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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 06:40 AM
What is the most theatrical concert you have experienced? Did you enjoy it? I saw Peter Gabriel a few years ago in Phoenix. He can pull it off, that tricky balance of music and visual arts. He was go go go....never a dull moment. One minute he was rolling around in a giant inflatable earth/moon, then he rode a tiny bicycle around a rotating platform, and finally harnessed into and overhead track and scooted around upside down.

I wish I could have experienced the massive Pink Floyd The Wall production.

 

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 06:43 AM
Alice Cooper especially when he was hanged
 

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 07:15 AM
Todd Rundgren's Utopia

ZZ Top Recycler

Any Alice Cooper show

 

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 07:37 AM
The only one I can recall as being theatrical was Styx Paradise Theater in 1981.

 

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 07:55 AM
Jethro Tull in the early 70's was very theatrical.

 

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 08:14 AM
For me it was Pink Floyd's "The Wall" tour. I saw them at Nassau Colliseum.
They had a Quadrophonic sound thing going on with speakers in 4 areas of the arena Front , Back, Left and Right.
They played the entire Wall double album with intermission 1/2 way through the album.
In the first half of the show, they slowly built a big white wall on the stage brick by brick until it blocked everything.
They had humongous marionettes from ceiling to floor of the coliseum of some of the characters - the mother, the prostitute, the teacher, etc.
During the helicopter sounds that are played on the album, they strung up an almost life size helicopter from the the back roof of the arena and it came down and landed on the stage! After the entire wall was built up, during the intermission, they started projecting their own animation on the wall - dancing hammers, etc. In the 2nd act they got in front of the wall for part of it and at some point when they sing "tear down the wall" the whole wall exploded into individual bricks all over the place.
HOW'S THAT FOR THEATRICAL !!
It was awesome and I still remember one of my "idiot" friends sold his seat for 90 bucks, which was alot back then.
I still have the memory and I'm sure his 90 bucks are long spent.

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 08:36 AM
I also saw that show at Nassau - it was spectacular - flew from Chicago and spend 3 nights in NY - with the concert being the last night. My friend got tickets from someone he worked with out east - think we paid $45 for them....


I still have the program from that show.......

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 08:45 AM
Hey, Sang. Do you remember what year that was?

 

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 08:53 AM
I saw the Styx "Kilroy Was Here" show in Chicago in 1983. I took my girlfriend and her little sister - they were huge fans. We had to go two nights because the projectors, etc. didn't work the first night so the show was cancelled. Ridiculous.

Opinion? Laughable. Those guys were not actors and seeing the guitar hero of the band, JY, doing a chorus line dance with his henchmen was just SAD. Tommy Shaw was playing a Luke Skywalker role...without the Force. It was just weird. I wasn't a big fan of the band anyway and this really made me vow to turn them off whenever they came on the radio. It was totally DeYoung's ego out of control and boy, did he chew the scenery.

Stangely enough, about 10 years later I saw him in Jesus Christ Superstar as Pilate and he was quite good.

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 09:03 AM
Sang, do you remember the year of the Wall show?

 

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 09:08 AM
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1979, I think. Someone send me a video and cd's of one of the shows........

 

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 09:15 AM
They did five shows in February of 1980 at the Nassau Coliseum. It was the first concert I ever went to and I remember paying $30 for my ticket that had a $15 face value. I thought it was alot of money at the time since you could purchase an album for about $3 or $4. Almost 30 years later it's still the best concert I've ever seen.

 

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 09:23 AM
the WHO were pretty theatrical in their day as was Hendrix. However, how can anyone dispute the Stones. Always a production!!!!!!
 

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 09:29 AM
Alice Cooper
 

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 09:32 AM
I couldn't remember the year of the Wall tour even though I was there - killed too many brain cells back then.
I think I still have the ticket stub buried in a box in my garage.
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Hey, MoreCobwell that was a great first concert for you to go to!!!

My first concert was Black Sabbath at Madison Square Garden.
And the warm-up band was the "still unknown at the time" VAN HALEN.
They only had one album out.
We were all blown away by Eddie V. that night before the main act.

I'm taking my 13 year old son to see the brothers at Jones Beach this August and this will be his 1st concert.
Let me be cliche, "You never forget your first!"

 

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 09:32 AM
I saw Pink Floyd's Dark Side show, which was pretty cool, but not the production like the Wall. Lots of light and smoke on stage, and I remember the backup singers rising up at the back of the stage, emerging from the smoke (from dry ice) for Great gig In the Sky.

The Old Fillmore East shows had a nice touch with Joshua and Pig light shows, even for bands that did not do much on stage.

 

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 10:11 AM
Floyd The Wall

 

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 10:18 AM
Funny, but I was thinking ZZ Top too, although that's more schlock than the artsy kind of theater I think the thread is looking for. But I love the light show and lasers and they do some cool stuff with the stage.

I tend to go to shows with a Southern, blues, ABB flavor which don't lend really to "theater" but at the Stones show in Foxboro, the stadium went dark, Charlie Watts started the drums to Sympathy for the Devil, the instruments came in and then a spotlight shone on Jagger in a long red coat high atop a scaffold looking down on everyone.

I was impressed...

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 10:20 AM
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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 10:52 AM
Neil Young in 2003 - the Greendale tour.

 

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 11:01 AM
Alice Cooper 2007 w/Heaven and Hell, what a pleasant suprise...

 

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 12:07 PM
Neil Young in 2003 - the Greendale tour.
Alice Cooper last year.
Pete Townsend - Psycho Derelict Tour

 

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 01:00 PM

 

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 01:53 PM
Arthur Brown and Jefferson Airplane Fillmore East...sometime long ago.

Arthur Brown was carried down the maim Isle on a Throne with his three piece band just cranking away on stage, Arthur had flames coming out of a crown on his head then proceeded to put on one hell of a great show.

My friends and I comment that there was no way the Airplane couldt top that but..we failed to notice either some piano wire or bailing wire stretched from the back of the stage up over the orchestra, stright up pas both balconies.
When Bill Graham introduced the Airplane with is usual economy of words..Ladies and Gentlemen The Jefferson Airplane, the band launced into some song and then the wire airplane with two big headlights on it came roaring at the orchestra and then went straight up to the back of the balconies.
Needless to say thue had out done Arthur Brown and the rest of the night was incredible.

And I did see that Peter Gabrile tour in 2003 also and that was a great sonic and visual experience.

 

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  posted on 6/16/2008 at 02:27 PM
Pink Floyd - all of them
Roger Waters - all of them
Alice Cooper (haven't seen him recently but his tours back in the 70's...)
Jethro Tull (this would be 70's ... specifically thinking about a show after Passion Play came out)
Neil Young's Greendale
Rolling Stones (some of the stagesets they've had - like on Steel Wheels, Bridges to Babylon - were really great and the 'visual aids' (inflatable dolls/body parts/toybox) from VooDoo Lounge and some of the shows in 70's )
Tom Petty & Heartbreakers (I've seen some cool theatrics in his shows - one involved a suit of armor, another a magic box that shot out light and a treehouse hide-away)

[Edited on 6/16/2008 by lolasdeb]

[Edited on 6/16/2008 by lolasdeb]

 

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