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FAVOURITE CON­CERT TIME: ONE DAD AT A MI­LEY CYRUS CON­CERT WITH THOU­SANDS OF SCREAM­ING GIRLS, AN UN­EX­PECTED FAN OF CE­LINE DION, PLUS AN EPIC DAY OUT IN LAS VE­GAS

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DAVE

There’s no doubt there’s been a drought of sig­nif­i­cant record­ing artists re­cently. I’ve been think­ing about this ever since the movie Bohemian Rhap­sody was re­leased last year. Where are our Freddie Mer­curys, our Elvis Pres­leys or the Bowies of this gen­er­a­tion? Please tell me it’s not Justin Bieber or Mi­ley Cyrus?

That said, we’re here to talk about our favourite con­cert and while it’s not my favourite, Mi­ley would ac­tu­ally be in my top five. The girl can sing and en­ter­tain. There was one thing that I didn’t like about it, though. They had a kiss cam roam­ing around the au­di­ence. Keep in mind most of Mi­ley’s key de­mo­graphic is im­pres­sion­able teenage girls. The cam­era guys op­er­at­ing the kiss cam (which was be­ing broad­cast on to the big screen) were pan­ning around to loved-up cou­ples. Which was fine, but then one cam­era guy kept on point­ing at these two teen girls, who quite ob­vi­ously weren’t in a re­la­tion­ship. They wouldn’t kiss, so they switched to an­other per­son and then came back to these two young girls. The pres­sure on these two young ladies to kiss was dis­gust­ing and even­tu­ally they did. Apart from that dis­grace­ful abuse of peer pres­sure, the con­cert was sur­pris­ingly spec­tac­u­lar. My num­ber one con­cert was a Cold­play show. Lead singer Chris Martin is the best. It had the laser light show and gi­ant yel­low glit­ter-filled bal­loons fell from the roof. It was like an awe­some dream that was too bril­liant to be real. If you ever get the chance to see Cold­play, please do.

I want to see Pink, though. If you’ve seen Pink, let me know your ex­pe­ri­ence on my In­sta @hi­dav­e­matthews

SAM

This may seem weird com­ing from a guy who makes his liv­ing from the mu­sic/en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, but I don’t like big con­certs. Sit me on a blan­ket at the Pere­gian Orig­i­nals lis­ten­ing to lo­cal mu­sos with good friends and a sea breeze and I am a happy camper. But a drive to Boon­dall, a sub­se­quent fight for a car park, crush of sweaty fans, con­stant bump­ing and the ma­noeu­vring of peo­ple want­ing to get one spot closer to the stage, added to the mod­ern phe­nom­e­non of ev­ery phone in the room be­ing raised to the stage record­ing footage (that will never be looked at again) makes the whole ex­pe­ri­ence less than awe­some for me. The last gig I went to was Rob­bie Wil­liams at the Bris­bane En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre be­cause we didn’t have a show on the Sun­shine Coast, nor will we in the fore­see­able fu­ture (sad face). The whole ex­pe­ri­ence was ex­actly as I de­scribed above. If I search the an­nals of my mind, a few Big Day Outs were mem­o­rable. Livid or Splen­dour con­certs cer­tainly had some high points, but if I am be­ing hon­est, the best gig I ever at­tended may sur­prise you.

Ce­line Dion’s 1996 Fall­ing Into You con­cert was amaz­ing … We had great seats, em­pha­sis on the word seats, which meant no crowd­ing or push­ing. The gig was vis­ually spec­tac­u­lar and vo­cally, I have never heard a bet­ter voice live than the Cana­dian songstress. She was truly re­mark­able and pro­vided you with all the feel­ings you’d ex­pect from a singer with the range and scope of Ce­line. I now know why friends travel the world to see her.

That said, I never got to see Queen, Pink Floyd or Led Zep­pelin. Un­til I do, Ce­line it is.

ASH

Sixty-one years of the Grammy Awards have just gone by this week and usu­ally they at­tract a lot of con­tro­versy. How­ever, there was less con­tro­versy this year and more chat about the amaz­ing singers and their tal­ent. Which is what the awards should be about, HELLO! Mi­ley Cyrus got up and sung Jo­lene with the in­cred­i­ble Dolly Par­ton, her god­mother. It was the duet that we were all wait­ing for.

So, it got us three rem­i­nisc­ing about the best con­certs we have ever seen. I’ve been lucky enough to see some amaz­ing acts here in Aus­tralia. Some would in­clude, Adele, Tay­lor Swift, One Di­rec­tion (which I took my Nana to see be­cause she’s a mas­sive fan!). But, the stand-out con­cert for me was ac­tu­ally in Las Ve­gas at the 2014 Iheartra­dio Fes­ti­val. It’s a fes­ti­val that goes over two days and brings in some of the big­gest acts in the world. On the first night, the show opened with Tay­lor Swift, fol­lowed by Cold­play, then Usher, Ali­cia Keys, Will.i.am, Steve Aoiki, Chris Brown and Ariana Grande. I know, right? What the heck! Each set went for 20 min­utes per act and it was the most sen­sa­tional thing I’ve ever laid my op­ti­cal nerves on. The crowd was elec­tric and when you’ve got mega su­per­stars com­ing out ev­ery 20 min­utes to per­form their best of the best, you can’t re­ally go wrong. Tay Tay wowed the crowds with her bub­bly show, Cold­play’s set was very an­themic. Then there was Ali­cia Keys, the soul sis­ter. Like I said they were all so amaz­ing. They all brought their own good­ness and it was cer­tainly a night to re­mem­ber. If you ever get the chance to go to Las Ve­gas, I highly sug­gest you book around Septem­ber to catch this in­cred­i­ble fes­ti­val.

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