I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of time travel.
Seriously, what if it was possible? Where would you go? WHEN would you go?
Would you be a mere witness history, or would you try to change it?
Personally, I’d travel back in time for the purpose of seeing some of my favorite bands perform in concert.
“Oh, you saw Maroon 5 this weekend? Well, I just got off a magic carpet ride with John Kay and Steppenwolf last night, suckaaaaa!”
Good music+cheap tickets= 🤯
I would kill to go back to the 90’s so I could watch Sublime rock out in front of a bunch of wannabe hippies with sun tattoos on the backs of their necks.
Whoops, I meant to say that I would kill myself 🤷♂️.
I’m sure a lot of folks would go back in time to watch famous bands like The Beatles, but I wouldn’t because standing in a crowd of screaming teenage girls is not my idea of a good time.
Which is why you’ll never catch me dead at a Taylor Swift concert.
Anyway, if I could go back in time for some badass concerts, here’s a few folks I’d go watch:
1. Miles Davis
To be more specific, the first great Miles Davis Quintet.
As a former trumpet player, I’ve always appreciated Jazz. If I had the opportunity to witness Miles Davis AND John Coltrane jamming in a club somewhere, you’d better believe I would take it.
2. Emerson, Lake and Palmer
One of the all-time great prog-rock groups, I got hooked on their Trilogy album in high school, but later on I fell in love with their Live at the Isle of Wight album (which I haven’t been able to find on my Amazon Music app 😞).
3. Jethro Tull
Ian Anderson dressed like a hobo, wrote songs about hoboes, and played a damn flute!
Plus, Aqualung would be absolutely amazing live.
4. Isaac Hayes
“Theme from Shaft.” Need I say more?
Probably not, but I will anyway.
Hot Buttered Soul is one of my favorite albums ever, and it’s got one of the great song titles ever conceived: “Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic”.
If he wanted to, Hayes could record a ten-minute version of “Mary had a little lamb” and I’d pay money to see him play it.
5. The Who
If for no other reason (as if watching Keith Moon rage on the drums wasn’t a good enough reason), I would love to watch Roger Daltrey go “YeeeAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY!” at the end of “Won’t get Fooled Again” in person.
Of course, there are many other bands I’d go back in time to see, but if I mentioned all of them then this would be one long post.
On the other hand, here’s a few folks I would NOT go back in time for:
1. The Grateful Dead
I’m not a smoker of the Marijuana kind, and I think wearing a Dashiki, as a white guy, might be considered cultural appropriation (I used to have one, but that was ages ago).
2. Led Zeppelin
Don’t get me wrong, because I love Zeppelin. But I’ve never been particularly impressed with any of their live stuff. Robert Plant never seemed to be in sync with the rest of the band, and that’s easier to fix in the studio.
3. Rick Springfield
It amazes me that this guy has such a huge following. He had one friggin’ song, and you already know what it is.
4. The Doors
Oh I like my share of Doors’ music, but witnessing Jim Morrison whip out his dingus onstage? It’s not on my to-do list (no offense to anyone who’s into that).
The Police are overrated as it is, but a cover band featuring Kevin Malone on drums/vocals? Ehhhhhhhhhh no thanks.