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I would take any of the following -
1) Time warp back 60 years or so and see Glenn Miller and his band
2) Elton John and Bill Joel - Face to Face Tour. I watched a recorded show from Japan, 1998 I think - via You Tube. What a show. They were both at the peak of their careers IMO.
3) Eric Clapton Cross Roads concert - 2007. Performances by Robert Cray, B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin.... and so many others... not to mention Clapton. The 2004 concert was also awesome. Caught both of these on You Tube. No way to recreate these shows since some performers are now passed or too old.
I was 12 also when Woodstook went down and I remember all the older kids in my Somerville MA hood heading out there. We were very familiar with all the bands and the Woodstock music played on all summer. With Vietnam heating up the music was a backdrop to a very exciting time. It had more influence on society than any other concert that I am aware of. Even today the music couldn't be more right.
It just has to be Woodstock for me even knowing what a mess everything was EXCEPT the music.
I was also 12 and on vacation in the Catskills with my parents who - curse them! - would not let me wander the short distance down the road to see the show. So that choice occurred to me, but....
I'm honestly not sure how I'd answer the question.
Still chewin' it over, but I wanted to see where this community landed. If the thread's still going, I eventually figure out a choice and post it.
Marty, when I was 12, I regularly stole my dad's pick-up when they were asleep. Around 12 midnight, usually. It was a time when cops would escort a drunk driver home in lieu of charging him. My dad finally got charged after the 4th incident. My goodness! So close and yet so far:)
For both of us!
BTW, must you be so cruel? What brought this on?:)
I asked the question because a recent thread here linked a clip to one of my favorite shows ever. It got me thinking about where I personally ranked that show and would I choose to see it again if I could only have one more chance to see a concert.
The posts to date suggest that there are two ways to approach this question:
It looks like the first instinct for most (me included) is "the big one that got away" (missed them when you had a chance, or they were "before your time"). That's The Beatles or Woodstock, etc. The variant on that is Rite of Spring, Beethoven, Coltrane or The Duke.
The other logic is to revisit the best show you ever saw. That would be Mapman's "Moody Blues, one last time", et al.
On the first list for me, Woodstock and Duke Ellington are probably my finalists and I'd probably go with Duke, because I've already seen a bunch of my most favored Woodstock headliners and Duke would be more satisfying in that "one that got away" regard (tho Jimi would tug at me hard).
On my second list, the finalists are probably Genesis 1971, Kid Creole 1982, and Fleetwood Mac 1980. I'd probably choose Kid Creole there.
In the end, my very bizarre choice is probably Kid Creole 1982. That was the clip linked above that hatched the question for me, in the first place. The good news is that, since I'm dead when the show is over, I don't have to explain myself.
Nice observation Martykl. My show ( (Talking Heads) was one that got away. I thought they would tour but because they had to increase the size of the band due to the complexity of the music, they only did a few shows. They were very big shows (70,000 +) with Brian Eno and one of my favorite musicians of all time, Mr Adrian Belew.