*Edited Dec 2017*
Welcome to my new series, “Because My Memory Sucks.” Why, you ask? Because it does, and it has for quite some time. Why does it suck? Well, I’d really like to know. In the past, I 100% blamed it on not sleeping well. By not sleeping “well” I mean not sleeping for more than 3 hours at a time over 8 years and not without pharmacological assistance (medicine). That’s not well. Nope.
Now, I sleep at least 7 hours, unassisted, and I’m TIRED ALL THE TIME. That’s probably for different reasons, but that’s another post for another day. (YAY) Today, I’m starting this blog post to create a running list of the artists I’ve seen live. I know, this is boring and self-serving, but I want to know who you’ve seen live as well. Also, if you went somewhere with me and I missed it, please tell me! Again, my memory sucks!
Do we overlap? Is there someone NOT on my list that you think is a must see? Is there someone you saw that I should avoid at all costs? Give me some feedback.
Houston Rodeo Performances (because this should always be its own category)
Brooks & Dunn*
Charlie Daniels Band
Alan Jackson* (a bunch of times between 1992 and 2004)
John Michael Montgomery
Anne Murray (I pretty much think this was my first “concert”)
Steve Miller Band
George Strait* (a bunch of times)
Clay Walker* (also a bunch of times)
Zac Brown Band*
Buzzfest 1999: Better Than Ezra, Chlorien, Collective Soul, Eve 6, The Flys, GPR, Jude, Lit, My Friend Steve, Soul Coughing, Sponge, Tin Star, Tommy Hendrickson, Train
Buzzfest 2001: 8Stops7, Alien Ant Farm, The Apex Theory, Bliss 66, The Calling, Default, Fuel, Joydrop, NICKELBACK (OMG SHOOT ME), Pressure 4-5, Remy Zero, Saliva, Tantric, Transmatic
Austin City Limits 2014 (only bands I saw): Eminem, Outkast, Skrillrex, Beck, Lana Del Rey, Foster the People, Major Lazer, Spoon, Interpol, Childish Gambino, Chvrches, St. Vincent, Iggy Azalea, Icona Pop, Capital Cities, Paolo Nutini, Jenny Lewis, Sam Smith, Kongos, J. Roddy Walston & the Business
Austin City Limits 2015 (only bands I saw): Foo Fighters, Tame Impala, Gary Clark Jr, Billy Idol, Brandon Flowers, George Ezra, Run The Jewels, Leon Bridges, Royal Blood, Meg Myers
Day for Night 2015 (only bands I saw): Janelle Monae, Flying Lotus, CocoRosie, Future Blondes, Prince Rama, New Order
Free Press Summer Fest 2016 (only bands I saw): Modest Mouse, Jamie XX, Gogol Bordello, Matt and Kim, X Ambassadors, Built to Spill, David Ramirez, Lewis Del Mar, Chicano Batman, Sir the Baptist, Deadmau5, The National, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Chainsmokers, Leon Bridges*, Young the Giant, Big Grams, Violent Femmes, Against Me!
Austin City Limits 2016 (only bands I saw): Bear Hands, Bad Suns, The Wombats, Banks & Steelz, The Strumbellas, Foals, Cold War Kids, Corinne Bailey Rae, Die Antwoord, Band of Horses, M83, Radiohead, Major Lazer*
Austin City Limits 2017 (only bands I saw): Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, MUTEMATH, Hamilton Leithauser, Royal Blood, Skepta, Foster the People, The Revivalists, Ryan Adams, Jay-Z, The XX, LIVE, Russ, Cut Copy, Ice Cube, Rufus Du Sol, Spoon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, First Aid Kit, BadBadBadNotGood, The Head and the Heart, Portugal. The Man, The Killers
Other Shows in no particular order (because I cannot remember the date, mostly)(and will be updated when I remember stuff):
Paul McCartney at Minute Maid Park
Michael Buble’* (3 times)
Naturally 7* (twice with Buble’)
George Strait at Rice Stadium
George Strait at Minute Maid Park
New Kids on the Block*
Boyz II Men
Depeche Mode* (4 times)
Peter Bjorn and John
Death Cab For Cutie
Sublime with Rome
Mumford and Sons
Justin Timberlake* (2 times)
Red Hot Chili Peppers* (2 times)
I feel tired just making this list.
Planned for 2018 – will be moved to the above category if/when they are attended: