I tried to work out recently how many concerts I’ve been to. I counted about 50 without including festivals and without straining my brain too much, so I’m sure there’s more. I doubt I’d beat BlackLOG in a ‘gig-off’ and I certainly wouldn’t beat this fella (BBC News site link) who has been to over 5000 – apparently. But it inspired me to think which ones I’ve attended and thought were good:
Oasis – Knebworth ’94
I doubt any band/gig will be able to shift this from my number one spot. Oasis were the first band I ever got into properly and it was my first ever gig with 125,000 people. We were quite near the front considering and after waiting about 8 hours for them to come on (with support from The Bootleg Beatles, Manic Street Preachers, The Chemical Brothers and then The Prodigy), I just thought Oasis were amazing that day. This was just after Morning Glory had been released so they didn’t really have any shit stuff.
My neck also got burned to smithereens – which wasn’t helped when it was hit with a packet of biscuits just before they started. The sting hurt that much I still remember it. I’ve never looked at a custard cream in the same way since.
Paul ‘thumbs up, cool’ McCartney (x3)
As much as I think he’s a bit of a prick nowadays, I reckon most of us would go a bit mental if we had half the world bowing at our feet like he does. Not much to add on that really, he’s still a Beatle and he wrote some good tunes.
Prodigy – Knebworth ’94
Supporting Oasis. Almost, almost as good as, if not better than Oasis. Oasis sneaked it because I was proper into them at the time. I didn’t really know much about the Prodigy then. Looking across and behind me to see a sea of people jumping to Breathe was amazing.
I still maintain I had (and won) a stare out competition with Keith Flint (the one with the mad spiky haircut) who was standing on a barrier, looking dead hard and cool about 10 yards in front of me.
U2 – Manchester ’05
As with McCartney, Bono is a bit of a prick, but it’s still U2. Massive video screens the full length of the stage, good songs, good show.
Arctic Monkeys (NME Tour 2006)
They were just on the verge of going massive, I think it was just after their first or second single had gone to number 1. But here they were in a university hall in front of 500 or so people. The first two songs they played were their singles and I’m yet to see anyone else manage to make the whole place pogo like they did through the whole set. Even if you didn’t want to jump up and down you had to. Thankfully they let us all have a breather for 30 seconds before they started the next one and so it continued for the next 40 minutes.
Roger Waters – Liverpool ’08
I’ve been into Pink Floyd for years and shockingly I’ve never smoked weed! Apart from his little political rants he still done all the Floyd stuff you’d want to hear and expect. He is Pink Floyd and he was fantastic.
Honourable other mentions go to: Fatboy Slim, Kings Of Leon (x3), Ocean Colour Scene, The La’s, James Brown, Arcade Fire, The Polyphonic Spree, Moby and other Oasis and Arctic Monkeys gigs I’ve been to. Also half the acts that have appeared at Glastonbury in the past 5 years who I have no doubt enjoyed immensely but forgotten due to volumes of drink and drug intake.
Wow, this post is that shit I could work for NME.
So dear reader, what are your most favourite gigs? No explanation needed, list ’em and make me jellyous [sic]….