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Author: Subject: Shows you went to where the opening band blew away the star?

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 02:31 PM
Sometimes showing up early to the arena really pays when you find out that the opener actually put on a great show. Makes the other act look lame in comparison.

Have you ever been to a show where the artist you paid to see was terrible and the opening act turned out to be the hit of the nite?

[Edited on 3/17/2009 by BarrySmith]

 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 02:37 PM
i saw a great Dylan opener for a very cantankerous Van Morrison....Bob blew the roof off that nite & Van had a terrible nite--all during a tour they did together & they were switching openers each nite

but,i PAID to see Bob anyways

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 02:37 PM
Dickey opened for The Doobies at Harborlights in Boston. Hardly anyone there for his set, I walked down to the 1st row. Doobies bored me to death, left early.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 02:42 PM
ABB/Grinderswitch with the Allmost Allman Brothers band between sets while they tried to get Gregg strait enough to come out and play 12/31/1975.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 02:43 PM
I saw Lynyrd Skynyrd steal the show from Marshall Tucker Band in Lincoln, NE back in '73. Not that Marshall Tucker Band was bad that night - they were great - but Skynyrd was hot as a pistol on their first tour and left a lasting impression.
 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 02:58 PM
Buddy Guy opened for Santana some years back.

The Santana show I saw was SO boring. Even the Santanna freak
I went with hated the show.

However, Buddy was Buddy and kicked major arse!

 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 03:04 PM
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Buddy Guy opened for Santana some years back.

The Santana show I saw was SO boring. Even the Santanna freak
I went with hated the show.

However, Buddy was Buddy and kicked major arse!




Actually, now that you mention it, the last time I saw Santana (mid-90s), Jeff Beck opened. Same applies.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 03:04 PM
Saw John Mellencamp open for Heart in '83 or '84. Mellencamp was a hometown hero and got great response from the Indy crowd, while Heart couldn't get the same response. I remember Ann appearing visibly upset over it.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 03:11 PM
Great timing for this post. I saw Delaney and Bonnie and Friends open for Chicago in the early '70's in Asbury Park, NJ and Chicago was booed when they came out.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 03:18 PM
Tesla blowing away Def Leppard and Great White. Separate shows too. I became a much bigger Tesla fan after the 2nd time.

Another one was Ian Moore just killing it on stage before ZZ top back in the mid 90's. ZZ top came out and bored me.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 03:29 PM
I have seen it many times, just off the top of my head:

Tracy Chapman opened for Dylan during his low time (late '80's) when he mumbled, couldn't play, etc.

Alvin Lee opened for ZZ top and was way more exciting and fun

Drive-By Truckers opened for Hold Steady and were way better

Van Halen opened on their first tour and blew away Poco, the Outlaws and Boston, who came after

REM opening for General Public.

U2 opening for Joan Jett (I love Rock and roll was big) 'nuff said.

I know I'll get a lot of flack for this one, but Eric Johnson opened for Derek at a very small venue in my town some years ago and just blew me away and then Derek's band was just so different (not bad, just different) and I actually had to leave.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 03:31 PM
Never been to any where the opener "blew away" the headliners, but...

I saw Oasis on the Brotherly Love tour with The Black Crowes. My wife loved the Crowes show but I was way more into Oasis. Also, saw the Fogerty/Mellencamp tour a few years back, I liked Fogerty better that night, but that was also the third time I'd seen Mellencamp and first I'd seen Fogerty so that could be why.

Oh, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Sammy Hagar, the show I was at had Skynyrd opening, we left halfway through Hagar. They were alternating closers on that tour though so not sure if that counts.

One that I was worried about was when I saw the Foo Fighters open for Dylan back in '06. Foos were outstanding that night and I wasn't sure Dylan could top it, but boy did he. Put on an amazing show, that one because of both bands is right near the top of my list of favorite shows I've been to.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 03:34 PM
They didn't really blow away the star, because the closer members were playing with them too

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 03:47 PM
Giants Stadium around 1980 or so. Boston was the headliner and The Outlaws were on before them. This was about the time The Outlaws had hit their pinacle. Rained most of their set. As they started playing the first notes of the inevitable encore of "Green Grass and High Tides" the sun came out. Stayed for a couple of Bostons songs , but like what seemed like most of the crowd we got up & left. Stadium looked to be half full from a 50,000 or so crowd as we were leaving.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 03:50 PM
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They didn't really blow away the star, because the closer members were playing with them too

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recently went to see JJ grey and Mofro and Hill Country Revue opened. Mofro was a downer for me after HCR. They tore the roof off for an hour. That is a cool band.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 03:50 PM
Off the top of my head...

The Foo Fighters opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the RHCP didn't seem interested in being there and the Foo's blew them away.

The band Live opening for Counting Crows.

Sammy Hagar opening up for David Lee Roth on their co-headlining tour 5 or 6 years ago.



 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 04:11 PM
Stevie Ray Vaughan opening for Robert Plant in 1988 for Plant's Non Stop Go! tour in support of one of his best solo efforts, Now and Zen.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 04:14 PM
Original Doobie Bros. (with Tom Johnston, NO Mike McD) opened for the Beach Boys who sucked

SRV opened for the Who.

Astrodome.

I had second row seats.

Stevie was awesome.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 04:20 PM

Grinderswitch, Lynyrd Skynyrd & Marshall Tucker opening for the ABB @ the Georgia Jam in a hot Atlanta stadium in the summer of 74.....

 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 04:35 PM
Saw John Mellencamp open for Heart in '83 or '84. Mellencamp was a hometown hero and got great response from the Indy crowd, while Heart couldn't get the same response. I remember Ann appearing visibly upset over it.

I HAD THE OPPOSITE EXPERIENCE 2 OR 3 SUMMERS AGO AT JONES BEACH. JOHN FOGERTY WAS UNREAL; "COUGAR" CAME OUT LIKE A BLOATED MODERN DAY ELVIS AND WAS HORRIBLE. FIRST CONCERT IN A LONG TIME THAT I WALKED OUT ON

 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 04:58 PM
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Grinderswitch, Lynyrd Skynyrd & Marshall Tucker opening for the ABB @ the Georgia Jam in a hot Atlanta stadium in the summer of 74.....




That's exactly what I was going to post. It rained like hell that day, too. Then got hot again.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 05:08 PM
saw collective soul open for the cranberries, no contest.

Lonnie Mack blew SRV off the stage at a show at the Patriot center. Stevie was so drunk and coked up he could
hardly sing at all. This just before he got cleaned up.

John Paul Jones and his trio blew King Crimson (without Tony Levin) off the stage at the Lisner Auditorium (GW)
I was never convinced by this line-up of Crimson.


 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 05:50 PM
I played or rather sat in with a band opening for Leon Russell here in St Louis in 2004 ata place called "Off Broadway"..........he was just terrible.

the opening band was a Bob Dylan cover band named "Hard Rain" and the guys were terrific.........the singer did a rockin Bob Dylan that was nearly perfect........

our one hour set > crowd went nutts for Mike Tweenty the singer and his song selection.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 06:01 PM
This past fall in Charlotte, NC the ABB was the act before Phil & Friends. Don't get me wrong I love Phil & Friends, they put on a great show, Dark Star>So Many Roads>Dark Star was great, but the ABB was absolutely smoking that day. Honestly I would have hated to follow either act they both had such a great day! Best money I have spent in a long time!
 

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  posted on 3/17/2009 at 06:04 PM
Saw Warren Zevon open for the Grateful Dead in the late 70's and he was the more memorable, he kicked butt!

 

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