Here’s a new challenge. List ten bands that you have never seen in concert but, given the chance, you would go see in a heartbeat. A few ground rules:
- You have never seen the band (or artist) live in concert before, not even as an act opening for someone else.
- The band (or artist) has to be touring semi-regularly, so defunct bands like R.E.M. don’t count (that’s a different challenge).
- The band (or artist) has to be alive, so the Jimi Hendrix Experience doesn’t qualify (that’s a different challenge).
I’ve had the good fortune to see a lot of great bands over the years, so I don’t have to put legendary acts like R.E.M., Radiohead, Wilco, Muse, Arcade Fire, Pink Floyd, The Police, Rush, Smashing Pumpkins, Neil Young, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen or Eric Clapton on my list. However, there are still dozens of acts that I would love to see in concert for the first time.
Here’s my ‘bucket list’ of acts I’d like to see at least once in my lifetime, in alphabetical order:
- The Decemberists
- Fleet Foxes
- Fountains of Wayne
- Peter Gabriel
- My Morning Jacket
- Secret Machines
- The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
- The Stone Roses
- Teenage Fanclub
- The Zombies
Okay, so I couldn’t whittle it down to ten bands. I would go see any act on this list if they played anywhere near my hometown. A few of them I’d even cross the country to check out. Road trips rock.
I would love to see The National headline their own show, but I saw them open for R.E.M. in Burnaby a few years ago so they aren’t eligible for this challenge. Still, I wish I’d noticed The National were playing the Orpheum in Vancouver last November a little sooner, because I would have jumped on a plane for sure. Maybe later we’ll do an Opening Acts You’d Like To See As Headliners challenge. Today’s challenge is all about bands you’ve never seen.
Surely you have your own bucket list of bands – just click “Reply” to post them!