Your 5 Fav Rock Concerts

There are certainly more than a few geetar fanciers among us judging by all the threads on guitar bands and best guitarist. This thread is about the best rock shows you saw. Let's limit it to the rock shows. Not Blues or Jazz or solo performers. The concerts that raised the hairs on your neck or made you want to take up an instrument or raised your pulse through their sheer energy or just moved you through their performance on stage. The only ones that count are the ones you've seen. After making a list in my mind of the many rock concerts I attended, most from the late 1960's through early 80's, I have come up with mine. It was tough, I’ve seen well over 200 rock concerts over the years and it is really hard coming up with a top 5 but we have to limit this so here go mine. "Yes" - This group stands out as the 2nd best concert I ever saw with Steve Howe and Chris Wakeman. They opened for Emerson, Lake and Palmer and after their set I do feel that EL&P were disheartened and knew they couldn't match it; they didn't. Funny thing is like most, I was there to see EL&P. They were forced to have another concert the following night by popular demand. Virtuoso musicianship, “Poco” - This group could put on a show. I saw them 4 different times in the many various stages of their evolution. They never had the commercial recognition of some of the other great bands of their era but they sure made up for it in their live performances. No one stayed seated during a Poco concert. “Rod Stewart and Faces” - Ron Wood on guitar and Rod Stewart strutting all over the stage. Rod was probably the greatest natural Rock showman I ever saw, including Mick Jagger. His uninhibited manner and constant movement and soulful vocals brought the house down. The crowd wouldn't let him go after the 5th encore so he invited everyone ("especially the pretty young ladies") to his hotel to “party on”, and so they came; Led Zeppelin I had to include them because next to the Doors and of course Jimi Hendrix they were my favorites of that era and I never did get to see either of the other two. The acoustics were bad and they played so loud you couldn’t really hear the music. But they were great none the less and it was special to me. The best should be kept for last. "The Who" was acknowledged as the best concert band at the time. Getting tickets meant getting in line and waiting. I imagine at the time the only tougher ticket would be the “Beatles” and they weren’t even together then. They didn’t disappoint. The reaction of the audience was beyond anything I ever saw at a live concert before or since. The band was so cohesive and the energy they put out put them into a different realm. They just have to be on a very short list of the best live bands ever.
Favorite for the music of the scene? I've seem ZZ Top 6 times, Rush 3 times, Black Sabbath was great, Marshal Tucker was unexpectedly great, Kings X in a small bar was Super!
Watkins Glen in upstate new york, (the dead, the allman bros-all the times i've seen them- and the band). all the steely dan concerts i've seen, frank zappa, dire straits, traffic to name a few.
Van Morrison. St Patrick's Day 1982 in London. Dropped some 'cid with my school chums.
1). Pink Floyd, "The Wall" tour, Feb. 1980, Nassau Coliseum. One of eight shows in North America.

2). Frank Zappa, "The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life" tour, winter 1988, Shea's Buffalo Theater. This was one of the last live shows Zappa played before the tour fell apart. FZ was dead some two and a half years later......

3). Jeff Beck/Stevie Ray Vaughn, Madison Square Garden, circa 1989.

4). Steely Dan with the New York Rock and Soul Review, Riverfront Amphitheater, St. Louis, 1993.

5). Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult, the Black and Blue Tour, Madison Square Garden, circa 1981. Permanent hearing damage from this show.

Honorable mentions:
Joe Satriani, Flying in a Blue Dream Tour, Beacon Theater, NYC, 1990.
UFO-AC/DC, Triangle Theater, Rochester, NY 1979. LOUD LOUD LOUD LOUD LOUD!
FZ's Halloween Show at the Palladium, NYC, 1979.
The Tubes, Triangle Theater, Rochester, NY 1981.
Pink Floyd, Delicate Sound of Thunder tour, 1985, Nassau Coliseum. Sixth row dead center.
The Who, Heart, J. Geils Band and George Thorogood, CNE Stadium, Toronto, 1980.
I'm a huge GN'R fan, so it shows.

May 2006 - the return of Axl Rose after five years out of the public eye at Hammerstein Ballroom in NY (they did four shows, I saw the second one)

January 2010 - GN'R plays London Ontario

August 2007 - Velvet Revolver in Toronto

Also, the Stones back on the Voodoo Lounge tour in Toronto, and Leonard Cohen, I believe in 2008, again in Toronto, at the Sony Centre.