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The Beautiful Bowl
updated: Jul 21, 2014, 8:30 AM

By M. Greg

What is one of the most memorable County Bowl concerts you've attended?

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 COMMENT 537427 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 08:40 AM

Gram Parsons Tribute "Return to Sin City" back in 2004(?). Amazing versions of "Wild Horses" and "Hickory Wind" by Keith Richards. Also Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoachum, Norah Jones, etc. The great Jim Burton on guitar.

 

 COMMENT 537429 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 08:43 AM

Bruce Springsteen, in 1976. Memorable is an understatement.

 

 COMMENT 537430 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 08:44 AM

The Best-Bob Marley. Foo Fighters on their first tour. Midnight Oil. The Baby's. No Doubt. Missing Persons.

The Worst-Boston. Boy George(except that a couple of deer came down the hill to watch, that was cool).Steve Miller sucked. I saw him last year at the Santa Cruz Blues Festival and he performed much better than 30 years ago at the bowl.

 

 COMMENT 537432 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 08:48 AM

Radiohead 2009. Unreal.

 

 COMMENT 537434 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 08:48 AM

Bob Marley

 

 EZ2 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 08:51 AM

Kenny Loggins
Jim Messina
1975

 

 COMMENT 537438 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 08:55 AM

Beach Boys and Jan and Dean back in the '80's.

Rich friend of mine bought some front row seats, then couldn't use 'em so he gave 'em to me.

Awesome!

 

 COMMENT 537440 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 09:02 AM

Eagles, about 10 years ago. Included Don Henley hits and Joe Walsh hits.

 

 COMMENT 537447 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 09:23 AM

Donna Summer. What a show she put on.

 

 COMMENT 537448 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 09:25 AM

Bruce Springsteen- Fall, 1976.

 

 COMMENT 537450 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 09:29 AM

Bob Marley 1976. Scott Price Photography has unreal photos of that concert.

 

 COMMENT 537452 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 09:30 AM

Earth, Wind and Fire w/ Phillip Bailey.
Also, Chicago was awesome!

 

 COMMENT 537454 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 09:35 AM

Cannot think of any I've attended that haven't been memorable. REM, No Doubt were excellent. Dire Straits in the early 80's stands out too.

 

 COMMENT 537459 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 09:40 AM

Mumford and Sons, hands down, for me. I've seen many shows at the Bowl over the last 18 years and know that SB audiences can be... ah, fickle. This show blew us all away and there was not one person left in their seats. The energy that night was amazing! Come back, boys!

 

 COMMENT 537460 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 09:42 AM

Louis Armstrong back in the 1960s, Poco in the 1970s

 

 SBSURFERLIFE agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 09:42 AM

Bonnie Raitt!

 

 COMMENT 537467 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 09:51 AM

Grateful Dead. Nod to Jer.

 

 COMMENT 537470 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 09:59 AM

In Jr. High early '60s (SBJHS) at the time when my friend who lived on APS had a "slumber party". The Beach Boys were playing & we walked down the side of the hill to watch them...music was so good we started dancing; they saw us ~ so cool!

 

 COMMENT 537477 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 10:05 AM

Is that last poster accurate? I thought I remembered rock concerts starting at the Bowl in '68 when I saw Vanilla Fudge. I was in Hawaii for Bob Marley and saw him at Waikiki Shell the week before his concert here. My fav was The Clash and English Beat. Also all the Neil Young shows. I'm also a Santana fan so how many of those.

 

 COMMENT 537494 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 10:31 AM

Peter, Paul & Mary in 1963. I specifically remember Puff the Magic Dragon.

 

 COMMENT 537514P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 11:04 AM

Jethro Tull waaaaaaaayyyyyy back when. Joe Cocker any time he has shown up. Would LOVE to see Jonny Lang there. C'mon up Jonny!

 

 COMMENT 537518 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 11:10 AM

Loggins & Messina, once at age 9 and again in my late 30's. Fantastic and special both times

 

 COMMENT 537529P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 11:34 AM

One of the last concerts I saw at the Bowl was The Moody Blues over 20 years ago. They had the SB Symphony with them. It was awesome. Had pit tickets right up front.

 

 COMMENT 537535 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 11:51 AM

Agreed, Moody Blues were memorable but so were, oh wait a minute, poster only wanted one concert.

 

 SDP agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 11:56 AM

Top 3: Eddie Vedder (ukulele), All the Road Running Tour of Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris, Rickie Lee Jones' voice was out of this world (back in the mid-90's)

 

 COMMENT 537542P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 12:01 PM

Really interesting responses which convey the mood of those concerts - thank you.

 

 COMMENT 537546P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 12:08 PM

In her last concert at the SB Bowl, Katy Perry mentioned her first experience at the Bowl was sneaking into the Radiohead concert.

 

 COMMENT 537547 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 12:18 PM

My dad took me to a show there when I was 5 or 6, in the 70's. We were in the front row and the lead singer tried to get me to come up on stage with the band, but I was too shy. I can't for the life of me remember who it was we were seeing though-kinda driving me nuts!
I want to say Christopher Cross, but don't think that's right-same genre though.

 

 COMMENT 537550P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 12:24 PM

Yes, Bonnie Raitt! Excellent show about a year ago.

 

 COMMENT 537557 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 12:39 PM

Boston, 1970's

 

 COMMENT 537559 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 12:41 PM

Three Dog Night! My first Concert. 1976? I think..

 

 COMMENT 537560 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 12:44 PM

Ducky, I think I remember Christopher Cross being cancelled when not enough tickets were sold.

 

 COMMENT 537562 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 12:57 PM

Hahaha, 560! I think it may have been Leo Sayer (sic)-not memorable for the music so much (sorry, Leo! I'm available for adoption now, if you'll still have me, though:)), but because I totally blew my "15 minutes".

 

 FANGIRL agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 01:03 PM

The Eagles 2005 concert. They played for over 3 hours with no breaks. I don't think anyone sat down for the entire concert ... everyone was having so much fun, including the band!

 

 COMMENT 537571 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 01:09 PM

Love the thread, BTW, OP! Thanks!

 

 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 02:52 PM

Extra special:
Seals & Crofts -- maybe that was the lawn party. ;-) '75
Joni Mitchell, Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny etc. '79, recorded & released as "Shadows & Light."
Sting, '88. Full moon too.
Allman Bros.
Chick Corea/Herbie Hancock
Buddy Guy/Little Feat '95
Brian Setzer Orchestra '99
The Crusaders/Spyro Gyra '88
Steely Dan

For me, it's CSN. My first front row pit tickets. Seen different groupings lots of times. 2 extra-special: Neil Young joined them at the Arlington for a Greenpeace benefit in '87 and my brother and I saw Crosby/Nash at the Bowl on the Wind on the Water tour, '75.

and this cool site!

http://earlwarrenshowgroundsetal.blogspot.com/2011/06/santa-barbara-county-bowl_156.html

514P, Tull was 4/22/70.

 

 COMMENT 537631 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 03:18 PM

Moody Blues back in the 90's. Same concert someone above posted about? I remember a bug flew into one of the musicians' mouth or something, and the lead singer asked if there was a doctor in the house, or if someone had some medicine. Then he joked because he was sure there was alot of a specific "medicinal" item available at the concert among the fans.

Also, John Williams conducted some classical music there, along with a bunch of his own music from the Star Wars and Raiders, etc., movies.

Everyone was polite and waited for the last note on the classical music before clapping.

Then the Raiders March started, and people were clapping and whistling right at the beginning, lol. :)

Also saw Gordon Lightfoot once, but that was at the Arlington Theatre.

 

 COMMENT 537634 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 03:20 PM

the last time I went to the bowl I was thown out for dancing in front of my seat. In my opinion control freaks have ruined this town...

 

 COMMENT 537645 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 03:50 PM

Joni Mitchell, late 70's or early 80's. They were filming the concert for HBO. We were in the nose bleed section and their camera was in front of us so tbey moved us to the lawn! Pat Metheny and a lot of other great musicians performed with her that day.

 

 COMMENT 537660 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 04:02 PM

Since this is trivia and I was curious and looked, and Marley got several votes, he played here 3 times, 76, 78 & 79.

 

 COMMENT 537673 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 04:25 PM

634, during Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience earlier this year my daughter and I were up during the Stairway to Heaven encore the couple behind us tapped me on the shoulder and asked us to sit down. We couldn't believe it. We basically ignored the request. He went and got an usher who asked us to sit down as well. What??? It's a rock concert for goodness sakes. Anyway, she checked our tickets, saw we were in the right place and just left. I earned a few valuable Dad points!

 

 COMMENT 537677P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 04:32 PM

Agreed, 634, but that's a whole other "thread".

 

 COMMENT 537703P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 05:20 PM

Wonderful thread; it's like one can sense how special these concerts were. Had no idea some of these musicians performed at the Bowl.

 

 ILIKECAKE agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 07:36 PM

I've seen Bruce Springsteen over 30 times...wished I lived here in 1976 when he played at the Bowl, and got unplugged...boo! BTW, as a super fan, my least favorite Bruce show ever was at the Arlington several years ago. My favorite Bowl show ever was Eddie Vedder a few years ago.

 

 CHILI_CON_ARTCARNEY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 08:02 PM

The Clash with the English Beat, and Talking Heads (stop making sense tour) with Black Uhuru.

 

 COMMENT 537761P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 08:19 PM

I've been to so many, but most memorable is Smashing Pumpkins in May, 2000!!!

 

 COMMENT 537768 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 08:27 PM

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, front row (wish he would get back together with them!)

 

 4358ED agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 09:34 PM

Black Crowes - October 25th 1992

 

 COMMENT 537788P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 09:38 PM

This topic led me to go through youtube and appreciating the various musicians and their concerts in various places. A first time that the Edhat postings led to something which brought a few tears. Thank you, all, the musicians, and to those who posted their favorite concerts and explained why.

 

 COMMENT 537790P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 09:57 PM

James Taylor 2003 What a great night.

 

 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 12:44 AM

4358ED, I was there too. Yes, good concert! October '92. I didn't see them in '95.
Found out Melissa Etheridge was gay when I saw her at the Bowl in '97, I think it was. I just had to see the female rock star/singer I fantasized about being. (Brave & Crazy!) Like Journey, I think nothing either ever did compared to their first 2 albums.

645, I listed that show & the album name. A BIG deal for the Bowl, and those lucky enough to attend. It's hard to read all the comments, but I'm a bit obsessive about doing so. I should take a pill and go meditate. ;-)

 

 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 12:56 AM

I'm sorry, 645, for belittling your post. I'm glad we were both there. Amazing more people haven't chimed in about that concert.

(Weather Report at the Arlington in '80 or '81 was/were fantastic. I think I still have the Independent review of it in a scrap book.)

 

 COMMENT 537821 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 07:16 AM

Not even a fan of Black Crows...but they played at the bowl 10 years ago or so and they had just finished touring with Jimmy Page. Maaaaan they nailed it. Felt like an epic show in the 70's. Peter Frampton, Steve Miller a few times (but not every time), Godsmack and Breaking Benjamin...many many good shows at the best venue.

 

 COMMENT 537852 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 08:23 AM

Jefferson Starship 1976

 

 COMMENT 537857P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 08:36 AM

Solely on the basis of having attended Bowl concerts, my life seems blessed. Then adding other good experiences here, I feel fulfilled. Many concerts over the decades - how lucky we are to have the County Bowl.

 

 COMMENT 537865 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 08:54 AM

I saw Tool in 1998. Great show.

 

 COMMENT 537880 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 09:32 AM

Grateful Dead never played the bowl. The Jerry Garcia Band did 10/13/74. But I'm sure the person who posted that the Dead was the best concert actually saw them.

 

 COMMENT 537931 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 10:39 AM

Not exactly a concert but the best and most colorful performance I remember at the Bowl in the 1960's was "Ballet Folklorico" a medly of historical music and dancing performed by a large troupe from the various countries and cultures South of the U.S. Border.

 

 COMMENT 537951 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 10:55 AM

Depeche Mode, Gwen Stefani

 

 PETSITTER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 11:02 AM

James Taylor, Carole King and Bob Dylan. That's 3!

 

 COMMENT 538011 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 12:39 PM

Carlos Santana in the mid 90's I was still in grade school & was lucky enough to be invited onto the stage to shake a maraca, even luckier when Carlos gave a speech afterwards about preserving the planet for the next generation before he hoisted me up Simba from the lion king style & announced "this is the future". If any one has a picture or knows somebody who might I would be forever appreciative!

 

 COMMENT 538028 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 01:13 PM

Dire Straits, 1985 (God I'm old)

 

 RED CREEK agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 02:03 PM

Marvin Gaye in I think 1982. He arrived late with his entourage and played late, impervious to the manager's pleas to quit. He was absolutely amazing that night. He was killed a year later (April 1983) by his father, which made his performance all the more special.

 

 COMMENT 538116 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 03:20 PM

Thanks for the link to Earl Warren showgrounds etal blogspot. Found out the concert I went to was on Aug 1, 1969. Jethro Tull was the warm up band for Led Zep. Amazing! Still have the poster!

 

 COMMENT 538125P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 03:41 PM

011 - touching moments that must have been. Thanks for sharing it with us.

 

 COMMENT 538137 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 03:58 PM

Really enjoyed Depeche Mode, and I'm not even a huge fan! (like their music enough, but went because the tickets were free.)

Looking forward to Crosby, Stills and Nash this year!

 

 COMMENT 538228 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 07:33 PM

saw Marley both concerts. Caught his frisbee he threw. STill have it... Peter tosh with the one ounce spliff between second and third fingers and a bright orange full cloud while singing.

The Kinks 1980 clash 83 Peter Gabriel with LA phil

Wiillie Nelson full moon around 84 he sang like a bird didn't miss a note.

 

 COMMENT 538256 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 08:48 PM

I saw the New Christie Minstrels in '64 (I think). Can anybody beat that?

The best was Santana in the 70s. The smoke was so thick, I had a great time.

 

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