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Re: Best Performer You Have Ever Seen.

Ive never seen Chicago but I bet it will be a great show!

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My wife and I saw the REO / Chicago show in Pittsburgh this past Saturday. Chicago was incredible, hope you can get a sitter, it is a great show. Opening act was lame, though




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I might go see REO Speedwagon this weekend. They're opening for Chicago, in Mansfield (Great Woods). I've seen REO once (late 80s, Providence). I've never seen Chicago. Wife is trying to find a sitter for the boys.

Anyone here ever seen Chicago?

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PS: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson are touring together. Yikes...
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Re: Best Performer You Have Ever Seen.

Thanks guys. We have a sitter, and great seats!

I have low expectations of the opening act, LOL...

I'm really going to see REO, Chicago will be a nice bonus!

Saw a YouTube clip of them playing together a few years ago, as in, on the stage together, alternating between songs from each group. That was really cool.

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We're here, 12th row center! REO was absolutely amazing!!!!! I just spent an ungodly amount on souvenirs.

They're setting up for Chicago now.



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Grateful Dead. My avatar gives it away.

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Chicago certainly did a great job. 10 guys on the stage, played for a solid two hours.

Probably the oldest crowd I've literally ever seen in my life, LOL...

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I've never paid attention to this before, but REO had a bunch of different Les Paul varieties, Chicago was all Fender (and lots of different ones).

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We saw REO Speedwagon again tonight! This time, at Twin River in Lincoln, RI (growing up, this place was a greyhound racing track).

Anyway, they sounded great. Bruce (bass) had some trouble singing (Back on the Road Again), but they were awesome otherwise.

They played for about 70 minutes, took a break and did three more songs in the encore. No opening act, I really hoped they'd have played for at least another 30 minutes.

Good seats, seventh row, but offset to the left this time. Met some great people and reminisced about all sorts of concerts we've seen through the years.

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Hard to believe that this was a year ago...

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I saw Better than Ezra, opened for Bare Naked Ladies at Mohegan Sun in CT...... this was at least the fifth time I've seen BTE (at least once at Lupos on Westminster, then Lupos at The Strand (both in Providence), also the Avalon and the Paradise in Boston). They put on an amazing show, and really should be a headliner, not an opening act (they were forced to play a 45-minute set, and we're just getting warmed up when they had to leave the stage).
Saw BTE again tonight, at the Paradise in Boston. They were the main act, and played for over two hours! That's more like it!!!

These guys are definitely the most fun band I've ever seen. They have 30 years of their own music, and throw in lots of random covers: Elton John, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith (when in Boston...), James, Ah Ha, and more. They play along with the audience and have lots of banter with the crowd.

I got there just after the doors opened, and was second row...

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Edit/PS: The only way this could have been better is if it had been an all-ages show. I showed my ticket to my 12-year-old this morning, and he looked very sad that he couldn't come with me.
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This is a really tough question to answer. Tractorholic mentioned Lorrie Morgan, and we saw her just a few months ago. She sounded great. Her son was with her and he sounds a lot like his dad (Keith Whitley). She sang her heart out and stayed to sign autographs until the last person in line and with a smile and a kind word for all. I've seen Three Dog Night 3 times, at the Pocono Rock Festival in 1972, again in 1989 and again in 2018 and all 3 shows were great. We have seen the original Righteous Brothers and the "new" version and both were great. We've seen Kathy Mattea, Judy Collins, George Jones, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Statler brothers, Phil Vasser, John Cafferty, Gene Watson, Michael McDonald, Chaka Khan, Marty Stuart (GREAT show), and many more. But If I have to pick just ONE? For music , it would be The Moody Blues. I got to see them twice. The music is incredible. For Comedy, I've seen Gabriel Iglacias, Joe Koy, the late Ralphie May, George Lopez (not a good show), Carlos Mencia (great show), George Carlin, Steven Wright, Rodney Carrington, but the very best comedy show I ever saw was George Burns in Easton, Pa at the State Theatre around 1988. He was 96 at the time and so funny. He started the show by thanking us for inviting him back, Seems that he had performed at the same theater in the 1930's with Gracie Allen.

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Ok I made it through 2 pages and had to just roll on by.

Not that I don't want to know what you guys like but my brain couldn't handle it. LOL........

So MY #1 "performer" is Travis Tritt. As a solo act he is AMAZING! The guy has a voice to dream for as a singer like me, on top of the fact he is an awesome player and his song just hit a place in my heart!

#2 My all time favorite "band" to see is Skynyrd. My wife bought us meet and greet tickets last year for the farewell tour in Hershey. I have seen the "new band" 12 times, once on my 42nd B'day thanks to my ex-wife. Yep first day of the tour with Hank JR Last tour with Leon Wilkerson, Billy Powell and Hughie Thomson before they died.

#3 but not lastly The **** Yankees, seen them 4 times and they are awesome! Flippin TED IS AN ANIMAL!

Not that too many of you will know these bands but Third day was awesome in concert. I saw them 3 times. And Casting Crowns is awesome also, we sat in the rain to listen to them finish their show at Creation Festival NE. I saw Random Hero and Ashes Remain at Creation festival NE here in PA and they are great performers.

I can't "tag" anyone as my "go to" "performance band" but I think if I had to choose it would be Skynyrd. Just because I have loved their music since I was 10.



Travis Tritt would be my second.

Yes that is right! I had my arm around the LEGEND, GARY ROSSINGTON! Shook hands and talked to all of them. They are ALL awesome people! They love what they do and LOVE their fans!
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Grateful Dead. My avatar gives it away.
Ditto....and now Dead & Company are fabulous..with John Mayer and Oteill Burberidge and Jeff Chimenti complimenting the original Dead drummers and Weir...it's a long strange trip...back in April I saw the Allman Betts Band.....if you were an Allman Brothers fan ...you will love them...also gotta love Clapton

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Still say it's the Dead, but........I never got to actually see Clapton live.

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Still say it's the Dead, but........I never got to actually see Clapton live.
I did... but it was early 80's and he was a coked out mess... It was pretty sad.

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I did a little research down memory lane... Here are the BTE dates I remember:

1998/1999: Lupos (Peerless building, Westminster St, Providence): Three dates are listed online over these two years, I saw them at least once, although I could swear that I saw them there before then.

2004: Lupos (Strand theater, Providence): The only time my wife has seen them. They were promoting their live CD/DVD taped at the House of Blues in New Orleans. I bought the DVD at this concert and watch it all the time, especially when cooking big meals (Christmas, etc.). Kevin lost his mind when the club management shut down the concert to get us all to leave so they could let the new crowd in for a DJ-based hip-hop weekly dance party. BTE wanted to finish their set, but weren't allowed. Kevin apologized to us and swore they'd never play there again. According to online searching, they haven't.

2006: Avalon (Boston): Saw them with a co-worker, as my wife was about 6-7 months pregnant with my first son. After the show, I was walking by their tour bus, and saw a very happy looking fan coming out, with Kevin right behind him thanking him, etc. As soon as the guy got out (and before the door closed all the way), I heard Kevin start screaming at someone else in the bus for leaving the door open. Can't blame him, that's essentially their home.

2009: Paradise (Boston): First show I saw with their new (at the time) drummer, Michael Jerome. I really didn't like that Travis was gone, but Michael is an incredible drummer.

2018: Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, CT): Opened for Barenaked Ladies, only played for 45 minutes, but owned the place! This was also memorable because it was the first time I took the RV to attend a concert. Didn't really have to, but we made a family weekend out of it at a nearby campground.

2019: Paradise (Boston): The place seemed smaller than I remember from 2009. But, they were incredible.



I love reading your stories about bands meeting with fans. Nowadays with everything online (fewer record sales), bands seem to have limited revenue streams, so they really need to earn their income on the road. Not only are ticket prices way out of line historically, but the newest concept seems to be "VIP" packages, which often (but shockingly not always) include a meet-and-greet session.

Some of the bands I've met (for free): The Sundays, Violent Femmes, No Doubt (but Gwen wasn't around), Dishwalla (in the dressing room, after I'd won a skateboard at a charity auction), 311 (at a No Doubt show where 311 opened, or vice-versa). I've been within a few feet of Marilyn Manson at Lupos (not on a night he was playing there), but didn't walk up to him (not a very big fan).

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