Saturday, August 4, 2007

Real Time Music

Under the pressure of mind-crushers Rage Against the Machine, my entire concert history flashes before my eyes. I see every live band that ever had the heart and guts to flood my and my friends' ears with their message. Peace, Love, Drugs, Death, Pantslessness (Louis XIV)... It's all a ball to me. I got into concerts only a few years ago, around 2003, and it's easily the realest, most mysterious exchange of energy that I've ever come across in this life.

Here's a list of every show that's ever moved me. I started writing it for myself, but I thought I'd post it and see what you guys had to say about your favourite concert, or concerts in general.

  • Kasabian at Club Soda, Montreal
  • Shout Out Out Out Out at Main Hall, Montreal
  • Green Day at Phoenix (along w/ 500 people to first debut American Idiot)
  • Green Day in ??? (the big show)
  • Sum 41 in London
  • The Killers at Kool Haus
  • The Killers at Molson Amphitheatre
  • Oasis at Molson Amphitheatre
  • Louis XIV at Mod Club
  • OK Go + Kaiser Chiefs @ Mod Club
  • Rage Against the Machine at Randall's Island, New York
  • Foo Fighters @ Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ Kool Haus
  • Danko Jones @ Les Saints, Montreal
  • Billy Talent @ the UBC Pub, Vancouver
  • Metallica in Vancouver Hockey Arena
  • The Strokes at Toronto Ricoh Colliseum
  • The Strokes outdoors at Plaza of Nations, Vancouver
  • The Living End, The Vines & Jet at Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver
  • Hawksley Workman at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver
  • Hawksley Workman at some performance hall in Hamilton
  • Mistakes in NYC
  • Incubus at Copps Collisseum
  • Psychotic 4 at Main Hall
  • Death from Above 1979 @ The Horseshoe Tavern
  • The White Stripes at the Molson Amphitheatre
  • Wu-Tang Clan, Cypress Hill & Public Enemy at Randall's Island, NYC
  • Nobuo Uematsu @ Jump Festa 2004, Makuhari Messe, Tokyo
  • The Trews @ Element Nightclub, Kitchener

My Still-to-See List:
  • The Hives
  • AC/DC
  • Wolfmother
  • Muse
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Velvet Revolver
  • The Bravery naked

My Biggest Regrets:
  • Missing Muse on a rainy day at the Montreal Island to sleep in and get in a fight w/ my ex!
  • Missing The Music as openers for Incubus at Copps Colliseum (thx 2 tim)
  • Missing the opening song, American Idiot, TWICE (at both Green Day shows I saw) (thx 2 tim)


Anonymous said...

Collective Soul at Element (Kitchener)
Tragically Hip at Guelph Lake Island

I saw Green Day on that tour as well in Barrie.

as well as any time TCL does you'll never die its ok.
and I still want to see Pete Townshend in some form or another.

I take my anonymity with me to the grave.

Fez said...

My first ever and is in my top 2 concerts I've been to is.. Michael Jackson. its engraved in my memory

Anonymous said...


Lauren said...

what an awesome lineup of musical memories you have there! i dont know a more truthful feeling than connecting with a room full of people, feeding off the energy of reverberating guitar strings, body-thumping drum and bass beats and a singer or two whose only goal is to rock your world...

my favourite concert has to be GnR, this past Nov at the ACC in toronto. not only was there an hour of strippers performing as an opening act, but axel and co. blasted my very soul with their pure rock n roll spirit... dude, no one has such as primal scream as that man!

ps. i'm still barely suppressing my jealousy at that rage concert you went to... everyone, lets do an ancient mayan ritual involving a flickering flame, human sacrifices and a lot of nakedness to bring them to toronto!!!

RikkiDee said...

never goto a concert with tim if you want to see the band

Anonymous said...

danko jones at foufounes electriques
hawksleyworkman all 6 times i saw him
the white stripes at metropolis
dandy warhols (oh my god the SOUND)
mogwai at spectrum (w/ la belle orchestre)
you yourselves at holy joes
HIM at metropolis (despite the worst opening bands ive ever seen)
iron maiden at the bell centre
black rebel motorcycle club both times i saw them

please watch this:


Anonymous said...


muse at metropolis, the vines and the music at koolhaus, moby at metropolis, sam roberts at metropolis

damn... so many good times in metropolis, i love that place, tcl must play there one day


Fez said...

I missed Daft Punk... they played and I couldnt go.. :'( made me cry a lot