Monday, August 10, 2009

So That's Where All My Money Goes

Someone tagged me in a note on Facebook called "50 Bands I Have Seen". Feeling that 50 wasn't sufficient, I decided to catalog ALL the bands I've seen. Amazingly, it came out to an even 100. I'm sure I missed some, but my ticket stub collection helped me remember some I had forgotten in the mists of time. For the record, I'm counting bands I have paid to see and their opening acts. Not "I paid a cover to get into a bar, and this band was playing." Nobody would have heard of them anyway, including me. If I've seen a band more than once, I put the number of times in parentheses. Criticize away!

Note: If you make fun of me for a particular band, I will claim that they were an opening act.

Note 2: For a few hours I had an incomplete list up here. This is the real one.

Alice In Chains
Bad Company
The Bangles
Barenaked Ladies
BB King (2)
Beastie Boys (2)
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Billy Joel (4)
The Black Crowes (5)
Blind Melon
Bloc Party
Bon Jovi
Boston (2)
Brendan Benson
Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
Bryan Adams
Corrosion of Conformity
Damian Marley
David Bowie
The Dead Weather
Def Leppard (3)
The Donnas
The Doobie Brothers
Etta James
Faith No More
Foo Fighters (4)
Genesis (3)
The Go-Gos
Great White
The Greenhornes
Guns N’ Roses (3)
Heart (3)
The Hold Steady
Hot Hot Heat
Jimmie Vaughan
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Kings of Leon
Lenny Kravitz
Les McCann
Living Colour (3)
Marilyn Manson
Metallica (2)
Michael Bolton
Motley Crue
Mr. Big
My Morning Jacket
Nine Inch Nails
No Doubt
The Offspring
Paul McCartney (2)
Paul Young
Pink Floyd
PJ Harvey
The Police
Queens of the Stone Age
The Raconteurs (2)
The Ramones
Red Hot Chili Peppers (2)
Rise Against
Robert Cray
Rolling Stones (6)
Rush (4)
Sarah McLachlan
Satellite Party
Serj Tankian
Skid Row
Smashing Pumpkins
The Smithereens
Steve Miller Band (2)
Stone Temple Pilots
Talib Kweli
Ted Nugent
The Transplants
Tsar (3)
U2 (7)
Van Halen
The Violent Femmes
The Wallflowers
The White Stripes (4)
The Who
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yes (7)

17 metawords:

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

Is this the place where we point out our favorite bands that you haven't seen?

Noticeably absent: R.E.M.

words...words...words... said...

Yeah, I wish they were on the list. I had a chance to see them in 1989 at MSG and turned it down like a moron. The other band that's not on here that I REALLY want to see is AC/DC. I've pretty much taken care of all the other classic bands I like that aren't dead or broken up.

Soda and Candy said...

I'm sure I would be surprised by more of these if I'd heard of more of them, but the only one that really seems left-fieldy is Talib.

You do have quite a diverse lot there, and I like a lot of them, but I'm just not really into seeing live music.

I think it's something to do with having been violently ill two of the three times I went to a big outdoor music fest as a young'un. Psychosomatic, like Miss Hoover's lyme disease.
; )


Mr. Condescending said...

you got to see scorpions!?

Anonymous said...

looonngg list... !!!

Prunella Jones said...

I've seen quite a few of these as well. Though I'm jealous you got to see The Violent Femmes.


Some Guy said...

I'm jealous of the Les McCann and Sonny Rollins and curious about the Michael Bolton.

Cora said...

I was all impressed you'd seen David Bowie. Then you went and ruined it by adding Michael Bolton to the list.

words...words...words... said...

Gah! I posted an incomplete early version of the list. The real list didn't go up until 1am Eastern time.

And as for Michael Bolton, I knew that would draw some ire. I saw him as an opening act for Heart back in the 80s when he was trying out the rock n' roll thing. I swear!

Anonymous said...

Hehehehehe. Michael Bolton. I'm sure he was opening for someone though, huh buddy? Or you wanted hair tips. I like to think you saw him accidentally or to give him your evil blue eye stare of doom.

I have seen a trillion bands also but oddly, only three bands on your list. I'm not even saying which. :)

red said...

I'm jealous you've seen Bruce and Sir Paul.

Gwen said...

Primus sucks!

Girl Interrupted said...

Maybe I should maintain diplomatic silence? :)

(I do thoroughly approve of Foo Fighters, RHCP and U2 though)

The Diva on a Diet said...

Very cool post. I really enjoyed reading your list ... and it only caused a few double-takes. The aforementioned Michael Bolton ... and you saw Yes seven times?! I don't think I could handle that. LOL

I should really do this one myself, though I'm ancient enough that I've lost a bunch of stubs and will probably forget half of what I've seen. In the late 70's my best friend's step-dad worked for a record store and he got us tickets to everything that came to New Haven a/o Hartford, CT ... so my list would raise a few eyebrows as well, no doubt.

Really, though, I love music so much that I'd see almost anyone live. Great post and I dig your style, words.

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

Good news. I heard on the radio driving in this morning that AC/DC is kicking off a new tour.

I probably wouldn't have thought anything of it if I hadn't read this yesterday.

180|360 said...

dude. no wonder i like you.

BeckEye said...


I've been wanting to see her forever. But the last couple of times she's come to NYC, it's been at BB King's and ridiculously overpriced.

Ha word ver is "recation." I need one of those. It sucks being back at work.