It's not about how much I loved the artist or the music—it's about the energy, the mood, the overall experience. The shows that are so good, you remember every detail decades later.
  1. U2
    The Joshua Tree Tour, McNichols Arena, Denver, November 1987: this show made me a U2 fan. Incredible sound and energy. Indelible moment: "The Unforgettable Fire," and realizing I knew every note and word. Don't think I ever sat down once.
  2. Bruce Springsteen
    Born In The U.S.A. Tour, McNichols Arena, Denver, November 1984: I was DRAGGED to this show, and I'm eternally grateful for that. UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE. Everything you've heard is true...and then some. Bruce fan for life—I couldn't get enough.
  3. The Cure
    Disintegration Tour, Starplex Amphitheater, Dallas, August 1989: the musicianship is staggering, Robert Smith's voice is perfection, and we were outdoors under the stars. Perfection.
  4. Fleetwood Mac
    Tusk Tour, Reunion Arena, Dallas, 1980: I've seen them 5? times, but this show was all Stevie and Lindsey, all of Rumours and half of Tusk, such guitar, so vocals, heaven.
  5. Pink Floyd
    A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour, Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, July 1988: giant inflatable pink pig floating over us, great weed, and I remember thinking that I wished this show would never ever end...
  6. U2
    All That You Can't Leave Behind Tour, Frank Erwin Center, Austin, November 2001: emotional, post 9/11 show in which "One" was the last song, and they projected the names of all first responders/airline passengers killed that day in NYC, DC and PA around the arena in bright light on deep darkness. Everyone cried. I'll never forget it.
  7. The Rolling Stones
    Tattoo You Tour, Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Halloween AND November 1, 1981: everyone in costume in the pouring rain, and me hunched over, shivering, drenched, and NOT CARING, staring into my binoculars at Keith, playing like the baddest ass to ever ass, just 😍😍😍 at all of them. The following day was bright and sunny and not quite as good. We still HAD to be there fuck yes.
  8. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
    Full Moon Fever Tour, Starplex Amphitheater, Dallas, July 1989: the soundtrack of my life, performed with the most joy of any performer I've seen before or since. Seriously. That man LOVES TO PERFORM. And it's infectious.
  9. 10,000 Maniacs
    Our Time In Eden Tour, Palmer Auditorium, Austin, 1994: Natalie Merchant is mesmerizing, and THAT VOICE gave me nonstop chills. PA Is long gone, but we were in the creaky old balcony, and when we all stomped our feet, the reverberations were loud and slightly terrifying, tbh.
  10. Wilco
    Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Tour, Stubb's, Austin, Texas, September 2001: two weeks after 9/11, and there was a tangible sense of fellowship and love emanating from the band towards the crowd and back in a feedback loop. Such a relaxed, tiny venue, and so perfect for this band.
  11. R.E.M.
    Lifes Rich Pageant Tour, CU Field House, Boulder, October 1986: the band was so drunk, and at one point, for the Aerosmith "Toys In The Attic" cover, Michael just lay down, on his back, on stage, and sang the entire song up to the ceiling. We all felt that we had witnessed the beginning of SOMETHING BIG.