I have been fortunate enough over the years to see many bands live in concert. I can still remember the first concert I was able to go to on my own. My mom won me tickets to see Bush at the Dothan Civic Center in Dothan, Ala. when I was 15 years old. Even though I wasn’t a huge fan of Bush, I will always remember that show. I guess in a way it sparked my love for going to live shows. Once I started going to concerts, I started thinking about a bucket list of concerts I would like to go see. I have been lucky enough to cross a few concerts off my bucket list. There are, however, some bands or artists that I will never get to cross off my list because the artist or band member has died. So this week I thought I’d share my top ten concerts that I wish I could see but aren’t possible anymore.
This is probably a concert that is on quite a few people’s bucket list. The Beatles are one of the biggest bands of all time. I really don’t remember when I discovered The Beatles. I can assume it was one day at my uncle Byron’s house because he was always playing them when we went over there. Sadly, I will never see them in concert because of the murder of John Lennon in 1980.
Whatever your thoughts on Michael Jackson are, there is no denying the entertainer that he was. I will never forget the first time I saw the ‘Thriller’ video sitting in my living room watching MTV (when they actually played music videos). I had ever seen a music video like that. It was like a mini movie. I’m not sure we will ever see a more entertaining performer. Since his death in 2009, the closest we will get to seeing him perform is watching old YouTube clips.
As a kid in the 90s, I grew up during the grunge era. While most of my friends were all about Nirvana and Pearl Jam, my favorite band from that era was Soundgarden. Chris Cornell was a once-in-a-generation voice. I’m almost sure there had been no project that he’s been a part of that I did not enjoy. I would have loved to see him in Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog or solo. I actually had the chance to see Soundgarden a month before Cornell’s death in 2017, but I passed on the tickets. I will always regret not going to that show.
Queen (with Freddie Mercury)
There was no way Queen was not going to make this list. If you can listen to Bohemian Rhapsody and not head bang like Wayne and Garth in Wayne’s World, I don’t think we can be friends. Queen has still been touring through the years after Freddie Mercury’s death in 1991. Adam Lambert is now fronting the band and not to knock him but it’s just not the same.
Pantera was a band that I wasn’t really into until I was in high school. I wasn’t really in to that heavy style of music until my junior and senior years. By the time I really started to enjoy Pantera, the band had already disbanded in 2003. I still had hopes of a reunion. After all most bands who break up eventually get back together. On December 8, 2004, guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was murdered on stage while playing with the band Damageplan. It was 24 years to the date after John Lennon was murdered. On June 22, 2018, Vinnie Paul Abbott died of coronary artery disease. So sadly, I will not be seeing Pantera live. Even before the Abbott brothers’ deaths, I don’t think a reunion would have happened after learning about the problems within the band.
Stone Temple Pilots (with Scott Weiland)
Like I said, I grew up during the grunge era. Behind Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots were my second favorite band from that era. Albums like ‘Core’ and “Purple’ are still in regular rotation on my drive to and from work. I got the chance to see Stone Temple Pilots with new lead singer Jeff Gutt last year at Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville, Fla. Gutt did a decent job but I still missed Weiland. I was able to see Scott Weiland twice with his supergroup Velvet Revolver and that was great. Weiland is an amazing front man. I would have loved to see him with STP before he passed away in 2015.
Again, another artist I probably could have seen in concert and just put it off because I thought I would have more time. I never really appreciated how great Prince was until I saw his Super Bowl XLI performance in 2007. Prince was one of those few artists that was a true virtuoso on the guitar and an amazing songwriter. Since Prince’s death in 2016, I’ll never get the chance to see him live.
David Bowie was one of those artists who liked to push boundaries. I don’t know many people who aren’t a fan of ‘Ziggy Stardust.’ I will always remember Bowie in the movie ‘Labyrinth.’ I’m pretty sure that was the first time I saw him. I think Bowie’s death in 2016 came as a shock to most of us. Unfortunately, that lands Bowie on this list of arists I will never be able to see.
I will be the first to admit I stopped listening to Linkin Park after ‘Meteora.’ I loved that album and their debut album ‘Hybrid Theory.’ While they were lumped in to the Nu-Metal genre with bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit, but Liknin Park had a sound all their own. The way Chester Bennington controlled his vocals always stood out to me. This was a band I thought would be around for a long time and it still may, but without Chester it will surly not be the same. Chester died on July 20, 2017 – just over a month after Chris Cornell
Jimi Hendrix was another one of those guys you just want to see live. He is considered one of the most influential guitarists of all time. With the talks of a revival of the Woodstock festival for it’s 50thanniversary, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it would have been like to be able to see someone like Hendrix perform at Woodstock. I would love to have seen him play ‘All Along the Watchtower’ live. Since Hendrix died in 1970 – long before I was born – again I’ll have to settle for Youtube clips.
There are way more people I could add to this list, but I wanted to keep it at ten. These are also not in any particular order. Below is a Spotify playlist of some of my favorite songs from each artist.
Brad is a tech and music know-it-all who has probably seen whatever band you’re currently listening to. He’s also the graphic designer for The Citizen.