If you could rewind the clock, which shows that you missed would you make sure to see?

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I've seen probably upwards of seven million shows in my lifetime, give or take five or six. In all that time, there's been a ton that I'm grateful for having the chance to have seen -- Mars Volta at Tulagi, the Killers at the Larimer Lounge, an unreal triple bill at the Coliseum featuring Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Smashing Pumpkins. The list goes on and on and on.

All the same, there are just as many that I've been kicking myself for years for having missed, now legendary once-in-a-lifetime gigs that I either wasn't old enough to even know about (much less attend) at the time (U2 at the Rainbow/U2 at Red Rocks) or just simply passed on for one reason or another (Nirvana at the Gothic, Jeff Buckley and Elliott Smith, both at the Bluebird). If I could rewind the clock, obviously there's no way I would have missed any of those shows. What about you? Are there any shows you wish you could've seen? What are they?




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George Peele
George Peele

Johnny Cash @ The Boulder Theater -- final appearance in CO

Bree Davies
Bree Davies

Luscious Jackson at the Merc sometime in the '90s, Sonic Youth with Wolf Eyes at Monkey Mania, Nirvana + Shonen Knife at McNichols. Ugh. 

Peter Black
Peter Black

Slayer 'Reign In Blood' Tour 1986 Album just dropped and blew the shit out of the Metal world. First time ever in Denver I believe at Norman's off of Leetsdale. I didn't miss it but I know a bunch of you did. :))

Windfarm
Windfarm

Fleet Foxes at the Hi-Dive

Big Fat Steve
Big Fat Steve

Radiohead at red rocks. cold war kids at the boulder theater. gorillaz in general. I'm still young and have time to accumulate more regrets. I wasn't born for most of the shows previously mentioned.

SxPxDxCx
SxPxDxCx

I'm still bummed that I didn't go to the 1992 Mr. Bungle show at the Gothic.  My 2nd shift job said they would fire me if I took another night off.  I didn't go and they still fired me go 9 days later.

Other shows that I wish I would have seen.  White Stripes at the 15th St, The Ministry/Helmet/Sepultura show at the Mammoth.  I missed tons of great shows at the Garage too.

backbeatmod
backbeatmod

I remember hearing about that show. Wasn't Norman's on Dartmouth in between Havana and Parker? Didn't make it to that one either, sadly. I do remember somebody telling me that show was insane-o, though. What do you remember about it?

backbeatmod
backbeatmod

I was at Radiohead at Red Rocks, with Beta Band opening. At the risk of using an egregiously over used term -- it was indeed epic! Thanks for reading, Steve.

backbeatmod
backbeatmod

I missed a ton of shows at the Garage, mostly because I was too young (24-7 Spyz comes to mind). White Stripes at 15th Street -- forgot about that show. I missed that one, too. For whatever reason, that show you mentioned at Mammoth (which I also missed, BTW) reminded me of a double-bill at the Colorado Indoor Soccer complex with D.R.I. and Sick of It All. Did you see that?

Peter Black
Peter Black

Oh I can go on for days about Normans. Every insane metal and punk show that counted in the mid-80's came through that place. For the Reign In Blood tour the place had to have been packed way beyond fire code and capacity was crawling to the ceiling like a room full of roaches on top of each other. People were on the ceiling rafters and the staff was trying to get everyone off. The room was dripping with condensation from the ceiling because it was late summer and it was so hot.

When Tom Araya and Kerry King hit the stage it was mayhem. Everyone knows Dave Lombardo is a beast on the double bass kit and it was like thunder. I know it all sounds like a big dream but they had on the famous 8 inch spike arm bands, everything. At 16 it was INCREDIBLE to say the least.

I've seen and parties with Megadeath in their prime years at Normans as wells as D.R.I. (original) Corrosion Of Conformity, Voivod, Celtic Frost damn the list goes on. Normans was the place if you were a metal head in the 80's. Outside of that Metallica at Rainbow Music Hall was pretty phenomenal. :)

Craigafuller
Craigafuller

I saw 24-7 in Ohio with an unknown opening band called Primus.

Peter Black
Peter Black

I saw Psychic TV at the Garage... So many shows there...

SxPxDxCx
SxPxDxCx

No I missed that DRI / SOTA show.  I did see a bunch of shows at the CISC.  Danzig, Sound Garden, & C.O.C.  Then a month or so later Voivod, Sound Garden, & Prong.Plus a bunch of trash metal shows.  Sacred Reich, Exodus and more I can't remember.

Another show that I'm bummed that I missed was Mike Watt and the Foo Fighters at the Mercury Cafe.

Craigafuller
Craigafuller

I still kick myself for not going to that Mike Watt show when I lived in Denver. Now that I live in Portland I've missed a few stellar shows: The White Stripes at Satyricon and Interpol at the Blackbird.  

SxPxDxCx
SxPxDxCx

I'm sure we did.  Club Maxx at 88th and Washington.  Faith No More opened up for Sacred Reich and Forbidden.  The Real Thing had just come out and most of the metalheads there hated FNM.  Forbidden's drummer at the time Paul Bosthaph (sp?)  had a broken arm too and played one handed.  Didn't miss a beat.  Made me thing the drummer from Def Leppard was a huge wuss for having all those triggered electric drums.

backbeatmod
backbeatmod

What about Afghan Whigs at the Merc? I think KTCL did a live recording that was used on What Jail is Like... Sacred Reich... have we had this conversation already? I think we have. Maybe it was on Facebook. Sacred Reich and Faith No More at Club Maxx?

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