Saturday, April 18, 2009

"Five things" on Facebook

Have you noticed the number of "five things" lists which are popping up on Facebook? One which intrigued me, and which I responded to, was "five bands you've seen more than once in concert." I posted because, upon reflection, I've seen some great groups and unbelievable concerts with great memories attached to each from the past 30 years.

Here are my five:

1. The Rolling Stones. I first saw the Stones at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, MO. Stevie Wonder was the opening act. This concert was right after the Stones published "Exile on Main Street." Since then, I've seen these guys seven times. My most memorable experience was seeing them perform at the Double Door club in Chicago in 1997 and then, two nights later, at opening night for the "Bridges to Babylon Tour" at Soldier Field. (Mel Gibson was in the row behind us at that show. Pretty cool...)

2. The Eagles. The Eagles performed at Kemper Arena in 1976 around the release of "Hotel California." I then saw them in 1978 at Arrowhead Stadium when Dan Fogelberg and Linda Ronstandt opened the show. Subsequent concerts were at Giants Stadium in New York; Sandstone Amphitheater (in the rain), Kemper Arena and the Sprint Center, all in Kansas City.

3. U2. I really hope I get to see these guys again later this year when they begin their arena tour in the States. I saw the PopMart tour twice--at Soldier Field, Chicago, and Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City. I then saw the band at Kemper Arena, Kansas City and most recently at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after the release of "How to Dismantle an Atom Bomb."

4. The Who. In 1975, The Who performed at Kemper Arena and I was there to see the original lineup, including my all-time favorite drummer, Keith Moon. (Moon died in 1978.) I then got to see the band perform in Dallas at Reunion Arena.

5. Eric Clapton. I've seen Clapton twice--both at Kemper Arena in Kansas City.

There are six others that I've seen more than once--Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (three times), Chicago (four times), Dave Matthews Band (twice), James Taylor (twice), Dan Fogelberg (twice) and The Beach Boys (twice.)

Who are your five? Send a comment and let us know...and let us know who you regret never having seen in concert. For the record, I regret never having seen Led Zeppelin perform live.


  1. I've only seen Elton John (3 times) and James Taylor (2 times) more than once. And I can barely remember. You have a good memory!

  2. 1. The Who at Arrowhead Stadium in the late ‘80s. Obviously post Keith Moon but Pete, Roger and “the Ox” still had it going.
    2. The Rolling Stones at Busch Stadium also late ‘80s. Solid rock n roll road trip...
    3. Rush at Kemper Arena during my high school days. Will have to say that Neil Peart put on the best live performance for a drummer that I have ever seen. Although Carl Palmer, when he was with Asia, came a very close second one evening at Starlight Theatre.
    4. Journey at Kemper Arena during my high school days…didn’t we all wear out the Infinity album?
    5. Kiss at Kemper Arena when I was in the sixth grade. Yes, the sixth grade; my best friend and I talked our parents into letting my friend’s college-age sister take us. Gene Simmons blowing fire and Ace Frehley blowing up his guitar…it didn’t get any better than that.