Over the years I have went to any number of concerts. Quite a startling number (to my way of thinking). From fairly early on I have attempted to keep track of set lists and any kind of special happenings. This to varying degrees of success.
Bootleg recordings and the Internet have certainly helped me fill in some of the set list and band member gaps for groups that I only really discovered when I went to their show. You just have to know that if a band with which I was nary familiar made a mark on me they just MUST have been killer live.
A number of websites helped out in this labour of love (for that is exactly what it has been) and I would like to take a moment to acknowledge them. For everything Queen live related I found Queenlive.ca to be invaluable. For my 1978 Aerosmith sojourn I would like to thank Aerosmith Set Lists with invaluable set list confirmation. For Rush you just have to check out Power Windows. My Genesis set lists were confirmed and or updated due in no small part to the Genesis Movement site.
A certain degree of latitude was required as well. If some sites did not have specific information viza vie the actual show that I attended then surrounding show set lists would have to suffice. A case in point would be The Beach Boys Set List Archive site. The Beach Boys show that I attended was on January 16, 1977. Since no hard and fast set list is currently available (that I could see), I relied upon the information for the Market Square Arena show in Indianapolis, Indiana on the 12th and The Spectrum show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the 18th to gleen the set. Both shows consisted of 30 songs total, including encores. The first encore on the 12th was Dennis Wilson’s plaintive take on You Are So Beautiful. On the 18th it was the last song of the evening. My recollection of the Toronto show put it as the first encore so I went more with the configuration of the 12th.
As well, Brian Wilson was not in attendance on the 12th but he was on the 18th. Not unusual in those days as he wasn’t a full time touring member of the band. However, I distinctly remember him performing in Toronto. While I wasn’t aware of all the history surrounding him and how special an occasion it was when he performed live I do remember an electric buzz going through the crowd when the lights came up on the band during their opening number, California Girls.
As my labour of love progressed I found Setlist.fm to be invaluable. I’ve also been able to update that brilliant site on more than one occasion. If you ever go to a concert and know the songs the artist played then please, I implore you, go to Setlist.fm and either add the show or update the set list as you recall. Even if just partially complete, the very date and venue can add so much to any bands concert touring history.
And so a certain degree of CSI like sleuthing was involved in the drawing together of these set lists. I have tried to include pertinent artifacts for each and every show for which I have them. These may be as simple as my ticket stub and as detailed as photographs that yours truly took at the show.
So, without further ado, I present to you the Aardvark’s Concert Aarchives.
The 70’s, with Aerosmith, April Wine, The Beach Boys, Bond, Boston, Brand X, Budgie, Rick Derringer, The Eagles, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Peter Frampton, Genesis, Sammy Hagar, Heart, Kansas, The Little River Band, Max Webster, Mendelson Joe, Eddie Money, Queen, Rough Trade, Rush, Spirit, The Stampeders, Styx, Thin Lizzy, Thundermug, Triumph, The Tubes and Zon.
The 80’s with Aerosmith, Anderson Brueford Wakeman and Howe, Asia, Bon Jovi, Bonham, Alice Cooper, Chalk Circle, Cinderella, The Cult, Dokken, Emerson Lake and Powell, Fairport Convention, FM, Genesis, Goddo, Gowan, Heart, It Bites, J Geils Band, Jethro Tull, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, John Luc Ponty, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Living Color, Los Lobos, Max Webster, Megadeath, Robert Plant, Rush, The Rolling Stones, Styx, The Who, U2, Buckwheat Zydeco
The 90’s with Aerosmith, The Alan Parsons Live Project, The Black Crowes, David Bowie , Downchild Blues Band, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Gowan, Jethro Tull, Max Webster, Metallica, Page and Plant, Robert Plant, Procul Harem, Rush, Rusted Root, Skid Row, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, Sting, Voivod, Yes
The 00’s with AC/DC, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Cheap Trick, Tom Cochrane, Joe Cocker, Alice Cooper, Chris de Burgh, Econoline Crush, Edgar Winter Group, The Fab Faux, Foghat, Great Big Sea, The Guess Who, PJ Harvey, Jethro Tull, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Motley Crüe, Robert Plant, Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation, Queen +Paul Rogers, The Rolling Stones, Run DMC, Rush, Saga, Sting, Styx, The Tragically Hip, Tina Turner, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, U2
The 10’s. Oh my goodness, I am now, officially, older than dirt. Aerosmith, Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas, Kim Mitchell, Tran-Siberian Orchestra, Elton John, the Eels, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox and Heart.