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Who are the Bands you got to see live when they were in their absolute prime and at the top of their game ?

grind1

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This will mean next to nothing to most folks here, but seeing the Flying Luttenbachers at the Che Cafe in San Diego in like 03? was amazing; just a telepathically tight performance.
 

buddyboy69

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Sound Garden, Iorn Maiden # of the beast.
Primus
S.R.V.
Judas Priest, screaming for vengeance
Jeff Beck after guitar shop.
Many more.
 

davidryanolson

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Bon Iver in the 22AM era. He's always at the top of his game (and I would have killed to go to a For Emma-era show), but this era was magical in its own way. He was still riding the return-from-hiatus high. Show was in an incredible, beautiful concert hall that they normally do the symphony in. Just next level.

Walk The Moon around 2013. Right before their sophomore album/their popularity explosion. Their ST album was the best IMO. There was an energy at those shows that was incredible.
 

Lonnie00

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AC/DC on the Back in Black and FTATR tours. Queen on the Crazy tour. Billy Joel on the Glass Houses tour. Bon Jovi in 88, can't remember the tour name.
 

jbviper4

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Journey from Infinity - Escape
Rush - Permanent Waves - Signals
Bon Jovi opening for Kiss (79) - IIRC they played Runaway twice haha
38 Special opening for Journey (80ish)
Scorpions - Love at First Sting
Pink Floyd - The Wall 79
Ozzy and Randy CC Coliseum 1981 (mind blown)

My first Springsteen show (50+ at this point) was The River tour in 81(?) and I remember at the tender age of 15 thinking "I wish I saw him before Hungry Heart" lol
 
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Turbo Gerbil

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Huey Lewis and the News with Neville brothers opening, at Red Rocks. Still probably the best concert I've ever been to.

Pat Benatar at Red Rocks also. With Billy Squire opening.

Hm... Molly Hatchet with Jimmy Ferrar for the Beating the Odds tour was pretty amazing also.

Dream Theater during the Awake tour.

Van Hagar at Fiddlers Green in Denver.

Type O at insane volumes at the BlueBird in Denver.

Primus when they still had Herb.

Gaga.... all her tours starting at The Monster Ball v 2.0.. but the most "top of her game" she might have been was during the Jazz shows in Vegas of all things. Those shows really show off her vocal chops and let her completely be her quirky self.

Never got to see Queen with Freddy... but I've seen Queen/Adam Lambert twice and both have been stellar. I don't think Brian has lost a step, but no John or Freddy.

SoundGarden/Pantera/Skid Row was outstanding I remember.
 
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xStonr

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Hendrix
Jethro Tull
Grateful Dead
Pink Floyd
Elvis Costello
Asleep At The Wheel
David Bromberg
Bruce Springsteen
Little Feat
Black Crowes
Tom Petty
Allman Brothers Band
Traffic
Van Morrison
The Who
Mahavishnu Orchestra
The Band
Rolling Stones
Bob Marley & The Wailers
Jefferson Airplane
Hot Tuna
Steve Miller Band
Warren Zevon
Linda Rondstadt
Jackson Brown
Neil Young
Fleetwood Mac
The Clash
James Gang
Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band
Yes
Billy Joel
 

FiremanMike

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I saw Third Eye Blind in 1998 or 99 with Tonic opening.

That concert was absolutely amazing and remains one of the best, most rockin concerts I’ve ever seen..
 

gigs

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Late 70's early 80's concerts, bands/folks in their prime (imo):
Ted Nugent
Rush
Yes
Rolling Stones
Roy Buchanan
Johnny Winter
Rick Derringer
Charlie Daniels
Robin Trower
The Cars
Santana

... Saw a lot more concerts, but those stick out in my memory as being really good.
 

Maggot

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Husker Du 1984
Meat Puppets 1985
Violent Femmes 1982
Nirvana 1990
Mudhoney 1989
Grateful Dead 1986
Stray Cats 1982
Neville Brothers 1987
Ornette Coleman with Prime Time 1987
Dinosaur Jr. 2019
The Replacements 1983
Jimmy Cliff 1981
Peter Tosh 1982
R.L. Burnside 1995
Boredoms 1994
Black Flag 1985
Sonny Sharrock 1988
L7 1990

Lots more who I can't remember, and lots of blues guys who may not have been in their prime but were still amazing. And greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Fela who, though definitely past their prime by the time I saw them (mid 80s and early 90s respectively), were two of the most amazing performers I've ever seen.
 

mad dog

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I saw the Dead dozens of times between late '67 and '74. Just my opinion here ... they were never better than that time.
 

NorCal_Val

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Jane’s Addiction-“Nothing’s Shocking” tour
Queensryche-“Mindcrime” tour
Megadeth-“Rust In Peace” tour
Metallica-“And Justice For All”(debatable, I know)
Whitesnake-“Slide It In” tour(Sykes was a monster)
Racer X-right after “Second Heat”
Cacophony-right after “Go Off!!”
Just to name a few...
 

DGDGBD

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George Thorogood 1981
Stevie Ray Vaughan 1983/84
The Stray Cats 1984
The B52s 1983
Joe Satriani 1988
Jeff Beck 1989
CSN 1997
Blues Traveler 1996
Chuck Berry 1981
The Smithereens late 1980s
REM 1987
Violent Femmes 1986?
Los Lobos 1987?
 
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mycroftxxx

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The Eagles in 1977 on the Hotel California tour
SRV in late ‘85 and again in early ‘86, both times with the Fabulous T-Birds opening; again in late summer ’89, with a totally clean SRV reaching even higher
Peter Gabriel in 1986 on the So tour
Richard Thompson many times, and always great, but two really fit this thread: early 1991, a few months before Rumor and Sigh was released; and in spring 2000, the Mock Tudor tour (RT has said that album is his most fully realized vision)
R.E.M. in 1987 on the Document tour (before Michael Stipe decided he had Something Important To Say)
Michael Hedges three times in the late ‘80s
 

Scafeets

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Chicago, Tower of Power, Jeff Beck Truth Band w/Rod, Little Feat, Mothers, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Santana, Yes, Queen, Allmans, Stones, Stevie Wonder, WHO, Weather Report, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Charles Mingus, Rahhsan Roland Kirk, Bobby Hutcherson, Stan Getz, Luther Allison, Willie Dixon, Linda Ronstadt, Eagles, Eric Johnson, JoeSatriani, The World's Most Dangerous Band. Traffic, Cream, Hendrix, Sly & the Stone.....
 

Telejester

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Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules tours
Van Halen - 1978 first tour - opening for Sabbath
Rush - Hemispheres and Permanent Waves tours
ZZ Top - Deguello
Michael Hedges - Taproot
Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers tour
Scott Henderson & Tribal Tech ~ 1999
Jean Luc Ponty - 1984 and 1985 (w/ Scott Henderson)
Stanley Clarke - 1984
Al Di Meola - Electric Rendezvous
Chick Corea Elektric band - Light Years Tour (w/ Frank Gambale) ~ 1988
Ozzy w/ Randy Rhoads - Diary tour
Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush - What’s Next? tour 1979
Yes - Tourmato 1979, 90125 tours
Pat Metheny - Secret Story 1992
Mike Stern - late 1980s
Allan Holdsworth ~ late 1980s and 1991
Kansas - late 70’s
Santana - Freedom with Buddy Miles
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Works Tour 1977
Marillion - This Strange Engine
The Firm
David Gilmour - About Face Tour - 1984
Roger Waters - Pro & Cons Tour ~ 1984
Pink Floyd - Momentary Lapse and Pulse tours
Jonas Hellborg & Shawn Lane - early 1990s
I remember rushing home from school in 85 with a copy of the firm's vinyl album I had just bought. Turned out to be total crap imo.
 




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