Friday, October 7, 2016

Musical Bucket List

Dolly was but the first (although knowing how I tackle projects with a dogged... ooooh shiny!!!...).

Where was I?

Here's a list in no particular order. Things to note:

  • "living legends" is awful since I can't see them if they're not living and legends, you know what, I've already changed the title of this post to Musical Bucket List from Living Legends Checklist... a smarter man wouldn't reference that at all
  • I don't really have a strong affection for traditional classic rock bands, and, while I'm sure a KISS concert would be fun for a variety of reasons, I just can't see myself keeping a straight face for 2 hours and 37 minutes
  • this list is largely artists that I've never seen live, not necessarily my most favorite; as I write this there will be one exception, so it's possible I'll add a few more
  • some other disclaimers like your mileage may vary and bitch you don't know my life

Artist (and any possible issues or caveats that seemed important to share [hi Cher!])

  • The Who (a large part of the appeal of Oldchella)
  • Van Morrison (discovering Astral Weeks on a flight home to Portland late one night 10 or 12 years ago was magical; not filled with hits but an all-time classic for a reason)
  • Aretha Franklin (I think this could be tricky; both she and Barbra Streisand used to limit their live performances due to stage fright [or that's how I remember it]--Streisand seems to be over that now)
  • Barbra Streisand (see above; this is the artist I knew would be on the list that I feel least enthusiastic about)
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Elton John (from what I've read he's lost a part of his vocal range and rewritten some music to account for that [it might be too late])
  • Chaka Khan (she is often a punchline for my jokes, but damn the girl can sing)
  • Pat Benatar (I was unhappy to find out she played recently in Salem but not super unhappy since it was an outdoor show and it was raining)
  • Fleetwood Mac (or maybe Stevie Nicks and a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, or maybe a Fleetwood Mac tribute band [which is to say Stevie live may not be the best])
  • Willie Nelson
  • Country singer Randy Travis
  • Eurythmics/Annie Lennox (I continue to kick myself for misunderstanding the schedule of the opening for EXP when I lived in Seattle--I missed their reunion show and saw Alanis, Beck and Rufus... Matchbox 20 was the headlining act... fuck; this is the act I have seen that I knew would be on the list)
  • Dwight Yoakam (this is the act I have seen before that I didn't expect to make the list--I talked to someone wearing a DY concert jacket the other day and she said she just saw him play in somewhere nearby/smallish/possibly casino-related; I saw him in the late-ish 80s, with Buck Owens, at the Fox... later I spent a night in Bakersfield... what a dump)
  • Sheryl Crow (she grew to become one of my favorite artists of the 90s and surely a state or county fair is in her future [I'm sure she does QUITE well])
  • Rolling Stones (with a new album due this year, it's possible)
  • Bruce Springsteen (don't ask)
  • Grace Jones (highly unlikely [I've tried 3 times in Ft Lauderdale... me and the Copa, we're like Charlie Brown and that football])
  • Chicago and/or Earth, Wind and Fire (they're kinda the same band if  you don't think about it)
  • Grace Slick and/or Marianne Faithful (I'm tossing this in whimsically at the end--they both have distinctive voices I'd love to hear live but I doubt I'll be burdened with actually going)
  • Barry Gibb (he's the last highlander?!)
  • Florence + the Machine (Florence Welch : Millennials as Annie Lennox : Generation X)

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