Good memories, bad photos and ringing ears: I really miss live concerts.

With 150,000 Americans dead (and climbing) from COVID-19, it’s undeniably petty and selfish to bemoan the good old days when you could go to live concerts.  But I really miss those nights out, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with my fellow strangers, waking up the next day with ringing ears and no money in my wallet.

So as a form of escapism and emotional therapy,  I’ve tried to remember the big shows I’ve been to over the years with friends and family…and I’ve gathered up every terrible iPhone concert-photo I could find, and I’m sharing them here.

I highly recommend you grab a pen and paper and try this mental exercise: listing all the live concerts you can remember is probably good for the aging brain — and it just might offer an hour of pleasant diversion from the gruesome nightly news.

Here we go…

21 Pilots

B52s

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Belly

Billy Idol

Bleachers

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Blondie

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Bob Dylan (Twice.)

Bob Mould

Carbon Leaf

Cowboy Junkies

Crowded House (4 times?)

David Bowie

Depeche Mode

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Echo and the Bunnymen

Elvis Costello (39 times?)

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Erasure

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Gang of Four (Twice)

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Gene Loves Jezebel

Graham Parker

Human Sexual Response

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Joe Jackson (5 times?)

Kraftwerk

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Live

Lloyd Cole

Lori McKenna

Marshall Crenshaw

Midnight Oil

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Modern English

Morrissey

New Order

Nick Lowe (5 times?)

Paul McCartney

Paul Weller

Pet Shop Boys

 

Phil Collins

Pixies

Poguetry in Motion

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Psychedelic Furs

Pussy Riot

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Ray Davies

REM

Ringo Starr

Saw Doctors

Simple Minds

 

Squeeze (13 times?)

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Steely Dan

The 1975

The Alarm (4 times?)

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The Bangles

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The Beach Boys

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The Church

The Cure (4 times?)

The English Beat (5 times?)

The Fixx

The Killers

The Pogues

The Pretenders

The Smiths (1986?)

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The Specials

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The Waterboys (3 times? 4?)

The Who

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Tove Lo

U2 (3 times?)

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Van Morrison

Violent Femmes

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And then there was this guy, my late brother, JB. (Blog post here.)

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And this idiot.

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