I have seen a lot of bands live in my time, most of them are old legends and I'd say I am pretty fortunate to have these experiences. However, I have always been a little jealous of those born years before me, who had access to these bands in their prime and rawest form. So I thought I would talk about my top 5 concerts I wish I had been at, so let's go.
5. Pantera live
As a religious metal fan it always pains me to know that I will never see Pantera live. I will never experience that aggression, Dimebag's playing and the sheer heaviness of their music in a live setting. Watching their live videos has led me to believe that they gave every show their absolute all, whether it went for 20 minutes or 90 minutes. Pantera will always be legendary and I will forever have in my imagination what it would've been like to watch one of my idols play guitar on stage.
4. Pink Floyd - Pulse
I was fortunate enough to see Roger Waters recently on his world tour, supporting his new album and classic Pink Floyd material. However, there is always one concert which has stuck with me, and that is their live DVD, Pulse. Anyone who has seen this footage will know that this performance is simply one of a kind. The stage design, lights and intricate details made for a show which awakened all the senses. Pink Floyd took their abilities to their next level with this tour and I wish I had the chance to experience it live, particularily David Gilmour's solo to Comfortably Numb.
3. Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same
If you're still reading this you can tell there is a general theme to my article, most of these shows where decades ago, and that is no different with number 3. Led Zeppelin are one of my all time favourite bands and there are no words to describe how indebted musicians are to Led Zeppelin. Their live DVD The Song Remains the Same, is one of the most iconic concerts in all of rock n' roll. Whether it be Jimmy Page using a violin bow for Dazed and Confused, John Bonham's solo during Moby Dick, or John Paul Jones performance in No Quarter, this concert will truly stand the test of time. I always watch and listen to the disc in awe of what the band accomplished on that night, and I can only imagine the experience was nothing short of mind blowing.
2. Jimi Hendrix - Woodstock
Woodstock will probably go down as one of pop culture's most important moments. A festival of freedom in a crazy time of human history, Woodstock saw some of the world's biggest artists perform and had moments which will never be forgotten. Jimi Hendrix would take to the stage and perform The Star Spangled Banner which would forever be crowned as an important musical moment/protest. Jimi Hendrix will forever be the greatest guitarist of all time, and there is no comparison, I wish I saw him play at this iconic festival doing what he did best.
1. Metallica - Seattle 1989 Binge & Purge
As a kid getting into heavy metal I was obsessed with Metallica. They will always be my favourite band and have a special place in my heart. I found this live concert and was blown away by the energy, ferocity, aggression and just how good Metallica were back in their peak. I would watch in awe and just imagine what it would've been like to experience that live. James' guttural voice, the speed of the music, guitar tone and demanding stage presence of the band. Anyone who gives Metallica shit should really watch this concert as it is quite simply flawless. To this day I have memorised every detail of this concert and will view it as the band's finest hour, if only I had been there.