I Am Gary Hampton.

Live List
August 31, 2008, 11:16 am
Filed under: Blogs, Concerts, Music

I’m laying in a hotel bed in Calgary, half awake, recounting last night’s adventure. I flew in with my sister and we went to see Oasis, then braved the pouring rain to make it back to the hotel. I was never a huge Oasis fan, but my sister was and needed to see them live at some point in her life, so here I am in Calgary to help make that happen for her.

The whole thing gave me the urge to make a physical list of bands to see at some point in my life, what I like to call my ‘Live List’. I’ll keep updating as I think harder of who I have yet to see live, but enjoy tremendously on record.

My Live List, alphabetical and incomplete.

  • American Football (a man can dream…)
  • The Appleseed Cast Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto: April 21st 2009
  • Blur
  • Chiodos
  • Death Cab For Cutie
  • Foo Fighters
  • Glassjaw (reunion rumors)Reunion was legit, saw them 3 times in a week including the big home town show, November 28th 2009 in Long Island
  • Lydia
  • mewithoutYou
  • Name Taken (again, reunion rumors)
  • Neutral Milk Hotel/Jeff Mangum
  • Rx BanditsMod Club, Toronto: April 2nd 2010
  • Say AnythingThe Phoenix, Toronto: October 28th, 2009
  • The Snake The Cross The Crown
  • The Tragically Hip Wiarton Airfield, Wiarton: June 27th 2009
  • Weatherbox
  • Weezer
  • Well, ish. Saw the last song of the set, doesn’t really count at all.

This is a strange list, because some of these bands aren’t playing live anymore and some of them may not be my favorite bands, but I guess music, specifically live music, has always been such an important part of my life that I hope to bring this list to a zero and keep my list of bands seen live rising. To be able to say I’ve seen the Get Up Kids, Radiohead, Midtown, Muse, the Movielife, Kanye West, Silverchair, etc, is a great thing. I’m aware that I’ve been lucky in life in that I’ve been able to see some incredible shows and see some great bands before they stopped playing music, and that I have a job where it’s common to take a short break in the afternoon to head upstairs and watch some amazing bands soundcheck, it’s a completely different experience than seeing a live show that I enjoy very much.

Fingers crossed that this list starts diminishing…

Feel free to leave a comment; who’s on your live list?


Ps. So good.


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I saw Say Anything in February with Attack in Black and Thrice was headlining..
Say Anything stole the show 🙂

Comment by Natalie Butts

You’re busting my nuts reading these.. Chiodos? Thats almost as bad as r&b. I saw them at warped tour and it was screaming girls jumping to screaming girls singing.

Comment by Tyler

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