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50 Concerts (Impossible)

Updated: Jul 8, 2022

Also from FACEBOOK: OK, here are the rules. Test your memory and your love of live music by listing 50 artists or bands (or as many as you can remember) you've seen in concert. List the first 50 acts that come into your head. An act you saw at a festival and opening acts count, but only if you can't think of 50 other artists. Oh, and list the first concert you ever saw as #1 (you can remember that, can’t you)?

CATHY'S DISCLAIMER - as I have spent much of my career working in live music venues and with artists who perform in concert, I will attempt to list only ones that I saw outside of my job or would have seen as a fan even if it weren't my job. This also doesn't count the bands local and regional to where I lived... but I loved you Bill Wray, The Cold, Lil Queenie, The Times, Bas Clas, The Backbeats, Lenny Zenith and Pop Combo, Charmer, etc. Not in order...

Childhood through College

1. New Christy Minstrels x 2

2. The First Edition

3. The Carpenters

4. Loretta Lynn

5. Elvis Presley x 2

6. Gino Vannelli x I can't remember but it was a lot!

7. Elton John

8. Liza Minelli

9. Paul Williams x 2

10. John Prine x too many to count

11. Randy Newman x 3

12. Neil Diamond

13. Shaun Cassidy (hey, Bill Mumy was in his band!)

14. Jackson Browne x 5

15. Heart x 3

16. Journey x 3

17. The Babys

18. The Police

19. Jimmy Buffett

20. Billy Joel

21. The Producers x too many to count (Hi Kyle! Hey George!)

22. REM x too many to count

23. The B52s x 3

24. Jonathan Richman x 5

25. Joe Jackson

26. Steve Goodman

27. The Go Gos x 3

28. The Romantics

29. Psychedelic Furs

30. The English Beat

31. Don McLean

32. Harry Chapin

33. Blondie

34. Kris Kristofferson

35. LeRoux x too many to count

36. David Bromberg

37. The Eagles x 3

38. Richie Furay

39. JD Souther

40. Linda Ronstadt

41. Emmylou Harris

42. Fleetwood Mac x 5

43. Iggy Pop

44. The Kinks

45. Dan Fogelberg

46. Kenny Loggins

47. Ray Charles

48. Leon Russell

49. Marshall Crenshaw x 4

50. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band x 7

Oh darn, that went by too fast. I'll have to do another 50 for post-college, rest of my life concerts! Now the order is likely to get really random...

1.The Church

2. Barry Manilow x 4 (don't hate!)

3. Dwight Yoakum

4. Alex Chilton

5. The Bangles

6. Billy Bragg

7. The Jackson 5 (Victory Tour)

8. Johnny Cash

9. Crowded House (and Neil Finn and Finn - that's Neil and Tim)

10. Elvis Costello x not sure but more than 10

11. Frankie Goes To Hollywood (why, Lisa, why?)

12. Bob Dylan x 4

13. Elliot Smith

14. Robyn Hitchcock

15. Coldplay

16. Sam Phillips

17. Counting Crows

18. Death Cab For Cutie

19. Sufjan Stevens

20. The Shins (Thanks Gary!)

21. Iron and Wine x 3 - so far...

22. Richard Buckner x 11

23. Simon and Garfunkel

24. Badly Drawn Boy

25. Black Crowes

26. Lucinda Williams x too many to count

27. Brendan Benson x only one but he's going on tour soon, fingers crossed!

28. 10,000 Maniacs

29. Robyn Hitchcock

30. Jules Shear x 6

31. The Ramones

32. The Buzzcocks

33. Lollapalooza 1.

34. Roger McGuin

35. Indigo Girls

36. X

37. Wilco

38. The Jayhawks

39. Matthew Sweet x 4

40. The Wallflowers

41. Pete Seeger

42. Bruce Springsteen x 4

43. Tom Petty x 2

44. Lou Reed

45. Tom Waits x 4

46. Syd Straw

47. Steve Forbert x 8

48. Squeeze x 3 (plus a few more of Glenn Tilbrook)

49. Ryan Adams

50. Sloan x 5

Oh heck, that doesn't even come close to covering it - and I haven't even pulled out the ticket stubs. I know most of my friends will have similar trouble limiting it to 50 or even 100!

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