of these ... I love this sort of stuff.
My worst concert ever was where I was forced by a few girlfriends to go to a Jerry Garcia concert back in 1980, We were doing some sort of drug & the concert lasted 5 flippin' hours. It was so boring from the get go. and I ended up falling asleep under the rafters. Totally embarrassing.
Another one: at one ELP show in the '70's I broke my wrist in the parking lot after slipping on a batch of ice ... thank God it was after the brilliant show!!
Caste on sale6 February at 10:12amPosts: 93 (0 today)Status: offline
I don't like concerts. Saw PG 13 times, Tool 2 times (one with the mighty Mastodon as support act), then Prong and Mr. N'Dour once.
Plus some fiends' tribute bands and random local outfits. That's it. In 41 years.
Worst concert has to be PG at Palatrussardi, Milan, 1987. Sound was awful, we were sitting high and far away from the stage and I had a busted knee.
My dad, who had accompanied me (thanks Dad! ), probably enjoyed the show more than I did.
Mirrorball6 February at 11:17amPosts: 1657 (0 today)Status: offline
ACDC.. Because it was to loud. I had tinnitus for 3 days. And also pain in my neck from the headbanging...lol
Mirrorball6 February at 11:21amPosts: 1657 (0 today)Status: offline
Evanescence...Also to loud. Could not hear her sing at all.
Caste on sale7 February at 9:49amPosts: 93 (0 today)Status: offline