List Mania 6: 10 Gigs I Wish I Could Have Seen

Monday night used to be my Monday Night List Mania feature… (well it was on 5 occassions last year anyway). I thought I’d start doing it again, at least until I get bored of it. Which will probably be soon.

My most popular list was my porn titles one, but I can’t think of anything funny to say tonight so I’m just going to do my Top 10 Gigs (that I wish I could have seen). There won’t be any Bob Marley, Oasis, Nirvana or The Beatles on this list…

As always, any feedback or comments are welcome.

GG Allin – final gig. Having skipped bail to go on tour, GG’s last gig turned into a mini-riot, with the mental performer being chased naked down the street by the police (he was also bleeding and covered in his own shit). He died of a drugs overdose on the same night.

The Doors – the one where he got arrested. I’ve loved the doors since a teenager – they were my favourite band for a long time. At this gig Jim Morrison encouraged the crowd to take their clothes off (which they did), resulting in the singer’s arrest.

The Rolling Stones – Altamont. The Stones put on this free gig in the states and 1000s of fans turned up. Unfortunately, they got the Hells Angels to do the security and they promptly started stabbing/killing the hippies.

The White Stripes – any gig. I had tickets to see them at the O2 in London back in 2007, I think. But then the drummer was in some sex tape or something and then they split up and the gig got cancelled. Bastards!

Jimi Hendrix – Woodstock. 1969: the end of the free love generation. Hendrix was dead a few months later. Enough said.

The Misfits – any gig with the original lineup. Would have loved to have seen this band in their prime back in the late 70s/early 80s. In New Jersey, obviously.

Rolling Stones – Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus. Featuring The Stones playing Sympathy for The Devil, plus The Who and Jethro Tull.

The Prodigy/Arcade Fire/Jamiroquai – Exit Festival. This was only a couple of years ago, so I could have gone (had I heard about it). Imagine seeing this lot at a festival in Serbia in a ruined castle in the middle of the night. Awesome.

The Clash – any gig. Awesome London punk tunes. Massive band.

Michael Jackson – Wembley, late 80s. I’m not a huge fan of his music, but I reckon the atmosphere at this would have been amazing. If Gary Glitter has of been supporting, that would have been even better.



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