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Topic: Fave Prog Band Home Concert?
Posted By: presdoug
Subject: Fave Prog Band Home Concert?
Date Posted: September 02 2019 at 14:37
Don't think this has been done before. Has your favorite prog artist ever played a concert at the city/town you are from? I guess "home" can mean different things for different people; maybe where you were born, or where you have lived most of your life.
                  I have lived a big part of my life in Ottawa, Canada-since 1988, when I was 25. I guess I consider it "home turf".
           My favorite prog artist, Triumvirat, were slated to play Ottawa at the Ottawa Civic Center way back on July 4th, 1975, but only the other two acts showed, ELO and Pavlov's Dog. I was actually living in a small town located about an hour away, at that time.
           Triumvirat never played in North America after late 1975, and split in 1980. So that was that.

  



    


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Posted By: AFlowerKingCrimson
Date Posted: September 02 2019 at 14:47
Actually yes I have. I saw Yes and ABWH in Middletown NY(where I was born and lived much of my teens and early adulthood). I saw ABWH at the fairgrounds(speedway)in the summer of 1989 with my brother. I saw Yes there in 1991 on the Union tour(went by myself but met up with a friend afterwards by coincidence although I knew he was a big Yes fan so not much of a coincidence)then saw Yes there again in 1994 with my brother again. I saw Yes one more time with my brother but I had moved to PA by then(that show was in 2004 in Allentown PA which interestingly is where he was born which means we both saw them in our home towns). 


Posted By: AFlowerKingCrimson
Date Posted: September 02 2019 at 14:53
As for which one of those was my favorite I would have to say maybe the ABWH one. It wasn't the first time I saw "Yes" but the first time I saw that lineup since I didn't get into Yes until the 80's as a teen. I distinctly remember the dry ice during close to the edge. It was and is one of my favorite concert memories. The other shows were good too even Union which actually gave me tinnitus in my left ear. What I remember about that was the quadraphonic sound and Chris Squires really low bass sound from his five string bass. The Talk show was lightly attended(relatively speaking)with maybe only 2000 people there(rainy night but not an excuse)compared to the first two which had maybe 4-6,000 if not more. What I liked about the Talk show was the plastic Roger Dean props. I also remembered they opened with Perpetual CHange and ended probably with roundabout but did an encore of a Jimi Hendrix song(I think purple haze).

Edit: Ha ha. I actually found a review I did on the forgotten yesterdays website for Union. Here it is: Mike:
Being orginally from Middletown and living there at the time(I saw the ABWH and Talk shows here too)I was thrilled to see Yes again. The only thing I really remember them playing was "awaken" but I know they did some tracks from the Union album as well. I also remember that during at least one song they music was drifting back and forth really fast between the speakers in a very quadraphonic way(it must have been a quadraphonic sound system)so that was really cool. I also remember Chris getting these really low end bass tones on his five string that are probably the lowest tones I've ever heard and practically shook the whole place(it was an outdoor venue though but you could feel it in your chest. My only complaint is that Trevor Rabins guitar at times hit this really high pitched sound a couple of times that nearly made me deaf in my left ear(to this day I still have a bad left ear-tinutus to be exact)but other than that it was a great concert. I was only 8 rows back and this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these guys all on the same stage. The place was very much a full house that night too.Too bad I can't remember hardly any of what they played. Oh well.


Posted By: ForestFriend
Date Posted: September 02 2019 at 15:04
I live in Edmonton - the first North American stop for Yes on June 24, 1971 with Jethro Tull no less (although Tull had played some US dates earlier). I believe parts of 9012Live were recorded in Edmonton as well. Unfortunately, being the relatively young person I am, I never ended up seeing them until after Squire's death.

A lot of national acts tend to skip Edmonton; they'll play Montreal and Vancouver and forget about the rest of Canada in between. A few years ago, it seemed like Canadian prog tours seemed to be a trend, so that's when I managed to see Yes as well as King Crimson, although I had to drive 3 hours to Calgary for KC. Good Canadian boys Rush, on the other hand, usually make a stop here every other tour, so I've caught them a few times.


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Posted By: presdoug
Date Posted: September 02 2019 at 15:19
^^thanks for your reminiscences and review, Mike! 

^thanks, too, ForestFriend (Alex), I know what you mean about acts playing Montreal and Vancouver and forgetting about what's left in Canada. Believe it or not, one of Triumvirat's only Canadian concerts was actually in Calgary  with Supertramp in August of 1975!


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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: September 02 2019 at 23:56
There was a period when I only had a five minute walk from my house to see many great bands including Colosseum , Carl Palmer , Wishbone Ash etc. Fun to see these legends playing in a venue (Swindon Art Centre) that barely holds 100 people. Leslie West described it as being like The Filmore East. Being a native New Yorker he would know! In more recent times it's been slim pickings and I don't mean a Country and Western star!! 


Posted By: dr wu23
Date Posted: September 03 2019 at 13:32
Nope...the only prog band that played in my 'home town'...was The Moody Blues......
KC is probably my favorite and they have played in Chicago many times but I live about 45 miles south of the city.


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Posted By: presdoug
Date Posted: September 03 2019 at 14:00
Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

There was a period when I only had a five minute walk from my house to see many great bands including Colosseum , Carl Palmer , Wishbone Ash etc. Fun to see these legends playing in a venue (Swindon Art Centre) that barely holds 100 people. Leslie West described it as being like The Filmore East. Being a native New Yorker he would know! In more recent times it's been slim pickings and I don't mean a Country and Western star!! 
Wow, Richard, that is pretty cool. Too bad things have toned down, recently, but you must have some great memories of those previous shows! Would have loved to have seen Colosseum and Wishbone Ash, especially.


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Posted By: Argo2112
Date Posted: September 03 2019 at 14:07
I saw Renaissance in the 80's perform at a small venue in Huntington Beach Ca., where I was living at the time. 


Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: September 03 2019 at 15:18
I'd probably consider Newcastle in England "home" so yeah loads of great bands came through particularly when I was into heavier stuff in my late teens and early 20's.

Ive seen Motorhead, Hawkwind, AC/DC, Groundhogs, Rolling Stones, Queen, Atomic Rooster in Newcastle.

Of those I'd probably consider Atomic Rooster and Hawkwind the proggiest.

Of my favorites I don't think Univers Zero ever played there or Henry Cow, Cardiacs probably did play there but I didn't know them then.

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Posted By: verslibre
Date Posted: September 03 2019 at 16:33
Djam Karet are one of my favorite bands, and I've had the pleasure of seeing them play three different times roughly an hour-and-change from where I live.

Blue Oyster Cult has played in the vicinity (minutes away by car) a couple times, but I missed them the last time due to a scheduling conflict. 

Apart from that, I've seen many other bands around SoCal, like Rush, ELP, Tangerine Dream, Yes, ABWH, Queensryche, Daemonia, and four different prog rock festivals.


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Posted By: dwill123
Date Posted: September 03 2019 at 16:43
Yes, performed in my home town in 2009 (with Benoît David on vocals).  They performed at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey.  Asia was the opening act.


Posted By: JD
Date Posted: September 03 2019 at 16:55
I have a recollection of winning tickets from a radio station to go see ELP at Wonderland Gardens in my hometown of London Ontario when I was an early teen. My folks wouldn't let me go because...well...it was a rock concert. Although I have never found a tour list that shows them playing there around that time.

In the end, I was able to many great acts in London including...
- Rush with Symphonic Slam opening, Centennial Hall
- Genesis, (first Trick of the Tale concert) London Arena
- Strawbs, Alumni Hall at the University of Western Ontario
- Gino Vanelli with Chris DeBurgh opening, Same Venue UWO
- ASIA, their first ever concert Same Venue UWO
- Yes, John Labbat Centre
-Trans Siberian Orchestra, (ok, maybe not GREAT, but a spectacle for sure) Labbat Centre


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Posted By: JD
Date Posted: September 03 2019 at 17:01
I just realized the real test of this thread really should be the obscurity or relatively small size of your town. Anyone living in Toronto, Montreal, New York, LA,Paris etc. is bound to have had there fave band play in town. For my part, in 1974 London had a population of around 225,000.


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Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: September 03 2019 at 17:42
Originally posted by JD JD wrote:

I just realized the real test of this thread really should be the obscurity or relatively small size of your town. Anyone living in Toronto, Montreal, New York, LA,Paris etc. is bound to have had there fave band play in town. For my part, in 1974 London had a population of around 225,000.

I'm pretty sure London had a population of around 7,000,000 in the 70's.

I used Newcastle for my reference as no-one has ever played Guisborough, North Yorkshire, population 7,500.


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Posted By: ForestFriend
Date Posted: September 03 2019 at 18:40
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Originally posted by JD JD wrote:

I just realized the real test of this thread really should be the obscurity or relatively small size of your town. Anyone living in Toronto, Montreal, New York, LA,Paris etc. is bound to have had there fave band play in town. For my part, in 1974 London had a population of around 225,000.

I'm pretty sure London had a population of around 7,000,000 in the 70's.

I used Newcastle for my reference as no-one has ever played Guisborough, North Yorkshire, population 7,500.


I think he's referring to the London in Canada, not England.


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Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: September 03 2019 at 22:34
I know he is, I'm being facetious.

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Posted By: Manuel
Date Posted: September 04 2019 at 09:55
Jethro Tull eventually made to El Salvador and played in the capital city, San Salvador, where I was born. I was not living there anymore, I now live in California, so I miss them, but my brother was there, and said he had a great time. 


Posted By: JD
Date Posted: September 04 2019 at 10:04
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

I know he is, I'm being facetious.
I got it, but facetiousness, like sarcasm doesn't really translate all that well in print. Maybe a goofy icon might have helped. Wacko


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Posted By: chopper
Date Posted: September 05 2019 at 06:45
My home town (Hornchurch in Essex) only has a couple of music venues. One is a theatre that only really has tribute bands and I've seen "Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Steely Dan and Madness" there.
We have one other small venue that takes around 120 people and I saw Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash play Argus there last year.


Posted By: essexboyinwales
Date Posted: September 05 2019 at 06:55
Originally posted by chopper chopper wrote:

My home town (Hornchurch in Essex) only has a couple of music venues. One is a theatre that only really has tribute bands and I've seen "Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Steely Dan and Madness" there.
We have one other small venue that takes around 120 people and I saw Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash play Argus there last year.


My home town is Brentwood, Essex, and my sister lives very close to Hornchurch!  Never seen anyone decent (or heard of!) there, London was my go to city of course for my first gigs, too many to mention, but King's X at The Astoria in the late '80s/early '90s were always incredible.  And my first IQ gig was when they split in 1989, at The Marquee....


Posted By: chopper
Date Posted: September 05 2019 at 08:21
Originally posted by essexboyinwales essexboyinwales wrote:

Originally posted by chopper chopper wrote:

My home town (Hornchurch in Essex) only has a couple of music venues. One is a theatre that only really has tribute bands and I've seen "Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Steely Dan and Madness" there.
We have one other small venue that takes around 120 people and I saw Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash play Argus there last year.


My home town is Brentwood, Essex, and my sister lives very close to Hornchurch!  Never seen anyone decent (or heard of!) there, London was my go to city of course for my first gigs, too many to mention, but King's X at The Astoria in the late '80s/early '90s were always incredible.  And my first IQ gig was when they split in 1989, at The Marquee....
Nice. Hornchurch isn't exactly a hotbed of prog but there are a few decent music pubs around. Apart from Wishbone Ash, the closest thing to prog is a couple of gigs at Fairkytes from Mrs Bob Fripp (aka Toyah).
 
The Robert Peel in Kingston (near where I was brought up) was a great prog venue before it closed down. I saw Pendragon, Touchstone, Magenta and Tinyfish there.


Posted By: essexboyinwales
Date Posted: September 06 2019 at 02:04
Originally posted by chopper chopper wrote:

Originally posted by essexboyinwales essexboyinwales wrote:

Originally posted by chopper chopper wrote:

My home town (Hornchurch in Essex) only has a couple of music venues. One is a theatre that only really has tribute bands and I've seen "Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Steely Dan and Madness" there.
We have one other small venue that takes around 120 people and I saw Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash play Argus there last year.


My home town is Brentwood, Essex, and my sister lives very close to Hornchurch!  Never seen anyone decent (or heard of!) there, London was my go to city of course for my first gigs, too many to mention, but King's X at The Astoria in the late '80s/early '90s were always incredible.  And my first IQ gig was when they split in 1989, at The Marquee....
Nice. Hornchurch isn't exactly a hotbed of prog but there are a few decent music pubs around. Apart from Wishbone Ash, the closest thing to prog is a couple of gigs at Fairkytes from Mrs Bob Fripp (aka Toyah).
 
The Robert Peel in Kingston (near where I was brought up) was a great prog venue before it closed down. I saw Pendragon, Touchstone, Magenta and Tinyfish there.


Used to occasionally go to a pub called The Cauliflower somewhere near Hornchurch/Upminster, to see a covers band back in the late '80s, they were good but I can't remember their name.  And I saw Ark, a strange British prog band, around the same time at The Royal Standard in Walthamstow...


Posted By: Rednight
Date Posted: September 08 2019 at 15:07
Went to the Sept. 25, 1977 Yes show at the San Diego Sports Arena. They aren't now, but they were probably my favorite band then. It all started with Parallels and ended with Awaken before the two encores (one being Starship Trooper). Fantastic would be an understatement in describing the show, and my buddy and I had great seats. It was also good to see Wakeman back in the lineup.

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Posted By: Fischman
Date Posted: September 08 2019 at 17:31
My home town had a total population of 525 (I actually lived closer to another town that had a population in the low double digits, but the 525 is where I went to school).  

Closest city of any size is Colorado Springs (where I live now).  Closest city that actually got big name acts is Denver, where I saw Rush, The Moody Blues, Fates Warning, Dream Theater, and Vangough

Boulder isn't far, which is where I caught Jethro Tull

Same distance in an opposite direction is Pueblo, where I did my undergrad studies, a dark, filthy, nasty, ugly, crime-ridden hellhole where I generally refuse to go anymore, but Kansas inexplicably made a stop there on their 40th anniversary tour, so I bit the bullet and made the trip.

Speaking of super violent third world hellholes, I made San Antonio my home for a couple years.  The two hours I spent at a Rush concert there was pretty much the only two hours out of my two years there that didn't completely suck.  

For a while, I made Boston my hometown (which was great), and I caught Rush, Dream Theater, and The Moody Blues there as well.  





Posted By: judahbenkenobi
Date Posted: September 11 2019 at 17:17
^^^ I am from and live in Guatemala, and I was there in San Salvador for that Jethro Tull concert. I was in San Salvador too for a Symphony X concert (The Odyssey tour). Both were in the Feria grounds, and the acoustics were terrible, especially in the SymX show. There was also a security issue in the JT show, when a fan climbed on the stage and hugged Ian (obviously against his will). He was so enraged, he threw his flute away and walked out from the stage, leaving the rest of the band playing the final notes! But I had the time of my life on both!

Michael Manring played a solo show in Guatemala City around 2005 which I attended too. And one of my favorites, Dream Theater played a show here also around 2003. I wasn't able to make it that time, but I had already watched DT in Florida for their World Tourbulence in the 00's.


Posted By: Gerinski
Date Posted: September 12 2019 at 05:11
My hometown is Barcelona and I have seen most of the big ones here, several of them a few times, ELP, Yes, Genesis, Camel, Oldfield, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, Neal Morse, Carl Palmer band, Asia, Steve Vai, Deep Purple, Pendragon, Wakeman and Wakeman, Quidam, Jadis...

I also lived 10 years in Belgium and although it was in a very small village I was not too far by car from Brussels and Holland, and I saw there others like Rush, Arena, After Crying...

Of the big names, the one that I miss not having seen live are Kansas.


Posted By: Magmatt
Date Posted: September 16 2019 at 08:22
Originally posted by JD JD wrote:

I have a recollection of winning tickets from a radio station to go see ELP at Wonderland Gardens in my hometown of London Ontario when I was an early teen. My folks wouldn't let me go because...well...it was a rock concert. Although I have never found a tour list that shows them playing there around that time.

In the end, I was able to many great acts in London including...
- Rush with Symphonic Slam opening, Centennial Hall
- Genesis, (first Trick of the Tale concert) London Arena
- Strawbs, Alumni Hall at the University of Western Ontario
- Gino Vanelli with Chris DeBurgh opening, Same Venue UWO
- ASIA, their first ever concert Same Venue UWO
- Yes, John Labbat Centre
-Trans Siberian Orchestra, (ok, maybe not GREAT, but a spectacle for sure) Labbat Centre


I recognize all these as I also grew up in London, lived there until I was 23. 1990 ish



Posted By: Magmatt
Date Posted: September 16 2019 at 08:24
Seeing Rush here in Toronto always had a little more electricity.
I saw FM back in the day also.
These are Toronto bands playing here in Toronto, a more literal interpretation of hometown shows....



Posted By: Lewian
Date Posted: September 16 2019 at 11:02
It wasn't that difficult to find good prog concerts in Hamburg, Germany when I grew up, so I mention the local prog heroes Novalis here; saw them four times, "home concerts" for them as well as me. The one on their Augenblicke tour was among my first five concerts, and it had a very cosy home atmosphere with very tasteful not overdone light show and effects, apart from them being very good at the time anyway.



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