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  • Your Dream Concert?
    November 18, 2011 - 7:25pm

    OK, just for a little fun today, I have a hypothetical question for you:

    If you could go back in time to see a performance by any artist in music history at any point in their career, who would you choose? When and why? Keep in mind that this is wide open. You can go back to see Ozzy Osbourne with Randy Rhoads on the Blizzard of Ozz Tour. You can witness the Beatles in their famed concert at Shea Stadium. You can visit West 44th Street in Manhattan during the 1960s to experience an epic jam by John Coltrane at Birdland. You can travel to the year 1787 and go to the Teatro di Praga in your powdered wig to see Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart premiere his new opera, Don Giovanni. There are no limits, so be creative and go into detail.

    Also, with this being a Dream Theater forum, we already know that everyone here wants to go to a Dream Theater concert. For variety’s sake, your answers should not be Dream Theater-related.

    I look forward to reading your replies. Cheers!!!

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Phrygian Sunshine's picture
on November 18, 2011 - 7:25pm

OK, just for a little fun today, I have a hypothetical question for you:

If you could go back in time to see a performance by any artist in music history at any point in their career, who would you choose? When and why? Keep in mind that this is wide open. You can go back to see Ozzy Osbourne with Randy Rhoads on the Blizzard of Ozz Tour. You can witness the Beatles in their famed concert at Shea Stadium. You can visit West 44th Street in Manhattan during the 1960s to experience an epic jam by John Coltrane at Birdland. You can travel to the year 1787 and go to the Teatro di Praga in your powdered wig to see Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart premiere his new opera, Don Giovanni. There are no limits, so be creative and go into detail.

Also, with this being a Dream Theater forum, we already know that everyone here wants to go to a Dream Theater concert. For variety’s sake, your answers should not be Dream Theater-related.

I look forward to reading your replies. Cheers!!!

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bugsyoz's picture

I believe that's the one, yes.

Set List from 31/12/80

1.Night
2.Prove It All Night
3.Spirit In The Night
4.Darkness On The
Edge Of Town
5.Independence Day
6.Who'll Stop The Rain?
7.This Land Is Your Land
8.The Promised Land
9.Out In The Street
10.Racing In The Street
11.The River
12.Badlands
13.Thunder Road
14.Cadillac Ranch
15.Sherry Darling
16.Hungry Heart
17.Merry Christmas Baby
18.Fire
19.Candy's Room
20.Because The Night
21.4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
22.Rendezvous
23.Fade Away
24.The Price You Pay
25.Wreck On The Highway
26.Two Hearts
27.Ramrod
28.You Can Look
(But You Better Not Touch)
29.Held Up Without A Gun
30.In The Midnight Hour
31.Auld Lang Syne
32.Rosalita
(Come Out Tonight)
33.Santa Claus Is
Comin' To Town
34.Jungleland
35.Born To Run
36.Detroit Medley
37.Twist And Shout
38.Raise Your Hand

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@bugsyoz:

The Boss at Nassau Coliseum on New Year's Eve? That definitely sounds like a great concert! I've never seen Springsteen live, but I've heard amazing things about him.

I'll be going to Nassau Coliseum this Wednesday. TSO. I can't wait...

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Folks

I'll limit it to during my lifetime and it would have to be Springsteen/E Street Band's famous 31/12/1980 gig.

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Soulfire's picture

Hopefully they'll come to Australia too lol. But that's so unlikely.... *sigh*. Anyone want to fly me to the US? :D

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Add another for Transatlantic. Watching the live concert makes me wish I was there. Hopefully when they write the next album, the tour will cover more provinces in Canada so I can finally see them.

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I saw Sir Paul McCartney @ Fenway Park a couple of years ago...wonderful concert, about 1/3 Beatles, 1/3 Wings & 1/3 solo stuff. His band was very good, but it just wasn't the same as having the Fab Four on stage.

I'm always late to the good parties for some reason!

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@Jorge Armando:

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about your mugging before the Tull show. That's horrible.

Jethro Tull is one band that I have never seen live, though I desperately want to because I'm a huge fan. "Songs from the Wood" and "Minstrel In the Gallery" are my favorites. Also, their Christmas Album is amazing, believe it or not. I hear that they will be touring in 2012, doing "Thick As a Brick." With any luck, I'm going to make it to one of those shows.

The Dead at Giza! I can't think of a more awesome setting for a concert than that. Great call, Jorge!

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Hummmmmmm, let's see...

Led Zeppelin, Madison Square Garden. (Miss John Bonham).
Queen. They actually came to Mexico in 1981 but I was only 10 and missed them.
Maria Callas' debut opera Bocaccio, Athens 1942. That would've been awesome.
The Grateful Dead at Giza back in 1978 and Monterey's pop festival 1967. Go Jerry go!!!
Jethro Tull, the first time they came to Mexico in 1993. I got mugged shortly after I bought my ticket and got me some bruises and no show :(
Toto, Morelia Mexico 2004. I had front and center tickes for that one and the wankers cancelled.
Supertramp 1980 in Paris. My uncle attended that show and has some really cool pics, he said it was the best show he's ever been to. Roger Hodgson was still in the band of course.
Depeche Mode june 18th, 1988. Rose bowl in Pasadena. Yeah, I know ;), but I like them.
I have some more but I gotta go work buddy, lol. Have a great one.

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@Soulfire:

Ah, the year of Sgt. Pepper and Are you experienced...

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[quote=Phrygian Sunshine]@Soulfire:

I was born in '68. [/quote]

Man, if you had said you were born in '67, the amount of PT references I could be hurling right now.

But after a while, you realise time flies....

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@PeteQ:

Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew” is an excellent choice! It would be amazing to watch Miles run the voodoo down with Chick Corea, John McLaughin, Wayne Shorter, and the rest of the band. Of course, Miles Davis is a man with a lot of great eras of music under his belt, from his early days with Charlie Parker, into the “Birth of the Cool,” through “Kind of Blue,” “Sketches of Spain,” and his “Bitches Brew” jazz/fusion era, and even into some of his recordings from the 80s. “Decoy” (1984) was actually my first exposure to Miles; I bought the album after seeing a video of him on VH1. Loved it! I didn’t learn about his place in jazz history until after that. He’s definitely one artist that I would want to go back to see.

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There's a few musicians I would have liked to have seen life -

Jaqueline Du Pre playing the Elgar Cello Concerto at the Royal Albert Hall

Going back even further, I would have really liked to have seen Paganini to see if he lived up to his reputation

Rock gigs: Queen at Hammersmith Odeon Christmas Eve 1975, Rolling Stones at Knebworth 1976

Would also have liked to have seen Miles Davis with the original "Bitches Brew" lineup

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@Soulfire:

I was born in '68. That made me 11 years old when "The Wall" came out. At that point in my life, I was really into sports and it would be about another year before I would own my first guitar. I was too young in the 70s to experience the heydays of groups like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, ELP, etc. I was in diapers when Hendrix played Woodstock. LOL.

About the time I was going into Middle School was when I got introduced to Black Sabbath. As soon as I heard Tony Iommi bend the opening note to "Iron Man," I forgot all about sports and I was hooked on music. The first real album that I ever owned was Black Sabbath's Greatest Hits. I still have the album. It's in a frame hanging above my computer desk.

My very first concert was Blue Oyster Cult/Foghat at Nassau Coliseum. I had never heard guitars and drums sound so loud and powerful. Back in those days, BOC would bring Godzilla out on to the stage, breathing smoke all over the band while they sang the chorus: "Go, go, Godzilla." Oh, the whole thing just blew me away.

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Inconveniently, I'm only 18 years old lol, so I wasn't lucky enough to be [i]born[/i] when a lot of these artists were in their heyday unfortunately :(.

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@Soulfire:

I saw Pink Floyd on the Division Bell Tour. Roger Waters wasn't there, but it was still an epic show by all means. To be able to see "The Wall" performed live back in its heyday day would be phenomenal!

Hendrix at Woodstock. Nuff said, indeed. :)

One artist that I'm very glad to say I got to see live is Stevie Ray Vaughn. He rocked the house! Whew!

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OH MY GOD HOW COULD I FORGET THE BEATLES AND PINK FLOYD!?

For the Beatles, I wouldn't care what concert. Just so see them once, ever, would be a blessing to remember.

And then yes, Pink Floyd. I'd see the original The Wall, the Wish You Were Here tour, be at the show where they shot Pulse... and who could forget Live Aid?

And I remembered another: Hendrix at Woodstock. Nuff said.

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@Philba1966:

I know exactly what you mean when you talk about a band having too much material. I also saw Rush's Time Machine Tour and that was kind of how I felt about it. I loved hearing all the classics (especially "The Camera Eye"), but I basically sat through the first half of the show. Too much new stuff. True, Geddy can no longer sing like he did in the 70s, though he did crank it up to hit the high notes in the third verse of "Freewill" and that was impressive to me. Overall, they still put on a good concert and I'm glad in knowing that they're still out there playing music. Rush was a huge influence on me as a young musician. I'll always love them.

It's so cool that you mentioned the Beatles' Revolver. That has long been my favorite Beatles album. "And Your Bird Can Sing" and "Tomorrow Never Knows" are incredible Lennon songs.

Thanx for your reply. Good stuff...

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Fun topic...I won't pick actual historical dates, but there are a number of periods I'd like to have seen concerts as 1) the band was at it's best, 2) they had enough material to make an awesome show, and 3) you get to hear deeper album cuts before they have too much material...I've had this time-machine daydream before as well!

Metallica - Master of Puppets (like Jason, LOVED Cliff)
Beatles - Revolver (still rocking hard)
Rush - Permanent Waves (saw their Time Machine Tour w/ full Moving Pictures...shame Geddy's voice is gone!)
Pink Floyd - Wall (in it's proper time and place)

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@Crash_of_Doom:

Queen is definitely one band that I wish I had seen. I would go to any concert from any point in their career just to hear Freddie Mercury sing in a live setting. Incredible voice. One of my favorite Queen songs is "The Prophet's Song" in which Freddie does all of those amazing vocals with the delay effect. Genius. I've never heard anything remotely like it before or since.

I know what you mean about the Wembley Tribute Concert. I recorded it on a VHS tape back when it was aired on TV. I haven't had a VHS player in a very long time, yet that tape still sits on my bookshelf.

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@Soulfire:

It really wasn't bad at all. I know that Ian Anderson always starts off Jethro Tull concerts with an acoustic set; perhaps Steven Wilson was going for that type of idea. It just seemed a little strange when it was happening because I didn't know if the whole concert was going to be like that. In hindsight, it was kinda cool and the sound was great. There was no opening act, so Porcupine Tree basically opened up for themselves.

Thank you for the compliments on my blog! If you'd like to hear about the last Dream Theater concert that I saw, it's here:

http://jayjiiadventures.blogspot.com/2010/06/dream-theater-progressive-n...

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Wow, this is a pretty hard one (that's what she said).

There are a couple, but the one that made the most impact on me is the Status Quo gig at the NEC Birmingham 1982. It's on video and love that registration. Closely behind it is the final (also on video) gig of the End of the Road tour in 1984. The ambiance of that last one is very low, but it's the last gig (not counting live aid) of the orginal line up (ok ok... not the same drummer, but it had a huge impact on te sound nevertheless).

Another one is the Queen gig in Wembley in 1986. Seems so epic! Also the Dire Straits gig on Alchemy Live and On The Night are gigs i was at, because they're so magical!

Last, but no least: the Freddy Mercury Tribute in Wembley is very epic as well!

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NIce blog PS. The visuals in that concert looked amazing. I'm very jealous of your concert experiences right now :P

Did you ever find out why they opened with the weird shitty acoustic set? Seems kind of bizarre...

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Excellent reply!

I came a little bit late to the Transatlantic party. I only bought "The Whirlwind" two weeks ago. Every single note is utterly amazing! On the same day, I picked up Karmakanic's "In a Perfect World" and Steven Wilson's "Grace for Drowning." It's been a while since I've been really moved by new rock music, so for me to find three incredible albums in one day has me completely giddy!

Porcupine Tree at Radio City Music Hall during "The Incident" Tour was one of my top concerts of all time. If you're interested, I describe it in detail with lots of photographs here: www.http://jayjiiadventures.blogspot.com/2010/09/porcupine-tree.html

I consider myself lucky to have seen Metallica back in the day. Cliff Burton was still alive. "Master of Puppets" was brand new and the band was only up and coming at that time. They were on tour as the opening act for Ozzy Osbourne. After they put on a searing performance, Ozzy came out wearing a sequined robe that looked more like an evening gown and proceeded to stumble around the stage for about 45 minutes, his voice pretty much incoherent. That concert was a real dichotomy of new and old. Ozzy was tragically floundering at that point in time. I'm glad to see in recent years that he's pulled himself together and become the rock legend that he should be. Early Black Sabbath will always be tops in my book.

"Tarkus" is one intense album. I went to an Emerson Lake and Powell concert year ago and they performed it. Not quite the same, but it was still awe-inspiring. I never saw the group with Palmer.

Rachmaninov? Now you're talking! I got to see Tzimon Barto perform "Piano Concerto #3" with the Long Island Philharmonic. Of course, every time I hear that piece of music mentioned now, I can't help but think of the movie "Shine." Great film. Ever see it?

Well, you've inspired me to go listen to the Rach 3 now. Until later! Cheers!!!

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GREAT THREAD!!!

I have a few:

Transatlantic's performance of The Whilrwind in The Shepherd's Bush Empire Theatre in London in 2008.

Porcupine Tree on the Fear of a Blank Planet Tour, preferably somewhere in Europe :P

Metallica. Big Day Out. 2004. Need I say more? :P

Emerson Lake and Palmer performing Tarkus.

Seeing Rachmaninov performing his Second Piano Concerto (saw it played by the Sydney Symphony in the Opera House... was pretty spectacular... but you know, seeing Rachmaninov perform it HIMSELF in Moscow in the early 20th Century would be far more spectacular don't you think? :P)

The concert where Phil Collins performed "In the Air Tonight" to the security guard who killed his brother (yes it's suppsoed to be an urban legend... but I would still love to see it).

RHCP Live at Slane Castle.

If I think of more i'll post them :D

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Ah, I saw Queensryche during their “Promised Land” Tour. I vividly remember them performing the song “Out of Mind.” Geoff Tate was seated center stage with his back to the crowd. He sang the lyrics into a mirror which he held in his hand. Every time the hook of the song came around, an off stage camera would zoom in on the mirror and project Geoff Tate’s reflection over the huge screens behind the band. They had everything perfectly positioned so that he seemed to be making eye contact with every person in the audience. So, in essence, his back was turned to you, yet he was staring right at you. An intensely brilliant moment…

I’ve seen Queensryche a few times; once on the “Empire” Tour and even as far back as “The Warning” (when they were the opening act for KISS). They were always a good live band, though that “Promised Land” Tour was something really special.

Good answer, dtfan44! Thank you for the reply.

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Would probably be Queensryche during their [i]Mindcrime/Mindcrime II [/i]tour. Also gotta add LTE during their anniversary tour.