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Re: best double bill

best double bill
December 16, 2005 03:49PM
I was reminiscin, in true geezer fashion ,arguin with a youngun about Bloc Party being a pale imitation of the GoF. I told him I saw Buzzcocks and Gang of Four on the same bill and his jaw dropped. Left him mutterin about the best double bill ever.
Other worthy doubles:
Blasters/Los Lobos
Pixies/Throwing Muses
Cramps/Panther Burns

Rules: Beatle Bob cannot count as one half of the double bill.
No imaginary shows that a narcotic scrambled brain remembers.
No Music fests where one band played in a tent while the other
band played 3000 yards away.
Re: best double bill
December 16, 2005 06:09PM
R.E.M./Dream Syndicate
The Pretenders/Simple Minds
Fishbone/Violent Femmes
Fishbone/Red Hot Chili Peppers
Meat Puppets/The Fluid
Stevie Ray Vaughan/Jeff Beck
Public Enemy/Anthrax
The Specials/The Selecter
The Hives/Sahara Hotnights

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Re: best double bill
December 16, 2005 10:25PM
Nine Inch Nails > Jesus and Mary Chain
Meat Puppets>Minutemen
Meat Puppets>Fluid (what a great live band)
Pavement>Butthole Surfers
DEVO (opening for themselves in a schtick guise)
Flaming Lips>Lush
Jane's Addiction>Nirvana (sounds much better than the reality since Nirvana lost interest after Bleach and JA also sucked every time I saw them)
David Kilgour>Yo La Tengo
Nig Heist/Meat Puppets/Black Flag
Minutemen>Black Flag (One couldn't make a bad LP; the other made one good one; good bill though)
1st two Lollapaloozas were really somethin
Spiritualized>Sonic Youth

worst double bill:
Sonic Youth>REM (akin to Hendrix>Monkees)
worst ever triple bill:
Social D>Sonic Youth>Neil Young (Young fans and the setup ruined it)
edit::further comment::Neil was obviously bored on our tour-stop as well. Added to this, he gave a 1 hour Thurston imitation that didn't add up (this after 10,000 Neil fans waited in the hall for SocialD and SY to finish). My interest in NY ended that night.

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Re: worst double bill
January 07, 2006 08:39PM
worst double bill:
billy bragg and new order at the ontario, d.c., summer of '82(?).
it took forever for sold out the show to begin. billy bragg and the audience was insulting one another in a steam bathed, packed theater. when new order came on, the bassist was too drunk to play, the singer was swigging on a whisky bottle and the gig, short.

however, it was written up as "... very noteworthy in that Rob Gretton actually joined New Order on stage to play syndrums for the set opener In_A_Lonely_Place, as Hooky had had too much to drink, but casually strolled off after his bit was done.

Apparently the D.C. gig was very noteworthy in that Rob Gretton actually joined New Order on stage to play syndrums for the set opener In_A_Lonely_Place, as Hooky had had too much to drink, but casually strolled off after his bit was done.
Re: best double bill
December 18, 2005 11:52PM
Very very jealous of The Specials/Selector buy the way.
Re: best double bill
January 22, 2006 01:23PM
Cool thread! Brings back some memories of great double bills I've seen in the far, far past:

1980: The Police/XTC, Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor

1982: Psychedelic Furs/Our Daughters Wedding, Royal Oak Music Theater, Royal Oak

1983: Adam Ant/INXS, Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor (Would ya believe INXS opening up for Adam Ant!)

1984: Pretenders/The Alarm, Fox Theatre, Detroit

1987: Psychedelic Furs/Mission UK, Fox Theater, Detroit

2005: Gang of Four/Radio 4, Metro, Chicago

Re: best double bill
December 16, 2005 08:11PM
Meat Puppets/Minutemen/Husker Du - '85. Top that!

Butthole Surfers/Red Hot Chili Peppers
X/The Dickies/a young, unknown at the time Jane's Addiction
John Cale/Pere Ubu
The Feelies/Lou Reed
Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince/Public Enemy/Run-DMC
Re: best double bill
December 17, 2005 12:01AM
A good buddy of mine saw the 'Mats/Husker Du, the 'Mats/REM, and Husker Du/REM (at Harvard I think or somewhere in Mass.??)......I didn't see any of those shows.....I did see Go4 w/ Mission of Burma though back in the day. That was probably the best for me off the top of my head.

Re: best double bill
December 17, 2005 12:34AM

rubber bowl

go home young uns
Re: best double bill
December 17, 2005 01:23AM
babes in toyland / ween / dumpster juice
Re: best double bill
December 17, 2005 03:53AM
some double bills just sounded good, ie love tractor and dump truck though they did not tour together.
Re: best double bill
December 17, 2005 02:17PM
The best double bill that I saw was probably the Replacements opening up for Elvis Costello. The best double bills I would like to have seen would be Barrence Whitfield/The Ramones & the Bonzo Dog Band/The Kinks

Re: best double bill
December 17, 2005 05:12PM
Jonathan Richman/The Skeletons
Camper Van Beethoven/Syd Straw
The Police/Sector 27 (Jools Holland emceed that show!)
Elvis Costello & the Attractions/Nick Lowe's Cowboy Outfit

And I've always remembered fondly my first high school concert -

The Cars & the Motels (who'd just released CAREFUL, their one great album, prior to plunging into suckitude.)
Re: best double bill
December 18, 2005 12:57AM
Iron Butterfly/Buffalo Springfield
Sonic Youth/Neil Young
Little Feat/ Grateful Dead
Cracker/Grateful Dead
SRV/Roy Rogers
Heart/Johnny Cougar 1982
King Crimson/Cal Guitar Trio
Crimson/Tool (didn't like Tool)
A tour I'd like to see:

Re: best double bill
December 18, 2005 03:16AM

>>Sonic Youth/Neil Young

social d, too...

that's one that looked better on paper than it played out.

kinks/pretenders in the early 80s is another.
Re: best double bill
December 18, 2005 07:02AM
my first highschool concert was david johanson(sp?) and robert gordon
Re: best double bill
December 18, 2005 03:05PM
A couple come to mind that I have seen...

Lloyd Cole and Ron Sexsmith earlier this year in Atlanta

Nitzer Ebb opening for Depeche Mode on the "Violator" tour.

Coulda been awesome...PJ Harvey opening for U2 on the "All You Can't Leave Behind" tour, but PJ got sick and was replaced by Nelly Furtado and we just hung out and drank beers and didn't even make the opening act.

P.S. - Slash's Snakepit opening for AC/DC....ROCK!

The only technical 'double bill' was the Cole/Sexsmith show. I did see the David Lee Roth/ Sammy Hagar tour a couple years ago (free tix) and Roth completely blew and Hagar rocked. Go figure...

Edit #2 - Robyn Hitchcock opening for R.E.M. on the "Green" tour was pretty cool. I realize opening acts aren't really double bills, but they're as close as I can get.

Edit #3 - Stereolab opening for Sonic Youth.

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Re: best double bill
December 18, 2005 11:51PM
The Gun Club and The Hoodoo Gurus (1985)

And a quadruple - The Birthday Party, Laughing Clowns, Hunters & Collectors and Pel Mel (1981)

Go Betweens and (an underwhelming) R.E.M. (1989)

And a triple - The Scientists, Celibate Rifles and Lime Spiders (1985)
Re: best double bill
December 19, 2005 02:04AM
Flaming Lips/ Replacements
Go-Go's/Pretenders/Talking Heads
Saw the Social D/Sonic Youth/Neil Young tour, but left after Sonic Youth because Neil was obviously bored. As the only person standing and dancing during Sonic Youth in a sold-out Myriad in OKC, I'm sure my karma is okay.
Peter Case/Lucinda Williams (very small show in OKC; acoustic. Bloody beautiful).
Re: best double bill
December 19, 2005 03:18PM
I'm grateful to everyone who's posted to this, since you all reminded me of several great double-bills that I did get to see, but somehow neglected to include in my post:

Devo/"Dove, the Band of Love" (the "shtick pose" that Paganizer spoke of)
King Crimson/California Guitar Trio

Another one: Live/PJ Harvey
Re: best double bill
December 20, 2005 03:56PM
Tom Petty / Bob Dylan

Dylan / Dead

The backing bands were great on both tours, Bob was not in peak form

Pearl Jam / Neil Young- Went to see Pearl Jam but was blown away by the epic power of Neil Young

Jimmy Cliff / Robert Cray / The Grateful Dead

John Hiatt / Robert Cray / Stevie Ray Vaughn

Duran Duran / David Bowie

Girlsschool (sp?) / Iron Maiden / Scorpions- Gotta tell you, the monster staggering around onstage during Iron Maiden was a sight to behold

I've seen a bunch of big names open for the Stones but they were all boring (arena headliners ought to let the openers use the big video screens too)
Re: best double bill
January 02, 2006 11:55PM
petty/ dylan/ dead at rfk stadium, d.c., just before garcia collapsed
Re: best double bill
December 26, 2005 05:26PM
Jonathan Richman/Belle & Sebastian
Mercury Rev/Wilco
Westerberg/The Posies
U2/Kanye West (last week, don't laugh..it was pretty cool)
Re: best double bill
December 27, 2005 09:40PM
Husker Du/Minutemen
Mission of Burma/Negative FX
Clash/Bo Diddley
Black Flag/Minutemen
Husker Du/Articles Of Faith
Subhumans (UK)/Scream
Re: best double bill
January 01, 2006 12:35AM
Kurtis Blow/The Clash (at the Pier in NYC)
Re: best double bill
January 06, 2006 02:39AM
R.E.M / Replacements / 3 O Clock
Doves / Mercury Rev
Doves / My Morning Jacket
R.E.M / Throwing Muses
Trail of Dead / Secret Machines
The Who / The Clash
Stones / Iggy Pop
Re: best double bill
January 13, 2006 02:29PM
Belle and Sebastian and the New Pornagraphers are touring together:

Feb. 25 Toronto - The Docks
Feb. 26 Montreal - Metropolis
Feb. 27 Boston - Avalon
Feb. 28 Boston - Avalon
March 2 New York - Nokia Theatre
March 3 New York - Nokia Theatre
March 4 Philadelphia - Electric Factory
March 5 Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club
March 6 Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club
March 8 Nashville, Tenn. - Ryman Auditorium
March 9 Louisville, Ky. - Brown Theatre
March 10 Chicago - Riviera
March 11 Milwaukee, Wisc. - Riverside Theatre
March 12 Minneapolis - Orpheum Theatre
March 14 Dallas, Texas - Granada Theatre
March 15 Austin, Texas - Stubb's (SXSW)
March 18 Los Angeles - Wiltern
March 19 Los Angeles - Wiltern
March 21 San Francisco - Concourse @ SF Design Center
March 23 Portland, Ore. - Roseland
March 25 Seattle - Paramount Theatre

Could be the first good double bill of '06
Re: best double bill
January 20, 2006 03:07PM
Husker Du/Dwight Yoakum
Hoodoo Gurus/Bangles
The Darkness/The Wildhearts
Flipper/Violent Femmes
Cheap Trick/The Neighborhoods
Cheap Trick/GBV
Cheap Trick/The Romantics
The Upper Crust/The Gravel Pit
The Titanics/Dash Rip Rock
U2/PJ Harvey
Morphine/Junior Brown
Re: best double bill
January 22, 2006 03:40AM
Kinks & Joan Jett at an amusement park
Stevie Vaughn right before death & Jeff Beck w/Terry Bozio (effectively triple bill, two shows then another w/Vaughn doing rhythm for Beck). Pity Beck was touring Guitar Shop

In memory a failed double bill: was supposed to see Throwing Muses at Iron Horse. Didn't show and local atrocity Oat Pearl played. Week later supposed to see Flaming Lips same venue. Didn't show and Oat Pearl played.

Re: best double entendre
January 22, 2006 05:59PM
Re: best double bill
January 31, 2006 02:44AM
Velvet Crush opening for The La's- Providence, 1991.
Power pop heaven
Re: best double bill
January 31, 2006 04:24AM
My favorite double bills off the top of my head
Flaming Lips/Butthole Surfers 1986
Lucinda Williams/Neil Young
Lemonheads/Soul Asylum
Social Distortion/Ramones (right before I worked an allnighter)
K.D. Lang/ Tony Bennett
Janes Addiction/Iggy Pop
Wayne Kramer/ Cheap Trick

Re: best double bill
February 04, 2006 06:21AM
Blondie / Nick Lowe and Rock Pile

Talking Heads / Black Uhuru

Clash / English Beat w Ranking Roger joining The Clash on stage.

X / Blasters

X / Jerry Lee Lewis
Re: best double bill
February 04, 2006 07:45PM
How about the Sonic Youth / Beastie Boys team-up back in '96? Did it work out?

Two that I can recall which were not double bills but an assortment of heavies are the "Clash of the Titans" tour back in '90 comprising Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax with Alice in Chains opening; and the triple billing of Metallica and Guns n' Roses with Faith No More opening during '92.

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