Friday, November 12, 2010


Ranked by actual performance, how much I like the band, and how good of a time I had overall:

1.) Robert Plant & the Strange Sensation (just because it's Robert fucking Plant.  He could have done anything up there and I'd still put him at the top of the list)

2.) Damien Rice (dear Jesus, I can't even describe the awesomeness)

3.) Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, opening band Crosby, Stills, & Nash (a rare moment when the opening act nearly stole the headliner's thunder)

3.) Aerosmith, opening band ZZ Top (Steven Tyler looked a little weary, but this was another instance of an opener that I would have paid to see alone)

4.) Rufus Wainwright, opening performer Martha Wainwright (two Wainwrights, holy shit.  But Rufus was being way too much of a diva)

5.) Aerosmith, opening performer Lenny Kravitz (ranked below the other concert because, although Aerosmith's performance was much more energetic, the opening act wasn't great. Also, tall people were in front of me and no stadium seating)

6.) Bob Dylan (I couldn't understand him at all, but he wore a purple sequined suit so he still gets a thumbs-up)

7.) Wolf Parade (only at the bottom because I wasn't as familiar with their music as I am now, but I'm a huge fan of these guys)

8.) Of Montreal (excellent shows, too many hipsters)

9.) Stereophonics, opening band Augustana (who knew Augustana would be more famous? Just don't remember much of this one.  Met Kelly Jones, but he seemed irritated.  Still, he was pretty...)

10.) Brooks & Dunn (I didn't know who they were.  Also, they threw drumsticks into the audience.  Nice gesture, but not the best things to hurl in the direction of people's faces)

Still determined to see:

Elton John
The Rolling Stones
and of course I'm holding out for that Zeppelin reunion...

Can anyone guess who I saw at my very first concert?  Hint: I was 14.  I have only told about 3 people of this concert, and am now deeply ashamed that I attended.  Guess right and you get a prize...


  1. Modest Mouse, 2000? or 99 at the Black Cat in DC. So good. So drunk.

    Your first concert - guesses:

    Warrant. (you wore your Warrant t-shirt)
    John Denver.
    98 Degrees. (98 Degrees t-shirt - check!)
    Cannibal Corpse.

  2. Love Modest Mouse.

    Admirable guesses, sir, but no. I may need to acquire both Warrant and 98 Degrees t-shirts, though...

  3. I saw the Rolling Stones in 2005 and Mick Jagger danced on stage like a ten year old kid. I don't even think that I could keep up with those moves and all you have to do is kind of jerk and twitch. Either way, it was an awesome experience, and even if you have to pay an arm and a leg for a ticket--it's worth it!

  4. My first concert was Diamond Rio. Bryan White opened. I barely remember it because I was about 8 or 10. Ha.