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concert bucket list (attn: mick & keith)

December 1, 2011

All of the buzz over a potential Rolling Stones tour next year has me thinking – who else is on my must-see bucket list? The Rolling Stones have sat firmly atop that ranking for the past several years, at least since my collegiate self somehow managed to completely miss their Bigger Bang tour in ’06…

This summer I was out to lunch with my parents and their friends (another musically inclined couple) and my dad posed the question to the table: what bands are on your bucket list? They spent the next several minutes batting around their choices, and reminiscing over some of the truly great shows they’ve seen, while I sat there stewing in jealousy. I generally feel an innate envy of everyone over 50 because their concert records are more often than not the stuff my dreams are made of.  But it got me to thinking – who is on my list?

Bucket ListSo after some thought, I came up with the Top Three on my “Must-See Concert Bucket List

  1. The Rolling Stones
  2. Dolly Parton
  3. Mark Knopfler

If the inclusion of Dolly Parton at the number two slot offends any rock & roller readers of this site I would encourage them to reassess their life. Dolly’s a hell of a songwriter, performer, and all around human being who I would adopt as a surrogate grandmother in a heartbeat. Mark Knopfler, who I personally think was slighted by Rolling Stone – coming in at just #44 on their recent Top 100 Guitarists lists, is someone I’ve wanted to see for a very long time. My heart was breaking a little this fall when he was touring Europe with Bob Dylan and I was stuck in the Midwest with zero funds available for a hop across the Pond.

Of course my dream concert list would be miles longer, and filled with bands and performers that are no longer around. There’s not much I can do about that, sans time machine. I’m fortunate enough to have seen just about everybody I love who is still touring but if I could catch these last three at some point I will be a happy girl. (Ya hear that Stones?) So what about y’all, who’s on your Bucket List?


musicnotes  “One of These Days” – Neil Young (seen him, thankfully)

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