Concerts Attended

Herman's Hermits, w The Who, and Blues Magoos, 1967, Indiana State Fair Coliseum, Indianapolis IN [Mom took her boys to a British invasion concert. Who knew that the Who would become one of rock's greatest? It was their first American tour. I was very young, but I think I have a vague memory of Moon kicking over his drums. Strange for Indy's Coliseum, the "cow palace" where animals were shown during the state fair.]
James Gang, 1971, Sherwood Country Club, Indianapolis IN [A guy that worked for Dad took us to the concert. I remember thinking it was very loud for a ballroom at the country club, but great rock by a guitar player that recently broke onto the scene, Joe Walsh.]
Grand Funk Railroad, 5 November, 1972, State Fair Coliseum, Indianapolis IN [I think my brother Mike let me tag along. GFR was thought to be the best American rock band at the time. Good sound, honest rock.]
Uriah Heep, 27 February, 1973, State Fair Coliseum, Indianapolis IN [Well, they sang about demons and wizards, which was "cool" at the time.]
Alice Cooper w Flo and Eddy (The Turtles) , 30 March, 1973, Convention Center, Indianapolis IN [Theatre for the youth, this was the Dead Babies Tour, with the guillotine. Again, very "cool." But Alice could rock. I remember playing "Under My Wheels" many times on my 8-track tape.]
Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, 24 November, 1973, State Fair Coliseum, Indianapolis IN [I began my appreciation of progressive rock under the guidsnce of my oldest brother David, who turned me on to ELP. This concert had quadraphonic sound. At one point Emerson played his piano suspended in the air (kind of cheesy, even for the time). But the music was great.]
Yes, 15 November, 1974, Convention Center, Indianapolis IN [My favorite progressive band. They opened with "Close to the Edge." A great stage design too, reminiscent of Roger Dean's art work.]
Yes w Kansas, 10 July, 1975, Market Square Arena, Indianapolis IN [I believe Kansas was a late substitute, which made it one of the best progressive rock concerts of all time. Chris Squire performed The Fish, and Stevie Howe played a few hot solos as well.]
Rick Wakeman, w Gentle Giant, 18 October, 1975, Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati OH [My brother David and I drove to see Giant, actually. Great performance. Wakeman's band was weak.]
Larry Coryell , app. 1975-77, David snuck me in a club on the north side of Indianapolis IN [Coryell played The Firebird Suite on acoustic, very nice! And we chatted with him between sets.]
Herbie Handcock, w Chick Korea, app. 1975-77, Convention Center, Indianapolis IN [It was Dimeola's first tour w Corea. He seemed a bit timid on stage then. Stanley Clark was all over the bass.]
Bob Dylan, 6 November, 1981, Elliot Hall, West Lafayette IN [He played the album "Gotta Serve Somebody," avoiding classics in spite of loud calls from the audience.]
Aretha Franklin, 1989, Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor MI [I got chills when she sat down at the piano, belting out some gospel. As the queen of soul, stage hands put the robe on her at the end.]
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 22 February, 1990, Market Square Arena, Indianapolis IN
Rush, 14 June, 1990, Deer Creek Amphitheatre, Nobelsville IN [Great live sound, a lot of sound for a three-man band.]
Don Henley, w Bonnie Rait, 1990 Deer Creek Amphitheatre, Nobelsville IN [Both were really nice.]
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, 4 March, 1995, Pyramid Arena, Memphis TN [They did a great version of Gallow's Pole, and Black Dog for the encore. Page played particularly clean that night, contrary to what I have heard about other live shows. My best rock concert.]
U2 , 14 May, 1997, PopMart Tour, Liberty Bowl, Memphis TN [Bono came out like a fighter entering the ring, from the side of the staduim and through the audience, wearing a robe w a hood. The music was great, of course. They played all the hits.]
B.B. King, sometime in the 1990s, BB King's Blues Club, Memphis TN [This was completely unplanned. I happened to be walking by the club on that rare occasion that he played.]
Allman Brothers, Issac Hayes, Three Doors Down, 6 May, 2000, Beale Street Music Festival, Memphis TN [Greg Allman, still a great music man.]
Dave Matthews Band, 4 May, 2001, Beale Street Music Festival, Memphis TN [Great concert, real talent in the contemporary music scene.]
Bob Dylan, String Cheese Incident, Blues Traveler
, 6 May, 2001, Beale Street Music Festival, Memphis TN [Dylan was fantastic, and w a great band, played many of the hits.]
Bill Bruford and Earthworks, 19 May, 2002, Artsplosure, Moor Square, Raleigh NC [One of my favorite percussionists, and it was a free concert at that!]
Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth, 6 August, 2002, Alltel Pavillion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh NC
Jesse McCartney
, 1 August, 2005, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary NC [I began taking my daughter to concerts, egad, thousands of screeming teens.]
Destiny's Child, with Mario, 24 July, 2005, Alltel Pavillion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh NC [My daughter's choice again]
Spin Doctors, K.C. & The Sunshine Band, Nelly, 30 April, 2005, Beale Street Music Festival, Memphis TN [though the crowd was waiting for Nelly, K.C. tore it up ... great performance, dancers, everyone sang along with the hits.]
Jerry Lee Lewis, Bruce Hornsby, Three Days Grace, 6 May, 2006, Beale Street Music Festival, Memphis TN [Nice day for piano, the Killer, and then Hornsby too].
Weird Al Yankovic , 5 August, 2007, Progress Energy Auditorium, Raleigh NC [For the daughter again, but fun.]
Disturbed, Saving Abel, Colbie Caillat, 3 May, 2008, Beale Street Music Festival, Memphis TN
All American Rejects, Katy Perry, Matt Nathanson, 1 May, 2009, Beale Street Music Festival, Memphis TN [My daughter's choices, of course.]
James Taylor, 21 October, 2009, Chapel Hill Fetzer Field, NC [It was a benefit for Obama. James played all my favs, and a nice chant "Go Obama Go" sung as a spiritual.]
Bob Dylan, 2 May, 2013, Red Hat Amphitheatre, Raleigh NC [Dylan is in his 70s, and his voice is almost gone, but it was still nice to hear him. Mostly new blues, but also Tangled Up in Blue and All Along the Watchtower.]