Sunday, August 16, 2009

Blog #38: Let's see if I can remember...

all the concerts I have attended through the years. hmmm....

(This post may get edited and added to as my recollections gain clarity.)

So, last night I attended a Green Day concert in Denver with my daughters, which upon later reflection during the drive home, caused me to give pause and try to recall all the various bands and artists I have seen/heard through the years. I will attempt to see how well they can be remembered here.

Before I begin the list, it is worth noting that this was the first real mosh pit I have ever stood in at the front & due to the mad crush with my daughters and I being well...crushed in the mosh, we opted to be lifted over the barriers & refrain from further crush. We were fortunate to be close enough to the front to where we could get out of there. Billy Joe Armstrong called for everyone to come in closer, then implored everyone to start jumping up & down. The heat generated on the floor down front from the friction of so many bodies so close was excruciating. If you have any sort of claustrophobic tendencies, stay away from the mosh! After regrouping, we reconvened for the remainder of the concert at the back of the floor in the arena.

Here is my list of concerts attended through the years (most recent listed first):

Artist Location Date

Green Day (w/ Franz Ferdinand) Denver Pepsi Center 8.16.09

Elton John/Billy Joel Chicago Wrigley Field 7.16.09

Taylor Swift Salt Lake City Energy Solutions Arena 5.26.09

Elton John solo Colorado Springs World Arena 4.04.09

Van Halen Denver Pepsi Center 2.01.08

The Police (w/ Fiction Plane) Denver Pepsi Center 6.07.07

Elton John solo Anaheim, CA Convention Center 10.26.06

Elton John Denver Pepsi Center 5.03.05

Elton John Red Piano Las Vegas, NV Caesar's Palace 3.25.04

Richie Havens Carbondale, CO May 2001

Elton John/Billy Joel Denver Pepsi Center 4.09.01

Elton John/Billy Joel Salt Lake City Delta Center 1.29.01

Joe Cocker Jazz Aspen Snowmass, CO 9.03.00

Lyle Lovett Jazz Aspen Snowmass, CO 9.02.00

The Allman Brothers Jazz Aspen Snowmass, CO 9.01.00

George Winston Grand Junction, CO April 2000

Elton John Denver Fiddlers Green 8.24.98

Elton John Ames Hilton Coliseum 10.24.97

Annie Herring Blue Earth, MN Jan., 1998

U2 w/ Fun Lovin' Criminals Chicago Soldiers Field 6.27.97

Annie Herring Estherville, IA Nov., 1996

Elton John w/ Ray Cooper Denver Fiddlers Green 9.13.94

Elton John Denver Fiddlers Green 9.02.92

Elton John Denver Fiddlers Green 8.22.89

John Denver Milwaukee Riverside Theater 11.16.88

Elton John Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheater 9.18.88

Sting Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheater 7.10.88

David Lee Roth w/Tesla Milwaukee Mecca Arena 04/27/88

Sting Milwaukee Riverside Theater 1.03.88

Pat Metheny Milwaukee Performing Arts Center 1987

Alice Cooper Milwaukee, WI Mecca Arena 10.2.87

David Bowie w/ Peter Frampton Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheater 9.11.87

Suzanne Vega Milwaukee, WI Performing Arts Center 7.14.87

Stevie Wonder Milwaukee, WI Summerfest 1987 or 1988

John Denver w/ Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheater 7.04.87

Iron Maiden Milwaukee, WI Mecca Arena 03/10/87

David Lee Roth w/Poison Milwaukee Mecca Arena 02/09/87

Elton John Denver McNichols Arena 1986

George Winston Des Moines, IA Civic Center May 1985

Joan Jett Kirksville, MO NMSU 1985

Pat Metheny St. Louis, MO Fox Theater 1984

Elton John Iowa City, IA 1984

Elton John Ames, IA 1984

Amy Grant/Phil Driscoll YMCA of the Rockies Estes Prk, CO August 1983

John Denver Red Rocks Morrison, CO 1983

Pat Metheny Red Rocks Morrison, CO 1983

U2 Red Rocks Morrison, CO 1983

Elton John w/ Quarterflash Kansas City, MO Starlight Theater 7.07.82

Maynard Ferguson Kirksville, MO NMSU April 1982

Second Chapter of Acts St. Louis, MO April 1982

Second Chapter of Acts St. Louis, MO September 1981

Second Chapter of Acts Des Moines, IA Aug 1981

Styx Kansas City, MO Kemper Arena 3.17.81

Elton John Ames, IA Sept. 1980

Second Chapter of Acts Des Moines, IA Aug 1979


Twiggymolly said...

That is an amazing amount of concerts! I have only seen a few in my life, but oneof them was the same Amy grant one in 1983 in Colorado!

wheelchairs : Manish Steel Works said...

I appreciate your post, thanks for sharing the post, i want to hear more about this in future

Jeff Van Devender said...

@Twiggymolly: That was a great concert & I wonder if I may have seen you there. Did you happen to work at the Y that summer?