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Did Poco play the Poconos? Did Roxy Music rock the Roxy? Did U2 go to The O2?

You probably remember the day you got married and when your kids were born, but what about the really important dates in your life? If you can't dig up your ticket stubs or find the concerts you attended using the links below, check The Concert Database, Classic Rock Concerts,,, or search for past events at or SongKick.

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ABBA · AC/DC · Adam Ant (Adam & the Ants, solo) · Aerosmith [2] [3] [4] [5 (Joe Perry Project)] · Alan Parsons · Alice Cooper [2] [3] · Alice In Chains · The Allman Brothers · Alvin Lee (Ten Years After, solo) · …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead · The Animals · April Wine · Arcade Fire · Arctic Monkeys · Arthur Brown · Asia

Bad Religion · Badfinger · The Band · Barenaked Ladies (includes solo and side projects) [2] · The Beach Boys [2] · The Beastie Boys · The Beatles [2 (music autoplays)] · Beck · Bee Gees · Beth Orton · Bette Midler · Better Than Ezra · Big Audio Dynamite · Big Country · Billy Idol (Generation X, solo) · Billy Joel · Björk · The Black Crowes · Black Flag [2] · Black Rebel Motorcycle Club · Black Sabbath [2] · Blind Faith · Blind Melon · Blink-182 · Blondie · Blue Öyster Cult · Blues Traveler · Blur · Bob Dylan [2] · Bob Marley · Bon Jovi [2] · Boston [2] · Boomtown Rats · Boz Scaggs · Brian Setzer (The Stray Cats, solo, etc.) · Brownsville Station · Bruce Cockburn · Bruce Springsteen [2] · Bryan Adams · Buddy Holly (1957 shows) [2 (1958 shows)] [3 (Winter Dance Party 1959)] · Bush · Butthole Surfers · The Byrds

Candlebox · Captain Beefheart · Cheap Trick · Chokebore · Chumbawamba · The Church (includes links to solo gigs) · The Clash [2] · Cocteau Twins · Coldplay · Collective Soul (.doc file) · Counting Crows [2] · The Cramps [2] · Creed · Creedence Clearwater Revival (includes John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revisited dates) · Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young [2] · Crowded House · The Cult · The Cure · Cyndi Lauper

The Damned · The Dandy Warhols · Danzig [2] · The Dave Matthews Band · David Bowie · David Lindley (Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Crosby & Nash, etc.) · Dead Kennedys [2] · Deborah Harry (Blondie, solo) [2] · The Decemberists · Deep Purple [2] [3] · Def Leppard · The Dentists · Depeche Mode · Derek Sherinian (Alice Cooper, Dream Theater, Planet X, etc.) · Dinosaur Jr. · The Distractions · Devo [2] · The Donnas · The Doobie Brothers [2] · The Doors [2] · Doves · Dr. Feelgood · Duran Duran [2]

Echo & the Bunnymen (includes solo and side projects) · Electric Light Orchestra · Elton John · Elvis Costello · Elvis Presley · Emerson, Lake & Palmer [2] · Erasure · Eric Clapton (Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominos, solo, etc.) [2] · Europe [2] · Europeans (includes How We Live dates) · The Eurythmics (includes The Tourist dates, solo gigs and side projects) · Evan Dando (The Lemonheads, solo) · Everclear · Explosions in the Sky

Faith No More · The Fall · Fates Warning · Fishbone · The Flaming Lips · Fleetwood Mac · Foghat · Foo Fighters [2] · Foreigner · Frank Black · Frank Zappa [2] · Fugazi

Garbage [2] · Gary Moore (Skid Row, Thin Lizzy, solo, etc.) [2] · Gary Numan [2] · Genesis (solo and side projects, tribute bands, etc.) [2] · Gentle Giant [2] · George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (includes solo and side projects) · George Harrison · George Michael (Wham!, solo) · Gin Blossoms · Glenn Hughes (Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, solo, etc.) · The Go-Betweens · Gogol Bordello · Golden Earring · Goo Goo Dolls · Gordon Lightfoot · Gorillaz [2] · Gov't Mule · Grand Funk Railroad · Grateful Dead [2] [3] · Gravity Kills · Green Day · The Gun Club · Guns N' Roses

Hall & Oates · Hole · Hot Tuna · Huey Lewis & the News · Humble Pie · Hüsker Dü

Ian Gillan (solo, Black Sabbath, etc.) · Ian Hunter · Iggy Pop (The Stooges, solo) (1999-present) · Incubus · INXS · Iron Maiden [2]

J Mascis · Jack Bruce (John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Manfred Mann, Cream, etc.) · Jackson Browne · Jackson 5 · James · Jane's Addiction (includes Porno for Pyros & other solo and side projects) · Janis Joplin [2 (Big Brother & the Holding Company, with and without Janis)] · Japan [2] · Jeff Buckley [2] · Jefferson Airplane · Jefferson Starship · Jerry Garcia · Jesus Jones · Jesus Lizard · Jethro Tull [2] · Jimi Hendrix [2 (pdf)] · Jimmy Buffett · Joe Jackson · John Cale (The Velvet Underground, solo) · Johnny Cash · Joni Mitchell · Journey (includes solo and side projects) · Joy Division · Judas Priest

Kansas · Kate & Anna McGarrigle · The Killers · Killing Joke · King Crimson [2] [3] [4] · KISS [2] · Korn · Kraftwerk · Kylie Minogue

L7 · Laurie Anderson (1980-2001) [2 (2002-2008)] [3 (2009-present)] · Led Zeppelin · Lenny Kravitz · Level 42 · Linkin Park · Little Feat · Live · Los Lobos · Lou Reed · Luscious Jackson · Lush · Lynyrd Skynyrd

Madonna [2] · Manfred Mann's Earth Band · Mariah Carey · Marillion · Marilyn Manson [2] · Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits, solo, etc.) [2] · Mark Lanegan (solo, Queens of the Stone Age, etc.) · Marshall Tucker Band · Matthew Sweet · Max Creek · Meat Loaf · Melvins · Megadeth · Mercury Rev · Mercyful Fate (site also has King Diamond dates) · Metallica [2] [3] · Michael Jackson (Jackson 5, The Jacksons, solo) · Michael Kiske (Helloween, Unisonic, etc.) · Mick Ronson (David Bowie, Mott the Hoople, solo, etc.) · Ministry · Misfits [2] · Moby Grape · moe. · The Monkees [2] · The Moody Blues [2] · Morphine · Morrisey · Mother Hips · Mötley Crüe · Motörhead · Mott The Hoople · Mountain · The Mountain Goats · Mudhoney (includes solo and side projects) · My Morning Jacket

Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs, solo) · Neil Carter (Wild Horses, UFO, Gary Moore, etc.) · Neil Diamond · Neil Young (Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, Crazy Horse, solo, etc.) · Neutral Milk Hotel · The New Order · New Riders of the Purple Sage · New York Dolls · Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (includes solo gigs) · Nine Inch Nails · Nirvana [2] [3] · No Doubt · NOFX

Oasis [2] · The Offspring · Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark · Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath, solo, etc.)

Patti Smith · Paul McCartney [2] · Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel, solo) · Pavement · Pearl Jam [2] · Pet Shop Boys · Peter Gabriel [2] · Phil Collins [2 (Brand X, solo)] · Phish · Pink Floyd (includes solo gigs) [2] [3] · Pixies [2] · PJ Harvey · Poco (includes solo and side projects (Eagles, Loggins & Messina, etc.)) · The Pogues (includes solo and side projects) [2] · The Police (includes solo and side projects)[2] · Prefab Sprout · The Presidents of the United States of America · The Pretenders · Primus · Prince · Procol Harum · The Prodigy · Public Image Ltd · Pulp

Queen [2] · Queensrÿche · Quiet Riot (early dates)

The Radiators · R.E.M. [2] · Radiohead [2] · Rage Against the Machine [2] · Rainbow · Ramones · Red Hot Chili Peppers [2] · Ritchie Blackmore [2 (Blackmore's Night)] · Robert Fripp (King Crimson, solo, etc.) · Robert Plant [2] · Robin Trower [2] · Robyn Hitchcock (The Soft Boys, solo) · Rod Stewart (The Jeff Beck Group, Faces, solo) · The Rolling Stones [2] · Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, etc.) · Ronnie Wood (The Jeff Beck Group, Faces) · Rory Gallagher · Roxy Music (includes solo and side projects) [2 (includes Bryan Ferry solo gigs)] · Roy Orbison · The Runaways · Rush [2]

Sammy Hagar · Santana · Scorpions · Seals & Crofts · Sex Pistols · Sigur Rós · Silverchair · Simple Minds · Simply Red · Siouxsie and the Banshees · The Sisters of Mercy · Skyhooks · Slade · Slayer · Slipknot [2] [3] · Smashing Pumpkins · The Smiths · Sonic Youth · Soul Asylum · Soul Coughing · Soundgarden · The Spin Doctors · Squeeze · Status Quo [2] · Steely Dan [2] · Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs, Kansas, solo, etc.) · Steve Winwood [2] · Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac, solo, etc.) · Stevie Ray Vaughan · Sting (The Police, solo) · Stone Temple Pilots · The Stone Roses · The Stooges [2 (includes Iggy Pop solo gigs)] · The Stranglers · Stryper [2] · Styx (includes solo and side projects) · Sublime [2] · Suicide · Supertramp · System of a Down

Talking Heads (pdf) (includes David Byrne, The Tom Tom Club & other solo and side projects) · Teenage Fanclub · Television · Tesla · The The · They Might Be Giants · Thin Lizzy [2] · Thompson Twins · Thunder · Tim Buckley · Tina Turner · Tindersticks · Todd Rundgren · Tom Petty (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, solo, etc.) [2] · Tom Waits · Tool · Tori Amos · Tracy Chapman · Toto · Townes Van Zandt · Traffic · The Tragically Hip · Triumph

U2 [2] [3] [4] · UB40 · UFO · UK · U.K. Subs · Ultravox · The Undead · Underworld · Uriah Heep

Van der Graaf Generator (includes Peter Hammill dates [2]) · Van Halen [2] · Van Morrison · The Velvet Underground · Venom · Veruca Salt · Vixen

Warren Zevon · Weather Report · Weezer · Weird Al Yankovic · The White Stripes · Whitesnake · The Who [2 (includes solo and side projects)] · Widespread Panic · Wilco · Wire



ZZ Top

Bonus Link: Bogus tour dates shown on the backs of Weird Al's concert T-shirts
posted by Knappster (32 comments total) 43 users marked this as a favorite
Nice. I need to dig through some ticket stubs.

If this Best Post Contest for December was a voting thing, I'd be voting for this post.
posted by marxchivist at 1:21 PM on December 30, 2011

Hey! My very first concert!

"10 Years of The Mothers" tour
1974 04 24 - Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN

Previously listed as 1974 07 23.
130 min, Aud, B-

soundcheck intro, Pygmy Twylyte (incl. Dummy Up), The Idiot Bastard Son, Cheepnis, Inca Roads, Cosmik Debris, Montana, improvisations, Dupree's Paradise, It Can't Happen Here, Hungry Freaks Daddy, You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here, How Could I Be Such A Fool?, I Ain't Got No Heart, I'm Not Satisfied, Wowie Zowie, Let's Make The Water Turn Black, Harry You're A Beast, The Orange County Lumber Truck, Oh No, Trouble Every Day (q: RDNZL), Penguin In Bondage, Andy, Camarillo Brillo
posted by Thorzdad at 1:25 PM on December 30, 2011

Holy shit, they actually have this show on tape -- it's the first concert I ever went to. Smashing Pumpkins at the very first show ever at the current 9:30 Club. Spent the whole show 20 feet away from the stage and sung along with every single song. This was back in the days when you only had a few dozen cds and listened to them over and over and over again..
posted by empath at 1:26 PM on December 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

And my first concert, too! The Damned, Poole Arts Centre, 26 June 1985!

And as I mentioned in this thread, we met them in the chip shop before the gig!
posted by dowcrag at 1:27 PM on December 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

Apparently Hawkwind and Frank Zappa were soundtracking my arrival in this world.
posted by The Card Cheat at 1:34 PM on December 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

My first concert (19 Mar. 1984) isn't listed on the Judas Priest site. I'd never heard of the opening act, but they would later make headlines around the world.
posted by Knappster at 1:36 PM on December 30, 2011

Wicked post Knappster - thanks. I have just launched a site called Gods and Alcoves which brings together discographies, gigographies and radio/TV broadcasts for the following bands from 1979-1989 ("Goth, post-punk and alternative").

A self link, but a relevant one. (I hope!)

the birthday party
the boys next door
the cult
the cure
death cult
joy division
killing joke
love and rockets
nick cave and the bad seeds
play dead
siouxsie and the banshees
the sisters of mercy
the southern death cult
tones on tail
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 1:39 PM on December 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

My first show.
posted by davebush at 1:55 PM on December 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

Well this was very frustrating. None of the greatest gigs I heard as a kid were listed. Not the Jefferson Airplane/Iron Butterfly gig around ~68. Not the Cramps on New Year's Eve in Chicago maybe 79 or 80. Not Uriah Heep in the early 70s. There's not even a gig list to find the Johnny and Edgar Winter gig (warmup act: James Brown) in Minneapolis around 75. I could not find the Jeff Beck/Jan Hammer Group gig in an outdoor amphitheater in 1976.. hey wait, they warmed up for Fleetwood Mac, check that list.. yess.. June 25, 1976.

A little more googling.. I am in this picture somewhere, the photographer was about 10 feet behind me. It's like being there again.
posted by charlie don't surf at 2:14 PM on December 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

Bogus tour dates shown on the backs of Weird Al's concert T-shirts

Waitaminute, I was THERE when he played the La Brea Tar Pits in '94... he did two extra shows when he and two of his band members couldn't extricate themselves... you might say he was held over when he was held under.
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:24 PM on December 30, 2011

> There's not even a gig list to find the Johnny and Edgar Winter gig (warmup act: James Brown)

They went on after James Brown?
posted by The Card Cheat at 2:32 PM on December 30, 2011

In August 1983, I saw James Brown open for The Police.
posted by davebush at 2:35 PM on December 30, 2011

I was at this show, which was apparently, The Police's first arena gig. Tom Robinson opened and Jools Holland played the intermission.
posted by octothorpe at 2:38 PM on December 30, 2011

"Sure mom, I'll be back early. Just going over to Stevie's house. Don't wait up." Not my first show ever, but my first Dead show. 2 hour drive each way in some friend of Stevie's camaro doing about 70 on 95 up to the New Haven Coliseum from NYC area. Made it home just before mom woke up for her morning coffee.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 2:44 PM on December 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

They went on after James Brown?

Yes. That James Brown performance is the worst concert act I have seen in my entire life. It was ruined by a showboating bass sax player, all you could hear was the guy honking, he drowned out everyone else. It could not have been just a bad PA mix, the sax just didn't seem to be playing anything but the same note, honking over and over. Well at least the Johnny & Edgar Winter main show was one of the best shows I ever saw. And they hardly ever played together.

In August 1983, I saw James Brown open for The Police.

LOL, you reminded me, I saw English Beat open for The Police probably around 78. That gig is also not on any list. We walked out after English Beat, that's who we went to see. The Police sucked.

I'm checking other gigs I attended. Oh holy crap. I found a video of the 1985 LA Street Scene Riot. Fishbone played and the mosh pit got aggressive. Then Agent Orange threw free skateboard decks into the pit, and people started fighting to grab them. A minor riot started, so the LAPD shut down the stage. So everyone drifted over to the main stage where Sparks and The Ramones were scheduled next, the main act for the night. That stage was shut down and they never went on. People got pissed off and started tipping over the big oil drums filled with water that they were using as crowd barriers. So people started running away from the water rushing across the grassy plaza. The police thought there was something dangerous that people were fleeing from, but it was just people who didn't want to get their shoes wet. So the LAPD Mounted Police rushed the crowd. They were swinging long nightsticks, I remember ducking and one went right over my head and into the face of a guy standing about 3 feet from me. Well I suppose he deserved it, he was beating on his girlfriend. I got the hell out of there and thought to myself, I'm sure glad I didn't take that acid someone offered me about 2 hours earlier.
My girlfriend and I tried to go to the final act the next night, Edgar Winter was playing. But every time we tried to get close, our path was blocked by latino gangbangers, they actually had the whole concert area cordoned off. Every time we tried to push through, they'd push together, shoulder to shoulder to block us. We couldn't get close so we left. Good thing too, there was a shooting about 15 minutes later, IIRC one guy got killed.
posted by charlie don't surf at 3:42 PM on December 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

Well this has helped me remember a couple of things. Sort of. I did see the Clash twice in '82, yes.
posted by zomg at 3:44 PM on December 30, 2011

I saw English Beat open for The Police

That was '81, probably. I saw the Cow Palace show. Mostly holding my girlfriend in the air because she was short.
posted by zomg at 3:46 PM on December 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

This is fantastic, thanks for posting this. I remember seeing Pearl Jam in 1995 in San Jose; PJ was awesome, natch, but I had to leave early because I had to be in LA the next morning, so I spent the entire drive kicking myself because I couldn't remember the name of this this amazing guy in the opening act.
A few months later, I met my husband, who fired up a copy of "Fight for Your Mind" and the mystery was solved.
I just pulled up the MonkeyWrench Radio link to the preshow so my husband could hear it. Damn, I love the internets.
posted by Dr. Zira at 4:12 PM on December 30, 2011

Wow. My first ever concert is in there. CSN&Y, 08-17-1974 at Foreman Field in Norfolk, Virginia.

Three sets of pure "my life is gonna rock from now on".

I feel really, really old now.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 4:17 PM on December 30, 2011

This is a great post. Thanks.
posted by davebush at 5:39 PM on December 30, 2011

I can't imagine any act today grabbing the kind of numbers The Jacksons were getting on their Victory tour in '84. They sold out Dodger Stadium six damn nights.
posted by davebush at 6:21 PM on December 30, 2011

It was ruined by a showboating bass sax player

As big as this one?

If the horn seemed heavy on the low end to you, it was most likely a baritone sax. Or likelier still, a tenor sax. But you should also consider that the sax player might not have been "showboating". Actually, it is hugely uncharacteristic of the late Mr. Brown to let anyone besides himself "showboat". Much likelier that the culprit that night was a bad sound mix. The man at the mixing board might have been high, or half asleep, or just had bad ears. You might have been standing (or seated, whatever) in what's called a bass trap: a part of the room (often under a balcony) where bass is enhanced and overpresent.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:24 PM on December 30, 2011

I feel really, really old now.

Nah. Your is gonna rock from now on.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:28 PM on December 30, 2011

Um... "you're gonna".

"Your is gonna" is good, though: nice ring to it.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:40 PM on December 30, 2011

One of these gigographies needs your help. The Asking Tree — the Robyn Hitchcock database — is looking for a new host. It's written in very old ASP, and could be updated.
posted by scruss at 7:57 PM on December 30, 2011

Awesome post!! You inspired some great memories! Thank you

My first show-WAY too young(not quite a teen) but my brothers G/F and her brother took me for my birthday (and got me to smuggle weed down my pants as I laid in the back of a damn Pinto hatchback) ಠ_ಠ I was a KISS army member and fanatic
I think that is the only reason I was allowed to go.

AMAZING show and surreal crowd with many in full costume-Gene with the blood and flames-Ace flying through the sky-Paul and Gene on the elevating platforms-Peter with a rising drum set and pyro galore-my ears rang for a few days-even The Rockets were good. A major concert in the 70's was an experience beyond description-the ambiance etc I can remember/smell/feel to this day.

I wish I had gotten a tour shirt.

I have seen 100 + concerts since-nothing compares to the stage show they had-not even Floyd.NIN/Jim Rose Circus and Marilyn Manson at Maple Leaf gardens is the only one close with energy/vibe. Maybe The Tubes could have come close-unfortunately I never had the pleasure.
posted by plumberonkarst at 1:47 AM on January 1, 2012

Hopefully good additional links lots of concert dates/ tickets stubs print a memory
posted by plumberonkarst at 1:58 AM on January 1, 2012

Maybe The Tubes could have come close-unfortunately I never had the pleasure.

I saw the Tubes during the Power Tools tour. The concert was just after the big local college football game. So the Tubes opened with Hey Sports Fans [NSFW]. Fee Waybill came out dressed in every type of sports gear you could strap on your body all at once. Then as he sang, he stripped them off one by one and hurled them at the audience. Then he started hitting baseballs into the audience, really hard. They were bouncing off people's heads. ROFL.

But then Mondo Bondage.. I will never forget one of the most athletic feats I ever saw. Fee picked up one of the dancers, held her upside down against him and started simulating 69 while standing. Then the two of them did cartwheels across the stage, alternating from his feet to hers. Wow.
posted by charlie don't surf at 8:12 AM on January 2, 2012

I imagine most who are interested already know, but there's another Phish resource on
posted by knile at 1:28 AM on January 3, 2012

Hilariously, there appears to be no record anywhere of my first concert, which was ZZ Top at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, sometime in 1986. My guess is that it was in the spring -- they also played a date on the coast, which a friend of mine attended, and it was apparently in March. And my ticket was a birthday present from my mother, which also places it in March.

But I know when and where it was. My mother decided that, at 16, I was too young to drive to Jackson by myself and see the show, so we went up as a family -- her, my brother, and I -- and made a weekend of it. As I recall, there was a trip to the Jackson Zoo the next day, about which more later.

Anyway, we stayed in a hotel across the street from the venue, so after dinner mom and bro went back to the hotel and I marched my skinny nerdy ass across to stand in line, ticket in hand, for entry. I was almost immediately sort of adopted by two Marines on leave who had miracled their way to the show, and who apparently thought I was way too little to be safe there at a general admission show all by my lonesome. (They were probably right; I was small until my junior year.) They were also very helpful, in their own way -- they bought me a beer, and gave me a hit off their joint, which made the inevitable mid-80s laser show just that much more awesome. I did have the good sense to ignore their advice on women, however.

The other punch line was the zoo trip. It was full of concert-goers from other parts of Mississippi, too, all of a certain Jim Anchower type. My mother, bless her, is a bit of a goody, so she didn't immediately realize why all those people were cheering at the rhino enclosure until we'd all gotten an enormous eyeful of what the rhinos were doing, what the daddy rhino was working with, the the vigor with which they were enjoying the pleasant springtime afternoon.

Rock and roll, baby.
posted by uberchet at 12:42 PM on January 3, 2012

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