Notable Band Played With Venue Year 1 H Iron Maiden A+ Megadeth Rotterdam (Amsterdam) 1999 Absolutely phenominal show. One of my favorite bands of all time. Great experience going to Europe with my buddy. Hung out with the IM fan club, tour photographer and FC president. Show itself was top-notch. Small sold- out coliseum venue on the floor - this show was the beginning of my 3rd phase of professional moshing and where I finally began to be able to fully understand my surroundings and react accordingly. Man... when the video screen lit up with the intro and the song Transylvania started playing, the juices started flowing & we knew we were in for a rare treat! We pushed to the front of the floor. Our fists were in the air throughout as we dealt with multiple surges/sways/pits. I knew every songs. Heaven! 2 H Iron Maiden A+ Megadeth Paris (France) 1999 This was the first show of our European Iron Maiden tour. The show and experience were amazing, as was bonding with the tour photographer and fan club president. These European shows firmly cemented Maiden as one of my top 5 bands of all time! 3 H Metallica S&M A+ None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1999 Metallica with a full Orchestra! They pulled it off with class and style without compromising a bit. They absolutely kicked ass! They only did 3 tour dates… San Francisco, NYC and Germany. This was history! The orchestra added to the intensity - especially on Bellz! I was literally in awe trying to take it all in and remember every detail. I remember the last chords of the final encore 'Battery' with the Orchestra & band totally in sync and as soon as it ended, I felt a 'loss' knowing it was over & I wouldn't be able to see it live again. I checked multiple stores almost daily for months waiting for the DVD to come out. DVD is good, but nothing can compare to seeing it live! 4 H Bon Jovi A+ Sugar Ray Giants Stadium (NJ) 2001 I wasn't a big fan back in the day, but this show surpirsed me. 2 sold out nights at Giants Stadium! They owned the crowd - eveyone right up to the last row was on their feet throughout singing every song! They recaptured the young crowd and created a great vibe. I got the chills looking around and seeing the fans showing their love and support. We dragged them out for repeated encores until they were out of songs and still no one left the stadium until well after the house lights came on! 5 H Aerosmith A+ The Cult Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2001 I always loved Aerosmith. They were great in the late 80's when I first saw them. Their live performances slipped a little bit in the mid 90's, but they are clearly on top of their game in the new century, which is amazing at an average age of 50. Tyler and Perry put 110% into this show - their 1st appearance in NYC since the 9/11 WTC tragedy. They brought the house down with a good combo of hits and deep cuts. This tour shows them reaching back to their R&B roots. True legends! 6 H AC/DC A+ Some bunch of no talent idiots Roseland Ballroom (NYC) 2003 AC/DC was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame the night before and this was their only US show in honor of the ceromony. Tickets were only available to people connected to the band's label, with a few fan club and contest winners getting tix as well. No public on-sale. We scalped at $600 per pair. They kicked ass! I love Roseland and grew up on AC/DC. We were near the front in the beginning, about 15 people deep (all standing room only). I pushed to the front. A small group of us were pushing and shoving and jumping and screaming more than the rest of the surrounding crowd, so we were given plenty of space in the first few feet in front of center stage. The whole crowd was into it. Great show! 7 H Bruce Springsteen A+ None Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 1999 Springsteen is a legend. The man could be president. He oozes charisma and integrity. I was never a big fan until I saw him live. The crowd loved him and showed incredible respect throughout. Springsteen, after recently being inducted into the R&R HOF, continues to give every ounce of his soul and energy when he performs. Matt and I had a great time with a few new friends who we never even met before we went to this show together. This was one of those shows that I will remember for ever! Springsteen is a legend. The man could be president. He oozes charisma and integrity. I was never a big fan until I saw him live. The crowd loved him and showed incredible respect throughout. Springsteen, after recently being inducted into the R&R HOF, continues to give every ounce of his soul and energy when he performs. Matt and I had a great time with a few new friends who we never even met before we went to this show together. This was one of those shows that I will remember for ever! 8 H Eric Clapton A+ None Syracuse (NY) 1990 Clapton is God. This show proved it. This show meant a lot to me because my girlfriend at the time and I were both fans and 'Wonderful Tonight' was our song. It was a tremendously fun and emotional show and experience. 8.5 H Roger Waters A+ None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2006 It made me think. A lot. Not many concerts do. Maybe not any. It was incredible. The first set included WYWH, SOYCZ, Have a Cigar... it was great... then he did 2 solo songs including Leaving Beirut while words played on- screen to a comic-book story line. Waters always had an anti-war theme, but this was intense... it was a day after the 5 yr anniverary of 9/11, just blocks from ground zero. He tore into America & Bush, making Kafka references. showing graphics of bodies... the boos overshadowed the cheers and people were cursing him... maybe 1,000 walked out. I am still conflicted. I think the timing & delivery lacked taste. I sat stunned for a while & decided he had a right to dhis opinion and I understood his position (as best as I can), so I stayed. The next set was the entire DSOTM album, which was also great, and the encore with Comfortably Numb and others was phenominal as well. When I left, I kept thinking... and I still am... so, A+. 8.5 H Roger Waters A+ None Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2006 See the prior entry. This one didn't get the same backlash to his anti-war/anti-Bush message. Perhaps because emotions were not as high as in the middle of NYC. Still, there was a bit of tenseness. He may have cut some of the graphic images. I hope so. The concert was just as good. Classic Floyd. The highlight for me was going with my parents, who had a great time as well, standing and singing a few chorus' in the rain. It was just a nice family bonding moment, at a time that I needed it. The runner-up highlight was when their big pig broke loose and floated off into the sky. We also had a good time pre-show as well. 9 H Marilyn Manson A+ Ozzfest (Sabbath,Manson,Slip...) Camden (NJ) 2001 This was the 2nd time I saw Manson and by this time I was a big fan and knew all the songs. His performance and stage show are intense. His antics, which I love (except for the excessive sexual inuendos), tend to cause people not to recognize that he plays great down-and-dirty heavy metal stemming from classic roots. This show was part of the Ozzfest festival. WeI had a great time BBQing and bonding. A great experience and excellent show! 10 H Billy Joel A+ None Buffalo (NY) 1990 My 1st time seeing Billy. There were 8+ of us -- all good college friends -- who went to this show. We had a great time and BJ put on a fabulous show -- sang his ass off, jumped on and off his piano and had great crowd repoire. Of course, everyone knew and sang every song! It was a great memorable experience and an all around fun time! 11 H Eagles A+ None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1996 This was the 2nd time I saw the Eagles, but the first of 2 NYC dates I went to on the current tour. The guys looked and sounded great! They played a good mix of Eagles hits and some solo-material. Each guy contributed equally and the show was flawless. Everyone sang along to every song - these songs were the classics that we grew up to in high school. I am so glad I saw them and caught this amazing and memorable show! 12 H Lynyrd Skynrd A+ N/A Beacon (NYC) 1998 I am as surprised as anyone to see these guys so high up on my all-time list. We were 2nd row at a small venue and they blew us away. Part of what made this one so great was that I expected so little, but we wound up singing and high-5ing to almost every song. The band, with a few exceptions, gave 100% and the guitarist whose name eludes me, played with so much intensity it revved the crowd up even more. A great show and great time! 13 H Aerosmith A+ ? Syracuse (NY) 1989 The first time I saw Aerosmith - This was the show that turned me from a casual fan to a die-hard. They were incredible. Steven Tyler was doing back-flips and hand-springs on stage at 40 years old! They were incedible. At this time, I was surprised at how many (practically all) of their songs I knew and loved. This was one of my greastest early concert experiences! 14 H AC/DC A+ Slash Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2000 AC/DC… The definitive no-nonsense, down and dirty, hard rock band of all time! They play gritty, sleazy, ass- kicking rock-anthems and they play them the way they are meant to be played --- loud, hard and intense! They have so many monster hits and cult classics that the entire show was a succession of one great song after another. The crowd was totally into it - on their feet throughout with fists in the air. Angus hasn't changed a bit in 20+ years and in this case, that's the way it should be. This was one of those few shows that gave me the chills and made me truly proud to call AC/DC one of the best bands of my generation! 15 H Jonny Lang A+ Jeff Beck (Co-headliners) Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1999 This kid just blew me away… and he blew Jeff Beck off the stage. Lang is incredibly talented and gives 110%. Seeing his emotion on stage really touches a nerve. He just loves playing the blues and at 17 years old, he has the best blues voice around! I can't wait for him to go back out on tour. 16 H Roger Waters A+ None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2000 He played some of his solo stuff, but the highlight was that 50%+ of the set was pure classic Pink Floyd! We had a great time and my wife and I sang along to all the classics. It was my wife's best concert to date... and the popcorn fight with the stripper added to the fun... at least until someone got bopped in the head with a flying cell phone! 17 H Iron Maiden A+ Queensryche / Rob Halford Scranton, PA 2000 "Scream for me Scranton!" By this tour I was fully re-immersed in Maiden mania and I had even converted my wife to a fan… well sort of… at least enough to get her to pick-up and follow the band with me through 2-3 states this summer. This show was the first of 2 I saw on this tour - we had great 10th row-ish seats. I knew every song and was screaming with fists in the air throughout. I think seeing me act like a lunatic turned my wife on... NOTE TO SELF: Try wearing tight jeans and screaming Maiden lyrics in the bedroom as foreplay! 18 H Iron Maiden A+ Queensryche / Rob Halford Darien Lake (NY) 2000 This was the 2nd of the 2 shows I saw on this tour. This one was technically just as good, but when you see a band twice in a row, the first one always seems better which is why I give the PA show a slight-edge in the rankings. Since this was the venue near my old college, I visited the campus and recalled a few fond memories and of course trashed a vacant dorm-room for old-times sake! 19 H Metallica A+ Korn, Kid Rock, Powerman 5000 Foxboro, MA 2000 This was a great Metallica performance - probably one of the best in my experience. This was the first concert I went to with an old friend. We had a good time - stayed at his aunt's house. This concert gave us a brief return to recapturing some of the vibe from our prior concert-going days. Too bad it couldn't be sustained. Great show though! I was among the most aggressive in the crowd at this one (for Metallica's performance). 20 H Marilyn Manson A+ GodHead / Cold Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2000 Sick! Insane! I didn't know what to expect, but this show absolutely blew my mind! The energy and stage show were among the best I have ever seen. The floor was excellent and the mosh pits were good, but for this one, I had no interest in the pit because I really wanted to concentrate on the show and not miss a thing! As a relatively new fan, I only knew about 1/2 the songs. If I had known more, this would have been an all-time top-5 show! 21 H Motley Crue A+ None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2005 Motley Crue is BAAAACK, Rock and Roll is alive, and the world is a better place again!!! I had so-so expectations at best because Vince has not been holding up well over the last few years (too much booze and not enough time in the gym). Vince just completed filming of 'Remaking Vince Neil', an MTV reality show where they got him back in shape and on the right path. I didn't know if it would make a big enough difference, but he was back at the top of his game. Mick Mars kicked ass on guitar. I forgot how good he is! Tommy Lee was lifted on ropes up to the rafters where he played drums and swung from podium to podium. Nikki was just hammering away on bass. The crowd was mixed with people from their teens to their 40's & everyone was completely into it. Everyone was screaming and pumping fists. The Crue completely sold out the Garden, and the entire tour. They even added several more legs and the tour may last up to 3 years. Part of their resurgence is timed to what is likely to be an induction into the R&R Hall of Fame in the next few years. The media is really starting to rally around them again. 22 H Sum41 A+ N/A CBGB (NYC) 2002 Wow… this show was great for so many reasons… First of all it was at CBGB's in the Village in NYC, one of the most famous clubs in the world… it's where the Ramones & many others got their start. I could not believe how small this club is... it only holds a few hundred people. The stage is tiny and the 'floor' only fits about 50 people. The concert area is maybe 3-4 times the size of your bathroom. Anyway, CBGB's was just the setting... the band itself was amazing. These guys are 19 years old and already have great stage presence and tremendous energy... every band member was great & I never write that about a band because ususally there is a weak link. Sum41 has no weak-link. Their music is a combination of classic metal and punk rock influenced by Maiden, Priest and the Ramones. I was close enough to high-five the guys on stage. When the singer asked what we wanted to hear, I yelled "Maiden" and he looked at me, said "F-ck Yeah!", and then he pointed at me and said, "This ones for you!" and the band ripped into 'The Trooper." Amazing! Got a pick. 23 H Brides of Destruction A+ Amen / Living Things CBGB (NYC) 2004 Great - Great - Great! I just love this liitle dive of a club. The place was packed and I worked my way up to the first few rows. I knew just about every word to every song from their debut album, Here Come the Brides. I was singing along, banging my head and throwing my fist in the air. Nikki Sixx was good and at 45 years old... still cool. I was surprised by how good Tracii Gunns is on guitar and he had VG stage presence. The singer, Londen, was really excellent... his voice was a bit strained, but he looked the part and had tremedous attitude and stage presence. I high-fived a few of them. The encores were LA Guns and Motley Crue songs... I didn't care about the LA Guns songs and while I love(d) the Crue, I was really there to hear the Brides album live. The crowd was good... mostly mid-30's and I was glad to see the majority actually knew the Brides songs and werent there just to hear Crue & Guns covers. Matt was with me and we had fun, but as usual Matt ducked out early. (See Living Things review) 24 H Offspring A+ N/A CBGB 2005 This show was off the hook… this was the 2nd 'Save CBGB' benefit concert I went to this week (Misfits a few days before). The Offspring has to be one of the biggest bands to play this place. They can still sell out an arena, and they played to about 300 of us at this show. I went straight to the front and wound up in the crowd crush in the first 2- 3 rows. One of the band body surfed into the crowd a few times and to put it in perspective, I was the one that lifted him overhead from the stage to the crowd. I high-5'd Dexter and Noodles as well while they were playing. They put on a pretty decent length set with a good mix of songs... trended towards the older songs for the most part... Bad Habit and The Kids Aren't All Right were my highlights... and Self Esteem... it was all good. I was exhausted by the time it was over... head spinning... it was great. I got a picture with Dexter after the show and said a few words to Noodles at the bar. It was excellent. Had a good-time preshow with the folks I went with as well. 25 H Bruce Springsteen A+ None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2000 My 3rd time seeing Bruce… there are very few bands that can impress you when seeing them multiple times in a short-period of time. This is because when you see them multiple times, your expectations are higher (you want to have an even better time!), but you also notice the scripted aspects of the show as well which takes away from the performance... anyway, not the case with Bruce... to be honest, I don't even know how tight they stuck to a script and it didn't matter... Bruce's raw energy and enthusiasm blew me and the crowd away. You can't explain what we felt if you haven't seen a Springsteen show... seriously, look at all the shows I've seen and for me to single Bruce out like this... Wow! My 3rd time seeing Bruce… there are very few bands that can impress you when seeing them multiple times in a short-period of time. This is because when you see them multiple times, your expectations are higher (you want to have an even better time!), but you also notice the scripted aspects of the show as well which takes away from the performance... anyway, not the case with Bruce... to be honest, I don't even know how tight they stuck to a script and it didn't matter... Bruce's raw energy and enthusiasm blew me and the crowd away. You can't explain what we felt if you haven't seen a Springsteen show... seriously, look at all the shows I've seen and for me to single Bruce out like this... Wow! 26 H AC/DC A+ Buckcherry Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2001 After I saw them in 2000 (see above), I constantly regretted not seeing them more between my first time in 1986 and my second time in 2000… it's like time stood still… After the 2000 show, I kept hoping I would get just 1-more chance to see them again sometime before they retire... and here it was... I got tix to 2 more shows when they added a 2nd leg to their tour: The PA show (see below) and this one... and this one kicked major ass and helped me recapture that liberated 'forever-young & crazy' feeling that only a good rock-show can give you... Once again, fists in the air throughout and 20,000 people singing every song at the top of their lungs... AC/DC rules!!!! 27 H Def Lepard A None Irving Plaza (NYC) 2002 Every band has several 'peaks'… their popularity peak (when they have the biggest fan base), performance peak (when they put on the best show) & material peak (when they have a ton of mega-hits). These peaks seldom coincide because most bands hit their popularity peak before having a full concert worth of great songs and before they polish their stage presence. Well, Def Lep is clearly at both their performance & material peak, if not their popularity peak. Close to 20 years into their careers they have a full set of nothing but monster, sing-a-long, rock anthems (Pour Some Sugar on Me, Rock of Ages, Hystreria, Let's Get Rocked, Animal, Foolin', Photograph, RockIt, Love Bites...). They are also in phenominal shape and put a lot of emotion into their performance. Combine all this with being within spitting distance of the stage at a small GA club venue (that sold out in 7 minutes), which their record label sponsored as a warm-up to the upcoming world tour, and you have one incredible experience! 28 H Bad Company A Damn Yankees Darien Lake (NY) 1990 Excellent General Admission (GA) show at an outdoor venue on a perfect night. My girlfriend and I were front and center in the crowd crush throughout. My girlfriend actually passed out & I was soaked. They played all of their classics and their new songs from the Holy Water album, which I liked even though it didn't get much critical acclaim. A really good time and great memories. 29 O Whitesnake A Motley Crue Nassau Collesium (L.I., NY) 1987 As of early 2002, this remains my highest ranking opening band performance. I love(d) Whitesnake and David Coverdale. Good, gritty, rock and roll. This show was one of my earlier concert experiences and I still remember it well… pusing up through the crowd, sweaty screaming people all over, strange girls wanting to be lifted onto shoulders... it was great... I knew all the songs and at the time, that was the closest and most aggressive I got at a show. They opening for Motley Crue and I love Motley Crue, but for me, Whitesnake stole the show! 30 H Rolling Stones A Allanis Morisette (missed her) Giants Stadium (NJ) 2005 Hands down, the best I've seen them! They put on a flawless show. Great song selection. A solid 2 hour set. I was surprised the average audience age was probably about 40, which was 10 years younger than the last few times I saw them at larger venues. These guys are holding up great at 65 years old. Mick must have run a few miles on stage, while singing. The crowd was on their feet almost throughout the entire show, singing along. They were great. I was really impressed. 31 H Kid Rock A Lit Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2002 Kid Rock has come of age… It was a ballsy move making the jump to being a tier-1 headliner and going right for a show at MSG configured with seats instead of the more forgiving General Admission setting. He had great charisma and interacted with the crowd a lot. The show was not close to being sold-out and I thought that would hurt the vibe, but it didn't... the crowd was really into it dancing & singing along to all the songs. We were towards the back of the floor and there was no video screen which makes it even more impressive that he was able to get the whole crowd moving. He brought out Hank Williams Jr (the country rock star) for a song, which was a classy tribute. Kid Rock has come of age… It was a ballsy move making the jump to being a tier-1 headliner and going right for a show at MSG configured with seats instead of the more forgiving General Admission setting. He had great charisma and interacted with the crowd a lot. The show was not close to being sold-out and I thought that would hurt the vibe, but it didn't... the crowd was really into it dancing & singing along to all the songs. We were towards the back of the floor and there was no video screen which makes it even more impressive that he was able to get the whole crowd moving. He brought out Hank Williams Jr (the country rock star) for a song, which was a classy tribute. 31 H Joan Jett A N/A Bowery Ballroom 2006 Pha-Nom-In-UL! My God, she was great. I just couldn't believe it. She's mid-40's, but looked about 30 years old. She looked just like in the 80's. I was no more than 15 feet from the stage (got a pick) and she was HOT in black leather… Her voice was terrific, incredible attitude & stage presence. She was into it and played the crowd. Tremendous energy. The venue was perfect... bigger than CBGB and smaller than Irving Plaza. It held < 1000 people... 3 floors with a bar/lounge below, stage on 2nd floor & 3rd floor balcony. She played all the classics and even her new music was relevant and decent. I'm considering going back tomorrow to see her at CBGBs. Before the show we went bar hopping to scope out the area & had a good time. 32 H John Mellencamp A ? Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1999 This was the 2nd of three shows that I saw Mellencamp (over a 5-year period) and this one was the best. He put on a truly flawless show of classic American rock and roll anthems. The crowd, including me, was on their feet singing throughout. On a few of the classics, I even got the chills. And Mellencamp, who had to be in his late 40's, was in such good shape that he looked 20 years younger. 33 H Motley Crue A Scorpions Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1999 I loved Crue since the mid-80's and I always regretted not enjoying the Girls Girls Girls tour show more. So, they made up for it over a decade later. This was a great show with all the classics. It is rare for a band this late in their carear, that has basically fallen out of favor with the kids, to still have the take-no-prisoners, "we kick-ass and if you don't like it go F**k yourself" attitude. Well, the Crue still has that attitude (especially Nikki Sixx) and it makes you appreciate them even more. This was another great show where I (and the crowd) was singing to every song with fists in the air. Excellent! 34 H Iron Maiden A DIO, Motorhead Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2003 This was the 3rd time I saw them on this tour and it was the best… They sold out MSG. Their set was short for this tour at 13 songs, but flawless. They still look and sound teriffic. The crowd was phenominal. When you look around, everyone person was on their feet, singing and pumping fists throughout the entire show. It was awesome. There aren't many shows I have been to that have had this much universal crowd support... a few others were AC/DC, Springsteen and Bon Jovi. The intensity of the crowd just made the show that much better and I was so happy to see these legends back on top, kicking ass and taking no prisoners! 35 H Kiss A None Nassau Collesium (L.I., NY) 1998 I had the Psycho Circus album and knew the new songs and I had also brushed up on the classics as well so I was ready for action… we were first row! The band looked and sounded great (thank God the makeup covers the wrinkles because Ace is one ugly dude). They had a huge 3D screen so guitars (and less enjoyably Gene's tounge) seemed to poke you in the face. There was a point that Gene Simmons was raised above the crowd and when he started spitting blood, I was one of the lucky fans that had it drip on me. My favorite was always Paul Stanley - I love his voice. 36 H Metallica A Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Deftones Giants Stadium 2003 Excellent show. This was among their first US dates with Rob Trujilo, who replaced Jason Newsted on Bass. This was also the first time I saw them since James came out of rehab. They put on a high-energy power packed tight set. I fought my way through the pits and crowd crush to get to the front, where I was within an arms length of the front rail. I lasted there through most of the set, and finally surfed out over the top to freedom. It was an excellent show. We also had a good time in the parking lot BBQing for the pre-show. 47 O Nine Inch Nails A Woodstock '94 Saugerties (NY) 1994 This is the only Woodstock '94 performance that made this detail list (the rest are not rated individually). This performance blew me away… absolutely blew me away!!! I didn't know who they were, but this was one of the most riviting, exciting, intense sets I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing. There was soooo much energy and aggression... the band members slammed their equipment around and kept doing muddy stage dives into the crowd, only to crawl back out and do it again!! It was sick!!!! This was the performance that many attribute their break-out success to. Crazy!!!! This was also when the guys in the crowd next to me picked up one of their buddies who passed out on the ground and started body surfing him around chanting 'body surf the dead guy!' Insanity... beautiful insanity!!! 38 H Concert for NYC A DB,BJ,BJ,Who,Stones,EC,PM,EJ,JM… Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2001 $1500 for a pair of tickets with all proceeds going to the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster relief fund. It was strange because you had mixed emotions cheering to the music of some of the greatest artists of all time. It opened with a mellow David Bowie song and picked up later with highlights being Bon Jovi's set and especially the Who, who blew the crowd away with a blistering patriotic set. There were also appearances by many celebrities (Michael J Fox, Adam Sandler, etc..) and politicians including the Clintons (Hillary was booed), Pataki, Gulianni, Trent Lott and others. Fireman and families who lost people in the WTC tragedy were brought on stage to say a few words and in a few cases threaten to kick Bin-Laden's ass! 39 H Ozzy Osbourne A Queensryche Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1986 My first arena concert ever… Ozzy!! Huge pyrotechnics, monster guitar licks (Jake E Lee), gothic lyrics, a huge loyal legion of fans… many who were scantily clad women, fists pumping… it was great… Bark at the moon, Crazy Train, Mr. Crowley, Ultimate Sin... I wore that concert-T religiously until it literally fell apart... This was Ozzy in his post-Black Sabbath prime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 40 H Iron Maiden A ? Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1987 We were first row of the 200's on the left side of the stage (full view) at MSG. Being first row, meant the guards kept catching us drinking the beers we smuggled in, which put a slight damper on the night. This was early in my Maiden- worshiping days... at this point, I knew a bunch of their songs but was only super-into their current album, Somewhere in Time... especially the monster hit Waysted Years. Bruce, Steve and the boys put on a great show... I still remember the way they all jumped up and down in unison throughout the chorus on Heaven Can Wait. (Sounds stupid, but it was cool). After this show, I got deeper into Maiden for a few years and then went to college and drifted away from them until the mid-late 90's. 41 H Van Halen A Kenny Wayne Shepard Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1998 This was one of my best all-time Jones Beach shows. They flat out rocked!!! Eddie is still in phenominal shape and when he plays, you can see the emotion and intensity on his face and in his body movements… He makes you feel the music… The guy is one with his guitar... absolutely phenominal. When he plays the entire crowd is playing air- guitar along with him... The songs were great, the night was beautiful, and I like Gary Cherrone (sp?) as lead singer. VH is one of the few monster-80's rock bands that didn't get labeled a hair-band, which definitely is helping them maintain respect heading into the new century. 42 H Rob Zombie A Sinistar Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2002 Zombie was great - prior to getting tix to this show, the only songs I knew were Thunder Kiss '65, Dragula & Scum of the Earth. I liked these songs, but wasn't sure I would be into the rest of his music… well, I bought one CD after another and loved them all. Really excellent Rock and Roll, though definitely on the macabre side. Anyway, by show time I knew all the songs. His voice was great, good energy, excellent stage show for a small venue (Pyrotechnics, hydraulics, evil 'eddie-esque' beasts on stage). Crowd was into it... the floor was churning with pits... I'm still waiting for the brusies to fade and trying to work out the kinks 4 days later. He announced his movie, House of 1000 Corpses, just got studio approval for Halloween 2002 release. Showed some clips on stage... looked pretty freaky! 43 H Limp Bizkit A System,Staind,Method/Red Man Nassau Collesium (L.I., NY) 1999 I had a really good time at this one… unlike contintental arena, Nassau Collesium doesn't partition the floor into 2 halves. We were near the front at left-center stage along the outside pitwall of the main pit. It was relatively safe for the girls, but still a lot of action. This was actually one of the few shows that I was knocked to the ground in a pit--- twice! Once when I was shoved backwards and tripped over someone else who was on the ground. Excellent show... Fred Durst brought a fan on stage to sing a particularly violent chorous and the kid was great... and then Fred grabbed him by the neck & tossed him around the stage... testosterone was raging... it was Freakin' insane! 44 H AC/DC A Loudness Nassau Collesium (L.I., NY) 1986 This was my second arena show ever (GA)… and it was the night after Ozzy… We had a great time… like the night before at Ozzy, there were huge pyrotechnics and during the encore, they brought about 50 Angus look-a-likes out on stage (and in the scaffolding) playing guitar... and the big-bell for hells bells and the cannons on For those about to rock... it was great... it sucked that my buddy and I got separated so I spent too long at the back of the floor searching for him. (He wound up getting on the wrong train after the show and going to Jamaica instead of Suffolk so he had to call his mommy to pick him up!) 45 H Iron Maiden A ? Roselands (NYC) 1998 Ahhh… this was the show that got me back into Iron Maiden… It was with the new singer Blaze (he can't hit the high- notes, but he is good). I didn't brush up on the old songs so I was rusty with the lyrics and didn't know any of the material from the last few albums (except the current one). Still, when I heard those songs cranking out, I was drawn in... my head starts banging, lip snarls, arms start pumping... there were a few times that I was completely lost in the music, cheering my ass off when I heard a song I remembered. The only thing that kept me from having an even better time was that I was not-yet fully back into the mosh-pit scene so I felt I was a little more reserved than I wanted to be. Overall, a great show that made me join the fan club. This show was a major catalyst for me getting back into the metal scene in the late 90's!!! 46 H Kiss A ? Nassau Collesium (L.I., NY) 1992 The first time I saw Kiss… I was big time into their post-make-up music (Lick It Up, Anamalize, Revenge, Hot in the Shade…) so I was really into this show. Kiss was still able to play the arena circuit, but this was pretty much the time that their popularity was at a low (by their standards). Not to me though... Like I said, I was really into them and I was there with one of my best college buddies (man the stories we can tell!). So, they show just blew me away. It was a seated venue at MSG, but I was still headbanging in place and the surrounding people had to give me a little extra room... and probably put extra cotton in their ears to drown my voice out! A great show! 47 H Bon Jovi A ? Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2005 Man does this guy have charisma! We had excellent seats in the center of the 3rd row in the second section on the floor. Bon Jovi takes the title back from Aerosmith as the band most likely to draw hot chicks, and boy does he know how to play it up. The band looked great and sounded better. They were one of the biggest bands of the 80's, and after hanging low for much of the 90's, they have successfully returned with relevant music in the new century. Where most older bands will put out new records that no one buys or wants to hear in concert, about half of Bon Jovi's set was filled with post Y2K songs... hit songs! Bon jovi's acting experince really helps him play to the crowd. When he went into the audience to sing Blaze of Glory and Bed of Roses, the women he even brushed against practically passed out. The whole crowd was on their feet throughout. Richie Sambora and the rest of the band was great too. This was one of those rare shows you don't want to end. Great show! 48 H Aerosmith A Fuel Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2001 Aerosmith absolutely kicked ass!!!! Our seats were first row center, behind the orchestra (perfect). Tyler and Perry gave 110%. Steven (who is 50 years old mind you) did a pullup and started swinging his body around in circles pinwheeling over and around the pull-up bar. (How the hell can he still do that... How the hell did he ever do that???). Joe Perry (also pushing 50) still had the muscle tone of a 20 year-old and wow can this guy play guitar. Tyler & Perry are hands-down the best 2-man combo in the history of rock and roll!! The setlist was a good combination of new & old classics, hits & deep cuts. I remember seeing Steven doing the final encore (What it takes) and just ripping into it and I thought to myself... "Self... you are watching a living legend so remember this moment!!" Aerosmith absolutely kicked ass!!!! Our seats were first row center, behind the orchestra (perfect). Tyler and Perry gave 110%. Steven (who is 50 years old mind you) did a pullup and started swinging his body around in circles pinwheeling over and around the pull-up bar. (How the hell can he still do that... How the hell did he ever do that???). Joe Perry (also pushing 50) still had the muscle tone of a 20 year-old and wow can this guy play guitar. Tyler & Perry are hands-down the best 2-man combo in the history of rock and roll!! The setlist was a good combination of new & old classics, hits & deep cuts. I remember seeing Steven doing the final encore (What it takes) and just ripping into it and I thought to myself... "Self... you are watching a living legend so remember this moment!!" 49 H Billy Joel A N/A Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2002 50 H Elton John A N/A Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2002 This was their Face-to-Face tour. They opened with both playing piano on 2-3 of each of their songs, but they played them together interchanging each others lyrics… Billy singing parts of Elton's songs and vica-versa. Then Elton did a full set and I was really impressed with his voice, piano playing & backup band. The set had much more 'bite' than I expected (especially Funeral for a Friend). Even his new material was good. Next Billy came on for his set and being a local-boy, the crowd response was even more enthusiastic than for Elton. Billy was sick and it showed, but he still belted 'em out. (He cancelled the next 5 shows though.) Then, they came back on togehter for another 6 or so songs, ending with Elton leading the chorus for Piano Man... a truly excellent show, made better because both legends played together... It was long though at close to 4 hours! 51 H AC/DC A Buckcherry Philladelphia, PA 2001 Another great AC/DC show. I liked them so much last time that I jumped at getting these out-of-state tix even though I knew they would be back in NY again soon. Our seats sucked, which was the only negative. The show itself was flawless and the crowd was totally into it... I was actually surprised at the diversity in the crowd - especially the fact that there were so many loyal young kids (teen through mid-20's). We stayed at my sister's house (and got lost driving back from the show). 52 H McBrain Damage A AC/DC Tribute Band / Kiss Nation BB Kings Blues Club (NYC) 2004 I didn't know what to expect, but it was great! McBrain Damage is Nicko McBrain's band (drummer from Iron Maiden). The band included the prior bass player from Black Sabbath as well. They played all Maiden songs plus Sabbath's War Pigs. They played a great set and sounded just like Maiden. The crowd was pretty intense. Nicko had to stop the show to calm people down at one point because the pit was getting too rough. Most fans were die- hards who knew all the words and pumped fists in the air throughout. The AC/DC tribute band sounded perfect and Kiss Nation was good as well. We had a very good time. 53 O Linkin Park A Ozzfest (Sabbath/Manson) PNC Arts Center (NJ) 2001 This was their break-out show for me because we snuck past security and made it to the first row at center stage where I got caught 3-4 high 5's and my buddy got a guitar pick. Elsewhere in this list, I mention that they are a young band that needs to develop more of a stage presence, but you can only notice that in larger venues where you are further away. When you are up close, it's a whole new perspective. Chester and the guys were right in our face, singing and playing their asses off... sweat was flying into the crowd... it was really a great performance, made even better because I knew all the songs. 54 H Iron Maiden A Dio Roselands (NYC) 1999 When they announced they would do a European tour, but didn't confirm a US tour, we flew to Paris to see them there… and then they add the US dates after we already made travel plans… and thank God for that because I if we had known about the US dates, we may not have done Europe and I wouldn't trade those memories for anything. Anyway... this show was of course excellent, but it couldn't match Amsterdam. Bruce seemed pissed that the crowd wasn't more aggressive so that took away from the experience a bit. Someone also spit on stage and Bruce threatened to kick his ass because "this isn't no Iggy Pop concert..." It was cool - glad we went. 55 H John Mellencamp A ? Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1996 A great show - this was the first time I saw Mellencamp and he did not disappoint. Great songs, supported by a very good backup band. The set was a little short, put tight and high-impact filled with all the hits. He is a world-class performer. A great show - this was the first time I saw Mellencamp and he did not disappoint. Great songs, supported by a very good backup band. The set was a little short, put tight and high-impact filled with all the hits. He is a world-class performer. 56 H Ozzy Osbourne A Ozzfest (System,Zombie,POD…) Tweeter Center (Camden, NJ) 2002 Let me explain… if you review this entire log you will see that I have been giving Ozzy/Black Sabbath low ranks in recent years because Ozzy is getting old and out of shape. My expectations for this show were therefore very low… but Ozzy, the self proclaimed "Prince of F-ckin' Darkness" totally came up big for this show and blew me away... Ozzy's solo work is much more relevent to my generation that the older Sabbath stuff, which I still love. As a solo act though he got to play the best of his solo material and a handful of monster Sabbath hits. Zack Wilde was awsome on guitar (playing it with his face at one point) & Ozzy's voice was near perfect. (He definitely had some of the lyrics piped in over the PA to help him on the high notes, and this is one of the rare times I am not penalizing someone for doing that.) The crowd - probably 30,000+ strong - worshipped him. We were all on our feet with fists in air throughout - I couldn't help myself - I was just drawn in. He kicked major ass! 57 H Aerosmith A Lenny Kravitz Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2005 Excellent concert! Aerosmith has been touring pretty much non-stop for 10 years or so. They always sell out and are one of the highest grossing acts... last tour, they were playing in support of a blues cover album. They therefore mixed in a lot of non-hits. I think that cost them fans this time... people felt the last tour was not what they expected, so attendence at this one was light. They didn't quite sell out, which hasn't really happened to them in 20 years. Still, they were great! It was an excellent song mix, but a little short... They didn't do Pink, What it Takes and some other staples, but it was great. We had some good people next to us that were on their feet throughout, though too many people were sitting, which baffled me. They need to release a new album of original material soon because I want to see them again. 58 O Kid Rock A Aerosmith Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2002 Further down on this list you will see a Kid Rock show from a few days earlier ranked as a C+. This show was 100X better. We were 5th row center for this one and he was amazing. It wasn't just our seats that made the difference though. His performance was better and so was the crowd. You could tell Kid Rock was into it because he added a song to his encore, which he cut short last time. He put tons of emotion into this show and to be honest, I think he stole the show from Aerosmith on this one. Being a huge Aerosmith fan, that isn't easy for me to admit. Kid Rock is one more strong album away from having a pretty solid 'greatest hits' set. 59 H Marilyn Manson A Stun Roselands Ballroom (NYC) 2003 Excellent. I was looking forward to a General Admission MM show since last few shows have been at seated Ozzfest venues. It's been a few months since I've been in a good mosh pit so this concert was well timed. Manson's performance was great & very theaterical as usual. The crowd was late-20's on average so it was perfect. A lot of fans were dressed up in the typical MM getups. The floor was very active with a bunch of good pits at any given time. Our friends kept running into each other on the floor, bouncing from the front few rows to the sides to the front and center pits, etc. BK really impressed me as this was his first concert like this and he was right in the center of the action throughout, tossing people around (and helping 'em up) like a pro! 59 H Kid Rock A ? Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2006 A great show. I was planning to hang in the back with my friends, but got the itch as soon as the music started so I moved through the crowd towards the front. It was a very mellow floor, which was ok but it really seemed like F'ing 'date night' or something. Guys were standing their ground trying to protect their turf for their girlfriends... it was more like a Julio Frickin Iglesis concert than a Kid Mother F'ing Rock show! I mean if you even nudged someone they were ready to either call the cops or break out in tears... Sureal... anyway, I pushed on up far enough to get a good spot without getting too many people's panties all up in a bunch... what can I say... Kid Rock is damn good... he's cocky, but as he says, he backs it up. He's just got a great attitude, tremendous talent, no pretense, and he rips up the stage... his ability to play all instruments (well) is amazing. Back to the crowd... I finally accepted the writing on the wall when one guy yelled at me to stop pushing and I said 'what the F are you kidding me, this is F'ing Kid Rock man!...' and then, just when I said that, Kid Rock played a girlie balad... I hung my head and slunk off! Concert aside, had a great time with friends. A great show. I was planning to hang in the back with my friends, but got the itch as soon as the music started so I moved through the crowd towards the front. It was a very mellow floor, which was ok but it really seemed like F'ing 'date night' or something. Guys were standing their ground trying to protect their turf for their girlfriends... it was more like a Julio Frickin Iglesis concert than a Kid Mother F'ing Rock show! I mean if you even nudged someone they were ready to either call the cops or break out in tears... Sureal... anyway, I pushed on up far enough to get a good spot without getting too many people's panties all up in a bunch... what can I say... Kid Rock is damn good... he's cocky, but as he says, he backs it up. He's just got a great attitude, tremendous talent, no pretense, and he rips up the stage... his ability to play all instruments (well) is amazing. Back to the crowd... I finally accepted the writing on the wall when one guy yelled at me to stop pushing and I said 'what the F are you kidding me, this is F'ing Kid Rock man!...' and then, just when I said that, Kid Rock played a girlie balad... I hung my head and slunk off! Concert aside, had a great time with friends. 60 H Metallica A God Smack Nassau Colliseum (LI, NY) 2004 It was a center stage setup with GA. I expected that the center stage would kill the GA floor dynamics and make it too mellow, but it worked out great. The crowd was very intense and the mosh pits were among the most aggressive I have ever seen for any band. Even the fans in the seats were more into it than usual. James seemed reborn... he played with more intensity and emotion than I have ever seen and he really worked the crowd, commenting several times about how loud we were. The setlist was great... it was just a great show. I spent the first half at the front rail a few feet from the stage and the second half around the main pit wall. Spent an hour or two at the sports bar before the show. Going again tonight and bringing dad. 61 H Billy Joel A None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2006 This was an excellent concert. I just wish the crowd would have been on their feet, which would have added another level of energy. He put on a great show and sounded great. Just about every song was a hit. In fact, he has so many hits that a lot of them didn't even make the set. We had a good time hanging out before/after the show as well. Unfortunately, I twisted my knee coming down the stairs... go figure... I do fine in heavy metal mosh pits and hurt myself at a Billy Joel concert... Speaking of heavy metal, I have to say that the highlight was when one of his roadies took the mic and slammed out a freakin phenominal version of AC/DC's Highway to Hell with Billy on Guitar... the crowd was sure on their feet for that one! 62 H Limp Bizkit A Cypress Hill,Metallica cover band Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2000 This was the mini-Napster sponsored tour. This club venue was too small for this intense show. The entire floor was one huge Pit… it was actually too much because there wasn't even a safe spot to tuck yourself in for a breather. Still, out onto the floor and into the meele we went... tossed to the left, pushed to the front, kicked in the head, elbowed in the face... you know, par for the course at a Limp show. The stage set included a huge chain link fence between band and crowd. There were more body surfers than I ever saw being passed over the wall and then evading the guards and trying to climb the fence. It was like a video game or something... only one guy made it to the top of the 20+ foot fence. An excellent experience. 63 H Madonna A None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2004 She was excellent. Much better than last time. Her voice was flawless. Her stage show was interesting and at 45 years old, she is in phenominal shape. Unlike last time I saw her, this time she concentrated on playing her hits… and there are plenty of hits. Still, because her hits span her entire carear, it did not seem like an oldies show... it was very relevant and she even put a new edge on some of her older songs. We were very impressed. Our seats were excelent and should be at $300+ face value each. 64 H Jonny Lang A Indiginous Westbury Music Fair (LI, NY) 2003 I can't say enough good things about this kid. He is technically the best guitar player I have ever heard live, and my friend, who has a much greater appreciation of good guitar playing than I do, also felt he is one of the best, although he won't put him anywhere near Hendrix, Vaugn & Clapton. Lang is one with his guitar - he makes it sing and you can see the emotion as he contorts his face and body... and what a voice! This kid can sing! The only problem is that his older band-mates are controlling him (handling him) to much... they are all VG performers, but they seem to be making him give them too much solo time, at the expense of Lang doing more long solos himself. Normally, you do not want to hear extended solos, but with Jonny, you do. If he were to get a younger supporting band, he could also capture the young market as well. 65 H Heart A None Beacon Theater (NYC) 2002 Ranking Heart an 'A' surprises me as much as it does you… I think it was because I had such low expectations to start with… I figured they would be old and washed up and give it a half-ass effort, but… they were really very very good. Excellent voices, great songs including their classics plus a few Elton John and Zep covers. Great crowd repoire. Ann Wilson is still heavy, but that seemed to make it even more impressive the way she belted-out the songs with tremendous enthusiasm and she kept hitting the high notes... really a great show. We were 2nd row. Ranking Heart an 'A' surprises me as much as it does you… I think it was because I had such low expectations to start with… I figured they would be old and washed up and give it a half-ass effort, but… they were really very very good. Excellent voices, great songs including their classics plus a few Elton John and Zep covers. Great crowd repoire. Ann Wilson is still heavy, but that seemed to make it even more impressive the way she belted-out the songs with tremendous enthusiasm and she kept hitting the high notes... really a great show. We were 2nd row. 66 H Bruce Springsteen A None Philladelphia, PA 1999 Good show, but the girl we went with was a drag. 67 H Offspring A Ozzamati / Someone good (?) Roselands (NYC) 1999 This was my first time seeing The Offspring and they were great! The crowd was younger than I would have expected and the floor was very active - more with sways and ups & downs then with pits -- there was so much movement that it was tough to keep your footing. This show made me a die-hard fan... at least for the next few albums. 68 H Metallica A- Battery Roselands (NYC) 1998 Didn't know what to expect… this was the debut of their new album of cover songs… they didn't play any of their original songs, which sucked. They did a good job with the cover songs, but I didn't know most of them by heart so it wasn't as good as it could have been. Their opening band, Battery, did an exceptionally good job of playing the Metallica classics so together they made for a great combo. This show was televised. 69 H Def Lepard A- N/A Jones Beach 2000 One of the monster 80's bands that I never got to see. I wasn't expecting much from them at this point in their carears - I hadn't heard much about them in years and I figured they would be old and just going through the motions… but not so… they really put on a great show... Joe Elliot looked great and had a good, cocky, rock-and-roll attitude. So many of their songs are just great classics and even the new songs were good enough that I bought the album. They still got it... at least for one more tour... 70 H Misfits A- N/A CBGB 2005 This show was in-f'ing-sane! This was a benefit concert to save the legendary CBGB's club in NYC. CBGB's is one of the most famous punk clubs in the world, and the Misfits are one of the most famous, least known, punk bands. I don't even know where to start... the fans were die-hards. They were nuts... it's a little club, but the floor turned into a continuous mosh pit. A few people were bloody. I got tossed over the tables twice. The security guards and roadies were out of control. They were tossing fans around way too agressively. Instead of a gentle 'redirect' into the pit, they threw people. Big no-no... Anyway, the show was being recorded and they were partially trying to protect the camera. My ears were ringing for 3... 3 days afterwords. Definitely glad I saw this show even though I didn't know the music, and still don't (except for the songs Metallica covered... Last Caress/Green Hell). Jerry (the lead singer) put on a phenominal high energy show... I thought is head would pop-off. He also gave an eloquent statement in support of the club. 71 H Marilyn Manson A- ? Roselands (NYC) 2004 An excellent show as usual in his ideal venue. My expectations were higher than ever so I was hoping for even better though. He replaced 2 of my favorite songs in his set (Reflecting God & New Sh*t), which dropped this show from an A to an A-. I was finding it tough to find the ideal spot to just thrash around by myself... There were the usual pits and then the areas where people were jammed together... I wanted to be near the pit to feel some of the turbulence but separated enough to be able to concentrate on the show/music without worrying about my surroundings, and I had a tough time finding that balance. This is the 3rd album I have seen him tour in support of and I am hoping he changes the stage show more significantly on the next tour... the show is riviting, but it's time for a change... either something new, or even better... jeans and no makeup and just rock 'old school' style! 72 H Lynyrd Skynrd A- Bonamassa Beacon (NYC) 2001 Another great show - good old fashioned southern rock. It started out so-so, but by That smell, Gimmee-3-steps, Breeze, Alabama and Freebird we all had our air-guitars going in full force. The crowd was great. We were 4th row. Matt showed up. Got a guitar pick. 73 H Linkin Park A- Cypress Hill Nassau Collesium (L.I., NY) 2002 This show was among the largest and most enthusiastic they have had so far as a headliner… anywhere. I first saw them about a year prior and became a fan before their first album even went Gold… By this time, their album is selling faster than ever and just passed 7 million copies sold with fan support at an all time high. They have matured and put on a much more dynamic and interactive performance now. They added a few songs to their set. The pits were absolutely insane... people were too hostile at this one... even in between sets with the PA music, there were major pits with people getting knocked to the ground. I was front-right/center throughout. 74 H Paul McCartney A- None Nassau Collesium (L.I., NY) 2002 Much better than I expected for a guy who must be over 60 by now. His voice was near-perfect and his song- selection was excellent. A good mix of Beatles, Wings, new and old solo and tribute songs to John, George Harrison (who died this year) and Linda. He had great crowd repoire. Since his leading role in organizing the 9/11 Concert for NY event, he has been much more vocal in the media and seems to be increasingly comfortable interacting with the fans. Opened with Hello Goodbye, and played Jet, Band on the Run, Baby I'm Amazed, Let it Be, Can't Buy Me Love, Sgt. Pepper, Eleanor Rigby, Hey Jude, Yesterday, Coming Up, Something, My Love, Freedom and maybe a dozen others in over 2 hours. Almost all the songs still sounds current today. 75 H Imagine: Lennon A- N/A Theatre at MSG (NYC) 2001 A really great tribute show - The original date had to be rescheduled due to the 9/11/2001 World Trade Center tragedy and when it was rescheduled, it served a double purpose of honoring lennon and also all of NYC. To show you how much I was into it, by the second song I was singing along so loud I guess that the girl in front of me asked me to stop... being in the spirit of peace and love, I exercised restraint in delicately wording a polite "No" and I kept on singing! The highlight was a truly excelent rendition of 'Mind Games' by actor Kevin Spacey, the show's host. 76 H Tommy Lee A- Switch The World (NYC) 2002 This show was at a very cool underground club in Manhatten. Tommy put on a really good high energy show, playing with a lot of emotion. He played mostly solo material and a few Methods of Mayhem songs and closed with Motley Crue's Shout at the Devil. The floor was so small that there wasn't any heavy moshing, but people were active. He seems to have a small, but loyal following. When I was at the bar, Sabastian Bach (Skid Row & MTV) literally bumped into me and I said 'Hi' to him and later was on the floor next to him bumping around - I think we spilled our beers on each other & everyone around us. After show, waited around to meet Tommy, but it got late and I took off after an hour. 77 H Rolling Stones A- Jonny Lang Roselands Balleoom (NYC) 2002 An historic show… to put it in perspective, the Stones are the 2nd biggest band of all time & routinely sell out 50,000+ seat stadiums. In contrast this show was in a standing-room-only club in NYC that holds a few thousand people. Tix cost $50 & were scalped for thousands, so unprecendented procedures were put in place to pre-register guests & ID ticket holders. The performance was flawless & they played like they were in their prime. Mick is an amazing front-man! The crowd was fanatical & the club was filled beyond its legal capacity, so we couldn't get near the front. They practiced 100+ songs for the tour & mixed up the setlist so there were a few songs I didn't recognize or barely knew. We spent the whole day in the city getting 'ready' for the show so we were dead tired by the end. I refuse to give them an 'A+' ranking because they didn't play 'Sympathy for the Devil'. They didn't play 'You can't always get what you want' either, which is bad enough... but not playing 'Sympathy' is unforgiveable! As an aside, this may very well be their last tour & last NYC appearance... ever! 78 H Aerosmith A- Kid Rock (Run DMC) Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2002 The first notes of 'Toys in the Attic' had me worried, but they quickly improved and put on an excellent show, mixing up the setlist from what I saw in recent reviews. Almost all songs were done real well and I would be happy if the entire show just consisted of 'What it Takes' and 'Dream On', which are by far Steven Tyler's 2 best live songs where his trademark screams are at their best and he is giving 200%. Also played one of my favorites, 'Last Child', which they don't play often. Also... Rag Doll, Same Old Song & Dance, Sweet Emotion, Girls of Summer (new), Big 10 Inch, I Don't want to Miss a Thing, Jaded, Pink, Messin' Around, Cryin', Draw the Line, Dude Looks Like a Lady, Rats in the Cellar and Walk this Way (with Run DMC and Kid Rock, which was an historical performance in itself.) The first notes of 'Toys in the Attic' had me worried, but they quickly improved and put on an excellent show, mixing up the setlist from what I saw in recent reviews. Almost all songs were done real well and I would be happy if the entire show just consisted of 'What it Takes' and 'Dream On', which are by far Steven Tyler's 2 best live songs where his trademark screams are at their best and he is giving 200%. Also played one of my favorites, 'Last Child', which they don't play often. Also... Rag Doll, Same Old Song & Dance, Sweet Emotion, Girls of Summer (new), Big 10 Inch, I Don't want to Miss a Thing, Jaded, Pink, Messin' Around, Cryin', Draw the Line, Dude Looks Like a Lady, Rats in the Cellar and Walk this Way (with Run DMC and Kid Rock, which was an historical performance in itself.) I'll be back to see them again in a few days with much better seats! 79 H Neil Young A- Jewel Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1996 The God Father of Grunge blew the crowd away. We were in awe. Neil Young has continued to be a major innovator on the music scene for decades and he put every ounce of energy and passion he had into this performance. This was perhaps the last official arena tour that he went almost exclusively "electric" as opposed to the acustic shows he focused on later in his carear. He was really good! 80 H J. Geils Band A- Toots & The Mayhalls Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1999 Coming into this show, my knowledge of the J. Geils band pretty much started and stopped with their hugely successful 80's album 'Freeze Frame'. I was surprised by how deep and classic some of their older music is (some good blues). It's tough to get a Jones Beach crowd to stay on their feet, but they had us all up and grooving throughout. Peter Wolf is a tremendously underated front-man and the rest of the band looked and sounded great. You can tell these guys really enjoyed being on stage and the audience feeds off of that. I bought a few of their CD's after the show. 81 H Daniel Powter A- Mozella Nokia Theater (NYC) 2006 I had low expectations, because the one time I saw him perform on TV, it was a mediocre performance of Bad Day on American Idol. The show was not even 25% sold out. I was really surprised by that, particularly because much of the crowd that was there were the 18 year old girls that seemed to be from the 'in-crowd' so I figured that would have translated to a bigger draw. Anyway, he was great -- He had great energy, excellent stage presence, a good personality, strong band and very good voice. He definitely gave it his all, or close to it. Plus, I really do like his entire album and even the songs he played that weren't on the album were very very good. His set was about an hour long, which was about right. 81 H Iron Maiden A- DIO, Motorhead PNC Arts Center (NJ) 2003 This was their first local show on this new tour. The set was short. The song selection was pretty good though, although I would have liked to hear Transylvania, Phantom and Waysted Years and could have done without Die With Your Boots On… the crowd was intense. It even impressed the band. Everyone was standing and cheering through the whole show. I really wished it was a General Admission show so I could have had more action! 82 H John Mellencamp A- N/A Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2002 Another excellent Mellencamp show. This one was better than last year's, when I felt he was a little off. He had very good song selection this show, including an acoustic rendition of Small Town as a tribute of sorts to America in general. He also did a nice Woody Guthrie song as a tribute to a friend that passed away. The show was a sellout, as usual. His backup band is really 'tight' with no visible 'weak-link' and they put on a real professional show. 83 H Def Lepard A- N/A Beacon (NYC) 2003 An excellent show. They have been real good the last few times I saw them and I was expecting less this time. They started off slow due to poor sound quality more than anything else, but within a few songs, it was great. They looked great and continue to have a great attitude and stage presence. We were first row in the balcony. 84 H Aerosmith A- Fuel Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2001 The only thing keeping this particular show from ranking higher was our seats… First, I don't like Jones Beach and second, we were in the lower section, but the absolute last row of the lower section in the absolutely leftmost 2 seats in the leftmost section. It was just tough to feel part of the show. But never-the-less, Aerosmith kicked ass. I keep thinking Steven Tyler is going to have an embolism out there on of these days when he rips into one of his trade- mark screeches! 85 H Offspring A- ? Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1999 We drove directly to this show from Woodstock '99 and we were shot, but still ready to party. We were last row of the main stadium at Jones Beach and after being in one too many muddy-pits at Woodstock, having a seat for this show was a relief… even though we stood the whole time anyway (just knowing we had the seat if we needed it was enough). They put on a really good show, as usual. Even though they have an entertaining stage show with a few extra people jumping around on stage, I am kinda hoping they change it up a little bit next tour. 86 O P.O.D. A- ClausFest Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2003 Having seen them as an early opening act on the main stage at a prior Ozzfest, I wasn't expecting much. But… they really put on a kick ass show! The lead singer gave 110%… he stage dove into the audience a few times, threw his mic into the crowd, climbed on the equipment and screamed until you thought his head would pop off. That's the kind of emotion you want - it shows he is passionate about the music... he isn't just going through the motions. His performance lifted the show's rating from average, to excellent! I high-5'd him a few times. 87 H Bruce Springsteen A- None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2000 Once again, another great Springstein show. I wasn't into this one quite as much, having seen him 3 times in a relatively short period, but I was glad that my wife was able to make this one and share the experience. 88 H Styx A- ? Darien Lake (NY) 1991 During this show, Styx was still within their peak years (though right at the end of the peak)… they were still putting out good new music. This was a great General Admission (GA) show. Every song was a sing-along and its not often that you get to see this type of band in a GA setting so that extra level of physical interaction with the fans made it a real cool experience. My girlfriend and I pushed right into the thick of things, pushing and shoving our way towards the front and having a great time throughout! 89 H Bon Jovi B+ Nickelback Giants Stadium (NJ) 2006 Another excellent Bon Jovi concert. We had a good time tailgating first, slamming down a few drinks and BBQing. The weather was intense… 100+ degrees in sweltering heat. The band, who has to maintain their 'look' couldn't wear shorts so they were in jeans which had to be brutal. Despite the heat, they put on a great high-energy show. Our seats were center floor. At this point I of course recognize all songs, and know at least the chorus' of most of them. We took off just before the encore when it started to rain, and we just made it out because it poured! I heard though that the portion in the rain was the best part... 89 H Rolling Stones B+ None Shea Stadium (NY) 1994 The F**king Rolling Stones man… I'm so glad I saw them… I almost skipped it thinking they were too old, but they put on a spectacular show. Mic Jagger has incredible stage presence and attitude and Keith Richards just oozes coolness. The show was technically flawless, the huge screens crystal clear and the sound quality excellent - especially for a large outdoor stadium. What more can I say? I mean these are the F**king Rolling F**king Stones man!!!!! 90 H Robert Plant B+ Not Applicable Roselands (NYC) 2001 A living legend! The show started out a bit slow as we waiting to see what he had left in him after all these years. His solo work was good, but the show really took off when he played 4-5 Led Zep songs! His voice held-up well, he sang with passion and he of course was sporting his trade-mark pout. I was of couse too young to actually see Led Zeppelin and I always regretted missing the Page & Plant tour, so I'm glad I had a chance to see him - especially in a small venue like this. (We also met a really cool couple in the crowd.) A living legend! The show started out a bit slow as we waiting to see what he had left in him after all these years. His solo work was good, but the show really took off when he played 4-5 Led Zep songs! His voice held-up well, he sang with passion and he of course was sporting his trade-mark pout. I was of couse too young to actually see Led Zeppelin and I always regretted missing the Page & Plant tour, so I'm glad I had a chance to see him - especially in a small venue like this. (We also met a really cool couple in the crowd.) 91 H Alice Cooper B+ Dope Roselands (NYC) 2000 Halloween 2000 at Roselands! More than half of his set was new material and the rest his small arsenal of classics (Eighteen, Schools Out, etc.) That much new material is usually a recipe for disaster, but it was great. He had a great, young, band and the music had a real hard 90's edge! And the stage show was phenominal -- like his original work, his shows are very much performance art so he puts a lot into presentation. It was very gothic with smoke filled chambers a few decapitations thrown in for good measure. I was looking to see him for quite a while and the announcement of this show totally took me by surprise. It was a really great time and even my wife enjoyed it. 92 H Lenny Kravitz B+ Black Crowes, Everlast Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1999 He put on an excellent show. The crowd was really into it. Everyone was on their feet throughout the whole show. He is a very good performer and very talented - he often plays all instruments when recording his albums instead of needing other musicians. Plus, his mom was that lady from "The Jeffersons". 93 H Bruce Springsteen B+ Rock the Vote (Fogerty/Taylor) Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 2004 This concert was sponsored by MoveOn.org, a grass roots non-profit promoting change in our country. This was a pro-Kerry/Edwards fundraiser in the presidential election against the incumbent George W. Bush. (I'm a Republican & voted for Bush in 2000, but I am not voting for Bush in 04.) Springsteen put on as passionate performance as ever. He elevated those around him as well. Eddie Vedder, a legend in his own right, paled in comparison. John Fogerty really elevated his performance putting on really great performances for Fortunate Son and Centerfield. Taylor was good. Patty Scalfia got to open solo because she is Mrs. Springsteen. 94 H Aerosmith B+ Kid Rock (Run DMC) Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2002 Another very good show. We were 5th row center. Nothing wrong with this performance, but my expectations were so high because of the great seats. It made it even tougher to rank this one higher because I had just seen them 2 days prior and Kid Rock put on a kick-ass opening set. 2-3 songs were different this show... adding 'Walkng the Dog' and 'Back in the Saddle'. Kamen and I went to the Jones Beach restaurant pre-show for drinks & dinner, which was cool. 95 H Marilyn Manson B+ Ozzfest (Black Sabbath) PNC Arts Center (NJ) 2001 I think he is a genius. This show was just so-so though. At a pure Marilyn Manson show, the fans are fanatical. At a festival like this though, fan support is hit-and-miss because he is sooo controversial. Manson had someone thrown out for doing something wrong and later he stormed off the stage after cutting his set short for some reason which no one, including the band knew. It was during this tour that he made it a habit to rub his crotch on the security guard's heads in front of the stage, which it turns out got him sued a few shows later. 96 O Kid Rock B+ Metallica/Summer Sanitarium '00 Foxboro, MA 2000 This was a good GA show. We actually got swept away in an unexpected opening crowd surge (we should have known better)! Between the opening surge and the explosion of pits, it was pretty scary out there for a few minutes. The show itself was pretty good. I knew all the songs and I had expected a little more though... I'm not sure what more I had a right to expect though... It was an excellent high-energy show. One of his songs sampled Metallica's 'Sad But True' riff and I was hoping they would have had Metallica come out during that song, but it didn't happen. Joe C. was cool (RIP). 97 H Aerosmith B+ ? Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1998 A good show - excellent seats - My buddy thought it was excellent and so did the rest of the crowd. I thought they were off a bit, but still, any Aerosmith show is a great show. 98 H Rolling Stones B+ None Giants Stadium (NJ) 1997 Another great show by these rock 'n roll legends! Sympathy for the Devil is my all time favorite song. 99 H Paul McCartney B+ None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1993 A legend! He put on a very good show playing a mix of his solo work, Beatles tunes and even a few from Wings. You just can't die without seeing McCartney! As a side note, I've heard him on a few interviews and he really comes across like a nice, caring, down-to-earth, guy. 100 H Cheap Trick B+ Not Applicable Irving Plaza 2001 I didn't expect much. I saw a Cheap Trick concert on TV once and wasn't impressed, but boy was I pleasantly surprised. It was an excellent show. The band looked great, had an excellent crowd repoire and put on a real tight set with very good sound quality. To be honest, I don't even remember the guys names, but the guitar players were great. This was also my first time at Irving Plaza, which is an excellent small-venue club that was perfect for them. O Marilyn Manson B+ Ozzfest 2003 (Ozzy, Korn…) PNC Arts Center (NJ) 2003 Genius. Genius. Genius. Did I mention this guy is a genius? Watching Manson is like watching a full blown theatrical performance. He is incredibly creative and animated. The only thing keep this show from rating an 'A' was that it was a very very short set at perhaps 45 minutes due to the Ozzfest format. He missed sooo many great songs and worked in a few I would have dropped, but it was still great. Parking lot pre-party was amazing as well... the cops pretty much gave everyone free reign to BBQ/drink... H Offspring B+ MXPX Roselands (NYC) 2000 Still a great show, but I didn't like the Conspiracy album nearly as much as their others. They also still have the same stage show, which I have mixed emotions about because it is entertaining, but… well… not new. I gotta comment again on the crowd… surprisingly young, which makes me wonder why even with a so-so album, they didn't sell more copies of it. H Limp Bizkit B+ Crystal Meth,Run DMC,Filter,Wu Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 1999 Another strong performance by the Bizkit, but I was positioned badly for much of this show which made it tough to enjoy. It was the 'safe' partitioned floor setup, but I was on the inside front/side corner of the main pit which was the worst place to be because in addition to worrying about the pit next to me, I had the wall of the stage extension running along my left and if I slipped back a few feet, I was dead center of the big rear pit. I should have figured this out sooner and re-positioned, but I was trying to stay with my friend who was in a particularly aggressive mood that night. O Jonny Lang B+ Aerosmith Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1997 Jonny Lang is the best guitar player alive. I didn't know he was opening at this show and I'm pissed we hung out in the parking lot and missed 1/2 his set. Still, even half a set was enough to get his performance ranked up this high on my list. He also came out during Aerosmith's set and did a monsterous jam with Steve Perry. It was intense! H Billy Joel B+ None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1998 He put on an excellent show. I liked the way he played intro's to multiple songs all the time and let the crowd's applause dictate which one he played. He is a great enertainer and his music is timeless. So many are just great sing-along songs. He is also an all around class-act with a good personality, social conscience and crowd repoire. O System of a Down B+ Limp Bizkit / Family Values Tour Nassau Collesium (L.I., NY) 1999 This was the first time I saw these guys and I was entranced. What an act! At this one Serj looked like Charles Manson in a stage set that looked like an insane asylum. The music was very good considering I never heard it before and the pits were surprisingly good for an opening band at an arena venue. Serj and the guys have great stage presence. Made me a fan. This was the first time I saw these guys and I was entranced. What an act! At this one Serj looked like Charles Manson in a stage set that looked like an insane asylum. The music was very good considering I never heard it before and the pits were surprisingly good for an opening band at an arena venue. Serj and the guys have great stage presence. Made me a fan. O Motley Crue B+ Aeromsith Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2006 Good show. Bad sound quality. They outlasted almost all their 80's peers, but they will slip from the ability to headline the mid-size arena circuit after this I think. I'm looking forward to seeing them step down to the Roselands type venues, which I think would be great. I think they were better than Aerosmith on this night, though the crowd was clearly more of an Aerosmith crowd. H Eagles B+ None Canandaigua Fair Grounds (NY) 1994 This was an outdoor show and it was so big, they couldn't use their main pavillion. Instead, they set up a new stage in a field. It was a good show, but we spent so much time getting beer and then wandering around aimlessly searching for each other that we didn't pay enough attention to the show itself. We were also too far back most of the time. Still, it was a very good show. O Megadeth B+ Iron Maiden Rotterdam (Amsterdam) 1999 This was the 2nd time I saw them (and 2nd time in 1-week on the European Iron Maiden tour). The crowd was much more aggressive at this show (not in a bad way… just in an enthusiastic way). The crowds feedback fueled the band and made it an all around better show than the one a few days prior. We pushed to the front of the stage. This was actually one of the last shows where my friend was hesitant to go as far into the crowd as me. After this show, he became much more aggressive on the floor than in the past. H David Gilmour B+ None Radio City Music Hall (NYC) 2006 What a difference a day makes. Having seen him yesterday, I timed it to miss the first set all together and arrived just in time for set 2, which was the Pink Floyd material. This time I went with a few girls and we had a lot of laughs over dinner/drinks at the Heartland Brewery before the show. We could have skipped the show all together and had a great night just hanging out. As for the show, he opened set-2 with SOYCD which was perfect and other hits included Breathe, Time, WYWH and Comfortably Numb. He was definitely good, but there wasn't enough Floyd material and he just can't match the shows put on by Roger Waters. The David Crosby/Graham Nash cameos were as lame as last time. The lady I gave a free ticket to never said thank you, which still pisses me off as I type this 2 days later! H Offspring B+ Aur De Mauf Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2004 I brushed up on my songs so I knew most of the words this time (was a bit rusty last time). I think they played better than last time, had more fun, and sounded better. The crowd was insane this time, which I didn't expect… The pits were breaking out all over the place and it wasn't as predictable as usual. Had a good time B4 show. H Billy Joel B+ Elton John (co-headliner) Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2002 This concert was delayed 6 months while Billy was in rehab. He was ingreat form for this show and the crowd was much more enthusiastic for him than for Elton. Our seats sucked though. This show would have ranked higher if our seats were better and Billy's set was longer. H Bad Company B+ Styx (co-headliner), Billy Squier Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2001 Didn't know what to expect, but I was very impressed. This was another one where I saw one of their concerts on TV and thought it was boring, but live, I was really into it -- there's just something about a live show that makes it so much better (it has to do with being in a small area with a lot of fans that kicks the energy and enthusiasm up a notch). They looked good and played all the classics plus a few jams and covers. Overall, I was very impressed. They were better than Styx. O Disturbed B+ Ozzfest (Sabbath,Manson,Slip...) Camden (NJ) 2001 This was the first time I saw Disturbed. I didn't know their music prior to the drive to the show when Mike played the CD. The music is good, but they just put on a phenominal high-energy, tear-your-head-off show. They got everyone in the pavilion on their feet and pumping their fists. Their performance was one of the major Ozzfest highlights for me. This was the first time I saw Disturbed. I didn't know their music prior to the drive to the show when Mike played the CD. The music is good, but they just put on a phenominal high-energy, tear-your-head-off show. They got everyone in the pavilion on their feet and pumping their fists. Their performance was one of the major Ozzfest highlights for me. H Zebra B+ Wonderous Stories The Downtown (Framindale LI) 2004 This show was recorded for a live DVD. We were first row. They started very late - after midnight - and I was not able to stay for the whole show (left at 2AM). They really put on a good show and it was cool being on video. I look forward to seeing the DVD and watching myself screwing up all the lyrics! I like seeing concerts in small venues, so that added to the fun. The opening band was excellent as well. H Jet B+ Sloan Roselands (NYC) 2004 Excellent. I bought their debut CD after hearing 'Are you gonna be my girl'. To me, and to many I suppose, they seem to be heavily influenced by the Stones & Beatles. The music feels classic, but is also very current & edgy. These guys have a real bright future. I knew a few songs, but didn't listen to the CD enough to really learn the words to any of them. If I had brushed up on the songs, I think the show would have ranked a solid 'A'. They put on a great, high-energy show & really kicked ass - especially the drummer & lead singer. Great charisma. I could be wrong, but I think this was probably their biggest headlining date in the US so far. They sold-out Roselands & even the balcony was packed. The crowd was good & mixed, with people in their early 20's through to the early 40's I would say, with the average age being shy of 30. Even though they are not a heavy band, there were still a few body surfers, but it wasn't a show where there was much action on the floor (rightfull so). Had a good time talking to my friend about politics, 9/11, and other weighty topics as well. H Iron Maiden B+ DIO, Motorhead Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2003 Very good show. Basically the same as the one the night before and the one the night after, but I can't rank this one as high because while the crowd was great --- better than they are for most bands at Jones Beach --- the crowd wasn't as good as the other Maiden shows on this tour. (I just dislike Jones Beach.) Bunch of NYC Hells Angels bikers were in the rows around us. H Grateful Dead B+ ? Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1991 How do you describe the Dead? To start, I need to make it clear I was never a dead-head. I never really cared for the music aside from a half dozen songs or so, but… It's the crowd man… the crowd… everyone is soooo cool & friendly. It is such a contrast to almost any other event where you put a large group of people together in a small space... ususally it is chaos, but not at a Dead show. People go out of their way to talk to you and share their life & possesions. It's another world. The Dead are also unique in that their shows are never scripted. They play a different set all the time and they allow people to bootleg. It was really great to experience this band. I ranked this show higher than others because we were seated next to cool people. H Motley Crue B+ Megadeth, Anthrax Jones Beach 2000 Only a year after the last time I saw them and now supporting their new album, New Tattoo. As much as last year, they had tremendous attitude, this year I began to see cracks in their armour. I think last year they knew they had this album in the works and they were expecting a return to glory. But it wasn't meant to be. The new album is ok, but nothing special and definitely not enough to recapture the young market and propel them back into the mainstream. They also weren't able to sell out the stadium. I think they realized these things and it took a little of the bite out of them. Vince's voice was a bit off. The show was still excellent and I had a great time. H Grateful Dead B+ ? Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 1992 Another great experience with the fans - met some cool people in the parking lot. We gave away an extra ticket for free to some girl. She thanked us, talked for a while and took off… and later came back with some more people and gave us some beer and chips and a bracelet. The show itself was good as usual, but more because of the fans than the music itself. Coming home from this show I got stopped for an illegal right on red and when they saw me and my buddy with a cooler of beer dressed in tye-die, I was given a DWI test (which I passed of course... Drinking and driving is bad kids!) H Rob Zombie B+ Lacuna Coli/Bullet for my Valentine Nokia Theater (NYC) 2006 Very good as usual. Short set though. I'm not a fan of very long sets, but this one was just too short at maybe 75 minutes. Too short for a headliner. It needed 3 more songs. The songs they did play were the 'hits'. Coming into this show, I thought my moshing days were completely over after a devasting knee injury at a Billy Joel concert (Note to self: change my story to say the injury happened at a Korn concert). I just didn't have the confidence to be on the floor. As background, the Nokia Theater is a great layout. This was my first time there. It has a lower floor, a smaller upper floor, and then elevated seats. You can go where you want. I started for Zombie on the upper floor, but 30 seconds into the first song, I just had to push down to the lower floor where there was more intensity. While I made my way towards the front and was on the periphery of a few pits, I'm glad it wasn't insane on the floor. I gotta go for surgery on these knees. It will buy me maybe a few more years In The Pit, and improve quality of life in general. Anyway, Zombie kicks ass. H Eagles B+ None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1996 The second time I saw them in a few day span. This was the most perfectly scripted show I ever saw… it made me realize that the one I saw the day before was completely scripted with no sponteniety at all. Even the jokes and every gesture was scripted. It makes for a good show the first time you see it, which is why the other identical show ranked so high in this list... But, when you see it again, you almost feel cheated that so much of it was 'fake'. Many bands are forced to script their shows for safety reasons and also to ensure a good show, but it sucks when you are able to pick up on the scripting. (If I hadn't seen it 2X in a row, I never would have known.) It was still technically a great show though - perfect sound quality and all the classics. O Damn Yankees B Bad Company Darien Lake, NY 1990 A true super group that should have made it bigger… Ted Nugent, Tommy Shaw (Styx), J. Blades (Night Ranger) & ??… this was in support of their debut album, which was an absolutely kick-ass album that I still ocassionally listen to. The guys knew they had something big here and they put out a great set. This was an outdoor GA show and as usual, I headed up to the front to get into the action. They could have been so much bigger though... H Joe Walsh B ? Canandaigua Fair Grounds (NY) 1991 I love this guy! His set was agood mix of his new music, his old music & Eagles toons. I sang the whole time. I had his new album, Ordinary Average Guy, which is really a brilliantly creative and entertaining album. Another old album that I still sometimes toss in the CD player 10 years later. H Lynyrd Skynrd B ? Darien Lake (NY) 1991 A good show. H Don Henley B Susana Hoffs Canandaigua Fair Grounds (NY) 1991 This was before the Eagles reunion tour - so at the time this was the closest you could get to an Eagles concert. He put on a really good show and he played all the classics, plus his own hits. H George Thorogood B Little Feat Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1992 An excellent show - he gave his all & had a great time. A truly world-class beer chugging, pool playing, bar band. H Jefferson Starship B NRPS Central Park (NYC) 1992 The music didn't matter. It was the environment… This was my first major concert experience in Central Park, NYC. We drank like fish, played frisbee, made friends, drank some more, chilled out, paid attention to the music every so often, and just had an all around great time! It was like a big, friendly, outdoor Grateful Dead show. H Aerosmith B 4 Non Blondes Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1993 A good show - I think that for this period in the 90's, the guys were still partying a little too much so their performances were sometimes a little off. I recall this show as being pretty good, but not spectacular. A good show - I think that for this period in the 90's, the guys were still partying a little too much so their performances were sometimes a little off. I recall this show as being pretty good, but not spectacular. F Woodstock '94 B Various Saugerties (NY) 1994 What a mess… what a beautiful, muddy mess. Got busted for illegally buying beer from a parking lot vendor, met a girl from the place I got my tattoo on Long Island, witnessed a whole underground economy revolving around trying to smuggle banned substances and possessions past security... the musical highlight was NIN. I regret not having more energy left for Metallica, missing all of Aerosmith (though I did hear it from my tent) and missing the final day performance of Green Day (I waited, but couldn't take the delay and we decided to call it quits) and the Chilli Peppers. Overall, a great memorable experience! H Kiss B None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1996 A good show - the first time I saw them reunited and back in the make-up. They only played their old songs. The sound quality wasn't that great and since I liked the unmasked songs better than the older stuff, the overall experience was good, but not great. H Van Halen B Creed Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1998 A great show - this was the first time I saw VH and it was better than I expected. The real highlight though was the bozo's I was with. Ed Ottone fell asleep in his chair and every so often exploded from his seat for 1 minute of intense cheering and high-5's and then collapsed back asleep. Oh yeah, my friend also peed on my leg which is a warm memory (literally). He also peed on the beer we smuggled in and then when I refused to drink it, he did. H Journey B Foreigner Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1999 Even though they are well past their prime and no longer relevent, I'm glad to have seen these guys. I grew up to this music - Journey Escape was my first cassette! They put on a surprsingly good set. Everyone was in great shape and I got a whole new appreciation for Neil Shoen (the founder) as a guitar player. Coming after the absolutely awful performance by Foreigner, their set looked that much better in comparison. With a lot of these older bands that I grew up to, but never saw in their prime, it's nice to see them once even later in their carears. If nothing else, it gives you a warm nostalgic feeling. F Woodstock '99 B Various Woodstock (NY) 1999 Good to have gone, but it was way to commercialized. Everything was for sale at exorbinent prices. They didn't provide good facilities. There was no security to speak of. A few rapes. Tons of damage. Overflown porta-potties. Unlike the original woodstock and even parts of woodstock '94, there was nothing peace & love oriented about this one. I missed a big-chunk of one day because one of the girls we were with passed out and I had to take her out of the crowd to the back. Metallica put on a pretty good set, as did Rage Against the Machine, but the highlight was The Offspring. They put on an awesome set and we were pretty closeup and bottles and crap was flying everywhere and the crowd was boiling and the music was cranking!!!! O Cypress Hill B Limp Bizkit Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2000 They were better than I expected. I love the song, Rock Superstar! O Halford (Judas Priest) B Iron Maiden Scranton, PA 2000 At 50 yrs old, he still rocks! He was much better than I expected. His new songs were real good, heavy and edgy and he played a few deep-cuts from his early Judas Priest albums. Halford was always a musical innovator. O Halford (Judas Priest) B Iron Maiden Darien Lake (NY) 2000 This was the second of two shows in one week… we traveled a long-way to this one and after spending a long day at the local amusement park, we were a little tired and saving our energy for Maiden. H Roger Waters B None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2000 A very good show, but we got there late and left early. This show was a good example of how tough it is to get into the same show twice in a row. The first time we saw him (see above) it was like magic, but we couldn't recapture that same feeling this time because it was the same exact show and there was no great surpises to make us feel nostalgic... you know what I mean? There is just something special about hearing a really great song that you didn't expect. It just makes you appreciate it all the more. I wish he would have played some songs from his solo-album, Radio Kaos, which is one of my all-time favorites. But, it was still a good show. H The Who B The Un-Americans Jones Beach 2000 This was the better of the 2 Who shows I saw. We were literally last row for this one, but still had a very good time. They put on a real high-energy show complete with Townsends signature pin-wheel guitar lics. (Their Concert for NYC benefit performance was by far their best.) H John Mellencamp B Wallflowers Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2001 He was good, but starting to finally show his age. The set was good, but not great and a little too short (again). He didn't play a few of the big hits. A few of his new songs were good and his band was exceptionally good… especially the fiddle playing woman. H Sarah Brightman B Not Applicable Radio City Music Hall (NYC) 2001 For those that don't know, Sarah Brightman is not a rock singer… she is mainstream opera with a touch of pop mixed in. She is really good. My wife and I really love her and I'm glad my parents turned us on to her. Her music is romantic and beautiful (yeah, that's right… romantic and beautiful… if you got a problem with that we can step outside or better yet, I'll see 'ya in the pit some time and crack 'ya upside the head!). I have to admit though, I was getting a little fidgety sitting through the whole thing. H Andre Bocelli B Not Applicable Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 2001 Another opera singer… it was a good show… he has a real powerful voice… An arena is not the best venue for an opera performance. Also, he only spent 1/2 of his own set on stage (there was a no-name stand-in alternating songs with him). H Linkin' Park B Taproot, Alien Ant Farm Roselands (NYC) 2001 When I went to see Cheap Trick at Irving Plaza, I saw a flyer saying Linkin Park was playing there in a few months. I didn't know who they were. They were just starting to get radio play for their debut album and they had maybe sold a hundred thousand copies. I liked Irving Plaza so much that I wanted to find another band playing there so I could go again. I picked up LP's CD and got totally into it. Ironically, after I got the tix and got into them, they started to gain popularity and the show was moved to a larger venue. Anyway, I ate just before going in and I was too full to really rock-out. I made an effort, but I just didn't want to deal with the whole GA thing this night. O Sugar Ray B Bon Jovi Giants Stadium (NJ) 2001 I expected him to just be 'filler' before Bon Jovi but he was real good. We got in when he was already on stage and we all did a double take when we looked around a packed Giant's Freakin' Stadium and saw half the place on their feet singing Sugar Freakin' Ray songs. It was really quite impressive and seeing the crowd reaction helped me get into it even more. I've been to a lot of shows and it is not easy for a performer to come across well - let alone control the audience - in such a large venue. Seeing him perform definitely gave me a new level of respect for the guy (but I still refuse to buy his albums)! O Papa Roach B Ozzfest (Sabbath,Manson,Slip...) Camden (NJ) 2001 I'm tired of these guys. Their music isn't really that great and the lead singer has too many emotional issues he keeps trying to share with the audience. The one semi-entertaining highlight was him encouraging the crowd to pelt the stage with torn up dirt and grass. Crap was flying everwhere. The guy next to me hit him in the arm with a piece of sod... I really wanted a head-shot though... or maybe actually get it in his mouth to drown out his ranting. I'm tired of these guys. Their music isn't really that great and the lead singer has too many emotional issues he keeps trying to share with the audience. The one semi-entertaining highlight was him encouraging the crowd to pelt the stage with torn up dirt and grass. Crap was flying everwhere. The guy next to me hit him in the arm with a piece of sod... I really wanted a head-shot though... or maybe actually get it in his mouth to drown out his ranting. O Union Underground B Ozzfest (Sabbath,Manson,Slip...) Camden (NJ) 2001 Very good, high energy, 2nd stage opening act. Good attitude and very good music. Some decent pits as well, which isn't necessarily a good thing on asphalt… we saw one guy get so messed up he was bleeding and limping all over the place and he just kept going back into the pit and screwing with people. What an idiot! O Drowning Pool B Ozzfest (Sabbath,Manson,Slip...) Camden (NJ) 2001 Another great 2nd stage opening act at Ozzfest 2001. I bought their CD. When they played "Bodies", the place went nuts! That's a great song, man… even my wife loves it! O Disturbed B Big Day Offfest (M. Manson...) Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2001 Another very good Disturbed show. For most of the fans, these guys were the main attraction despite Linkin Park and Marilyn Manson being on the bill. H Marilyn Manson B Big Day Offfest (Slipknot,Linkin..) Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2001 He did not get crowd support - Long Island just isn't a Marilyn Manson audience… people looked at him like he had two heads - especially when he started the simulated masterbation (which has to go). There were a few dedicated spooky kids (manson fans) in the crowd, but not enough. He knew it and turned in a short-set only putting in about an 80% effort. I didn't blame him. O Disturbed B Ozzfest (Black Sabbath/Manson) PNC Arts Center (NJ) 2001 Another good performance - like Linkin Park, we also snuck to first row center for these guys (and caught a disturbed bottle opener). Because of the way this band controls the crowd, being first row didn't make as much of a difference when compared to being a bit further back. H BB King B Bobby "Blues" Bland Westbury Music Fair (L.I., NY) 2002 5th row at a small venue "In the Round" (Rotating stage). At 76 years old, BB King can still belt them out. I haven't listened to a lot of blues in the past and I found this show really entertaining because all of his songs are stories… mostly funny stories that kept the audience laughing. BB King has great crowd repoire and he directly talked to us throughout the show. He seems like an all-around nice guy. A true legend and a first round Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. O Sinistar B Rob Zombie Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2002 A real good opening band. Never heard of the before and still don't know who they are, but I liked 'em. The lead singer had a VG voice and the band put on a tight set. They had good stage presence. The crowd showed them respect, but didn't really go too crazy... which surprised me. (I guess no one knew who they were). H Green Day B Blink 182 (Co-Headliners) Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2002 These guys are arguably the most successful touring Punk band since the Ramones. I always regretted missing their break-out performance at Woodstock '94. I was there waiting for them in '94 and it kept getting delayed and it was pouring and it was the 3rd day and we were shot, so we left. Anyway, here in 2002 they put on a very good show... A lot of energy and tremendous crowd interaction. They broght random people up from the crowd to play their instrucments for 1 song and overall created a good vibe. I was definitely surprised to see the average age at this show was about 15 even though Green Day has been around for close to 10 years. The PA music between sets was 80's retro and the kids knew all the words to those songs, which was cool. H Bad Company B Bonamassa Beacon Theater (NYC) 2002 Still very good, but I think this is the last time I will see them. There is no where to go but down. Paul Rodgers is in great-shape with a great attitude and decent stage presence. I was 4th row center and annoyed that while the people further back were all standing, most of the ones immediately around me weren't, which is disrespectful. Eventually they got up and got into it. The 2nd half of the show was much stronger starting with Shooting Star and Rock & Roll Fantasy. Still very good, but I think this is the last time I will see them. There is no where to go but down. Paul Rodgers is in great-shape with a great attitude and decent stage presence. I was 4th row center and annoyed that while the people further back were all standing, most of the ones immediately around me weren't, which is disrespectful. Eventually they got up and got into it. The 2nd half of the show was much stronger starting with Shooting Star and Rock & Roll Fantasy. O Rob Zombie B Ozzfest 2002 (Ozzy Osbourne) Tweeter Center (Camden, NJ) 2002 Very good performance. This guy's lyrics are downright evil. Zombie was the first act to successfully get everyone on their feet for the entire performance which was impressive. I knew all but one song and screamed along. The seated amphitheater venue is not the best for a show like this and we were last row, so that combined with it being a 40 minute set, kept this particular performance from ranking higher on my list. H Rolling Stones B Pretenders Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2002 Very Good show. Mick in particular is still amazing… even at 60 years old. This was a case of so-so seats and having very high expectations, which made it hard for them to rate an 'A' despite a truly excellent performance. A bunch of 'deep cuts' in their song selection meant that many hits didn't make the setlist. O Pretenders B Rolling Stones Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2002 Having already seen them at a small venue a few years ago and not having been impressed, I had low expectations for this opening act… but, they really put on an excellent show. I knew a lot more songs than I expected and the sound quality was excellent. The crowd reaction was very positive for an opening act. O Jonny Lang B Rolling Stones Roselands Ballroom (NYC) 2002 An excellent performance as usual. The set was too short though to get an 'A' ranking and I don't think he even played his biggest 'hit', 'Lie to Me'. The crowd had no idea who he was, but he earned their respect with his emotional/powerful performance. He came back out later with the Stones and you could tell this was one of his proudest moments. H David Lee Roth B N/A Westbury Music Fair 2003 Ok, this show was a little bit of a joke… It was quite surreal. Dave always considered himself the greatest thing on earth… in his prime, he almost was… now, at almost 50 and playing a tiny (sold out) venue he still acts the same, which was… well weird. He was actually in great shape, but his face and hair were horrible. His stage presence and crowd repoire was great and he can still do flying pinwheel kicks. His voice was ok... but... it was just weird. He kind of reminded me of a lounge singer. The crowd absolutely loved him though and I had a really good time, in part because of the... well... weirdness I suppose. (Really should be a B-) H Poison B Vince Neil & Skid Row Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2003 I went to this one partly as a joke and partly just to add Poison to my list of concerts. I do like them and would have gone to a concert in their prime, but I figured now they would be a shadow of their former selves. Well, they really did a great job. Bret Michaels still has kick-ass attitude and a great voice and still looks like a kid. CC Deville really impressed me on guitar. I've seen him on different VH1 specials and he looked like crap, but he cleaned himself up, lost weight, maybe had a face lift... I dunno... but he looked Great and man, did he have attitude and could he play the guitar. Between the two of them, they elevated the show. And all of their songs are of course great sing-alongs. Glad we went... Having said this, I think that within 2-3 years, they will lose their edge... they are right on the cusp now... still have an ok fan base and can headline and being in their late 30's, they still look good... but, once they hit their 40's without a semi-hit album and renewed fan interest, it will take its toll. H Tom Jones B None Westbury Music Fair (L.I., NY) 2003 I admit I wanted to see Tom Jones… I knew my mom loved him 'back in the day' and I also recalled him having a brief resurgence with the MTV crowd in the mid-90's… and well, I just figured he is one of the few older generation performers that is still 'cool' and would be worth seeing... my wife thought I was out of my mind... she thought we would sleep in our seats... but I had the last laugh when she wound up dancing the night away! He really put on a great show... I had him ranked an 'A' for the first half and a 'B' for the second. His ranking likely dropped because I switched seats with Mom in the second half and my new seats were worse. He played a bunch of upbeat rockin' songs, including the Talking Heads, 'Burning Down the House' and a Bob Segar song, plus his own songs were very good. He even 'rapped', although his fans wouldn't call it that I am sure. To top it off, all the women loved this guy... everyone was dancing and screaming - from 30 year olds to seniors and at least 3 dozen bras and panties were thrown on stage throughout the night. It was fun. I admit I wanted to see Tom Jones… I knew my mom loved him 'back in the day' and I also recalled him having a brief resurgence with the MTV crowd in the mid-90's… and well, I just figured he is one of the few older generation performers that is still 'cool' and would be worth seeing... my wife thought I was out of my mind... she thought we would sleep in our seats... but I had the last laugh when she wound up dancing the night away! He really put on a great show... I had him ranked an 'A' for the first half and a 'B' for the second. His ranking likely dropped because I switched seats with Mom in the second half and my new seats were worse. He played a bunch of upbeat rockin' songs, including the Talking Heads, 'Burning Down the House' and a Bob Segar song, plus his own songs were very good. He even 'rapped', although his fans wouldn't call it that I am sure. To top it off, all the women loved this guy... everyone was dancing and screaming - from 30 year olds to seniors and at least 3 dozen bras and panties were thrown on stage throughout the night. It was fun. O Offspring B ClausFest (Staind, POD, Puiddle) Hammerstein Ballroom 2003 They were good. This is the band I was looking forward to seeing and enjoyed the most. I worked my way up to the front as usual, and spent some time near the pits. I have no complaints, but then again there was nothing that really took me to the 'next level'. It was a typical Offspring show. The crowd enjoyed it. In comparison, P.O.D.'s performance was much more intense and energy packed. H Simon & Garfunkel B Everly Brothers Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2003 We got there a little late because we assumed they would have an opening band, but they were already on stage when we arrived. They put on a very good, mellow, performance. Both of their voices were excellent and the songs in the 2nd half of the show were particularly good (Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Sounds of Silence, etc.). Surprisingly Garfunkel came across as the more charismatic leader, which may be part of the reason Paul Simon resisted officially reuniting for 30 years. They were both good and I like Paul Simon's voice a little better, but Garfunkel had more passion, perhaps because this was more special for him since he did not have nearly as much success as a solo artist as Simon did. They brought the Everly Brothers out for about 4 soungs in the middle of their set and they were very good as well. I'm glad we went. H Weird Al Yankovich B None Foxwoods Casino (CT) 2004 Hummm… well… yeah, we saw Weird Al… and yeah, that's right… I ranked him a 'B'. We went to Foxwoods to gamble & it was coincidental that Weird Al was playing that night… he is Foxwoods biggest act of the year I think... anway, he put on a real entertaining funny show and he is actually very talented. We laughed a lot. There were a good number of teens in the crowd and I was surprised how many people knew his songs and acted out certain parts... good audience participation. H Metallica B God Smack Nassau Collesium (L.I., NY) 2004 Second night in a row. As usual the second night is never as good as the first for me. I had trouble finding a good place in the crowd with the right dynamic… in other words, I wanted to find a place where there was some good bumping and shoving, but I couldn't... it was all or nothing... either stand almost still and observe, or go into a crazy mosh pit with the pinwheel kicks, etc. The pits were in the back so it wasn't worth going back there anyway. It was good. Just not great. The best part was that my DAD went and sat in the seats witha friend watching. I was glad he got to see what it is really like at one of these shows! Had a good time drinking at the bar before the concert too. H Kid Rock B Puddle of Mud Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2004 Good show but we left early. H Elton John B None Radio City Music Hall (NYC) 2004 Good show. Glad I saw this unique production where he played with a full orchestra/symphony. Tiny Dancer and Take me to the Pilot were highlights for me. H Gwar B All That Remains, Misc. Spirit Nightclub (Twilo, NYC) 2004 Gwar… what can you say about Gwar… these guys started their band in the 80's as a joke to mock the people that claimed heavy metal bands were satanists. So, they dressed up like evil monsters and sang evil songs, or so I would imagine if I could understand the lyrics. I expected a show with a bunch of guys in costumes putting on a silly show with a pathetic, motionless, crowd. Well, let me tell you... the crowd was NUTZ... They were screaming and kicking and pin-wheeling... the crowd I mean... Nutz! As for the band, their show was more performance art (?) than just music (?), with the terms 'art' and 'music' both used very loosely. For most songs they had different characters come on stage like a John Kerry, Arnold Schwartzenager, George Bush, Osama Bin Laden, Michael Jackson and Paris Hilton, at which point the ghouls in the band dismembered them on stage and pumped fake blood into the audience, while ripping apart their innards while semi-naked guys ran around in loin cloths... nice, eh? The club was very cool... It was Twilo in the old days... it was similar in size to Irving Plaza or Club Black, and held < 1,000 people. We spent most of the main act on the 2nd floor balcony. Gwar… what can you say about Gwar… these guys started their band in the 80's as a joke to mock the people that claimed heavy metal bands were satanists. So, they dressed up like evil monsters and sang evil songs, or so I would imagine if I could understand the lyrics. I expected a show with a bunch of guys in costumes putting on a silly show with a pathetic, motionless, crowd. Well, let me tell you... the crowd was NUTZ... They were screaming and kicking and pin-wheeling... the crowd I mean... Nutz! As for the band, their show was more performance art (?) than just music (?), with the terms 'art' and 'music' both used very loosely. For most songs they had different characters come on stage like a John Kerry, Arnold Schwartzenager, George Bush, Osama Bin Laden, Michael Jackson and Paris Hilton, at which point the ghouls in the band dismembered them on stage and pumped fake blood into the audience, while ripping apart their innards while semi-naked guys ran around in loin cloths... nice, eh? The club was very cool... It was Twilo in the old days... it was similar in size to Irving Plaza or Club Black, and held < 1,000 people. We spent most of the main act on the 2nd floor balcony. O All That Remains B Gwar Spirit Nightclub (Twilo, NYC) 2004 I don't like death metal, but the lead singer put on one hell of a high-energy show for an opening act! H Twisted Sister B N/A The Downtown (Farmingdale NY) 2004 Dee Sneider is the real deal. Twisted Sister played under their alter-ego name of 'Broken Brother' to a sold-out show at this Long Island club. They were not in T.S. makeup and outfits. At about 75 minutes, they played a short set. JJ French is a very good guitarist and the rest of the guys were ok. Dee was an animal though. He looked like he was 25 years old... not an ounce of fat on this guy... nothing but muscle and hair. He was jumping around stage like a kid and he communicated great with the crown, telling stories and making us laugh. He is very cool. They did some AC/DC cover songs and some of their hits and deeper cuts. They were much heavier than I expected... no fluff... no balads. Dee even had the crowd jumping up and down at one point during We Wanna Rock. Aside from that, it wasn't an active floor by a long shot, but the energy was good. I bought a few autographed albums, and made my way home by about 2:30AM. O Korn B Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 2004 I think this was probably a typical show for them, but I enjoyed it more than the last few. The floor was partitioned into halves, so it was easier to escape if things got out of control, but I have to say that when you were actually in or around the pit, this was perhaps the most violent and aggressive bunch I have seen in a long time. All the normal etiquette remained for picking up those that go down, and chest bumping after beating the crap out of each other, but man... this crowd was rough. I was mostly along the pit wall as usual, taking a few bumps and redirecting people back into the pit, but not jumping into the eye of the storm. Anyway, none of this was why it was a good show for me... What I enjoyed was that despite the floor activity I was still able to focus enough attention on the band to really appreciate the intensity and anger these guys were putting into the set. We were talking and we pretty much agree that unlike most bands that make it big, these guys don' t give a rats ass about if they are the headliner, or where they play... they just want to F**king play music. H Eagles B None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2005 Good show, but mellow. Material will always be classic, but pieces are becoming a bit dated. Schmidt still has the best voice, but Henley sings the biggest hits. They mixed in their biggest solo hits as they have in the past. Joe Walsh's songs were the most upbeat, but his voice is slipping. I still like him the best though. My wife enjoyed it as well, agreeing it was too mellow though (but what do you expect). H Maroon 5 B The Donnas Radio City Music Hall (NYC) 2005 Good show, but lacked the intensity (emotional, physical, etc, etc) to get your heart pounding and your pulse racing. This happens to be one of my favorite younger/newer bands, and I am glad I saw them, but they are better suited to a smaller venue until they get to the next level. The (mostly younger) crowd seemed to feel the same way. O The Donnas B Maroon 5 Radio City Music Hall (NYC) 2005 I didn't know the music, but they rocked. It is unusual too see all girl rock bands… especially good ones. The fact that they were all girls probably boosted my ranking from a C+ to a B… not from a sexist standpoint as much as that it just made it more interesting. The drummer was really into it, which was cool. The crowd reaction was so-so. They would be VG in a small club. H Nine Inch Nails B The Dresden Dolls Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2005 Trent Rezner is about my age… 36 or so I guess… he is a freakin animal on stage… muscles flexing, veins popping out of places there shouldn't be veins as he screammmmms the lyrics as if he is being tortured to death. It was a good show, and I liked being back on the floor which I have been missing, but his songs are not toe-tapper sing- alongs and it was tough to get completely into it since I didn't know enough songs by heart. Trent Rezner is about my age… 36 or so I guess… he is a freakin animal on stage… muscles flexing, veins popping out of places there shouldn't be veins as he screammmmms the lyrics as if he is being tortured to death. It was a good show, and I liked being back on the floor which I have been missing, but his songs are not toe-tapper sing- alongs and it was tough to get completely into it since I didn't know enough songs by heart. H Black Sabbath B Ozzfest 2005 (Sabbath/Maiden) Tweeter Center (Camden, NJ) 2005 This was a better performance than I have seen from Sabbath in the past. They are still too old and ozzy is in poor physical shape, but to his credit, he was in a lot worse shape in the past! He did give it a good effort and he wasn't lip-syncing this time (though he did have some overdubbing). We left early to beat traffic after a 12+ hour day. War Pigs is definitely the set highlight for me. Overall though, I think this Ozzfest was not as well planned as prior ones, and I wonder if it will continue despite a sellout this year. H Iron Maiden B Ozzfest 2005 (Sabbath/Maiden) Tweeter Center (Camden, NJ) 2005 The set was too short and my friend and I were sitting too far back to make this a great show. Sound quality was so- so. They did get me into it as the set unfolded. The played only 'hits' from the first 4 albums. About half the audience had seem them before and half were newbies. There were enough Maiden fans to make it feel like a Maiden show, but not as intense as I like. Hopefully, the first timers will become long term fans. H Rob Zombie B Ozzfest 2005 (Sabbath/Maiden) Tweeter Center (Camden, NJ) 2005 Hottest, most humid outdoor concert ever. Zombie insisted he play the General Admission 2nd stage at ozzfest even though he is a main stage act. He likes the action on the floor. The sound quality was not good up front, but I had a great time anyway bumping around the pit and getting crushed in the front. The staff kept dousing us with a fire hose which helped, but it fried my blackberry... Good performance despite bad sound quality. Good crowd action up front. John5 (former marilyn manson) played guitar. H Eminem B Anger Mgmt (50 Cent, Lil John) Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2005 Ok… good show. He came on much later than a headliner normally would at the Garden, which screwed us up. He came on at 11PM and we had to hit the road by 11:45PM… not sure how much longer he was on. Just when he hit the stage, I jumped the fence from the seats into a small GA platform where the the crew and sound techs were. I didn't have the credentials to be up there, but no one caught on. It was cool because there was a ton of space with only about 8-10 of us on the platform. I was the only one on the platform that was even acting like I was into it... the others have probably seen it all before so they were a bit jaded. Anyway, Em was good, but I never think he comes across strong enough in the larger venues. He would really kick it at Roselands. I didn't like his song selection and he wasted too much time talking and doing chessy skits. O Lil John B Eminem Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2005 I was really impressed with his energy and attitude. Lil John is from the street and doesn't pretend otherwise. He's just glad to be up there mixin beats and rapping his ass off. The crowd was into it as well, which is unusual for the performer opening for the opening act! O 50 Cent B Eminem Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2005 50 Cent and G-Unit put on a great high-energy show. This dude's got attitude and he rocked the whole place! H Cream B None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2005 This is a show that no one ever expected to happen. They are playing just 3 US dates at MSG, after playing a few at Royal Albert Hall in England (to great reviews). Cream is known as the first 'super group', consisting of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. They played a tight set. Sound quality was perfect. Playing was right on. Voices perfect. Jack Bruce really impressed me the most. We had seats at the very top. The crowd was into it, but not very loud. I think the problem is that they didn't improvise... didn't cut loose and jam. They played everything correct, but too reserved. My buddy they didn't 'open up' enough. For any other band, you can forgive that (for the most part), but for Cream, you really wanted to see a mesmirizing performance with the members playing so intense that they get 'lost in the music', which would have then carried over into the crowd more. Again, VG show though. This is a show that no one ever expected to happen. They are playing just 3 US dates at MSG, after playing a few at Royal Albert Hall in England (to great reviews). Cream is known as the first 'super group', consisting of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. They played a tight set. Sound quality was perfect. Playing was right on. Voices perfect. Jack Bruce really impressed me the most. We had seats at the very top. The crowd was into it, but not very loud. I think the problem is that they didn't improvise... didn't cut loose and jam. They played everything correct, but too reserved. My buddy they didn't 'open up' enough. For any other band, you can forgive that (for the most part), but for Cream, you really wanted to see a mesmirizing performance with the members playing so intense that they get 'lost in the music', which would have then carried over into the crowd more. Again, VG show though. O Lenny Kravitz B Aerosmith Nassau Collesium (L.I., NY) 2005 Very good show. He was playing with a cast on his leg and being a real trooper. It was technically VG and his voice was great. It lacked intensity, but as I often mention, it is tougher for an opening band. H U2 B Patti Smith Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2005 Good show. 400 level side view seats. I'm not a big fan, but it was a good show. They still got it. U2 is one of the premier rock and roll bands ever. The crowd was into it. I knew half the songs. H Korn B Mudvayne Mohegan Sun Arena (CT) 2006 It was a good show. After years of not giving them much attention, I finally started listening to them at least occasionally so while I didn't know the words to most songs, I did at least know most songs when I heard them. At this point, they have a pretty deep set list and they are doing more pure headlining instead of just being a/the featured band on a 4-5 band ticket as they have done for many years. It was all seated, which I preferred for this one. I didn't hear a few of my favorites though. It was a good time in general at Mohegan... won at blackjack and had a great dinner at Jordans. H Guns N Roses B Bullet for my Valentine Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2006 But… that seems to be the key word here… Axl looked and sounded great, but… The songs are all classics, but… the crowd had more energy than expected, but… I don't know… maybe it's because it seemed like Axl with a cover band… maybe it's because too many years have passed an he isn't as relevent... maybe it's that the expectations were so high... maybe it's because we secretly wanted a trade-mark Axl meltdown on stage... I mean, it was a good show. He couldn't have performed much better. Maybe this is one of those cases where it needs to be a larger venue to get the right vibe. Either way, glad we went. H Tom Petty B Trey Anastasio Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2006 I had low expectations because I didn't think he was that good 10 years ago, but he was in fact very good. He was in better shape, his voice was dead-on. He played all the classics, and a few good new ones. His attitude was great. It was cool that he brought Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac) on stage for about a half dozen songs. The crowd was very enthusiastic to the point that you could tell it even surprised Petty somewhat. He even made a few extra, sincere, comments about the audience. The only thing that kept this one from ranking higher on my list is that he played after Trey Anastasio. Like I wrote in that review, while I was not a Trey fan, he put 110% into his performance and you could feel his passion. For Petty, while I don't think he could have done any better, it would have been almost impossible for him to play 20+ year old hits with that level of intensity. We had a good time pre- show hanging out as well... Stout & dinner at Fridays. O Trey Anastasio B Tom Petty Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2006 I never gave Trey or Fish a glance since they came after my brief interest in the Grateful Dead and I figured they would be too mellow and peace-y. But, when we walked into the Garden, I almost ran to my seat when I heard Trey playing… He's freakin good... better than good... He's great! I couldn't rank the show higher because I missed part of the act and I didn't know the music, but the 45 minutes I did see was excellent... this is one of those cases where you can see the passion/intensity in the performer... he was completely into it, and giving it his all... jumping, grimacing, making love to his guitar. He is extremely talented and his voice is great, and it was all good. The crowd was really into him as well. Despite this, I probably won't buy an album, but I would definitely be interested in seeing him live again. H Rolling Stones B Kanye West (missed it) Giants Stadium (NJ) 2006 Good. In their early-mid 60's, they still have the energy and attitude of 30-something year olds. In the event this is actually finally really their last tour, then I'll probably eventually edit this entry to make it sound more extraordinary. H Eric Clapton B Robert Cray Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2006 Good. Better than good actually, but short of great. He did play the hits and the sound quality was great. There was definitely more energy from him and the band then the last few more mellow tours. He had Derek Trucks in his band, who added some punch. EC had a few moments of really seeming 'lost in the moment', but not as much as I would have liked. Very good though. H Steve Miller Band B- ? Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1987 This was my first Jones Beach rock concert - we were last row and it was a good show. H Motley Crue B- Whitesnake Nassau Collesium (L.I., NY) 1987 At this time, Motley Crue was my favorite band and my expectations were just too high. The stage show was incredible… Tommy Lee's drum set lifted up off the ground, moved out over the front of the stage and started spinning in circles (end-over-end) as Tommy jammed-out. Still, there was something about the whole show that just wasn't good enough for me - I was never able to put my finger on it and it always bothered me. Maybe Whitesnake's great opening performance made it even tougher for the Crue to blow me away. Still a pretty good show though. H Eric Clapton B- Elton John (co-headliner) Shea Stadium (NY) 1992 The parking lot pre-party was the highlight. As for the show itself, we had bad seats in a huge outdoor stadium with marginal sound quality. O Rusted Root B- Grateful Dead Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1993 I don't really know much about them or their music, but they were good. H Grateful Dead B- Rusted Root Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1994 Another dead show. H Metallica B- ? Nassau Collesium (L.I., NY) 1996 Sound quality was bad - at least in the horrible seats we had. I was a pretty big metallica fan in the mid-late 80's and then drifted until the late-90's so for this show, I didn't know the lyrics as well as I should have to make it a better show. H The Who B- None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1996 They were good, but Townsend had a cold and his voice was off. He had others covering his lyrics - most noteworthy was Billy Idol who did a very good job standing in. Roger Daltry was in incredible physical shape for a guy who had to be about 50 years old. H Aerosmith B- Jonny Lang Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1997 Good - not phenomenal though. O Megadeth B- Iron Maiden Paris (France) 1999 This was the first time I saw them and also the first of two shows on the Iron Maiden European tour. We really didn't know what to expect. I feel the crowd was more aggressive than a US Megadeth show would have been and the band put on a good show. I was a minor fan in the mid-80's... I used to be able to draw that evil-dude from the Peace Sells album cover pretty well... I think they were a good choice of opening band for this tour. O Crystal Method B- Limp Bizkit / Family Values Tour Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 1999 This was my first experience with what I guess is considered "Rave" type music. It was all instrumental and these guys really kicked ass - their set entranced people with the crazy sounds they create. I liked 'em so much that I searched for their album but couldn't find it. O Dope B- Alice Cooper Roselands (NYC) 2000 Opened for Alice Cooper on Halloween. I got into them and even bought the album (Felons & Revolutionaries) There was a small, tight pit & I threw a few elbows. Most of the crowd was older, but there were some young 20- somethings mixed in. Even the old guys (late 30's-early 40's --- a few more years and I'll be an old guy!) tested the pit for probably the first time in their lives. It was cool because when an older guy fell, the "kids" (who look like freaks or convicts of course) rushed to help them up. Now we all know that that is standard pit-protocol, but it really seemed to surprise the 'adults' so when they got back up, they were exchanging high 5's with the kids and having a great time -- It was a beautiful sight!!! H Stone Temple Pilots B- Chili Peppers (C0-headliners) Jones Beach 2000 I was never a fan when the hit it big in the early-mid 90's. I was still stuck in the 80's and not ready for the new-wave I guess. STP is one of the small handful of early 90's bands that endured with a good rep and strong following… I always heard they put on a good show and they really did. Scott Weiland is very artsy and has a unique style that really captivates you. I was surprise by how many of their songs I knew so well. I guess I was a bigger fan then I thought! Good show. O Filter B- Limp Bizkit / Family Values Tour Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 2000 Another opening band on the family values tour… they were a bit better than most opening bands at their level, but still nothing special. Banging around in a few of the mini-pits probably helped boost this show's rating to me. O Slayer B- Metallica/Slipknot Giants Stadium (NJ) 2000 Very Good. I was surprised that the "kids" were as into it as much as they were. I was in the stands, but there were some pretty sick pits on the floor. I had a Slayer album as a teen, but they were never one of my favorites. O System of a Down B- Metallica/Summer Sanitarium '00 Foxboro, MA 2000 This was the second time I saw them. The first was a Family Values (see entry) when they absolutely blew me away… as such, I was therefore expecting a lot more out of them at this show… they put on a very good show, but they just couldn't live up to the expectations I had for them (which was completely my fault). It was a very good performance, but the stage set wasn't as crazy as last time which took away some of the mystique. The pits were good and I settled in along the inner pit wall of a decent sized pit for the duration of this set. I never bought their album (though I did buy the next one) so I didn't know the songs well enough to really take the experience to the next level. H No Doubt B- N/A Roseland (NYC) 2000 Yeah, it's a kiddish girlie show but so what. I think Gwen Steffani is cool and the music is catchy. My wife went with me to this one (she saw Debbi Harry/Blondie in the crowd). We stayed towards the back for 1/2 the show and went onto the floor for the other 1/2. There were a lot of sways and up & downs, along with a few small pits... but this isn't a real pit-worthy performance. On the floor, people just kept bouncing off of me and I ain't a big guy! It was cool - she had great energy and of course looked terrific. H Slipknot B- Slayer, 7dust, Sepultura Giants Stadium (NJ) 2000 As mentioned in other entries, for this multi-band all-day show, I was in the stands, which gave me a good perspective on seeing the different bands and the crowds reaction to them. This was my first time seeing Slipknot. Elsewhere in this rating guide I give a description of their music, so I won't get into that here. The crowd was absolutely crazed... the entire floor kept morphing into a Pit... Pits broke out everywhere, combined, separated, re- combined... people kept getting sucked in and spit back out. I was actually jealous I couldn't be out there. Pretty crazy. H Papa Roach B- Alien Ant Farm, ? Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2001 I just needed a show to go to and this was the only one at the time. As mentioned elsewhere, a performance that might be considered very good by an opening act, I can only rank so-so if the same band is headlining the show. I just expect more from a headliner... you know, it's time to step up to the big-time... put-up or shut-up... impress me... that sort of thing. It was a good show, but nothing special. I just needed a show to go to and this was the only one at the time. As mentioned elsewhere, a performance that might be considered very good by an opening act, I can only rank so-so if the same band is headlining the show. I just expect more from a headliner... you know, it's time to step up to the big-time... put-up or shut-up... impress me... that sort of thing. It was a good show, but nothing special. O Linkin Park B- Ozzfest (Sabbath,Manson,Slip...) Camden (NJ) 2001 A good performance - they will get even better as they mature and develop more material. O Papa Roach B- Ozzfest (Black Sabbath/Manson) PNC Arts Center (NJ) 2001 Same 'ole same 'ole. H Madonna B- None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2001 It was techically a good show - by technically I mean the stage show and sound. Madonna oozes charisma. Unfortunately she played almost exclusively new music though, with only one or two older hits. Not that I would have been dancing my ass-off anyway, but at least I know the words to some of the older stuff. Overall, I'm glad I saw her though... Madonna is a tremendous innovator, musician and business person. Ya gotta respect her. H Janet Jackson B- ? Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2001 Like Maddona, Janet Jackson also had a very nice stage show… people dancing in costumes and stuff like that. It was interesting, but not really my cup of tea. Her voice was good. I knew a few songs. The crowd really seemed to dig her. H Disturbed B- Drowning Pool, Adema,Stereomud Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2001 Another good show… but even if it isn't fair of me, when a band makes the jump from being an opening act to headlining their own tour (even a club tour), I expect more from them. They were definitely good, but it was the same basic set I saw from them as an opening band 3 times in the last few months. They did have the same intensity and attitude so I don't know what more I could have expected, but damn it... I expected more! H Aerosmith B- The Cult Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 2001 Coming off a great NYC show, my expectations were way too high for this one. Plus, a few other couples went with us on our recommendation and that raised the expectations even more. So, as you would inevitably expect, they didn't meet my expectations. Tyler looked a little tired (who can blame him) and they added another 1 or 2 deep cuts and long winded jams to this show. While I sometimes like that, in this case, I missed the hits that they had to sacrifice to fit the deep-cuts into the play list. Our friends said they really liked the show, but they never saw them before so they didn't have as high of expectations as me. H Rush B- None Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2002 Technically a very good show. They looked & sounded great & had pretty good crowd interaction. Their stage show was also professionally done, which seems to happen less frequently in recent years at the club or amphitheatre venues… they had a nice laser light show, flames, and a cool animation film. They actually played both the opening slot and the headliner themselves with an initial 1 hour set and then a longer 1.5 hour set. There were too many new songs for me... I only really 'love' 4-5 of their songs and I like a dozen others, but they played many I wasn't real familar with. The packed crowd loved them and most stood throughout. H Elton John B- Billy Joel (co-headliner) Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2002 Technically a very good show, but our seats were bad, the crowd was so-so and I was really there for Billy Joel. Some of the highlights were when Billy and Elton played each other's songs together. H Kiss B- Aerosmith (co-headliner) Jones Beach (L.I., NYC) 2003 Started out really good and I was going to rate it an 'A'… I was just having a lot of fun for the first few songs, but then the song selection slipped and it was an overall short-set. They were good… just not great. H Aerosmith B- Kiss (co-headliner) Jones Beach (L.I., NYC) 2003 Came on late. First song was so-so and then it got good for a bit, but they lost me when they did 3 songs in a row from their upcoming blues cover album. They were good, but not great during their short set. H Phil Collins B- None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2004 Technically perfect, with an excellent voice that sounded just like his albums. All the women loved it. For us guys, it was ok, but his stuff just doesn't get the adrenaline pumping (except the drum transition on 'In the Air Tonight'. I was a bit bored. O Papa Roach B- ClausFest (Velvet Revolver/Korn) Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 2004 I liked them much more than the last few times. Mostly because (as with Korn and unlike Velvet Revolver), I was really able to see their intensity and anger. It means so much more when the band is really into it. They were giving 100%. Their days are numbered though as you can tell by them being the 2nd of 6 bands to play. 2 years ago, they would have been 4th of 6. O The Dresden Dolls B- Nine Inch Nails Hammerstein Ballroom 2005 It was a short set, but they get the good grade because they did an awesome cover of Black Sabbath's War Pigs… Awesome! They also did another really weird cool song and the lead singer wore a dress and the drummer drummed real drummerish. An entertaining diversion... more so than a hang nail at least. O Bullet for my Valentine B- Rob Zombie Nokia Theater (NYC) 2006 I wouldn't buy the album, but live, these guys were pretty intense. I'm sure I've said this a number of times in the comments for other concerts, but this was a case where they were really playing with intensity. They were giving it their all. They wanted to show the F'ing world that they were the real F'ing deal. You can see it in the eyes, in the way the move, and in the veins popping from their necks. Crowd showed 'em respect. O Rollins Band B- X Nokia Theater (NYC) 2006 I don't know what to say… If I either knew all the music, or if it was a crazy crowd, then I think this could have been an 'A' show. But I didn't know the music and the crowd was lame so it is a B-. Henry himself was ferocious. I expected him to be a washed-up poser just going through the motions... Instead, he was very intense... of 40+ year olds, the only ones I saw that matched his intensity may be The Misfits and Dee Sneider. H Aerosmith B- Motley Crue Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2006 Good. Just good. They still have good energy and stage presence. Tyler's voice is still very good. Good attitude. Perry looks 20 years younger. But, too many deep cuts and not enough hits. I was getting bored. When they were at the top of their games, they could pull that off. Now, as their fan base fades and they age, they really need to smal out the high-energy hits to put it over the top. They just refuse to play the hits... I don't think they are very proud of their 90's work, even though it brought them the most success. Still, these guys outlasted everyone but the Stones and their still going strong enough to be a top draw. Jeez, I've seen these guys 14 times. H Queensryche C+ Ozzy Osbourne Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1986 This show was pretty much at the peak of their popularity. This was my first arena rock concert of my life. We came to see Ozzy though!!!! As for Queensryche, It was a take-it-or-leave-it experience in a good GA venue. H Grateful Dead C+ ? Nassau Collesium (L.I., NY) 1993 The dead shows all blend together to me. This was an ok show. H Rod Stewart C+ None Nassau Collesium (L.I., NY) 1996 He put on a very good show "in the round". He had good energy and interacted well with the fans. The crowd was into it. Rod used to be a semi-pro soccer player so part of his routine is kicking soccer balls into the crowd, which is actually not as lame as it sounds. H U2 C+ ? Giants Stadium (NJ) 1997 I was never a fan, but I went because a friend invited me. They were good. O Kenny Wayne Shepard C+ Van Halen Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1998 Ok, but I'm not a big fan. V.G. guitarist though. Opened for Van Halen, but Eddie was of course much better. H Black Sabbath C+ God Smack Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1999 I expected more from Ozzy, and less from the rest of the band. Toni Iommi was great. Ozzy just too old and out of shape (which you will see me repeat in this guide a few more times.) Overall, this particular show was better than I expected. The crowd gave them a huge reception and much respect. I'm glad to have had a chance to see this original line-up, because they are timeless and will endure for generations. H Jeff Beck C+ Jonny Lang (Co-headliners) Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1999 A guitar legend (who will slip away into oblivion to future generations). He put on a great instrumental set with very very limited vocals, but didn't work crowd at all. He didn't seem real comfortable on stage, which makes sense seeing as he 'retired' from the public's eye more than 10 years prior. Jonny Lang was much better. H Rage Against Machine C+ Lit Nassau Collesium (L.I., NY) 1999 The single most dangerous concert experience of my life. To learn more, you have to read my book! O George Thorogood C+ Steve Miller Band Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1999 This is the 2nd time I saw GT. He's finally showing his age, but he still put on a really good show. These guys are like the ultimate bar-band. A few anthem-like hits got them a ton of national exposure (Bad to the Bone, I Drink Alone, One Bourbon), but they never really pretended to be big-shots... just a great down and dirty rock and roll bar band. Steve Miller, the concert headliner, sucked and GT actually was the better of the two and his coming on stage during SM's set got a great crowd reaction. H Limp Bizkit C+ Eminem, Papa Roach Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 2000 This was the worst of the Limp Bizkit shows I have been to because we got stuck in the back half of a partitioned floor where there was limited action. The floor partitioning definitely makes the venue safer, but it really sucks if your on the losing side of the barricade. H J. Page/Black Crowes C+ Kenny Wayne Shepard Jones Beach 2000 It's nice to have a chance to see Jimmy Page live playing Led Zep songs, but Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes is no Robert Plant. I couldn't get into it, but the crowd was enthusiastic and I have to admit that hearing the Crowes play Zep songs is far better than hearing the Crowes play Crowes songs! O Sepultura C+ Metallica/Slipknot Giants Stadium (NJ) 2000 Always heard of them on the fringes of heavy metal world, but I never saw them or knew their songs - I was impressed enough to buy one of their CD's (which I listened to maybe once). They put on a good show and got the crowd going. O Korn C+ Metallica/Summer Sanitarium '00 Foxboro, MA 2000 As of year-end 2001, this was the best of the Korn concerts I have seen so far, and it was still just ok. To me, this was just filler between Kid Rock and Metallica. H Metallica (Tat. Earth) C+ Slipknot, Slayer, 7dust, Sepultura Giants Stadium (NJ) 2000 I would rate this as the worst metallica show I have seen… But remember, even a bad metallica show is a good show! We were in the stands for this one. The band just didn't give 100% this time. Many people didn't seem to notice, but enough did, including me. It probably had to do with James Hetfield being a little sick and having a bad back that caused a few cancelled shows earlier this month. While their were a ton of Metallica fans in the crowd, most of them already burnt themselves out moshing to Slipknot and the rest of the earlier line-up. I would rate this as the worst metallica show I have seen… But remember, even a bad metallica show is a good show! We were in the stands for this one. The band just didn't give 100% this time. Many people didn't seem to notice, but enough did, including me. It probably had to do with James Hetfield being a little sick and having a bad back that caused a few cancelled shows earlier this month. While their were a ton of Metallica fans in the crowd, most of them already burnt themselves out moshing to Slipknot and the rest of the earlier line-up. H Pantera C+ Morbid Angel Roselands (NYC) 2001 I never got into these guys. While I like heavy metal, I don't like talentless lead singers with raw, growling, death metal'ish voices. But, I needed to get my dose of metal for the month and this was the show to be at. The floor wasn't as bad as expected, but for the wrong reasons... there were an unusually large number of excessively aggressive jerks out to really hurt people. If you picture a bunch of big work-boot wearing guys throwing fists and blindly kicking anyone in the vicinity, you can see how the surrounding crowd would pull back, leaving large pits for the jerks while the rest of the crowd gets packed tightly together with anyone not on the front-lines being mostly out of harms way. The show itself was good... not great... just good. O Alien Ant Farm C+ Papa Roach Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2001 Having seen them once already by this point, and knew what to expect and that's pretty much all I got. Not bad, but nothing special. Not gunna last. H Eric Clapton C+ Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2001 I just wasn't into this show. Ed and I got separated from the other guys and Ed left early. He played a few older songs and a lot of the 90's hits. Overall, I would have liked more "electric" and some more fire from the Guitar God. I had tickets to the next nights show as well and I didn't even go. O Billy Squier C+ Styx/Bad Company Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2001 I was pleasantly surprised. I had forgotten how many of his songs I knew. He had a lot of energy and he seemed genuinely happy to be on stage playing his music and having a good time. He is surprisingly good on guitar. He will unfortunately be almost completely forgotten in a few decades - he knows it and doesn't seem to care. He did the best he could, which was more than good enough. H Journey C+ Peter Frampton, John Waite Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2001 The first time I saw them, I really enjoyed it. The second time around, which was this show, I was left with the feeling that I was just watching a band going through the motions playing their old hits. It's too late for even a reunion with their former lead singer Steve Perry to help. They were great... back in their time. O Slipknot C+ Ozzfest (Sabbath,Manson,Slip...) Camden (NJ) 2001 Place an industrial washing machine next to a loud dual-exhaust '71 super-charged big-block hemi, fill washer with large stones and sharp objects, stick a power drill in your ear, climb into washer and set to the heavy spin cycle for 90 minutes. Every 2-3 minutes be sure to punch yourself in the face for good measure. Such an experience would be marginally more enjoyable than a slipknot concert. O Linkin Park C+ Big Day Offfest (M. Manson...) Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2001 I really don't like Jones Beach as a venue for heavy concerts… it's so much more difficult to get the same level of energy/intensity. They put on an ok show and I love most of their songs. They still need to mature and develop a better stage presence. The crowd seemed to really be there for Disturbed and didn't give much respect to Linkin Park or Marilyn Manson at this show. O Drowning Pool C+ Disturbed Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2001 I like 'em… good pits & they have the right attitude. A good follow-up album could make them headliners… at least at the small-venue level. O Stereomud C+ Disturbed Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2001 Very Good Up & Comers - No breakout hits yet, but possible. Good Pits. H 38 Special C+ None BB King Blues Club (NYC) 2001 Very good show in a small venue with maybe 300 seats. This is a band where you know all the songs, but never knew they were their songs (well, I knew). The fans were very loyal. We met a nice couple a few years younger than us and had a VG time. We were the 2nd table from the center of the stage. The band really had a good, fun attitude. At this point in their careers, they are like a great bar band. I'm glad we went. We caught a few guitar picks. O Bonamassa C+ Lynyrd Skynrd Beacon Theater (NYC) 2002 Very good, young, blues band. Joe Bonamassa played with a lot of passion, has a great blues voice and kicks ass on guitar. He reminds me of Jonny Lang or maybe Kenny Wayne Shepard, though he isn't at their level yet. He won't make it big though, because the time isn't right for this type of music - at least not in the mainstream market. O Bonamassa C+ Bad Company Beacon Theater (NYC) 2002 A good local blues band. See my other comments from their 2001 show with Skynyrd. O Kid Rock C+ Aerosmith Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2002 A good performance and a majority of the crowd knew at least a few of his songs, but they were mostly here to see Aerosmith so there wasn't the same energy as he would have generated if he were the headliner. Sound quality was off as well. He did do a good job taking a turn playing every single instrument for one song. He is increasingly developing better crowd repoire on stage. He has a lot of charisma. O Linkin Park C+ Summer Sanitarium (Metallica) Giants Stadium 2003 Good. It's just the same show over and over and they haven't really evolved or innovated since their breakthrough album, Hybrid Theory. The crowd like them, and so did I despite it just being a so-so show. O DIO C+ Iron Maiden PNC Arts Center (NJ) 2003 We had good seats and I was really impressed how much he improved from the 1998 show. His voice was excellent and the crowd was on their feet the entire time with their fists in the air. It was weird that he was getting so much fan support - more than you see for many headliners! H Bon Jovi C+ N/A Giante Stadium 2003 A good sold out Giants Stadium show, but not great. Fan reaction was great, but couldn't match the 2001 show. Too many balads, and not enough really rockin' anthems. I was kinda bored this time. H Billy Idol C+ N/A Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2003 It was ok. We were in the 2nd mezzanine so it was harder to get into it. From up there, he looked a lot younger than he really is. He was in good shape and his voice was ok, but the sound quality didn't carry well up to where we were. His band looked & sounded great. We left early. His song, White Wedding, was excellent. O Puddle of Mud C+ ClausFest (Staind, Offspring, POD) Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2003 Better than I thought they would be, but just one of the many good bands that will come and go and never be considered great. O Stun C+ Marilyn Manson Roselands Ballroom (NYC) 2003 Nothing special, but they gave it their all, which earned them the C+ rank despite the lack of any real hits or mosh- worthy songs. The drum player was especially into it I thought. H Iron Maiden C+ Some girl death metal band Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2004 It was just ok. Too much new material, which I like, but came at the expense of not playing enough classics. I was in the first few rows and tried to create energy, but there were too many slow periods. They had to cencel the show early because someone spilled beer on the mixing board from the balcony. I had tickets to the next day's show as well, which was cencelled due to snow. O Patti Smith C+ U2 Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2005 She's an old timer… one of the pioneers in women's rock and very anti-war. I don't know her music, but she gave it all she had… she really put passion into the performance (I would have liked to see some of that passion at the recent Cream concert…). She looks a mess, and keeps spitting on stage... She is who she is... H James Gang C+ N/A Westbury Music Fair (L.I., NY) 2006 It was good. Joe Walsh's voice has slipped the last decade, but he's still perpetually cool. The James Gang was before my time… heck, I wasn't even born when they formed. So, I didn't know most of the songs but there was one phenominal guitar solo mixed in there, and Funk49 and Rocky Mountain Way were great! O Mudvayne C Korn Mohegam Sun Arena (CT) 2006 For an opening band, they got great crowd response. The band was really into it, which carried over to the crowd. While not a R&R Hall of Fame candidate, at least they proved they weren't a novelty act which is how they came across with teir breakthrough single 'Dig It' about 5 years ago. O Meatloaf C Allman Brothers Darien Lake, NY 1990 It was a good show with familiar songs. His performance is almost a "play" in the way his stories unravel. Overall, I can take it or leave it though. H Allman Brothers C Meatloaf Darien Lake (NY) 1990 One of many concerts during the college years. It was raining & I'm not a big fan… but I do love that song "Sweet Melissa". H Doobie Brothers C ? Canandaigua Fair Grounds (NY) 1991 It was a good show. They played all the songs you would know. Nothing special. H CSN C ? Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1992 CSN is one of the handful of bands that will be known for generations so it's nice to say I saw them, but they are a little to mellow for me though. O 4 Non Blondes C Aerosmith Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1993 They had their 15 minutes of fame - actually a good show opening for Aerosmith. O John Hiat C Jackson Brown Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1995 ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Had one good song… something about a "perfectly good guitar". O Jewel C Neil Young Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1996 She opened for Neil Young. I didn't know who she was, but she was good. She even yodeled?!? H Styx C Pat Benatar Radio City Music Hall (NYC) 1997 Just didn't do it for me this time. They were ok, but how much excitement and intensity can you squeeze out of 20 year old pop-hits? I suppose what contributed to me not enjoying this one as much was that the last time I saw them (close to 10 years prior in college), it was a really excellent GA show. For this show, we were also last row in the balcony and we left early to catch the Pay-per-View Mike Tyson/Holyfield fight (which we missed anyway because Tyson bit off Holyfields ear in the first round (?) and got disqualified! O Pat Benatar C Styx Radio City Music Hall (NYC) 1997 She opened for Styx and put on a really good show. Better than I expected… better than Styx actually. She played all the hits & looked good. She had a real good attitude and seemed comfortable on stage interacting with the crowd. I should really bump her review up a level, but I have to keep my standards high, so she stays as a plain old run of the mill "C". O Tribe Called Qwest C Beastie Boys Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1998 I didn't know them, but they put on a good set for an opening band. H Black Crowes C N/A Beacon (NYC) 1998 This was the first of 3 times I saw these guys. This show was ok, but nothing special. Chris Robinson's flamboyant outfits and flower-child act keep your attention but come across as to scripted and contrived. He seems a little too effeminate for me. H Jimmy Buffet C None Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1998 Ok, but not what I was lead to believe if you listen to the "parrot-heads". H Beastie Boys C Tribe Called Qwest Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1998 Our seats were in the last row at MSG with a few people that weren't into it - I like the Beastie Boys but I don't know their songs well enough to sing along to many of them. It would have been good on the floor. The Beasties are anti- mosh pit, but there were still a few pits with a few psychos thrashing around. Saw some guy jump the wall, miss, and wind up in a painful straddle over the rail... ouch! The Beastie Boys were definitely innovators in the rap-rock genre and they are well respected for staying true to their roots and continuing to put out good, relevant music. H Tom Petty C ? Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1999 I like his music, but he seemed to play all songs a bit too slow. Maybe I felt that way just because I saw this show when I was into my heaviest musical phase and TP is far from being considered a heavy metal act. The crowd really seemed to like him and the show. O 10 Years Gone C Jethro Tull Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1999 Didn't know them, but they put on a good set for an opening band. O Scorpions C Motley Crue Jones Beach, NY 1999 They put on an ok show, but they aren't relevant anymore. The crowd gave them a so-so reception. A few of the originals aged real well, but you could still tell they knew they were past their prime. They were urging the crowd to get more into it, but it wasn't happening. O Sugar Ray C Goo Goo Dolls Jones Beach, NY 1999 I caught the 2nd half of this show and it was pretty good. Pouring rain. We got there late. To be honest, I am not really even sure why we went to this show, which was headlined by the Goo-Goo Dolls. I guess we were just looking for a night out. H Korn C None Apollo Theatre (Harlem, NYC) 1999 This was their debut show at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem for their "Issues" album - It sucked. First of all it was a seated venue with no GA/Pits. Then, to make it worse, they did a very short set with no encore and only played songs from the new album, which of course being new, no one recognized. Sean Puffy Combs was in the house and the crowd taunted him unmercifully. The crowd was just really pissed across-the-board. Leaving Harlem, we were stupid enough to hail an illegal gypsy-taxi... big mistake in Harlem! We thought we were gunna be killed, but it turned out ok. O Eminem C Limp Bizkit Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 2000 We got to this Limp Bizkit show late and missed about half of Eminem. We were stuck in the back half of GA, which really sucked (I'm getting angry and slapping my computer around just thinking about it). His show wasn't as good as I had hoped/expected and the crowd wasn't into it either. He had the Wu-Tang Clan as his backup. His show was too scripted and didn't have enough energy or spontaneity. If he was the headliner and put on a performance like this, the crowd would have joined me in rushing the stage and kicking his ass. H Red Hot Chili Peppers C Stone Temple Pilots (Co-headline) Jones Beach 2000 I was disappointed and I'm really upset about this one. I missed both of their legendary performances at Woodstock 94 and 99 (I went to both) and I was hoping to finally experience a kick-ass RHCP show, but… The sound quality sucked and it was a seated venue and I just couldn't get into it. The crowd seemed to have mixed emotions as well, which leads me to believe they are usually better. I guess I just caught a bad show. STP opened and while I was never an STP fan, they impressed me more than RHCP. O GodHead C Marilyn Manson Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2000 Pretty cool - these guys opened for Marilyn Manson. I never really knew much about them, and still don't, but I was kinda impressed. Not so much with the music, which was good, but more with the attitude and stage presence. They will never make it commercially, but that doesn't seem to be their mission. They can last a while as an "underground" band with a small loyal following... which won't necessarily include me unless I happen to see them again and they really impress me. O MXPX C Offspring Roselands (NYC) 2000 They opened for The Offspring. The music was OK. It was a very young crowd (then again I am now 30 so everyone seems to keep getting younger to me). This was, of course, a General Admission (GA) show and the crowd was really doing a decent amount of "ups & downs" and "sways". There were a few pits, but nothing rough. O Alien Ant Farm C Linkin' Park Roselands (NYC) 2001 Put on a pretty good show-trying to break-out, but wont make it. The singer jumped into crowd from the 2nd floor, which was a first and convinced me to bump their review up a notch. You can tell that this band is just learning the ropes - They don't yet look real comfortable on stage... but they are trying. O Taproot C Linkin' Park Roselands (NYC) 2001 I thought they were ok for an opening band. The crowd tolerated them and a few minor pits churned. I was willing to keep an open mind about these guys, but when I saw them again at Ozzfest, I realized they really… well… suck. O Soulfly C Roselands (NYC) 2001 Nothing special. O Buckcherry C AC/DC Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2001 This was the 2nd of 2 AC/DC shows in which I saw them open. They played a little better this time (or maybe I just had better seats and paid more attention), which is why I gave them a better review this time, but overall I still don’t think they will last. O John Waite C Journey Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2001 I still don't really know who he is, but he had the right attitude, looked/played very good & I knew almost all of his songs - go figure? I almost feel I should rank him higher, but decided against it since I don't really give a flying f*** about him anyway. O Zack Wilde & B.L.S. C Ozzfest (Sabbath,Manson,Slip...) Camden (NJ) 2001 Ozzy's prior guitarist who went solo. They opened the main stage, but not many fans were in the pavilion this early. They played good classic metal, but won't make it. There was some lunatic sitting next to us going nuts for these guys, though. O Mudvayne C Ozzfest (Sabbath,Manson,Slip...) Camden (NJ) 2001 I had fairly high expectations because of their image. They were the 2nd stage headliner (GA). Overall, they were good, but didn't quite live up to their hype. They do have potential though as their material broadens. H Black Sabbath C Ozzfest (Manson/Slipknot) PNC Arts Center (NJ) 2001 This was the 2nd Ozzfest festival I went to this season. See my comments from first show for review of Sabbath. Overall, had a good time at Ozzfest, but it was better the first time. O Crazy Town C Ozzfest (Black Sabbath/Manson) PNC Arts Center (NJ) 2001 Poor sound quality and limited fan support for this Ozzfest opener. The main stage being a seated-venue didn't help their cause. I don't think they will make it. O Cypress Hill C Linkin Park Nassau Collesium (L.I., NY) 2002 Poor sound quality and limited fan support. They aren't innovating any longer. There were still quite a few pits and the fans were aggressive… more for the sake of being aggressive than in support of Cypress Hill. O System of a Down C Ozzfest 2002 (Ozzy Osbourne) Tweeter Center (Camden, NJ) 2002 I've seen them a few times by now and the novelty has worn off. I thought their stage show/presence was more impressive touring as an opening act in support of their debut album. They were ok this time and I have their new album so I new enough of the songs, but the seated amphitheater setting is not the best venue for a band like this. O Otep C Ozzfest 2002 (Ozzy Osbourne) Tweeter Center (Camden, NJ) 2002 This 2nd stage opening band was at least worth rating… they at least held my interest, which is tough at a festival venue with so many acts. The girl singer looked girlish, but man can she rip out the brutal heavy metal vocals. She sounded tougher than most male metal singers! H David Bowie C Moby (Co-headliner) Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2002 I've been wanting to see Bowie for a while, who is one of the most respected singer/song writer/performers of all time. This show was just 'ok'. The weather and sound quality was very bad at this outdoor venue and his newer material was for the most part too introspective and reserved. (Perhaps this show should be a C-) H No Doubt C Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2003 A good show. Crowd is now trending towards a bit older (late 20's) and more mellow. No action on the floor. O Skid Row C Poison Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2003 They had a new singer in place of Sebastian Bach. Bach was one of the 4-5 great front-men coming out of the 80's hair band scene along with Bret Michaels & Vince Neil and Axl Rose if you want to consider GNR a hair band I guess. Anyway, I missed Sebastian but this new guy did great and helped keep this show from being a D+ grade. Skid Row does have a nice handful of good songs, so we enjoyed it. O Limp Bizkit C Summer Sanitarium 03 (Metallica) Giants Stadium 2003 Crowd nearly boo'ed them off the stage, and actually did do that a few nights later at another show. Limp had a short set and Fred Durst tried, but it wasn't working. Durst just did too much Metallica bashing in earlier years and the fans never forgave him. It was ugly, and Durst was pissed. I think Metallica invited them on the tour knowing this would happen. O DIO C Iron Maiden Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2003 His voice was very good and he put on a good show. It's just that either he didn't play many of the songs that I loved growing up in the 80's, or perhaps the songs I loved in the 80's just don't matter to me anymore and I just wasn't into them anymore. Either way, he did very good & the crowd treated him like he was a headliner. H Ozzy Osbourne C Ozzfest 2003 (Korn, Manson…) PNC Arts Center (NJ) 2003 Left early. I just couldn't look past the flaws this time… he continues to look and sound worse all the time. Unless something dramatic changes, I will be sure to avoid him in the future even if I go to his festival again. O Disturbed C Ozzfest 2003 (Korn, Manson…) PNC Arts Center (NJ) 2003 Good energy and got the crowd pretty pumped, but the novelty has worn off for me with these guys. O Chevelle C Ozzfest 2003 (Korn, Manson…) PNC Arts Center (NJ) 2003 They were very good and did very well for the opening band on the main stage. Would be VG in a club venue. O Everly Brothers C Simon & Garfunkel Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2003 They only played 4 songs, but they were great upbeat golden-oldies that I didn't even know they sang. Good job. H Staind C ClausFest (POD, Offspring, Puddle) Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2003 I guess they were ok, but I don't really care for them… Don't like Aaron's voice and they play too many ballads, which aren't even that great. He put decent emotion into it, which is why I graded it average overall. H Sarah Brightman C Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2004 It was ok. She went a little more pop, than the opera that makes her unique. It is difficult to pull off her kind of show in an arena. It would have been much more powerful in a theatre. H Prince C Club Black (Exit Nightclub) 2004 I've been looking forward to seeing him. This was a surpirse show at a small club after his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceromony at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC. (He still sells out stadiums, which makes the small venue so surprising.) We had to wait in the cold outside for 3 hours on line. He came on stage at 1:30AM. The club was wayyy over capacity. He didn't play his hits. He looked great at 45 years old... he looked 15 years younger. His voice was excellent and he played guitar great. Overall though, the negatives outweighed the positives, but I am glad I got to see him at a unique show like this. O Amen C Brides of Destruction CBGB's (NYC) 2004 These guys were freakin' full of energy! I wouldn't buy the album, but it was fun watching them… In most bands, you are lucky to have a few of the members putting on an animated performance but with these guys, every one of them was thrashing around, banging their heads, climbing the walls and throwing crap around. H Fashion Rocks C Bowie, Duran Duran, Gwen… Radio City Music Hall (NYC) 2005 Good show. It was originally going to be just a fashion show, but they turned it into a Hurricane Katrina Benefit, which was good. These 1-2 song per artist benefit shows may look good on TV, but live it is a drag due to set changeover time. Bowie was the best I heard him. Duran Duran was surprisingly good. Other artists included: Gwen Stefani (good), Joss Stone, Rob Thomas (whatever), Destiny Child (whatever), Billy Idol (missed him), Tim McGraw (yawn), Alicia Keys (missed her), Nelly (whatever), Shakira (shakes a lot)... We went to Jekyll and Hides for dinner first, which was good. H Queen w/Paul Rodgers C None Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 2005 Hmmm… well… it was ok I guess. Paul Rodgers is not Freddy Mercury. It seemed more like a lounge act. I didn't even think Paul did his Bad Company songs that well. Brian May and Roger Taylor did well. I give them credit because they stepped up and each sang a few of the songs themselves, which took some nerve. Their voices were better than I expected. I think these 2 special shows (NJ and CA) were feelers to test the water to see if they can launch a full US tour in 2006. I think it is borderline as to whether they can do it. But, our seats were bad (limited view) and the overall crowd seemed really into it, so maybe it was better than I felt... H Elton John C None Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2005 Nothing special this time. He played his entire new album, then all of Captain Fantastic, & then some of the hits. There just weren't enough of my favorites. Before the show, we went on a cruise around the statue of liberty, and then we went to the NY Museum of Contemporary Art and then the Museum of Sex, which was a bit unusual... H Depeche Mode C N/A Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2005 I didn't know the music, but figured I'd see them. They were ok. Crowd was into it & younger than I expected. H David Gilmour C None Radio City Music Hall (NYC) 2006 Too brief flashes of brilliance and nostalgia sprinked around a fairly boring first set and a good second set. The new material was just ok and didn't push any creative envelopes. The Pink Floyd songs were good, but there were too few of them. David Crosby and Graham Nash did a few oninspiring cameos. Still, it is David Gilmour, the Voice of Pink Floyd and it was an ok show. Roger Waters is better though! O Bullet for my Valentine C Guns N Roses Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2006 Not as good as when they opened for Zombie… maybe it was me, maybe it was them… not sure… not quite as intense and the crowd wasn't into it. More death metal'ish vocals then I remember last time. O Nickelback C Bon Jovi Giants Stadium (NJ) 2006 I like Nickelback and I think they would put on a very good show at a smaller venue where they were the headliner, or where they were opening for a heavier band. It just didn't have the right vibe in a fairly empty 50,000 seat stadium in daylight in 100+ degree weather. I would like to see them on their own. O Mozella C Daniel Powter Nokia Theater (NYC) 2006 Not bad, but nothing special. H X C Rollins Band Nokia Theater (NYC) 2006 I don't know what to say… aging punk rockers led by a chick that I thought may be a guy… a so-so mosh pit that had as many girls as guys… a few fights in the crowd… a strange ugly girl that kept rubbing against everyone in the pit, and my friend waysted out of his mind and getting in my personal space so much that I almost had to flatten him. Weird. H Robert Cray C Eric Clapton Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2006 Didn't really know him, but heard of him. He sounded great. If he would have had the 'Jonny Lang' or Trey Anastasio' type energy and stage presence, it would have been rated a 'B'. H Iron Maiden C Bullet For My Valentine Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2006 My head wasn't in it, made worse by the fact they played the entire new album, which I didn’t know that well. It drained off the energy (See my 1st David Gilmour entry). They played well. I do give them credit for having the balls to play a complete new album rather than just the classics. They did do a few classics at the end, but too little too late for me. After this show I cancelled two others (Good Charlotte and Joan Jett). Ironically, the same band that got me back into the concert scene close to a decade ago, may be the one that was pivotal in my transition away from the concert scene now. Time will tell. H Rush C- N/A Syracuse (NY) 1990 I expected a lot more. The real highlight was the college roadtrip to get to the show. About 8 of us packed into a small car with a beer-ball. 4 went to the show and then back to someone's house to continue the partying. H Steve Miller Band C- ? Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1991 One of my earlier Jones Beach shows. It was a good show. H Elton John C- Eric Clapton (co-headliner) Shea Stadium (NY) 1992 It's nice to say I saw him, but he the sound quality sucked outdoors and he was pretty boring… it still bothers me that I bought a really sissy t-shirt with his ugly mug on it. The pre-show parking-lot party was the highlight. Booze, babes, champagne, shrimp cocktail, BBQ and parking lot sports! O Little Feat C- George Thorogood Jones Beach, NY 1992 The only song I knew was Dixie-chicken and I don't even usually admit that. H James Taylor C- ? Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1995 ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. H Jackson Browne C- John Hiat Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1995 ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. He was running on empty. O Creed C- Van Halen Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1998 Never liked these Pearl-Jam wanna-bees then or now. This particular show was before anyone even knew who they were. Bunch of panzies as far as I'm concerned. O DIO C- Iron Maiden Roselands (NYC) 1999 Loved him in the late 80's - early 90's. By 2000, it time to hang-up the spandex. I was hoping he'd through in a few Rainbow or Sabbath tunes, but he didn't. H Goo Goo Dolls C- Sugar Ray Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1999 I'm sorry. Don't know what I was thinking. It was a slow concert-month. O Sevendust C- Metallica/Slipknot Giants Stadium (NJ) 2000 Better than I expected and they were able to hold my attention even though I was in the stands at Giants Stadium as opposed to being on the floor for this one. Still, nothing special though. H The Pretenders C- N/A Roseland (NYC) 2000 Crowd really loved them, but I really never got into this band. The crowd was a little old for me and people were offended if bumped on the floor so in addition to being a mellow so-so show, I had to worry about bothering the sissy- fans. O Powerman 5000 C- Summer Sanitarium 2000 Foxboro, MA 2000 Ok, but nothing special. Crowd wasn't too into them. I moshed about at the pit-wall during "When Worlds Collide", but that was about it. O Fuel C- Aerosmith Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2001 Decent young band with a few hits, but I don't think they have staying power. O Peter Frampton C- Journey Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2001 He had great crowd repoire and enthusiasm, but he looks older then he is and his music, while good, just hasn't aged well. His songs lacked energy and relevancy. H Black Sabbath (Ozzfst) C- Ozzfest (M.Manson, L. Park…) Camden (NJ) 2001 They are just too old. Toni Iommi is still looking good and Geezer carried his weight, but Ozzy is too far past his prime. He is slow and out of shape. The song selection was only so-so as well. Still, it continues to amaze me how much unconditional love, support and respect the fans universally give Ozzy and Sabbath. They are legends and arguably the founders of Heavy Metal and the fans know and appreciate that. As an Ozzfest show, the crowd had a lot of young kids, which made the audience reaction all the more special. It's nice to see a new generation embrace the masters. O Crazy Town C- Ozzfest (Sabbath,Manson,Slip...) Camden (NJ) 2001 I was expecting more. I bought the CD and got somewhat into the deeper album cuts, but they couldn't bring it across on-stage. The sound quality was poor and while they had decent energy, the crowd didn't get into it. Not even for their main hit song, Butterfly (come my lady, come come my lady...) O Systematic C- Disturbed Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2001 A cool, high-energy opening band. There were some good pits and the music was cool. O P.O.D. C- Ozzfest 2002 (Ozzy Osbourne) Tweeter Center (Camden, NJ) 2002 Have their album and their set was ok, but the crowd wasn't into it and the seated venue didn't help. O Vince Neil C- Poison Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2003 … Not happy about this one… it was a bad show… Vince isn't aging well and his voice/stamina sucked. Mind you, Vince is still 'cool'… but he should hang 'em up now because if he doesn't get his act together, within 2-3 years, his remaining fan base will erode and he will begin to tarnish the Crue's rep. Leave us with the good memories Vince... Get OUT now! Giving him the C- is being kind and my nostalgia kept me from giving him a D. O Motorhead C- Iron Maiden PNC Arts Center (NJ) 2003 These guys are legends, although they were never really on my radar. They put on a short set and I believe actually played their one hit (Ace of Spades) two times!?! The crowd gave them a lot of support though. O Korn C- Ozzfest 2003 (Korn, Manson…) PNC Arts Center (NJ) 2003 Same as ususal. O God Smack C- Metallica Nassau Colliseum (LI, NY) 2004 They were ok. The singer (Sully Erna) and drummer (Shannan Larkin) were into it - especially the drummer. The guitar player and bass player were just going through the motions. I was never a big fan. They have some good songs, but as usual, it is tough to have a good show as an opening act because the fan energy isn't at 'headliner' levels. O God Smack C- Metallica Nassau Colliseum (LI, NY) 2004 More of the same. O Patty Scalfia C- Rock the Vote (Springsteen) Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 2004 Take a guess… She got to open the Rock the Vote benefit concert because (A) she is incredibly talented, or (B) she is Mrs. Springsteen? I couldn't rate her any lower, because at least she did not offend, but I couldn't rate her any higher because I spent too much of her performance outside trying to avoid her performance. O Jackson Brown C- Rock the Vote (Springsteen) Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 2004 He was ok. Kinda music you can listen to in a bath tub, or maybe around a camp fire, but not worth seeing live. He did show some emotion on stage, and I give him credit for supporting a cause he believed in. O Chevelle C- ClausFest (Velvet Revolver/Korn) Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 2004 Like many bands, they are good and they seemed to be on the verge of a big breakout just a few years ago, but it doesn't look like they are going to hit the real big time… they were 1st opening band of 6. Good, not great. O Franz Ferdinand C- ClausFest (Velvet Revolver/Korn) Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 2004 These guys were ok, but this was the wrong venue for them. They play hard rock… almost like the other openers, but their gimmick is to dress in ties like 50's preppies or something. Crowd starting by booing and ultimately more than half the crowd showed respect, but it just didn't work. O Jimmy Eats World C- ClausFest (Velvet Revolver/Korn) Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 2004 They have a couple of hits, but like Chevelle, they either have to make a big move soon, or they will remain mediocre. Perhaps they have a shot because their slot in the middle (4 of 6) of the lineup (before Korn), shows that someone is marketing them well. I would have expected both Chevelle and Papa Roach to come on later. O Rob Zombie C- Godsmack (I skipped headliner) Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2006 Big let down. It lacked energy. The band knew it. The crowd was standing, but there just wasn't electricity running through the crowd. There wasn't a connection. I was bored. I'm not happy about this. Rob has gone too commercial lately (despite the evil lyrics) and he has a short set, and there were no big screens. Kick it up! O Bullet For My Valentine C- Iron Maiden Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2006 Impressed me the first time I saw them. Not so much since. They have been opening for big bands lately (Zombie, Guns, Maiden), but they won't find a path to success with these bands. If they are going to make it without going 'pop', they will need to tour with a younger, heavier band that draws younger fans. H Bob Dylan D+ Jamie Notarthomas Darien Lake (NY) 1990 I really don't know what people see in Dylan. He is living off of his reputation and street cred from the 60's when he was one of the first guitarists to go electric. He has very little stage presence and a bad voice. Still, he is a legend and I'm happy to have seen him. I liked the local opening band better though. H Yes D+ ? Canandaigua Fair Grounds (NY) 1991 Saw them at an outdoor fairgrounds where we were on the lawn and couldn't see stage. I was never a big fan but this was college and we were always looking for some excuse to get away from campus. They are to into long winded jams for me though. O Run DMC D+ Limp Bizkit / Family Values Tour Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 1999 It was nice to say I saw the fathers of Rap Music, but their short-set lacked intensity. O Kenny Wayne Shepard D+ Black Crowes/Jimmy Page Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2000 Good guitar players. O Megadeth D+ Motley Crue/Maximum Rock Tour Jones Beach, NY 2000 Megadeth's brand of heavy metal doesn't play well at a seated venue. They need a GA crowd just to be average. O Buckcherry D+ AC/DC Philadelphia, PA 2001 They tried, but just couldn't carry a coliseum sized crowd. At a small GA venue like Roselands in NYC, they might have rated a 'C+'. Maybe. O Taproot D+ Ozzfest (Sabbath,Manson,Slip...) Camden (NJ) 2001 Just another opening band. O Slipknot D+ Ozzfest (Sabbath/Manson) PNC Arts Center (NJ) 2001 I gave up trying to like this music. I am all for intensity and well-directed aggression, but this music is senseless. O Adema D+ Disturbed Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2001 Just another opening band. O The Cult D+ Aerosmith Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2001 A glorified bar-band that didn't make it to the big-leagues in their prime and certainly ain't going to make it to the top now. They are riding a string of good press, which is due more to a growing nostalgia then any real talent. H Judas Priest D ? Roselands (NYC) 1998 Fat, old, sweaty men in leather… both on stage and in the audience. Maybe if Halford was still there, they could have recaptured some of their magic. H Jethro Tull D 10 Years Gone Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1999 I never really like Tull in their hey-day and was disappointed and bored with this show. Fortunately for him, I hear that he has a successful post-musical career. O Black Crowes D Lenny Kravitz Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1999 Close to a decade after their monster debut album, falling album sales and waning fan support are sucking the life out of these guys and leaves them just going through the motions with a lackluster performance. Chris Robinson's bare-foot, velvet wearing, bad dancing, flower-child stage antics are getting old. O Slash's Snakepit D AC / DC Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2000 The Snakepit is no Guns & Roses. Slash gave it a shot, but he couldn't even come close to recapturing even a small piece of his past success. O Queensryche D Iron Maiden Darien Lake, NY 2000 I only ranked them marginally better at this performance as compared to their last (see below) because a long beer line thankfully meant that I had to sit through less of this show. O Cold D Marilyn Manson Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2000 Just another opening band. O Wallflowers D John Mellencamp Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 2001 A bar band with one hit (One Headlight). Jacob Dylan is living off of that hit and favorable press he gets because of his famous Daddy. H CSN & Y D None Nassau Collesium (L.I., NY) 2002 Disappointed. Horrible sound quality - too much feedback. Stills voice is shot. Crosby & Nash still have semi-good voices, but no stage presence. Song selection so-so. Neil Young on electric guitar was the bright spot, but not bright enough to make a difference at this show. We left early. O Lit D Kid Rock Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2002 ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. O Andrew W.K. D Ozzfest 2002 (Ozzy Osbourne) Tweeter Center (Camden, NJ) 2002 I expected more. It was a short 20-minute set and the sound quality was real bad, distorting his vocals. The crowd was not very enthusiastic. I was actually looking forward to seeing this band and even though this show sucked, I would give him another shot if he was in a NYC-area club. He needs one more album to get enough material to have anything approaching a full set. O Deftones D Summer Santiarium 03 (Metallica) Giants Stadium 2003 They were the opening band to the opening band (Linkin Park) for the opening band (Limp Bizkit) for the headliner (Metallica). It was just to early in the day, in too large a venue, with poor sound quality. H Van Halen D ? Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 2004 Oh boy… they just sucked. Sammy is not a front-man… at least not anymore… out of shape & not enough energy. I liked it much better with Gary Cherone as the singer, because he was trying to make his mark and back then, Eddie took more of the role as the front-man which is where he belongs. EVH is still a great guitarist, but he didn't step it up. We had a reallly great time on the drive there & back though (listening to books on tape, laughing about how I almost left my friend at the airport, and hording the rollos)! O Everlast D- Lenny Kravitz Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1999 ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. O Queensryche D- Iron Maiden Scranton, PA 2000 Didn't like them in the 80's. Didn't even know they were still around in the mid-late 90's. Disappointed in having to see them open on this great Maiden tour. H Velvet Revolver D- ClausFest (Korn, etc) Continental Airlines Arena (NJ) 2004 Ohhh boy… they sucked. Sucked. Very disappointed. The crowd was looking forward to them and lost interest quick. It was really a Korn crowd. Korn should have headlined. For those that don't know, Velvet Revolver is packaged as a 'Super Group' being a combination of the Guns & Roses band (Duff, Slash, etc) and Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots. The guys are all about 40 years old now. They didn't sound good. They didn't have intensity. Weiland looked like a fruitloop. Their was no crowd repoire. We left after 4 songs. It they put out a second album, I would be surprised. O Living Things F+ Brides of Destruction CBGB's (NYC) 2004 These kids were horrible. Less than a minute into their set, the bass player passed out and the singer started kicking him and bitching about 'this is what drugs will do to you!' They had a short set of about 5 songs. By the last song, the singer was masterbating (unsuccessfully it seemed) in front of the stage and then he took his mic stand and rammed it into the drum set and tossed the mic. Then the drummer tossed the drum set and started knocking equipment over. In the meantime, the bass player had again passed out on the floor. The singer then climbed back on the stage and kicked the bass player again before storming off. The drummer then picked himself up and climbed over the bass player and left the stage. The lights came up and the bass player was left laying face down on the stage by himself until a roadie came out and picked him up by the waist and carried him backstage under his arm. I think the whole ending was a poor attempt to replicate The Who's famous concert where the smashed up the set. For all I know, the bass player may be dead. I got a drum stick... big deal. These guys just sucked, but I should give them a better ranking just for their idiotic antics. I'll give them an F+. H Ringo Starr F None Trump Taj Mahal (NJ) 1998 This was an embarrassing show. I was ashamed to have bought a t-shirt before I heard 'em. Playing in a NJ Casino didn't help. When Ringo played drums for the Beatles, I now understand what people meant when they said, "He had the best seat in the house" because he certainly shouldn't be performing. H Steve Miller Band F George Thorogood Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1999 This is the last chance I am giving SMB. Their catalog of songs should translate to a great show, but it never does and this late in their career, they have no fire left… if they ever had any. Irrelevant. O Foreigner F Journey Jones Beach (L.I., NY) 1999 Old has-beens should be ashamed for taking our money. No charisma. No stage presence. No voice. Shame on them. H A Perfect Circle F Snake River Conformity Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) 2001 A waste of money. Maynard living off of his success in Tool and ties to NIN. I mean, this show just plain sucked… the GA crowd seemed offended if you bumped into them. I'm getting pissed just writing about it. We left early. O Morbid Angel F Pantera Roselands (NYC) 2001 Death metal isn't my thing. O Michael Jackson F Tribute w/dozens of stars. Madison Square Garden (NYC) 2001 $700+ face value for a pair of tix. He didn't come on for 2 hours and he was only so-so when he did. He still considers himself the 'King of Pop', but he hasn't broken any new ground in years. It would have qualified as an ok regular show, but he just couldn't live up to the hype. O Cradle of Filth F Ozzfest 2003 (Ozzy, Korn…) PNC Arts Center (NJ) 2003 Senseless gibberish. ## Notable Band Special Tour/Concert 13 Iron Maiden European Tour, Ozzfest 05 A+ 5 AC/DC A+ 5 Bruce Springsteen A+ 1 Brides of Destruction A+ 1 Sum41 A+ 14 Aerosmith Woodstock 1994 A 10 Metallica Woodstocks/Tat/Sanitarium A 7 Marilyn Manson Ozzfest 2001 A 7 Offspring Woodstock 1999 A 6 Kid Rock Summer Sanitarium 2000 A 6 Zebra Various Clubs A 5 Billy Joel A 4 Bon Jovi A 4 Eagles A 4 John Mellencamp A 4 Jonny Lang A 3 Def Lepard A 2 Nine Inch Nails Woodstock 1994 A 1 Heart A 1 Joan Jett A 1 McBrain Damage A 1 Whitesnake A 6 Limp Bizkit Woodstock / Family Values A- 4 Kiss A- 4 Roger Waters A- 3 Bad Company A- 3 Lynyrd Skynrd A- 3 Ozzy Osbourne A- 1 Daniel Powter A- 1 J. Geils Band A- 1 Misfits A- 1 Neil Young A- 1 Tommy Lee A- 6 Rolling Stones B+ 5 Motley Crue Maximum Rock Tour 2000 B+ 5 Rob Zombie Ozzfest 2005 B+ 4 Eric Clapton B+ 3 Van Halen B+ 2 Lenny Kravitz B+ 2 Paul McCartney B+ 1 Alice Cooper B+ 1 Cheap Trick B+ 1 Jet B+ 6 Linkin' Park Ozzfest 2001 B 5 Disturbed Ozzfest 2001 B 5 Elton John B 4 Grateful Dead B 3 Drowning Pool Ozzfest 2001, 2002 B 3 The Who B 2 Halford (Judas Priest) B 2 Journey B 2 Madonna B 2 P.O.D. B 2 Robert Plant B 1 50 Cent B 1 All That Remains B 1 Andre Bocelli B 1 BB King B 1 Cream B 1 Damn Yankees B 1 David Lee Roth B 1 Don Henley B 1 Donnas, The B 1 Green Day B 1 Guns N Roses B 1 Gwar B 1 Jefferson Starship Be-In Festival, Central Park B 1 Joe Walsh B 1 Lil John B 1 Maroon 5 B 1 Poison B 1 Simon & Garfunkel B 1 Sinistar B 1 Tom Jones B 1 Twisted Sister B 1 Union Underground Ozzfest 2001 B 1 Weird Al Yankovich B 3 Styx B- 3 System of a Down Family Values / Sanitarium B- 2 Cypress Hill B- 2 David Gilmour B- 2 George Thorogood B- 2 Rollins Band Woodstock 1994 B- 2 Sarah Brightman B- 2 Sugar Ray B- 2 Tom Petty B- 2 U2 B- 1 Dope B- 1 Filter Family Values Tour 1999 B- 1 Janet Jackson B- 1 Phil Collins B- 1 Rusted Root B- 1 Slayer Tattoo the Earth 2000 B- 1 Stone Temple Pilots B- 1 The Dresden Dolls B- 1 Trey Anastasio B- 6 Korn Woodstock '99 / Sanitarium C+ 3 Bullet for my Valentine C+ 3 Megadeth Maximum Rock Tour 2000 C+ 2 Bonamassa C+ 2 No Doubt C+ 2 Puddle of Mud C+ 2 Rage Against Machine Woodstock 1999 C+ 2 The Pretenders C+ 1 38 Special C+ 1 Billy Idol C+ 1 Billy Squier C+ 1 James Gang C+ 1 Jeff Beck C+ 1 Pantera C+ 1 Patti Smith C+ 1 Rod Stewart C+ 1 Sepultura Tattoo the Earth 2000 C+ 1 Stereomud C+ 1 Stun C+ 7 Papa Roach Ozzfest 2001 C Caught the end of this show (Last Resort). Stuck in 4 Black Sabbath C 4 Slipknot Tattoo 2000 / Ozzfest 2001 C 3 Chevelle C 3 DIO C 3 Eminem C 3 Mudvayne Ozzfest 2001, 2005 C 3 Zack Wilde & B.L.S. Ozzfest 2001, 2002, 2005 C 2 Alien Ant Farm C 2 Rush C 2 Staind ClausFest, Fam. Val. 99 C 1 Allman Brothers C 1 Amen C 1 Beastie Boys C 1 CSN C 1 David Bowie C 1 Depeche Mode C 1 Doobie Brothers C 1 Everly Brothers C 1 Fashion Rocks Bowie, Duran Duran… C 1 Four Non Blondes C 1 God Head C 1 James Brown Woodstock 1999 C 1 Jewel C 1 Jimmy Buffet C 1 John Hiat C 1 John Waite C 1 Meatloaf C 1 Mozella C 1 MXPX C 1 Nickleback C 1 Otep Ozzfest 2002 C 1 Pat Benatar C 1 Prince C 1 Queen w/Paul Rodgers C 1 Red Hot Chili Peppers C 1 Robert Cray C 1 Scorpions C 1 Skid Row C 1 Soulfly C 1 Taproot C 1 Ten Years Gone C 1 Tribe Called Qwest C 1 X C 3 Black Crowes C- 3 God Smack C- 3 Queensryche C- 2 Buckcherry C- 2 Crazy Town Ozzfest 2001 C- 2 Jackson Browne C- 2 Kenny Wayne Shepard C- 1 Creed C- 1 Franz Ferdinand C- 1 Fuel C- 1 Goo Goo Dolls C- 1 James Taylor C- 1 Jimmy Eats World C- 1 Little Feat C- 1 Motorhead C- 1 Patty Scalfia Rock the Vote C- 1 Peter Frampton C- 1 Powerman 5000 Summer Sanitarium 2000 C- 1 Sevendust Tattoo the Earth 2000 C- 1 Systematic C- 1 Vince Neil C- 2 Adema D+ 2 Lit Family Values Tour 1999 D+ 2 The Cult D+ 1 Bob Dylan D+ 1 Run DMC Family Values Tour 1999 D+ 1 Yes D+ 3 Steve Miller Band D 2 Judas Priest D 1 Andrew W.K. Ozzfest 2002 D 1 CSN & Y D 1 Deftones Summer Sanitarium 2003 D 1 Jethro Tull D 1 Slash's Snakepit D 1 The Wallflowers D 1 Everlast D- 1 Velvet Revolver D- 1 Living Things F+ 1 A Perfect Circle F 1 Cradle of Filth Ozzfest 2003 F 1 Foreigner F 1 Michael Jackson F 1 Morbid Angel F 1 Ringo Starr F 1 Alanis Morissette Woodstock 1999 1 Anthrax Maximum Rock Tour 2000 1 Arrested Development Woodstock 1994 1 Aur De Mauf 1 Beach Boys 1 Blind Melon Woodstock 1994 1 Blink 182 1 Blues Traveler Woodstock 1994 1 Bobby "Blues" Bland 1 Candlebox Woodstock 1994 1 Cold 1 Crystal Method Family Values Tour 1999 1 Dave Matthews Band Woodstock 1999 1 Dying Fetus 1 J. Fogerty/Ed Vedder Rock the Vote 1 Jimmy Page (w/crowes) 1 Joe Cocker Woodstock 1994 1 Killswitch Engage Ozzfest 2005 1 Lacuna Coil 1 Loudness 1 Melissa Etheridge Woodstock 1994 1 Menserea 1 Method Man / Red Man Family Values Tour 1999 1 N.R.P.S. Be-In Festival, Central Park 1 Pat Metheney 1 Reverand Horton Heat 1 Salt-n-Pepa Woodstock 1994 1 Save the Day 1 Shadows Fall Ozzfest 2005 1 Soil Ozzfest 2002 1 Spin Doctors Woodstock 1994 1 Susana Hoffs 1 Switch 1 The Machine 1 Throw Rag 1 Traffic Woodstock 1994 0 A Canceled Show 0 BTO 0 David Bowie 0 Gwar 0 Joan Jett 0 Nine Inch Nails 0 Rage/Beasties s show (Last Resort). Stuck in back of GA section. Pissed.