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    Most memorable:

    First concert attended -- Ginger Baker, 1968;
    Three years in a row -- John Bonham, 1970, 1971, 1972;
    First Live performance with YES -- Alan White, 1972 (incredible job of playing all of Bruford's stuff);
    Jazz Fusion -- Lenny White, 1976;
    Best solo ever -- Neil Peart, 1984;
    Unbelievable Hotel Ballroom Gig -- Dave Weckl, 1987;
    Small Club Show -- Mike Portnoy, 2013;
    Most Recent -- Todd Sucherman, 2017.
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    I saw Dream Theater do the entire Metropolis, Scenes From a Memory album. Unbelievable. Hired Actors and a full Choir... beautiful concert
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    Iron Maiden on the Ed Hunter tour (When Bruce reunited with the band). They polled the fans to find out the 20 favorite songs ever, and then made that the setlist for the tour. Bruce's voice was spot on and Nicko was incredible. I was 10 rows back center stage.
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    Janis Joplin 1967, if I had shipped out when I was supposed to, I would have missed seeing her.

    Buddy,--- too many times to list.

    Laura Branigan, ----too many times to list

    Fleetwood Mac,--- 1st time was at MSG around the time Rumours came out. If I remember right, Frampton played a couple of songs with them. 1977??

    Black Sabbath--- Don't remember the 1st time except that girls were throwing various pieces of underwear at Tony Iommi.

    The Bangles--- Somewhere in the '80's, when they were 1st coming up. Small venue, front row seats. I remember telling a friend of mine that if their skirts were any shorter, that the mystery that is women would be gone forever.

    The Stones--- 1st time was at MSG a long time ago.

    Heart---again don't remember the 1st time, probably their 1st "tour" after Dreamboat Annie came out.

    Too many to list. Management got us tickets to almost anyone we wanted to see, so I've seen most of the "major stars" at 1 time or another.

    Almost left out Asia.
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    Tom Petty in 2014
    Metallica-Hardwired in 2018
    Rush-Clockwork angels in 2012
    The eagles-2013

    I may not have seen them when they were big but it was important that I got to eventually see them. Still need to see dream theatre
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    Buddy Rich - 1977
    Aerosmith - 1977
    Jethro Tull - 1977
    Ted Nuggent - 1978, 1979
    Foreigner - 1978
    Heart - 1978
    Mahogany Rush - 1978
    Dave Mason -1978
    Santana - 1978
    Bob Welch -1978
    Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow- 1978
    Bad Company- 1979
    Alice Cooper - 1979
    Outlaws - 1980
    Robin Trower- 1980
    Rolling Stones - 1981, 1994
    Van Halen - 1981
    Black Sabbath - 1981
    The Who- (Kenny Jones) 1982
    Queen- 1982
    The Band- 1983
    Grateful Dead - 1983
    Molly Hatchet- 1983
    ZZ Top- 1986
    Boston- 1987
    Rush - 1990, 2012
    Alice In Chains -1992
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - 2002
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    The most memorable was in ‘89. Some people I know held a private Halloween party in an old abandoned hotel they owned. They hired Head East to play for about 150 people. It was like a Batchelor party on steroids...crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N2Bluz View Post
    The most memorable was in ‘89. Some people I know held a private Halloween party in an old abandoned hotel they owned. They hired Head East to play for about 150 people. It was like a Batchelor party on steroids...crazy.
    Back in the early 90's I rented out myself (sound man) and my P. A. to bands passing through my area. Head East was one of them. It was cool to get to meet and see them up close and personal ...

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    Black Flag with Henry Rollins, early/mid 80's, in a small club. What a wild and crazy show. The whole place was jumping around and bouncing off the walls. I watched Rollins pop a fan in the face with the base of his mic stand and the guy just kept coming back for more like he was enjoying it ...

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    David Bowie and Mott the Hoople 1972 Tower Theater.
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    Blue Oyster Cult opening for Uriah Heep.

    Very bad night for UH as their guitar player had broken his arm and BOC had a stage show that Kiss at their pinnacle would have a hard time equaling.

    Steps Ahead at Zellerbach Auditorium after the release of their first album.
    There were about 10 people in a venue that sat about a thousand.
    I was about 12 ft from the stage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    Most memorable:

    First concert attended -- Ginger Baker, 1968;
    Three years in a row -- John Bonham, 1970, 1971, 1972;
    First Live performance with YES -- Alan White, 1972 (incredible job of playing all of Bruford's stuff);
    Jazz Fusion -- Lenny White, 1976;
    Best solo ever -- Neil Peart, 1984;
    Unbelievable Hotel Ballroom Gig -- Dave Weckl, 1987;
    Small Club Show -- Mike Portnoy, 2013;
    Most Recent -- Todd Sucherman, 2017.
    Some good replies................however:

    My OP reflects drummers.
    I guess I should have spelled it out................D - R - U - M - M - E - R - S.
    And thanks Rick -- you reminded me that I saw Buddy too (1977)...............awesome !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    Some good replies................however:

    My OP reflects drummers.
    I guess I should have spelled it out................D - R - U - M - M - E - R - S.
    And thanks Rick -- you reminded me that I saw Buddy too (1977)...............awesome !
    Buddy Rich 1977
    Buddy Rich

    Aerosmith 1977

    Joey Kramer

    Jethro Tull 1977
    Barriemore Barlow

    Ted Nuggent - 1978, 1979
    Cliff Davies

    Foreigner 1978
    Dennis Elliot

    Heart 1978
    Michael Derosier

    Mahogany Rush 1978
    Jimmy Ayoub

    Dave Mason -1978

    Rick Jaeger

    Santana 1978
    Michael Shrieve

    Bob Welch -1978
    Thom Mooney

    Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow- 1978
    Cozy Powell

    Bad Company- 1979
    Simon Kirke

    Alice Cooper 1979
    Neil Smith

    Outlaws 1980
    Monte Yoho

    Robin Trower- 1980
    Bill Lordan

    Rolling Stones - 1981, 1994
    Charlie Watts

    Van Halen 1981
    Alex Van Halen

    Black Sabbath 1981
    Bill Ward

    The Who- 1982
    Kenny Jones

    Queen- 1982
    Roger Taylor

    The Band- 1983
    Levon Helm

    Grateful Dead 1983
    Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann

    Molly Hatchet- 1983

    Bruce Krump

    ZZ Top- 1986
    Frank Beard

    Boston- 1987
    Sib Hashian

    Rush - 1990, 2012

    Neil Peart

    Alice In Chains -1992

    Sean Kinney

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2002
    Steve Ferrone

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    LOL..............much better.

    All the recent photos I've seen of Ferrone he is playing the bronze Gretsch USA 6.5X14 snare................I've never seen him live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    LOL..............much better.

    All the recent photos I've seen of Ferrone he is playing the bronze Gretsch USA 6.5X14 snare................I've never seen him live.
    Yep..He endorses Gretsch. Such a "pocket" player...

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    BUDDY RICH--Some club in NYC with a quartet. Definitely not his forte. Big bands is where he belonged.

    JOE MORELLO---In and around clubs on the NYC area.

    LOUIE BELSON--- Big band, small group, backing Pearl Bailey. I saw Louie in a variety of settings.

    MAX ROACH--- Various clubs in the city.

    I've seen numerous R&R bands over too many years. If I went to see a band, it was because I liked the band, not because I wanted to see the drummer, whoever it might have been.
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    Ok ... most memorable drummer ...

    Mike Clark, Paul Jackson, and the Head Hunters, small private business event in 20 x 40 room up close and personal.

    Sat on sofa in front row about 10' away from Mike and watched in amazement. Hung out with both during break and after show. To my surprise, Paul took a liking to my then 6 year old son, giving him an autographed CD which we still have (son is 19 now) and invited him to come stay over at his place if he was ever in Japan lol ...
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