Wednesday, August 05, 2009

At this very moment...

I'm watching Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock. Which leads me to the natural question: Which historic concert do you most wish you could've seen in or before your lifetime? Other than Woodstock I mean. Let's see what kinds of music lovers film experience fans are. Your comments are required for this impromptu survey.

43 comments:

J.L said...

I would say...

Any F.Sinatra concert, also any of Z.Leanders concerts.

Otherwise It would be very interesting to hear how the concerts in the 19th century was like.

Derek said...

I don't know if this counts as a historic concert, but I'm absolutely obsessed with Madonna's Confessions Tour, and I'd give just about anything to have seen it live. :(

TylerPratt1 said...

I would have loved to see The Band's last concert, the subject of Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz documentary concert film. Besides that it would've been great to see The Rolling Stones, The Beatles or Bob Dylan in concert

Liv. said...

Simon & Garfunkel in Central Park.
that would have been so cool <3

adelutza said...

Queen at Wembley in 1986. Could've been there but I wasn't.

Dr. Stan Glick said...

Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall. Nothing - but absolutely nothing - comes close. You can frickin' feel the incredible performance just listening to the two disc CD. In person it must've been so totally incredible. Judy: "I know, I'll sing 'em all and we'll stay allnight!" Audience: (Incredible roar of approval).

Nate Tyson said...

My pick would definitely be The Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense tour, back around 83/84. This has less to do with the film (though it is phenomenal) and more to do with my undying love for the band and the soundtrack to the film.

ShoNuff said...

aretha live at the fillmore west

i've seen the woman 9 times (the 10th is coming this september), but that is such a legendary concert, to be there would have been existential.

Catherine said...

Siouxsie and the Banshees ramshackle debut at the 100 Club in London, September 20, 1976.

OR, I'll second Nate Tyson and say the "Stop Making Sense" tour.

pomme said...

the last U2 concert in Paris this year was...incredible:i cried during "with or without you" and i wasn't the one!
and Nine Inch Nails in Nîmes(france)this year:a friend saw them and was awesome!

amir_uk said...

Nina Simone, The Village Gate, New York, 1961.

Ah.

"Just in Time" from that CD may have to be my hands-down, favourite, guaranteed to tingle my spine, make me shed a tear, pimple my flesh recording of all time.

Kurtis O said...

When I was younger (and straighter), I really wanted to see Nirvana in concert. Then Kurt Cobain died. A few years later, I really wanted to see the Notorious B.I.G. in concert. And then he died. Since then, I've basically given up on getting excited to see live acts.

However, since I now fully embrace my love of female recording artists, the two singers I'd be most interested in seeing on tour are Madonna and Beyonce. God, if you're out there, watch over them.

Matt said...

Madonna - Blonde Ambition Tour.

Nevermind that my mother allowed me to stay home from Kindergarten, we ordered HBO for that one day only that it aired live from Nice, France, and we taped it and I re-watched it dozens of times growing up - I want to have been there in person, dammit.

Agustin said...

Nat, don't expect the movie to be about the music!!! It's anything but.
All in all, it's a nice coming of age story.

Christine said...

"Rock Against Racism" The Clash. Also, bonus if I get to meet late 70s/early 80s Paul Simonon.

Bernardo S said...

The Beatles on the rooftop. Period.

Amanda said...

The Beatles. Rooftop Concert.

Wayne B. said...

Definitely the Monterey Festival in San Francisco '67, beginning of the Summer of Love. Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Mamas & the Papas, Booker T. & the M.G.'s AND The Animals. That's an amazing line-up! Can you imagine being there??? Seeing Jimi and Janis LIVE AND ON FIRE would make my life.

KEVIN M. said...

Elton John at the Troubador.

Ben said...

Queen at Wembley 1986, no question. Although right now I'm struggling to find decent tickets to U2 at Giant Stadium in September!

billybil said...

I gotta agree with Dr. Glick and say Judy at Carnegie.

I also would have loved to have been in the audience the first time Barbra Streisand really sang in front of an audience.

And, hell, while we're at it - it would have been cool to have seen Bette in one of her bathhouse performances.

I am such a queen when it comes to music!

Jim T said...

OK don't call me boring but I have to go with Celine Dion Paris 2004.
I know. I'm sorry.

NATHANIEL R said...

i second the Judy thing. Her voice hits me like a ton of bricks every time and even just seeing her filmed on the Judy Garland show or in I COULD GO ON SINGING i feel like i'm sitting only yards away from her...

so so so incredible that woman.
best performer ever maybe.

as for modern day... I have seen Madonna a few times and ost of the bands i love most at least once. so i gotta say ABBA. since they will never ever ever do a reunion tour. you had to be there.

Joe Shetina said...

Judy Garland at Carnegie and Liza with a "Z". I include any ABBA concert as well.

And I've been upset since No Doubt breezed into the city a couple weeks ago and I couldn't see it.

Can I go fictional here and say the concert in The Man Who Knew Too Much? I'm completely obsessed with that sequence in both films.

Glendon said...

I got to see Roger Waters perform Dark Side Of The Moon a couple of years ago. I wish I could have seen Pink Floyd when they were all together.

BeRightBack said...

Bjork at Fuji Rock Festival!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7M0ZWlGma4&feature=related

MJS said...

The show GG Allin did the day he died. The power went out in the middle of the second song and he trashed the place before wondering out onto the streets of New York naked and covered in feces and blood. Only a small number of people can claim to have been there.

Clement said...

If I can have a little fun, and this is a blog question, I will:

A (fictional) concert in which The Who and Zeppelin both play. They try and get the crowd on their side, due to a heated rivalry. (Of course Zeppelin plays second, but who's playing favorites???)

Who ultimately wins?

Everyone in attendance.

Billy D said...

Madonna, on either the Who's That Girl Tour (1st choice), Blonde Ambition (2nd), or Confessions (3rd). I would really have loved to see one of the big, late-80s stadium shows that only she and Michael Jackson were ever really able to put on.

That, and Live Aid.

Hokahey said...

The first performance of Beethoven's 9th.

adri said...

Vaslav Nijinsky dancing in the premiere (1912) of "l'apres-midi d'un faune", choreography by Nijinsky, music by Debussy, scenography by Leon Bakst. Or Nijinsky in "The Rite of Spring" (premiere 1913), cheography by Nijinsky, music by Stravinsky, design by Nicholas Roerich.

Although not being musical, I understand music better with a visual accompaniment, for just music alone, I'd have liked to attended George Gershwin playing his "Rhapsody in Blue" in 1924.

Garen said...

Maria Callas, Tosca, July 5, 1965, Covent Garden. Callas's final stage performance.

OR

Leontyne Price, Aida, January 3, 1985, Metropolitan Opera. Leo's final stage performance in her signature role. She got a SEVEN MINUTE OVATION in the middle of the opera after Aida's second act aria. SEVEN MINUTES. IN THE MIDDLE.

I love opera. I love divas. I love farewell concerts. I love love love opera divas' farewell concerts.

Guy Incognito said...

Wayne B nailed my choice exactly. Monterey Pop was my first thought.

As far as Clement's idea, that actually happened once. Led Zeppelin opened for The Who in 1969 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.

http://www.ledzeppelin.com/image/photos-home/memorabilia/ads/merriweather-pavillion-flyer

SigLNY said...

JUDY. AT. CARNEGIE. HALL. PERIOD.

Robert said...

The first thing that came to mind was that Doors concert in Florida where Jim Morrison supposedly exposed himself. That would have been a riot. Or that Diana Ross Central Park show where she took off in that helicopter in the rain...hotness.

It would have been great to have seen Michael Jackson at his peak, maybe on the Bad or Dangerous world tours. Everyone I know who ever did get to see him live said it was amazing.

whitney said...

I think I would have loved to be there when Dylan first went electric...I'd like to think that I would have dug it. I hope so at least.

Also, Iggy and the Stooges would have been amazing and terrifying. Terrizing.

MrW said...

Ella Fitzgerald, live in the Deutschlandhalle Berlin on February 13th 1960. The one where she started singing 'Mack the Knife', couldn't remember the lines after the second verse and improvised new lyrics on the spot, Louis-Armstrong-imitation included.

And having seen 'Stop Making Sense' twice in the past few weeks, any mid-80s Talking Heads concert would probably come in second.

Any Nina Simone performance third.

kel said...

Already been mentioned but definitely...

Talking Heads- Stop Making Sense
Madonna- Blonde Ambition (nothing beats Madonna in a pointy bra)

Also...
Elliot Smith
Michael Jackson
Fleetwood Mac (when all 4 original members were still playing together)

Kenneth Walsh said...

I would have loved to have gone to the Us Festival in the '80s, but I'm WAY TOO YOUNG to have been around for that. ...

Runs Like A Gay said...

I'd loved to have been at the Metropolitan's Opera's Production of Strauss' Salome in New York 1905.

Brilliant and incredibly controversial. What could be better than that for a night out.

Deborah said...

The first thing that popped into my head was Benny Goodman, 1939, Carnegie Hall, with that extraordinary version of Sing, Sing, Sing that I have listened to umpteen billion times.

Upon second thought, the Concert for Bangla Desh might be a winner.

But I think Mr.W has my real answer; I have listened to that Ella in Berlin recording even more than Benny Goodman.

Liv, my sister and mother were in Central Park for Simon & Garfunkel. It remains a peak experience for them.

Matt Mazur said...

Nirvana's In Utero tour and anything from Dusty Springfield!

TJ said...

Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall.