With the current absence of live music I’ve been thinking about the band’s I saw live and compiling a mental list of my favourites based on differing criteria. One category I thought might be appropriate for a HiFi Forum is “best sounding”.
I’ve listed some of the gigs that really impressed me.
Paul Simon @ Nottingham Motorpoint Arena - the only arena gig I’ve attended where I’ve ever lauded the sound quality. There were over a dozen musicians on stage yet you could still pick out an instrument and follow it.
Eels @ Rock City, Nottingham. Saw them twice on the same your but the SQ at this gig was way better.
Joan Armatrading @ Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Saw her at this venue on different tours in successive years and the difference in sound quality between the two was a surprise.
The Cure @ Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool. The fact that it was one of my favourite bands on the day Leeds Utd won the old 1st Division title made it a memorable day for me. It was my Mum’s birthday too.
Finally, two that may be a surprise.
Public Image Ltd @ The Tivoli, Buckley. A small venue in North Wales that has hosted many of the biggest names in rock (The Who and Oasis included). The SQ was outstanding, crisp highs and chest crushing bass all beautifully balanced.
I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea but John Lydon is mesmerising on stage.
The Damned @ The O2 Academy, Leicester. The band I’ve seen live more than any other, first in Chester in 1985 (on the Saturday before Live Aid) and most recently at Part Hall, Warrington.
I’d love to find out your faves.