My Top 44 Concerts

(Updated: 22 March 2013)

Now, I know I am missing some concerts from my memory…but this was just a start. I really need to look at my old concert stubs that I saved. Some of the concerts crack the Top 25 more because of the funny memories from it, rather than the good or bad music.

Those that have yet to be ranked: They Might Be Giants, Ben Folds, The Queers, Sarah McLachlan, H20, Van Halen (Hagar), Mighty Mighty Bosstones (x4), The Toasters, Mustard Plug, Skankin’ Pickle, H20,  The Get Up Kids, Alkaline Trio, RHCP (2012 version)…and many, many, many more.

44. Carl Cox – largest black man I’ve ever seen man the decks…knows how to work the crowd.

43. The Black Crowes – Amazing live…the passion that Chris Robinson puts into his live performances just amazes me.

42. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – I’ve seen Tom Petty a number of times, and he’s amazing.

41. Scanner – back when analog cell phones still existed, he used a scanner to pick up conversations and mixed them live into his music. Cool, but legal? I don’t know.

40. Mix Master Mike – boy burned through the turntables with a quickness

39. Kool Keith aka Dr. Octagon aka Black Elvis – Small venue, but Black Elvis threw out plastic bags with chicken wings and a wet nap. Wings were good too.

38. Lucero – I’ve seen them three times, and the crowd really adds to the experience. Chick fights…that is all.

37. Band of Horses – Infinite Arms tour

36. DJ Spooky – amazing one man show of turntables, synth, and stand-up bass. Saw him back in college…so let’s say 13 years ago.

35. Lumineers – Blueberry Hill 2012…only band I’ve seen that actually pulled off a Bob Dylan cover

34. Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation tour (2012). Insanely intimate and delicate.

33. Fang Island – Fang Island tour (2010)…absolutely floored me.

32. Big Audio Dynamite – Saw them at a music festival…so good.

31. Ryan Bingham – I’m not much of a country music fan, but Ryan Bingham set me straight.

30. Ben Lee – really the only reason he breaks into the Top 25 is more because I was standing next to Claire Danes (his girlfriend at the time) the entire show without really noticing. It was at the Hi-Pointe and there were maybe 100 people there.

29. Ice Cube – saw him at Virginia Tech at a bar…the bartender promoted the event without even asking him to play, and he wasn’t planning on performing. So when you paid $20…and he sang one song…and the bar didn’t refund any money…a riot broke out. Good times.

28. George Clinton & the P-Funk All Stars

27. The Beach Boys – Saw them at the 4th of July Fair when I was 5. I still remember it…it was my first concert.

26. Rage Against the Machine, Wu Tang, and Atari Teenage Riot – ok…I know you’re asking, why is this so low? Well Wu Tang canceled. Atari Teenage Riot was awesome. I really wasn’t in the mood to see Rage because I had seen them before.

25. Warped Tour 1997 – Chicago – (Social Distortion, Tha Alkaholiks, Blink-182, Sick of It All, etc)

24. Snoop Dog – Saw Snoop in the mid-late 90’s…amazing show.

23. U2 – Popmart

22. U2 – 360 Tour

21. DeVotchKa – Amazing performance

20. Caspian (2013) – Loudest show I’ve ever been to at the Firebird, just amazing…

19. Jurassic 5, De La Soul, & Wyclef Jean – I can’t believe my college got them to play and not a lot of people turned out for this.

18. Neil Diamond – 25th row, felt like I was at a concert with 10,000 versions of my parents, but it was amazing.

17. The White Stripes – I love Jack’s guitars

16. Tricky – Saw him 3 different times, and each time was amazing.

15. Warped Tour 1996 – St. Louis – (Descendants,  Fishbone, Tha Alkaholiks, Beck, Deftones, CIV,  Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Blink-182, NOFX, Pennywise, etc) a riot was brewing due to security being very strick…but when Fishbone came out as the final act, the venue blew up.

14. Sonic Youth

13. Jimmy Page & Robert Plant – 20th row center

12. The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie & Infinite Sadness tour…phenominal show.

11. Arcade Fire with The National – Saw them a few months after I saw The National on the High Violet Tour…speaking of which…

10. The National – High Violet Tour

9. Lauren Hill with Outkast – Outkast opening for L. Hill? One of the best shows ever.

8. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming tour (2012)

7. Arab on Radar, The Locust, Lightning Bolt – Arab on Radar’s last tour.

6. Beastie Boys – Intergalactic Tour

5. Chuck Berry – He may be in his 80’s, but he can still duck walk!

4. Radiohead – In Rainbows Tour

3. The Ramones – Saw them a few years before Joey died.

2. Tibetan Freedom Concert – Washington DC – 1998 (Beastie Boys, Radiohead, Sean Lennon, Mutabaruka, Money Mark, A Tribe Called Quest, Dave Matthews Band, Sonic Youth, Nawang Khechog, Wyclef Jean, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, Buffalo Daughter, R.E.M., KRS-ONE, The Wallflowers, Blues Traveler, Live, Pearl Jam, Luscious Jackson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chaksam-pa, Pulp.)

1. Radiohead & Pulp – Due to the rain out on the 1st day of the Tibetan Freedom Concert, Radiohead an Pulp decided to throw a free concert for the 1st 500 people with their ticket stubs. My friends and I were the last to get in before they shut the doors. It was amazing because all of the bands from the Tibetan Freedom Concert were in the crowd. My favorite concert of all time.

Have you seen any of the bands/groups above? What is your favorite concert? What made it great?

Let me know, below.


  1. Interesting list. I’ve seen some of these. Pulp were excellent this year at the Wireless festival in London. I saw Radiohead 3 years ago on the In-rainbow tour but was quite disappointed. I suppose I was expecting something like Muse and it fell well short. May well do a retrospective review of The National on my page as someone else mentioned them the other day. My all time fave though still remains The Police at Twickenham, London 2007. 60,000 singing anthems like Everything she doe is magic and Message in a Bottle. Brilliant.

    • Oooh, I’d love to see The Police, I bet that was quite a show. I missed seeing Pulp in Ireland about…wait…how old am I? 16 years ago. They were playing a show in Dublin with The Cure…our group was leaving Dublin that morning. I was not a happy person.

      I did get to see Pulp at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in 1998…Jarvis didn’t disappoint. I’d love to see them again.

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