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

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ArtistTourVenue
Belinda CarlisleRunaway HorsesWembley Arena, London
Belinda CarlisleRunaway HorsesThe UEA, Norwich
Billy Joel.Wembley Arena, London
Bob Dylan Desert Trip Empire Polo Ground, Indo California
Cyndi LauperTwelve Deadly CynsThe Usher Hall, Edinburgh
ElbowThe Seldon Seen KidWembley Arena, London
ElbowBuild a Rocket BoysThe O2, London
Elton JohnPeachtree RoadIpswich Town, Ipswich
Eric Clapton.The Royal Albert Hall, London
FishClutching at Straws 30th AnniversaryCamridge Corn Exchange
FishWeltschmerzUEA, Norwich
Gary Numan(R)evolution 40th anniversary tourThe UEA, Norwich
GenesisWe Can’t DanceKnebworth, England
GorillazHumanzThe O2, London
Kate BushThe Ninth WaveHammersmith Odeon, London
Level 42Sirens IIThe Regent, Ipswich
LuciusNudesUnion Chapel, London
MadnessMadstockFinsbury Park, London
MadonnaBlonde AmbitionWembley Arena, London
MarillionClutching At StrawsHammersmith Odeon, London
MarillionHolidays in EdenCambridge Corn Exchange
MarillionHolidays in EdenWembley Arena
MarillionSounds that can’t be madeCambridge Junction
Midnight OilBrixton 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
OMDEnglish ElectricThe Regent, Ipswich
OMDThe Punishment of LuxuryThe Regent, Ipswich
Panic! At the DiscoToo Weird To Live, Too Rare To DieThe Forum, Kentish Town, London
Panic! At the DiscoThe Death of a BachelorAlexandra Palace, London
Panic! At the Disco Pray for the WickedMotorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Paul McCartney Desert Trip Empire Polo Ground, Indo California
PavarottiHyde ParkHyde Park, London
Pink FloydA Momentary Lapse of ReasonWembley Stadium, London
Pink FloydDivision BellEarls Court, London
PrinceNude (1990)Wembley Arena, London
R.E.M.MonsterMurrayfield, Edinburgh
R.E.M.Once Around the SunIpswich Town, Ipswich
Rod Stewart1995Wembley Stadium
Roger HodgsonCrazy WeekNice
Roger WatersHyde Park CallingHyde Park, London
Roger WatersThe WallThe O2, London
Roger WatersThe WallThe O2, London
Roger WatersThe WallOlympiastadion, Berlin
Roger Waters Desert Trip Coachella, Desert Springs
Sheryl CrowHomeShepherds Bush Empire, London
Simple MindsStreet Fighting YearsWembley Arena, London
Simple MindsCrazy WeekNice
Simply RedStarsWembley Stadium, London
Soul II SoulApex Bury St. Edmunds
Steely Dan.Wembley Arena, London
Steve WinwoodLive the LifeCambridge Corn Exchange
Tears for FearsRule the WorldThe O2, London
The CureWishCambridge Corn Exchange
The ManfreddsMaking TracksSpa Pavillion, Felixstowe
The Rolling StonesUrban JungleWembley Stadium, London
The Rolling StonesUrban JungleWembley Stadium, London
The Rolling Stones Desert Trip Coachella, Desert Springs
The Who Desert Trip Empire Polo Ground, Indo California
The WhoHyde Park CallingHyde Park, London
The WhoQuadropheniaWembley Arena, London
U2Zoo TVWembley Stadium, London
U2Zoo TVWembley Stadium, London
U2PopMartRoundhay Park, Leeds
U2All That You Can’t Leave BehindEarls Court, London
U2360Wembley Stadium, London
U2Innocence & ExperienceThe 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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