Rawk shows

I used to see a lot of rock concerts . Here’s a list of twenty-five of the more memorable ones. In rough chronological order:

  1. Tom Petty, 1991, Seattle Coliseum. This was the first live rock show I remember attending without my parents.
  2. Soundgarden 1991, Paramount Seattle. This show is the first one I attended where people moshed.
  3. Metallica 1992, Seattle Coliseum. This show: 
  4. Lollapalooza 1992, Kitsap County Fairgrounds. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, JAMC. Ice Cube performed “F— the Police” for thirty minutes after being delayed by US customs officials.
  5. Nirvana 1992, Seattle Coliseum. This show.
  6. Lollapalooza 1993, Portland Meadows. J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. played LOUD. Rage Against the Machine sang “Killing in the Name,” complete with hundreds of f-bombs. I suffered a terrible sunburn.
  7. Rev. Horton Heat, 1994, the Abyss (Houston). I’d been in college for about a month.
  8. Nine Inch Nails, the Houston Summit, Halloween 1994. Marilyn Manson opened. So many people dressed as The Crow.
  9. Grateful Dead, Seattle Memorial Stadium, 1995. Jerry Garcia’s last tour
  10. HORDE Festival, 1997, Portland Meadows, Neil Young w/Crazy Horse (and a brief solo set), Blues Traveler, Morphine
  11. Willie Nelson, 2000, the Astrodome, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo,
  12. Radiohead, 2001, Houston/Woodlands. I was so surprised they made Kid A come alive.
  13. Old 97’s, 2001, the Fabulous Satellite Lounge. The Sunday before I took the bar exam.
  14. Beck, the Flaming Lips, 2002, Jones Hall, Houston.
  15. Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, 2003, Numbers. Karen O was in her self-destructive phase as a performer. She was riveting. The Locusts opened. They sounded terrible.
  16. Coachella Festival 2004. Radiohead, the Pixies, the Flaming Lips, the Cure, Muse, lots of others.
  17. Judas Priest/Slayer, 2004, the Woodlands. We were in the sixth row, facing the stacks. Slayer’s kick drum stopped and restarted my heart, more than Motley Crue’s song ever did.
  18. Arcade Fire, 2005, Mary Jane’s (Houston). No room anywhere in that tiny dump of a club.
  19. Sigur Ros, 2006, Bayou Music Center . I met up with my future wife and other friends who saw Coldplay that same night.
  20. Tamar w/Prince, 2006, Warehouse Live (Houston). No one cared about Tamar. It was all Prince.
  21. Rolling Stones, 2006, Zilker Park, Austin.
  22. Muse, 2006, Bayou Music Center, Houston. Muse was loud enough we had to use tissue to fashion earplugs on the fly.
  23. Raconteurs, 2006, Bayou Music Center, Houston.
  24. Austin City Limits Festival 2006, Zilker Park: Killers, Arcade Fire, Muse, others that I don’t remember because I had too much fun.
  25. Coachella Festival 2007. Rage Against the Machine, Girl Talk, Sonic Youth.

I don’t mean for this list to be exhaustive, or the best ones. It’s merely a starting point. Tell me about your memorable concerts!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Satisfaction of a List.”


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