a life well lived
So, I was commenting to a friend how I am pretty much over concerts. I hate the entire concert industry... the business of it. How I hate $40 parking, $7 beers, and $125 tickets. I hate EVERYTHING about Ticketmaster. Of course, I have written about that here. I still love the music, but it just isn't worth the trouble anymore. You could compare it to flying. They have put so many hurdles up, it just isn't worth it, anymore.
I go about once a year. I mean, I can't just stop all concerts. I live in the same town as Red Rocks. I got to see Van Morrison play Red Rocks. I mean... holy shit! Nights like that (which is ANY night at Red Rocks), I am reminded how much I love live music... and how much it means to me.
I was thinking about the shows I have seen. This is my
Ø Tom Petty sing Free FallingØ Bruce Springsteen sing Born to RunØ Levon Helm sing the WeightØ Robert Plant sing Going to CaliforniaØ Allman Brothers sing Blue SkyØ Eric Clapton sing LaylaØ James Taylor sing Fire and RainØ Paul Simon sing the BoxerØ Grateful Dead sing Touch of GreyØ Crosby, Still, and Nash sing Suite: Judy Blue EyesØ Tom Waits sing Ole’ 55Ø Tool sing SoberØ Snoop Dog sing Gin and JuiceØ U2 sing Beautiful DayØ Van Morrison sing MoondanceØ John Prine sing Sam StoneØ Tracy Chapman sing Fast CarØ Toad the Wet Sprocket sing Walk on the OceanØ Steely Dan sing AjaØ The Police sing Every Breath you TakeØ Rush sing Closer to the HeartØ Spinal Tap sing Big BottomØ Janes’ Addiction sing Jane SaysØ Red Hot Chili Peppers sing Under the BridgeØ Nirvana sing Smells Like Teen SpiritØ Pearl Jam sing AliveØ Pink Floyd sing Comfortably NumbØ Ozzy Osbourne sing Crazy TrainØ Metallica sing OneNeil Young sing After the GoldrushØ 10,000 Maniacs sing What’s the Matter HereØ Kid Rock sing BatiwidtabaØ Joe Cocker sing You are so BeautifulØ Don McClean sing American PieØ Motley Crue sing Smoking in the Boys RoomØ Jethro Tull sing AqualungØ Iron Maiden sing Run to the HillsØ BB King sing When Love Comes to Town with U2Ø Edie Brickell sing What I amØ Bob Dylan sing Times they are a ChangingØ Ronnie James Dio sing Rainbow in the DarkØ Cake sing The DistanceØ Butthole Surfers sing PepperØ Brad sing ‘The Day Brings’Ø Blues Traveler sing But AnywayØ Big Head Todd sing BittersweetØ Beastie Boys sing SabotageØ Dwight Yoakum sing ‘Guitars, Cadillac’s…’Ø Willie Nelson sing ‘On the Road Again’Ø the Cure sing ‘Pictures of You’Ø Bad Brains sing Sacred Love
Ø Ac/Dc sing Back in Black
*** update June 2017 > going to see G&R this summer
* you may notice those seem slightly alphabetic. True, I used my iPod to coax my memory.
So, who have I missed? What do I regret? I never got to see Guns & Roses, Johnny Cash, or John Lee Hooker. Those omissions bum me out.