Clair has been recalling all the concerts she’s been to, so you can blame her for this.

One habit I’ve always had is to keep the tickets for all the concerts I’ve ever attended (not in chronological order).

  • R.E.M. at Balloch Park.
  • Jools Holland in the Armadillo.
  • Crowded House in the Big Red Shed.
  • The Silencers in the Barrowlands (twice, supported by the Humpff Family both times), the Royal Concert Hall, and the Albert Hall (Stirling!).
  • Martin Stephenson and the Daintees at Queen’s Hall (Edinburgh), King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, and Strathclyde University Union.
  • Bon Jovi at Ibrox Stadium and Gateshead.
  • Aerosmith in the Big Red Shed.
  • Billy Joel in the Big Red Shed.
  • Kings of Leon at the Carling Academy.
  • Runrig at the Fleadh on Glasgow Green, in the Barrowlands, and at Balloch Park.
  • Deacon Blue in the Barrowlands.
  • Extreme in the Big Red Shed.
  • Humpff Family on the Renfrew Ferry, at the Arches, and the Mayfair (Glasgow).
  • U2 at Celtic Park.
  • Stereo MC’s in the Barrowlands.
  • Sloan at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.
  • The Rolling Stones at Wembley.
  • Stereophonics in the Big Red Shed.
  • Bjorn Again at the Barrowlands.
  • The Saw Doctors at the Barrowlands (twice).
  • Martin Stephenson at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.
  • Faithless in the Big Red Shed.
  • Simple Minds in the Big Red Shed (supported by the Silencers).
  • Proms in the Park.
  • T in the Park.
  • The Big Day – Goodbye Mr.Mackenzie, Big Country, Deacon Blue, Kevin McDermott, Texas, Love and Money.

And I’m done… I think…

Most of the concerts took place between 1989 and 1998, not managed as many since getting married but slowly getting back into it. Next concert is… Bjorn Again (again!).

There is definitely something about live music, and not just the volume. A good live band knows how to work a crowd and there is nothing better than hearing a new spin on a favourite song – Massive Attack nailed Safe from Harm at T in the Park last year, sending shivers down my spine.