1. The Smiths
    I was fortunate enough to see The Smiths live early on in their career. It was at the Hollywood Palladium in 1985 right after the Meat Is Murder album came out. They were amazing and I remember being fascinated by Johnny Marr's guitar playing (I still am).
  2. 999
    999 was my first real club gig. I went up to Hollywood with some older friends and saw them at the Whiskey a Go Go. 999 doesn't get nearly enough credit for being one of the seminal bands that helped shaped the British punk sound.
  3. Fugazi
    I've seen Fugazi a few times. Most memorable was a show they played in the UCSB student union. The whole room was cramped, hot and sweaty, and the entire audience was right up against the band. By the time the band played "Waiting Room" the audience turned into one large writhing pit of shirtless teenage bodies. It was awesome.
  4. The Grateful Dead
    While I like the Grateful Dead, I am by no means a Deadhead by any stretch. Nonetheless for some reason I ended up at a Dead show at the Long Beach Arena back in early 80's (pretty sure it was to impress a girl). I really don't remember much from the show other than watching a bunch hippies dance around while thinking how shitty the music sounded.
  5. The Cramps
    As much as I loved the Cramps, I don't think I appreciated them enough until Lux passed away. I guess I took them for granted and assumed they'd always be playing somewhere for Halloween or New Years. Thankfully I did catch them once way, way back in the 80's, but would've liked to have seen them one last time. RIP Lux Interior.
  6. Motörhead
    The one and only time I saw Motörhead was about 7 years ago at the House of Blues in Anaheim. They didn't disappoint. Lenny was everything I hoped he would be. It was easily the loudest show I've ever been to. 🤘🏻
  7. The Sex Pistols
    Back in 1997 I found myself faced with a dilemma: two of my all-time favorite bands - The Sex Pistols and KISS - were reuniting for some shows. Both bands were scheduled to play L.A. the same night and I was torn show to go see. I reasoned that the Sex Pistols was the more volatile of the two bands, thus the more likely this might be the only opportunity I ever get to see them. It turned out to be the right choice.
  8. The White Stripes
    I saw them in 2002 at the Greek with Hot Hot Heat. Jack White has been involved in a lot of projects since then but IMO nothing that sounds as good as the Stripes.
  9. Sonic Youth
    I saw Sonic Youth back in the late 80's at possibly one of the strangest venues I've seen a band play in; a lecture hall at UCSB. They were amazing. Definitely one band on this list who I will miss the most. Fuck you Thurston Moore.
  10. Crystal Castles
    Crystal Castles was a really underrated band that you you had to see live to fully appreciate. Ethan Kath makes terrific music, but it was Alice Glass' incredible stage presence that made the band. Do yourself a favor and watch the band perform "Plague" on YouTube. I was lucky enough to see them at one of their last shows before they broke up, at the Observatory in Santa Ana.