A few years ago my daughter asked me exactly how many concerts that I have seen.
I had no idea .
So I started a list. And, because it’s me:
It’s an alphabetical list.
I still don’t know how many concerts I have attended. Who have I seen the most often –
(Well, you just knew that given the chance, mt was going to go all Abbott and Costello on us…)
Actually, that would be:
Some of them were, and still are, favorites. Others were favorites at the time, but not so much anymore. Some were opening acts that I might not have chosen, but thoroughly enjoyed.
A few were opening acts that I suffered through.
Some of them were not favorites of mine, but were favorites of people that I love. Some were at festivals with tons of other bands.
Some I would have waited in line in the rain to see all by themselves (I don’t remember this ever happening, but I would have).
I have not kept track of bands that I have seen multiple times (and there are several of those). Since I started this list thirty-odd years after the first concert that I attended, I am positive that I have forgotten several.
So! Get your tickets ready, and join me – alphabetically, of course – for…
A – Aerosmith, Gary Allan, Allman Brothers Band, Ambrosia, Avenged Sevenfold, AWOLNATION
B – Joan Baez, Be Your Own Pet, Jeff Beck, Pat Benatar, Elvin Bishop, Bon Jovi, Breaking Benjamin, Jimmy Buffett, Bullet for My Valentine
C – Cage the Elephant, Ray Charles, Cher, Chicago, Chicano Batman, Eric Clapton, Coin, Alice Cooper, Robert Cray, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, The Cult
D – Charlie Daniels Band, John Denver, Def Leppard, Disturbed, Doobie Brothers, Dr. Hook, Dropkick Murphys, Bob Dylan
E – Eagles… and the and band that I was most surprised by?
Earth, Wind, and Fire.
F – Fitz and the Tantrums, Dan Fogelberg, John Fogerty, Peter Frampton…
and my most recent concert? The Flaming Lips in 2023.
G – Lou Gramm, Arlo Guthrie, Buddy Guy
H – Halestorm, Hall and Oates, Don Henley, Susanna Hoffs, Hootie and the Blowfish
I – Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Innocence Mission, Iron Maiden, Chris Isaak
J – Jane’s Addiction, Joan Jett, Billy Joel, Elton John
K– Katrina and the Waves, Myles Kennedy, Kiss, Alison Krauss
L – Gordon Lightfoot, Living Colour, and the Opening Act that I wasn’t familiar with previously, who became a favorite? Larkin Poe. And the band that gave me the most “street cred” while teaching high school? Led Zeppelin.
M – Taj Mahal, Marshall Tucker Band, Dave Matthews, Edwin McCain, Paul McCartney, JD McPherson, Megadeth, John Mellencamp, Metallica, Steve Miller Band, Keb’ Mo’, Eddie Money, Motionless in White, Molly Hatchet
N – Tash Neal, New Kids on the Block, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
O – One Republic, Orleans
P – Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Robert Plant, Pop Evil, Poppy, Portugal. The Man, John Prine, Prophets of Rage, Pure Prairie League
Q – Quarterflash
R – Bonnie Raitt, Rancid, Replacements, Paul Rodgers, Rolling Stones, and First concert? REO Speedwagon opening for Aerosmith circa 1976.
S – Santana, Bob Seger, Paul Simon, Skid Row, Slash, Smashing Pumpkins, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Steely Dan, Steppenwolf, Rod Stewart, Sting, Styx, Survivor
T – James Taylor, Tears for Fears, Tesla, Tina Turner, Robin Trower
U – U2, Keith Urban
V – Vampire Weekend, Phil Vassar
W – Wakrat, Warrant, Jack White, The Who, Steve Winwood, Lucinda Williams
X – King’s X
Y – Weird Al Yankovic, Young the Giant
Z – Rob Zombie
And what about you?
Do you also compulsively alphabetize things?
If not, what compulsion do you have?
Do you have an “alphabetical” concert list?
Tell us about it in the comments!
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