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Greatest live concert you've ever attended



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,297 ✭✭✭Count Dracula

    Anyone here know if Hall n Oates are coming back over?

  • Administrators, Social & Fun Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 75,990 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭Beasty

    Well ed, didn't know you were there as well - yes a great concert, but I've one or two others thar were better, that I'll post about later

    In the meantime, from that very evening

  • Administrators, Social & Fun Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 75,990 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭Beasty

    So here goes

    Mr Bowie, Milton Keynes, 1983 was fantastic

    Almost as good as Mr Mercury at Knebworth in 1986 (his last gig with Queen)

    But bring them both onto the same bill, at Wembley, with the Who, Elton, Mr McCartney and a few others, this one will never be matched for me:

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,345 ✭✭✭✭ednwireland

    oh my god, that's amazing got my eyebrows singed by the pyrotechnics.

  • Registered Users Posts: 40 camanstar

    Thin Lizzy RDS 1979

    It was actually 1982. That was the Renegade tour, unreal show! It was my first "real" concert !!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 918 ✭✭✭Anaki r2d2

    Nirvana, Kings Hall belfast June 1992. Cobain diving through the bass drum backwards, destroying himself and not noticing.

    Breeders and teenage fanclub as support. Epic

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,940 ✭✭✭Wooderson

    haha **what** a gig you were at. Grohl couldnt help himself lashing out the Sunday Bloody Sunday drumline intro.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,973 ✭✭✭✭bnt

    David Sylvian has been involved in two of my favourite concerts: firstly, his collaboration with Robert Fripp, they played at the Royal Albert Hall in December 1992 or so. I remember it well because I had a badly sprained ankle at the time and barely made it there. The band with them was on top form. The other time was when he played solo at the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre, also in London: the place was packed but he kept the audience in the palm of his hand with just a guitar, a keyboard, and his voice.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 621 ✭✭✭Duvet Day

    Cant remember what years but my favourites were Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney ( only went because we got free tickets right up the front, what a night, he was brilliant), Springsteen in Cork, fantastic day due to weather and atmosphere but felt he could have done a few more hits, Don Henley was brilliant in the Marquee.

    I'd swap every concert I've been to if I could have just seen Thin Lizzy live, very jealous of those that got to see them.😁

  • Registered Users Posts: 34,692 ✭✭✭✭o1s1n
    Master of the Universe

    My dad always goes on about the Thin Lizzy gig he saw in Blackrock Park back in 1971. Was a free family day out kind of a thing, the lucky fecker!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 486 ✭✭beeker1

    The four of us , mcgonagles on Nassau Street 1989

  • Registered Users Posts: 621 ✭✭✭Duvet Day

    My friend saw them in Cork city hall early 80s, l think I actually hate him for it.☺️

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,576 ✭✭✭Stillill42

    Great stories in here, lads. I do enjoy the best ever gigs threads.

  • Registered Users Posts: 163 ✭✭Fastpud

    Carter the unstoppable sex machine in McGonagles early 90s. One guitarist, one singer + backing tape = bedlam. Epic fun.

    Rammstein in Cardiff last year was another experience all together - sensory overload

  • Registered Users Posts: 34,692 ✭✭✭✭o1s1n
    Master of the Universe

    Any Coil fans here? Fairly out there (but extremely influential) avant-garde cult experimental/electronic/Industrial band formed in 1982 and ran till 2005.

    I was really starting to get into listening to them in my early 20s back when I was in art college and coincidentally they announced a Dublin show - in City Hall. Back in 2004.

    Went with a few mates, (stoned out of our minds!) and was absolutely blown away. I'd never seen a performance in City hall and the acoustics were really something else in a marble domed room.

    We were right up the front and the stage was only a foot or two off the ground. Really overall incredible experience.

    Sadly The lead singer, Jhonn Balance actually died two weeks later by falling off a balcony in his house.

    The Dublin show we were at ended up being the final show of an almost 25 year career. Literally one of those shows that has become legendary among a very rabid fanbase and I feel incredibly lucky to have been there.

    They actually released a box set called 'Colour, Sound Oblivion' with all of the recordings they could find of their shows over the years, it's book ended by the Dublin show.

    It's great, you can see early twenty-something me and my friends in the front row, great little snapshot of time.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,705 ✭✭✭delbertgrady

    Daryl Hall (with special guest Todd Rundgren) is playing Hammersmith Odeon in July and is also on the bill with Billy Joel in Hyde Park. I'd love if they added a Dublin date, but I don't think that's likely. Todd has never played here; I had to go see him in the UK.

    No news of Daryl Hall and John Oates returning. Their 2014 Olympia gig was a gem.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,793 ✭✭✭NewbridgeIR

    30 Something has just been reissued in a 3CD+DVD set. The DVD is of the Brixton gig from June 1991 - reminds me so much of that McGonagles concert (October 1991)

  • Registered Users Posts: 851 ✭✭✭corm500

    A few gigs really stand out for me:

    Rolling Stones - Point Depot 2003

    U2 - RDS 1993

    Paul McCartney - RDS 2003

    Guns N Roses - Seville 1992

    Simon & Garfunkel - RDS 2004

    Crosby & Nash - Vicar St 2005

    Leonard Cohen - Kilmainham 2008

    Simple Minds - Croke Park 1986

    Roger Waters The Wall Live - o2 Dublin 2011

    Tom Petty - O2 Dublin 2012

    Also I remember seeing the Pogues in the late 80s in the Olympia and it was a fantastic gig

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,949 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34

    Pixies / Arcade Fire double header at Marlay Park, 2014

    Kings of Leon, 2.3 Arena reopening show, 2010

    Depeche Mode, Mercedes Benz Arena Berlin, 2013

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,345 ✭✭✭✭ednwireland

    oh god the pogues derby assembly rooms sometime in the mid 90's possibly the most mental gig I was ever at.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 361 ✭✭Edser

    Some that stand out for me

    Queen in Slane - great venue, great concert

    Suede in the Olympia - wasn't expecting much but was a great gig

    Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats in the Olympia - unbelievable energy, crowd was amazing

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,107 ✭✭✭Mike Litoris

    Prodigy - Feila 94. Hearing all the new Jilted Generation for the first time in a stadium setting was mind blowing and absolutely no drugs were involved! :D

    Muse - 3 arena 2016 for the Drones tour. Epic heavy set and visually the best show I've ever seen. A great return to form after getting a bit soft with the previous tours.

    Manic Street Preachers - Point 99. Even though they were way past their live peak of 1994 it was an incredible show. So so much energy that night.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,165 ✭✭✭Dreamweapon

    That McGonagles gig was a good one. Also saw them in the SFX, Tivoli, Mean Fiddler, Feile and Glastonbury.

    Big on the all mouth and trousers scene

  • Registered Users Posts: 40 camanstar

    That was probably the Thunder and Lightening tour in 1983, played Cork City Hall and then The RDS, I was at both...sorry! Also saw them in the first event held in Slane Castle. That was The Chinatown tour as far as I can remember.

    16th August 1981


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,793 ✭✭✭NewbridgeIR

    Féile 92 gig was fab; they used it on the 1992 The Love Album CD reissue.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,902 ✭✭✭SaoPaulo41

    Radio head RDS in 97 was great

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,012 ✭✭✭scruff monkey
    Snarky Snark Snark

    Been avoiding this thread as it's the definition of click bait but I'll leave these on the table and walk away

    # 6. Bowie - Sound and Vision Tour - Point Depot (a/v orgasm)

    # 5 Mr. Cohen - Point depot (better than the Kilmainham (attended Kilmainham too))

    # 4 Page / Plant - Unledded tour - Point depot 95'ish(? it's hazy, I am old)

    # 3 Neil Finn - Olympia 2014 (a 3 hour marathon, love that man)

    # 2 Depeche Mode - Devotional (Point Depot - dear sweet baby personal jesus)

    # 1 David Byrne/St Vincent - 2013 EP - that set, if you were there, then you know.

    NB : My first loves are suede, msp and LCD, have seen all multiple times but none have gotten the blood flowing like the above (and all three are epic in concert).

    NB++ : some one previously in this thread mentioned The Cult, they played the point at some point in the early 90's with ashbury on vocals, they were meh, seriously meh, you missed **** all.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,894 ✭✭✭✭Flinty997

    Rem - Green tour RDS. I'm guessing 1989

    Depeche Mode - Point mid 2000s Epic.

    Bon Jovi - RDS. Thunder and Lighting Storm.

    Aerosmith - Point. So loud.

    Waterboys - in the middle of nowhere in Cork somewhere I guess early 90s. I think it was a hall or gym. One of those saga of a weekend/road movie with the gig in the middle.

  • Registered Users Posts: 530 ✭✭✭tmh106

    Rem - Green tour RDS. I'm guessing 1989

    Yes, 1989, I was at it too, still have the T-shirt ;-)

    Memorable also for me because support act was The Go Betweens, one of my favourite bands, but that was the only time I saw them.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,894 ✭✭✭✭Flinty997

    Only time I saw REM. Was dragged to it by someone. REM were never my thing but that gig always stood out as one of the best live band performances I've been to.