Rockin’ The Casbah

I was chatting with Chris online the other day and I mentioned that I had seen Queen in concert. As we talked more I realized that growing up in the Bay Area in the 1970s and 80s had afforded me the unusual opportunity to see an obscene amount of artists in concert. Also I have continued to attend concerts as I’ve gotten older. I decided to make a list of every artist I had seen in person. This list has topped out at 208 bands/artists including some comedians I’ve seen in clubs. Keep in mind that the vast majority of these concerts were music festivals and I don’t actually remember all of different artists, I just know I was there. Some of them I don’t remember because I was about 12 when I began going to Day on the Green concerts at the Oakland Coliseum, and I just didn’t know or didn’t care about some of the bands, and some I don’t remember because they weren’t all that great, and some I don’t remember due to “chemical enhancement”, but MOST of them I can remember at least bits and pieces of the show, if not all of it. I know for sure I’m missing a few concerts for which I just can’t remember names, but I can picture the show. Oh well. They’ll come to me someday.  I didn’t include musicals, operas, etc.

So, for your perusement and amusement, here’s the list in alphabetical order:

.38 Special
AC/DC
Bryan Adams
Aerosmith
Air Supply
Alabama
Diane Amos (Comedy)
Tori Amos
Louie Anderson (Comedy)
Fiona Apple
Joan Armatrading
B-52s
The Babys
The Bangles
Barenaked Ladies
Bay City Rollers
Pat Benatar
Black Sabbath
Blondie
Blue Oyster Cult (also as Soft White Underbelly)
Blues Traveler
Boston
David Bowie
David Brenner (Comedy)
Jonatha Brooke
Jackson Browne
Jimmy Buffett
T-Bone Burnett
Cake
Belinda Carlisle
The Cars
Casting Crowns
Steven Curtis Chapman
Tracy Chapman
Cheap Trick
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Margaret Cho (Comedy)
The Clash
Andrew Dice Clay (Comedy)
Marc Cohn
Paula Cole
Phil Collins
Shawn Colvin
Commodores
Dave Coulier (Comedy)
Crash Test Dummies
Robert Cray
Culture Club
Dance Hall Crashers
Charlie Daniels Band
The Dead Kennedys
Def Leppard
Depeche Mode
Devo
Doobie Brothers
The Eagles
Earth, Wind, & Fire
Sheena Easton
Electric Light Orchestra
English Beat
Gloria Estafan & The Miami Sound Machine
Melissa Etheridge
Eurythmics
Ferron
The Fixx
Fleetwood Mac
Foghat
Foreigner
Peter Frampton
Peter Gabriel
Gamma
Garbage
Crystal Gayle
J. Geils Band
Genesis
Debbie Gibson
Nick Gilder
The Go-Gos
Whoopi Goldberg (Comedy)
Bobcat Goldthwait (Comedy)
Eddy Grant
Sammy Hagar
Hall & Oates
Corey Hart
Heart
Don Henley
The Himalayans (Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz)
Hot Tuna
Billy Idol
Indigo Girls
INXS
Iron Maiden
Chris Isaak
Jefferson Starship
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Billy Joel
Elton John (w/Kiki Dee)
Journey
Judas Priest
Kansas
Lucy Kaplansky
Katrina & The Waves
King Crimson
B.B. King
Sam Kinison (Comedy)
The Kinks
Kool & The Gang
Kris Kristofferson
Christine Lavin
Annie Lennox
Huey Lewis & The News
Richard Lewis (Comedy)
Little River Band
Kenny Loggins
Loverboy
Madness
Howie Mandell (Comedy)
Manhattan Transfer
Richard Marx
Matchbox 20
Bobby McFerrin
Sarah McLachlan
John Cougar Mellencamp
Men-At-Work
George Michael
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Steve Miller Band
Joni Mitchell
Keb’ Mo’
Molly Hatchet
Eddie Money
Moody Blues
Alanis Morrisette
Alison Moyet
Willie Nelson
Stevie Nicks
Night Ranger
Nitza (Cirque de Soleil – Delirium singer)
Ted Nugent
Gary Numan
Oingo Boingo
Joan Osborne
Ozzy Osbourne
Ray Parker Jr.
Phish
Pink Floyd
Pointer Sisters
The Police
Kevin Pollack (Comedy)
Paula Poundstone (Comedy)
Public Image, Limited (PiL)
Quarterflash
Queen
Eddie Rabbitt
Rainbow
Bonnie Raitt
Reel Big Fish
REO Speedwagon
Cliff Richard
Rolling Stones
Linda Ronstadt
Bob Sagert (Comedy)
David Sanborn
Santana
Boz Scaggs
Scorpions
Bob Seger
Pauly Shore (Comedy)
Simply Red
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Rick Springfield
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Rod Stewart
Sting
Stray Cats
Styx
Sugarcubes
Supertramp
Survivor
Talking Heads
James Taylor
Tears for Fears
Thin Lizzy
Thompson Twins
Chris Tomlin
Peter Tosh
Toto
Pat Travers
Triumph
The Tubes
Tina Turner
U2
UB40
UFO
The Uptones
Van Halen
Luther Vandross
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Violent Femmes
Wham!
The Who
Kim Wilde
Dar Williams
Robin Williams (Comedy)
Wilson Phillips
George Winston
Yes
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