David's Gigs List

My Top Five:

1. The Mars Volta - Friday 16/01/2004 - Mt.Smart Stadium, Auckland
2. Steven Wilson - Wednesday 26/10/2016 - The Powerstation, Auckland
3. Sonic Youth.  (Impossible to separate the following 2 gigs)

  • Wednesday 10/01/1996 - Town Hall, Wellington (with very early Foo Fighters)
  • Saturday 26/06/2004 - St.James Theatre Auckland (with J.Mascis)

4. Super Furry Animals - Tuesday 27/09/2005 - The Olympia, Dublin
5. Jeff Beck - Tuesday 3/02/2009 - ASB Theatre, Auckland

The Other Fifteen:

  • Throwing Muses - Thursday 25/09/2014 - Islington Assembly Hall, London (with Tanya Donnelly)
  • Blonde Redhead - Monday 29/09/2014 - Islington Assembly Hall, London
  • Pavement - 13/07/1994 - Caledonian Hall, Christchurch 
  • Tool - Friday 19/04/2002 - Queen's Wharf Event Centre, Wellington (with Melvins)
  • The Cure - Wellington 13/08/1992 - Town Hall, Wellington
  • Fleetwood Mac - Thursday 20/03/80 - Athletic Park, Wellington
  • Miroslav Vitous, Stanley Clarke and Larry Coryell - Monday 18/06/84 - Micheal Fowler Centre, Wellington (goose bumps! all night!)
  • Smashing Pumpkins - 02/04/1994 - Town Hall, Wellington (with The Breeders)
  • Edwin Collins - Thursday 23/09/2010 - Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
  • Black Angels and Black Mountain - 07/10/2010 - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
  • Placebo - Saturday 19/07/2003 - Town Hall, Auckland
  • Gruff Rhys - Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
  • Joe Jackson - Sat 23/04/1983 - Sports Stadium, Palmerston North
  • Calexico - Wellington Opera House
  • Grouplove - Thursday 06/10/2016 - Electric Ballroom, Camden, London

Most Disappointing Gig:

  • David Bowie - 24/11/1983 - Athletic Park, Wellington
    (Old ladies dancing in the isles to all of his hits. Fuck off! I'd rather be at a Nana Mouskouri gig!)
  • Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Nelson. 
    (He was brilliant, the crowd were fucking horrible!!

Loudest Gig:

  • Grinderman - Saturday 02/10/2010 - Coronet, Elephant And Castle, London
    (Undoubtedly the loudest and most organ inviserating gig I've ever experienced!)

A few other gigs I can remember:

  • Elton John - Wednesday 26/11/1980 - Athletic Park, Wellington
  • Dire Straits - Tuesday 29/03/1983 - Athletic Park, Wellington
  • Midnight Oil - Monday 04/06/1984 - Palmerston North Stadium, Palmerston North
  • Radiohead - Thursday 29/01/1998 - Queens Wharf Events Centre, Wellington
  • Steely Dan - Monday 24/09/2007 - Westpac Arena, Christchurch
  • Jeff Healy Band - Thursday 07/04/1991 - Town Hall, Christchurch
  • Smashing Pumpkins - Monday 18/03/1996 - Town Hall, Christchurch
  • Anathema - Prog.Metal London

Big Day Out Highlights

2004:  
The Strokes/Muse/The Darkness/Kings Of Leon/The Flaming Lips

2006: 
The Brunettes/Che Fu/Henry Rollins/The Subways/Wolfmother/The Magic Numbers/The Mars Volta/The White Stripes/Franz Ferdinand

2008
Supergroove/Spoon/Unkle/Battles/LCD Soundsystem/Billy Bragg/Arcade Fire/Bjork 

2011: 
Crystal Castles/Die Antwoord/Tool/Rammstein/Primal Scream1

NZ Bands (The ones I can remember)

  • Toy Love - Best NZ performance by far (New Levin Pub 1978 or 1979), 
  • Mi-Sex - Maroubra Seals Club, Sydney (with The Knobz) [Sarah threw up!]
  • Living Force - New Plymouth (late 70's) Eddie Hansen AND Harvey Mann (Some of the best guitar playing I have ever experienced)
  • 8 Foot Sativa,
  • Split Enz,
  • Ragnarok,
  • The Chills,
  • Shihad,
  • Jakob