But what are the worthy shows for the price of the ticket, any era?
Kiss - Pretty much the same show that I saw in the 70's but still
Judas Priest - Non stop metal, Rob sells it.
Queensryche - When DeGarmo was with them and Scott Rockenfield had his chain drumkit.
Dio - Any version
Iron Maiden - Also any version
Springsteen & The E Street Band. Seen them three times over the years and they NEVER disappoint. The first time I saw them, in 1988 at the LA Sports Arena, it was a nearly 4 hr show that is to-this-day the best concert I've ever seen.
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kiss sucks. their probably the worst band of all time except for maybe heart.
i just saw pearl jam at bonnaroo though and they were real sick.
the best live band ever hands down is zeppelin though, although i never saw them as they broke up years before i was born.
Asylum Street Spankers
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Jimmy Buffett - laugh if you want, but his shows are parties
Buster Poindexter - another one to ruin my hipster street cred, but he was quite an entertainer
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I'm not really much of a fan, but am thinking about seeing them this week because of their live reputation.
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-Variety in setlist from tour to tour - Being willing to visit the entire catalog and not play the same old shit (like Ozzy has being doing for about 25 years)
-An adequate set length - A headlining set in an arena should never be less than 2 hours length
-The artist being passionate about their performance
Things I really don't care about:
-Solos and other wanking - Ugh, keep that shit to a minimum
-Lights/stage show/production - I don't care if they do have it as long as it doesn't get in the way of the show, but I don't need it
-Bands showing contempt for their audience
The best live acts:
-The Cure - 3 hour sets and a possible setlist that is over 70 songs deep
-Sonic Youth - willing to go all the back to the beginning of their catalog and no 2 shows are the same; always high-energy
-Dio/Black Sabbath/Heaven And Hell - for an old fart, Dio still performs better, and sounds better, than most, and enjoys what he is doing
-Barenaked Ladies - I appreciate that they try to make each show unique and do alot of improvisation on stage. They think on stage and do not just mail it in
-Pearl Jam - I'm not much of a fan, but I appreciate their varying the setlist and that they go all out
I'll second Springsteen & The E Street Band. Just saw them back in March and they still played for nearly three hours. Great mix in the setlist of new and old...and the man still's got it!
Second band would have to be The Flaming Lips. Sure Wayne can't sing as well as he used to, and the setlist may be a little on the short side...but the specticle they put on is great! A fantastic concert going experience.
For pure working the crowd and showmanship, the best I've ever seen is Yngwie Malmsteen. He doesn't have a crazy pyrotechnics/laser/light show... he is the show. The guy never stops shredding, but that doesn't stop him from tossing/kicking 100+ picks into the audience in a 12 song set, all while running around, spins, jumps, kicks, etc. The best thing is he usually plays small club shows so it's not too difficult to be a few feet away from him while he's doing this.
Rammstein - loads of pyro, flames, flame-throwers, dildos and make-up.
Iron Maiden - fucking awesome.
Danzig - classic era. awesome show.
Type O Negative - back in the day, they had great sets.
Rob Zombie - his "Hell" set on tour with Korn was fucking insane.
The Rolling Stones - even though the stage was pretty barren, they were super.
Marilyn Manson - always entertaining.
Alice Cooper - still knows how to put on a great show.
Megadeth - fast and intense.
Slayer - ever wondered what a concert in Hell would be like?
Pantera - insanely brutal mosh pits
Tool - watching them was like an acid trip. very cool.
I still have yet to see Kiss. New lineup or not, I'm getting tix when they come to SoCal asap.
Pink Floyd - Need I say anything?
Pixies - Pure bliss just to see them. Total no nonsense.
R.E.M. - Even better the second time I saw them
Liz Phair - Just a great intimate show
Fugazi - Loud and intense ... And only $5.50
Violent Femmes - Played at least 2 hours and were just a blast
GiantRobo, as far as The Smashing Pumpkins go, how good their shows are really all depends on what kind of mood Billy is in that today. I have heard some live shows that were just unbelievable. Those are usually the shows where Billy is in a light mood and is joking around with the audience. But if he's not in a good mood ... get ready for a long night.