Top Gigs You Have Ever Been To

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  • RobTheBuilder 17 Oct 2012 13:08:00 6,521 posts
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    I was thinking about a great gig I went to, and I wondered, what would you say are the best gigs/bands you have ever seen live?

    1. Deftones - Manchester Apollo Nov 2010 - Incredible and majestic, an atmosphere that I can't quite put into words from the crowd.

    2. At the Drive In - Leeds Festival 2000 - You know how good people said they were live, they were that and more.

    3. Skindred - (various) - One of the most consistently brilliant to watch live bands around

    4. In Flames - Sheffield Corporation 2007ish - Only time I have ever actually experienced sweat dripping from the ceiling. Magnificent.

    5. My Chemical Romance - Give it a name 2006 - Shit venue. A band I think have gone backwards since this time, but for a while they were a ferocious ball of energy that created chaos in the crowd.
  • Alastair 17 Oct 2012 13:16:38 15,882 posts
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    Guns N Roses - Wembley Stadium 1990 (or maybe 1991)
    As a 17 year old G'N'R obsessive it was just amazing to see my heroes in real life.
    It was the Use Your Illusion tour, but the played Wembley a couple of weeks before the albums were released so no one knew half the songs they played. It was still awesome though - the whole band were still there (except Steven Adler)
  • glaeken 17 Oct 2012 13:18:41 11,197 posts
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    I have only ever been to one proper big name gig so I guess that has to win. It was Gun's and Roses Use your illusion tour in the old Wembley stadium with Sound Garden and Faith No More (might be wrong on that second one) supporting. It was looking at Wikipedia I think 1992.

    Edit: Bit of a coincidence there Alastair :) I had already composed my reply before seeing yours.

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  • RobTheBuilder 17 Oct 2012 13:24:46 6,521 posts
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    Nice coincidence there!
    It doesn't have to be a big gig, but GnR in the old days is probably a good starting point!
  • Alastair 17 Oct 2012 13:24:52 15,882 posts
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    I think they must have played twice in successive years. The support bands were Nine Inch Nails and Skid Row when I saw them.
  • ronuds 17 Oct 2012 13:32:18 21,788 posts
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    No doubt for me it's Rammstein. They put on one hell of a show.

    Ozzfest and Lollapalooza back in the day were also excellent, but nothing comes close to Rammstein surprisingly.

    Du hast mich! I did not hast it, though.
  • beastmaster 17 Oct 2012 13:41:37 11,442 posts
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    The Stone Roses at Heaton Park this year was immense.

    Never been to a Coldplay gig before but I went to one eariler this year at Man City's ground. It was one hell of a show but won't ever go to another one.

    The strangest one ever was Roisin Murphy at the Manchester Academy. That was one hell of a strange (but superb!) night.

    The Resident Evil films. I'm one of the reasons they keep making them.

  • glaeken 17 Oct 2012 13:46:44 11,197 posts
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    @Alastair Sounds like they must have done as one of the supporting bands when I went was definitely Sound Garden.
  • Razz 17 Oct 2012 13:47:07 61,273 posts
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    Off the top of my head

    Queen Wembley 1986
    Michael Jackson Wembley 1988
    MC Hammer Wembley Arena 1991
    Michael Jackson Wembley 1992
    Michael Jackson Wembley 1997
    System of a Down Brixton Academy 2005
    God Forbid London Astoria 2006
    Lamb of God Brixton Academy 2010
    Explosions in the Sky Brixton Academy 2012

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  • Moot_Point 17 Oct 2012 13:48:37 4,159 posts
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    Monsters of Rock 1988. A licenced venue for 50-60,000, but the crowd ended up being 120,000. Never seen so many bottles of piss flying through the air, quite the sight!

    Jonathan King was pelted hard with so many bottles of piss, he made a sharp exit. And he only managed a "Hello..." =D

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  • Deleted user 17 October 2012 13:53:56
    Roger Waters - The wall - 02 -'11
    Flaming Lips - Eden project -'11
    Oceansize - Thelka Bristol - '10
    Mars Volta/opeth - sonishphere festival '11
    Sigur ros - Southampton guildhall - '05
    Pink Floyd Live 8 Reunion
    Chris Cornell - london pallidum , july 12
    Metallica - various times

    other noticable mentions - deftones southampton guildhall -10, Audioslave 05, Subways/music 05, Chili peppers/!!! -05. roger waters - darkside tour

    Edited by joelstinton at 13:57:09 17-10-2012

    Edited by joelstinton at 14:02:52 17-10-2012
  • ILoveThrashMetal 17 Oct 2012 13:54:06 739 posts
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    Pantera @ Brixton
    Morbid angel @ marquee
    Devin Townsend @ hellfest

    Arsechickens

  • RobTheBuilder 17 Oct 2012 13:59:16 6,521 posts
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    @Razz Always wanted to see System of a Down and Lamb of God...
  • Razz 17 Oct 2012 13:59:21 61,273 posts
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    When was Pantera at Brixton again? God Lord, it must've been about 20 years ago now...

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  • RobTheBuilder 17 Oct 2012 14:00:31 6,521 posts
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    joelstinton wrote:
    deftones southampton guildhall -10
    Same tour as I saw. They used to be patchy live apparently, but on that tour (as when I've seen them before in 2000/2001) they were amazing.
  • Deleted user 17 October 2012 14:02:05
    RobTheBuilder wrote:
    joelstinton wrote:
    deftones southampton guildhall -10
    Same tour as I saw. They used to be patchy live apparently, but on that tour (as when I've seen them before in 2000/2001) they were amazing.
    yeah they were really good on that tour. I think chino being off various stuff, and the whole chi thing just pulled the whole band together. so much energy! Funnily enough i am actually wearing the owl tour shirt today:)
  • Fab4 17 Oct 2012 14:02:19 6,092 posts
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    Van Morrison at the Belfast Opera House in the late 80's (miserable sod with no stage presence but boy he could belt out a tune, and his band were amazing)
  • ComradePete 17 Oct 2012 14:03:00 489 posts
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    Rocket from the Crypt, Aberdeen lemon tree 97. Amazed they managed to fit the whole band on the tiny stage.

    Supported by a bizarre instrumental Norwegian funk-surf guitar band called kare & the cavemen. Searched in vain for their records for ages then found out that to gain better international appeal they had changed their name to 'euroboys'. O_o

    Interesting one to google....
  • bitch_tits_zero_nine 17 Oct 2012 14:04:16 6,652 posts
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    Mostly electronic; notable mentions are:

    808 State New Years eve at the Apollo in manchester.
    Orbital @ Tribal Gathering
    Kraftwerk Reunion @ Tribal Gathering.
    Various techno DJs, most notably imo Jeff Mills I've seen a few times.

    Would have loved to have been to more proper bands but I've got into the good stuff after the event tbh.
  • ILoveThrashMetal 17 Oct 2012 14:07:43 739 posts
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    Razz wrote:
    When was Pantera at Brixton again? God Lord, it must've been about 20 years ago now...
    Can't remember,was a bit battered and bruised

    Arsechickens

  • warlockuk 17 Oct 2012 14:09:08 19,178 posts
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    Pantera were pretty good at Dynamo in 98, I think it was. 101% Proof tour iirc.

    And Death were amazing at Dynamo, too. I'd put them in my top 10, though probably post-humously more than anything else.

    Been sat here for 20 mins trying to pick favourite gigs but I just can't put my finger on any one gig. Maybe Type O Negative with Entombed and Stuck Mojo in Bristol in 1997. That was an awesome day.

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • Trane 17 Oct 2012 14:09:22 4,053 posts
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    #1 - AC/DC Download 2010
    #2 - Roger Waters o2 2011 (I was there when Gilmour played)
    #3 - Pantera Newport 2000
    #4 - Roger Waters Earls Court 2007
    #5 - Fleetwood Mac Wembley Arena 2009
    #6 - Metallica Reading 2003
    #7 - Foo Fighters MK Bowl 2011
    #8 - Tommy Emmanuel & Andy Mckee 2007(?) Bristol Colston Hall
    #9 - RATM Download 2010
    #10 - Steel Panther Download 2010/Mandalay Bay 2010/Wembley Arena 2011

    Best live band IMO - AC/DC, most fun possible at a gig - Steel Panther.
  • Razz 17 Oct 2012 14:10:36 61,273 posts
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    This is why you stay away from the mosh pit! :D A sly google tells me 1994, can;t believe it was that long ago.RIP Dimebag

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  • ILoveThrashMetal 17 Oct 2012 14:11:13 739 posts
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    warlockuk wrote:
    Pantera were pretty good at Dynamo in 98, I think it was. 101% Proof tour iirc.

    And Death were amazing at Dynamo, too. I'd put them in my top 10, though probably post-humously more than anything else.

    Been sat here for 20 mins trying to pick favourite gigs but I just can't put my finger on any one gig. Maybe Type O Negative with Entombed and Stuck Mojo in Bristol in 1997. That was an awesome day.
    How can I forget Death at the astoria!

    Arsechickens

  • Garlvinlandblueblood 17 Oct 2012 14:12:36 414 posts
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    Saw The Roots at the Manchester Academy a few years back. Blew my mind. I heard they've given up touring outside of the US, if it means going over there to see them live I'll bloody do it
  • Moot_Point 17 Oct 2012 14:13:44 4,159 posts
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    Razz wrote:
    This is why you stay away from the mosh pit! :D
    Namby pamby! :p

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  • RobTheBuilder 17 Oct 2012 14:15:10 6,521 posts
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    @joelstinton Love that t-shirt. Every time I wear it to a rock club at least one person taps me to say how much they like it!
  • roz123 17 Oct 2012 14:19:17 7,113 posts
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    Rammstein are a band everyone should see, no matter what your taste in music as the show they put on will blow you away. I saw them at Brixton Academy in 2005, fucking amazing. Every track they would bring on a new toy to play with or to set fire to.

    Rage against the Machine Xfactor gig at Finsbury park 2010. My last ever mosh (probably) and it was brilliant, I missed them the first time round so I made sure I enjoyed it to the fullest whilst I still had the chance.

    Cooper Temple Clause + Biffy Clyro Kentish Town Forum 2003, at this point I was using fake IDs and going to have a mosh whenever I could. It was a brilliant gig but stands out because I pulled for the first time and it was my first ever crowd surf.

    Queens of the stone age, Brixton Academy 2003 (my favourite venue) with Nick Oliveri and Mark Lanegan

    Deftones London Arena 2001
    Reading Festival 2003 when Blur and Metallica headlined.
    Most recently Pearl Jam Isle of Wight 2012
  • localnotail 17 Oct 2012 14:19:48 23,093 posts
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    Razz, how old were you for Queen? :eek:

    Too many to count. Off the top of my head, non-festival gigs, one from each of the last 3 decades

    Dave Lee Roth on the Skyscraper tour. Hammersmith Odeon 88? 3rd row from front. Hysterical. The screaming kind, not the funny kind. The man was a God. He may still be. Also: Steve Vai and a double-necked heart-shaped guitar. Excellent! /wyld stallions air riff

    Beastie Boys Hello Nasty tour 98? NEC. In the round. Just outstanding. They rode around the set on bmxes. I've genuinely never had so much fun at a gig.

    Maximo Park October 06 Birmingham Sweatbox (Hummingbird/Academy). Just found out my recent ex had got together with a good friend, destroying my social circle for a while. Scored some free tickets for this band I'd really never heard before. Incredibly powerful performance, spent the whole gig at the front, drowning in the sweat of 500 earnest young men chanting songs of painful awkwardness. Very cathartic.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Khanivor 17 Oct 2012 14:27:09 40,847 posts
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    James Brown at Aberdeen Exhibition Centre sometime in the late 90s - what an incredibly tight show.

    Public Enemy at Reading 92 - the sight of 40,000 indie kids waving their hands in the air like they just didn't care cuz the show was immense

    Flaming Lips at Bonaroo 07 - that's how you do audience participation
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