Sam’s Favorite Concerts

August 21, 2007 at 8:28 pm Leave a comment

Thought I’d start this blogging thing with a fun one. It’s my top 5 concerts of all time. After it jogs your memory a bit, be sure to send your top concerts in and we’ll be sure to share them with everyone.

The reason for this? To get it out of my head. Every now and then it pops into my head and I try to keep track of my top five. I always forget a couple and eventually remember them only to forget them again the next time. Enough playing mind games with myself?here they are on paper or in cyberspace. They are in no particular order?just the ones I loved the most.

Van Halen

I saw them twice in the David Lee Roth days? for Diver Down and 1984. In my senior year of high school a friend turned me on to VH and I’ve loved them ever since. The 1984 concert was probably better because I had third row seats. Plus, I became the typical guy rock geek when I almost caught a pick from Eddie. I guess I was also too into the show to realize how crazy it was that a more than likely stoned David Lee Roth was doing his karate kicks and twirling a giant sword just feet from my unprotected body.

Paul Simon

Jazz Fest in 2001 I believe. It was a Friday afternoon chillin’ concert. It was a perfectly relaxing show. The weather was not too hot and the people around us were friendly and there for the same reason. Knew every song and sang along. It was a great way to kick back and relax at the end of a work week. The highlight of the show was Aaron Neville singing the Garfunkel parts on Bridge over Trouble Water gave me goose bumps. I got to see Paul again at this year’s Jazz Fest and it wasn’t the same?he seemed to be just going through the motions and he had Irma Thomas sing with him on Bridge?just not the same to me.

Kermit Ruffins

A local New Orleans legend…been compared to Louis Armstrong. We caught him one night at Rock and Bowl. We’d seen him before and he’s one of our favorites. Of course, if you’ve ever been there you know you’re right up front in the band’s face the whole time. It was a great show by Kermit and the Barbecue Swingers. We got to talking to two older women next two us and found out one of them was celebrating her birthday. I went to the bar to get her a bun with a candle in it. About the same time Kermit caught wind of the birthday and as I returned with the candle burning her kicked into a funky version of Happy Birthday that continued as she began her birthday dance with the candled bun that was now placed on the floor to dance around. Just a fun overall night

Paul McCartney

Saw him on the tour a couple years back where he decided to start playing a lot of Beatles stuff. The music and energy and his voice were great. Beatles pics on the screens behind him the whole time. It was the closest I’ll ever get to a Beatles concert, so I loved it. Plus, he stopped to explain some songs and talk about John and George. We took Sammy and Will because I wanted them to experience this too?they may never get the chance again. Sammy complained the whole time about being uncomfortable while Will got into the show. He was singing along and enjoying the songs he’d heard before, just now realizing “this guy” on stage was the one who sang them.

U2

Just last year on the Atomic Bomb tour. I’ve wanted to see them forever and finally had the means to do it. They did not disappoint. All the songs and music were right on?new and old songs flowed well together. Bono is one of the greatest live performers when he’s not in messianistic(?) state. If I ever get the chance to see them again, I will do what I have to in order to go?well worth the overpriced tickets.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Police

I was into them in college but didn’t get to see them until their last tour for Synchronicity. I knew the album back to front so it was a great show?plus they played all the old hits. Specifically remember Roxanne when all the floods in the PMAC came up and shined on the audience on the chorus. Fun rocking concert

Duran Duran

Saw them last year and they haven’t lost it. They sounded like DD and it was a great show?only the top hits. Plus, Christi was in heaven because we got to visit with DD backstage before the show. They were one of her teen idol bands from way back.

Billy Joel

I’ve seen him a few times and the shows are always good. Forget the sappy stuff, BJ knows how to rock. First time I saw him was on the Innocent Man and last time was with Elton John when they played their own songs and each other’s music. And yes, it was a rocking show as well.

Fats Domino

Jazz Fest a few years back on a Sunday afternoon. He still had it back then, rocking the crowd with all the hits and I sang along with every one. Surprising that he sounded pretty much the same 50 years later. I was bummed this year when he had to cancel his JF gig the day of?it was one of the only reasons I went that day.

Again, email me at sam@murphysamandjodi.com to let me know your faves of all time and why they stick out.

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