It's The End Of The Week As We Know It: Part 77

Happy Thanksgiving to all you crazy readers. So continuing the whole reflection idea of Thanksgiving, I want to bring up something I've wanted to try out on everyone here. We're going to play a little memory game.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all you crazy readers. I trust you all had some fine Thanksgiving festivities with friends and family, soaked up the drink and munched on some hearty turkey feed. Currently, I'm writing this post-meal in the comfort of a great friend's home while "No Country For Old Men" plays on a nearby television. Relaxing times for sure.

If the Thanksgiving holiday means anything aside from binge eating and arguing about politics with extended family, it's supposed to be a time to acknowledge the good things in your life and reflect on how rad they all are a quality and worthwhile exercise, I'll say.

By the time you're reading this on Friday, you may be enjoying a day off and have some free time on your hands. So continuing the whole reflection idea of Thanksgiving, I want to bring up something I've wanted to try out on everyone here. We're going to play a little memory game:

Can you name every band you've seen live? Every one. Every single band you've seen live in your entire life.

Feel free to take a pen to paper and list them out (or better yet, type away in the comment section). This exercise will likely stretch that memory of yours and take a while, but that's okay you have the day off. Maybe look through all the crap in your drawers and find some old concert ticket stubs to jog your memories. Find your old Polaroids and remember the times you pregamed in the parking lot before Iron Maiden.

Here's the list criteria definitely include festival lineups and try to only list touring bands (your uncle's Jimmy Buffett cover band that plays at Moe's Tavern every other Thursday doesn't count). After listing each band, put a star next to the ones that were particularly amazing and had an impact on you. Don't neglect to include embarrassing bands you've seen as well.

After the list is done, try pinpoint the Most Impressive Band you've seen, the Most Surprising, Biggest Letdown and Best Overall Concert Experience.

Game on.

Here's my complete list of bands I've seen live, starting from the first show I ever saw on December 8th, 2000, at the ripe old age of 13.

Good Charlotte Fuel* Everclear The Wallflowers Live Vertical Horizon Barenaked Ladies Tenacious D Lifehouse Weezer* Aerosmith Ari Hest Deathcab For Cutie Chevelle Disturbed Marilyn Manson Korn Ozzy Osbourne Pearl Jam Sevendust Drowning Pool Darkest Hour The Human Abstract* Textures Periphery The Contortionist Lamb Of God* Metallica* Megadeth* Slayer Killswitch Engage Bullet For My Valentine Children Of Bodom DevilDriver KISS The Wailers OK Go Muse* Doves* Ours* Iron & Wine The Swell Season Strunz & Farah Zion I 311 Matisyahu Paul Gilbert Steve Vai Joe Bonamassa Motley Crue The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet Dashboard Confessional Beck TV On The Radio MGMT Spoon Tommy Emmanuel* Phil Sayce Black Label Society* Beats Antique The Shins Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience* Crosby, Stills & Nash* Rush*

*F-cking amazing!

  • Most Impressive Band: Hard to say for sure, but in terms of overall musicianship, powerful delivery and energy, I'd say Megadeth takes the cake as the most impressive live act I've seen. Muse would be a very close second.

  • Most Surprising: Matisyahu was surprisingly good. While I had only really known of his speedy reggae-rap-beatboxing vocal style, but live, he really delivered a diverse set with an impressive backing band. Seriously, his guitarist was sick.

  • Biggest Letdown: 311. While not a bad band by any means, they just didn't deliver live. Pretty underwhelming. Maybe that's because Matisyahu completely upstaged them

  • Best Overall Concert Experience: Aside from the impact of seeing my first ever show with Fuel, which got me hooked on rock music to begin with, I'd say hands down Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience was the most entertaining, surreal and joyous concert experience. Completely unreal.

    I'm curious to see how long your lists are and who you've all seen. A cash prize goes to whoever tops 100 bands (not really, but I'll think you're cool). Have a great holiday weekend and I'll see you around next week.

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    By Zach Pino Twitter: @zachpino

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      Pearl Jam Queens of the Stone Age Them Crooked Vultures Mastodon Megadeth Metallica Slayer Motorhead Slipknot Slash Misfits/Michale Graves Eagles of Death Metal Wolfmother Living Things Pearl Jam was the most impressive Megadeth was most surprising QOTSA was the best overall experience Metallica was the biggest let down because they didnt play Creeping Death
      Iron maiden Metallica Slayer The black keys Green day Soundgarden Children of bodom Motorhead Mastodon Twisted sister Alice cooper Green day Angelus Apatrida Dream Theater The Wailers Baron Rojo Slash ft Myles Kennedy Mark Knopfler Arch Enemy Apocalyptica The Offspring Red Hot Chili Peppers Incubus And I'm only 19!
      I'm 21... Sevendust Hollywood Undead Slayer Korn Sum 41 Marilyn Manson Disturbed Halestorm Papa Roach Motley crue Tenacious D KISS The Offspring Machine Head Guano Apes Trivium Rage against the machine Volbeat Editors Rammstein Rise Against Airbourne Hammerfall Steel Panther BFMV Muse 3 Doors Down SOAD RHCP Arch Enemy Lamb of God Zebrahead Slash ft. Myles Iron maiden Metallica CoB Epica Scorpions Good Charlotte My Chemical Romance Fall out Boy Slayer Motorhead The Hives Alice in Chains Pendulum Kasabian Coldplay Kings of Leon Hurts In Flames The Gaslight Anthem Bush Alter Bridge Simple Plan Soundgarden Mumford & Sons Linkin Park Enter Shikari Billy Talent Killswitch Engage Dropkick Murphys The ting tings Probably missing a few big and a lot of minor bands but thats all i can think of at the moment. Sorry in advance if i posted something double
      damn your lucky, Ive missed Rage,Ac/DC,Kiss,Mumford and Sons,Justice,Judas, ZZ Top, Airbourne and Ozzy and friends due to money/bad dates.
      Eclectic Lizard
      Neil Young (twice) Green Day (embarrassing) AC/DC Megadeth* with Motorhead*, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil Mastodon with Opeth and Ghost Metallica* with Striker (hometown heroes for me!)* Jeff Beck Joe Satriani
      Eclectic Lizard
      Most impressive would probably be Metallica just do to their showmanship Most surprising would be Ghost or Volbeat. Ghost was way heavier live than on record and Volbeat didn't annoy me as much as they do on record. Biggest letdown would probably be Mastodon. They played well an everything but there was no connection to the audience. They just played, said "thanks" and left. Best overall would be Gigantour with Megadeth and Motorhead. It was my first real metal show and it was crazy! Crowd surfing, moshing, losing clothes, fighting etc. Also don't know how I forgot to mention this but I also saw Iron Maiden with Coheed and Cambria. Maiden was ****ing amazing! I was right at the front the whole time!
      Rolling Stones The Oak Ridge Boys Reba Mcentire Cheap Trick Aerosmith Godsmack x2 Metallica x2 Van Halen x3 (1w/Sammy, 2w/David) Motley Crue x3 Dickie Betts (of Allman Brothers) Lynyrd Skynyrd Hinder x2 Submersed 10 Years Ill Nino Disturbed Warrant RATT Vains of Jenna x3 Dirty Penny x2 Alice Cooper Rob Zombie Guns N' Roses x2 (w/ Axl and RNRHOF performance) Adler's Appetite x2 Velvet Revolver Slash ft Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators x2 Duff McKagan Red Hot Chili Peppers (RNRHOF performance) Donovan (RNRHOF performance) Wednesday 13 x2 Local H x2 Black Label Society Ozzy Osbourne (x2) Static X DOWN Lordi Lamb of God (x2) Trivium (x2) Gojira The Sword Behemoth Hatebreed In This Moment Devildriver Rob Halford Killswitch Engage Five Finger Death Punch Emure God Forbid Joe Walsh Avenged Sevenfold x3 Hollywood Undead Shinedown Buck Cherry x2 KISS Saving Abel Protest the Hero hed PE nonPoint Hellyeah x2 Sevendust x3 Bret Michaels Vince Neil That's what I remember off top of my head. Makes you think. Countless local and smaller touring acts as well. And I'm 23 from IOWA. Yea, a lot of good bands miss Iowa on their tours.
      Nine Inch Nails (1st concert when I was 11) Testament Lamb of God* Slayer* Megadeth* Pearl Jam* The Sheepdogs Our Lady Peace (I'm only currently 15 years old, and I hope to see Rush and Iron Maiden before they can't tour anymore because of their age.) Most Impressive Band: Megadeth Most Surprising: Not really surprising, but the Sheepdogs still haven't released their 1st album when I saw them, and I really enjoyed all their songs. Biggest Letdown: None so far. Best Overall Concert Experience: Pearl Jam. I mostly like listening to guitar/riff focused songs, since I play guitar, obviously. But some of my favorite songs from this concert are the ones that rely on atmosphere created by all instruments, such as Jeremy and Black.
      (I am 17 and the 1st concert what i seen was at age of 12) The Rolling Stones Green Day Guns N' Roses Biffy Clyro Kasabian Motorhead Airbourne Roger Waters Coldplay Arctic Monkeys Red Hot Chili Peppers Jack White Radiohead Miles Kane Stone Roses
      Most impressive: Dream Theater and Prince most surprising: Halestorm and Whitesnake Biggest letdown: None Best Overall Concert Experience: Motley Crue
      Status Quo Clutch Motorhead Protest The Hero Gojira Bullet For My Valentine Sanctity Annihilator Trivium Enter Shikari Coheed and Cambria Korn Flyleaf Billy Talent Madina Lake The Sounds Job For a Cowboy Lamb Of God Rubylux Skindred Bowling For Soup Kiss Judas Priest Seether Disturbed Biffy Clyro Incubus Pendulum Prodigy Chase + Status Devin Townsend Project Tenacious D In Flames Children Of Bodom Cavalera Conspiricy Soulfly Wildhearts Faith No More Killswitch Engage Staind The Answer DevilDriver Hatebreed Down Slipknot ZZ top Them Crooked Vultures AC/DC HellYeah Megadeth Deftones Rage Against The Mschine Dillinger Escape Plan Porcupine Tree Airbourne Stone Sour Aerosmith Black Stone Cherry Thin Lizzy Alter Bridge The Darkness Soil Avenged Sevenfold System of a Down Rob Zombie Linkin Park Metallica Black Sabbath Soundgarden Machine Head Black Label Society Slash Axewound Cancer Bats Apocalyptica 5 years of Download! plus some other stuff XD
      @Loise, you make $27h thats great going girl good for you! My story is that I quit working at shoprite to work online, seriously I couldn't be happier I work when I want and where I want. And with a little effort I easily bring in $35h and sometimes even as much as $85hheres a good example of what i'm doing, cloud68DoTc om
      social distoration korn wednesday 13 the biters kill the noise betraying the martyers white chaple asking alexandra the devil wears prada anthrax motorhead as i lay dying slipknot slayer one eyed doll butcher babies otep 7th heaven
      I'm 17 so going to festivals is very limited. My darkest days Three days grace Black box revelation x2 Beady eye Tyler Bryant and the shakedown x2 Mona x2 Noel Gallagher and the highflying birds Arctic monkeys The black keys x2 Jaill The hives Brendan benson Scorpions Ben Caplin Big black delta The joy formidable Death cab for cutie The growlers The black angels Metric Passion pit Milo Greene Aloe black The weeknd Red hot chili peppers Oberhofer x2 The gaslight anthem x2 At the drive-in Jack white Hot water music Rise against Matt and Kim
      Symphony X Dream Theater 3x*** Textures 2x Arch Enemy Pain Of Salvation Opeth Children Of Bobom Machinehead Slipknot* Whitesnake* Papa Roach WASP Heaven & Hell Motley Crue* Apocalyptica Mr.Big Alter Bridge Avenged Sevenfold Prince* Philip Sayce Thin Lizzy Richie Kotzen Halestorm Slash*
      Gojira 2x* Lamb of God 3x*** Metallica* Alice in Chains Middle Class Rut TOOL 2x ** Dalek Megadeth Slayer Testament* A Perfect Circle Red Bacteria Vaccuum MESHUGGAH * Baroness * Machine Head 2x ** Prong 2x Crowbar* Mastodon* Opeth Katatonia Dethklok Black Dahlia Murder Suicide Silence Deftones The Dillinger Escape Plan 2x * Slipknot Rise Against Foo Fighters* The Black Keys Puscifer Flaming Lips Brand New Hatebreed In Flames Riff Lord Sylosis Cannibal Corpse Converge * Torche * Kvelertak * Ghost And I'm also only 19! Most Impressive was probably Dillinger Escape Plan, those guys are insane. And seeing Meshuggah was like hearing the polyrhythmic heartbeat of the universe. So that was pretty impressive too. Most surprising was Converge. I was totally blown away by their energy. Incredible show. Biggest Letdown was probably A Perfect Circle, but mostly because of the setlist. I still love that band. Best concert experience was probably both times I saw Tool, but Meshuggah and Lamb of God are up there too.
      Our Final Hour Yashin This Year's Winner Is... Upon A Burning Body The Word Alive Of Mice & Men The Audition The Blackout Every Time I Die Architects that's a shit list
      Cuarteto de Nos No Te Va Gustar Paul McCartney Guns n' Roses Slash ft Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators Sebastian Bach
      Desorden pblico Metallica* Korn Papa Roach The Offspring Oasis Incubus Epica Big Elf Dream Theater Pablo Mendoza Paul Gilbert* Joe Satriani* John Petrucci Steve Morse Iron Maiden Bullet for my Valentine Electrocirkus Slah feat. Myles Kennedy Mastodon Viniloversus Elefreak Apocalyptica Cra dle of Filth Candy 69 Amigos Invisibles Caramelos de Cianuro Los Ratones Paranoicos Despues de Vieja Rata blanca I'm forgeting about 15 minor bands... but great though!!
      iron maiden dream theater slash joe satriani megadeth (with and without the big 4) metallica (w big 4) anthrax (w big 4) slayer (w big 4) motorhead yellow custard matter (paul girlbert/mike portnoy beatles tribute) the offspring
      oh, i also saw buckethead. most impressive - metallica. seeing them at yankee stadium was unreal. they had HUGE pyrotechnics, lots of fog, lasers, fireworks, and i got to see em play w the other big four members. best overall experience - i would say the big four concert. all bands rocked the house and there was tons of energy. biggest letdown - buckethead. hes an amazing player but he played with a backing track and while hes a funny guy with plenty of props, it just got boring really quickly to just watch a guy shred along to a recording.
      The Sword Lamb Of God Metallica* Scale The Summit Bigfish Zappa Plays Zappa Dream Theater Exodus Testament Megadeth* Uproar Festival: Hail The Villain Avenged Sevenfold* Disturbed Dream Theater Iron Maiden Uproar Festival: Escape The Fate Bullet For My Valentine* Three Days Grace Avenged Sevenfold* Opeth Devin Townsend Project Ghost* Opeth Mastodon Lacuna Coil Volbeat Motorhead Megadeth Death Angel* Testament Anthrax* Geoff Tate Alice Cooper
      Turisas Dragonforce Sixdayriot Seth Lakeman* Spyritus Rise to Remain Shadows Fall* The Moons Ocean Colour Scene* (twice) Romance Masters of Reality The Cult* Reel Big Fish Wheatus Fool's Gold Red Hot Chili Peppers* Halcyon Way Trillium Delain* Most impressive band: Gotta be the Chili Peppers. Perfect musicianship and ridiculously energetic. Most Surprising: Either Seth Lakeman, as I was new to folk at the time, or Reel Big Fish, which were not the most technically good band, but were just immensely fun. Biggest Letdown: Romance and Masters of Reality, the two support acts for The Cult. The Cult themselves were well worth the 28, but neither support act were at all worthy of opening for them. Best overall concert experience: Either the Chili Peppers or Delain. The Chilis put on a perfect show and had awesome support, but I'd rather have seen them in a smaller venue (that's a personal preference as they could definitely handle a venue the size of Sheffield Arena). Delain had a much smaller venue, amazing show (with the bonus of a really hot singer), but the crowd didn't seem to get into it as much as some other shows, especially during the support acts.
      I fully agree with your comment on Matisyahu. I was actually quite familiar with his stuff prior to the show but he still surpassed my expectations. His backing band on the show I saw was Dub Trio. They did an awesome track with Mike Patton for Peeping Tom called "We're not alone" and are pretty sweet on their own albums. I highly recomend.
      The Red Hot Chili Peppers (Fools Gold supporting) and Blink 182(Blackout and All American Rejects supporting)! Yeah, I know, I'll be seeing many more in the future, I only recently turned 16 and seen the Chilis Nov 2011, seen Blink July 2012. I would love to see Tool, Metallica, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and many more metal, grunge and many other genre bands. I thoroughly enjoyed both concerts although I liked Blink more than the Chilis but that was mostly down to seating, close at Blink, second to top row for RHCP. It would probably be the other way around if I were closer for them! Amazing band
      Twenty Twenty. Paramore. Theory of a Deadman. Black Stone Cherry. Alter Bridge. * The Safety Fire. Periphery. Between the Buried and Me.* Wolf.* Evile. Steel Panther.* Most impressive was BTBAM, it's insane that they can pull off their stuff live so perfectly every time. Most surprising was Wolf, they supported Evile and blew everybody away. Biggest letdown was probably Twenty Twenty, I'd never even listened to them, all my friends told me they were good so I got tickets, I walked out after the second song. Best tour was The Safety Fire/Periphery/BTBAM, three amazing prog bands right there. Best moment is tied between when Nuno Bettencort joined Alter Bridge on stage and when Joey Belladona joined Steel Panther on stage.
      Van Halen The Sword Machine Head Metallica AFI Green Day Periphery Dream Theater Frank Turner Dropkick Murphys Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Ghost Opeth Mastodon Get the Led Out
      A.F.I. K-OS Arkells Against Me! Cancer Bats Alexisonfire (twice) Billy Talent (twice) Bleeker Ridge Sumo Cyco 10 Years Hollywood Undead Jonas & the Massive Attraction My Darkest Days (twice) Dead Sara The Offspring Three Days Grace (twice) First show was in June of '09 where I saw AFI, AOF, and Billy Talent at 13 years old. Best band: Easily Billy Talent. So energetic and engaging, I'm definitely going to see them when they come around again. Most Surprising: Dead Sara. When they came on to open for The Offspring, I just thought great another crappy indie band. But that singer sings amazingly, and they put on a great show. Biggest Letdown: I think I would have to say The Offspring. They came on, played their songs, and left. There was minimal interaction with the crowd. They sound great live and on CD, but I don't think I'll pay to see them again. Best Overall Concert Experience: I would have say my first concert would have to be my favourite. I saw Arkells, AFI, Alexisonfire, Billy Talent, and a few others there. All 8 hour of was unforgettable. The weather was shit, but hey, that only makes it more memorable later on. I loved that show so much.
      Megadeth Into Eternity Dream Theater Iron Maiden Zappa Plays Zappa Big Elf Animals as Leaders Tesseract Between The Buried And Me Trivium All That Remains Stryper Scale The Summit As I Lay Dying August Burns Red Alter Bridge Nile Overkill Becoming The Archetype Winds of Plague I don't want to admit this one but oh well: Limp Bizkit..i was in junior high so yeah. Most impressive- tie between Megadeth and Dream Theater Best overall experience- Stryper(it was a meet and greet) and surprisingly their sound was the heaviest and clearests out of all the bands i've seen Biggest letdown- Trivium, they were sloppy and the vocals were horrendous
      Collective Soul Cranberries Good Charlotte Sum 41* Unwritten Law Static Lullaby Green Day* Boys Like Girls Forever The Sickest Kids Metro Station The Maine Hollywood Undead Stone Sour Avenged Sevenfold* Metallica* Megadeth Slayer Anthrax Volbeat* Marilyn Manson Killswitch Engage Bullet For My Valentine Machine Head* The Sword Most Impressive Band: Metallica by far is the most impressive band I have ever seen. They are an absolute powerhouse live. Nearly flawless every time I have seen them. Most Surprising: Anthrax really surprised me. I always thought of them as the forgotten part of the Big 4 and thought they wouldn't be that great. I was dead wrong. They put on such a great show, and even though I did like them before hand, they made me a fan. Biggest Letdown: I would say Megadeth, but I found out after I saw them that Mustaine had hurt his neck end that one wrong move would paralyze him, which instantly made it an impressive performance. Because of this, I would have to say Manson. He wasn't that great sound wise and I had a friend rave about his stage performance, but I was left wanting more. Best Overall Concert Experience: Orion Music+More Festival hands down. I didn't include every band there because I didn't see every band there. But it was so much more than the bands. There were great comedians, awesome exhibits, and the stores weren't your average vendors. The food was good, the weather was perfect, the prices weren't outrageous, and the acts and exhibits were awesome. It was just a great time. Metallica played Ride The Lightning and the Black Album in their entirety, and I became a new fan of Volbeat. It was the best weekend of my life and almost 6 months later, I'm still saying how I want to go back.
      I forgot Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Puddle of Mudd, Chevelle. Out of those, Godsmack would get a star, and maybe Shinedown.
      Alter Bridge Avenged Sevenfold The Black Dahlia Murder Bullet for My Valentine Children Collide Chimaira Coal Chamber Foo Fighters Fucked Up Gojira Heights Hellyeah House vs. Hurricane In Flames Iron Maiden Lamb of God Mastodon Meshuggah Monster Magnet MxPx Allstars/The Ataris Nonpoint Northlane One Day as a Lion Queens of the Stone Age Skyway Slash Slipknot System of a Down Steel Panther Stone Sour Taking Dawn Tenacious D Times of Grace Violent Soho While She Sleeps Most impressive: would have to be Foo Fighters, put on a great show. Most surprising: While She Sleeps, I wasn't a huge fan of their music but they put on a great show. Biggest letdown: Monster Magnet, sounded alright on recording, but live it was just sludgy and the fat singer could hardly hold a note. Best overall tour: would of course be Soundwave Festival where I've seen the majority of the bands on the list.