If you’re passionate about music, you’ve had moments in your life when listening to a song or an album, or attending a concert, has taken you to another place that shakes you to your very core. In particular, a rock ‘n roll show can be an almost spiritual experience. If you’re really really lucky, there are times when the artist, the venue, the sound quality, the light show, the audience response, the set list, and the performance all merge to create a memory that’s pretty much perfect, even life-changing.
I’ve seen upwards of 350 concerts in my life, way above average even for diehard music fans, partly because I once reviewed concerts for a living. These shows, as one might expect, have been everything from spectacular to abysmal. I’ve heard great bands in horrible halls, and ho-hum bands in excellent clubs. I’ve seen outstanding performances in front of rude audiences. I’ve heard extraordinary set lists played through crappy sound systems. It can be very frustrating.