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Monday, April 24, 2006

Concerts I have been to

Not necessarily in this order (except for the first two):

  1. Three Dog Night *
  2. Jo Jo Gunn (probably everyone knows they only had one hit in the 70's)
  3. Kenny Rogers
  4. K.C. and the Sunshine Band
  5. Kool and The Gang
  6. Head East
  7. Marshall Tucker Band **
  8. Billy Joel
  9. Rolling Stones
  10. Leon Redbone
  11. Aaron Neville
  12. Corky Siegel (several times at several venues)
  13. Chicago
  14. The Outlaws (Kris, Emmy Lou, Waylon and Jessi) ***
  15. Willie Nelson
  16. Waylon Jennings
  17. Foreigner

Plus, lots of local bands, most names of which I can't remember.

List subject to updating as I recall others. It's been a long time.

* Three Dog Night at the Armory in Springfield, Illinois.

** Marshall Tucker at the Nelson Center in Springfield, Illinois.

Now, concerts at the Armory and Nelson Center seem significant as local concert venues go. At the time, it seemed... I don't know. Normal?

*** The Outlaws at Chicago Fest on Navy Pier circa 1981. They played two nights in a row. I went both nights. Both nights, there were only about 30 or 40 people in the audience. And, both nights, they put on a fantastic concert.

Inspired by Sherry.

Posted by Marie at April 24, 2006 11:48 PM


That is a very broad range of bands. I noticed that the Little River Band is not on your list. I saw them at the Decatur Celebration on year and they were at the sec. apprecitation party either last year or the year before. You have not lived until you see the Little River Band. :)
I mean "Have you heard about the Lonesome Loser?" That is a classic!

Posted by: randy at April 25, 2006 6:45 AM

I have been to over a hundred concerts and I share only Number 4 on your list. They were part of a much larger rock show and got a very good response from the rockers, who generally don't care for disco.

Posted by: Rob at April 25, 2006 8:36 AM

Randy, I love that song. While I haven't seen Little River Band (that I can recall), I have seen a Little River Band cover band that was just excellent.

Rob, I saw K.C. at the height of their popularity. I heard they're becoming popular again.

Posted by: Marie at April 25, 2006 8:43 AM

Rob, 100 is pretty good. Can you remember all of them?

Posted by: Marie at April 25, 2006 8:44 AM

I've only seen one of your bands; Foreigner, and that was last October in the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Posted by: jr at April 25, 2006 9:28 AM

I can remember a lot of them, Marie. I started going when I was 12 (1969). There was an awful venue in New Orleans called The Warehouse. Concerts were held every Friday and Saturday and they were cheap. The Warehouse was general admission and it was HOT, even in January. I miss it. We used to go every weekend to both shows, regardless of who was playing. Saw the Allman Brothers with Duane and Greg, Foghat many times, ZZ Top many times, Rush, UFO, Grand Funk Railroad, Alice Cooper, Mott the Hoople with their warmup band (Queen), Led Zeppelin before they were super famous, Kiss, and too many others to name. Also been to many concerts at other venues in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Houston. I didn't engage in the activities that some of the other concert goers engaged in so my memories of the shows are pretty good if the show was good. I don't remember much about the mediocre and bad ones.

Posted by: Rob at April 25, 2006 9:34 AM

Rob, Those are some really great bands. Very impressive. The Warehouse sounds like a great place.

My oldest daughter goes to a lot of shows from St. Louis to Chicago, in between and beyond. Yes, they call them shows, now. It's a different kind of music. Anyway, I always wonder where any of those bands will be in 20 or 30 years.

Posted by: Marie at April 25, 2006 9:51 AM

"Anyway, I always wonder where any of those bands will be in 20 or 30 years."

On the casino circuit.

Posted by: Rob at April 25, 2006 9:53 AM

jr, I last saw Foreigner about seven or eight years ago. They sang the Star Spangled Banner at a local lesser league baseball game.

Posted by: Marie at April 25, 2006 9:56 AM

"Lesser League"! I love that.

As to concerts: Hmmm. I'll just say the very first I saw Joan Baez at The Auditorium in Chicago; my siblings and I bought tickets for the whole family for my dad's birthday, and we really got the cheap seats: last row of the gallery. Still, The Auditorium. Wow. The first *rock*-type show I saw was at the same place: Blood, Sweat and Tears. And the next one, too: The Band (who I saw about half a dozen times, including with Bob Dylan at the very first date of the latter's comeback tour, at the Chicago Stadium in '74, and at Watkins Glen with the Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers). I'll stop prattling now, except to say the last show I remember seeing was Third Eye Blind -- I took my son and friends -- at the Greek Theatre here in Berkeley.

Posted by: Dan at April 25, 2006 11:20 AM

Lesser league only because it seems like there have been so many baseball leagues pass through here, I can't keep track.

The Auditorium! Wow is right.

1974 comeback tour. I love the music. It seems like every tour a comeback tour for him.

Posted by: Marie at April 25, 2006 11:38 AM

Dan reminded me of my very first show, Marie, when I was about 10. It was held in the suburban shopping center's parking lot. The shopping center later became one of the earliest malls and the world has not been the same since. The bands? Iron Butterfly and Vanila Fudge.

Posted by: Rob at April 25, 2006 11:46 AM

Wow! Both cool bands. Rob, your mom had to be with you on that one. Or were you taking the bus by yourself at 10? If so, you're very advanced.

Posted by: Marie at April 25, 2006 11:57 AM

Mom was with me but she let us hang around and listen. The songs meant nothing to me. I had never heard of either. I was more into bubble gum then. :)

Posted by: Rob at April 25, 2006 12:11 PM

OK, Rob: What shopping center?

Posted by: Dan at April 25, 2006 2:52 PM

And Marie, your mention of the Outlaws at Chicago Fest reminds me of one of the most intense, energetic performances I ever saw, alos at Navy Pier: Asleep at the Wheel, sometime in the mid-70s. Man, they were hot; I break into a sweat just thinking about that show.

Posted by: Dan at April 25, 2006 2:56 PM

Lakeside in Metairie, LA.

Posted by: Rob at April 25, 2006 4:29 PM

My first concert was Montrose, Foghat and Black Oak Arkansas at the Nelson Center. I also saw Cheap Trick open for Rush there. Ted Nugent at Ice Chalet a couple times, Blue Oyster Cult at the Armory. Other great concerts were Billy Idol in St Louis and the Police in Champaign on the Synchronicity Tour. I saw Van Halen in St Louis right before DL Roth left the band, but that was a weak concert.

Bands in common with your list include Willie Nelson at the fair too many times to count, Waylon Jennings (at the fair?), and The Stones. I saw them in Joburg SA in 94 or 95. I also saw Head East the first time I got rip-roaring drunk. They were playing the KC Hall where the Family Video is now. I was 14 or 15, and spent a couple hours drinking and an eternity dry-heaving.

Good memories, mostly, except for Head East. I didn't have so much as another beer for about 3 years.

Posted by: johnny at April 25, 2006 7:51 PM

I don't know if I can remember them all, but here are most of them:

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (first concert, Market Square Arena, Indianapolis)
Van Halen
Smashing Pumpkins
Garth Brooks
Jimmy Buffet (twice)
Dave Matthews (twice)
Bruce Cockburn
Bon Jovi (favorite)
Sheryl Crow
Goo Goo Dolls
Alanis Morissette
Kidd Rick

Posted by: Bob at April 25, 2006 8:50 PM

Dan, Those Outlaws concerts were the least attended concerts I'd ever been to. Just unreal. I haven't been back to Navy Pier since.

johnny, I forgot about the KC Hall and Ice Chalet. We used to have some really good concerts here. I thought you might be my brother until the South Africa part.

Bob, That is a very good list. I'd love to see Tom Petty.

Posted by: Marie at April 25, 2006 9:41 PM

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Added April 26, 2006:

I turned off trackbacks some time ago. I'm now thinking about turning them back on.

Posted by: Marie at April 25, 2006 10:53 PM