My pal Pete, and I, were discussing our all time favourite gigs after we gushed about Anohni on Wednesday night at the Edinburgh Festival.
He’s a massive James and Rolling Stones fan and said it even beat James. I was more cautious. Whilst I gave it a full five star rating and said it was in my all time top ten it’s had me thinking all week.
So with much consideration here are my all time top 20 favourite gigs. Each in different ways was a five star performance.
In no particular order, because that’s too hard.
The Clash. Edinburgh Playhouse. (Combat Rock tour)
Sufjan Stevens. Edinburgh Playhouse. (Carrie and Low tour Edinburgh International Festival – simply the best sound I have ever heard)
Anonhi. Edinburgh Playhouse. (Edinburgh Festival, this week)
Siouxsie and The Banshees. Edinburgh Playhouse. (around the time of Israel)
Kraftwerk. Edinburgh PLayhouse (front Row. Computer Love Tour)
Kraftwerk. King Tuts Stage (T in the Park – 3D tour)
Bill Nelson. The Nite Club (Upstairs from Edinburgh Playhouse)
Faust. The Citrus Club (original one in Edinburgh Grassmarket (set fire to the stage with Petrol)
Simple Minds (supported by Positive Noise). Tiffany’s, Glasgow.
Simple Minds. Barrowlands Ballroom, Glasgow.( 5 x 4 Tour)
Chic. West Holts Dance Stage (Glastonbury)
Massive Attack. The Other Stage (Glastonbury)
Nic Cave and the Bad Seeds. The Pyramid Stage (Glastonbury)
John Grant. The Park Stage (Glastonbury)
Savages. Williams Green Stage (Glastonbury)
Melody Gardot. Voodoo Rooms
Emma Pollock. Voodoo Rooms
Laurie Anderson. Queens Hall (possibly the O Superman tour, certainly around that time)
King Creosote performing From Scotland with Love at The Hub Edinburgh (Edinburgh Festival)
Frank Sinatra. Ibrox Park (Glasgow 1999 headline spot). I’ll never forget him say that “I never thought I’d hear every single member of an Ibrox crowd cheer a Catholic”
One major point to note. Only one single stadium gig. The last one.
Some of the greatest were in the smallest venues; Pollock, Gardot, Bill Nelson, Faust.
Who did I never see that I wished I had? Magazine, Buzzcocks, Sex Pistols, Steely Dan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Talking Heads, David Bowie, Belle and Sebastian, Cocteau Twins, Can, Velvet Underground.