nostrangerer (wrayb) wrote,

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time for an update so the concert MEME

With malixe I finally find someone with whom I've got some overlap:

* the Kinks
* The Who - unfortunately it was the Quadrophenia tour. I remember very little from the show and can't even blame it on drugs. what a sad bore.
* John Lee Hooker
* Jonathan Richman
* Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (seeing them live convinced me I lost interest in jazz/country/fusion music)
* Grateful Dead (I saw them in Dallas in '69 and in San Fran in '70, i wasn't bored but not enthralled either but I may be covering up my previous enthusiasm)

These from malixe's meme list I would like to see (or to have seen, as appropriate):
Roy Orbison
Dave Edmunds
David Bowie
Bo Diddley

and Elvis Costello is on my wanna see list too. That is, I wish I had seen him in the 70s.

Sometime I might try to list all the notables I've seen live.
To fill out 20 of the rock/pop genre I recall worth mentioning (in no particular order):

T Rex (I wish I could remember this show better, Dallas '70 or '71)
13th Floor Elevators
Dr John (first time in San Antonio when Right Place/Wrong Time was a hit, several more times while I lived in New Orleans '78-'92)
Beatles (Houston August '65)
Rolling Stones (Houston August '65) that summer i regret that I didn't go see the Herman's Hermits show that was the week after the Rolling Stones concert, my interest was that the Animals were opening (oh, just remembered, saw the Stones again in '69 on the tour that ended with Altamont)
Roxy Music
Jimi Hendrix (a couple times, both past his peak)
Velvet Underground (Dallas '69, my voice is barely discernible on Live 69 when the audience responds to Lou after his chatter about the Cowboys & Jets football and then asks if we want two sets or one long one. You would not believe how few people were in the audience that Sunday night)
Captain Beefheart (4 times, 3 different tours)
Pink Floyd (in 70 or 71, I was pretty disappointed, I don't know why I am listing them, yes I am primarily a Syd Barrett fan, no I don't like the Money album or whatever it is called)
New York Dolls
Patty Smith
Bob Marley & the Wailers (and Burning Spear, too, a couple years later)
Iggy Pop (a few times in the early 80s, once truly great, once (on a river boat) truly not and once in between)

That's 20 (or 21) so i'll stop adding that I also wish I had seen Frank Zappa. Once in Berkeley CA I had tickets but the show was cancelled on account of the Cambodia invasion protest "riot." Yes, darlings, the Vietnam war spilling over into Cambodia. And the Damned too, I wish I had realized how campy they were and dug them when I had the chance. I was perverse and missed the Sex Pistols when I could have seen them in Baton Rouge, San Antonio and Dallas and maybe even Tulsa as well. Funny that they played all through the stomping ground of my youth. I left Dallas to drive to SA and through BR to New Orleans a couple hours before the Dallas show, having used my truck to help bring equipment to the Longhorn Ballroom for the opening band. It was my birthday in 1978. You see, I was leaving that Rock Pop life behind. Oh, well.

Oh, the next phase of my life after Rock Pop was when I saw Professor Longhair and Ernie K-Doe and Irma Thomas and many more in New Orleans, but that another time...

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