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When I was a very young adolescent, I had a pretty decent collection of record albums that I listened to all the time.  Among them was this one -- Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits.  The album is a mix of studio recordings and live recordings, and on one of the live recordings, a phone rings in the background.*

As a 14-year-old, that phone ringing thrilled me.

Because it was real!  

That phone ringing . . . while they were playing and recording . . . was unplanned, unexpected, and in-the-moment.  And I loved it!

If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that music is always playing in my head!  What you might not know is that live performance - especially in an intimate setting - is my favorite way to enjoy music.  When it's live . . . you just never know what you're going to get.  And I love that!

The conductor hitting the podium with his baton in a moment of enthusiasm.

The broken guitar string.

The dropped drum stick.

The telling of stories.

The lead singer removing a jacket because it's getting hot.

Things that happen only when you're . . . seeing it LIVE!

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Red Hot Chili Peppers concert - May 2012

I try to get out and see live music as often as possible!

I don't particularly care for "stadium concerts" (although I've been to many) because it's so dang crowded and the hassle-factor is great.  I much prefer smaller, local venues for concerts.  I even work for a live music organization -- where I get to see great concerts regularly, and even get to meet the artists!

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Me and Chris Botti - February 2014

So.  This week's topic is particularly fun for me!  Here are  Ten Bands/Individuals I've Seen in Concert:

  1. Red Hot Chili Peppers (Brian, who was also in the crowd - but not with us, called this concert "a real face-melter."  It was.)
  2. Amos Lee (Easily the best concert performance I've ever seen; he was AWESOME.)
  3. Jonny Lang (Just flat-out great guitar playing -- and plenty of broken strings for me, too.)
  4. The Who (This was about 10 years ago, so they weren't in their prime, but still pretty incredible.)
  5. Tom Petty (We had really close-up seats.)
  6. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (We've seen CSN twice -- once with Y, and once without.)
  7. Neil Young (We've seen him twice, too - once without CSN and once with.)
  8. John Legend (This one was just John Legend and his piano, with a string quartet for accompaniment once in a while.  Kind of John Legend Unplugged. . .)
  9. Chris Botti (He puts on an incredible show -- and surrounds himself with a top-notch "backup band," including one of the most amazing drummers I've ever seen.)
  10. Fleetwood Mac (In college; during the Rumours tour.)

(And there are so many others over the years -- Lynyrd Skynyrd, Heart, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Charlie Daniels Band, Waylon Jennings, Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Midori, Emmanuel Ax, Brad Mehldau.  And my favorite local band, The Red Sea Pedestrians.  And - of course - Brian's band, The Fever Haze!)

How about YOU?  What bands/individuals have you seen in concert?

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*  I purchased the album recently as an iTunes download - for the nostalgia mostly.  Turns out the ringing phone has been "re-mastered" out of the digital version.  Rats.

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Carole

I'm totally jealous about Fleetwood Mac! And I didn't put Dale's band on my list but they are my favorite of all time.

margene

We've seen many of the same shows! I saw Johnny Lang, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Tom Petty, & Paul Simon. All great shows. Having kids keeps you young! It's very cool you support and enjoy the same music he does! Although you probably taught him everything he knows!

Patty

I just finished a book about the Fleetwood Mac Rumours tour. Crazy times! I didn't put Bowie on my list but that was quite the show. I hope I'm seeing Brian's band "live" someday!

Donna

I would love to have seen Fleetwood Mac back in the day. You have seen quite a few concerts!

Jo

Your eccletic list is great and I am all in with you on liking intimate venuesand not liking stadium concerts! The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is the most famous group I've ever seen in a very intimate venue. The best stadium concert ever--Bruce Springsteen USA tour! Fun topic!

Bonny

What a wide-ranging list! I love Yo-Yo Ma, especially The Goat Rodeo Sessions. I will be listening to some new music thanks to your list!

Marilyn

Jonny Lang is from ND. I've never heard him play though. :( I believe he started out doing jazz....

Mary

love all these eclectic lists...especially yours with the classical and the contemporary. I have seen Itzhak Perlman (sp?) perform with our symphony...I'd love to see Yo Yo Ma, too!

Chloe

You met Chris Botti? Can I touch you? Live bands. Outside. With knitting. The best tranquilizer in the world.

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