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 Posted: Fri Jul 27th, 2018 01:32 am
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We've all been to shows in hockey arenas with acoustics similar to the inside of a garbage can, sweaty clubs with surly bouncers and bathrooms knee deep in urine, and corporate sheds like the GEICOStateFarmK-Mart Bowl where the average age of the concert goer shows why Social Security will not last another ten years. But what about those ballparks? Those huge stadium shows. The ones where you had seats so far away from the stage that you were really just assuming a concert was going on. I've seen my share of awesome stadium shows. My two favorites were as follows.
Jethro Tull/Robin Trower/Rory Gallagher - Shea Stadium July 1976. Rory was a god in New York. Unfortunately it poured through his set but he completely blew the place away with a searing set. Robin Trower was an MSG headliner level act at the time and VERY popular. Another incredible set relying heavily on the close to perfect Bridge of Sighs album. Tull was the headliner. Another extremely popular band in New York. The technology they used for this show was ahead of its time as they broadcast the show on screens around the stage in what they called Tull-a-Vision. Guitarist Martin Barre did a very heavy solo spot.

Aerosmith/Deep Purple/Guns n Roses - Giants Stadium August 1988. Of course the Gunners were THE breakout band that everyone wanted to see. This was one of the shows used in the famous Paradise City video. Incredible performance but they were overshadowed by the two veteran bands. This was Deep Purple's second big tour after their 1985 reunion and they were absolutely on fire. Ian Gillan was on fire. Blackmore actually gave a shit....and was on fire. They closed their set with Speed King and I don't think I've ever seen a more mesmerizing performance by a vocalist. I hate sober Aerosmith. However, these guys showed why they were still able to headline stadiums. They opened with Toys and never slowed down for a second.
So tell me you people of questionable morals. What was your favorite show in a stadium.



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I’ve barely seen any stadium shows, and that’s mostly by design as they’re overpriced for shitty seats and bad acoustics. So I’d say the July 23, 2016 GNR reunion show at Metlife Stadium.



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I've only seen 2. Rolling Stones Steel Wheels tour at Skydome Dec 3, 1989 and AC DC at Exhibition Stadium Sept 12, 1986. I'll go with AC DC

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For all of the concerts I have been to, never been to a stadium show.



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I've seen only two but they are both in my top 3 overall greatest concerts ever. Rolling Stones, 1997 in Charlotte, it was amazing. Other was last year in Winston Salem, Guns and Roses.

I LOVE Stadium shows, the sound for the 2 I have gone to was 1000x better than any indoor arena show I've been at and to be there with a massive group of people gives it a real good atmosphere..



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Pearl Jam in '96 at Bank Of America Stadium. Unreal show. Just awesome.

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David Bowie Serious Moonlight Tour September 14, 1983.



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Married Jo wrote: I LOVE Stadium shows, the sound for the 2 I have gone to was 1000x better than any indoor arena show I've been at and to be there with a massive group of people gives it a real good atmosphere..
I think the atmosphere is better with intimate shows.  You get there a couple hours early and can basically stand front row center to see some names.  And the fans that are there tend to be more into it, or at least they seem to be because they're not all sitting in a different zip code.  Stadium shows can feel more like a big event (when I saw GNR I literally knew dozens of people there who saw my Facebook check-in and started texting me their seat number, some of whom I hadn't texted with or spoken to in 10 years), but I enjoy the show itself in a smaller venue. 



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Married Jo wrote: I've seen only two but they are both in my top 3 overall greatest concerts ever. Rolling Stones, 1997 in Charlotte, it was amazing. Do you remember who opened for the Stones? 
I saw the Steel Wheels tour at Shea Stadium in 1989 with Living Colour opening. I was a HUGE Living Colour fan and I figured this would be a huge homecoming for a Queens band. They were horrendous. I also saw the Stones at JFK Stadium in '81 with Journey and George Thorogood opening. Incredible show through and through even though I got dosed with acid. 



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My buddy won a pair of tickets to Guns and Roses playing a stadium show last summer. Started on time, they went three full hours, and the weather was amazing, so a ton of ladies in cut-off jean shorts. That's my number 1 stadium show.



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Saw Van Halen's "Monsters of Rock" tour in the summer of 1988 at Mile High Stadium. Actually had pretty good sound. We sat in the fifth level of the North end zone and got sunburned.

Line-up in order:
-Kingdom Come (I remember a guy in front of us standing up and giving them the finger, the entire set)
-Metallica
-Dokken (hey, I liked them, back in the day)
-Scroprions ("vee luv you, peeple!")
-Van Halen

I had heard of Metallica, before, but they finally won me over and I officially became a fan, when they played "Last Caress".

Went to see the "big" Guns n' Roses/Metallica show at the same place, in 1992. Ice-T's Body Count was the opener. Overall, the show was a disappointment. Only notable for one of Axl's routine bitch-fests, as he left in the middle of the second song.

In 1983, went to a Denver Gold/Houston Gamblers USFL game that had a post-game Alabama concert (or maybe it was pre) at Mile High. All I remember is that the stands filled up for Alabama and were less than half-capacity for the game. Don't remember anything about the game, but did some research and found out that Houston's Jim Kelly threw for about 500 yards that day.

FWIW, I also saw the Village People after a Padres game (Jack Murphy Stadium) in 1995. Then Styx after a Braves game (Turner Field) in 2011. Both were more of a novelty act. Village People was being promoted by the local alternative metal/rock station and had a good turnout. I also remember the Styx keyboardist trying to play the keys with his butt.

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WongLee wrote: Married Jo wrote: I've seen only two but they are both in my top 3 overall greatest concerts ever. Rolling Stones, 1997 in Charlotte, it was amazing. Do you remember who opened for the Stones? 
I saw the Steel Wheels tour at Shea Stadium in 1989 with Living Colour opening. I was a HUGE Living Colour fan and I figured this would be a huge homecoming for a Queens band. They were horrendous. I also saw the Stones at JFK Stadium in '81 with Journey and George Thorogood opening. Incredible show through and through even though I got dosed with acid. 
Blues Traveler. They were pretty good but a few shows after mine the Foo Fighters took over as opening band..damnit...



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I saw The Rolling Stones w/Billy Preston, The Eagles with Joe Walsh and Rufus w/Chaka Khan at Milwaukee County Stadium June 8, 1975. That was good but what was better was Pink Floyd later that summer, also at County Stadium.

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The only one I've seen is Metallica at the Linc last Spring. My brother saw at the old JFK in Philly, Live Aid & The Rolling Stones American Tour in 1981 ( which was billed as their "retirement tour"). George Thorogood & the Delaware Destroyers was the opener and Journey was next and got booed off stage.



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Angelic Assassin wrote:
David Bowie Serious Moonlight Tour September 14, 1983.
I was 17 when I went to this concert in Hershey.  It was outstanding.  Billy Joel and Elton put on a great show at Vet Stadium in the mid 90's.  
My last road trip before basic in 1984 was to a concert at Harrisburg's City Island (which is now a minor league baseball field, I think).  Quite Riot and Loverboy.  We got so drunk I can not remember any of it which is probably a good thing.  A buddy actually lost his sneakers somehow.  I probably threw up 20 times. 

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