questionswhat random band from the past would you pay to…

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It's probably cliched, but I would love to see the Beatles. My folks were huge fans, and I grew up listening to the LPs. I, too, could be one of the screaming fans in their audience.

And rusted root does put on a great show. I've seen them several times on their own, and oce as an opener for Toad the Wet Sprocket. Lots of fun.

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@okham: Ohhhh the Beatles. How cool would that be? 'Come Together' specifically is one of my favorite songs, it always puts me in the best mood!

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Green Jelly
"Little pig, little pig, let me in!"

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Spin Doctors and Toad The Wet Sprocket.

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@gewoodworth: I just YouTube'd Green Jelly. That's... wow!

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The Beatles for sure. Second would be J. Geils Band. I've always heard that they were incredible live.

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They are still around in some iteration, but I would love to see the Parliament/Funkadelic show from the late 70s.

I got to see them in Central Park in 1995ish for a kinda reunion show promoting George Clinton's TAPOFOM album that brought out most of the original stage show. It was great, but some of the original members were missing for various reasons so it would be great to see the show in it's full glory.

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Hootie and the Blowfish was a great show. I'd pay to see Sting again. I can guarantee that James Taylor will still sound as good if not better today than his recordings! Alanis Morisette was a wild and eye-opening show. I saw things at that show that have changed me. :-)

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I've been to many concerts in my time, and there are very few I'd be interested in any more. Except for these two, which sadly, will never happen: The Doors and Janis Joplin. Was just a tad too young to catch either of these legends.

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I'd like to see the Jackson 5 circa 1970s. I know that once they were all grown they did a few things together, but I'd love to see one of their shows when they were young.

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I have to agree with Funkadelic78 - Parliament and George Clinton put on one amazing performance. They played twice at Woodstock 99 and they were easily the best of the whole festival.

Another band I wouldn't mind seeing is 2 Skinnee J's, who had a very fleeting hit in the 90's "Riot nrrrd". Their music isn't even all that great but I saw them at another festival and really enjoyed them on stage.

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Wouldn't mind seeing Jimmie's Chicken Shack.
Those guys made some good tunes. Not to many fans I know of either.

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Ok Go or Flogging Molly. Saw them in KC a while ago. Very fun shows.

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Mary's Danish. By the time I'd heard of them they were already done as a band.

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Farinelli. Of course, he died in 1782, but he was supposed to have been the greatest singer of all time. If you are looking for something more contemporary, I think I'd like to see skinny Elvis. Any Elvis would be okay, but if I am using a concert time machine I'd like to go back to his black leather, hip swiveling, bad boy days. With his roots in gospel and his deep love for his mother, Elvis was such a study in contrasts.

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I'd have to say Spacehog. Their music was pretty stupid but I liked it.

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'NSync and Backstreet Boys!! faints
Maybe the Spice Girls too.

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For a "random band", which I interpret to mean not a mainstream well-known band, I would definitely say Fun Lovin' Criminals. For a better known band that I would kill to see come back together, I would say either Dire Straits or Talking Heads. I'd sell both my kidneys to see Dire Straits.

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@funkadelic78: I've twice seen George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic perform at First Avenue in Minneapolis (ever see the movie Purple Rain? the club scenes were shot there). Both times I left at around 2am from sheer exhaustion, and the band was still going. They put on a hell of a show, for sure. While they aren't exactly the same as they were in the 70s, they are still some of the greatest performers anywhere.

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Elliott Smith. He is one of my favorites and I didn't find out about him until after he killed himself. That would be my number one choice.

Here is a very short list of some of my other choices real quick:
Slint, Red Stars Theory, Carissa's Wierd, Beach Boys (Before brian melted his brain with acid) Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, Pavement, Ugly Casanova... oh and sneakers

(wait did you say I'd have to pay? nevermind every answer I've given so far. I would never pay for a concert)

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Gotta be Led Zeppelin. Or the Doors. Jimmy T was awesome when I saw him a couple years back, as was Petty both times. Maybe Stevie Ray or Jimi Hendrix too. Oh, so many choices.

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Michael Jackson, and Elvis.

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I've seen the Beatles twice so that was great. Hendrix,Joplin,Doors and of course The Who with Keith and John. I can never get enough of that.

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I'd probably go with Our Lady Peace, although there are way bigger names/better artists that are out there.

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hands down without a doubt, The Who. i'd pay good money to see Keith moon play the drums (without passing out or vomiting on them)

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REAL Metallica. Black album and older Metallica. We'll never sell out and might even replace our whiny drummer Metallica!

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The Doors in a small room. Also, The Mad Daddys in an even smaller room.

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Oingo Boingo. I was at their farewell show on Halloween 1995 and saw them live perhaps a dozen times over the prior decade. They went on well beyond four hours that night and it was just amazing. Every time I see Elfman now, usually being interviewed about his latest collaboration with Tim Burton, he just looks like he wants to ter his shirt off, jump on a stage and let his freak out again.

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@lparsons42: I remember when Talking Heads reunited for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the press kept peppering David Byrne about the band getting back together for a reunion tour. He said absolutely not, comparing the HOF performance to parents who are divorced dancing together just once at their child's wedding, but never again. Too bad...

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Joni Mitchell in her prime. Maybe Zappa

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I'd like to see Wang Chung in concert, but only if I got backstage passes so I could ask them how exactly to "Wang Chung tonight."

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Pink Floyd

but I do get to see Roger Waters: The Wall in May

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The Ramones. Saw 'em twice. Fortunately, part of one show was put on a DVD (Ramones: It's Alive 1974-1996) so at least I can relive it a bit when I feel nostalgic.

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I have to agree with Michael Jackson. I'm a little too young to have been able to see him in his prime, but I wish I could have.

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The real Guns n Roses, with Axl, Slash, Duff, etc. Not the current Axl Rose solo band that he insists on calling GnR.

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I've got kids, and in 2003, I took my daughter to see the Wiggles when their lead singer was Greg (the guy in the yellow shirt) and not Sam.

Now that my son is of age, I would love to bring my son to see the Wiggles from the "Greg" era. I am not a fan of Sam.

(and Captain Feathersword is HILARIOUS! His impressions made the whole show enjoyable for the parents.)

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@eepeep You're bringing back memories! My kids are too old now and out of the Wiggles phase -- enjoy these moments while you can!

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@djp519: saw them 3 times. Every show was lmost exactly the same and every time, Axl was 90-120 minutes late. he is an ass

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@okham: I'm with you. The Beatles it would be... love to hear John singing Imagine..

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Rolling Stones at Altamont, December 6, 1969

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Stevie Wonder, without a doubt. I still kick myself to this day. I had the chance to see him, but refused to go. He was here in Indy back in '08 campaigning with Obama. That was probably my only chance to see him and I blew it.

Now I'm depressed...

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I'd love to see Boston, with all the original members.

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[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pain_%28U.S._band%29]Pain[/url] was my favorite regional band growing up in AL. I would love to be able to see them again.

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Frankie Goes to Hollywood......Relax tour was one of the most intense shows I've ever seen.

but I'll second that J Giles request if they do material prior to Love Stinks.