Live and In Person

31 Jan

Listening to music is one of my favorite pastimes. Cranking of the radio and letting the sound fill the air is a great pleasure. It is truly pleasurable when that music is of the Rock variety. However, listening to live music is more enjoyable. I have been lucky enough to attend many concerts, and there is nothing like being in a room filled with people and hearing a performer sing a great song.image-6

The other day, I was at the magazine rack when I spotted something called 101 Greatest American Rock Songs. With a title like that, how could I not buy it? The magazine offers an interesting list with stories about each one. As I read through it, a question entered my mind.

How many of these songs have I heard in a live setting? In Nashville, we hear a bunch of songs being covered by bar bands. My real question was trickier. How many of these songs have I heard performed by their actual performers in a live setting?

Here is the answer.

98. “When Doves Cry” by Prince

97. “Legs” by ZZ Top

95. “All Shook Up” by Elvis Presley

94. “Lay, Lady, Lay” by Bob Dylan

92. “Paradise By the Dashboard Light” by Meatloaf

84. “Jackie Brown” by John Mellencamp

82. “Black Magic Woman” by Santana

72. “Blowin’ in the Wind” by Bob Dylan

64. “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper

62. “Rock and Roll All Nite” by Kiss

60. “Tangled Up in Blue” by Bob Dylan

51. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses

48. “Bye Bye Love” by The Everly Brothers

46. “Dream On” by Aerosmith

36. “Heartbreaker” by Pat Benatar

32. “All Along the Watchtower” by Bob Dylan

31. “One of These Nights” by The Eagles

29. “Ohio” by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

27. “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan

24. “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

23. “Enter Sandman” by Metallica

22. “Atlantic City” by Bruce Springsteen

18. “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith

10. “In the Ghetto” by Elvis Presley

9. “Hotel California” by The Eagles

5. “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

3. “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen

2. “Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan

I have been lucky enough to hear 28 out of 101 in a live setting, and, by looking at the list, I am afraid that I will not be able to add many more.

9 Responses to “Live and In Person”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong January 31, 2016 at 06:32 #

    VERY lucky! Enviable.

    • Rick January 31, 2016 at 14:18 #

      You are right. Very lucky.

  2. Andrew Petcher January 31, 2016 at 09:34 #

    I have to say that I have never been a fan of live music. So few performers can recreate the perfect studio sound. My favourite live performance was Fleetwood Mac!

    • Rick January 31, 2016 at 14:23 #

      Actually, I think it is impossible to recreate the recorded version. However, I think most artists try to get as close as possible.

  3. spearfruit January 31, 2016 at 14:39 #

    Wow, I am impressed!

    • Rick February 1, 2016 at 00:07 #

      I have been lucky. A lot of people come to Nashville to perform.

  4. jcalberta February 3, 2016 at 06:23 #

    Hey Rick .. impressive.

    check this out:

    long but good.

    • Rick February 4, 2016 at 02:14 #

      They put on a great show.

      • jcalberta February 4, 2016 at 07:29 #

        I’m not really a Country Music fan, but I do like Country Rock.

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