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in 1976 i went to a robin trower show, could not wait... packed house, philadelphia, spectrum, and three guys, dressed in flowing white outfits, came on to open the show, " i want you to please welcome, Rush". right from the start, we knew this was something special. who are these guys? they got no radio play in philly at all then. total suprise. their sound was so BIG. we just kept saying "wholly fuck" over and over. and just laughing, for the joy of the sound. (ok, maybe it was the pot at this point). but they were better then any band we had ever seen/heard. they ended the show with 2112. oh my god!!!....."attention all planets of the solar federation,(KA BOOM, [bLINDING FLASH POT] ), attention all planets of the solar federation,(KA BOOM), attenton all planets of the solar federation,(KA BOOM), WE HAVE ASSUMED CONTROL, WE HAVE ASSUMED CONTROL WE HAVE ASSUMED CONTROL"...BOOM... BOOOM.. BOOOOM... end of show. no one could even get up to piss, we all were blinded. and stuned by the intencity of rush. poor robin trower, to follow that onslought. of cuose we all went out the next day o buy rush's 1st three albums. 2112, would not be released for a couple weeks.

i still say wholly fuck

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Page/Plant started my love for Zeppelin

Pearl Jam was insanely awesome but...........

I knew David Gilmour would be awesome, but he blew that assumption away.

Rush

Velvet Revolver

Moe

Flaming Lips

Black Crowes

were all pretty damned amazing.

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LED ZEP 69 FILLMORE,RUSH WITH BOC 77 WAREHOUSE NEW ORLEANS,DEEP PURPLE 85 SOLERNO ITALY,EDGAR WINTER & RICK DERRINGER WITH RUBY STARR AND THUNDERHEAD 75 CHALMETTE CIVIC CENTER, BAD COMPANY AND KANSAS 76 NEW ORLEANS AUDITORIUM,KISS 76 WAREHOUSE NEW ORLEANS, PINK FLOYD PORTLAND OREGAN 77,ALVIN LEE AND TEN YEARS AFTER ST BENARD CIVIC CENTER WITH THE OUTLAWS AUG 75 THIS SHOW IS NOT LISTED IN THE TYA WEBSITE BUT IT HAPPENED I WAS THERE AND HAVE MY MEMORIES AND MY STUB.THERE IS A TON MORE GREAT SHOWS ALL OF THE BANDS I LIKE I HAVE SEEN MANY TIMES INCLUDING TROWER,SKYNYRD,ALLMAN BROTHERS,QUEEN I WOULD BE HERE ALL DAY BUT DONT HAVE THE TIME ANYWAY HERES TWO MUSICANS THAT ARE MY FAVORITES THAT ARE OVERLOOKED THE KEVIN BORICH EXPRESS FROM AUSTRALIA

AND ALSO THE CAM PYLE BAND FROM BATON ROUGE LOUISIANA

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in 1976 i went to a robin trower show, could not wait... packed house, philadelphia, spectrum, and three guys, dressed in flowing white outfits, came on to open the show, " i want you to please welcome, Rush". right from the start, we knew this was something special. who are these guys? they got no radio play in philly at all then. total suprise. their sound was so BIG. we just kept saying "wholly fuck" over and over. and just laughing, for the joy of the sound. (ok, maybe it was the pot at this point). but they were better then any band we had ever seen/heard. they ended the show with 2112. oh my god!!!....."attention all planets of the solar federation,(KA BOOM, [bLINDING FLASH POT] ), attention all planets of the solar federation,(KA BOOM), attenton all planets of the solar federation,(KA BOOM), WE HAVE ASSUMED CONTROL, WE HAVE ASSUMED CONTROL WE HAVE ASSUMED CONTROL"...BOOM... BOOOM.. BOOOOM... end of show. no one could even get up to piss, we all were blinded. and stuned by the intencity of rush. poor robin trower, to follow that onslought. of cuose we all went out the next day o buy rush's 1st three albums. 2112, would not be released for a couple weeks.

i still say wholly fuck

Nice post boogie. I've been thinking about going to a Rush concert in May....they are one of my 12 yo daughter's favorite classic rock groups from the few songs she has heard (and I haven't heard much more than that, never bought any of their stuff). How are they now? Should I get tickets?

~~Becky

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When I first saw Porcupine Tree I was blown away! I knew the band were amazing and I had heard they were amazing live, but to be there was out of this world. It was the best light show I have ever witnessed and the songs were ten times more powerful than the album renditions. I recommend them to anyone if they are passing through your town in the future. :thumbsup:

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Nice post boogie. I've been thinking about going to a Rush concert in May....they are one of my 12 yo daughter's favorite classic rock groups from the few songs she has heard (and I haven't heard much more than that, never bought any of their stuff). How are they now? Should I get tickets?

~~Becky

i asked the same question in a diff thread, they all say GO!!! andyou should get some cd's. i prefer the early one's, but many like everything. i think the 1st 10 albums maybe the foundation of the show. i'm sure you can find the set list on line, and buy cd's to get to know them better. they are my 3rd fav band after zep, and the beatles. have fun at the show. (the drummer,neil pert, is the best ever, he also writes most of the songs)
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September 1976. I enter CBGB's with a buddy to see my first Dictators show, my first punk rock show. There is a band of sorts on stage and I didn't recognize any of them. The whole scene was so foreign to me, I felt like I was on another planet. They start playing the theme song to The Beverly Hillbillies and the singer starts with "Come and listen to my story of a man named Jed".....I blurt out to nobody in particular, "Who is that". Some chick turns to me and says, "That's the Dictators". I'm like oh....The singer was Handsome Dick Manitoba, the handsomest man in rock and roll. They played two sets. The late set (well after midnight) had about 30 people in the audience. I went back the NEXT night with a different buddy.

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I saw Journey not the Steve Perry version,the original with Greg Rollie.Right about the time they released Look Into The Future.It was at a hockey rink.I was able to stand right in front of the stage.Schon was simply amazing and the band was tight as could be.I was 16 or 17 at the time and had never been that close to the stage.They were one of my favorite bands at the time and being that close was mind blowing.They put on a great show.I will never forget it.

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i asked the same question in a diff thread, they all say GO!!! andyou should get some cd's. i prefer the early one's, but many like everything. i think the 1st 10 albums maybe the foundation of the show. i'm sure you can find the set list on line, and buy cd's to get to know them better. they are my 3rd fav band after zep, and the beatles. have fun at the show. (the drummer,neil pert, is the best ever, he also writes most of the songs)

Thanks, I will definitely take your advice about the CDs. I ALWAYS prefer the early works of almost every band so I trust you on this one. ;)

September 1976. I enter CBGB's with a buddy to see my first Dictators show, my first punk rock show. There is a band of sorts on stage and I didn't recognize any of them. The whole scene was so foreign to me, I felt like I was on another planet. They start playing the theme song to The Beverly Hillbillies and the singer starts with "Come and listen to my story of a man named Jed".....I blurt out to nobody in particular, "Who is that". Some chick turns to me and says, "That's the Dictators". I'm like oh....The singer was Handsome Dick Manitoba, the handsomest man in rock and roll. They played two sets. The late set (well after midnight) had about 30 people in the audience. I went back the NEXT night with a different buddy.

What a hoot! Sounds like a fun evening.

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Nice post boogie. I've been thinking about going to a Rush concert in May....they are one of my 12 yo daughter's favorite classic rock groups from the few songs she has heard (and I haven't heard much more than that, never bought any of their stuff). How are they now? Should I get tickets?

~~Becky

You can never go wrong with a rush concert . I have seen the 9 times they always kick butt.

AL

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Jump Little Children stunned me into silence. I went under protest to appease a girlfriend and was so blown away that I could not move or talk. They played mostly stuff from their only Major Label album, "Magazine". Small club, packed house, middle of the summer and those guys delivered the goods. My then girlfriend thought I was mad at her because I wouldn't talk to her during the show! Seen 'em a couple of times since but it was never as good.

Also, front row Jeff Beck on either his Jeff or Who Else tour maybe. I was 3 feet from him all night at the Orpheum in Boston. Blew my mind. He did things on a guitar in 2 1/2 hours that forced me to re-think music as I know it and the universe. Just epic!

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You can never go wrong with a rush concert . I have seen the 9 times they always kick butt.

AL

Thanks for your input too AL. That settles it, I'm going. And not to brag (ok, am crowing a little) but I know I can get free tix to their Reno show on May 3rd. There's a casino there that gives my family any perks we want; that's how I got best-of-the-house seats to Moody Blues, Pavarotti, and The Who in the past. Wish we had the same kind of deal at some casino in Vegas, haaa. But Reno has been getting some name acts in recent years so I'm not complaining.

Edit to add: I'm green with envy Joelmon -- 700-800 concerts!

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in 1976 i went to a robin trower show, could not wait... packed house, philadelphia, spectrum, and three guys, dressed in flowing white outfits, came on to open the show, " i want you to please welcome, Rush". right from the start, we knew this was something special. who are these guys? they got no radio play in philly at all then. total suprise. their sound was so BIG. we just kept saying "wholly fuck" over and over. and just laughing, for the joy of the sound. (ok, maybe it was the pot at this point). but they were better then any band we had ever seen/heard. they ended the show with 2112. oh my god!!!....."attention all planets of the solar federation,(KA BOOM, [bLINDING FLASH POT] ), attention all planets of the solar federation,(KA BOOM), attenton all planets of the solar federation,(KA BOOM), WE HAVE ASSUMED CONTROL, WE HAVE ASSUMED CONTROL WE HAVE ASSUMED CONTROL"...BOOM... BOOOM.. BOOOOM... end of show. no one could even get up to piss, we all were blinded. and stuned by the intencity of rush. poor robin trower, to follow that onslought. of cuose we all went out the next day o buy rush's 1st three albums. 2112, would not be released for a couple weeks.

i still say wholly fuck

Cool story. I saw Mr. Trower a few years back in a small theater that holds less than a grand.

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Rush...i used to see them in small clubs in Toronto before they "made it". In Oakmount Park, Rick Emmitt used to jam with Alex with doobies flowing everywhere. I was there but remember little detail...i'm sure that you understand.

1st concert that blew me away was Johnny Winter. I could not believe anybody could play guitar like that at my age(12).

ELP and Jethro Tull also did a number on my brain at a young age.

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Well, when I saw Led Zeppelin and Cream I was so blown away it made me cry. And I'm not much of a crier really.

The first time I saw Manics I was welling up too.

And I cried like a big girl when I saw Stereophonics but that's because I was having obsessional teenage mental problems of the "KELLY! MARRY ME!!" variety. :unsure::rolleyes:

Non-crying blow-awayers include: Kula Shaker, Kasabian and Oasis.

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I've seen so many great bands over the years but, back in '99 when I saw Phish for the first time--not only by their own songs of which of was not very familiar but, especially, by their inspired cover of ZZ Top's Jesus Just Left Chicago. Then, when I saw them for the big New Millennium gigs in S.Florida, they surprised me with great version of Good Times Bad Times

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Seeing a Good Solid show by a band is satisfying.

And having a "Good Time" and enjoying oneself at an outing with friends is fine......

But, in the specific category of "Which band just blew you away the 1st time you saw them?"

That doesn't happen that often. And so, I WILL be selective, as there are other threads "Best Concerts you've been to" and the like, and at least, I will really try and stay "On Topic" and not digress....

LED ZEPPELIN -- AUGUST -- 1970 -- FT. WORTH --TOURING WITH "LZ II"

ALICE COOPER -- 1972 -- DALLAS -- TOURING WITH "KILLER"

CHEAP TRICK -- 1978 -- FT. WORTH -- TOURING WITH "CHEAP TRICK"

TED NUGENT -- 1978 -- DALLAS -- TOURING WITH "DOUBLE LIVE GONZO"

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I was really impressed with Pearl Jam when I first saw them at Lollapalooza in 1992. I was a fan of theirs at the time, but I was more in a Soundgarden mode at that show. But during their set and afterwards I couldn't stop raving about how great they were live. But then the few times I saw them after that, I wasn't as impressed. I'm not sure if it was because my music tastes had changed by then, but I was completely bored with them after that - live and on record.

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