questionswhat is the best concert / stage performance you…

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Phantom of the Opera, hands down winner. "Wicked" a close second.

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Rolling Stones in '98 in Dallas
Les Miserables in '92 in NYC

edit: Oh wait. Pantera in Fort Worth, New Years Eve 1999. That was insane. Seeing the Rolling Stones was awesome, but that Pantera show was nucking futs.

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Concert: weird al, followed by U2.

Show: lion king (London and Durham were both good)

Performance: blue man group

I think that covers it. There are lots more good ones, but those were my favorites.

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Metallica, from the front-row rail.

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Joan Jett. Saw her at a small venue where everyone was "up close and personal". Great show!

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Red Hot Chili Peppers with opening act The Smashing Pumpkins, and Special Guests Pearl Jam. All crammed into a crappy dance hall that could only hold about 500 people.

At the time, I was a fan of the RHCP. A few of my friends were familiar with the pumpkins, but none of us had heard of PJ.

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Wow... there is no way I could pick just one. Sammy Hagar... The Doobie Brothers... Styx... I have been extremely lucky to have been to some incredible performances, I could go on and on...

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Of the handful that I remember being at I would have to say Poison/Warrant/Trixter a few years ago...well, maybe it was a little longer than that. :)

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Concert: RATM/TOOL - Coachella '99

Show: Les Miserables - Pantages Theatre '94ish

But I did get to have a beer with one of the Beach Boys as a teenager - my dad was a musician so we got to meet few cool people while at his gigs.

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Goo Goo Dolls, such a relaxed atmosphere with great performers and audience.

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Tiny Tim, about three months before his death. Granted, it was in large part because of the fundamental absurdity, but it was a good show! And there were plenty of seats.

Actually, it's probably Kraftwerk, because I went to keep someone company and left a geniune fan of the band.

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Flaming Lips back when Wayne Coyne wasn't so depressed. Any band in a gerbil ball with alien dancers, confetti guns and hundreds of lasers is a winner.

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U2 on its Achtung Baby tour. Unbelievably awesome.

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Elton John from the second row! Willy and Waylon outdoors from the first row.

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Queen, during the News of the World Tour...awesome days to be young.

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Hasn't anyone but me seen the King... Elvis? I really didn't want to go but my friends convinced me that I should go see him. He was on the verge of gaining weight but he still put on a good show, I guess. :-) I've seen so many good oldie goldie perfomers... Dianna Ross, Patti Labelle, Rod Stewart, Village People, Eagles, Hermans Hermits, Reba McEntire, Gloria Gaynor, Anne Murray, Eddie Van Halen, Whitney Houston and so many, many more.

Now that I think about it, Elvis died in 1977.. most of you weren't alive 35 years ago!

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Muse was amazing, and Weird Al was hilarious.

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In order: The Lion King (traveling show from 2009), Phantom of the Opera (Toronto), Les Miserables, and Stomp.

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I saw American HiFi in college when they were on their way back down. The show was good but the best part was crowd surfing up on stage and then stage diving off. That was definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

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Nickel Creek, Houston, 2007. Farewell (For Now) Tour. Venue only held a few hundred (top floor of an old warehouse), our group was 30-40 feet from stage.

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@rustybender: What?! Wow, that was a lineup.

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Paul Revere and the Raiders as a Reno lounge act in the 80's.

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Top three:

Biffy Clyro. I've met so many people who didn't even really care for their music but saw them live and were blown away. There's a reason they are the band I have travelled the furthest to see and seen the most times. They put their everything into every show, every night, whether there is 10 people at a tiny venue in the US, or 12,500 at Wembley Arena in London.

Mute Math. Just saw them for the second time over a week ago, and they don't disappoint. They put a lot of planning into their shows, but it doesn't ever feel rehearsed either. I knew the lead singer would be crowdsurfing on a giant LED-lined air mattress, for example, but still found myself excited and a little slack-jawed as it happened. That's just the start.

Blue Man Group for music/comedy. I preferred the How To Be A Megastar tours over the theatre shows personally but both were great. And kid-friendly, to boot.

Special mention to Snow Patrol and Muse, and there's some venues that make ANY band good...

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@dxdn: Thile has some chops, but the Watkins always see to have their issues.

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String Cheese Incident at Horning's Hideout 2007 insane Jams and the show by Lucent Dossier was out of this world!

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argh so many browser issues lately. need to uninstall/reinstall.

Daivd Byrne, Telluride, 2009 was an impressive show as was George Strait, Fairfax VA ~1994

Phantom, Toronto was great for a stage show

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@dxdn: Its crazy to look back at that concert. I want to say it was 1991.

My friends and I went just to see the Chili Peppers, but the whole concert rocked. PJ was so awesome I went to the record store the next day to pick up a their album but it hadn't been released yet. It came out a month or two later.

Crazy thing is, I think I paid $10 or $15 for the ticket. I can't imagine what that lineup would cost today.

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@rustybender: Looks like I had the part about the album not being released wrong, got to assume the guy at the record store was full of it. I found the date of the tour. October 20, 1991.

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Green Day @ the Meadowlands in New Jersey during their American Idiot tour and Paul McCartney @ Madison Square Garden, New York... both in 2005.

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Peter Frampton 2 years ago, really small venue but it was AMAZING!!! We were in the front row and he threw a hand full of picks into the audience and I got one. I also saw Van Halen in 2007 and that was pretty amazeballs

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@dxdn: I was @ that show at the Meridian it was pretty EPIC!!

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mitch hedberg along w/ lewis black & dave attell at a vintage theater.

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Music group: Midnight Oil, and their performance of "Beds are Burning".

Stage performance: "Aladdin" at Disney's California Park. Every time I go to Disneyland, I make time to see that show.

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1988 at the gone but not forgotten JFK Stadium in Philly with about 100,000 of my closest friends I saw the Amnesty International concert agaist apartheid. The lineup was Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N'Dour and Bruce Springsteen. It was pretty special.

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For best pure stage performance, it has to be GWAR. Doesn't matter which year or which venue. They always seem to bring it and I always end up with unmentionable fluids all over me. Sure there are other bands I enjoy more in concert but GWAR has the best stage performance.

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Railroad Revival Tour last year. Mumford and Sons with Edwards Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and Old Crow Medicine Show.

It. Was. Awesome.

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@snooty2toes: I'm jealous. I'm not a big fan of Dave Attell, but Mitch and Lewis Black are my two favorites. Shame I'll never have that opportunity.

As for the question: Disturbed's frontman is an excellent, so they always put on a good concert. Ron White was hilarious.

But probably the best is B.B. King. The man is a living legend, and even well into his 80s plays that guitar like it's part of him. Seriously, you have to see it to believe how good this guy is live.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra - which is why we've went to their Christmas tour 6 out of the last 7 years and are going to their Beethoven tour for the 2nd time in 3 years.

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Les Mis (Chicago '92), Jesus Christ Superstar (Chicago '93)

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Rush always puts on a good show. I saw Stomp back in high school, that was pretty cool from a drummers perspective.

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U2 - August 8, 1993 - Glasgow, Scotland - Celtic Park. Opening act was Stereo MC's. The entire pitch was the pit. I was right at the front rail. We were packed in so tight people were passing out and had to be passed overhead to the medics between us and the stage. U2 had whole cars on scaffolding above the stage, with the lights flashing during the show. Highlight of the show was when Bono came out dressed in a red tuxedo and wearing devil horns, calling himself Mr. MacPhisto, and tried calling the Prime Minister in a protest stunt. Best song of the show was Mysterious Ways. The stage covered in rolling smoke, it was very quiet, and all you could hear was finger cymbals for a few minutes. Then spotlight on the smoke as it cleared in one spot. There was a gorgeous belly dancer who performed during the whole song maybe 20 feet away from us.

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@jezebelseven: Mute Math is definitely top two on my list. Amazing show. When the drummer needs to duct tape his head-set to his head, you know it's gonna be good.

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phantom of the opera and monty python's spamalot

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Concert: Jars of Clay at Coca-Cola Olypmic City summer of 1996 in Atlanta. It was not long after Jars of Clay put out their first album and they were starting to get some airplay on the local alternative station. It was a small outdoor amplitheater and I was there with a bunch of friends from Georgia Tech who hadn't fled the city before the Olympics started. Probably half the crowd was Tech students. It was one of those magical performances where the crowd was just alive and the band was feeling it and the planets aligned. They played every song on their CD, a few other random songs and then, as an encore, pretty much everyone from their CD again.

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Cirque de Soleil's Ka, followed by Phantom.

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@phillystyle: I still have Springsteen's "Chimes Of Freedom" EP, released at the time of that Amnesty Int'l tour. Good stuff!

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Betty Buckley in Gypsy at the Papermill Playhouse, NJ, in '98. No contest.

Close second: Alice Ripley in Next to Normal, Booth theater, NY, July '09.

I am an unapologetic musical theater fan.

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One of my first concerts was also a Chilli Peppers event on their One Hot Minute tour. They came to town with the Toadies and Spacehog, epic show.

My first major electronic show was a road trip to Cleveland to see the Low Fidelity All Stars, Crystal Method, and Orbital. So many crazy things happened that night, I could fill a whole page.

Radiohead at Lollapalooza '08. They had family night at soldier field on the same night, and the night ended with fireworks, which happened during Everything in it's Right place. Perfect.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opy7qUw6ZPQ&list=UUoMx31_9NPByY35eGfAUhGw&index=11&feature=plcp

And lastly, Girl Talk at the Congress theatre on New Years in 2009. I will never forget this night, so many epic memories from the trip!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmzFte9uG6o

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Best: Metallica on their And Justice For All tour. Queensryche opened, and this was shortly after Operation:Mindcrime was released. Two epic bands supporting two epic albums. Awesome.

Close second: Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I've seen them three times, but the best was the first, when they played a small opera house but used their full stadium stage set. I was ten rows back and could feel the heat from the flame pots every time they went off. I was amazed they didn't burn the place down.