Best and Worst Live Concerts Seen – UPDATED

Wolf Alice – Source: thetimes.uk.co

BEST

  1. Wolf Alice – Denver 2022, at the Ogden Theatre – added 10/12/22
  2. Metric – Detroit 2012, at the Fillmore Theatre
  3. Death Cab for Cutie – Detroit 2012, at the Fox Theatre
  4. The Eagles – Purdue 1976, at Elliott Hall of Music
  5. Aerosmith – Indianapolis 1975, at Market Square Arena
  6. U2 and Florence and the Machine – East Lansing 2011, at Spartan Stadium
  7. Indy Colts Kickoff Concert featuring Ann Wilson/John Mellencamp/etc. – Indianapolis 2022, at Lucas Oil Stadium – added 10/12/22
  8. The Joy Formidable – Lansing 2012, at the Loft
  9. Pat Benatar and Loverboy – Traverse City 2018, at the Cherry Festival
  10. Doobie Brothers – Indianapolis 1975, at Market Square Arena
  11. Jazz Band (name unknown) – Boston 2016, at the Beehive
  12. Jeff Haas Trio & Friends – Traverse City 2019, at the West Bay Beach Hotel
  13. Aerosmith – Indianapolis 1974, at the Convention Center
  14. Oscar Fuentes – Tucson 2019, at La Cochina
  15. Boston – Indianapolis 1976, at the Convention Center
  16. Radiohead – Detroit 2012, at the Palace of Auburn Hills
  17. Starfarm – several shows around Greater Lansing

WORST

  1. Aerosmith – Indianapolis 1979, at Market Square Arena – the band was too strung out and could not hear the lyrics
  2. Blue Oyster Cult – Indianapolis 1974, at the Stair Fair Coliseum – can only think of one hit – must have been desperate for some music.
  3. MGMT – Lansing 2013, at Common Ground – why were they so popular?
  4. An Irish Christmas – Traverse City 2018, at the Milliken Auditorium – performers were tired from all the holiday season travel.
  5. Toppermost, Beatles Tribute – Okemos 2014, at Celebrate Downtown Okemos – technically proficient, but didn’t excite me like I thought they might.
  6. Beach Boys – Indianapolis 1980, at Market Square Arena – largely was not my style – some good songs tho.
  7. Cheap Trick – Traverse City 2018, at Cherry Festival – Didn’t play my favorite song – too much focus on new album.
  8. Kings of Leon/The Stills – Detroit 2010, at DTE Music Center – The Stills were on so early we missed part of their set.
  9. Queen – Indianapolis 1976, at the Convention Center- I had the flu and it was at a bad venue for their musical style.

PERFORMERS I SHOULD SEE (OR SHOULD HAVE SEEN)

  1. Fleetwood Mac
  2. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  3. Pink Floyd
  4. The Rolling Stones
  5. Heart – have seen Ann Wilson perform solo tho
  6. Def Leppard
  7. Paul McCartney & Wings
  8. Weezer

LIST OF RECALLED PERFORMERS SEEN (to be updated – those added in italics)

The Accidentals, Aerosmith, Ann Wilson, Artful Dodger, Avid Kain, Beach Boys, Blue Oyster Cult, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Boston, Buddy Guy, Cheap Trick, Cherryland Jazz, Crows, Death Cab for Cutie, Delilah Dewilde, Doobie Brothers, Elliot Street Lunatic, Florence and the Machine, Frightened Rabbit, Funk Cake, Gordon Lightfoot Tribute, Grand Funk, Jazz North, Jeff Haas Trio, Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, John HiattJohn Mellencamp, The Joy Formidable, Kings of Leon, KISS, Kitten, Little Graves, Loverboy, Metric, MGMT, Moxie Strings, Oh Brother-Big Sister, Oscar Fuentes, Pat Benatar, Queen, Radiohead, ReBooted, Sheryl Crow, Special Consensus, Starfarm, TC Jazz Saxophone Quartet, The Stills, Toppermost, U2, Uriah Heep, and Wolf Alice.

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