Bands That I Have Seen in Concert?

photo credit: Tim Barrios

Since it's a Throwback Thursday, I will blog about something other than technology or application program interfaces such as Autodesk Forge.

There is a Facebook meme going around where you post a list of bands that you've seen in concert but mix in one that you haven't seen. Your Facebook friends take guesses at which one is fake. I first saw this when my friend, Rex Rundgren (son of Todd Rundgren) posted his list. It's fun to see which bands your friends have seen, as in, "I have seen them too.", or "Really? What were they like in concert?" Trying to guess which band is out of place based on your friend's personality can be quite a stumper. They construct their lists so the obvious choice is not the correct choice.

I decided to get in on the fun. Here was my list:

  1. Aerosmith
  2. The Beatles
  3. Blue Oyster Cult
  4. Boston
  5. Fleetwood Mac
  6. Gregg Allman
  7. 'N Sync
  8. Jeff Beck
  9. Maroon 5
  10. The Osmonds
  11. Van Halen
  12. ZZ Top

Which one is fake? My friends, Sharmaine Moody and Bill Bricker, each correctly guessed that I have never seen The Beatles perform live.

Here are the stories behind those real concerts:

  • I was 13 when I went to my first outdoor concert. It was at City Park in New Orleans. The lineup included a little-known band named Aerosmith as the opener, Fleetwood Mac, Jeff Beck, and ZZ Top. It rained the whole time. The crowd was soaked. Jeff Beck got so wet that he threw his electric guitar into the crowd while it was still mic'd. That was an interesting minute of sound.

  • I attended a festival show at the Louisiana Superdome that included: Sammy Hagar (solo), Van Halen (with David Lee Roth), Blue Oyster Cult, and Boston. The show got so far behind that Boston came on before Blue Oyster Cult even though Boston was the headliner.

  • Gregg Allman headlined the first concert ever held in the Louisiana Superdome. There were 90,000 people. The openers were Wet Willie and the Marshall Tucker Band. Gregg was so out of it on drugs that he could hardly perform. The crowd booed.
  • I saw 'N Sync at the Oakland Arena with my daughter and son. They were too young to drive or attend by themselves.

  • I took my daughter and a friend to see Maroon 5 open for John Mayer.

  • My brother and his wife (high school girlfriend at the time) took me to see The Osmonds. His wife's 7-year-old niece wanted to go, so my brother took me. I was also 7 years old. I guess you could say it was my first double date and my first concert.

This got me to thinking. How many bands have I actually seen? I thought I would try to list them all, but it's so hard to remember. Then I realized that I could use my list of artists in iTunes to jog my memory to compile my list. To avoid having to type all that, I simply fired up a DOS command window on my Windows PC and navigated to the iTunes Music folder:

dir >list.txt

I could then edit the list using the folder names as a reference. Using this time-saving approach, here is a list of all the bands that I have seen perform live and in-person:

  1. 'N Sync
  2. A Rocket to the Moon
  3. Aerosmith
  4. Air Traffic Controller
  5. Al Stewart
  6. Alice Cooper
  7. All About A Bubble
  8. Allen Toussaint
  9. Alternate Routes
  10. Amy Gerhartz
  11. Andy Frasco and the U.N.
  12. Barenaked Ladies
  13. Ben Rector
  14. Better Than Ezra
  15. Bill 'Sputnik' Spooner
  16. Blackberry Smoke
  17. Blind Boys of Alabama
  18. Blondie
  19. Blue Oyster Cult
  20. Boston
  21. Brandi Carlile
  22. Brian Collins
  23. Brian Fechino and Friends
  24. Brian Jarvis
  25. Broken Anchor
  26. Bronze Radio Return
  27. Bryan Adams
  28. Buddy Guy
  29. Carbon Leaf
  30. Cheap Trick
  31. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  32. Cyndi Lauper
  33. Dexter Freebish
  34. Dr. John
  35. Dugas
  36. Edgar Winter
  37. Edwin McCain
  38. Elton John
  39. Emerson Hart
  40. Eric Clapton
  41. Firekid
  42. Fleetwood Mac
  43. Foreigner
  44. Francisco Vidal
  45. Freddy Jones Band
  46. Freddy Omar con su Banda
  47. Gaelic Storm
  48. Gary Wright
  49. Gavin DeGraw
  50. Genesis
  51. Green River Ordinance
  52. Gregg Allman
  53. Hall & Oates
  54. Harry Connick, Jr.
  55. Heart
  56. Honor by August
  57. Ingram Hill
  58. Indigenous
  59. Irma Thomas
  60. Jackson Browne
  61. Jeff Beck
  62. Jerad Finck
  63. Jill Sobule
  64. Joan Jett
  65. Joe Walsh
  66. Jonny Zywiciel
  67. Journey
  68. Jukebox the Ghost
  69. Junior Doctor
  70. Kansas
  71. Kasim Sulton
  72. Kiss
  1. Knox Hamilton
  2. Kris Allen
  3. Kristy Lee
  4. Larry Tagg
  5. Lionell Ritchie
  6. Loverboy
  7. Marc Broussard
  8. Maroon 5
  9. Mathew Mayfield
  10. Matt Nathanson
  11. Melodime
  12. Michael Franti & Spearhead
  13. Michael Tolcher
  15. Native Run
  16. Neil Diamond
  17. North Mississippi All Stars
  18. Parachute
  19. Pat McGee
  20. Paul Carrack
  21. Peter Frampton
  22. Peter Gabriel
  23. Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  24. Red Wanting Blue
  25. Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
  26. Robert Palmer
  27. Robert Randolph & the Family Band
  28. Robin Trower
  29. Rod Stewart and the Faces
  30. Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
  31. Saints of Valory
  32. Scars On 45
  33. Shawn Colvin
  34. Shirley Horn Trio
  35. Sister Hazel
  36. Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers
  37. Stephen Kellogg & the South West North East
  38. Stevie Nicks
  39. Sting
  40. Stokeswood
  41. Swear and Shake
  42. Tab Benoit
  43. The Alternate Routes
  44. The Beach Boys
  45. The Brevet
  46. The Cars
  47. The Currys
  48. The Dunwells
  49. The Mowgli's
  50. The New Cars
  51. The Osmonds
  52. The Rocketboys
  53. The Rolling Stones
  54. The Roosevelts
  55. The Shadowboxers
  56. The Trews
  57. The Tubes
  58. Tina Turner
  59. Todd Rundgren
  60. Tonic
  61. Tony Lucca
  62. Tower of Power
  63. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
  64. Utopia
  65. Van Halen
  66. Vertical Horizon
  67. Vintage Blue
  68. von Grey
  69. Welshly Arms
  70. Wild Adriatic
  71. Will Hoge
  72. Wrenn
  73. Zebra
  74. ZZ Top

I probably have forgotten a bunch. The problem with this process is that it omits any artists that I have seen perform but never purchased any of their music. In this new world of Spotify cloud-based music on demand, that's a very long list. Music, like Autodesk software and application program interfaces, is rapidly moving to the cloud.

This Facebook meme has become so popular that now it's the meme that everyone loves to hate.

Reminiscing is alive in the lab.