Concert History

For an almost complete list of the shows I’ve been to since seeing Rush open for Kiss at the San Diego Civic Theater on June 7, 1975 go to my page at SETLIST.FM

Concerts: 2018    2017    2016     2015     2014    2013 

  1. Jan. 17  Flesheaters (The Casbah)
  2. Jan. 19  White Buffalo (Observatory)
  3. Jan. 23  Wolf Parade (Observatory)
  4. Jan. 27  St. Vincent (Observatory)
  5. Jan. 28  Styx (Saban Theater)
  6. Mar 25  Blue Oyster Cült (Rancho Mirage Amphitheater)
  7. Mar 31  OMD, GGOOLLDD (House of Blues)
  8. Apr 15  The War on Drugs (Observatory)
  9. Apr 17  David Byrne, Perfume Genius (Civic Theater)
  10. Apr 19  HAIM (Observatory)
  11. May 09  Built to Spill, Afghan Whigs (Observatory)
  12. May 13  Stephen Wilson (House of Blues)
  13. May 19  Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jamestown Revival (Chula Vista Amphitheater)
  14. May 24  Phantogram, Tycho, Poolside
  15. May 25 Pat Benatar (Harrah’s)
  16. Jun 01   Jethro Tull (Greek Theater)
  17. Jun 06  Howlin’ Rain, Taken By Canadians, Featherstone (Casbah)
  18. Jun 07  Kansas (Del Mar Fair)
  19. Jun 19  Stars (Belly Up)
  20. Jul 24 Roger Hodgson (Humphreys)
  21. Jul 31 Foreigner, Whitesnake, Jason Bonham (Chula Vista Amphitheater)
  22. Aug 7 Toto (Humphreys)
  23. Aug 21 Jack White, Tyler Williams (Viegas Arena SDSU)
  24. Aug 27 Yes [Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman] (Humphreys)


Concerts: 2017   2016     2015     2014    2013

  1. Jan 30    Ace Frehley, Enuf Z Nuf (Belly Up)
  2. Mar 14   UFO, Saxon
  3. Mar 16   The Man
  4. Mar 25  Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Vita & the Woolf
  5. Mar 31  Blue Oyster Cult
  6. Apr 10   Kristin Kontrol
  7. May 2    Kiefer Sutherland
  8. May 7    The Flaming Lips
  9. May 25  Band of Horses, Frightened Rabbit (Greek Theater, LA)
  10. Jun 24   Queen + Adam Lambert
  11. Jul 7      Soft Lions, Big Bloom
  12. Jul 17   Chris Isaak, Kinnie Dye
  13. Jul 18   The Sword, Big Jesus
  14. Jul 19   Tears For Fears
  15. Aug 6   Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold
  16. Aug 8   Neil Diamond
  17. Aug 12  Alphaville
  18. Aug 15  The Alarm
  19. Aug 16 The Verigolds
  20. Aug 18  Sweet
  21. Aug 23  Bryan Ferry
  22. Aug 26  Pink Martini
  23. Aug 29  Foreigner, Cheap Trick
  24. Sep 23  Ian Hunter
  25. Sep 26  Quadrophenia w/ Pete Townsend + Orchestra
  26. Sep 22  U2, Beck
  27. Oct 1   The Shins, Spoon, Day Wave
  28. Oct 6   Depeche Mode, Warpaint
  29. Oct 8   Coldplay, Tove Lo
  30. Oct 18 Arcade Fire, Angel Olsen

Concerts: 2016     2017    2015     2014    2013 

Touring Concerts:

  1. Jan 07  Muse, Phantogram (San Diego Sports Arena)
  2. Feb 15  Built to Spill, The Hand (Casbah)
  3. Feb 17  Sharkmuffin, Soft Lions, Big Bloom (Soda Bar)
  4. Feb 25  Metric (House of Blues)
  5. Mar 23  Wolfmother, Deap Vally (House of Blues)
  6. Mar 27  David Gilmour (The Forum)
  7. Apr 07   Elvis Costello (Balboa Theater)
  8. Apr 19   The Damned, Creepy Creeps (Belly Up)
  9. Apr 20  The Big Pink, Sundrop Electric (Soda Bar)
  10. Apr 26   Black Mountain (Casbah)
  11. May 02  The Subways, Pins (Casbah)
  12. May 13  Andrew Bird, John Grant (Music Box)
  13. May 17  Modern English (The Hideout)
  14. May 18  BORNS, Midnight Pine (Birch Aquarium)
  15. May 21  Frightened Rabbit, Caveman (Belly Up)
  16. May 27  The Who, Slydigs (San Diego Sports Arena)
  17. Jun 07  La Luz, The Gloomies, Splavender (Soda Bar)
  18. Jun 11    The Sadies, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet . The Loons (Hideout)
  19. Jun 18    Joe Jackson (Spreckles Theater)
  20. Jun 29   Katie Von Schleicher, wimps, Gravyyard (Soda Bar)
  21. Jun 30   Brian Wilson (Del Mar Fair)
  22. Jul 17    Wye Oak (The Irenic)
  23. Jul 20   The Joy Formidable, The New Regime (The Irenic)
  24. Jul 20   Tacocat, The Regrettes (Soda Bar)
  25. Aug 03  The Claypool Lennon Delerium, JJUUJJUU (The Observatory)
  26. Aug 04  Kansas (Humphreys)
  27. Aug 18  Tiki Oasis: Jason Lee & Black Tides, Screaming Lord Stax, The Woggles
  28. Aug 22  Guns n Roses (Qualcom Stadium)
  29. Aug 27  Eddie Vedder, Elvis Costello, X, Mudhoney (Ohana Fest)
  30. Sep 02  Flamin’ Groovies, The Pandoras, The Loons (The Casbah)
  31. Sep 04  The Kills (The Observatory)
  32. Sep 19   Black Sabbath, Rival Sons (Hollywood Bowl)
  33. Sep 20  Dinosaur Jr. (Belly Up Tavern)
  34. Oct 01   Okkervil River (Belly Up Tavern)
  35. Oct 09  Tears for Fears (Humphreys)
  36. Nov 06  Steven Wilson (Belly Up)
  37. Dec 03   Sonata Arctica, Leaves Eyes (Brick by Brick)

Local Shows:

  1. Jan 15  Soft Lions, Gloomsday, Mintfield (Soda Bar)
  2. Jan 29  New Kinetics, Nervous Wreckords (Soda Bar)
  3. Feb 11  New Kinetics, Gloomsday, The Slashes (Casbah)
  4. Feb 24  Schizophonics, Birdy Bardot, Mrs. Magician, Palace Ballroom (Casbah)
  5. Feb 29. Bowie Undercover (The Office)
  6. Mar 14  Creepseed, Heartaches (The Casbah)
  7. Mar 17  Sheila + Rainbow Colored Trashbags, The Bad Vibes, Soft Lions (Soda Bar)
  8. Mar 24 Big Bloom, Haybaby, Spooky Cigarettes (Che Cafe)
  9. Mar 31  The Bad Vibes, Cool Ghouls (The Whistle Stop)
  10. Apr 01   The Redwood Revue (Music Box)
  11. Apr 02  Soft Lions, Schizophonics, Boy King (Shaper Room)
  12. Apr 09  Hiroshima Mockingbirds (Til-Two Club)
  13. Apr 16  The Midnight Pine, Dani Bell + Tarantist (O-Side Fair)
  14. Apr 16  John Meeks (Spin Records)
  15. Apr 26  Citrus & Katie (The Merrow)
  16. May 06 Retra, Mittens, The Fresh Brunettes (Kava Lounge)
  17. May 27 The Fresh Brunettes (Tower Bar)
  18. Jun 04  Imagery Machine, Cardinal Moon, Schizophonics, Jason Hanna, Mittens
  19. Jun 18  The Phantoms, The Touchies (Til-Two Club)

Concerts: 2015     2018   2017    2016    2014    2013  

  1. Jan-11   Ian Hunter (vid 2)(The Coach House)
  2. Feb-28  The Church (The Casbah)
  3. Mar-10   Howlin’ Rain, Blank Tapes, The Shelter (The Casbah)
  4. Mar-29   Cymbals Eat Guitars, This Will Destroy You (The Casbah)
  5. Apr-28   Mr.Gnome (Bottom of the Hill – San Fransisco) [*Mindy]
  6. Apr-30   Kathryn Calder (vid 2, vid 3) (The Casbah)
  7. May-15  The Waterboys, Connor Kennedy & Minstrel (Humphreys)
  8. May-27  Will Butler, Jo Firestone (The Casbah)
  9. Jun-03  Walk Off The Earth (The Observatory)
  10. Jul-03   Kansas (Del Mar Fair)
  11. Jul-15   Steely Dan, Elvis Costello (Hollywood Bowl)
  12. Jul-16   Soft Lions, Summer Twins, Some Kind of Lizard (Casbah)
  13. Jul-24   KMFDM, Chant Project (Livewire, Phoenix)
  14. Jul-30   Rush (Irvine Meadows)
  15. Aug-06  Echo & the Bunnymen, Falling Doves (Humphreys)
  16. Aug-12  Jackson Browne (San Diego Civic Theater)
  17. Sep-24  Foo Fighters, Gary Clarke Jr. (Chula Vista Amphitheater)
  18. Sep-26  Arkona, Heidevolk, Dread Crew, Helsott (Merrow)
  19. Oct-06   Garbage, Torres (Humphreys)
  20. Oct-10   Get the Led Out (Harrah’s)
  21. Oct-13   Neil Young & Promise of the Real, Jenny Lewis (UCSD)
  22. Oct-14   Florence + Machine, G.O.A.S.T.T. (Viejas Arena SDSU)
  23. Oct-19   My Morning Jacket (vid 2) , Fruit Bats (SDSU Open Air Theater)
  24. Oct-22  The Sword (vid 2), Kadavar (vid 2)(Belly Up)
  25. Nov-03  Eliza Rickman, Welcome to Nightvale (Balboa Theater)
  26. Dec-10  Zappa does Zappa (Belly Up)
  27. Dec-29  Luna, Papercuts (Casbah)


Concerts: 2014     2017    2016    2015     2013  

  1. 4-Jan    Dragons, Creepy Creeps, Phantoms (The Casbah)
  2. 18-Jan   X, Gary Heffern (The Casbah)
  3. 29-Jan   Pink Martini, the Von Trapps(Civic Theater)
  4. 31-Jan   Blue Oyster Cult (Sycuan)
  5. 5-Feb    Moonspell, Leaves Eyes (Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix)
  6. 8-Mar    Gary Numan, Big Black Delta(Marquee – Phoenix)
  7. 19-Mar  St Vincent, Noveller  (House of Blues)
  8. 21-Mar  Small Black, Snowmine, Soft Lions  (The Casbah)
  9. 22-Mar   Kings of Leon, Local Natives(Sleep Train.)
  10. 24-Mar   Fanfarlo, Lilies on Mars (House of Blues)
  11. 16-Apr   Broken Bells, Au Revoir Simone(Humphreys)
  12. 17-Apr   Bryan Ferry, Dawn Landes (Humphreys)
  13. 19-May  Band of Skulls, Deap Vally  (House of Blues)
  14. 23-May  Burning of Rome (Lou’s Records)
  15. 23-May  Chris Robinson Brotherhood (Belly Up)
  16. 10-Jun   Eliza Rickman, Lily & Madeleine (Queen Bee’s)
  17. 18-Jun   Owl John, Withered Hand (The Casbah)
  18. 3-Jul      Queen + Adam Lambert (The Forum)
  19. 9-Jul      Wye Oak (Belly Up)
  20. 30-Jul    Alice Cooper, Mötley Crüe (Sleep Train)
  21. 3-Aug    Tom Petty & Heartbreakers, Steve Winwood (SDSU)
  22. 5-Aug    Arcade Fire, Spoon (Sleep Train)
  23. 4-Aug    Love Revisited, Standells, Loons (Tiki Oasis)
  24. 18-Aug  Yes, Syd Arthur (Humphreys)
  25. 21-Aug  Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden (Sleep Train)
  26. 28-Aug  Nik Turner’s Hawkwind, Witch Mountain (Casbah)
  27. 4-Sep    Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Midge Ure (Humphreys)
  28. 12-Sep   Chicago(Humphreys)
  29. 13-Sep   Styx (Harrah’s Rincon)
  30. 4-Oct     The Eagles (SDSU Arena)
  31. 8-Oct     ABC, Boys Don’t Cry (Belly Up)
  32. 18-Oct   New Pornographers, Pains of Being… (North Park)
  33. 24-Oct   Afghan Whigs, Joseph Arthur (Belly Up)
  34. 9-Nov    Black Keys, Jake Bugg (SDSU Arena)
  35. 26-Nov  Peter Hook  (House of Blues)
  36. 2-Dec    Fleetwood Mac (SDSU Arena)

2014 turned out be a fantastic year for concert-going here in Southern California (I live in San Diego).  From small shows like The Dragons at The Casbah (capacity ~200) to big shows like Arcade Fire at Sleep Train Amphitheater (20,000+), there were quite a few highlights and surprisingly few low-lights.

By far the worst show I saw was Blue Oyster Cult way back in January. It was quite disappointing to see how this once mighty band had become so average and boring.

[please note – all hotlinks lead to my original reviews]

While it’s easy to figure out the worst show of the year it’s a lot more challenging to determine the best one.  I remember the punk-rock icons, X, putting on a ferocious set at the Casbah, a place that is much smaller than they typically play.  Also, at the same venue was a double bill with two up and coming indie bands from Brooklyn, Snowmine and Small Black. That show was especially fun because I only know about these bands because my daughter turned me on to them and went to the show with me.  That was a small challenge since she is only 20 and we had to sneak her into this 21+ venue!

One thing I noticed is how vital many of the older acts still look and sound. Artists like Bryan FerryYesTom Petty/Heartbreakers and Fleetwood Mac did not appear or sound at all like they are just running out the string and collecting a paycheck.  These bands all have members in their 60’s (and even 70’s) and are still going strong and sound fantastic.  My favorite show of the year fell in this category when Queen + Adam Lambert played the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles.

Probably my favorite show (non-Queen division) was St. Vincent at the House of Blues.  With Annie Clark and her band’s combination of musicianship, stage presence and fantastic songs I think we are seeing a real breakout performer whose career is going to be fascinating to follow.

A lot of folks say rock is dead.  They’re wrong.  On to 2015!

Honorable mentions:


Concerts: 2013     2017     2016    2015     2014  

  1. 06-Feb  The Who [Quadrophenia Tour] (Sports Arena)
  2. 31-May  Tame Impala, Jonathan Wilson (House of Blues)
  3. 01-Jun   Imagine Dragons, Nico Vega (SDSU Open Air)
  4. 04-Jun   Scott Weiland, The Rouge(House of Blues)
  5. 10-Jul    Portugal, The Man, Avi Buffalo (House of Blues)
  6. 03-Aug   Chris Isaak (Humphreys by the Bay)
  7. 09-Aug  Lightning Dust, Louise Burns (Casbah)
  8. 22-Aug  Spocks Beard, Jolly (Brick by Brick)
  9. 27-Aug   Heart (pics), (Lovemongers),  Jason Bonham’s LZ Exp (vid)(SDSU)
  10. 30-Aug   Rocket From the Crypt (Del Mar Racetrack)
  11. 02-Oct   Boy Kind, Flaggs, Diamond Lakes (Tower Bar)
  12. 21-Nov   Pearl Jam (SDSU Arena)
  13. 11-Dec. Soft Lions, Idyl Wild (Soda Bar)
  14. 16-Dec  Donovan Frankenreiter, Mattson 2 (Belly Up Tavern)