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    Best Concert You Ever Attended?

    My choice would be Rory Gallagher at Leicester in February, 1979.

    I also saw Led Zeppelin in August of that same year. I was tempted to put this as my #1 concert simply because of its historical importance but I'm sticking with Rory.

    A really good bloke who was close to his fans and I mean this quite literally ... he seemed to spend most of his time in the crowd!

    No footage of him at Leicester but here he is at Montreux in July '79 ...



    Legendary stuff!

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    A difficult choice. I've experienced a lot of concerts which have been moving, inducing ecstasy or a feeling of connection with something divine, or just being very fun and jolly, but one that sticks out is Einar Selvik's (from Wardruna) performance in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Christmas time 2016. Probably due to being in the holiday spirit, and the whole frame of the concert, surrounded by ancient Viking ships and related artifacts, with everyone sitting completely still and quiet, only breaking their silence by clapping between the musical pieces, having one hundred percent focus on the one man standing alone in the middle of the audience, with nothing but his instruments and his voice. Einar is an excellent musician. I would say one of the very best Norway has to offer for the time being.

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    It would be a toss up between seeing Ted Nugent in '79 or Fleetwood Mac in '77.
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    The Fleetwood Mac one must have been good - they were right at their peak in '77!

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    I've only been to two or three concerts. But the best one has to be Iron Maiden with Alice Cooper opening for them.

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    Nice!

    What year, BTW?

    The thing is, there are a lot of bands well past their prime that are still doing tours and some of them are the original group in name only.

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    Oh good lord I need to try and remember. The Iron maiden one was in 2012. The Metallica one was something like 20 years ago.
    That one was noteworthy because Guns and Roses made us sit in 100 degree temperatures for hours until the sun went down because
    they didn't want to play in the heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaxonPagan View Post
    The Fleetwood Mac one must have been good - they were right at their peak in '77!

    It was a great concert. It was during the Rumours tour. I also saw a concert during The Dance tour, but it wasn't as good.
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    Have not seen many real concerts (artists). Partly as living far from any bigger cities and partly as my parents did't want me to go any huge summer festivals (keeping those too unsafe).



    But Within Temptation (Esbo 2018) & Nightwish (Tammerfors 2015) concerts were great.

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    Another concert which sprung to mind, is one in my hometown back in 2009, on a small, annual punk festival. It was raining as hell on a saturday, around noon, and most people were either still sleeping in the camp, sitting in the pub tents to have shelter against the rain, or at home waiting for the weather to clear up. This band called 'Kvelertak' got up on stage in front of the around 15-20 people who had shown up at the festival grounds thus far. At this point, they were completely unheard of outside their own hometown region on the other side of the country, and little did we know that they would turn out to become the most popular metal band in Norway in a few years time, and touring the World as a supporting act for bands like Metallica and Slayer.

    At first, only a handful of people actually stood out on the gras in front of the stage, and another couple of handfuls listened passively from the security of the pub tents. I suppose no-one had expected them to be anything worthwhile, having been dealt the worst time to play on the festival schedule of a tiny punk festival in a small town. But more and more people decided to defy the heavy rain and get up in front of the stage, despite getting soaked. And the exhilarating energy and great musicianship of the band got the audience more and more enthusiastic as the show progressed. At the end of the act, I suppose we were around 25 people standing scattered around in front of the stage.

    Fueled by the accomplishment of having won over the audience, and having managed to make a really good show despite all odds stacked against them, the band members wanted to end the act in the manner every good rock show has to end - beating senselessly at the drums, screaming excessively into the microphones, and strumming vigorously on the strings while holding the guitars over their heads. The rhythm guitarist wanted to include the audience in the final climax, and tried reaching his guitar over to the two people standing closest to the stage. Unfortunately, they were separated by a fence and couldn't reach far enough to strum the strings with their hands. Seemingly drunk on the enthusiasm of the moment, he decided to help them out by throwing the guitar over to them, completely out of the blue, hitting an unsuspecting girl straight in the forehead with the butt end of the guitar body, almost knocking her to the ground. It produced a major gashing wound, and the blood started pouring immediately. The guy standing next to her, whom I only can assume was her boyfriend, went ballistic and started hurling glasses of beer at the them, forcing the band to take cover and escape backstage, and two guards having to intervene to subdue the guy who tried get up on the stage to have his vengeance.

    The atmosphere changed from cheerful and exuberant to boos and pitch-fork mob tendencies in a matter of seconds. The girl was rushed to the hospital, her boyfriend was escorted out of the festival grounds, and the rest of us went back to the pub tents to sit and wait for the next act.
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