Thursday, 20 December 2012

My favourite concert performances

Thinking about the very best live concerts/performances I've seen, either in person or on TV, video or DVD.

In person

The Twilights, Melbourne Velodrome, 1967, the day Harold Holt disappeared
The Who, The Small Faces, Doug Parkinson, Festival Hall, 1968
Axiom, University of Melbourne, 1970
Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, Melbourne University & other venues, numerous times 1970 - 2006,
Tully, TFM Ballroom, Fitzroy, approx. 1970
Spectrum, Secondary Teachers' College, approx. 1971
Daddy Cool, San Remo Ballroom, approx, 1971
Mother Goose (NZ), Secondary Teachers' College, approx. 1972
Chicago, Festival Hall, 1972
The Searchers (UK), University of Melbourne, approx. 1973
LRB, Dallas Brooks Hall, Melbourne, approx. 1978
LRB, Red Rocks, Colorado, 1983
Dire Straits, Rod Laver Arena, mid '90s
Billy Joel, Rod Laver Arena, with my then 11 yo son Aaron, approx 1992
The Presidents of the United States of America, Monash University, with my then 12 yo son Dean, approx 1997
Billy Joel & Elton John, MCG?, late '90s
AC/DC, Rod Laver Arena, approx. 2001

 TV, Video, DVD

Eagles, Hell Freezes Over and Melbourne, Farewell I tour
Sting Live in Berlin
Birtles, Shorrock & Goble, Forum Theatre, early 2000s
Billy Joel Live at Shea Stadium
Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii, early '70s
Metallica S & M
Queen Live at Wembley Stadium
Roy Orbison, Black and White
Simon & Garfunkle, Old Friends
Dire Straits, On the Night

Most disappointing

Paul McCartney & Wings, MCG early '90s

To put it in context
To put this list in context, it's probably useful to list as many other bands and acts that I've seen live (in person) that I can remember. I'm sure I will have missed quite a few.

On tour: Peter, Paul & Mary, Sammy Davis Jnr, Dudley Moore, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Manfred Mann Band, Blood Sweat & Tears, Free, Santana, Alice Cooper,

Australian/New Zealand: Cole Joye, The Atlantics, Dinah Lee, Normie Rowe, Ronnie Burns, Bobby & Laurie,The Stevie Wright Band, The Groop, The Groove, Chain,  Friends, The Delltones, Lobby Lloyd's Coloured Balls, The Wild Cherries, The Town Criers, Crowded House, Zoot, The Masters Apprentices, Hush, Kush, Autumn, Jimmy Barnes, Max Merrit & the Meteors, Kate Ceberano, Mississipi, John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite




1 comment:

  1. Well Graeme, what a list. There are some huge concerts there. But you have not listed my first concert, which was Bill Haley & the Comets at Festival Hall, also with the Platters and Freddy Bell & the Bell Boys. What a night. Fantastic. The year, not sure, probably 1956 or 57. Terry

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