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What's the most memorable concert or live performance you ever attended? I was lucky enough to grow up in the late '60s and early '70s--the glory years of rock music. I saw many great shows with many unforgettable memories to go with them. Vintage Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, Jethro Tull and so many more that I've forgotten some of them. Probably the most memorable was seeing YES play in my home town of DeLand, Florida on the Stetson University campus in 1971. The venue was called The Pit--a sinkhole on fraternity row with a wooden stage at the bottom. Several thousand people turned out along the slopes to hear the band. Rick Wakeman had just joined and "Roundabout" had not yet been released. It was great to see a band about to take off for international stardom in our sleepy, little town. They promised to come back, but they became so big they never did. 

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I'd have to go back in time and say that the most memorable concert would have to be seeing the Phil Collins and Genesis.  The concert was outside, at a Phoenix amphiteatre, and even the oven-like heat didn't keep down the crowd. The lights, the music, and the stage presence couldn't be beat.

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I recall a performance of the Tales of Hoffman at Chicago's Lyric Opera in the mid 80's which had the soprano Ruth Welting playing Olympia the mechanical doll.  As she sung her main aria there was something so extraordinary, something so wonderful in her performance that you almost stopped breathing just to take it all in.  It seemed note perfect, yet it also filled with nuance, warmth and feeling.  There was a sense of both artist and audience sharing some wonderful connection.  When she was done the whole house eruptded in the most thuderous applause I ever heard in the opera house. She graced us with a repeat performance of her aria.

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I haven't really been to many music concerts, but I have had two particularly moving experiences at live performances.

One is the first time I saw Les Miserables.  We were in a glorious old London theatre, and I'm embarrassed to say I knew very little about the story going into the show.  But as I sat and watched, I was mesmerized by the glorious music and heartbreaking story of redemption and loss and love.  I've seen it many times since, and it still stirs something in me that I can't explain except to say I feel it to my core.

On a much less sublime note, I'll never forget seeing Stomp!  This production is simply stunning to all my senses.  I've taken students, family, and friends with me; they have all been moved as I have by the sheer energy and brilliance of the show. 

I think it's hard not to be moved by any live performance if the performer(s) display passion.  Something in us connects with that on whatever level, and we are changed for having been part of the performance.

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I feel as though this is going to reveal just how young I am, but my most memorable live performance was a Green Day concert. I've seen them over ten times (and I strongly recommend seeing the Broadway musical "American Idiot." It almost was my post for this!) About 2 years ago I saw Green Day in Pittsburgh. I traveled about 500 miles to see them because they were not coming near me. It was lat minute and rushed, and I don't do spontaneous well. We got the show, they played every song I wanted to hear. Most of it was older stuff, classics from Dookie, Insomniac, and Kerplunk, with a few new tunes from AI and 21st Century in there as well. But what made this night so amazing was when a little boy on this guy's shoulders held up a sign that said "Please Play JAR." "J.A.R" is by far my favorite song in the world. I have played for inspiration for almost every difficult situation in my life and not to mention part of it was my senior quote in high school. For the 14 times I have seen this band play live for the past 12 years, I have never seen them...

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My most memorable concert was when I went to a Hollywood Undead concert. It was in a small venue, and I didn't know many of the new songs. Despite that it was amazing. It was over five hours long because there were three opening acts. All of them had different styles of music and showed different personalities. Seeing the crowd all excited together, dancing, singing, jumping, everything was amazing. I've been to some concerts that were just fun, but the atmosphere at this one was like no other. The lights flashing through the crowd. The steam rising up as the whole room heated up during the show. It was an amazing feeling to experience it all and be feeling the same way as so many other people in the venue.

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I'm not sure if this counts but my state holds this annually and it is called the "Virginia International Tattoo". This is a 'concert' or 'performance' that many military bands or non-military bands get together to perform music together in front of many audiences. I loved going every year when I was in middle school because you saw military bands, but you also saw different bands from different cultures performing and it felt like I was traveling the world in my own home.

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The most memorable concert I've been to was a group called Exo. I've been to quite a lot of concert but this one stuck to me because of how well the fans were united. For example, there were three levels and all the seats were filled, each and every one of us had these light sticks and we were swinging it to the beat of the music. All of us were also chanting the fan chants for the songs. The most memorable part though was when we all held up this poster thing at the same time and it spelled out " we are one ". This concert was definitely memorable. 

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I have 2 favorites.  1-Phantom of the Opera.  It was incredible. The music was so powerful it moved me to tears.  2-I saw Sandi Patty.  Her Soprano voice is so amazing.  Again I was moved to tears and felt so close to the Lord.

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I am no music snob, I try to like everything (or at least give it a chance.) However, when my boyfriend bought us tickets to see ACDC I was not enthused. We watched or participated in the scream-singing and dancing that goes along with late nights and the song "You Shook Me All Night Long," but that was definitely not a concert I wanted to sit through.

As we found our way to the 6th row (yes, he "had" to sit close) I was, if possible, even less excited than before. There was a full size train engine on the stage under their massive famous logo. I tried to finish my beverage quickly so I could have a reason to get up.

However, after they opened with "Thunderstruck" I became, against my better judgement, a screaming ACDC fan. No wonder those guys have had a career as long and crazy as their's has been. They are amazing and talented and older than my dad. Their energy and intesity made me feel bad about getting off the eliptical machine sooner than I planned. They were doing 10 times as much as I my usual gym workout, for 2 plus hours, while playing an instrument, and often, with a cigarrette in their mouths.

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Play - "Cabaret" with Neil Patrick Harris on Broadway

Music Concert - can't pick just one...but Ani Difranco and Kristin Hersh are definitely up there.

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