Top Five – Live Performance

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After a brief break we have the return of the Sunday top five, this week we will have live performances. Over the years living in London I was fortunate to see many great shows, and narrowing it down has been difficult – but here is my top five:

  1. David Gilmour, Royal Festival Hall, London 2002. This was his first solo gig in many years and he just blew us away with his acoustic guitar version of Shine On (the DVD of this concert is great).
  2. Pink Floyd, Sydney Entertainment Centre, 27th Jan 1988. My first time seeing Floyd and on my 21st Birthday too.
  3. Neil Finn, Shepherds Bush Empire 2001, joined on stage by Johnny Marr for a few songs
  4. Neil Young and Pearl Jam, CNE Toronto, 1993. Neil at his electric best.
  5. Wilco, Astoria, London 2003. My first time seeing Wilco, and was amazed at the power and stamina that Jeff and the boys played with.

I have had to omit some many great theatre performances that I have seen over the years including Ned Beatty in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in London, the original New York cast doing Rent, Donny Osmond doing Joseph in NY, The original London production of Chicago (with Ute Lemper).

So – over to you blogocrats.

11 Responses

  1. Hair..original Sydney cast…best ever.
    Jesus Christ Superstar with Reg Livermore as Herod and Jon English as Judas.
    Cats, Melbourne cast
    More lately..youngest Morris Dancing at the Folk Festival Canberra.

  2. David Bowie Live in Sydney 2004
    John Cale Live in an Auckland pub early 80’s
    Pet Shop Boys Live in Mexico 2006 (DVD)
    Billy Elliott – the Musical Live in Sydney
    phantom of the Opera (in Sydney)

  3. I’ve only ever been to 3 concerts. Saw Wings over 30 years ago and that was most enjoyable. As a teenager I was given tickets to see the 1910 Fruitgum Company and the Mixtures, but please don’t tell anyone.

    The only other concert was the Masters Apprentices and Zoot together.

    My wife beats us all though, as she went to the Beatles concert in Adelaide.

  4. Nick Cave Solo at the State Theatre in Sydney 2000
    The Whitlams, UNE Bistro 1998
    Radiohead, Sydney Entertainment Centre 2003
    Xavier Rudd, Newcastle Workers/Panthers 2005
    Custard, UNE Bistro 1998

  5. I’ve put in a few big performances myself.

  6. Live concerts. What a great idea!

    1. Steely Dan, Swan Valley, an evening on the green.Simply the most outstanding musical performance one frustrated muso, reclining rocker may ever hope to see. Brilliant. Just bloody brilliant.
    2. Pink Floyd, outdoor concert, 30,000 in attendance at East Fremantle Oval WAFL football ground.
    The night air overtaken by the fragrant aroma of Mary Jane (and Floyd’s flying pig).
    3. Muddy Waters, simply sensational. The legend and history of the Mississippi Delta blues played by one the very best blues players of all time.
    4. The Rolling Stones, on more than one occasion. My favourites.
    5. The Eagles, Subiaco Oval. Perfect guitar work, perfect singing, perfect harmonies, great songs from a neverending library of many great songs.

    More later.

  7. 1. Celtic Thunder, 31 March in Buffalo, NY.
    2. STYX, Mr. Roboto Tour.
    3. Donny Osmond in “Beauty and the Beast on Broadway.
    4. Patrick Wilson, John Lithgow, Katie Holmes in “All My Sons” on Broadway.
    5. Adam Pascal in “Rent”.

  8. * Little Feat, Festival Theatre, Adelaide sometime in the mid-70s. Lowell George was amazing.

    * Wilco, Byron Bay Blues Festival 2008. Jeff Tweedy rocks; best lineup I’ve seen him with since Uncle Tupelo.

    * Pink Floyd, Hammersmith Odeon, early 1970s. Dark Side of the Moon concert with the rocket etc. The only stadium-type concert I’ve ever enjoyed.

    * Link Wray, Paradiso, Amsterdam 1997. He was in his 70s, still rippin’ and tearin’, backed by two 20-somethings. Old rockers needn’t fade away.

    * Dr Feelgood, sundry inner London venues, 1973-4. Pub rock like I’d never seen/heard before.

  9. Prince, Wembley, 1991

    Bob Marley and the Wailers, Perth Entertainment Centre, 1982

    Nico, London Polytechnic, 1983

    Talking Heads 1983 (I think)

    The Specials and Madness, great pub double tick, Hope and Anchor, 1979

  10. It’s hard to pick just five. Here goes:

    Crowded House, first gig, Sydney Harbour 1986

    Warrumpi Band, Tivoli, Sydney, 1985

    Joy Division, London, 1980

    Miles Davis, Sydney Ent Cent, 1988

    Birthday Party, Equator, Perth, 1983

    Prince, post-gig jamming at Ronnie Scott’s, London, late 80s

    Screaming Jay Hawkins, Selinas, Sydney 1987

  11. Just chiming in – if you liked ute in CHicago you may be interested in her YouTube Channel and/or her new album Between Yesterday and Tomorrow coming May 5th…

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