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Legends of Rock

There are a few concerts that go down in musical history—Altamont, Woodstock, Live Aid, the Hannah Montana Best of Both Worlds tour—as legendary experiences. What live show stands as legend in your own experience?

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  • October 29th, 2006 at the Starland Ballroom in New Jersey. It was there that The Dresden Dolls blew my mind, live! Dad drove Shane and I seven hours to see them, and it still stands out as the best day of my life.

    We bought extremely tight fitting black pants and white face make-up, so we could dress up as mimes. Then we drove up to Dad's friend Doug's house and hung out there until the concert. The Sabres lost to the Devils, which was the only bad part of the day. We got ourselves mimed up, before finally going to the concert. Then, because we were mimes, we got to get in for free! We immediatly got backstage and saw Amanda Palmer walking around. Then the Dirty Business Brigade coordinator told us to entertain people in the foyer, but before that she showed us the real setlist! Holy fucking shit! We knew what they were going to perform before anyone else.  I found out later that Doug took a piss next to Brian Viglione, which is pretty fucking amazing! Then we saw a goat man and a person playing the saw, which was pretty cool. I also got to shake hands with a guy that I'd been talking with online. Him and his group gave the dolls a birthday cake, in honor of the bands anniversary. There were a couple of weird bands that played before The Red Paintings came on. I'd been waiting to see them for forever, since listening to them on myspace. Anyway they were amazing, and they had sweet looking geisha girls and such. And Amanda Palmer was painting on stage while Brian preformed with them! The painting was a gift to The Red Paintings for such a great tour (as it was their last day of the tour). When they were done, The Dresden Dolls finally came out! Shane and I were basically screaming the lyrics to each and every song until our voices were hoarse. Amanda's voice was a little rough cause she was sick and she was getting a bit emotional, but that just made the music all the more real. At one point, the duo started playing different songs simultaniously, which was hilarious. I love screw ups. For the last song, "Sing", all of the brigadors were allowed to go up on stage and sing along. This included me and Shane! There are pictures and a youtube video of this. Then after the show, we hung back and actually got to meet Amanda Palmer. She signed the shirt that I bought earlier and she gave me a kiss on the cheek. I have pictures to prove it! What an epic day!
  • Woodstock! I wish I would have been there! Amazing music, Amazing people, Just amazing!
  • Brand motha'fuckn New <3
    Seriously a sold out House Of Blues was drop dead silent when Jessie Lacey came out on stage with nothing but a stool and his acoustic guitar. He slowly started strumming "Play Crack The Sky" <3 love love loved it.

  • Every Hullabaloo I've ever gone down to but most notably: One More Group Hug (July 14, 2007) the 10 year anniversary reunion of Hulla. Hulla was a legendary rave production and I feel so lucky to have been able to be a small part of it. Also as for local legends every rave I went to at the Aloha in St. Louis - local rave legends there. Of course the first concert I snuck out to see as well - Hole at Mississippi Nights in St. Louis when I was in junior high.
  • Without a doubt, Garth Brooks. I was lucky enough to see him live in 2007 at one of his Kansas City shows. The energy was electric, and so many times he'd just stop and look around. The eruption of applause and cheering gave me goosebumps. No matter what type of music you like, you have to give Garth Brooks credit. I feel like he's a living legend as a musician.
  • The US Festival in California in the mid eighties. A ton of fun on a large, even grand, scale.
  • Stolen from Hands down it was the Sunny Day Real Estate show in May of 1999 that I went to with Sarah at the University of Washington HUB. There were two opening bands, one I'd never head of before or since, the other was Death Cab For Cutie, who were amazing, but completely overshadowed by Sunny Day Real Estate, who played the most amazing set I've ever seen. As cheesy as it sounds I can still remember closing my eyes with my arms wrapped around Sarah and everything in the room disappearing, the crowd, the band, everything except Sarah and I. When I opened my eyes again I jerked rather violently because suddenly I was in a packed room. That was the first and last time we got to see SDRE, but 3/4 of the band formed The Fire Theft who are also amazing and are due to release a new album next year.
  • One of my most memorable concerts was Sarah McLachlan.  I saw her when I was first in college getting my music degree.  Her live concert was so impressive - she really made me want to be a performer.  It looked like she really enjoyed what she was doing and had worked really hard to be able to put on a great show.  There wasn't any spectacular light show or lots of dancing or wardrobe changes - just great musicality throughout the night.
  • My favorite concert ever is Jimmy Buffett. Usually when you go to a concert, you do tailgate or pregame? But no concert pregames/tailgates like a Jimmy Buffett concert. People bring in their motorhomes and sand and palm trees and volleyball nets and sometimes these parties start a day or two before the actual concert! Most people wear extremely bright colored clothes or grass skirts and coconut bras. They always wear leis and beads, and sometimes they even have leis made of real flowers. Jimmy Buffett fans are notorious for wearing fins, parrots and large cheeseburgers as costumes. In the parking lot, drinks are served out of coconuts and pineapples, no matter what you have and there's always a large variety of margaritas being passed around. So if you have enough will power to stay sober for the show, it only gets better inside. There's so much audience participation and Jimmy Buffett loves his fans. It's the performance of a lifetime. No wonder he's never had a solo number one single and still sells out concerts in record time. Jimmy Buffett is a prodigy. He's where it's at.
  • I went to the spice girls reunion tour last year. It was EPIC! I cried alittle (from joy though). I went with my 30-something year old cousin, not so much fun (she was never a Spice Girls fan) but it was really something. I must say, not concert will ever replace that...expect maybe McFly <333
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