Last week I wrote about the three bands I was grateful to have seen perform live before they were no more. Today: The ones that got away. For one reason or another, (death and salvation come to mind) I will never get to see these acts, at least not as they were in their heyday.
Forget About it – If I had a time machine, these are the bands I would go back to see.
The Clash formed in 1976, and were done 10 years later. By far my biggest band related regret is not getting to see them play live. If I were a band (kind of like if I were a tree) I’d want to be the Clash. Kick-ass, original, a mixture of various influences, and in your face (but in a good way). The Clash were all of that and more. Oh, and principles, they had principles! The Clash once threatened to pull out of a tour because of what they believed were inflated ticket prices. They only agreed to participate after the concert promoter made a large monetary donation to a local charity. How many other bands can you imagine doing that?! And to think, I never saw them live! Waaaaaaah!
Prince and the Revolution-note the Revolution part of this equation. I know I can still see Prince in concert, it just wouldn’t be the same. I liked Prince when he was dirty. There, I said it. As was the case with Rick James , who, as noted here, was the headliner of the first concert I attended, there was something very appealing about Prince when he was bad. Nasty, if you will. Seems like he still had a sense of humor back then, didn’t take himself quite so seriously. The show I would give my eye-teeth (think I already gave them to the orthodontist when I was 11, but you get my drift) to have seen included: Vanity 6, Morris Day and the Time, and Prince and the Revolution. Why, oh why, concert gods did I have to miss this?!
Lynyrd Skynyrd-before the plane crash. While Lynyrd Skynyrd was part of the soundtrack of my early years (I grew up in the South–duh), I have to admit that I didn’t really come to appreciate them until much later. Here’s how it happened:
My son, then four-years-old, and I were in the car one day when the Skynyrd classic Give Me Three Steps came on the radio. As soon as the song ended, my little dude asked (kind of demanded) me to, “Play it again.” I explained to my male mini me that I couldn’t play the song again, it was on the radio, not on a CD. I thought that was it, but noooooooo. For the next several days, every time we got in the car, the kid with the memory of a computer, would request that I “play” Give Me Three Steps. Not wanting to disappoint (and not wanting to hear it anymore) I purchased The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd. In no time at all, we were calling ourselves “the breeze,” wondering just what “that smell” was, and “cutting a rug down at a place called the Jug.” My son and I were obsessed. So obsessed in fact that this was his Halloween costume that year, and yes, he was four, and this was his idea!
So, yeah, I had my Lynyrd Skynyrd awakening late. In retrospect, I was probably way too young to have seen them in concert when Ronnie Van Zant was still roaming the stage. I guess that softens the blow–just a bit.
How about you? Which band(s), or individual artist(s) do you wish you had been able to see perform live?
Here’s a little something to entertain you while you think about it.