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message 1: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments What are the best seats/standing room you've ever had for a concert?

I saw a lot of bands in clubs so I wasn't that far away, but I leaned against the stage at Metro for The Ramones, Sugarcubes, and a few others...leaned against the barrier for The Smiths.

I'm honestly not sure if great seats are always only about sightlines. Sometimes they're about sound, too. If you're right up in front sometimes the sound can be overwhelming.

You?


message 2: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6017 comments RandomAnthony wrote: "I saw a lot of bands in clubs so I wasn't that far away, but I leaned against the stage at Metro for The Ramones, Sugarcubes, and a few others...leaned against the barrier for The Smiths."

Those small, clammy club gigs in the late 70's and early 80's turned me off of big arenas and hockey barns forever. I've been right up against the stage for the Heartbreakers, Ramones, Blasters, Dead Boys, Damned, Kraftwerk, Joe King Carrasco & The Crowns, and too many others to count and/or remember. You can't put a price on Tommy yelling at Dee Dee to count off "Suzy Is a Headbanger" - One, two, free, four!

We lucked into front row seats for the Kinks at Pine Knob in 1978 ("Misfits" tour). We didn't have tickets so we stopped by the box office to see what they had left. Some schmuck never claimed those seats so they sold them to us. About three songs in, Mick Avory threw a cymbal at Dave Davies' head and the roadies had to step in and separate them.


message 3: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Yes, I would agree...arena gigs are rarely interesting to me anymore after years of going to smaller venues. Plus, arena gigs are such a hassle with parking, crowds, etc.


message 4: by ms.petra (new)

ms.petra (mspetra) Best small shows in Denver were at the now defunct Rainbow Music Hall for Berlin and UB40 (not the same night). I don't remember the year exactly, maybe 1983. Also, the best shows I have EVER seen were at Red Rocks. U2 and Elton John.


message 5: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments On stage :)

I don't go to many seated shows, so I usually push my way up front for most shows where I don't expect to get beaten up for doing so. I thought the Gogol Bordello kids might kill me, but at least I was wearing shoes. Who goes into a pit in sandals? And yet there they were.


message 6: by Stacia (the 2010 club) (last edited Sep 14, 2010 01:58PM) (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) ms.petra wrote: "Best small shows in Denver were at the now defunct Rainbow Music Hall for Berlin and UB40 (not the same night). I don't remember the year exactly, maybe 1983. Also, the best shows I have EVER seen ..."

I have only been to one show at Red Rocks and it was a more mellow show (Norah Jones). What a setting though!

The best seats I ever had were at Lollapalooza, the one where Metallica headlined. The setup was at this stadium in which the seats we were sitting in happened to be on this overhang that felt like it was a mere few feet from the stage, just slightly above stage level. I remember having to take turns seeing the rest of the festival/attractions to keep someone holding our seats because they were THAT good (it was general admission).

The pit at concerts kills me. I about had my arm ripped off at a Van Halen concert back in the 90's and was next to a poor guy that couldn't get out and had to pee, and he had to do it in his cup, haha.

I also went to a small concert at this concert hall called Circle Star in the bay area in which the stage was in the middle of the room and all of the seats surrounded the stage in a circle. There was no bad seat in the house.


Books Ring Mah Bell Front Row, Buddy Guy. Small venue. Delicious.

Forever in my memory - seeing Danzig and Metallica at the free fair back in 94. Warm summer rain the entire time, got the car stuck in mud several times on the way out...

Not the best seats, but certainly the most memorable.


message 8: by Pat (last edited Sep 17, 2010 03:08PM) (new)

Pat (patb37) Does opera count?
We have been going to the opera for years. Chicago has a really great opera house. The best seats in the place are in the upper balcony. Great view, great sound, and less than half the price of the main floor.


message 9: by smetchie (new)

smetchie | 4034 comments I was backstage for The Who recently. I don't think that was the best for actually "seeing" them but it sure was cool.


message 10: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I've been at the Lyric Opera house, Pat! You're right, it's awesome.

I have not been backstage at The Who, however. How did you get backstage, Gretchen?


message 11: by Pat (new)

Pat (patb37) RandomAnthony wrote: "I've been at the Lyric Opera house, Pat! You're right, it's awesome.



Hey RA- we will be driving thru your area next friday. We always get off the highway at Port Washington to go to the park on the bluff and look at the lake. I will wave in your general direction when I'm there.


message 12: by Félix (last edited Sep 18, 2010 04:52AM) (new)

Félix (habitseven) I was 3rd (maybe 4th) row center for Jethro Tull at SUNY New Paltz in 1969 (or was it '70?). Had a small brick of hashish in my pocket/bloodstream. I was worshipping Ian Anderson that evening, I'll tell ya.

I sat near the front, along the aisle, for a Gregory Hines show in Austin in about 2000. He came into the audience and tapped me on the shoulder and said, "How ya doin', man?" That was cool. He was so good.


message 13: by ms.petra (new)

ms.petra (mspetra) oh Larry, Jethro Tull was my first concert way back when. Thanks for the memories. :)


message 14: by Kristi (new)

Kristi (kristicasey) I would have to say Metallic. There was a U-shaped seat area with general in the center. We were on the left side of the U, near the front. Thankfully, the U didn't come too close to the stage so as you weren't right next to the speakers. Also, you were higher than the general pop, and almost level with the stage in the first few rows (which is where we were). So basically, no one in your view sight, not drowned out by sound. It was a spectacular night!


message 15: by smetchie (new)

smetchie | 4034 comments Oh yes Red Rocks. I think I already said this somewhere but I saw Blues Traveler there on the 4th of July and we could see fireworks in Denver during the show. That place is magical.


message 16: by Lori (new)

Lori My parents had long-standing perfectp season tix to the NY Philharmonic at Lincoln Center NY so when they couldn't go to one I'd get them. Of course the best seats were on stage with the orchestra waaaaay back when I was in high school and played viola with the NYC All City Orchestra.

I'd also get lots of standing room tix for the NYC and American Ballet, and we'd always sneak down to the orchestra.

But the best seats for modern music were indeed the small clubs. I'd go see lots of famous jazz musicians at the Village Vanguard and when I in college I hung with the people who put on the jazz concerts so always got great seats for those too.

I was lucky enough to see Springsteen back before he was anyone at some club too - a great gig even tho my love for him died in college.

The old NYC Shaeffer concerts in central park were fantastic, and free too! Saw lots of people there.

I saw Bowie doing Ziggy at the Garden, but that place is just much too big. Even so, Bowie packed it in.

This was all back in the days when I was groovy. A long time ago and in a galaxy far far away!


message 17: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Still groovy!


message 18: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Pat wrote: "RandomAnthony wrote: "I've been at the Lyric Opera house, Pat! You're right, it's awesome.



Hey RA- we will be driving thru your area next friday. We always get off the highway at Port Washingt..."


Oh, have fun, Pat! I was up on the bluffs yesterday...the trees are turning and the lake looks great. Please feel free to spend much money in our fine tourist downtown area:)


message 19: by Jaimie (new)

Jaimie (jez476) | 664 comments I saw Korn in a small basement at a club in the 90's before they had a record deal.

The best for me was an Alice Cooper concert several years ago in a small hall at an Indian casino. I was standing second row center in between the gap of the two guys in front of me. That night I walked away with a "Billion Dollar Babies" bill. a pic from the guitarist, a bumper sticker from the drummer and the best thing: a swath of fake blood across my face. And Alice pointed at me during "Poison." It was friggin' awesome!


message 20: by Ken (new)

Ken (playjerist) | 721 comments Near enough to smooch PJ Harvey (Knitting Factory, LA).


message 21: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6017 comments Jaimie wrote: "I saw Korn in a small basement at a club in the 90's before they had a record deal.

The best for me was an Alice Cooper concert several years ago in a small hall at an Indian casino. I was standin..."


The Coop rules. Even after all of these years. Hard to imagine junior high without him.


message 22: by Jaimie (last edited Sep 22, 2010 07:06PM) (new)

Jaimie (jez476) | 664 comments He does rule, Clark! He does!

I'm a little bit in love with him. He's so talented!


message 23: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6017 comments When I brought home the "Killer" album, it convinced my parents the moral fiber of teenagers everywhere was in deep jeopardy and the ruination of Western civilization was in full swing.

But I turned out alright [twitches, drools, and picks nose], didn't I?


message 24: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11605 comments For whatever reason, I saw "PJ Harvey" above and it made me think of a giant rabbit. Odd.


message 25: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6017 comments Phil wrote: "For whatever reason, I saw "PJ Harvey" above and it made me think of a giant rabbit. Odd."


Well she's like a giant rabbit, but with a longer tail and less talent.


message 26: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Ouch. Tell us how you really feel, Clark.


message 27: by Ken (new)

Ken (playjerist) | 721 comments Clark wrote: "Phil wrote: "For whatever reason, I saw "PJ Harvey" above and it made me think of a giant rabbit. Odd."


Well she's like a giant rabbit, but with a longer tail and less talent."


No doubt her golf game isn't as good as Alice’s, though in fairness, unlike him it isn’t her principal focus.

She certainly won’t get any of his blasts from the Billboard 100 past Vegas gigs, but for actual rock n’ roll artistry she can burn him down.


message 28: by Dr. Detroit (last edited Sep 23, 2010 10:42AM) (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6017 comments Ken wrote: "rock n’ roll artistry"
..."


Two words I never want to see in the same sentence again even if it means the premature donation of my eyes to science.

Rock 'n roll ain't art and despite what Doors fans, Bob Dylan, or Patti Smith may lead you to believe, it ain't poetry, either.

Once somebody with a guitar or a microphone starts thinking of themself as an artiste (the "e" is mine) or a poet, they're done like dinner, another soul lost to Satan.

Fuck art. Let's dance.

As usual, your results may vary.


message 29: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Clark wrote: "Fuck art. Let's dance. "

Didn't Farrah try this?


message 30: by Ken (new)

Ken (playjerist) | 721 comments You’re confusing the pretension of being an “artiste” with artistry, which relies on both natural and perfected talent. Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry displayed true artistry, even though they had no perception of themselves as artistes, nor desire to be so regarded.

Music is an art form, no matter how base (I mean that in a good way) or democratic any genre tells itself it is. Music, no matter how purely visceral the response is intended to be or how primal the expression is, depends on artistry. Divorcing rock n’ roll from artistry leaves it with a pretense of romanticism and phony democracy much more egregious than any pretense of the “artistic.”

There’s certainly a limit to comparing musicians as different as, and from different eras as Alice Cooper and PJ Harvey, but surely artifice and theatricality are central to Cooper, whereas PJ is very much wedded to the raw and the visceral.

The Doors were a great rock band because of how artfully the musicians played, and the degree to which rock is about sexuality, and Morrison literally personified it. The Doors were a great band despite his poetic pretensions, not because of them.

And for the record, I still have my Fuck Art, Let’s Dance pin somewhere around the house.


message 31: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6017 comments Ken wrote: "rock is about sexuality,"

Agreed. And attitude.

But we'll have to agree to disagree about the Doors.

Ken wrote: "And for the record, I still have my Fuck Art, Let’s Dance pin somewhere around the house.
"


Me too. And this one:




message 32: by Ken (new)

Ken (playjerist) | 721 comments I love Stiff Records, but some unfortunate effects of drug and alcohol use prohibit me from wearing the pin in good conscience.


message 33: by Dr. Detroit (last edited Sep 23, 2010 06:40PM) (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6017 comments Ken wrote: "I love Stiff Records, but some unfortunate effects of drug and alcohol use prohibit me from wearing the pin in good conscience."

I nearly wore mine on my jean jacket right into parent/teacher conferences last Fall over at the middle school. I got the whole "the kids are old enough now to understand things like that - what kind of example are you setting" lecture from my wife.

Then she didn't talk to me for the next two days. Whatever...


message 34: by Ken (last edited Sep 23, 2010 06:56PM) (new)

Ken (playjerist) | 721 comments She’ll view it in a different light once you’ve worn the one that says, “German Shepherds Make the Best Lovers.”


message 35: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6017 comments Ken wrote: "She’ll view it in a different light once you’ve worn the won that says, “German Shepherds Make the Best Lovers.”"

I can always count on you to put it all in perspective, can't I Ken?


message 36: by Ken (new)

Ken (playjerist) | 721 comments Clark wrote: "Ken wrote: "She’ll view it in a different light once you’ve worn the won that says, “German Shepherds Make the Best Lovers.”"

I can always count on you to put it all in perspective, can't I Ken?"


Indeed. And me being a source of perspective really puts things in perspective.


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