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for me it was the Irish comeback of My Bloody Valentine at the Electric Picnic last year.
Thanks for sharing, as usual.
in Leeds I really couldn't wait to hear Mala on the biggest soundsystem I'd ever seen and it was something else, hearing Eyez played about 3 times in a row was amazing.
once in 1996 when I got a 5.30am coach from Northampton to London to see if I could get a ticket for a smashing pumpkins show in Brixton, I waited for two hours until the box office opened and by chance they'd just had one return and I got it! I was so excited and psyched that I went back about midday and started the queue to get in, think I annoyed many many people by being a sad fanboy that day.
See also silversun pickups first uk show at the water rats: sad sad fanboy, even the main guy scowled and called me a nerd...
I woke up and realised that I had no money at all, borrowed some but almost missed the coach from Cardiff; such a worrying ordeal! Show surpassed all expectations.
Is that odd?
I do get awfully excited about T in the Park, however....
they came on stage 20 minutes late too, and i dying in anticipation.
then they split up, so i decided never to get that excited again...
and so a cynic was born
I'd waited six years to finally see them, and I was so nervous and worried that I was nearly sick.
If so, that. Blue Roses, Peter Broderick, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird (although I didn't actually see him due to the Bon Iver clash he added to the excitement) and Bon Iver in a row
Got twatted, grinned, danced, puked, fell asleep.
never happened :(
Throwing Muses comeback - yes
Jesus Lizard London show - despite seeing them twice at ATP I was looking forward to the London show and it is probably the best gig I haev ever been to
In theory I awaited a Pixies reunion for yeeaaaaarrrrrsss. But then I got a ticket, and saw them, and it was all a bit underwhelming as anything you've anticipated for 7 years is likely to be.
Otherwise, New Order & Underworld in 1998 would be up there, and they both totally lived up to my preconceptions. As would the Arab Strap farewell London date, which I got ridiculously drunk before (even taking a day off work to do so).
Jarvis Cocker, Yo La Tengo and loads others at Primavera this year. Was looking forward to buying my tickets for Jonathan Richman then it sold out, I really really really hope there are somehow some touts for that though!
I left my mates when they went to the bar and heard them start so ran to watch them and didn't find my mates until MBV were on about four hours later.
in '94 or something. I was really excited and made loads of my friends come along. It was only me and two mates left by the end. Philistines.
Smashing Pumpkins re-union show at Leeds Festival. They were AWFUL. Very disappointed especially as they were one of my all time favourite bands. But dear lord they were terrible.
Sonic Youth doing Daydream Nation. On that occasion the excitement was just too much for me and I was left feeling distinctly underwhelmed. Losing my wallet on the train in definitely didn't help.
Harvey Milk at ATP last year. I was gibberish with excitement. And they were fucking incredible, even if they didn't play much off the new album.
Same thing with Sleep. I got so mashed that I can't remember anything from the first night apart from it being absolutely mindblowing. The second night was just wondrous and I even remembered all of it.
That said, I tend to find the best gigs are the ones you aren't expecting: I went on a whim to see Mogwai at Somerset House as there was a spare ticket floating about and it was probably the best gig I've ever seen.
I'm massively excited for the Colston Hall opening....
last summer here in Phoenix.
only in Edinburgh.
I'd been waiting for them to play for years.
Also quite geared up about Arctic Monkeys in November too, though I've seen them before.
I only got into them a few years ago after they had long since split, but they very quickly became my favourite band. I thought it was so unlikely that they would ever reform that i never gave any thought to voting for them to play ATP: Fans Strike Back but when they suddenly confirmed i spent the next four and a bit months more excited about those gigs than i can ever remember.I had such ridiculously high expectations but that Saturday night at ATP was probably the greatest thing i have ever seen. If anything the band were even tighter on the Sunday, but the energy in the room on that first night really was mindblowing. I made it three days in a row at the Forum show too. I get so excited just thinking about it all. Please can we do it all again at ATP 10 years?
Just because I've been into them for years now and haven't had the chance to catch them live. Its just gonna sound heavenly!! :D
- I missed out seeing them prior to then, I even tried buying a black market ticket for their Apollo gig, but the vendor defaulted, so I decided I HAD to see them at Leeds so I got a day ticket
I really enjoyed the performance which followed that of Bloc Party, and I hung around to get as near the stage as possible - which was still some way back
Even though it was day three, I was impressed at the crowd's enthusiasm
I guess it was that experience which convinced me that I should go to more gigs and festivals, which I've been doing ever since.
i got tickets for the first brixton gig in 2004. they were brilliant, one of the best gigs i've ever been to.
I saw them back then but didn't appreciate it. The first go-round on the reunion tour completely blew my mind. My knees got wobbly.
I doubt Pavement will have that effect; too many mediocre SM & the Jicks shows, I guess. But still. Pavement ist Rad and I canna wait for that.
The Wrens were actually the greatest, well 2nd greatest, reunion show I've seen...though I didn't really know it at the time (Meadowlands was my intro to them).
Next on my list: Flying Saucer Attack. I'd love to see FSA!!
Seeing my first Kiss/Cheap Trick show, aged 10. Bowie for the first time. EATB. Siouxsie. The Cure. Iggy Pop. The Ramones. X and Jane's Addiction. The Germs. Jesus & Mary Chain. God, music was so bitchin for a 15 year old me!
keep this thread going please
back in May, hadn't seen them since 1994 and they didn't disappoint, fantastic show!
Got to see them last month at Route du rock too, can't wait till NBC. When I first went to Route du rock back in 2005 it was pretty much only to see the Cure, whom I was massively into at the time. But that event opened me up to some amazing stuff; the national, yo la tengo, sonic youth, wedding present, animal collective.
actually, probably Blur in the summer. Was so excited, Lahndahn for the weekend, was pretty special. I'm looking for ward to seeing Modest Mouse later this year, ending a 8 year absence of seeing them since 2001. :D
at the Manchester Lowry 2005. I was so excited when they came out and started playing Glossoli behind a big screen I nearly ejaculated....
Was so so excited about seeing Radiohead at Theatre Antique d'Arles, Arles in France 2000. Was absolutely spectacular! Most breathtaking set up and first time saw Jonny tuning into the local radio airwaves. This was repeated when I saw them in Sweden - but not quite as apt or perfect...
Either that or the first time I got to see them at Leeds Festival '06.
But, that's pretty predictable of me - so if we rule out my favourite band for a second then I'd probably say the first Pixies comeback gig at Brixton Academy in '04.
Probably Nirvana in 1991 Rock City Nottingham.
A mate got the tickets and we went from Grantham on a minibus with some snobby types going to The Black Orchid nightclub all tuxedoed up who didnt really take to a load of long haired kids as travelling companions. The days when I had to arrange transport as I couldnt drive always added to the anticipation thses days its a bit too easy I guess. Managed to get my old man to drive me and a mate to Sheffield to see Mudhoney/Hole around the same time.
when i was 11 at the nynex arena manchester on the ok computer tour was something that will forever stay with me - absolutely incredible.
holy crap, I am jealous of your 11 year old self
why thank you. my big brother took me with him, despite the fact at the time i was only vaguely aware of songs such as just/high and dry etc. i wish to god i had appreciated it more than i did at the time. the setlist was:
talk show host
subterranean homesick alien
fake plastic trees
climbing up the walls
high and dry
my iron lung
i'd literally give my left testicle to see that setlist now. instead these days we get the fucking gloaming!
iron maiden - manc apollo - 1986. my first gig @ 13. So nervous cos it was metal so thought the entire place was gonna be a moshpit
last year they pretty much pulled out a blinder in Belgium -
02 The National Anthem
04 All I Need
05 There There
07 Climbing Up The Walls
08 The Gloaming
09 15 Step
10 Faust Arp
11 How To Disappear Completely
12 Jigsaw Falling Into Place
19 You and Whose Army?
21 Paranoid Android
22 Everything In Its Right Place
thought ought to do it eh
Essex Uni - hmmm memory fails on date?? Maybees 1992??
in a room of 400 people in liverpool in 2000. electric.
hadn't slept the night before, drinking energy drink to get essay finished. then had gig so did a wrap of speed to keep going. was so hot and crammed for muse, thought i was gonna pass out. my mate sorted me out, took us to the side and got water.
being only a youngster at the time, I had zero cash, so i sold a tonne of my record collection to fund my Download weekend ticket, a flight down there, tent and all that shite. I'm still re-buying albums that I sold 4 years ago. But hearing the original line-up play 'Black Sabbath' as the sun was setting, with everyone in the crowd holding lighters so that the whole field glowed was pretty much the best thing I've ever seen. Nothing will ever come close for me, gig-wise.
Hmm, tricky. Probably !!!, Blood Red Shoes, and Chow Chow, Hammersmith Palais, 2007. That gig was immense, and I remember being very excited. Coming up a close second was probably 2manyDJs, their most recent tour (was slightly disappointed, actually, but still had a great night).
Most I've ever looked forward to a festival appearance was, hands down, The Beta Band at Route du Rock, 2004. And it was good.
I've looked forward to *playing* gigs supporting Thom Truax and CftPA, but that's a bit different.
at a local venue around the time that A Song To Ruin, having missed them once, and walked for ages to get there.
They didn't dissapoint though playing a mix of tracks from the album and some interesting B-sides ('Tonight Matthew' anyone?) and ending on 'Rise and Fall'.
only 53 weeks to go!
maybe Faith No More this year,
Maybe 'tallica in 2003, i drank about 8 cans of beer and a few other drinks and needed a pee so badly before System Of A Down, didn't go, then moshed out, then needed it even more before 'tallica still didn't go, then forgot about it until i got back to my ten when i realised i hadn't pissed since yesterday and it was now tomorrow!
Maybe Radiohead on the tent tour
i just don't know.
First time I was seeing them after being really into them for 5 years or so, so that was great. The tension ratcheted up by the fact I had to travel to Manchester, from Bristol to see them.
Idlewild always get me pumped up before seeing them.
Future of the Left last year too, I was ON one that day, we got to the venue at about 4pm and just started drinking, met the band and chatted shit, by the time they got on stage we were ready to roll. Great night.
Nowadays any gig gets me excited, I go to so few, plus the cynicism's not fully taken root yet.
I was shaking as they walked on stage.
My mouth hurt after smiling so much when they did FOON then Be Aggressive.
I was majorly behind in Geography coursework which needed to be in before the summer bridging year 10 and 11, so I opted to come into school for the first week of the holidays to catch up and not incur massive issues down the line at school (which eventually happened anyway but whatever). Luckily my best friend Pat lived just down the road from school and he had some work to do as well, and little better, so he came and joined me.
On the second or third day we noticed Black Holes & Revelations was streaming on MTV's website. We let it load up and from the first note our jaws were on the floor. How epic 'Starlight' sounded, the drum fill in 'Assassin', the WMP visuals giving 'City of Delusion' a whole new depth, it was all staggering. We were so hyped. By the time Knights of Cydonia came in we could resist it no more: we leapt up, turned the volume up to max, kicked open the IT room door and just ran around the corridors, soloing wildly. That ended the work for the day, we just repeated the whole album again and again, revelling in it. There was no-one in the school save for the bloke manning the reception desk so we, both being 14, just had the time of our lives wallowing in how mindblowingly epic it was.
We both got tickets for Reading that year, and after the (to our minds) triple-whammy of Feeder, The Streets and Arctic Monkeys on Saturday our heroes strode out onto the stage, opening with Knights of Cydonia. Pat had seem them before on the Absolution tour whereas I fell asleep at Glastonbury '04 on Sunday afternoon and slept through Muse so I was trembling with excitement. They exceeded expectations that night, so so amazing.
Radiohead at this year's Reading gave me the anticipatory shakes, I got quite stressed before they came on and even though they weren't quite as revelatory as I thought they'd be it was still brilliant.