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"Before I die," I quipped in a slurred voice to a bartender after too many pints, "I have to see Rush, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits in concert." After shaking my head in confusion at my own poor syntax and having my keys taken away from me, the impossibility of seeing these shows hit me.
What do these three acts have in common? Aside from the fact that they're all getting old, not much.
Rush formed in 1968 and had their first major release in 1974, making the band itself a full decade older than me. They tour with relative frequency, but don't seem to come to Colorado often. My oldest brother started me on Rush when I was about 5 years old. When I started playing bass around age 15, it was only natural to gravitate toward the amazing talent that is Geddy Lee. While Rush has never been a popular sensation, they have been widely-respected musicians for 30 years, each member being recognized as a virtuoso on his primary instrument.
Tom Waits released his first album in 1973. With more varieties of artistic endeavor than I have fingers to count them, Tom Waits has remained a musician's musician for over 30 years. He is also the man who uttered one of my favorite quotes. When asked what was wrong with the world today, he replied:"We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. Leona Helmsley's dog made 12 million last year... and Dean McLaine, a farmer in Ohio made $30,000. It's just a gigantic version of the madness that grows in every one of our brains. We are monkeys with money and guns."Tom Waits seems to tour sporadically, and usually in short bursts. He seems to favor the southern half of the country, and so also doesn't seem to come to Colorado much.
Nick Cave started releasing albums in 1979 after 5 years or so of performing with various acts. His band - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - began releasing albums in 1984. After 14 years and 14 albums, he remains at the top of my list of favorites. Nick Cave also has a lot of film and theater contributions, as well as appearing with numerous other acts in the 14 years since The Bad Seeds formed, including Johnny Cash, Current 93, The Dirty Three, and Grinderman. Of the three on my list, Nick Cave seemed the least likely to happen without me taking a trip overseas - he hasn't toured the U.S. in 5 years and, until recently, didn't show any inclination to change this fact.
So while my reluctant conversation partner for that drunken evening may not have recognized the depth of my oath, I had some idea the scope of what I was saying.
However, as luck would have it, I may have the opportunity to experience all three of thee shows in a single summer. A friend told me yesterday that Tom Waits is beginning a short U.S. tour - mostly through the southern half of the country. The closest he is coming to Colorado is Arizona and Texas, so getting to one of these shows involves no small expense. However, I have a nagging fear that his touring days may be numbered, and so feel compelled to make the effort. My most likely destination for a show at this point is Dallas, since I have some friends in that area.
Rush will be coming to Denver in two short weeks. Tickets for this event are not cheap, given the size of the venue and the fact that Rush tickets are never cheap. So though it may involve tightening my belt for a couple of weeks, I'll try my best to get to this show as well.
And the crown jewel in my concert season is Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, breaking their U.S. Tour Embargo, and coming to Denver in September. This ticket is already bought and I've scheduled the day off from work. The last time Nick Cave came to Denver I had tickets, but gave up going to the show to appease the girl I was dating at the time - what a stupid mistake. Now is my chance to correct that error.
So all of this made me wonder if most people get this excited to see their favorite musicians, or if it is just the perceived difficulty that makes it exciting for me. How many of you have certain acts that you feel you must see in your lifetime?
I recently saw Xuefei Yang in concert and it was one of the best days of my life. Especially as I met her after the show and got my picture taken with her! I was buzzing when I left the hall and had to go to the pub and have some gin to calm down.
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I would very much like to see Current 93. I missed their 1 show that was on the west coast some years ago... and I don't think they come around here often if at all...
Luckily I used to go to shows a lot when I was in high school and all through college but now it has become hard to get out to shows... I don't think there are too many bands I have left to see that I haven't... though sometimes it is good to see a band again...
End of last year and this year I got to see Skinny Puppy again as well as The Jesus and Mary Chain. I am trying to see Alien Sex Fiend at their 25th anniversary show...
Good luck on getting to all your shows!
I was toying with the notion of catching that Alien Sex Fiend tour myself. I never did get to see Skinny Puppy, though not for lack of trying. I hear they're a real kick live.
Seems like the only band I see live with any frequency is KMFDM - but honestly, ever since they ditched Watts, their shows all seem too similar.
I first saw skinny puppy at their Too Dark Park tour in '91 I think. I have to say for sheer visualization it was probably the best concert I have been too... They went dormant for a very long time and I saw them again last year...
Yes KMFDM - I have seen them quite a bit... Might be the band I have seen the most. Haven't seen them lately though... With the kids it is hard to convince the wife to get babysitters... I am trying for the Alien Sex Fiend show. I really enjoyed them the last time I saw them...
I guess the band that I would have loved to see but is impossible now - would be Joy Division.
I have a nasty tendancy to get into bands and musicians after they have died or the band has split up.
X Japan was no exception.
As their lead guitarist died (after leaving the band), they were all shattered. There seemed no hope.
But, after many years, they had a reunion - in Japan, to which I was unable to go to because I started my new job.
It seems that fate might smile on me again, as they are coming to Paris soon. So fingers crossed I can make it.
Certainly, I understand how you feel, and very much the concept of a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity.
I hope you find what you're looking for, and more.
LO RulesOriginally Posted by AnonymousOriginally Posted by Cyric
I've always wanted a time travel machine
So that i can go see all of my favourite bands in small venues before they were famous, like Rage Against The Machine, Metallica, Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers (i would sacrafice a child to see them), because i hate anything bigger than the Great Hall in Cardiff University (roughly the same size as the Carling Academys) because I like gigs where the bands and the crown are really close, not having to watch on a big screen.
"I Wanna Taste Those Lips, So Why Don't You Shake Those Hips?!"
Sadly, most of my favorite bands are dead, at least the important parts of them, or broken up. Before I die, or actually before they die, I'd like to see Clapton and the Dire Straits for sure. Others that I want to see in my life time would be the White Stripes, Aerosmith and if Led Zeppelin ever gets back together that would make my list (actually, I'd be fine with just Page, but the rest of the surviving band would be good too ) Living in Austin, I'll probably get a decent chance to see at least one of these, hell, the White Stripes almost were at ACL last year.
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Originally Posted by The Paint Monkey