Sad as it may seem I’ve spent the last couple of days
cataloguing all the bands I’ve ever seen live. There was a reason behind it as
Delphine knew that I kept diaries of “Things I Do” and was interested to know
what gigs she saw with me when she lived in the UK.
I also had a written list of all the gigs I ever went to between 1987 to early
1998 when I seem to have abandoned it (with the intent of returning one day no
Now admittedly I could have just gone through the diaries
for the years that Delphine and I went out but I’m an anal bastard sometimes
and decided to do the whole lot. It produced some interesting stats (well,
interesting to me anyway and as this is my LJ….well, you get the idea I’m sure
I’ll post up an A-Z of bands I’ve managed to see live over
the next few weeks. Some you will certainly of heard of, others you certainly
won’t have. It’s a mixed bag and I’d certainly forgotten a number of the bigger
bands let alone the obscure crap one-offs.
All told I’ve been to 426 Gigs since my first back on the 29th December 1987.
I’ve seen 991 live performances that I saw enough of to warrant recording
(there were others that I didn’t watch which never made the diaries
unfortunately). I don’t know how many different bands I’ve seen in total but no
doubt I’ll end up calculating them before the list is over!
I’d hate to know exactly how much money I’ve spent on live
music over the years but then again music, live and recorded, is one of the
most treasured features in my life so the money spent has (generally) been
worth every penny. Certainly the good outweigh the bad, and even the bad
generally have fun times attached to them because of the friends I went with or
met through gigging. This list doesn’t include the bands I had tickets for but,
for whatever reason, I never made it to the gig. I hate that and have missed
some cracking bands that I actually HAD TICKETS FOR!!! Like The Pixies back in
1991 whom I never got to see in the end and also Bauhaus and Marilyn Manson
gigs (although I have seen both on other occasions). Still, life is life. 991
Live performances later…hmmm…. I wonder who will be my 1000th live
It’ll certainly happen within the next month or two as I
have quite a few gigs already lined up :)
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