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Greatest Live Bands U've Seen

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Mar 11, 2010 13:59:50 GMT -5
Be as specific or as simple as you want!
I'll try and keep mine somewhat short, have seen most of these bands many, many many times in clubs, houses and festivals. These are the greatest live bands I've ever seen - all were outstanding and are phenomenal in any setting!!!!

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band - Indescribable marathon sets every time!
Neil Young- with Crazy Horse, Electric and Acoustic
My Morning Jacket
Drive-By Truckers
Ryan Adams and The Cardinals
Phish
Black Mountain
Besnard Lakes
Broken Social Scene
Caribou
Canyon Rose Outfit
Erykah Badu
Feist
Hawksley Workman
Massive Attack
Caribou/Manitoba
Jack White - Raconteurs and The White Stripes
David Byrn
Wilco
Dinosaur Jr.
Fela Kuti
Goldie
Chemical Brothers

On the wish list Radiohead, Tom Waits, Allman Brothers, Deerhunter, Daft Punk, Bowie, Ween, Fleetwood Mac, The Dead, More Neil and more Bruce!!!!!

Posted by psychicofficer
Mar 11, 2010 14:33:58 GMT -5
Good Thread.

Off the top of my head -

Radiohead
Daft Punk
Roger Waters
David Byrne
Caribou
Roni Size Reprazent
Tortoise
Ted Leo
Arcade Fire
White Stripes
Pixies
The Jesus Lizard
Fugazi
MMJ
Mar 11, 2010 15:29:23 GMT -5
Definitely would add Roger Waters to my wish list and I can't believe I forgot about Arcade Fire! I used to live up the street from them back in 2004 and 2005, saw them in small clubs and halls many times. Even joined a jam sessions with them at a friends apartment! Since moving away from Montreal I have yet to see them, so crazy they are Headline worthy now and I've only seen 'em at Plateau halls and Mile End apartments!
Posted by thunderroad
Mar 11, 2010 15:58:20 GMT -5
The Boss! Bruce's voice seems to have gotten, believe it or not, better this past decade, you won't witness a more powerful and talented human being and at 60 none of it seems like a novelty act, dude is still putting on 3hr+ shows.
Radiohead - Seen them from every tour since The Bends, incredible how a band that has changed their sound and stage so much still seems like they have always been that way and have always been the best at doing it that way. In Rainbows tour was sublime.
David Byrne - So talented and fun
Jack White
Caribou - caught totally off guard when I saw them from the Andorra tour, way beyond my expectations, saw them 3 more time of that tour!
Drive-By Truckers - Great Rock n' Roll show everytime!
Neil Young - Love Neil so much, but it is his electric shows that are in my absolute favorites - would travel and pay whatever to see him electric again
Roger Waters - Went to Coachella just to see Dark Side Of The Moon, love that album, what a show!
Phish - Even if you think you would rather sit through a season of the Joey Lawrance Show than see a jam band, go and see Phish - Unbelievable no matter what state you're in.
Black Mountain
Wilco
CHK CHK CHK (!!!) Holy shit, when are they gonna tour again - see them if you can!
Ryan Adams - No matter what you think of him, he is unstoppable live.
Arcade Fire - Specifically from the tour with Wolf Parade
Pantera - Hey I was young once, Dimebag was God.
My Morning Jacket - Went to a Foo Fighters concert just to see them back in 2002
Posted by jeffmac
Mar 11, 2010 18:21:22 GMT -5
The White Stripes and The Dead Weather
Arcade Fire
LCD Soundsystem
Explosions in the Sky
Pixies
Caribou
HEALTH
Grizzly Bear
Black Mountain
The Besnard Lakes
Fleet Foxes
Erykah Badu
Beck
The Flaming Lips
Sufjan Stevens
Joanna Newsom
Josh Ritter
Bjork
Wilco
The Avett Brothers
Radiohead
Posted by interstateeight
Mar 11, 2010 19:49:27 GMT -5
Wait wait, is this just a "list every huge fucking band you've seen" thread? I'm confused.
Posted by Pea
Mar 11, 2010 22:23:07 GMT -5
GWAR
Mar 11, 2010 23:25:39 GMT -5
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Wait wait, is this just a "list every huge fucking band you've seen" thread? I'm confused.


Supposed to be just the best of the best that you've seen. I guess those who have seen tons of shows might have longer lists (also those who have not had the chance to catch lots of shows are probably still working on a good barometer or benchmark) Mine are just a small fraction of the gigs I've been to, those are just the bands that I think are the best and in their own class when it come to a live show.
Posted by built2killlllll
Mar 11, 2010 23:43:27 GMT -5
Wow alot of great bands up already! I will attempt to limit to my top 10 I would bring to a deserted Island Concert (aka best bands I've seen live)

The Boss with TESB (Timeless talent and songwriter/performer)
Neil Young (Just dirty grooves all night long)
Radiohead (When I want my mind blown)
Phish (when I am blowin' my mind)
Disco Biscuits (They could jam with Phish!)
Chk Chk Chk !!! (Straight up dancin')
Ryan Adams and the Cardinals (A mini Boss and Neil Young)
Arcade Fire (Something sweet and modern)
Erykah Badu (smooth spacey phreak RnB)
Daft Punk (When I need a guitar break)

Shit, would probably revise that multiple times before headin' to the Island

Posted by Pea
Mar 12, 2010 0:38:57 GMT -5
i suppose i'll add a few more

Ignite
Califone
Radiohead
Natalie Portman's Shaved Head
Behemoth
The Avett Brothers
Dropkick Murphys
Dredg
Origin
Posted by Blacksmile
Mar 17, 2010 12:40:02 GMT -5
PEARL JAM
R.E.M. (FRONT ROW AT SASQUATCH 2008!)
SUPERSUCKERS (ALL 10-12 TIMES)
THE HIVES
DAFT PUNK (LOLLAPALOOZA 2007)
THE HOLD STEADY
RADIOHEAD
Posted by emptyfox
Mar 17, 2010 21:00:42 GMT -5
TOOL
Puscifer
Rage Against the Machine
I really enjoyed !!! (CHK CHK CHK), even though I had no idea who they were at the time.
Pearl Jam
The Flaming Lips (Sasquatch '06)
Finger Eleven
Deftones
Mindless Self Indulgence
Slipknot (touring on their first album, the next time was awful)
MSTRKRFT
Deadmau5
Girltalk
The Mars Volta!
The Melvins


Posted by interstateeight
Mar 19, 2010 3:32:06 GMT -5


Holy shit.
Posted by emptyfox
Mar 19, 2010 14:50:15 GMT -5
hahaha, I probably should clarify this was circa 1998-1999. those were days long past but they truly had a great live show, back in the "tip" days... I lost all interest in their music after that album...
Posted by bradberad12
Mar 31, 2010 18:12:51 GMT -5


I much preferred them as the 'Rainbow Butt Monkeys' circa 1995 in the post grunge age.

My tongue is now planted in my cheek, but just a little bit.

Are their any other 90's Canadian alternative bands that you loved? There were sooo many in those days - it made it easy for Canadian radio stations to comply to that wierd canadian content rule. Here are my fav's:

- Rusty
- Doughboys
- The Gandharvas
- Punchbuggy
- hHead
- The Killjoys
(Tongue taken out of cheek)
- The Lowest of the Low