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1st show through the end of the 1990s

Listed more or less in the order I saw them in for the first time. With a lot of the nu-metal bands and other artists I wasn't much into it's hard to keep track of exactly when I saw them. :P
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1st show I ever went to. He played a state fair when I lived in Illinois (late 80s), & my parents took me. They got me into his music.
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Starting with my love affair with Metal in the latter half of the 80s, once I heard Metallica ('87) they were my favorite band. That changed once I heard the Black Album, as well as started getting into the alternative wave that started in 1991, but I went ahead & saw them anyway in summer of '94, which was my 2nd show ever. Missed the openers, but I enjoyed their set. Glad I went too since after that I REALLY quit caring about them.
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Seen many many times, but my 1st was when they opened for NIN in October of '94. They used to be amazing live, but the older Manson gets the further downhill they slide.
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Their show in October of '94 remains my all-time top show ever. Followed closely by their Dallas performance in 2006 with QOTSA and DFA79. Hands down the best live band I've ever seen.
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They opened for Manson on their '95 club tour. Great energy, but not great musically.
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Opened for White Zombie in '95. Hated them.
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Also opened for White Zombie in '95. Think I saw them once more after.
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Saw them twice in '95 and a couple times in '96 before they broke up. Always a great show.
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Decent punk-ish Dallas band. Hit or miss live in my experience.
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Loved them for a couple of years, then they quickly went downhill and I eventually came to hate them.
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Saw them once, maybe twice? Fun but nothing special.
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Had no urge to see him, but watched him anyway since he played a local festival and I had nothing better to do. He was OK. Highlight was when he played "physical (you're so)" which he co-wrote with Trent Reznor.
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Great live in the '90s. Tolerable all around since they reunited.
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One of my all-time favorite bands. 1st saw them w/Helmet as the opener, and kept going back to see them ever since.
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Had the good fortune to see them headline their 1st club tour (with the amazing & underrated/forgotten Die Cheerleader, who should also be on this list). Saw them again when they opened for White Zombie in late '95. Then once more when they toured behind their 2nd album, after which I quit paying attention to them.
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I hate this band.
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Opener on the Bowie/NIN tour in '95. The whole set sounded like feeble attempts to imitate NIN. Hated them.
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Amazing, especially the part where he came onstage to do a few songs with NIN. Then NIN left the stage & Bowie carried on with his set.
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Opened for Pantera on New Years Eve '96. Terrible.
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Amazing when they opened for Pantera on New Years Eve '96. Awful when they headlined their own show a couple years later.
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One of the best Metal bands ever. Saw them countless times when I lived in their hometown. They always killed it.
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One of the best bands, live or recorded. Saw them enough times to become friends of theirs & earned a permanent spot on their guest list.
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Dallas band that should have been huge but never made it. The first time I saw them I wasn't much into them, but I saw them again about a month later & fell in love with them permanently. Managed to see them 7 times I think before they broke up.
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The first time I saw these guys they walked on stage dressed all in white, the guitarist rips into this sick riff, and the lead singer yells "You're gonna die!" before the rest of the band kicked in. Soon I found myself in a moshpit so intense I had to leave a few songs into their set.

Baboon remained amazing up until they started focusing on "maturing" their sound...I never dug it, & soon their live shows weren't insane anymore either & I quit caring about them.
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Another great Dallas band. Always an amazing live show.
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Opened the first time I saw Gravity Kills & Sister Machine Gun. Horrible...just horrible.
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Sure they were basically a NIN clone, but they put on great shows every time I saw them. Met them too & they were decent dudes.
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Only saw them once. Impressed enough to buy their album Burn, which I still regularly listen to.
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1st time I saw them (as openers for Bad Religion in '96) I liked them. Then I forgot about them until the radio started playing them in the early '00s, saw them once more & hated them.
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So much fun live when they opened for Bad Religion in '96. That's the only time I saw them.
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Consistently killer live show. Always worth it.
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Since '96 I've been going to see his spoken word performances. Always thought-provoking, insightful and entertaining.
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They played a radio station festival. I think I enjoyed them?
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Another NIN clone, but for the most part they put on solid shows. They did, however, suck when they opened for Depeche Mode and when I saw them after their last album came out.
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Poe
Love love love love love her. Saw her several times during the '90s. Miss her very much.
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Blew my mind when they opened for Rage in '96. Saw them again once or twice in '98. Great live band & very underrated.
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Played between Stanford Prison & Rage. They sucked.
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The 1st time I saw them still rates in my top 10. The 2nd time I saw them they were off...Zach couldn't keep up with the band for some reason. Then I didn't get to see them again until they reunited at Coachella, & that show was amazing enough that I forgave them for that 2nd show.
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Saw them a few times. Good energy, good live, but not so amazing that I ever owned an album of theirs.
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Saw far too many times to count. My love for the Rev. has dwindled over the years, but he'll always have my respect.
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Took me longer than I liked to see them live for the 1st time, but after that I rarely missed them again. Since they've reunited I've only seen them a couple of times. Consistently good live, I just feel like I've seen them plenty.
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One of the most original bands out there (and man are they out there). Aside from the 1st time I saw them (the above 3 bands opened that show) their shows were highly entertaining.
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Hated this band. Told them after the one time I saw them play that they sucked. Yes, to their faces. Surprisingly they took my opinion graciously. Ben Kweller told me, "yeah, we get that a lot."
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Great live band, both times I saw them.
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Great live band. Underrated & missed.
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One of the best Dallas bands ever. They broke up before I could overdose on their live shows, but they've played enough reunion shows now to make up for it.
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One of my favorite Dallas bands, and the only band that's ever let me join them on stage on a regular basis to sing one of their songs with them. I was heartbroken in 1998 when they broke up.
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Hate to admit I saw her, but I did. At least I can say that show SUCKED.
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Saw them more times than I'd like to admit. They were fun at first, but once they started taking themselves seriously I stopped enjoying them. If you have no idea who they are/were, you're better off.
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Seen them a few times over the years. Usually good live, but let's face it after a while all their songs sound the same.
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This is as best as I can recall. Missing bands are subject to them being so unremarkable live that I forget if I saw them and Listal's acknowledgement of their existence (there are many I thought of that Listal doesn't recognize). Also, these are somewhat in chronological order of the first time I saw them, though after a while I mostly guessed. I've been to over 1000 shows, so forgetting certain aspects/timelines should be understandable.

I think I saw Chuck Berry in '87 or '88. The rest of this list is 1994 to present.

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Comments

Posted: 7 years ago at Nov 6 6:08
"I don't trust bands who don't curse."-for Flyleaf
hahahaha Interesting list and entertaining. I'm dying to see Mastodon ohhh man haha
Posted: 7 years ago at Nov 9 17:21
Impressive list!
Posted: 7 years ago at Nov 11 19:35
that's funny you HATED Melvins. they're one of my absolute favorite bands and put on a killer live show. the dual drummer action they have going on now is so wonderfully fucking heavy!
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Feb 28 0:23
I commend you once more for a massive list with interesting notes painstakingly added about events I'm surprised you still remember... You should really get testing done to see how truly vivid your memory is, because I'm sure it's be way above average.
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Apr 16 9:35
Wow, I'm impressed. And just a little bit jealous ! ;D
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Apr 26 8:24
I am incredibly impressed. I would love to see Metallica, David Bowie, even Megadeth in their heyday.
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Apr 26 8:41
Bloody hell that's impressive! Jealous much! (:
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Apr 26 9:00
showoff
Posted: 6 years, 6 months ago at May 4 1:21
Damn, you have virtually seen all bands existant!

Anyways, i have added this list
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jun 9 20:34
im so jealous right now.
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Aug 23 9:28
I don t see in your live two great english bands:
Oasis (if you ever seen them live one time u will fall in love with them...One of the best shows I've seen..)
and The Stone Roses(another great band)
Maybe they didn't tour too much in the US
anyway good list!
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Aug 28 18:25
This is a good list, although I must say I haven't heard of about 25-30% of these bands. I DO have to agree with you about Primus. I am 21 years old, grew up listening to Primus and thinking to myself 'I will never get a chance to see Primus live, how sad.' Well here came my chance at the AllGood music festival in West Virgina. I've seen Les Claypool before and have been very pleased but this year in 2011 my dream came true and I got to see Primus live. It was unbelievable on many levels. Good list :)
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Jul 31 4:03
I envy you man. I really do.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Jul 31 9:13
450 bands... You still impress me, man...

Since you are in a relationship with a young baby girl, do you have any time and energy to keep this up?

I used to go to festivals every months back in France with my buddies but since I have a familly, I seriously quite the game... and you ?

One last thing, Manu Chao is a guy, a French singer, not a band. He used to be in La Mano Negra which was indeed a band.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Jul 31 17:58
@johanlefourbe - Ha, nope I've really fallen behind on shows since my daughter was born. I think I went to one show all last year & I haven't been to any this year so far. Got tickets for one coming up & have a couple others I'd like to go to but it's doubtful I'll make it to anything but the one I already have tickets for. I haven't completely given up on going, but I mostly limit myself to bands I've never seen. And one day hopefully my kid(s) will want to go to shows with me &/or my "wife".

Thanks for the correction on Manu Chao. Hard to keep track of such things when an artist plays a festival.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Sep 30 20:36
Man, you are SOOO wrong about Depeche Mode..
They are so much more than syths.. and Dave is such a FANTASTIC show man live. I don't know what you've saw..
Posted: 5 years ago at Nov 5 20:51
You're the luckiest man on Earth, i'm actually very jealous now. :P
Nice, impressive...I need a time machine. A lot of these bands are long time gone and it's impossible to see them live anymore...
Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Dec 4 4:07
You've definitely seen more concerts than me. I've only seen three. The only one I've seen that's on your list is Weird Al and he does put on a great show. Also on Radish, I'm probably one of those few people who knew they existed and they definitely suck.
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Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Jan 28 11:11
I'm not a great fan of the heavier, more-modern metal bands as I'm more of a classic fan in that regard. But I like almost all genres of music and there are more than enough musical artists here that I do like that I am well and properly jealous of you!

I can count the concerts I've been to on one hand but the artists that I've wanted to see, over the years, could fill a book! ;)
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Jan 29 3:33
Well I'll be a son of a bitch...I'm so jealous right now, especially since I've never seen ANY bands live and you've seen over 400! I congratulate you heartily on your grand achievement, good sir.
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Jan 16 7:50
@Bolshevik Gary - Yep, I'm glad too I saw Ministry the first couple times I did. But I also wish I could've seen them before then. Was working a night shift job when they came through for Filth Pig or I would have been at that one (which I heard good things from despite the quality of that album), and was too young to see them tour for Psalm 69 (well, unless my parents wanted to take me, but that wasn't happening).
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Sep 7 16:01
Você viu os melhores!
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Jun 12 4:08
Goddamit Giraffe! How many more bands do you have to introduce me to?!

Great list btw.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Jun 12 14:36
@Director Black - How much time do you have? ;) Thanks!

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