I’ve seen a lot of concerts over the years (click this link for details). I’ll likely be reducing my 100+ bands a year pace, but there’s still some bands left I haven’t seen and want to. The following I’d like to try and see this year (even though the timing on some may be unrealistic), so they won’t make the main list.
1. The Cars (9:30 Club 5/23) I like them so much I almost went to the New Cars show (where Todd Rundgren replaced Ric Ocasek), but having all surviving members back makes this a must (plus the new songs sound just like the old ones).
2. Whitesnake (Merriweather Post Pavilion 5/14)
3. Journey (Jiffy Lube Live 8/28)
4. Mötley Crüe (Frederick Fairgrounds 7/30) The three big bands from the 80s I haven’t seen and still want to.
5. Glee (Verizon Center 6/9) We’re Gleeks, and I think this will be quite a fun show.
6. My Chemical Romance (9:30 Club 5/10) They write catchy pop/punk songs like Green Day.
7. Miranda Lambert (Merriweather Post Pavilion 7/15)
8. Sugarland (Merriweather Post Pavilion 5/22) I like a little country, usually from females.
9. Katy Perry (Merriweather Post Pavilion 6/15) And I’m a sucker for some sugary pop.
10. Steve Miller Band (Wolf Trap 8/9) A classic I never got around to.
So who’s left? Glad you asked.
1. Jeff Lynne/ELO/Traveling Wilburys Any form of Jeff would be acceptable.
2. Prince I actually was outside a sold out show of his a couple years back, but the scalpers were asking for the sky.
3. Temple of the Dog Yep, I like the 90s too.
4. Cry Cry Cry If you’re not familiar, made up of Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky, and Dar Williams. Seen them all separately, but they had incredible harmonies together.
5. Killing Heidi/Verses Australian groups with the same songwriters, tried to see them both times I was down under.
6. 10000 Maniacs Only the Natalie fronted version.
7. Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits Prefer the latter.
8. Swell Season Just haven’t made one of their shows yet.
9. Belly I saw Tanya Donelly, but she doesn’t have the edge anymore she had with this band.
10. T-Ride I know no one else knows this band, but they’re real and had a Joe Satriani student who was amazing.
Bonus. David Bowie But only if he’s playing at least 4 songs from Let’s Dance.
Now even with that, there’s a couple more special cases:
1. Queen I’ve seen Brian and Roger play with Paul, but if they ever got John back out on the road, that’d be awesome.
2. Led Zeppelin And I’ve seen Jimmy and Robert together, and John Paul playing with Dave Grohl, but if all three got together again, I’d love to be there.
3. Pink Floyd I saw the Roger-less Floyd, and some great solo shows from Roger and David, but if I had the chance to see Roger and David together, I’d be there in a heartbeat.