2020 Concerts you saw before COVID / 2020 Concerts you missed because of COVID

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Saw Robyn Hitchcock in Seattle on February 28th. The CDC had announced a few days before that it was going to get bad, so I kept looking around, wondering if this was the last normal thing I would do before the pandemic hit. It was all fun mordant humor until the encore, when he covered first Dylan's "Ring them Bells" and then "God" by John Lennon. He ended with, "And so, dear friends, you'll just have to carry on. The dream is over," and walked off leaving us all unnerved. The next day the news broke of the first COVID deaths in Seattle.

The fillyjonk who believed in pandemics (Lily Dale), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 22:56 (four months ago) link

i saw robyn in november, he played flavour of light which was cool, and he has the best banter in the biz.

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 23:02 (four months ago) link

*robyn hitchcock, not swedish robyn

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 23:03 (four months ago) link

Before COVID:

70000 Tons of Metal
Vader (until my back gave out)
Queensryche (twice)
Machine Head (twice)
Druid Lord

Shit I missed or will miss thanks to fuckin COVID

Decibel Tour featuring Mayhem
Napalm Death
Sepultura (postponed-TBD)
Decibel Metal and Beer Fest (postponed-TBD)
Welcome to Rockville

narcissistic sleighride (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 23:17 (four months ago) link

saw in jan/feb kerri chandler, yves tumor, juliana huxtable, paypal, ron morelli

would prob attend to already cancelled autopsy, terrorizer, FIRE!

knife sharpening tips (gaudio), Thursday, 2 April 2020 22:02 (four months ago) link

Stereolab postponed/TBD.

skip, Thursday, 2 April 2020 22:39 (four months ago) link

xposts i was immediately worried about Robyn and glad to see he's been holed up ok for a few weeks now, jesus i would like to see him play 'God'

i waited almost 20 years for a chance to see Current 93 and there ain't no way that show's taking place now. I'll settle for Tibet making it through this to record more albums

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 2 April 2020 22:52 (four months ago) link

I've added to dimeadozen the Protomartyr show I saw in Chicago on March 12 - it was the start and the end (for the time being) of their current tour.


BlackIronPrison, Saturday, 4 April 2020 17:00 (four months ago) link

I was finally going to get to see The Make Up, doubt I'll get the chance again

AJD, Saturday, 4 April 2020 18:18 (four months ago) link

kelly clarkson in vegas
the 1975

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 4 April 2020 18:23 (four months ago) link

i have never seen underworld and i’m sooooooooo bummed

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 4 April 2020 18:23 (four months ago) link

it's not anywhere it happening yet but if Psycho Vegas gets bumped, I'm going to be crushed to once again have a ticket to see Mercyful Fate and not get to go.

twice in twenty years

narcissistic sleighride (Neanderthal), Saturday, 4 April 2020 18:24 (four months ago) link

My only show so far this year was Wire, in early March, about two weeks before everything started shutting down. It seems like a lot longer.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Saturday, 4 April 2020 20:11 (four months ago) link

wll miss harry styles in may.
and still waiting for news regarding bill callahan in june. but not hopeful.

Nourry, Saturday, 4 April 2020 20:18 (four months ago) link

Neadrathal - that is the saddest news

BlackIronPrison, Saturday, 4 April 2020 20:43 (four months ago) link

So far it's still on (Aug)

Hoping to hell

narcissistic sleighride (Neanderthal), Saturday, 4 April 2020 20:58 (four months ago) link

Only show I saw this year was in February - Julie Christensen with Chris D. at McCabes. Cool show, the new Divine Horsemen songs sounded great.

Was planning to see a lot of shows in March/April/May: Shopping, ShitKid, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, Juana Molina, Le Butcherettes, Anna Calvi (her show was already a re-schedule from last year)

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 6 April 2020 06:12 (three months ago) link

Missed Dan Deacon because I broke my leg.

Brittany Howard canceled.

Ween rescheduled.

Cow_Art, Monday, 6 April 2020 14:52 (three months ago) link

the last show I saw occurred on the evening that it became clear that SD had to be the rule going forward. I don't want to be specific as to who the performers were for reasons that will be obvious. A double bill: one is an artist in his late 60s whom everyone reading these words knows, or at least knows of. the other is my age, late 40s and my lifelong friend, whose work again should be known to all ILMniks. This guy met me and my crew before the show at a restaurant near the venue, where me and my crew were already talking about how odd it was already and how it may have been completely irresponsible for us to go to this or for the show to take place at all.

He joined us and quickly opined that all this shit was hype…yet he was not saying this from the right, but from the left. He so despises big tech that he believes (or believed then, I haven't spoken to him since) that it suits their interests for people to never leave home and spend all their time in front of the computer. I was a bit taken aback and steered the conversation elsewhere. still, the show was great (venue had been sold out but was only half full) and now seems like it took place many many years ago.

veronica moser, Monday, 6 April 2020 15:56 (three months ago) link

My last show was Wire. The fact of having seen them was already incredible to me, let alone multiple times over 10+ years, let alone right before the indefinite closure of every music venue everywhere. Had also seen 4th Curtis (cool local band), Meshell Ndegeocello doing Prince songs at Paisley Park (omg), Raphael Saadiq w/ Jamila Woods.

Had tickets for Sampa the Great last weekend and Yves Tumor next weekend. My sister was gonna visit next month and see The House of Love with me.

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 05:12 (three months ago) link

I was going to see The Slow Readers Club in Antwerp in a couple of weeks but now it'll be Oct/Nov probably

StanM, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 05:53 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Since Sampa the Great was mentioned two posts up...

This looks great: this Monday, the 2020 edition of the Africadelic Festival will be livestreamed through the Instagram page of the Paradiso venue in Amsterdam from 12pm-12am CEST (www.instagram.com/paradisoadam).
Performing artists, among many others: Baloji, Batida, Blick Bassy, Blinky Bill, Femi Kuti, Fokn Bois, Joey le Soldat, Onipa, Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, Sampa the Great, Yuri da Cunha.

There are also talks and interviews, and a film programme (with free viewing on 24, 25 and 26 May).

Check this Facebook link for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/248730829661281/
Or here (but not everything here is in English): https://www.paradiso.nl/en/program/africadelic-2020-online-edition/77120/

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 22 May 2020 20:00 (two months ago) link

Q: Do we have a thread for this kind of thing? The Rolling DJing in Isolation Live Streams one doesn't apply here.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 22 May 2020 20:05 (two months ago) link

I only saw three shows before everything went black...

30-Jan Witching / Yatra @ Century Bar
12-Feb HIDE / The Ire / Fad Nauseum @ Boot & Saddle
22-Feb Warish @ First Unitarian Church

Witching is local and the singer is a pal. They headlined over Yatra, on tour from Baltimore, who have a couple of screamy doom records I like.

HIDE is Chicago industrial music that is quite intense for a two-piece. The local bands who supported were both quite good.

Warish features Tony Hawk's son and I love the album they released last year. I didn't stick around for Black Lips; had I known I wouldn't see a show for who knows how long afterwards, I probably would have even though I think they're spotty and the new country album didn't move the needle much for me.

I have given up on the shows that have cancelled or been postponed, some of them for a year. All I know is that I keep an relatively unabridged updated concert list, a holdover from my days as an entertainment editor for a local weekly in Columbus. (Unabridged means things I find out about through publicists, venues emailing me, and social media. It's not meant to be everything but it's everything that I find out about.) I updated it the other day and was unsurprised to see that all of the May shows were gone but practically all of the June ones as well.

6/10 Steve Earle @ Colonial Theatre
6/27 Doobie Brothers @ BB&T Pavilion

I would probably see Steve Earle live, and it would be kind of a cool "first show after quarantine" thing, but I am pretty sure it is going to be cancelled (it may be already; it's amazing how hard it was to get definitive answers for some shows and a few shows are still listed as selling tickets even though the tours have been cancelled). I really don't care about the Doobie Brothers to be honest.

As for shows that could be my first back, assuming Earle gets cancelled or moved, on July 11th there's a death metal show featuring locals Pissgrave at Johnny Brenda's (I would kill for a cheesesteak from Joe's next door). After that is Bush Tetras supporting The Bongos at World Cafe Live. We'll see what happens...

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, 23 May 2020 00:53 (two months ago) link

sampa, blick blassy, batida and baloji are all great live

i was supposed to see Steve Earle live with his play at the Public, I reallly hope that gets rescheduled at some point.

supposedly Algiers will play in early December but it's at a crowded bar so let's see how that works out

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 23 May 2020 03:58 (two months ago) link

both Psycho Vegas and Decibel Metal and Beer Fest got pushed back a year and retained most of the same lineup.

so did Maryland Deathfest. that's pretty cool.

I am a free. I am not man. A number. (Neanderthal), Saturday, 23 May 2020 04:00 (two months ago) link

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at Café Carlyle last December
Handel's "Agrippina" featuring Joyce DiDonato at Met Opera in February

Had no tickets for any upcoming shows. I'm a poor excuse for a New Yorker.

Josefa, Saturday, 23 May 2020 04:17 (two months ago) link

Current 93 in Brooklyn was rescheduled to next summer, I hope that’s conservative enough to be realistic but who can guess.

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 23 May 2020 12:45 (two months ago) link

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