NAV20 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 9082 posts, RR: 37 Posted (2 years 12 months 20 hours ago) and read 1195 times:
At one time or another I've seen all these entertainers live - not these particular performances, but nevertheless I was struck by the ability of all of them to captivate large audiences, and get them completely 'immersed' in the music and rhythms they could conjure up. And, above all, the way they could get everyone to 'participate.' I thought I'd put them on here and invite other people to contribute their favourites of the same genre if they care to.
First, a quiet one. Kenny Rogers........late in his career, but to my mind experience simply added to his artistry, and helped him completely to captivate everyone in the place:-
Now The Byrds. Also late in their career, but, as with Kenny Rogers, that seems actually to have helped - good entertainers seem to mature like good wine. Not to forget the great Pete Seeger, who wrote such a marvellous song:-
Finally, an Australian entertainer, one Slim Dusty - performing the (regrettably-unofficial) 'Australian National Anthem.' Just about 'beats all records' in terms of the size of the audience (100,000-odd people at the closing ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics), 'length of career' (he was over 70 at the time) and 'simplicity' (in terms of 'props') - just a guitar, a mike, and a well-worn hat .
A 'glossary of Australian slang' may be useful to non-Aussies:-
'Swagman' - itinerant tramp, hobo.
'Billabong' - riverside pond.
'Matilda' - a bedroll.
'Waltzing Matilda' - carrying the damn thing.
'Jumbuck' - lamb or sheep.
'Tuckerbag' - foodsack.
'Squatter' - farmer who has 'made it.'
'Troopers' - armed mounted policemen.
I once ran into her on a street in Paris near the Place Vendôme where the diamond sellers are. She is a one of a kind, absolutely fabulous and extravagant with so much energy.
And those who think that an old woman cannot be sexy are totally wrong. Think that Tina Turner is well over 60 now still with an incredible body and in fabulous shape. I don't see any performers who can beat her energy-wise.
The Pussycat Dolls are left very very far in the distance, the same with Rihanna, Madonna and many others.
Another performer of this kind which I liked a lot was Freddie Mercury. Queen was a fantastic band. Mercury could have made an opera singer without any doubt. He was truly a musician with an uncomparable voice, never ever going off key and so incredibly energetic.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
luckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1585 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (2 years 12 months 17 hours ago) and read 1099 times:
Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 4): I once ran into her on a street in Paris near the Place Vendôme where the diamond sellers are. She is a one of a kind, absolutely fabulous and extravagant with so much energy.
And those who think that an old woman cannot be sexy are totally wrong. Think that Tina Turner is well over 60 now still with an incredible body and in fabulous shape. I don't see any performers who can beat her energy-wise
Agreed!! When I saw her live she was just about to turn 69!
vikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 8213 posts, RR: 28 Reply 7, posted (2 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 1081 times:
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Metallica - love'em or hate'em, they put on the most energetic show I've ever seen. They're not the tightest band live by a long shot, but it's really all about the energy at their shows.
U2 - saw them on the PopMart tour back in '97. It was my first concert, so I might be a bit biased, but that was a hell of a show!
ACDC - seen them 2 or 3 times in the last couple years. Even pushing 60 years old, they still put on a great show. They've slowed live tempos down a bit it seems, which makes the songs groove that much more.
Rush - what can you say about a band that, in their mid 50's, still puts on 3-hour shows with 25+ songs? And plays the crap outta them!
Dream Theater - similar concert to Rush; very technical music performed flawlessly.
And my least favorite concert experience goes to....Avenged Sevenfold. I've seen them 2 or 3 times, and they've played for no longer than about 1:15 - 1:30. Screw that....those guys are around my age; they should be playing 2+ hours.
"Two and a Half Men" was filmed in front of a live ostrich.
CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5745 posts, RR: 4 Reply 8, posted (2 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 1074 times:
Though I in no way agree with his political message, I have to give credit to Manu Chao for putting on one hell of a live show. I saw him perform at Roskilde Festival back in 2001, and two things comes to my mind:
1) I was drenched in sweat after that concert.
2) I could have sworn that even the tent poles were jumping along with the 17,000 inside the concert tent.
Other worthy mentions, would be Underworld. For an electronic band, they can be quite 'jammy' - to the point that I was watching one of their concerts heading for the brink of disaster, when some of the equipment locked up, leaving them with only a drum machine and one or two looping samples, which they still managed to make something out of. When I pointed this out to a mate who was at the same concert, he thought it was part of the show
MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10243 posts, RR: 40 Reply 9, posted (2 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 1057 times:
Jean-Michel Jarre was another "one of a kind". I have witnessed several of his shows, at La Défense in Paris, at the Eiffel Tower and Place de la Concorde and also the Docklands concert in London. He drew some amazing crowds to his fabulous sound and light shows.
Now in another domain, which is taking the opera to the masses, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras nicknamed The 3 Tenors have done some wonderful work many times in free concerts drawing hundreds of thousands of people in all the major cities around the world. I remember seeing the fabled 3 Tenors at several venues among which the concert for the Football World Cup in Paris in 1998. Their wonderful music made time fly much too quickly.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
KiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 5286 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (2 years 12 months 14 hours ago) and read 1039 times:
Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 4): Another performer of this kind which I liked a lot was Freddie Mercury. Queen was a fantastic band. Mercury could have made an opera singer without any doubt. He was truly a musician with an uncomparable voice, never ever going off key and so incredibly energetic.
Completely agree, Freddie Mercury was the greatest frontman of them all.
Standout live performers that I've seen are:
Crowded House live, in a small intimate venue are really hard to beat, really pissed that I can't see them in Copenhagen or Oslo next month, damm you work.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers, awesome if you get them on the right night, when Kiedis is off he's well off.
Rolling Stones, still put on a great show, went to Steel Wheels and Bridges to Babylon, everyone knows all the songs
Robbie Williams, seen him twice will see him again if I get the chance, an excellent performer, really interacts well with the audience
Paul McCartney was quite a surprise, really, really good, excellent show, played for nearly 3 hours, played heaps of Beatles songs (next best thing to seeing the Beatles IMO), it was an event which I was pretty happy to see.
Neil Diamond, really good, went with my olds, had a great time.
Now the stinkers
Madonna went to see her with my wife last year, a total disappointment, she just went through the motions.
R.E.M. would be great live if they replaced Stipe with someone who can actually perform live, went to see them twice, each time Stipe was crap and ruined the efforts of the rest of the band.
KPDX From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2526 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (2 years 12 months 13 hours ago) and read 1021 times:
Tool (phenominal), Alice in Chains, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Van Halen (when they weren't all drunk off their asses), Rush...too many to name. I don't like bands that can't play for shit in real life.
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KiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 5286 posts, RR: 3 Reply 17, posted (2 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 891 times:
Quoting Mortyman (Reply 15): A-ha - The living daylights "Rock in Rio II 1991" ( 198 000 people in paying audience. Was a Guinnnes Book world record at the time ) ( Check it out from 02:50 and onwards )
A-ha were a good 80's band they were not the headliners for Rock in Rio II, George Michael, Guns N' Roses and Prince were.
Scooter01 From Norway, joined Nov 2006, 1154 posts, RR: 8 Reply 20, posted (2 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 854 times:
I was lucky to catch Bryan Adams at a "small intimate concert" here in Oslo last Thursday (May 27)
He was only using acoustic guitar, no band, only accompanied by Gary Bright(?) on a grand piano.
-This guy never seizes to amaze me, he looks and sounds the same as when I first saw him live at the Juno Awards in '83
He is also a noted photographer -according to a radio-station (P4 here in Norway), that got an interview with him, he's off to photograph Sophia Loren this weekend....
Another note-able act I have experienced was in Alice Town, Bimini in the Easter of '83.
During lunch at a small hotel I had to take a bathroom-break. I got into some small talk with the only other occupant standing up against the wall and doing his "business". -It was Johnny Cash.....