I’m guessing that somewhere out there, perhaps on Facebook or maybe inside the Apple Apps store, there has to be a music application that allows you to list all of the concerts you’ve ever attended.
Maybe it does something fancy like allowing you to pull corresponding album covers or band logos into your list, along with the date of the events; concert venues; friends you went with; and the opportunity to upload photos or videos from the shows, and perhaps some notes.
If such an app doesn’t exist, then someone should promptly develop it (I’ll take a 15% cut on revenue for the concept, and the rest is yours). Or, perhaps if I have time one day, I’ll investigate it further and if I can’t find anything similar, we’ll develop it ourselves at Renaissance Creative.
Regardless of whether such an app currently exists, I’ve always wanted to create one of these lists for myself.
I’m a huge music fan and I’ve seen a pretty fair number of concerts in my time ranging in genre from Rock, to Rap, to Country, to Punk, To Pop, to Reggae, to Christian and so on. In addition, I’ve been fortunate in my time, for my age, to see some truly iconic acts, such as Elvis Presley and The Clash, to name two.
So, I’m going to go low-tech here and just make a list.
There’s no way I could ever recall exact dates, nor the names of the specific venues (though I could probably recollect all the cities), so I won’t even try. I will try to list them chronologically, generally– as best my memory serves. I’ll also include notes on interesting facts about shows that merited it. I have a feeling I’ll be updating this post from time to time, as I recall additional shows. I’ve already been writing it for two days.
Elvis Presley – 1977, just a few months before he died. My first concert (with my parents and grandmother), at age 13. I was so embarrassed to be there… until he sang. He had an incredibly strong voice and I was pretty blown away. I went on to become a big fan. Still am.
Kenny Rogers – 2x with parents
John Denver – 2x with parents. Still a big fan.
Styx – My first concert with friends, if I recall correctly
The Cars – 2x
Van Halen – David Lee Roth got so drunk drinking Jack Daniels from a bottle that he forgot the words to the songs and had to stop (singing, not drinking).
U2 – Touring behind their second album, War.
The Clash – So thankful I got to see this band at an outdoor venue in Daytona Beach before they broke up. They were incredible!
SAGA (not to be confused with GAGA)
The Police – 2x
David Bowie – So awesome. Another cherished claim.
Hoodoo Gurus – I did not miss the rare opportunity to see this iconic Australian surf band right here in Jax.
Michael Jackson / The Jacksons – 1984. He / they played 3 consecutive shows in the old Gator Bowl (now Everbank Field), with 136,000 tickets sold at the peak of his career. I went for the sheer spectacle.
Tommy Tutone – The former bassist lives down the road in St. Augustine and work at The Surf Station. I saw them at Grad Night in Disney World.
Joe Jackson – Front row center in Miami. My friend Danny knew someone.
Flock of Seagulls
Oingo Boingo – 3x
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
The The – 2x One of my all-time favorite bands. I plan to write a separate post for this still undiscovered and underrated group (Actually solo performer, Matt Johnson).
New Order – Disappointing live.
UB40 – Also disappointing live.
INXS – Brilliant when Hutchence was alive. I would love to see where they would have gone with him.
Beastie Boys – 2x
Run DMC – Hung with Run at the bar after the show! (OK, sat next to him, anyway)
Thrill Kill Cult
Social Distortion – 2x, Loudest Concert I ever heard. My ears were just ringing. I know I lost hearing there, but they were fantastic.
Gene Loves Jezebel
Love and Rockets
REM – 3x
The Cure – 2x
Gin Blossoms – 2x
Jane’s Addicition – 2x
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Nine Inch Nails – 3x. I met Trent Reznor personally, who actually dated and lived with my ex-girlfriend, Beth Narducci, for a couple of years in New Orleans. Nice guy. Humble and unassuming. I’ll write a separate post on that sometime.
Ministry – Saw them in an industrial warehouse, a perfect setting. Exhausted, I tried to climb out of the mosh pit, but was thrown back in by some punk grrrrls. Thought I was going to suffocate.
Toad the Wet Sprocket
Adam Ant – Another performer I’m so glad I got to see. The “Bad Boy” Brit rocked a little bar in Orlando. Two drummers. Played all his hits. It was great.
Sublime / Long Beach Dub All-stars – One of my all time favorites, but I missed the opportunity to see them with Bradley Nowell (Was invited and urged to go by a friend).
I hate to see such gifted souls lose themselves to drugs and other demons like that.
Chris Issak – Great performer. Talented musician and fuuny. Love all his stuff.
The Cult – House of Blues. Small venue, great concert.
Elvis Costello – He’s a hero of mine. Intelligent. Original. Diverse. Passionate. Saw him at the Hard Rock Café in Orlando.
Jimmy Buffet – 3x I love Buffet. His concerts are getting older and “grayer”, but he is pure “escapism”, which I respond well to.
Eagles – Great band. So many songs.
Beach Boys – Older, but what amazing voices and tunes.
Elton John – 2x
Toots and the Maytals
Lloyd Cole – Perhaps you’ve never heard of him. If not, you should learn more. I did a blog post on him, here. I can’t believe I was able to see him live in a small Jacksonville bar, just a few feet from him. An incredible show!
Wiggles – Umm… parents will know who they are.
Third Day – I went from Ministry to Third Day!