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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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