Since it's a Throwback Thursday, I will blog about something other than technology or application program interfaces such as Autodesk Forge.
There is a Facebook meme going around where you post a list of bands that you've seen in concert but mix in one that you haven't seen. Your Facebook friends take guesses at which one is fake. I first saw this when my friend, Rex Rundgren (son of Todd Rundgren) posted his list. It's fun to see which bands your friends have seen, as in, "I have seen them too.", or "Really? What were they like in concert?" Trying to guess which band is out of place based on your friend's personality can be quite a stumper. They construct their lists so the obvious choice is not the correct choice.
I decided to get in on the fun. Here was my list:
- The Beatles
- Blue Oyster Cult
- Fleetwood Mac
- Gregg Allman
- 'N Sync
- Jeff Beck
- Maroon 5
- The Osmonds
- Van Halen
- ZZ Top
Which one is fake? My friends, Sharmaine Moody and Bill Bricker, each correctly guessed that I have never seen The Beatles perform live.
Here are the stories behind those real concerts:
I was 13 when I went to my first outdoor concert. It was at City Park in New Orleans. The lineup included a little-known band named Aerosmith as the opener, Fleetwood Mac, Jeff Beck, and ZZ Top. It rained the whole time. The crowd was soaked. Jeff Beck got so wet that he threw his electric guitar into the crowd while it was still mic'd. That was an interesting minute of sound.
I attended a festival show at the Louisiana Superdome that included: Sammy Hagar (solo), Van Halen (with David Lee Roth), Blue Oyster Cult, and Boston. The show got so far behind that Boston came on before Blue Oyster Cult even though Boston was the headliner.
- Gregg Allman headlined the first concert ever held in the Louisiana Superdome. There were 90,000 people. The openers were Wet Willie and the Marshall Tucker Band. Gregg was so out of it on drugs that he could hardly perform. The crowd booed.
I saw 'N Sync at the Oakland Arena with my daughter and son. They were too young to drive or attend by themselves.
I took my daughter and a friend to see Maroon 5 open for John Mayer.
My brother and his wife (high school girlfriend at the time) took me to see The Osmonds. His wife's 7-year-old niece wanted to go, so my brother took me. I was also 7 years old. I guess you could say it was my first double date and my first concert.
This got me to thinking. How many bands have I actually seen? I thought I would try to list them all, but it's so hard to remember. Then I realized that I could use my list of artists in iTunes to jog my memory to compile my list. To avoid having to type all that, I simply fired up a DOS command window on my Windows PC and navigated to the iTunes Music folder:
I could then edit the list using the folder names as a reference. Using this time-saving approach, here is a list of all the bands that I have seen perform live and in-person:
I probably have forgotten a bunch. The problem with this process is that it omits any artists that I have seen perform but never purchased any of their music. In this new world of Spotify cloud-based music on demand, that's a very long list. Music, like Autodesk software and application program interfaces, is rapidly moving to the cloud.
This Facebook meme has become so popular that now it's the meme that everyone loves to hate.
Reminiscing is alive in the lab.