Throwback Thursday – My List of Concerts


Tonight my son and I, along with a couple of neighbors, are going to see My Morning Jacket at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA (a suburb of Philadelphia).

I must admit I don’t know much about My Morning Jacket, although my son is trying to give me a crash course using YouTube. Based on what I’ve seen and heard, I am excited about the show.

Getting ready for tonight’s concert got me thinking about past concerts I’ve been to, so I thought I’d put together a list of various acts I’ve seen over the years. I’m sure I’m missing a few, but this should capture most of the ones I’ve been to. In hindsight, it’s not that an extensive list, at least compared to some people I know who have been to well over a hundred concerts.

There’s also a couple of bands I think I’ve seen, but I’m not quite sure. I also included a list of shows I’d like to see, as well as a short list of a couple of acts I wish I had seen, but now there’s no opportunity to do so.

Many of these concerts were at the Spectrum in Philadelphia (pictured above), a classic venue. I came across this listing of concerts at the Spectrum that was helpful in recalling some of the concerts below. The Spectrum opened in 1967 and its demolition was completed in 2011.

So without further ado, here are my lists:

Shows I’ve been to:

Bruce Springsteen (several times)
James Gang
ZZ Top (not really sure why…)
Beach Boys
Elvis Presley
Billy Joel
Elton John
Boz Scaggs
The Who
Tim Moore
Harry Chapin
Livinsgston Taylor
Bonnie Raitt

I think I saw the following bands:

Hall & Oates
Edgar Winter
Golden Earring

Shows I’d like to see – my wish list:

The Eagles
Fleetwood Mac
The Killers
Bob Seger
Paul Simon
Ingrid Michaelson
Colbie Caillat
Neil Diamond
Norah Jones
Carole King
James Taylor
Cat Stevens
Katy Perry (I think…)

Shows I’ll never get to see:

John Denver
The Beatles
Jim Croce

And here is the ultimate way to end this post; Bruce’s final performance of Thunder Road at the Spectrum, with Clarence on the sax…

Thank you Bruce, and the Spectrum, for all the great memories.

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