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About one hour ago, Motorhead was playing outside my house. I could step outside and hear them play at Jones Beach, they were proper loud. I didn't hear it all too well, but they were playing "Just cos' you got the power", which might be one of the best heavy metal songs they have ever written.

 

What i had standing outside my house trying to decipher the music, was a revelation. These guys are getting old and they won't be playing forever. This rings true for a lot of bands that i have a taste for, some of these guys playing some fast ******* music, they won't be able to play it for many more years.

 

I just blew $200 on tickets to go see Black Sabbath at Madison square garden and i honestly don't care that their overpriced, because I'm finally going to be able to see Black Sabbath on their "final tour".

 

B.B. King passed about this year and I'm still mad at myself for not going to see him and i damn as well know i had plenty of chances.

 

Just do it, go see that band or musician you love before it's too late. Once their gone, it's done.

 

2016 is the year for concerts, please join me...

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You are sooo right Dem00n, good to see you by the way, I'm still kicking myself for not going to yes Yes again when I was home in Boston last time… Saw then a few times in the 70's and each and every time it was a magical experience! What you say holds true for just about everything though… Time marches on and much too fast, see the ones you love, spend time with them, savor and cherish every moment...

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Yeah Dem00n, I've been keeping a close eye on Motorhead this year because they are a real favourite over many years and the signs aren't real good. There was some comment after Glastonbury to the tune of Phil looking like he was taking his dad from the old folks home for a day out, and sadly there is an element of that. Still the video from Rock AM a few months back looked pretty solid and hey, the album is number one in several European countries, top 10 in UK and Canada, and charting in USA and Oz! Amazing. The bond among the band members and from the fans is something special.

 

...then again I recall seeing AC/DC as a teenager in Brisbane in '87 with mates and saying how great it was we got to see them before they got too old and gave it away. Angus was 32.

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My thoughts exactly, that's why I paid a small fortune a couple of months ago to see Fleetwood Mac (over £300 for two tickets). Stevie Nicks looked like She was hobbling around the stage then, mind you their tour did look like a rather punishing schedule.

 

 

Ian

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I'm with ya on that! Besides- perhaps the more interest shown, the longer they will "stay out" touring...(not withstanding a bands need to take time for themselves..perhaps even retire!).

 

As far as final tours?! Mostly a joke, methinks. A lame way of generating ticket sales AND 'built in' excuse for the money handlers in our homes; "HONEY! It's The Dewdrops FINAL tour! We gotta come up with $600.00 for the FINAL meet & greet!"

 

One of my favorite memories / stories relating to this; you gotta love the Eagles. Back in the early 2000s we spent considerable money to see 'em, last tour and all that. On the tickets was stamped "EAGLES, FINAL TOUR I". Cracks me up to this day! (I'll bet Walsh had something to do with that...)

 

Brian

 

BTW- Excellent concert in Philly- Walsh stole the show, even sported his "helmet cam"!

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About a month ago I did just that! Saw my first concert in over 30 years.

Toledo Hollywood casino has outdoor concerts throughout the summer and Heart was scheduled on a Friday night. I had mentioned to my son that I wouldn't mind seeing them. I'm pretty much a homebody anymore and he knew that I wouldn't go.

7:30 he shows up and says "come on we're going to the casino! He said he already bought the tickets and if I didn't go, I owed him 57 bucks!

So I went kicking and screaming. I don't care for crowds anymore but the concert was AWESOME!

 

I left the concert kicking and screaming only this time it was at and to myself ! It won't be my last concert!!! [thumbup]

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About one hour ago, Motorhead was playing outside my house. I could step outside and hear them play at Jones Beach, they were proper loud. I didn't hear it all too well, but they were playing "Just cos' you got the power", which might be one of the best heavy metal songs they have ever written.

 

What i had standing outside my house trying to decipher the music, was a revelation. These guys are getting old and they won't be playing forever. This rings true for a lot of bands that i have a taste for, some of these guys playing some fast ******* music, they won't be able to play it for many more years.

 

I just blew $200 on tickets to go see Black Sabbath at Madison square garden and i honestly don't care that their overpriced, because I'm finally going to be able to see Black Sabbath on their "final tour".

 

B.B. King passed about this year and I'm still mad at myself for not going to see him and i damn as well know i had plenty of chances.

 

Just do it, go see that band or musician you love before it's too late. Once their gone, it's done.

 

2016 is the year for concerts, please join me...

My girlfriend is the biggest Doors fan on the planet, knows every song, even the obscure ones. Got to see Robbie and Ray perform all the doors hits to perfection, even at like 70 they rocked for hours! Within 2 years Ray is gone, my gf had to work but i talked her out of it, she is so glad she went now. I told her they are old you might not get another chance take it while you got it, youve never seen the Doors and Robbie n Ray had a really good singer with them so it was pretty sweet.

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I think I saw them all at a different time, a different time for them and for me or us. Heart with Howard, Allmans without Duane but with Levell and everyone since, but only without Dickey once because they screwed us. Lots of others. Mrs and I saw loads of shows we wouldn't trade for anything, prolly Rebel Yell was best show ever for the two of us, along with Adam And The Ants that year. And yes, Duran Duran, when I was the only guy in the 20000 seat Spectrum. I prefer to remember them as powerful as they were. I did see a late reformed Outlaws and that was great. I haven't seen Dickey in...yeesh, decade I'd say now. I don't want to be sad. We are all older, we all can't do what we used to. I don't want to go see Eric and be pissed because he didn't do anything from One In Every Crowd. I'll stick with the memories I guess.

 

rct

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I have yet to see Widespread Panic. [sad]

 

 

They came here (Virginia) a while back for an Anniversary show and the 3 days sold quick. I would love to see Panic.

 

Great band. [thumbup] I've seen Panic once. But appropriately for the theme of this thread I did not see them with their original guitar player Michael Houser and in hindsight I wish I had. No disrespect to the guys that have followed, but that original band must've been a treat to watch live.

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"Go see your favorite bands before it's too late".

 

Totally agree. Yes it can be very expensive now but if you want to -have to - see a particular artist then the cost really will not matter in the long run.

 

I saw King Crimson recently and posted a thread about it.

 

From the 70's on I used to go to Ronnie Scott's club in London; most of the big-name jazz guys would do a fortnight, once a year. So many in fact that I sometimes thought "well I'll see him/her NEXT time, next year".

I thought that about Bill Evans, the amazing and innovative pianist who played on Miles Davis' "Kind Of Blue" - and that was how I missed seeing and hearing him in person as he died in 1980. I still regret that one.

 

I've never seen the Stones and I don't care too much. Regret never having seen Deep Purple with Richie though.

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I always wanted to see Paul McCartney, but the play dates were never good for me, or the local ticket prices were a bit much. Oh well. It's not like I haven't been around to see some heavy hitters. Most from backstage anyway.

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Just saw him in June on the wife's birthday. He played 40 songs and was great. His voice cracked a little on Blackbird. He played tons of Beatles songs. Unfortunately he felt he needed to play Temporary Secretary. Why Paul Why, when you have so many other great songs?

 

That's great that you made it to his show. I've had others tell me his shows were nothing but incredible to see, and hear. I know the last time I saw Jimi Hendrix, he was on top of his game that night. Everyone has up, and down nights, but it's good when you see them on an up night. [thumbup]

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I think I saw them all at a different time, a different time for them and for me or us..........

....... I don't want to be sad. We are all older, we all can't do what we used to. I don't want to go see Eric and be pissed because he didn't do anything from One In Every Crowd. I'll stick with the memories I guess.

 

rct

True, but then again, sometimes older is better.

 

I recall, the late King of the Blues, whom I used to see just as, I don't know, maybe a courtesy of wanting to be a "Bluesman" and paying my respects to the King. But anyway, I recall seeing him at the stage when he had to sit, rather than stand, and naturally, some loss of energy and excitement. But at the same time, his playing was often better than an earlier, younger BB.

 

Some elements of a musician get better with age.

 

I have seen EC a few times, and even once where there just didn't seem to be much guitar work. But at the same time, a good show. Also, got to see him with Steve Gad, AND Billy Preston. That's worth it right there.

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into my forties I am pleased some of the bands of my youth are still out there giving pleasure to the fans, but I actually prefer to check out local bands, family members' bands, friends' bands, and young people starting out. I love that its not perfect, stuff goes wrong sometimes and then suddenly it's great. Maybe playing in a very basic rock band myself recently I've come to appreciate that side of it.

 

Not really interested in seeing the heroes of my youth in their latter years (having said that i often take a look on youtube) though Iron Maiden is touring Oz next May and it will be hard to resist buying a ticket - probably way up the back to just take in the whole scene from above and enjoy the monster PA at a big venue.

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I've seen all the bands, that I (truly) wanted to see, including The Beatles! Some of them several times!

And, most of them, at their heyday, in the '60's, early '70's, A few others, in each decade, since. But,

with ticket prices now, even for "nose bleed" seats, my physical distance from any appropriate venues for

large concerts, and my growing distaste for large crowds, I think most of my "concert" going, is basically

over. And, that's OK! While there's nothing quite like the experience of a "Live" performance. DVD's of

great "Live" performances, can be (in some/many ways) better, and you can hit "pause," to get a snack,

or go to the bathroom.

 

CB

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