Artists I've Seen Live in Concert

Par mjb mjb
Mis à jour about 1 year ago

Every concert I've been to, in chronological order. It is quite possible I've been to more than this, and just don't remember!

Some are not in Discogs:
Bryant Gumbel
"What's in the News Today" lecture, April 24, 1987 at Wright State University near Dayton, Ohio.

Anthony G. Bryant
"It Could Happen to You!" lecture, March 15, 1988, at the Fawcett Center for Tomorrow in Columbus, Ohio. This guy was a former Black Panther who hijacked a plane in 1969 and flew to Cuba, where he was imprisoned until 1980. Thereafter he was a lecturer and radio/TV talk-show host, as well as being a high-ranking member of a militant anti-Castro organization called Commandos L. He died of leukemia in 1999. I remember nothing of his talk. I was a senior in high school and I think I attended the lecture to earn extra credit in one of my classes.

  1. Margo Smith

    c. 1980 in a park in Springfield, Ohio. I was around 9 years old.

  2. Bill Cosby

    Standup (well, mostly sit-down) comedy c. 1983 at an amphitheatre somewhere in southwest Ohio. I don't remember where, exactly.

    Some adults behind me kept staring at me and smiling. In the snottiest 12-year-old voice I could muster, I told them to take a picture.

  3. Cyndi Lauper

    Sep. 15, 1984 at Timberwolf Amphitheatre, Kings Island Amusement Park, near Cincinnati. This was one of the last stops on her 3-year, 111-date 'Fun Tour'. Everyone was standing up on the benches, but as a very short 13-year-old, I couldn't see anything, so I got bored and left to look down on the concert from the park's Eiffel Tower replica, much to my mom's chagrin. At some point I wandered back to catch the end of the show.

    This was my first concert, as in, the first music show I asked to attend.

  4. Face To Face (3)

    Sep. 15, 1984 at Timberwolf Amphitheatre, Kings Island Amusement Park, near Cincinnati. This band was the opening act for Cyndi Lauper. They had a minor hit at the time called "10-9-8". I liked some of their music better than Cyndi's.

  5. Miami Sound Machine

    At the Ohio State Fair in August 1986. I think.

  6. Pure Jam (2)

    May 1988, Worthington High School Prom. I don't know if it was really this band, or a different one fronted by Joe Mellencamp. Nevertheless, he sang some of John's hits. To my 16-year-old ears, it was evident that Joe didn't quite have the same musical talent as his famous brother.

  7. Pink Floyd

    Aug. 13, 1988, Richfield Coliseum, near Cleveland. Excellent show. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V), Signs of Life, Learning to Fly, Yet Another Movie, Round and Around, A New Machine (Part 1), Terminal Frost, A New Machine (Part 2), Sorrow, The Dogs of War, On the Turning Away, One of These Days, Time, On the Run, The Great Gig in the Sky, Wish You Were Here, Welcome to the Machine, Us and Them, Money, Another Brick in the Wall Part 2, Comfortably Numb, Encore: One Slip, Run Like Hell

    May 29, 1994, Ohio Stadium, Ohio State University, Columbus. Astronomy Domine, Learning to Fly, What Do You Want from Me, On the Turning Away, Coming Back to Life, Sorrow, Take It Back, Keep Talking, One of These Days, Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V), Speak to Me, Breathe, Time, Breathe (Reprise), High Hopes, The Great Gig in the Sky, Wish You Were Here, Us and Them, Money, Another Brick in the Wall Part 2, Comfortably Numb, Encore: Hey You, Run Like Hell

  8. Violent Femmes

    Late 1988 or early 1989, Ohio Union, Ohio State University, Columbus. Free show in the food court. A friend I had a huge crush on took me to it, and I was embarrassed that I didn't know who they were and couldn't sing along to "Blister in the Sun". I miss my friend.

  9. 9



    Dec. 1992, Cincinnati, at RaveOnE. I met him backstage; he seemed nice. His show was a mimed performance ending with rock-and-roll theatrics: he smashed his keyboard.

  10. 808 State

    1992 or 1993 at 700 (a small club), Columbus. I'm pretty sure this was another mimed-to-DAT show, except for the live saxophone during "Pacific". I was a huge fan of their music at the time, but aside from "Cübik", most of their clattery, off-kilter techno really didn't fit very well into the U.S. club scene, especially in the backwater Rust Belt towns like mine, where everyone was still quite enamored with industrial and merely tolerated house & techno.

  11. Bizarre Inc

    1992 or 1993 at 700 (a small club), Columbus. Angie Brown sang live while the rest of the "band" mimed on instruments that weren't plugged in. The crowd loved it.

  12. The Philip Glass Ensemble

    Powaqqatsi/Live, a mixed media concert performed in 1993 at Ohio State University. I was in the 2nd row, and Glass himself was no more than six feet away. "Mixed media" just means the movie played on a big screen, and the soundtrack was performed live by the musicians on the stage.

    Here is a rather excited review I posted in March 1993:

    Man, if you ever have the opportunity to see Philip Glass perform live, *DO IT*!!! I had a seat 3rd row center; I could have reached out and tapped Philip on the arm if I wanted to. The crowd there was phenomenal. Most people waited to buy their tickets until the night of the show, but it did sell out. It was at a classic theatre, the kind you see in every American city and probably every other city in the world, too. There were all different kinds of people there. Punks, yuppies, ravers, rich snobs, regular dudes like me, old people, young people, you name it.

    The ensemble performed at the front of the theatre, probably not very easily seen by most of the crowd, but very easily heard. They had huge speaker stacks on each side of a monstrous movie screen, I mean it was a HUGE screen! On the left side of the ensemble was the percussion section and all the computers. You couldn't see the computers but I read that they had something like a dozen Macs for all the samples. The samples were all triggered live (*NO SEQUENCING*) by the performers in the ensemble. Most of the people (there were ten of them) were using controller keyboards only (Roland A50s I believe), though Glass had a Juno 106 too, and I think there were a couple other keyboards. There was an issue of Keyboard magazine last year that had all the specs for the tour in it; hopefully I'll have a copy of the article soon. There were people playing acoustic instruments, too. I forget what they were right now, but there were a couple of wind, brass, and percussion instruments. One person had a tambourine. I had not heard the soundtrack before I saw this performance, so I didn't find out until later that they reproduced (and IMHO topped) the music on the album very faithfully.

    The lights dimmed and the ensemble quickly walked out and assumed their positions, Glass included. The conductor picked up his illuminated baton and started drawing patterns of light in the air, reading off of the *original* score (written in pencil and covered with tape to keep it from smearing). The movie began playing silently on the screen behind them. Right on cue, a performer tweeted the opening whistle of "Serra Pelada." Then thundering Afro-Latin percussion leapt out of the speakers for five minutes while the percussionists tapped on their MIDI pads, the keyboard players fingered every note flawlessly, and vocalists sang along with the pre-recorded Latin American children's choir (which, along with a few sound effects midway through the movie, was the *only* sound that wasn't played as you heard it). No one member of the ensemble had a role greater than that of any other, not even Philip Glass, although he was the only one with two keyboards. They got out of sync with the movie by about half a second for a little while, but that was only noticeable between songs. Each song was developed with the production of the film, with each piece accompanying a single scene that always included stunning cinemaphotography and mesmerizing imagery. The film is not at all abstract, in fact it is quite the opposite, very straightforward. You get a lot of semi-slow motion shots (3/4 speed, I believe) of laborers in a quarry, peasants and simple people living life in the Southern Hemisphere without the impact of technology in their lives, then you see more and more cities, machines, and the like. It's not meant to drive a message down your throat, which is refreshing. It would have been easy for F.F.Coppola and Geo.Lucas to have turned Powaqqatsi into a "look how bad Western technology and 'civilization' is", but instead they focus on the people and the land, and the commonality of the way things used to be with the way things are -- you are left to decide whether physical environments are as important as we sometimes think they are. That's what I got out of it, anyway.

    The music, oh, the music! "Anthem" is such a moving piece. The female members of the ensemble sing beautifully, if only for a few seconds at a time. When the show was over, everyone got a long standing ovation, and we were left to roll our tongues up off the floor and back into our mouths and stare into space all the way home.

    If *anyone* knows if Powaqqatsi/Live! will be coming anywhere near Ohio in the future, please let me know!!! I will definitely pay to see it again. I wholeheartedly recommend the experience. If they come within 250 miles of you, go see them. Also I've been looking for the CD but all the record shops around here have been sold out since the show.

  13. Stereo MC's

    1993 on the WOMAD Tour at Buckeye Lake. They were the best act, in my opinion. It was just a live drummer, the sample-triggering guy, Rob doing on-point vocals, and a couple of backup singers—a perfect combo for this kind of music. They got the whole crowd energized and dancing. I would see them again.

  14. P.M. Dawn

    1993 on the WOMAD Tour at Buckeye Lake. They seemed to be suffering an identity crisis, and performed a hard rap show which was totally incongruous with the smooth sound that made them famous.

    Also on this tour were Crowded House, James, The Drummers Of Burundi, and Peter Gabriel with Sinéad O'Connor ... but I do not remember anything about any of them, other than that the Peter Gabriel/Sinéad O'Connor show was so boring we bailed in the middle of it.

  15. System 7

    Mid-1995 at the Clark County Fairgrounds, a bit north of Dayton. I was part of a rave promotion crew, and we brought them out to play at our biggest party. It was a special 30-minute jam, their second-ever live performance, the first being at the UK's enormous Glastonbury festival a week or two prior. They drove down from Detroit and were exhausted (as were we) and probably not altogether impressed with the size of our party, but they put together a nice set of pounding trance for a receptive audience. I got to chat with Hillage for a bit, and he was very kind, interested, and gracious.

  16. The Amps

    1995. I was helping run sound at various live gigs, and got called in to run the mixing board at the ridiculously high-budget video shoot for "Tipp City" by Tammy & The Amps. The band name changed to just The Amps by the time the song was released.

    Part of the video was actual concert footage from a daytime gig in a Dayton warehouse. The gig was just for the video shoot. My job mainly consisted of restarting a DAT for multiple takes where the band mimed along to the studio version of the song as the stars of the video—two unglamorous young women who were out for a night on the town—were filmed dancing in the audience.

    Once they got the footage they needed, the band stayed and played a full Amps/Breeders show for the fans.

  17. Union Jack

    Late 1995 in Dayton, at a rave my friends & I organized. These assholes told us they do a 100% live show and made us acquire (at great expense and calling in of favors) a bunch of instruments for them to use in their performance, then when they showed up, they just mimed to a DAT. One of them brought a drum, which he played over DJ Algorithm's set. Algorithm's mixing was thrown off and he got really pissed at us for letting it happen.

  18. Hazel Miller (2)

    I think I've seen her at least in the Denver area two or three times since 1996. She and her band are excellent, and the concerts are usually free outdoor things.

  19. Bobcat Goldthwait

    c. 1998, doing standup comedy at a Denver club. I was perfectly sober and probably laughed, but remember nothing about the performance other than that he noted Boulder was a weird mix of hippies and yuppies, he that he repeatedly implored us to tip the wait staff.

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    Oct. 22, 2001 at the Gothic, Denver, promoting The Altogether album. DJ Harry (6) was the opener.

    Orbital's set had a very studied, perhaps not-really-live feel, but the music was good and I had fun.

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    Zero 7

    Zero 7

    Apr. 25, 2002, Boulder CO, performing the Simple Things album. The band was impeccable, and vocalists Sophie, Sia and Mozez killed it. I loved this concert. It felt so "adult".

  22. Sigur Rós

    Nov. 16, 2002, at The Ogden, Denver. Certainly the alternative band of the moment, at the time. Kinda overwrought and dull in retrospect!

  23. Caroline Rhea

    2003 at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She was on Hollywood Squares during a week when college students were competing, and she promised the winner, who turned out to be a CU-Boulder student, she'd do a show at their school.

    I remember laughing a lot. She closed the show by having the audience choose a winner among students she invited up to the stage to tell their own jokes. The only jokes the students knew were sexist and filthy, so it was pretty lame, but the moment was saved by a young woman who was also in a local comedy school (there's a local comedy school?) and who had some decent material.

  24. Freq Modif

    Feb. 14, 2004, at Wobble, Fiske Planetarium, University of Colorado, Boulder. Friends of mine performing IDM and noodly ambient. Very good above-ground event put on by Mother Earth Sound System.

  25. Richard Devine

    Feb. 14, 2004, at Wobble, Fiske Planetarium, University of Colorado, Boulder. One of very few IDM/experimental techno artists who can work it out totally live. My brain still hurts.