Every hard rock fan has them. No matter how long you’ve been banging your head to your favorite rockers, there are just some bands that you have missed seeing live. Maybe the price was too high. Maybe you were sick when they came to your town. Maybe you didn’t have anyone to attend with and didn’t want to fly solo. Whatever the case, we all have certain bands that we missed out on, but really want to see.
I am almost ashamed to admit some of the bands that I have yet to see live. Hard Rock Hideout might take away my headbanger’s license and I may even lose some hard rocking credibility. But yes, there are several bands that I have missed out on. I hope to rectify that sometime in the future. For some of these bands, I’d better act fast, because they aren’t getting any younger.
Not only have I never seen Black Sabbath live in concert, but I’ve never seen Ozzy Osbourne either. And it certainly isn’t due to lack of opportunity. Several Ozzfests and Sabbath reunions have rolled through the NY/NJ area, and yet, I’ve attended none of them. Sometimes it was due to not liking who else was on the bill. A couple of times it was due to financial restraints. And then for the Maiden/Ozzy Ozzfest, I just have no excuse. To this day I do not know why I missed that one. However, all that will be rectified because this summer I will finally get to see Black Sabbath. It may be without Bill Ward, but ¾ of Sabbath is better than none.
Don’t ask me why, because I really don’t know, but I have never seen Metallica live. I even got a last minute invite to attend the Big Four at Yankee Stadium and had to turn it down due to work. Looking back now, I should have called in sick that day. From what I’ve heard, Metallica puts on one of the greatest concerts in the history of hard rock. I’ve been a fan of the band since Master Of Puppets, so there really is no excuse. I guess the next time they come around I will have to make it my mission to see their show.
This is another band that I just keep missing. Lately I haven’t liked who they have been touring with. I know that shouldn’t prevent me from seeing the band, but it does. I can’t sit through bands I don’t like just to see Megadeth. So when it was announced that they were opening up for Iron Maiden this fall, I was extremely excited. Unfortunately, there are no tour stops even remotely close to me. I’ve been considering travelling to see this show, but so far the financial impact has prevented me from moving forward with that plan. That’s not to say it won’t happen, but as of now, it’s not looking too promising.
Even I can’t believe that I’ve never seen Alice Cooper in concert. I have had several opportunities to do so and it just never happened. I am so stymied by this that I gave a long hard debate on going to see him this summer for his tour with Marilyn Mason. There’s just one small problem with that. I can’t stand Marilyn Manson. I like one song (“Beautiful People”) and I think his remake of “Sweet Dreams” is okay. Other than that, I don’t like Manson. And the worst part is that I’ve seen Manson live (he opened for Nine Inch Nails back in the day). And yet, I’ve never seen Cooper. Do I bite the bullet and just go into the venue late?
This one hurts most of all, because if statements are to be believed, Judas Priest will tour no more. Their last tour was their last tour and I missed out. Once again, work got in the way of this one. I really need to learn how to tell my job to shove it more often. Anyway, this is the one band that I think will bother me the most, because I just think Judas Priest is a band that you have to see live once in a lifetime. Granted, I am not a huge fan. As a matter of fact, I am a bigger fan of all the other bands on this list, but Judas Priest is still a band that I wanted to see in concert. Hard Rock Hideout’s esteemed editor, Rob Rockitt, has told me that they are absolutely amazing live. He was even nice enough to send me pictures the last time he saw them in concert. Damn was I jealous. I suppose all I can do now is hope that they will come around for a reunion tour someday.
Those are the major bands that I’ve missed out on. What about you? What bands have you missed seeing live that you are still kicking yourself about today?