All the concerts I’ve been to

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Roger Waters Concert

I have started to list all of the concerts I have ever been to. It’s a still incomplete list but I wanted to share it as a living record to some of the great shows I have seen.

Compared to some I have seen loads of concerts (over 60) but a lot fewer than others. My first ever concert was seeing Marillion at the Hammersmith Odeon, for the Clutching at Straws Tour in 1987. My first stadium gig was Pink Floyd’s Momentary Lapse of Reason at Wembley Stadium in 1989.

The Best Concert?

It is hard to pick just one concert as ‘the best’. Different concerts tick different boxes. Certainly the most memorable has to be Desert Trip in 2016. Three nights, two concerts every night. Watching Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, The Who, Paul McCartney and Roger Waters perform at the Empire Polo Ground (Coachella location) has to be up there. So to does watching Supertamp’s Roger Hodgson performing as the sun set in Nice; enjoying the music then wandering home along the Promenade Des Anglais to sleep at Hotel Negresco. All of those concerts were with my girls which always adds to the experience.

The first Rolling Stones gig at Wembley Stadium was pretty incredible. Zoo TV, also at Wembley Stadium was something I will never forget.

But I can’t rule out Roger Waters, The Wall in Berlin. I booked a ticket as soon as they came on sale but didn’t collect it until I was there for the event. As I entered the Olympiastadion, the guides had to help me translate the ticket and point me to … the front row. So, Roger Waters performing the Wall in Berlin’s Olympiastadion also has to be up there.

And we haven’t even mentioned Kate Bush performing for the first time in 20+ years!

My Concerts

Artist Tour Venue
Belinda Carlisle Runaway Horses Wembley Arena, London
Belinda Carlisle Runaway Horses The UEA, Norwich
Billy Joel Wembley Arena, London
Bob Dylan Desert Trip Empire Polo Ground, Indo California
Cyndi Lauper Twelve Deadly Cyns The Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Elbow The Seldon Seen Kid Wembley Arena, London
Elbow Build a Rocket Boys The O2, London
Elton John Peachtree Road Ipswich Town, Ipswich
Eric Clapton The Royal Albert Hall, London
Fish Clutching at Straws 30th Anniversary Camridge Corn Exchange
Fish Weltschmerz UEA, Norwich
Gary Numan (R)evolution 40th anniversary tour The UEA, Norwich
Genesis We Can’t Dance Knebworth, England
Gorillaz Humanz The O2, London
Kate Bush The Ninth Wave Hammersmith Odeon, London
Level 42 SIrens II The Regent, Ipswich
Madness Madstock Finsbury Park, London
Madonna Blonde Ambition Wembley Arena, London
Marillion Clutching At Straws Hammersmith Odeon, London
Marillion Holidays in Eden Cambridge Corn Exchange
Marillion Holidays in Eden Wembley Arena
Marillion Sounds that can’t be made Cambridge Junction
Midnight Oil Brixton Academy, London
Neil Young Desert Trip Empire Polo Ground, Indo California
Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets The Roundhouse, London
Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets Cambridge Corn Exchange
OMD English Electric The Regent, Ipswich
OMD The Punishment of Luxury The Regent, Ipswich
Panic! At the Disco Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die The Forum, Kentish Town, London
Panic! At the Disco The Death of a Bachelor Alexandra Palace, London
Panic! At the Disco Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Paul McCartney Desert Trip Empire Polo Ground, Indo California
Pavarotti Hyde Park Hyde Park, London
Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason Wembley Stadium, London
Pink Floyd Division Bell Earls Court, London
Prince Nude (1990) Wembley Arena, London
R.E.M. Monster Murrayfield, Edinburgh
R.E.M. Once Around the Sun Ipswich Town, Ipswich
Roger Hodgson Crazy Week Nice
Roger Waters Hyde Park Calling Hyde Park, London
Roger Waters The Wall The O2, London
Roger Waters The Wall The O2, London
Roger Waters The Wall Olympiastadion, Berlin
Roger Waters Desert Trip Coachella, Desert Springs
Sheryl Crow Home Shephards Bush Empire, London
Simple Minds Street Fighting Years Wembley Arena, London
Simple Minds Crazy Week Nice
Simply Red Stars Wembley Stadium, London
Soul II Soul The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds
Steely Dan Wembley Arena, London
Steve Winwood Live the Life Cambridge Corn Exchange
Tears for Fears Rule the World The O2, London
The Cure Wish Cambridge Corn Exchange
The Manfredds Making Tracks Spa Pavillion, Felixstowe
The Rolling Stones Urban Jungle Wembley Stadium, London
The Rolling Stones Urban Jungle Wembley Stadium, London
The Rolling Stones Desert Trip Coachella, Desert Springs
The Who Desert Trip Empire Polo Ground, Indo California
The Who Hyde Park Calling Hyde Park, London
The Who Quadrophenia Wembley Arena, London
U2 Zoo TV Wembley Stadium, London
U2 Zoo TV Wembley Stadium, London
U2 PopMart Roundhay Park, Leeds
U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind Earls Court, London
U2 360 Wembley Stadium, London
U2 Innocence & Experience The O2, London

Concerts on YouTube

I have always resisted the urge (but often failed) to take photos and video but I have been enjoying finding other memories of these shows. Only recently did I find a video for Pink Floyd at Wembley Stadium – a long time before handycams and iphones!

I’ll be adding to my list with memories and details over the coming weeks so check back in soon!

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