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This is my personal Top 10 Rock N Roll Experiences. These are those special shows when you say to yourself....I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M SEEING THIS!
Blues Brothers opening For Ste... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list My Top 10 Rock 'N Roll Experiences
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Blues Brothers opening For Steve Martin


Blues Brothers & Steve Martin September, 1978
Universal Amphitheater
Los Angeles, CA

It had it all...great comedy, great music, and NO roof on the Universal Amphitheater

This was just before John Belushi would become famous
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list My Top 10 Rock 'N Roll Experiences
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David Bowie w/ Tin Machine
June 16, 1989
The Roxy
West Hollywood, CA

The closest I've ever been to God

Also Ranked

#5 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#12 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#9 on The Best Singers of All Time

#63 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list My Top 10 Rock 'N Roll Experiences
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Van Halen
October, 1977
Six Flags Magic Mountain Showcase Amphitheater
Valencia, CA

This was about six months before first album came out. I worked at the park at the time and had no clue who they were. I was just went to the show after work because I had nothing better to do.

Needless to say, I was floored and went to school on Monday raving about this new band.

This had tremendous impact on my life. I would not see the band again until DLR toured with them in 2008.

Also Ranked

#74 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#17 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

#92 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

#36 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list My Top 10 Rock 'N Roll Experiences
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Rolling Stones & Guns 'N Roses
October 25, 1989
Los Angeles Coliseum
Los Angeles, CA

Proposed to my wife in our front row seats just as the fireworks exploded launch the band into "Start Me Up"

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U2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list My Top 10 Rock 'N Roll Experiences
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U2


U2 & The Waterboys December 16, 1984
Long Beach Arena
Long Beach, CA

I still can't believe I saw them in such a small place!

Not only were U2 amazing, but the Waterboys' set lead me to go out the next day and buy every one of their albums

Also Ranked

#44 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#65 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

#23 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

#64 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

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Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list My Top 10 Rock 'N Roll Experiences
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Guns 'N Roses opening for Great White
January 5, 1988
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Santa Monica, CA

Officially welcomed to the jungle.

Also Ranked

#64 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#65 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

#80 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

#17 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list My Top 10 Rock 'N Roll Experiences
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Billy Idol
1990
Roosevelt Hotel Bar Hollywood, CA

Music industry event

Less than 100 people in a small bar.

Dennis Burkley, the guy who played Bull-Dozer in the movie MASK hopped up on stage to sing "LA Woman" with Billy

Also Ranked

#73 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#87 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#90 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

#47 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list My Top 10 Rock 'N Roll Experiences
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Bruce Springsteen
November 3, 1980
LA Sports Arena
Los Angeles, CA

Front row, first time seeing him...it was one of his notoriously LONG shows that clocked in at over three hours.

Because of this show, I couldn't pull myself out of bed to take a Journalism mid-term later that morning, causing me to fail the class.

In fairness to other artists, I'm only including one Bruce show for this list!

Also Ranked

#40 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#72 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#67 on The Best Singers of All Time

#41 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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