Elton John Live in San Jose/Favorite Concerts

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Dec 27, 2004
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Hey all,

I saw Elton John perform at the HP Pavillion in San Jose on Saturday night.

I didn't know what to expect. Show started at 8:10 and went on until nearly 11PM. No opening act. He opened with "Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" which is my all time favorite Elton John song and did nearly ALL of his hits and some material from his upcoming CD "The Captain and the Kid" which is a sequel to 1975's "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy".

He talked to the audience between songs quite a bit, explaining new songs and what they meant as well as thanking us for supporting him and his music through the years, which I thought was very classy.

Tickets were $100+, but IMHO, worth every penny. If you get the chance to see him live, even if you're not a huge fan, DO IT! He's incredible!

Every time I see a live concert, I mentally rank them, which brings me to my question, "Rank your concert experiences and post them".

Here's mine:

1. The Who - Rosemont Horizon, Chicago.. Early 80's. Their "Farewell tour"
2. Elton John - Saturday night - HP Pavillion - San Jose
3. Joe Jackson - San Diego State Amphitheater - Late 80's
4. Journey - Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View CA - about 3 years ago. First tour with Steve Perry clone..
5. Keane - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, Summer 2006
6. Days Of The New - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco - 2002?
7. Rush - Alpine Valley Ampitheater, East Troy, WI - late 70's
8. Billy Joel - "Glass Houses Tour" - Mecca Arena, Milwaukee WI

That's all I can think of right now...

Post yours!



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Listed below are some of my fave shows.

1) Erasure – Chicago Theater (2005)
2) Aerosmith – Alpine Valley East Troy WI (1990)
3) Guns and Roses – Alpine Valley East Troy WI (1991)
4) GWAR – Aragon Ball room Chicago IL (1991, 1992, 1993)
5) Beastie Boys – Aragon Ball room Chicago IL (1994)
6) Ministry – Aragon Ball room Chicago IL (1994)
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Camano Island, Washington
Favorite Concerts ~ Ranking...

1). Led Zeppelin ~ Los Angeles Forum California, 1974.
2). Fleetwood Mac ~ UCSB Statium, Santa Barbara, CA, 1980.
3). Cliff Richard ~ Santa Monica Civic Autiorium, CA, 1981.
4). Paul McCartney and Wings ~ LA Forum, CA Early to mid 80's.
5). Paul McCartney and Wings ~ LA Forum, CA Late 80's.
6). Andre Previn conducting the Los Angeles Philaromic Orchestra ~ Dorothy Chandler Auditorium, CA, Mid 80's.
7). Julian Lennon ~ Ventura County Fair, CA, Late 80's early 90's.
8). Kiev Orchestra and Choir ~ Luther Burbank Center, CA, 2002.
9). Leo Kotke ~ USC Pauly Pavellian, CA, 1983.
10). Kenny Loggins and Son ~ Luther Burbank Center, CA, 2005.
11). Little Texas ~ Napa County Fair in Calistoga, CA, 2006.


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Saw him alt the old "Vet" stadium 15 plus years ago, a great showmen !


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Jan 4, 2005
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Great Thread Tom!

I've been having fun thinking about my favorites, many good memories here...

In no particular order then...
1. U2 at the Rainbow Theater, Denver - 1986 or so, Boy tour I think
2. Echo & the Bunnymen - Rainbow Theater, Denver - 1995
3. Janes Addiction - Glenn Miller Ballroom, Boulder - Nothing's Shocking tour; don't remember the year, I was in a fog.
4. The Smiths - CU Events Center - 1992
5. Richard Thompson & Crowded House - Denver Auditorium - 1995
6. Pink Floyd - Mile Hi Stadium - 1996 I think
7. Smashing Pumpkins opening for the Red Hot Chile Peppers - Denver Auditorium - 1998
8. John Denver at Red Rocks - my first concert - 1974
9. Derek and the Dominoes - Whisky a Go-Go; LA; my cousin helped smuggle me in - 1975
10. Joe Jackson - Red Rocks - 1988

and an extra...

11. Patricia Barber - Rocky Mountain Audio Fest - 2004