I love live music.

I love all music, really, but live music is especially fun for me.  In the summer of 2012, I wrote a blog post about concerts and live music, and talked about how many of my trips to new places started with a concert in that place.  In that post, I listed every band I had seen up until that point. Since then, I’ve moved it to this page and I’ve been regularly updating the list whenever I see a new band. 

What follows is that list – every concert I’ve seen (that I can recall), including some well-known comedians. I’m not including musicals, broadway or otherwise, but that would add a few dozen more names to the list. An asterisk (*) means I’ve seen them more than once.  And I’ve left off a great many hyperlocal bands and opening acts who were tremendously talented in their own right.

I’ve always thought you can tell a lot about a person by the music they listen to.  Judging by this list, I either have really good taste or a deep and fulfilling psychosis.

Anyway, here’s the list.

  1. 100 Gecs
  2. A Flock of Seagulls*
  3. a-ha
  4. The Aces
  5. ACTORS*
  6. Bryan Adams
  7. Age of Madness (featuring Jeremy Jordan)
  8. Air Supply
  9. The Alan Parsons Live Project
  10. All Hail The Silence
  11. Jimmie Allen
  12. Ambrosia
  13. America
  14. Amy Allen
  15. Tori Amos*
  16. And One
  17. Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull (with Alan Parsons Live Project)
  18. Jax Anderson
  19. Animal Sun
  20. Adam Ant
  21. Apoptygma Berzerk
  22. Fiona Apple
  23. Aqua
  24. Arcade Fire
  25. Armors
  26. Ashes Fallen
  27. Astari Night
  28. Rick Astley
  29. Augustana
  30. Aurora*
  31. Ausgang
  32. The B-52s
  33. Bad Company
  34. Kelsea Ballerini
  35. Julien Baker
  36. Sara Bareilles
  37. Barenaked Ladies
  38. Nessa Barrett
  39. Baskery
  40. Bastille
  41. Bauhaus
  42. Bazzi
  43. The Beaches*
  44. The Beat (a.k.a. The English Beat)*
  45. Em Beihold*
  46. Bell Biv DeVoe
  47. Ben Folds Five
  48. Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
  49. Benee
  50. Donny Benet
  51. Bestial Mouths
  52. The Beths
  53. Betty Who
  54. Big Electric Cat
  55. Big Time Rush
  56. Wallis Bird
  57. The Birthday Massacre
  58. Lewis Black*
  59. Rebecca Black
  60. Black Eyed Peas
  61. Black Rose Burning*
  62. Black Tape For A Blue Girl
  63. Blanks
  64. Bleachers
  65. Bloc Party
  66. Blondie
  67. Blood Red Shoes
  68. Rachel Bloom
  69. The Blue Man Group*
  70. Rachel Bochner
  71. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
  72. Book of Love*
  73. BOOTBLACKS
  74. Clare Bowen and Brandon Robert Young
  75. Boy Harsher
  76. Boyz II Men
  77. Phoebe Bridgers
  78. Bishop Briggs*
  79. Brit Floyd
  80. Marc Broussard
  81. Bobby Brown
  82. Allie Crow Buckley
  83. Jimmy Buffett
  84. The Buggles
  85. Victoria Canal
  86. Lewis Capaldi
  87. Capitol Steps*
  88. Brandi Carlile
  89. George Carlin*
  90. Vanessa Carlton
  91. Carrot Top
  92. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
  93. Peter Cetera
  94. The Chameleons*
  95. Charli XCX
  96. Cheap Trick
  97. Eagle-Eye Cherry
  98. Chicago
  99. Children On Stun
  100. Christian Death
  101. CHVRCHES*
  102. Peter Cincotti
  103. Cinema Hearts
  104. Gary Clark, Jr.
  105. Claud
  106. John Cleese and Eric Idle
  107. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic/The P-Funk All-Stars*
  108. Cece Coakley
  109. Leonard Cohen and the Webb Sisters
  110. Marc Cohn
  111. Cold Cave*
  112. Shawn Colvin
  113. Paula Cole
  114. Common (At Rock Hall Induction 2023)
  115. Alice Cooper
  116. David Copperfield
  117. Jonathan Coulton
  118. Covenant
  119. Counting Crows
  120. Samantha Crain
  121. The Cranberries
  122. Crosses (†††)
  123. Sheryl Crow*
  124. The Crüxshadows
  125. Alan Cumming
  126. The Cure*
  127. The Cybertronic Spree
  128. Noah Cyrus
  129. Lucy Dacus
  130. Dixie D’Amelio
  131. The Damned
  132. The Dandy Warhols
  133. Sarah Darling with Julie Lavery
  134. Das Ich
  135. Mikaela Davis
  136. Morris Day and the Time
  137. Deadstar Assembly
  138. El DeBarge*
  139. Def Leppard
  140. Niki DeMar
  141. Blu DeTiger
  142. Depeche Mode*
  143. Des Rocs
  144. De/Vision*
  145. Dennis DeYoung (without Styx)*
  146. Neil Diamond
  147. Ani DiFranco
  148. Dodie
  149. Doechii
  150. Dogstar (The band with Keanu Reeves on bass)
  151. Thomas Dolby
  152. The Dollyrots
  153. The Doobie Brothers
  154. Dounia
  155. Dragonette
  156. DSTR (formerly known as Destroid)
  157. Duran Duran
  158. Earth, Wind, and Fire
  159. Echo & The Bunnymen
  160. Madeline Edwards
  161. Eels*
  162. Billie Eilish
  163. Electric Hellfire Club
  164. Electric Six
  165. Missy Elliott (At Rock Hall Induction 2023)
  166. Emancipator
  167. Empathy Test
  168. En Vogue
  169. Enter The Haggis
  170. Erasure*
  171. Cynthia Erivo
  172. Gloria Estefan
  173. EXTC (XTC’s Terry Chambers & Friends)
  174. Faith & The Muse*
  175. Fever Ray
  176. Tina Fey (with Amy Poehler)
  177. Lee Fields with the Expressions
  178. Firefall
  179. Samantha Fish
  180. Fishbone
  181. Fitz and the Tantrums
  182. The Fixx
  183. The Flaming Lips*
  184. Flobots
  185. Florence + The Machine*
  186. Flo Rida
  187. Miya Folick
  188. David Foster*
  189. Foo Fighters
  190. Franc Moody
  191. Freezepop
  192. Daði Freyr*
  193. Front 242*
  194. Allie Frost
  195. Funker Vogt
  196. Peter Gabriel
  197. Garbage
  198. Gatlin
  199. GAYLE
  200. Genesis
  201. Boy George & Culture Club
  202. Ghost Funk Orchestra
  203. Debbie Gibson
  204. Rhiannon Giddens
  205. (G)I-DLE
  206. Liz Gillies (with Seth MacFarlane)
  207. Gin Blossoms
  208. Ginuwine
  209. Glasperlenspiel
  210. Glass Apple Bonzai
  211. Cherry Glazerr
  212. Mindy Gledhill
  213. Ciel Gloss
  214. Glove*
  215. Golden Apes
  216. The Gothsicles
  217. Dana Gould
  218. Ellie Goulding*
  219. Andy Grammer
  220. Green Day
  221. Greensky Bluegrass
  222. Griefcat
  223. Griff*
  224. Guy
  1. Buddy Guy*
  2. Haim
  3. Half Waif
  4. Daryl Hall & John Oates
  5. Hallowed Hearts
  6. Herbie Hancock*
  7. Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (The Swell Season)*
  8. Juliana Hatfield
  9. Sophie B. Hawkins
  10. Colin Hay*
  11. Hayseed Dixie
  12. The Head and the Heart
  13. HEALTH
  14. Amy Helm
  15. Joshua Henry
  16. H.E.R.*
  17. Here Come The Mummies
  18. Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone
  19. Hotel Fiction
  20. Jennifer Hudson
  21. Sarah Hubbard (with Flobots)
  22. Holly Humberstone
  23. IAMX
  24. Ichor
  25. Icon of Coil
  26. Billy Idol
  27. Imagine Dragons
  28. Imperative Reaction
  29. Indigo Girls*
  30. Information Society*
  31. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram*
  32. Inhouse*
  33. The Iris Bell
  34. Eddie Izzard*
  35. Hugh Jackman
  36. Jamaram
  37. Japanese Breakfast
  38. Sarah Jarosz
  39. Jars Of Clay
  40. Jax
  41. DJ Jazzy Jeff
  42. Jelly Roll
  43. Carly Rae Jepsen*
  44. Jesus and Mary Chain
  45. Jesus Jones
  46. Jethro Tull
  47. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  48. Eilen Jewell
  49. Jimmy Eat World
  50. Billy Joel
  51. John 5
  52. Sir Elton John*
  53. Eric Johnson
  54. Jonas Brothers*
  55. Howard Jones*
  56. Tom Jones*
  57. Journey*
  58. Jungle
  59. Kælan Mikla
  60. Kanga
  61. Kansas
  62. Kelsy Karter
  63. Zoë Keating
  64. Dermot Kennedy
  65. Kesha
  66. K.Flay
  67. Khalid
  68. Chaka Khan (At Rock Hall Induction 2023)
  69. Amythyst Kiah*
  70. The Killers
  71. The Kills
  72. B.B. King
  73. Elle King
  74. Emily King
  75. King Princess*
  76. Kite
  77. Jordan Klepper (with Roy Wood Jr)
  78. Gladys Knight
  79. Kool & The Gang*
  80. Korine*
  81. Marielle Kraft
  82. Kraftwerk*
  83. Chantal Kreviaczuk
  84. David Kushner
  85. Lauv
  86. Lady Antebellum
  87. Lady Gaga
  88. Ladytron
  89. Larkin Poe
  90. The Last Dinner Party
  91. Maude Latour
  92. Latto
  93. Cyndi Lauper*
  94. Avril Lavigne
  95. Lawrence
  96. Leathers
  97. Fran Lebowitz
  98. Legendary Pink Dots*
  99. The Lemonheads
  100. Let’s Eat Grandma
  101. Adam Levine (At Rock Hall Induction 2023)
  102. Toby Lightman
  103. Lightning Bug*
  104. Lights
  105. Lil Nas X
  106. Dua Lipa
  107. Lissie
  108. Lizzo
  109. LL Cool J
  110. Lisa Loeb*
  111. Rebecca Loebe*
  112. Kenny Loggins
  113. Lonestar
  114. The Long Losts
  115. Lorde
  116. Demi Lovato
  117. Monie Love
  118. Love and Rockets
  119. Lucky Chops
  120. Yo Yo Ma
  121. Mac Sabbath
  122. Margot MacDonald
  123. Seth MacFarlane (with Liz Gillies)
  124. Ashley MacIsaac
  125. Machine Gun Kelly
  126. Madonna
  127. Bill Maher
  128. Malign
  129. MALINDA*
  130. Måneskin
  131. Manic Street Preachers
  132. The Manhattan Transfer
  133. Barry Manilow*
  134. Aimee Mann
  135. Mannheim Steamroller
  136. Marian Hill
  137. Marilyn Manson
  138. Marina
  139. Johnny Marr
  140. Charlotte Martin
  141. Steve Martin (with Martin Short)*
  142. Melanie Martinez
  143. Martyr Complex
  144. Richard Marx*
  145. Crys Matthews and Heather Mae
  146. Dave Matthews (At Rock Hall Induction 2023)
  147. Ava Max
  148. Lauren Mayberry
  149. Lizzy McAlpine*
  150. Audra McDonald
  151. Declan McKenna
  152. Erin McKeown
  153. Sarah McLachlan
  154. Andrew McMahon
  155. Katharine McPhee (with David Foster)*
  156. Tate McRae*
  157. The Main Squeeze
  158. Meat Loaf
  159. Megan Thee Stallion
  160. Melotron
  161. Men Without Hats
  162. Idina Menzel
  163. Alice Merton
  164. Mesh
  165. Seth Meyers
  166. Mia X Ally (Mia Asano and Ally The Piper)
  167. The Midnight*
  168. Midnight Oil
  169. Miguel (At Rock Hall Induction 2023)
  170. The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones
  171. Mika
  172. Donna Missal
  173. The Mission UK*
  174. Misterwives
  175. Anaïs Mitchell
  176. Janelle Monáe
  177. Monsta X
  178. Monophonics
  179. Kailee Morgue
  180. Alanis Morissette*
  181. Jessie Murph (with Jelly Roll)
  182. Muse
  183. Kacey Musgraves
  184. My Chemical Romance
  185. My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
  186. My Morning Jacket
  187. Meg Myers
  188. Mystery Skulls
  189. Nation of Language*
  190. The National*
  191. Naughty By Nature
  192. NCT Dream
  193. Meshell Ndegeocello
  194. Willie Nelson (At Rock Hall Induction 2023)
  195. Neon Kross
  196. New Edition*
  197. New Kids on the Block
  198. New Order
  199. Wayne Newton
  200. Stevie Nicks (At Rock Hall Induction 2023)
  201. Night Club*
  202. Night Ranger*
  203. Nine Inch Nails
  204. Ninja Sex Party
  205. Nisa
  206. Nite
  207. Lizzie No*
  208. Tig Notaro
  209. Nox Novacula
  210. Gary Numan*
  211. Nuovo Testamento
  212. The Nylons
  213. Winona Oak
  214. Paul Oakenfold
  215. Billy Ocean*
  216. Oh Wonder
  217. The O’Jays*
  218. Joy Oladokun
  219. John Oliver
  220. Angel Olsen
  221. onerepublic
  222. The Orchestra (feat. former members of ELO)
  223. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
  224. Jeffrey Osborne
  1. Donny Osmond
  2. Patton Oswalt
  3. Owl City*
  4. Alan Palomo
  5. The Paranoyds
  6. Mandy Patinkin
  7. Luciano Pavarotti
  8. Orville Peck
  9. Penn & Teller
  10. Katy Perry
  11. Pet Shop Boys*
  12. Bernadette Peters
  13. Maisie Peters
  14. Kim Petras (with Sam Smith)
  15. Emo Phillips*
  16. Pinback
  17. P!nk
  18. Pink Martini featuring China Forbes and special guest the von Trapps
  19. Pitbull
  20. Pixel Grip
  21. Pixies
  22. Placebo
  23. Ben Platt (with Cynthia Erivo)
  24. Amy Poehler (with Tina Fey)
  25. Poguetry (Spider Stacy and Cait O’Riordan of the Pogues) with the Lost Bayou Ramblers
  26. Poison
  27. Caroline Polachek
  28. Ana Popovic
  29. Portion Control
  30. Post Malone
  31. Postmodern Jukebox*
  32. Sarah Potenza with Katie Kadan
  33. Cat Power
  34. Mary Prankster
  35. Priest
  36. Primitive Radio Gods
  37. Prince (as “The Artist”)
  38. Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum*
  39. The Prize Fighter Inferno
  40. Project Pitchfork*
  41. The Psychedelic Furs*
  42. Puscifer
  43. PVRIS
  44. Queen + Adam Lambert*
  45. Queen Latifah
  46. Queensrÿche
  47. Max Raabe and Palast Orchester
  48. Josh Radnor
  49. Randy Rainbow
  50. Reneé Rapp
  51. Rasputina
  52. Rebirth Brass Band
  53. Reed & Caroline
  54. Rein
  55. REO Speedwagon
  56. Revolting Cocks
  57. Lionel Richie
  58. Riki
  59. Chappell Roan
  60. Smokey Robinson
  61. Roddy Ricch
  62. Nile Rodgers & Chic
  63. Olivia Rodrigo*
  64. Jake Wesley Rogers
  65. Maggie Rogers
  66. The Roots
  67. Maggie Rose
  68. Claire Rosincranz
  69. Diana Ross
  70. Roxy Music
  71. Royal & the Serpent*
  72. Rubblebucket
  73. Amber Ruffin (singing cabaret)
  74. Allison Russell
  75. Phoebe Ryan
  76. Bob Saget
  77. Salt ‘N Pepa
  78. Lauren Sanderson
  79. Charlotte Sands
  80. Rina Sawayama
  81. Saweetie
  82. Sawyer
  83. JP Saxe
  84. Boz Scaggs
  85. Sculpture Club
  86. Seabound
  87. Anson Seabra
  88. Seal
  89. Jerry Seinfeld
  90. Seraphim Shock
  91. Paul Shaffer
  92. Shanice
  93. She Wants Revenge
  94. Vonda Shepard
  95. Ships in the Night
  96. Martin Short (with Steve Martin)*
  97. Sia*
  98. Sigrid*
  99. Sigur Ros
  100. Sarah Silverman
  101. Silversun Pickups
  102. Ashlee Simpson
  103. Sisters Of Mercy
  104. Slip and the Spinouts
  105. Sasha Alex Sloan*
  106. The Smile
  107. Lauren Spencer Smith
  108. Sam Smith*
  109. Soccer Mommy
  110. Soft Kill
  111. The Soft Moon
  112. Solar Fake
  113. Soul Survivors
  114. Sparks*
  115. Regina Spektor
  116. Spoon
  117. Rick Springfield*
  118. Squeeze
  119. Squirrel Flower
  120. St. Lucia
  121. St. Paul and the Broken Bones
  122. St. Vincent*
  123. Mavis Staples
  124. Chris Stapleton (At Rock Hall Induction 2023)
  125. Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
  126. Skylar Stecker
  127. The Steep Canyon Rangers (with Steve Martin)*
  128. Steve Miller Band
  129. Dave Stewart (with Eurythmics Songbook)
  130. Sting
  131. Lindsey Stirling*
  132. Stomp*
  133. Joss Stone
  134. Straight No Chaser*
  135. Strutman Lane
  136. The Struts
  137. Tove Styrke
  138. Styx* (both with and without Dennis DeYoung)
  139. Sub-Radio
  140. Sub Urban
  141. Suede (a.k.a. The London Suede)
  142. Joe Sumner
  143. Sunshine Blind
  144. Keith Sweat
  145. Taylor Swift
  146. Switchblade Symphony*
  147. Sylvan Esso
  148. Tag Team
  149. TALK*
  150. James Taylor
  151. Tchotchke
  152. Tegan & Sara
  153. Vienna Teng
  154. Then Comes Silence
  155. They Might Be Giants*
  156. Thievery Corporation*
  157. Richard Thompson
  158. Thumpasaurus
  159. Tiffany
  160. Topographies
  161. Pia Toscano (with David Foster)
  162. Toto*
  163. Tenille Townes
  164. Meghan Trainor
  165. Traitrs
  166. Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  167. Transviolet*
  168. Justin Trawick
  169. KT Tunstall
  170. Turnover
  171. Shania Twain
  172. Twin Tribes
  173. U2
  174. Umphrey’s McGee
  175. Carrie Underwood*
  176. Upsahl
  177. Urban Heat*
  178. Midge Ure*
  179. U.S. Girls
  180. Sharon Van Etten
  181. Suzanne Vega
  182. Jackie Venson
  183. Tai Verdes
  184. VÉRITÉ
  185. Adia Victoria
  186. Video Age
  187. The Village People*
  188. Violent Femmes
  189. VNV Nation*
  190. Aurelio Voltaire*
  191. Morgan Wade
  192. The Wailers
  193. Sarah Walk
  194. Walk The Moon
  195. Wallflowers
  196. Wang Chung
  197. The War and Treaty
  198. Jessie Ware
  199. Waterparks
  200. John Waters
  201. Roger Waters
  202. Weezer
  203. Welle:Erdball
  204. The Whispers
  205. The Who
  206. Mark Wills
  207. Charlie Wilson
  208. Winger
  209. WINGTIPS
  210. Roy Wood Jr (with Jordan Klepper)
  211. Xeno & Oaklander
  212. Yam Haus
  213. Weird Al Yankovic*
  214. Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  215. Yes
  216. Young Gun Silver Fox
  217. Brett Young
  218. Nicky Youre
  219. Maddie Zahm*