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The Beatles and my concert bucket list

February 9, 2014

Today is the 50th anniversary of when the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show (if you missed this, you may have been living under a rock… it has been all over the news for weeks leading up to tonight). As I’ve mentioned here and here, I love The Beatles (even if I was tricked into liking them). My Dad and I have been talking off and on about them and he can still remember watching the Ed Sullivan show when they performed that night in 1964. The family was living in Wilmette, IL at the time- a northern suburb of Chicago. He must have been 11 or 12 then. He was telling me how is older sister Heidi and her best friend Gail had been so excited all week leading up to the show and they were the ones who introduced him to the Beatles.

The Beatles and what they produced was timeless. I mean, so good… there are not enough words. I love that so many different artists have covered them… that is one of the cool things about the music they created… it sounds great in so many different types of genres (in my opinion). Rubber Soul, Sgt. Peppers and Abbey Road would have to be my favorite Beatles albums… my Dad disagrees and would add Revolver in there a little higher. My favorite all-time song ever is a Beatles song: In My Life. Since I was 15 I’ve had the same favorite song… and I don’t think it will ever be replaced.

The combo of this show tonight and the fact that I just watched the last episode of the Jay Leno show (which was amazing, I totally cried) has lead to a discussion of concerts in my family. The best concert I’ve ever been to in my life was Paul McCartney. He played at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati in like 1992 and my Dad scored 4 floor seats. I’ve been to so many great concert since then: Billy Joel, Elton John, Green Day, Nickleback (which I don’t really get why people don’t like them. I do, go ahead and judge) , DMB, Tobey Keith, Counting Crows, Daughtry, Rob Thomas,  Barenaked Ladies, OneRepublic, Matchbox 20…. and too many others to list. Music was always encouraged in my family. But the best was still Paul McCartney… which means my concert attendance high came at the age of 11. Hard to top that. I would love to see him perform again. But it still started the convo in this house of concerts I would LOVE to see someday. In no particular order:

  • Garth Brooks (he was so good on the last Leno show)
  • U2
  • Billy Joel (I’ve seen him once, want to do it again)
  • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (for some reason I am the only person in my entire family that likes him. I think he is great, they think he screams. Ridiculous. Every time they tell me this I want to force them to listen to ICP. THAT is screaming).
  • Pearl Jam
  • Tim McGraw
  • Bon Jovi
  • The Eagles (in whatever band form they are in, I saw the coolest documentary on them this summer).
  • Madonna ( I mean, she is Madonna)
  • Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (I didn’t become obsessed with them until AFTER they toured in my town. So annoyed with myself).
  • The Killers
  • The Lumineers
  • Steely Dan
  • Bette Midler (I’ve got a love of Beaches AND she has a lovely version of “In My Life”
  • Taylor Swift
  • Snow Patrol
  • Robbie Williams (this one is strongly influenced by my friend Gail)
  • The Dixie Chicks
  • Okkervil River
  • Dashboard Confessional (granted I’ve not been as in to them the last two years or so… but they are still on the list)

So basically the biggest take away from all of this… I have some seriously eclectic tastes in music. Also, my poor office better hope we get another snow day this week… otherwise all they are going to hear coming from my office is The Beatles.

That is my concert bucket list so far. Who is on yours?


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