Concerts - 1974 to the present

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  • R.E.M. (2)
  • The Grateful Dead (2 consecutive nights)
  • Paul Simon, Graceland Tour, incl.
  • - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • - Miriam Makeba
  • - Hugh Masakela
  • Paul Simon [2000 a.d.]
  • 10,000 Maniacs (2)
  • Suzanne Vega (3)
  • Fishbone (4)
  • GWAR (6?)
  • NOFX
  • Ween
  • Murphy’s Law
  • The Mentors
  • Lime Spiders
  • Soundgarden
  • Voivod
  • Faith No More
  • The Dickies
  • Tackhead
  • The Ramones
  • Mojo Nixon (and Skid Roper)
  • The Modern Jazz Quartet (Milt Jackson)
  • Spring Heeled Jack (USA) (2)
  • The Toasters (3-4)
  • The Skatalites
  • Michelle Shocked (2)
  • Bim Skala Bim (3)
  • Screaming Trees
  • The Flaming Lips
  • Fugazi (2)
  • The Queers (or saw them set up at least)
  • Thomas Mapfumo
  • Mzwakhe Mbuli
  • Poi Dog Pondering
  • Third World
  • Solas (2)
  • Ride
  • Lush
  • Toni!Tony!Toné!
  • Mighty Mighty Bosstones (2, including a New Year’s Eve show in Boston)
  • Two Skinnee J’s
  • Living Colour
  • NY Citizens (2)
  • Pixies
  • De La Soul (2)
  • Third Bass
  • Jane’s Addiction
  • Love & Rockets
  • Dave Brubeck (2)
  • Dr. John
  • Rebirth Brass Band
  • Echo and the Bunnymen
  • New Order
  • Gene Loves Jezebel
  • Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie
  • Arlo Guthrie
  • Leon Redbone
  • Taj Mahal
  • The Bobs
  • Virginia Rodrigues
  • Defunkt
  • Redd Kross
  • Femi Kuti (4)
  • Clandestine
  • Karan Casey (2)
  • Whirligig
  • Crawford Piano Trio
  • Indigo Girls
  • Toshi Reagon
  • Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
  • The Kingston Trio
  • Billy Bragg (re: Woody Guthrie)
  • Biz Markie
  • Common
  • Talib Kweli & DJ Hi Tek
  • Talib Kweli
  • Complex
  • Les Nubiens
  • Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca (2)
  • Baha Men
  • Rumbafrica
  • Stacey Earle
  • Steve Earle
  • Crooked County
  • Billy Taylor Trio
  • Danu
  • Basement Jaxx
  • Ugly Duckling
  • Stanton Moore
  • Tarika
  • Roy Ayers
  • Tony Kofi & the Afro-funk Family
  • Wynton Marsalis & the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
  • Edwin Ortiz y su Orquesta Romana
  • Shooglenifty
  • Earl Scruggs
  • Sarah Azzara
  • Arrow
  • Odetta
  • Corey Harris
  • Koko Taylor
  • Shemekia Copeland
  • Dolly Parton
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  • The Dismemberment Plan
  • The Decemberists (2)
  • The Joggers
  • The Cassettes
  • Phaser
  • British Sea Power
  • Neko Case / Kelly Hogan / Carolyn Mark
  • The New Pornographers
  • Rilo Kiley
  • M. Ward
  • Hem
  • Vic Chesnutt
  • The Life and Times
  • The Lonesome Organist
  • The Organ
  • Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra (2)
  • Atmosphere
  • Brother Ali (2)
  • Djinji Brown
  • The Micronots
  • Murs
  • The French Kicks
  • The 22-20s
  • Jet
  • Kings of Leon
  • Built to Spill
  • The Solace Brothers
  • The Delusions
  • Thorns (Pete Drogue/Shawn Mullins/Matthew Sweet)
  • The Jayhawks
  • The Album Leaf
  • Sigur Ros
  • Hoven Droven
  • The Sights
  • The Dirtbombs
  • Grandaddy
  • Hot Hot Heat
  • Super Furry Animals
  • Gang Starr
  • Clearlake
  • Tom Heinl
  • Broken Social Scene
  • Stars
  • Black Eyes
  • Sons & Daughters
  • Electrelane
  • Snow Patrol
  • DJ Shadow
  • Latyrx
  • Blackalicious
  • Orchestra Baobab
  • Mission of Burma
  • The Fiery Furnaces
  • The Hiss
  • Scissor Sisters
  • The Thrills
  • Ambulance Ltd.
  • Beulah
  • Dios
  • Angelique Kidjo
  • The Streets
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Phantom Planet
  • Washington Social Club
  • Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
  • Radio 4
  • Sinead O’Connor (almost)
Author Comments: 

The list includes every band or artist of any significance that I've ever seen live, starting from when I was roughly seven years old. It was up to date when it was posted (July 23, 2004), and I intend to keep updating it as time goes by. Although more recent shows are near the end, this list is in no particular order.

Just saw Billy Bragg do a benefit for WOOL. It was one of two concerts he did while over here (the Boston Social Forum being the other.)

He was, as usual, absolutely transcendent.

Peter Mulvey played a pleasant thirty-five minute opening set. Rep. Bernie Sanders did a fifteen minute run down on the FCC as he introduced Billy Bragg. And then Billy sang/spoke for a full two hours. Splendid.

Billy Bragg played acoustic guitar for everything but the three song encore. He did two Woody Guthrie songs (including the deliciously dirty "Ingrid Bergman") and, during the encore, a Clash song. He got "Sexuality" out of the way first ("It's so depressing to have people call out 'Play your hit!'") and to my surprise and delight he launched into "Help Save the Youth of America" during the encore.

Conversation and song were paced and balanced perfectly. He was just as funny/political as ever; it is so rare to see a performer who doesn't disappoint in some way or another. My only regret is that he has dropped his brilliant closing medley of "Don't Know Much/Tupelo Honey/People Get Ready" (and !oh my god! he's in his late forties...)