I have been to many concerts, many good, a few outstanding and a few shit shows.
My first concert (apart from seeing The Olsen Brothers live in Ishøj Mall in 1979) was a concert by Danish pop/rock band TV2 around 1984. It was at Hotel Harmonien in Haderslev, and I went there with the youth club I attended at the time (Nuserklubben). What has stayed in my memory since then, is the powerful feeling of the bass in my torso. I was surprised that sound could be a physical feeling of that magnitude. I then began going to whatever pop/rock concerts that was held in my hometown, nearly all of them forgotten.
In 1987 I went to the first metal/punk show of my life, namely Agitare Bene (Germany), Cólera (Brazil) and Migaira (Denmark) in Odense. It was great for once seeing something I actually liked. I then often went to Odense and Esbjerg to concerts of a harder nature. In 1988 I saw Sodom and Whiplash in Copenhagen and in November that year I managed to catch Napalm Death in Roskilde with the classic line-up, (Lee, Bill, Mick and Shane). That was an intense experience. I asked Shane Embury how he managed to get that kind of sounds from his bass, and he answered: “If you wanna grind, you have to have distortion on the bass”. I’ve lived my life by that rule…
Around that time I began playing concerts of my own as bassist in Sardonic Death, my role-model scene show wise, was the bass player in Huey Lewis and the News, who was as unmoving as a rock during the shows (at least the ones I have bothered to view on youtube (not a lot)). I have always been very uncomfortable playing live, mostly because I haven’t had much of a clue about how to play anything well.
In 1992 I moved to Copenhagen, and began attending all sorts of different shows and venues, notable show include Carcass and Death who both did their job to my satisfaction, Suffocation in BarBue where my buddy Heine headbanged a Marshall stack to the ground, Merzbow in Den Anden Opera – intense as fuck, Repulsion in Pumpehuset after waiting 25 years to see them, I was very happy!, Venom in Pumpehuset playing for a crowd of 40 people, kicking dick hard arse, Motorhead all over town, never disappointing, Mercyful Fate at Alexandra(?) back in 1995, very very satanic and evil, Kiss – original line up and in make up in Valby, sunn o))) in Den Grå Hal, which was equal to the Merzbow-gig in intensity, Melt-Banana as a full band at Loppen, and as a duo in Musikcaféen.
I don’t go to many concerts anymore. I tend to get bored. The last few shows I have attended, was Jucifer at Stengade, and The Grindcore Family Weekend IV in Ungdomshuset. Weekend Nachos played a fantastic set that night btw.
Now I listen to records at home instead, they never disappoint, and there are no other people there to disturb the music.