“Without music, life would be a mistake” – Fredrich Nietzsche
Music has always been a large part of my life. It helps me connect the dots. In my early years I was trained and played the trumpet, and then moved on to the French horn.
April 1, 1972 was my first rock concert. Dr. John opened for Emerson, Lake & Palmer at the venerable Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo. Wow! Don’t think I’ll ever forget that concert…Life Changing Implications.
I took up the bass guitar and began my career as a Rock Star with my band, Shoko. Notably, I had the opportunity to perform with Chris Kinkade, who happens to be an incredible earthling (singer, actor, harpist & holistic healer), along with Bob Kinkel (Co-Founder of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra & a guy who took what we were doing a little too seriously, thankfully).
But in my case, alas, it turns out that I can appreciate music much better than I can perform it.
Maybe it’s the fall air, maybe just dredging up some memories, but I decided to jot down the artists that I’ve seen perform (including some thoughts as I deem appropriate) to share with you. It’s been a nice exercise – one that you might want to enjoy doing yourself.
Like how when you hear a particular song, it will remind you of a moment in time or an event that happened, concerts can also walk with us through life. At least many do for me.
I’ve left off classical, jazz, gospel, opera, and musicals from the list. I’m sure that I’ve missed some, due to age or other mind-altering influences, but here (in alphabetical order) it ‘tis:
54-40 – 2X
Aerosmith – Multiple shows, but Stephen Tyler’s voice was never once solid
Randy Bachman (of The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive)
Better Than Ezra
Blood, Sweat & Tears – 2X
The Blow Monkeys
Blue Oyster Cult – 2X
Bow Wow Wow
David Bowie – Perhaps my favorite concert of all
Garth Brooks – No. 3 Daughter’s first concert
Collective Soul – First time was great, the 2nd time is known as “The Collective Disaster”
Crash Test Dummies
Burton Cummings (of The Guess Who)
The Del Lords
Mickey Dolenz (Of The Monkees) – Tried to meet him as a boy, but got to as an adult
Dr. John – First concert, then got to meet him many years later
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – 2X
Mark Farner (Of Grand Funk Railroad)
The Forgotten Rebels – Mickey DeSadist where are you?
The Grapes of Wrath
Great Big Sea
The Guess Who
The James Gang
The Jeff Healy Band
Ken Hensley (Of Uriah Heep)
Humble Pie – Peter Frampton was still playing lead guitar
J. Geils Band
Jethro Tull – 2X
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Kid Creole & The Coconuts
Lynyrd Skynyrd – A couple of times before they fell from the sky
Chuck Mangione – Sadly & ironically, a couple of his musicians fell from the sky in Buffalo not too long ago
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Kim Mitchell (of Max Webster)
Montrose – Sammy Hagar was lead singer at the time
The Northern Pikes
Our Lady Peace
Pegasus – Mark Freeland – Thanks in a big way!
The Pretenders – Debbie & I had the lower right box at Shea’s – incredible!
The Psychedelic Furs – Many times. No. 2 daughter’s first concert. Years after that, finally got to have a smoke with Richard Butler
The Pursuit Of Happiness
The PushStars – Ah, those shows were always fun
The Ramones – No. 1 Daughter’s first concert. Next time around No. 2 daughter saw them. Both were under 10 years, but I told them some day they would fully realize the importantance of seeing the Ramones
Leon Redbone – Saw a few times and who is he anyways?
Patti Rothberg – Debut release party at our club. Went nowhere and neither did the club
Southern Culture On The Skids – No.2 Daughter was asked on stage to toss chicken at the audience
The Spirit Of The West – 2X
Talas – Many, many times and many thanks for the memories
The Tea Party
Tears For Fears
They Might Be Giants – 2X
Three Dog Night
The Tragically Hip – A few times. They were supposed to play at our club, but…
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra – My first real All Access Pass!
The Tubes – 2X. Once in Buffalo, Once in LA
U2 – Saw them in a bar May 1982
Uriah Heep – Saw multiple times. Still one of my all time favorite bands
The Violent Femmes
The Wild Strawberries
Hank Williams III – His Grandpa must be proud
Z.Z. Top – Saw many times, always good
What shows had meaning for you? Please feel free to share. I enjoy discussing this subject.