A game to while away the hours.
Welcome to the Roaring 20’s!!
Now is the time to find out how I spent 2019, music-wise.
In 2019 I added 50 new albums to my library. I witnessed 47 concerts (or the greater number of 91 music sets). I also wrote reviews for 36 concerts for the blog about DC! Check out the reviews here.
So what is this post?
Let’s do some exploring and answer the timeless question: What bands/artists have I seen live in concert five or more times?
I forgot to post my annual music roundup! I know all three of my readers have been disappointed…until now! I don’t disappoint forever!
In 2017 I added 56 new albums to my library. I witnessed 34 concerts (or the greater number of 61 music sets). I also wrote reviews for 15 concerts for a different blog I write for about living in Washington, DC! Check out the reviews here.
I don’t really know what to say, even a few days later, only that I’m completely disheartened by the passing of Chris Cornell.
He was one of my favorite artists, and I loved every facet of his career – from Soundgarden to Audioslave to his solo work and his foray into Temple of the Dog.
I was looking forward to seeing Soundgarden again sometime soon (and maybe somehow find a way to see Temple of the Dog since I missed them last year!).
I saw him perform live seven times, and below I rank those shows.
And throw in a little playlist for good measure.
The world sucks a little more now.
Chris Cornell Concerts Attended – Ranked
7) 5/4/2013 – Soundgarden (DC Chili Cookoff Festival @ RFK Parking Lot, Washington, DC) – It was fine, but a parking lot on a rainy day isn’t the best situation!
6) 1/18/2013 – Soundgarden (DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC) – Seemed like a strange venue for them, but it was still enjoyable.
5) 7/12/2011 – Soundgarden (Patriot Center, Virginia) – Excellent show.
4) 10/26/2005 – Audioslave (Patriot Center, Virginia) – Bad ass show, damn!
3) 12/11/1996 – Soundgarden (Mercer Arena, Seattle, Washington) – Bittersweet, as the first time I saw them live was also their farewell tour. They disbanded only a few months later.
2) 8/8/2010 – Soundgarden (Lollapalooza @ Grant Park, Chicago) Their reunion show! All the anticipation of 14 years away! I flew to Chicago for Lollapalooza just to see them back together (and while I was there, I caught a couple baseball games and a few other acts like Phoenix and Metric).
1) 4/5/2009 – Solo (9:30 Club, Washington, DC) – He played songs from every facet of his career; Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog and his solo material. It was 2-1/2 hours of awesomeness.
- “Mailman” – Soundgarden
- “Loud Love” – Soundgarden
- “Gasoline” – Audioslave
- “Doesn’t Remind Me” – Chris Cornell
- “Mind Riot” Soundgarden
- “My Wave” – Soundgarden
- “The Day I Tried to Live” – Soundgarden
- “Can’t Change Me” – Chris Cornell
- “Dead Wishes” – Chris Cornell
- “Fell On Black Days” – Soundgarden
- “Like a Stone” – Audioslave
- “Wooden Jesus” – Temple of the Dog
- “Outshined” – Soundgarden
- “Say Hello 2 Heaven” – Temple of the Dog
- “Room A Thousand Years Wide” – Soundgarden
- “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” – Chris Cornell
I’ve been cleaning up my apartment a bit, throwing away stuff, going through old boxes and all that joyous fluff that ends up as filler in celebrity memoirs.
Two massive boxes contain my collection of music CDs, which started accumulating in 1990. Let’s just say I have a lot.
Back in 2006, when I first got on iTunes, I went through the tedious process of burning in all my CDs.
After awhile, I started cutting corners (burn the Greatest Hits of an artist but leave out the albums; or burn just one song from a CD; or I would skip the whole CD entirely).
Now, 11 years later, I’m re-visiting my collection and I started to burn in the gaps of what I didn’t finish.
All told, there were 131 CDs I didn’t burn or burned just one song. So it’s a fun project. And I’ll be looking to unload around half of those physical CDs.
Notables (most from this list I shan’t be unloading):
- Some Jimmy Buffett, Jimi Hendrix and Genesis
- Eric Clapton’s 4-volume Crossroads and a couple more.
- Some Huey Lewis and the News, Barenaked Ladies and Phil Collins (But seriously, I always love how all his album covers are just his face).
- The Eagles – I own all of their albums, but I burned only the two Greatest Hits CDs. And a couple by Don Henley. It’s the end of the innocence.
- Alice in Chains, The Doors, Van Halen and NIN – don’t recall why I didn’t burn these.
- A few CDs of Singles with B-sides. I never really got into buying these though.
- A ton of non-album Garth Brooks (he has 5 CDs of Hits or Collections – repackaged or re-imagined).
- A shit ton of country CDs from the early to mid-1990’s (and not Garth Brooks). 31 to be exact! (These I’m giving away – hi Mom!) I made myself a robust playlist of all the songs I liked from those albums (basically one each) and yep, I still like those songs.
- A ton of hit collections – including 80’s compilations and quite a few of salsa music. I did take classes for a season and date women that liked that sort of thing! Dance yourself clean.