Last week, my best friend and I had the privilege of attending the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds concert in Asheville, NC. We had fifth row tickets which didn’t matter in the least. Everyone just started moving towards the front as the band took the stage so we ended up about three people deep as the show started. In the video in the playlist we are on the left side with the guitarist that looks like Darryl from the Walking Dead. It’s kind of funny watching our hands pop up clapping. There was no opening band and they played about 2.5 hours. We had seen them four years ago in Nashville, but it is a whole ‘nother ballgame at the stage.
Cave obtains energy from the crowd and works it like a carnival barker/street preacher. At 58, he still crowd surfs and stage dives and touches everyone at the stage as he allows them to paw him up and down. His stage dives aren’t maybe as bold as they used to be but at one point I looked up and he landed on top of me. Luckily I was able to raise my hands up and a few other guys held him up. He got up and gave us a look that said “so lame”. His suit felt like silk. I had always assumed that they were cheap throwaways, discarded like Marla Singer’s condom after a tour’s worth of stage sweat.
I only got one decent photo. It takes too much concentration to get them and you miss too much actual entertainment dicking around with the phone. My hat’s off to the people that got recordings for YouTube, but I am just not skilled enough to multitask like that. I am sufficiently goobery to be mesmerized by physical contact with Nick Cave. There is a reason that his art means so much to me. I am actually a different person than I might have been right now because of him. It is sort of a butterfly effect catalyst that reverberated through my life at the time I discovered his music, quite by happenstance.
I would like everyone to relate your favorite concert experiences and post some songs, live if they are available. This can be:
- great concerts, or;
- notably bad ones, or;
- the ones that got away. I never got to see the Grateful Dead and it is a big regret on my part. My ex was a big Dead head and Jerry Garcia died before we could get to a show together.
Here are your dedications:
Spootyjim – I have seen Alice in Chains five times, two with Layne Staley and three with William DuVall. Duvall is an acceptable frontman but AiC will always be Staley for me. The second show, for the Dirt tour in 1992, was my favorite. I still have my tshirt with an X-ray of Layne’s broken foot on it (he was on crutches onstage for some of the tour). That show set up the definition of a perfect concert for me – great live band, small venue, general seating.
Zurvan – Atlanta had these big all-day festivals during the summer in the 90’s called “Big Day Out”. They were put on by a local alternative radio station. In 1995 the band set to play at 2:00pm was replaced with Blind Melon, a very big band upgrade. What normally would have been a build up to the main acts later on was immediately unleashed on the early birds just putting out their blankets. It was raining and did I mention that this was an outdoor venue?. The whole place was transformed into make-shift trampolines, mosh pits and mudslides in the early afternoon. I only knew “No Rain” and did not know that Blind Melon was so good. A month later Shannon Hoon was gone. In this video you can see that he is unwell.
westvirginiarebel – One of my first concerts was AC/DC’s For Those About to Rock, We Salute You tour in 1981. My brother and I stood in a long line around the Omni Arena in an ice storm to get tickets. It was worth it – AC/DC has always put on a great show. I took a friend that looked old enough to get beer and we loaded up before the show since we were basically kids.
Thrill – My best friend and I had another friend back that went to concerts with us. I had tickets to see the AiC “Jar of Flies” album tour but they canceled due to Staley’s growing drug addiction. I was supposed to go with Curt but they subbed in Candlebox. Uh, no. I sold back my tickets and we went to see Offspring instead. That show was way wilder than I thought it would be; lots of leather in the mosh pit. My suede shoes fell off in the mosh pit and I found them against the stage after the show looking pretty rough. Curt is a chemist and he claims he tried to clean them to no avail. He now claims that we saw Candlebox and not Offspring but I know I wouldn’t have gone to see them and I pouted pretty big that they subbed for AiC. I have looked it up, Offspring did several dates in 1995 for the Smash tour all in tiny venues just like I remember.
Santino – I had no exposure to Tragically Hip before they went on their final tour last year. I have another friend on Facebook from Canada and he posted some articles and videos. They look like a very cool band and for some reason they didn’t really make it out of Canada. Here is my favorite selection from their last show. You can see the pain and rage that Downie must be feeling.
Grendel – Worst concert ever – Jethro Tull at Chastain Park c. 1986. Chastain Park is a great venue to go to a concert, IF you are looking for Il Divo or Buckingham/McVie (scheduled for next week). It is nestled in a neighborhood of really really expensive old money homes. You can bring a huge cooler with wine and snacks or a full course meal. As Tull took the stage, Ian Anderson explained to us that they had to keep below a certain (pretty low) decibel level. I was disconcerted, of course. Locomotive Breath should be cranked up until the speakers pop. The crowd booed at the shit show mercilessly until Tull said “fuck it” and left. As we went back to our car we noticed that some people left some biological gifts on the nicely manicured lawns, queued up as if for a round of golf. Whomever scheduled that show should have been removed from the gene pool for sheer idiocy.