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Friday Question of the Day – What Concert do you most wish you had attended?

by Prince Of Petworth December 17, 2015 at 10:22 pm 93 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

With all the Adele excitement, I’m stealing this question from a friend of mine on Facebook:

“What are the particular concerts, or particular musician tours, that you most wish you had attended?”

For me, I always haunted by the fact that I never saw the Beastie Boys play at 9:30 Club. It’s a dagger even to think about – what about you guys?

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers at Lisner Auditorium… :( 1989

    • Canton

      Saw the Chili Peppers open for General Public at the Ontario Theater in Adams Morgan in 1985. They were booed at the end of their set. Short-sighted!

  • dcrat

    Johnny Cash at the 9:30 club. They were charging $50 and I said I’m not paying that . . . whoops.

    • Irving streete

      I went to that show! My mother was a huge Johnny Cash fan and turned me onto him and she and my dad happened to be visiting. Dad wore his white sport coat to the 930 Club. the woman guarding the VIP section happened to be an acquaintance of mine and she let my parents in to sit with swells. It was a great show and a smashing time all around.

      • Niagara

        “Dad wore his white sport coat to the 930 Club.”

        LoL, really. Sounds like a great memory. Thanks for the laugh.

  • Anonymous

    Radiohead at the 9:30 in 1998 when the Tibetan Freedom Concert was rained out. Just missed getting in and hearing them go onstage nearly crushed teenage me.

    • Anonymous

      Actually, it did crush me. This is totally bringing back so much teenage angst.

    • Hma

      Same here!

    • adnon

      I was there for that. Way awesome. Also Michael Stipe did a solo acapello, and Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were rocking out on the balcony. That was bananas. BA-NA-NAS!!!

    • ledroittiger

      Saw them at Osaka Castle in ’01. Sugoi.

      • textdoc

        Urayamashii!! (I’m envious!)

  • jcm

    Ooh, I saw the Beasties when 9:30 was on F street. And I skipped high school to drink beers with the chili peppers at about 7:30 in the morning on their tour bus in the late 80s.
    My big regret is never having heard Pavarotti live. I’ve become a big opera fan, and they don’t make tenors like that anymore.

  • idontgetit

    The Beatles at Uline Auditorium. This is fantasy,right?

  • tonyr

    Regrets, I’ve had a few, but still … I did pick up a ticket for Adele next year @ Verizon. On her last tour, I saw her at the 9:30 club and had to move around to avoid a t$@( who wanted to talk throughout the whole performance. Grrrr.

    On an opposite tack from the question, I did see Buzzcocks with Joy Division as support (Google indicates that tickets cost $3.00) and Talking Heads with U2 as support, inter alia, back in my salad days!

  • asdf

    nirvana. i forget where they were playing, maybe lisner? i think it was 1996.

    • CVR

      This is mine as well!

    • Derek

      I don’t remember this show specifically, but I can promise it was 1994 or earlier!

    • anon

      I saw them on their last club tour in 91. It was pretty wild, since the album was blowing up while they were on tour.

    • SF

      …. probably not 1996.

    • ledroittiger

      I saw them at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA in 93.

    • redraiderdc

      96? Not unless it was a hologram tour. ; P

  • JoDa

    Endfest at Blossom in Cleveland, Ohio. I was about 16. All my friends were allowed to go, I wasn’t. From internet searches, it looks like I missed Bare Naked Ladies, Henry Rollins, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sloan, Soul Coughing, and James. Probably others. While not all of those are shining examples of great music, they were popular in the not-quite-mainstream arena at the time, and my friends had an excellent time… :/ Thanks, mom…

    • JoDa

      Also, despite my mom being a little bit over-protective on that particular occasion (there were other times I was given more leeway), there is a level of “my how far we’ve come.” I went to the festival headlined by the Foo Fighters on the 4th this summer, and a family with teenagers was seated behind us. While that concert really did have something for all ages, the teenagers weren’t allowed to even go to the concession stand alone. My friends went to a fairly raucous music festival on their own at 15-17, *I* attended my fair share of concerts with just friends starting at around 15…those poor girls couldn’t even go buy a soft pretzel without a parental escort…

      • eggs

        Lol, yeah one of my first concerts was an all-day outdoor rock festival when I was 14 years old. My parents obviously had no clue whatsoever about what goes on at those things.

        • eggs

          Sorry I just realized I didn’t specify – because they let me go with some other high school friends, no one was older than like 17.

    • wdc

      Hey, I think was at that show! Or maybe not, because I loved Henry Rollins and don’t remember him. James and Violent Femmes and L7 were the ones I remember; might have been something else.
      And yeah, our parents had no idea. They made my brother and me go to concerts together to “look out for each other.” Riiiight.

  • MarkQ

    Wish I had caught Eva Cassidy when she was performing around town.

  • gauthikc

    I bought tickets to see Pink Floyd on the Division Bell tour, but my parents made me sell them because they were afraid I would do drugs…it still hurts

    • I saw the Division Bell concert at RFK from row 40 on the field. It was great!

  • 1st: Any Prince concert at 1st Ave. in Minneapolis when I lived there in the mid 80’s. Sadly, I’ve only had the privilege of being kicked out of 1st Ave. by Prince and his entourage.

    2nd: U2 in Dublin during the Zooropa tour. I was there the weekend they played and could have gotten a scalped ticket for about 80 Punt (about $110 at the time) but it would have meant moving my flight out by a day–turning an $110.00 ticket into a $500.00 ticket.

  • TrendWatcher

    Paul Simon – 9:30 Club

    • Ben

      Awesome show!

    • Matt

      This was indeed a fantastic show. I took my Dad and it was a pretty wonderful experience.

  • RJS

    Live Aid
    I was a very small child at the time, and wouldn’t have appreciated it, but damn, Queen rocked!

  • keydet

    I was living in Miami back in the day and had tickets to an outdoor show with Beastie Boys and Rage Against The Machine. If I remember correctly, Mike D broke his arm riding a bike (or something to that effect) and the entire tour was scrapped. Needless to say, I think about this everytime I hear a BB or RATM song…

    • jd

      That was the check your check your head tour (?), i saw that show in brooklyn (baltimore not NY). Dude, those were the days.

    • Ryan

      I had tickets to that tour as well; total dagger when it got cancelled. I did get to see the Beastie Boys later in life, but never made to a RATM concert. :(

  • Zappa

    • Absolutely! In fact, if I could have seen Zappa conduct one of the performances of The Yellow Shark, that would have been extra special. As it was, I saw The Yellow Shark about 6 months after Zappa’s death.
      The man was a genius.

  • Truxton Thomas

    Every member of the Wu-Tang Clan except ODB, who was in jail, came to my little hometown concert hall (The Blue Note in Columbia, Mo.) in 2002. I was in college, and I missed it because I had a lot of studying to do. Worst decision of my life.

  • emvee

    In high school my parents had gotten tickets for the entire family, even my grandfather who’d flown in from Venezuela, to see Andrea Boccelli. My stupid 15 year old self was “too good” to go see him, so they gave my ticket to a friend. It ended up being my grandfather’s last visit to the states before he passed, and he so loved opera. Ahhh you stupid teenager.

  • Irving streete

    Years ago, before I was nearly the country music fan I am now, the Outlaws came through town: Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Wilie Nelson. And I thought “that would be kind of a fun show” and my wife even agreed but we never got around to to getting tickets. THAT would have been a show.
    I saw the Grateful Dead in 1978 — truly at their peak though, again, I wasn’t as into them as I later became. Good seats. The problem was, a friend had hitched us a ride with some people that (some of you old timers may remember) had set up a streetcorner head shop — just like the guys with the mittens and bootleg Spanish movies, only with bongs and papers — and we were so stoned I slept through the whole show.

  • Debra

    THE BEATLES – – anywhere. I did see George when he was a solo act, but OMG to see them together would have been just great!!!

  • Philippe Lecheval

    Lollapalooza ’92.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Elvis any show and the first Lollapalooza.

  • dcd

    If I could go back in time I’d see Queen live in Wembley Stadium in 1986.
    As for regrets, I had a ticket to see Stones and Sheryl Crow in 1998, and had to pull an all-nighter at work (first year associate). I still get crap about it from my friends who went (and gave away my ticket). Aargh.

  • eggs

    There’s a Canadian rock band called Evans Blue (that no one seems to have ever heard of, so if you have please comment so I can know I’m not crazy!) but I fell in love with their music when I saw them opening at a concert in Columbus in 2005 or 2006. The lead singer’s voice is just…so haunting and beautiful and so different from a lot of other things I’ve heard in rock. Anyway. They did a tour through Cincinnati in winter 2006 when I was 17, and my parents wouldn’t let me go unless someone else went with me. Since no one’s heard of them, I couldn’t find someone to go and missed them when they were only an hour away. Then, in 2007 they were scheduled to be at this rock festival I had tickets to in the city where I went to college, but my ride was late and we just missed them.
    They got a new lead singer a couple years ago and now I just don’t care about them. I can’t believe I never got to see them once I knew all of their music and could really appreciate it.

  • anon

    Hands down Green Day in 1995, during their Dookie tour. I was in 8th grade. Their Chicago show was sold out, but my friend’s parents were taking her to the show three hours away in Moline, IL and invited me. My parents told me I could go, but it was Thanksgiving and I felt weirdly guilty about not spending it with my family. My friend took someone else and it was apparently amazing. I don’t remember anything about that Thanksgiving, except kicking myself. I was a weird child. I did the opposite of rebel because my parents were always giving me too much freedom.
    I still have never seen Green Day live.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I never got to rebel either. Stupid freedom-giving, hippie parents!

  • twtwdc

    The Smiths at GW Smith’s Center
    Pink Floyd “The Wall” at the LA Forum

  • mondo

    The Ramones in 1995. I was in college and had a final the next day, so I chose studying instead. STUPID. They played their last show in ’96, and now they’re all gone. I’m still kicking myself over that bad decision.

    • anon

      Yep – me too brother. Me too.

  • madmonk28

    Tom Waits played the Warner in the mid-80s. We had tickets, but I was a little druggie back then and me and my buddy both passed out before it started. We came to as the theater was clearing out. I really wished I had sen that show.

    • Irving Streete

      And, pre-renovation, the Warner was the perfect place to see Tom (who opened with what became the them for The Wire).

      • madmonk28

        Don’t rub it in; another one I missed: my brother had an extra ticket for Kraftwerk at original 9:30 club but in the days before cell phones, he couldn’t find me to tell me.

  • jd

    Easy. Danzig with Soundgarden opening at 930 club in 1990 or 91. This was at the previous location but I was underage and my parents wouldn’t let me go “into the city” with my friends.

    • theoutregirl

      oooh yeah.

  • bll

    billy joel and Elton john at Nats Park. we were going to buy tickets but a friend was working for RCN corporate and said she could get us tickets for free. tickets sold out and she quit before the concert.

    • yesjillsergeant

      I saw the Billy/Elton Face to Face show at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island in 2001 or 2002, when I was in high school. I still remember being mesmerizing by seeing them play Funeral for a Friend/Loves Lies Bleeding. A truly great performance by both of them!

  • elizml

    Amy Winehouse when she played in Recife, Brazil in January 2011. Her concerts were so hit and miss at that point, I figured it wasn’t worth staying up all night (she didn’t go on until midnight). Little did I know that was one of her last concerts.

  • Anonymous

    In 2008/09 (can’t remember) i had tickets to see lady gaga at the black cat. She was just becoming mainstream, and she blew up overnight, and they ‘postponed’ the show. Was able to see her the following year at DAR, but imagine had she played that initial show!

  • textdoc

    There aren’t that many concerts that I regret having missed, but of the ones that have taken place in the D.C. area since I came here, I wish I had seen Johnny Cash at the 9:30 Club, James Brown at the 9:30 Club, Bauhaus at whatever venue they played at on their reunion tour (I think somewhere in Virginia?), the Church’s show on the tour where they were playing “Starfish” and “Gold Afternoon Fix” in their entirety, and Massive Attack’s show at the 9:30 Club in September or October 1998. And an Emiliana Torrini show that I didn’t know about until after the fact — I think at Sixth & I.

    • keydet

      I saw Emiliana Torrini perform “Heaven’s Gonna Burn Your Eyes” with Thievery Corporation when that song first came out (circa 2002). It was the first song of the set and I remember everyone in the crowd mesmerized by her voice. I don’t think many people outside of Iceland were familiar with her at that point.

      • textdoc

        IIRC, I saw her opening for Tricky at the 9:30 Club circa 2000 or 2001, after having bought her album “Love in the Time of Science.” She was great, and I kept wishing that Tricky would call her onstage to sing the parts that Martina Topley-Bird sang on the Tricky album “Maxinquaye.”

    • HillEast

      Bauhaus played at 9:30 in September of ’98. the whole band came onstage except for Peter Murphy, and in his stead was a stack of lopsided TVs, and he sang the first song through them, and came out right after. it was a truly amazing performance.

  • anonymouse_dianne

    Woodstock. My mom said I was too young but my boyfriend and other friends (I think all guys) went. My boyfriend brought me a leather hair clip which I still have. I told you I was old.

    Saw many good acts before they were famous at free concerts on the mall. Faves include Hot Tuna and Claude Jones (“down in the easy chair”).
    From the Claude Jones website:

    Take care of all your memories, said Mick
    For you cannot relive them
    – Bob Dylan, Open the Door Richard [Homer]

  • Jim

    Replacements at The Entry in Minneapolis during the five-night run supporting the release of Tim.

  • L2

    Pearl Jam at the Trocadero in Philly, 1992. I was in high school and worked a music store, so I had a sample copy of the Ten tape, which we weren’t allowed to play in the store because it was too loud and no one liked them yet. So I rocked it out in my 2 door hatchback while driving to high school. Wanted to go see them at the Troc but it was a long drive and a school night and none of my friends wanted to go.

  • KenyonDweller

    I missed a Nirvana show at the Lincoln Arts Center in Seattle in ’90 or ’91 because I had to work on my senior thesis. Damn education!

  • wdc

    Queen. Anywhere, any time.

    • dcd

      Yeah, as I said above, I’d have loved to be at Wembley Stadium, but any concert (with Freddy Mercury) would do.

  • Blithe

    When I lived in Greenwich Village, the doormen at the Bottom Line would urge me to come in to listen for free. I never took them up on it. Now that I actually like jazz I am mentally kicking myself. Oh well. Definitely an instance of youth being wasted on the young. This isn’t quite a concert, but I’m in awe of James Taylor. I mentioned this to the owner of the Guitar Shop a few years ago, and he said something like: “You should have been here yesterday, he was sitting right there where you’re sitting…..” Waaaah!

  • anon

    Townes Van Zandt circa 1995. He was in bad shape and his days were numbered but it was a rare chance to see a genius and then living legend. I couldn’t get out of work so it was pretty much keep my job or see that show. Still a little torn about that decision

    • ledroittiger

      dude is missed

  • Big Kid

    A bunch of my high school buddies went to see Stevie Ray Vaughan in Boston back in the 80s and I didn’t go! Regret that….

    • Saw Stevie Ray Vaughan live just once. It was ’84 or ’85 in Austin. He played a set at some dive on Guadalupe near UT–might have been Dirty’s. He was so drunk he couldn’t even get through Voodoo Child and stumbled off the stage after about 40 minutes. Still…I treasure that memory.

  • Trip Throckmorton

    The Grateful Dead.

  • anon7

    Crystal Castles. 9:30 Club in 2013.

  • Damnit!

    Had tickets to Radiohead both nights in Manassasss Bull Run (maybe 2000?). I camped out at Tower Records for those bad boys and the first night rained so hard that they cancelled the show and they cancelled the next night in order to preserve the field since it was drenched. It was the 2 night run that could have been. No reschedule just done and refund.

  • ledroittiger

    My Bloody Valentine

    • textdoc

      Saw them in 1991 (in my hometown) and again circa 2008 (which required going to RIchmond, as that was the closest they got to D.C.). They were good.

  • ward5

    Elliott Smith in Austin in May of 2003, 5 months before he stabbed himself…

  • Epic Fail

    Led Zeppelin @ Knebworth on August 4th, 1979.

  • Geezer

    Counting Crows and Cracker, circa 1994, Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem, NC. I was a senior in high school and “the hot chick” I knew at the time wanted to go. With me. Neither of us gained proper permission and of course the show sold out. Didn’t make it. The show that could have been.

  • Planner

    There are two:
    1. The B52s at a tiny auditorium at my college just before they first hit it big.
    2. Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall, 1961. (I am old school enough to wish I had been there, though not actually old enough to have done so….)

    • Planner

      Oh AND
      Ella Fitzgerald at Wolf Trap in 1991.
      I had bought tickets months in advance (as Wolf Trap does) but unexpected got a job offer on the west coast and moved before the concert happened. Even forgot I had the tickets so wasn’t able to give them to anyone.
      This was towards the end of her performing years, and I never had another chance to see her in person.

  • Niagara

    Janet Jackson – Velvet Rope Tour – Hampton Coliseum.

    I could have gotten a ticket for $35. What was I thinking. Dumb!!

  • Captain Obvious

    Little Feat at Lisner when they were recording Waiting for Columbus.

    Two I wish I could go back and see again: 1) Talking Heads at Merriweather about 2 weeks before they filmed “Stop Making Sense” (same exact show, amazing) and 2) Morphine/Dismemberment Plan at the Black Cat.

  • DC_Chica

    Lilith Fair

  • theoutregirl

    Type O Negative. the Skinny Puppy Last Rights tour. Cure in the early 90s

  • Taylor

    When Obama won the 2008 election bad brains played 930. Would’ve been awesome

  • anoone

    A friend called to see if I wanted to go see a band with her at the Cat’s Cradle in Chapel Hill, NC. I said, “I dunno, what band, I’m pretty beat.” She said, “some band called Nirvana”. I declined. STOOPID

  • Gallery Place NW

    Daft Punk in Las Vegas for the 2007 Vegoose concert!!! =(


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