Monday, April 12, 2004

What are your top 10?

I'd love to hear about other folks' top 10 shows ever. Or even your top 1 or 2 if you can only think of a few off the top of your head. Add your list so folks can see!

3 comments:

jamiemottram00 said...

top 10 would require more thought than i'm capable of at the moment, but here are my shows of the year dating back a few:
2001 -- the strokes
2002 -- wilco
2003 -- white stripes
2004 -- the shins
of course, all of these will be dwarfed by the brilliance of coachella, which i'll be attending next month!

mcshan2 said...

I didn't really want to start negative (and I will post my Top 10 list) but I also wanted to add my list of Most Disappointing shows ever:

Most Disappointing – in no particular order:

-Sisters of Mercy, Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
April 5, 1991

I had been looking forward to finally seeing this other seminal Goth band --  not to mention what state of preservation Andrew Eldritch was in (he’s on the Keith Richards plan) -- for years. However, like some Spinal Tap-ian moment someone seemed to put the fog machine on 11.  While the sound was great, nobody could see a thing.  If I wanted to just listen, I could have stayed home.  It didn’t help either that I had a horrible cold and spent most of the show wandering around with a box of Kleenex (how un-Goth like!).  At least my friend Ayhan got his ass groped in the midst of the pit – that made his evening.

-Echo & The Bunnymen, Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA
September 7, 1984

With Billy Bragg opening, this seemed like a great show.  Unfortunately, Ian McCulloch was so trashed he could barely stand up for most of the night.  Kind of ruins the performance.

-New Order Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA  
September 1985

They sound fabulous on CD, but are truly the most boring band live - EVER.  Absolutely no stage presence whatsoever.  Still love their albums though.

-Depeche Mode, Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA (Fans Only show) August 1990

Dave Gahan must have been descending into his heroin-chic era – or maybe he was already in the depths of addiction - because his normally charming front man persona was not to be found this evening.  Perhaps the fact this was a Fans Only show (who really didn’t need to be won over) meant less effort, but all 4 members looked completely bored and uninspired. It’s sad when the opening band (Nitzer Ebb) is more exciting than the ma

tixgirl said...

I totally agree with mcshan2's thoughts on seeing New Order. I saw them on tour with The Sugarcubes & P.I.L. c. 1989.  I remember being shocked by how boring they were. It was just a bunch of people standing behind computers & keyboards pressing buttons. They weren't even bobbing their heads or anything.