Bands you have seen more than once separated by (very) long spans of time

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I saw the Sun City Girls in 1984 and 2001, therefore 17 years.

Mecca Normal in 1991 and 2003, 12 years.

Somebody's gonna beat my 17-years number in about five posts.

sleeve version 2.0 (sleeve testing), Wednesday, 27 September 2006 19:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I guess the Teenage Fanclub in 1990 (possibly '89?) and then again this year. 16 years.

everything (everything), Wednesday, 27 September 2006 19:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i was gonna answer seeing the olivia tremor control in 1999 and then again in 2005, but i guess you guys all got me beat.

i'm pretty sure sleeve secretly knew he was gonna win this one.

arjun (arjun), Wednesday, 27 September 2006 19:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Haha, old person responding to thread (slowly...creakily...)

Cold Blood, around the time their "Sisyphus" album came out (1971) was one of my first concerts. I saw 'em again a couple years ago at Taste of Portland, so (racks old brain) 33 years or so?

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Wednesday, 27 September 2006 19:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

jerry lee lewis - 1953, 2006

j blount (papa la bas), Wednesday, 27 September 2006 19:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

We have a winner.
For me, Dylan in 1980 and in 2004 - 24 years.

Jim M (jmcgaw), Wednesday, 27 September 2006 19:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Saxon in 1982 then again in 2001 - 19 years. They played pretty much the same set both times.

Matt #2 (Matt #2), Wednesday, 27 September 2006 19:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Motorhead 1978 - 2005
27 years

sonofstan (sonofstan), Wednesday, 27 September 2006 19:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Arc Angels, first in '91 (?) and again at the first ACL Fest in '02 so 11 years

Orgy of Pragmatism (Charles McCain), Wednesday, 27 September 2006 19:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Joan Jett, 1981, then 1996

Sam: Screwed and Chopped (Molly Jones), Wednesday, 27 September 2006 19:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Ludwig van Beethoven: 1805 and 2006

The Time Bender (mattsoncarlhew), Wednesday, 27 September 2006 19:52 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Did he play a lot of classics or did he try to pawn off some new shit?

Sam: Screwed and Chopped (Molly Jones), Wednesday, 27 September 2006 20:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

If we're looking for the longest gaps then probably either Penetration (1978 - 2002), John Otway (1978 - 2002/3) or The Slits (1980 - 2003 - if "Ari Up's The Slits count, which I'm not actually sure they do).

If we're looking for the longest time between the first time and the most recent time then Alternative TV, The Damned, Buzzcocks, Chelsea, The Fall, John Otway, UK Subs and The Vibrators must have all clocked up somewhere between 27 and 29 years.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Wednesday, 27 September 2006 21:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Echo & The Bunnymen, first time 1984, last time so far 2006 - 22 years

SAS (sschwartzberg), Wednesday, 27 September 2006 21:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

More stories!

As far as Stewart's question, I listed both - SCG separated by longest gap, Mecca Normal separated by first time vs. most recent time. Either are good, but I think I was originally going for longest gap.

And arjun, I knew for sure there was NO WAY I had the longest time period here. I've only been going to concerts for 27 years! Now if I could just see Molly Hatchet again that would be my record...

sleeve version 2.0 (sleeve testing), Wednesday, 27 September 2006 23:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Hmm, lets see. I saw Squeeze in 1978.

Forget it. no.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 27 September 2006 23:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

ripe - about a dozen times in 92-94 and then in 2006

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Wednesday, 27 September 2006 23:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Let me think...longest span so far would be Peter Murphy (first time, early 1990, last time, June last year). Though if I ever see Hall and Oates again (and who knows?) it would be from 1984 to whatever year it was.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 28 September 2006 00:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Pixies. '87 - '04 = 17 years. And even though I say this I almost feel like I might be cheating because I can't say with absolute certainty that there wasn't a gig somewhere in between there. What I do know is if there was one, I damn well don't remember it. No Doolittle tour, no nothing. All I remember is when they opened for Throwing Muses in bumfuck wherever and they only had one EP out. And that's when I bought that "Down With The Pixies" T-shirt. Although if Come On Pilgrim came out in Oct. '87 I guess it's possible the gig was in early 88? Anyway, you catch my drift.

Although I guess you 20+ years people have me beat, too.

Dare Of The Hog (Bimble...), Thursday, 28 September 2006 02:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Also it's fantastic to see Stewart posting on this board again.

Dare Of The Hog (Bimble...), Thursday, 28 September 2006 02:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Midnight Oil - first time 1987, second time 2005.

occasional mongrel (kit brash), Thursday, 28 September 2006 10:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Depeche Mode (15 years) -- 1990 and then most recently in 2005.

Longest gap ... I think it's for Tindersticks in 1997 and not again until 2004.

NoTimeBeforeTime (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 28 September 2006 10:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink


Marcello to thread, surely?

JohnFoxxsJuno (JohnFoxxsJuno), Thursday, 28 September 2006 10:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Hi Stewart, where have you been?

New Order first time 1981 last time 2005. : 24 years. (Lots in between though).

If I can count Joy Division it would go 1978 - 2005 : 27 years.

My sister can do Buzzcocks (w/Devoto) 1976 - last seen 2006. 30 years - beat that.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Thursday, 28 September 2006 11:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Depeche Mode (15 years) -- 1990 and then most recently in 2005.

Heck, I forgot that! Same for me too!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 28 September 2006 11:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

First time I saw Cheap Trick: 1977
Last time: 2006

Dan Heilman (The Deacon), Thursday, 28 September 2006 12:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Patti Smith, 1979 to 2004 (first time to most recent) - 25 years
Gang of Four, 1984 to 2005 (longest gap) - 21 years

xero (xero), Thursday, 28 September 2006 13:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i fail this thread

Charlie Howard (the sphinx), Thursday, 28 September 2006 13:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

ok if we're going to say from first to most recent discounting times in between then I'll revise mine, Joan Jett 1981, 2006 (next mth actually) - 25 yrs.

Sam: Screwed and Chopped (Molly Jones), Thursday, 28 September 2006 15:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Nomeansno: 1986? and last week

todd (todd), Thursday, 28 September 2006 15:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"Hi Stewart, where have you been?"

Nowhere, just lurking quietly.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Thursday, 28 September 2006 16:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

This doesn't really compare to you old timers, but:

Built To Spill: 1995, 2003 (8-year gap)
Sonic Youth: 1994, 2004 (10-year gap)
Corin Tucker: 1994 (Heavens To Betsy), 2006 (S-K) 12 years without seeing this girl play. She improved a bit.

cosmo vitelli (cosmo vitelli), Thursday, 28 September 2006 18:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

For me, it's also the Pixies. First time, 1990. Second time, 2004. A little over 14 years.

Binjominia (Brilhante), Thursday, 28 September 2006 18:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Hey I saw Jethro Tull in 72 and had thoughts of seeing Ian in a classical setting last month, but it never materialized so I'll shut the fuck up now.

jim wentworth (wench), Friday, 29 September 2006 00:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

My sis wins!

Dr. C (Dr. C), Friday, 29 September 2006 06:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Eeg. Cold Blood? Once wasn't more than enough?

I MUST remember Lydia Pense's voice for when I get to answer James Lipton's questionaire.

factcheckr (factcheckr), Friday, 29 September 2006 12:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Paul Weller: Jam Farewell (1982) and solo tour (2004) is my best, I guess (22 years), discounting gigs inbetween...

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 29 September 2006 12:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

My mate Ted can do 29 years : Subway Sect 1976 and 2005.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Friday, 29 September 2006 13:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"My sis wins!"

Note to self: must go and see The Damned or The Vibrators again next year and revive thread.

Doc, if I were to go and see A Nation Mourns again, what would that add up to? 23 years?

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Friday, 29 September 2006 20:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

probably the cure, 93 - 2004

kyle (akmonday), Friday, 29 September 2006 20:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Hmm...

Nomeansno: 1991, 1993, then 2005... 12 years.

Are we counting via just the first and last time seen? Or the longest break in between?

0xDOX0RNUTX0RX0RSDABITFIELDXOR^0xDEADBEEFDEADBEEF00001 (donut), Friday, 29 September 2006 21:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Wait.. Pixies... 1991, then 2004. 13 years.

0xDOX0RNUTX0RX0RSDABITFIELDXOR^0xDEADBEEFDEADBEEF00001 (donut), Friday, 29 September 2006 21:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

todd above may have won.

0xDOX0RNUTX0RX0RSDABITFIELDXOR^0xDEADBEEFDEADBEEF00001 (donut), Friday, 29 September 2006 21:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Are we counting via just the first and last time seen? Or the longest break in between?

Either. I was more interested in stories about how the bands had changed/developed than rankings, but this is fun.

1st place: Dadaismus (33 years)
2nd place: Dr. C's sister (30 years)
3rd place (tie) Stewart, Dan Heilman, Dr. C's mate Ted (29 years)

(assuming blount isn't actually over 53 years old)

Sun City Girls..

Summer 1984... age 17... I go to my first hardcore show (I had seen The Clash, Elvis Costello, etc. but not an actual homegrown USHC show) in Bloomington Indiana (I was there for early registration, entering as a freshman in the fall). Jody Foster's Army, SCG, and a local band (The Natives, I think). Your typical all-ages dive. This weird band lurches on stage. One of them is wearing a dress. They sing this incredibly obscene song about Nancy Reagan! Not like thrash at all. I liked them. Unfortunately most of this show is lost in the mist of time inside my brain. A track from this gig ended up on the Def In Italy album.


Didn't catch up with the band until later in the decade, around '88-'89 courtesy of a tape-trade with a friend. In the 90's I bought a lot of their stuff. By the 2nd gig I saw, in 2001, I was familiar with most of their material. And they were really good. I swear we saw some alien thing coming out of AB's throat as he wailed. This show later became the CDs Severed Finger With A Wedding Ring and (half of) Flute And Mask.

sleeve version 2.0 (sleeve testing), Friday, 29 September 2006 22:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Saw Chicago when I was in elementary school, as their "19" album was the first record that I owned that wasn't a hand me down from my father. Saw them again two weeks ago -- they were surprisingly tight and preferred the 70's material. Of the 80's pop material, they only played the best of the best, because they probably realized nobody was there to hear "What Kind of Man Would I Be?".

Sherman Helmsley Teabag (Cattle Grind), Friday, 7 May 2010 22:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

so that would be 1989 first show, 2010 last one.

Sherman Helmsley Teabag (Cattle Grind), Friday, 7 May 2010 22:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

Had a ticket for one of The Fall's NYC shows that got cancelled last year, which would've been 24 years after I first saw them in 1993.

Saw the Pretenders in 1987 and 2017 (30 yrs). Remarkably similar-sounding shows - the voice has not changed. First show was with Iggy Pop and second with Stevie Nicks!

Josefa, Saturday, 3 February 2018 19:06 (six months ago) Permalink

This is a bit easier in the reunion era. Longest gap between would be Lush 1996-2016, but longest gap for a band that still existed probably Radiohead 1995-2012 (friend had a spare ticket and was on their own, I wouldn't have paid to see Radiohead in 2012). Don't think anything else comes close to those.

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 3 February 2018 19:21 (six months ago) Permalink

Chicago - 1989 (9 years old), then again in 2010 (30 years old)

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Saturday, 3 February 2018 19:23 (six months ago) Permalink

This doesn't really count, but the first show I ever saw was the B-52's in 1982 and then last year I caught Cindy Wilson's solo show, so for one moment in time I was able to say my first ever show and my last show featured the same singer, separated by 35 years.

Josefa, Saturday, 3 February 2018 19:31 (six months ago) Permalink

also Incantation, first saw in 2000, did not see again until 2016, so 16 years apart.

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Saturday, 3 February 2018 19:33 (six months ago) Permalink

Wilco on their first tour for A.M.
then this past summer with Kurt Vile opening

bhad and bhabie (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 3 February 2018 19:33 (six months ago) Permalink

Spoon in 2001 then this past summer in Nashville at some radio event. They're not bad live these days, but back then, woof.

KPH, Saturday, 3 February 2018 20:30 (six months ago) Permalink

My Bloody Valentine in 1991 and again in 2012, 21 years.

Mark Eitzel, first with American Music Club in 1993, then again solo last year, for 24 years.

Ian Hunter in 1979, then again in 2014 for 35 years. (gulp)

henry s, Sunday, 4 February 2018 00:03 (six months ago) Permalink

Ian Hunter plays in Boston next month, thinking about going in order to to hit the big 3-9.

henry s, Sunday, 4 February 2018 00:07 (six months ago) Permalink

Hmm, if Mike Oldfield was to tour I could make 38 years.

MaresNest, Sunday, 4 February 2018 11:39 (six months ago) Permalink

This is cheating, I know, but I saw Husker Du in 1985 and Bob Mould in 2013--28 years. Both shows were in medium-sized clubs: the 2013 club was there in 1985, but the 1985 club was gone a few years later.

clemenza, Sunday, 4 February 2018 13:13 (six months ago) Permalink

Metallica - 1999, and then last year in 2017.

Hi diddley dee, hen fapper's life for me (Neanderthal), Sunday, 4 February 2018 13:19 (six months ago) Permalink

also Cryptopsy in 2001 and then again in 2015. I do this a lot apparently.

Hi diddley dee, hen fapper's life for me (Neanderthal), Sunday, 4 February 2018 13:19 (six months ago) Permalink

man or astroman, 1995 and 2016

i guess i could beat that score by going to see the beach boys (saw them in yankee stadium in 1985), but i'm not going to go and see the beach boys.

Arnold Schoenberg Steals (rushomancy), Sunday, 4 February 2018 14:56 (six months ago) Permalink

Like Colonel Poo I think Lush would be my current winner as such -- several times up through 1992, then not again until 2016. But in terms of bands/performers that continued on, I'm not sure. Have to think about this!

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 4 February 2018 15:55 (six months ago) Permalink

Einsturzende Neubauten 89, 97 and 2004 and a few other times but I know that 97 and 2004 were an interval and the previous one is probably pre '92.
& I should try to see them again

Stevolende, Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:03 (six months ago) Permalink

There's a fudge I could claim -- last saw Yo La Tengo proper in 1992, but I did see them in September backing up Robyn Hitchcock out here.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:06 (six months ago) Permalink

how was everybody's experience the second time around in these instances?

I found seeing Chicago as an adult interesting because they were my first concert, at the age of 9. My parents were HUGE Chicago fans, and my dad bought me Chicago 19 (an unremarkable album but I was a kid) on vinyl along with my first record player. and growing up I loved most of their songs, so I was thrilled with the show. Saw them a few years ago and remarkably still felt a little excitement seeing them again, granted missing lots of original members.

Hi diddley dee, hen fapper's life for me (Neanderthal), Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:08 (six months ago) Permalink

First time I saw MBV I was totally enthralled, completely immersed myself in that wall of noise, got right up to the speakers...couldn't get enough, it was like a religious experience. Most recent time I saw them was like being in the same room as an nuclear-powered leaf-blower. Still a fan, but seeing all the warning signs posted in the venue about earplugs/hearing damage made me wonder what the point of it all was. Guess that's what 21 years of living does to you.

henry s, Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:20 (six months ago) Permalink

I definitely feel like the experience of concerts has diminished for me since I've become a fiscally-responsible adult, because growing up, a concert was a special treat, whereas now, it's basically "Thursday night" for me.

Hi diddley dee, hen fapper's life for me (Neanderthal), Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:22 (six months ago) Permalink

Gang of Four, 1982 and 2015

The first was an outdoor show that was being broadcast on the college radio station, and I recorded it off the air on my boombox while at the show

Second time was good but the house sound was oddly quiet

Brad C., Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:33 (six months ago) Permalink

saw the Music Tapes/NMH guys doing a Christmas show in Athens in 2001/2002 in a tiny room that couldn't hold more than 50. then saw a reunited Neutral Milk Hotel play Shakey Knees Music Festival ten years later with the same performers in a totally different venue - huge outdoor festival, big crowd, etc. both times were amazing

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 4 February 2018 17:34 (six months ago) Permalink

how was everybody's experience the second time around in these instances?

― Hi diddley dee, hen fapper's life for me (Neanderthal)

i liked man or astroman a little better the first time around but a lot of that was probably because i was younger. they had great opening acts both times. the first time it was the delta 72, who would have blown man or astroman off the stage if man or astroman weren't so good, and the second time it was a shoegaze band called wray who were a lot of fun.

Arnold Schoenberg Steals (rushomancy), Sunday, 4 February 2018 19:32 (six months ago) Permalink

Swans in 1992 and 2017 but disqualified for not being the same band by a long shot

StanM, Sunday, 4 February 2018 19:52 (six months ago) Permalink

Ian Hunter plays in Boston next month, thinking about going in order to to hit the big 3-9.

you would have to unsee him in 2014 for this to work

Haribo Hancock (sic), Sunday, 4 February 2018 19:59 (six months ago) Permalink

I saw Dio in 1986, then again in 2003 - 17 year gap. The 1986 show was my first concert, and it was great. Dio was headlining, Accept was opening. At the 2003 show, Dio was second on the bill, after Motörhead but before Iron Maiden. He was still good, but his high level of theatricality didn't really work as well on the smaller, more naked stage awarded non-headliners. It was like seeing someone you'd seen leaading a full-on Broadway show now doing dinner theater.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 4 February 2018 20:05 (six months ago) Permalink

xpost with my failing memory these days that's a pretty sure bet...definitely remember way more about the '70 show than the , uh, what was it we were talking about now?

henry s, Sunday, 4 February 2018 20:59 (six months ago) Permalink

'79 show - that was a typo, not a senior moment

henry s, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:01 (six months ago) Permalink

Outkast in 2001 and 2014. 2 of the greatest shows I've ever seen

while my dirk gently weeps (symsymsym), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:05 (six months ago) Permalink

Thought of another one that equals the Radiohead one. Saw Sexton Ming support Sonic Youth in 2000, and last year in a local pub.

Colonel Poo, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:13 (six months ago) Permalink

This probably doesn't count but:
Beach Boys: 1977
Brian Wilson (doing Beach Boys material): 2005

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:17 (six months ago) Permalink

Not that I saw either one, but if anyone saw Kate Bush's two live outings that would be a possible winner. 35 years.

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 12:26 (six months ago) Permalink

McCartney in 89 and 201

akm, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 13:09 (six months ago) Permalink

Anvil at Monsters Of Rock in 1982 (rubbish), then again post-documentary in London, 2009 (still rubbish, went on a spare guest list spot). If they can't improve in 27 years then I'm calling it as a hopeless case.

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 13:45 (six months ago) Permalink

my Dad saw Todd Rundgren three times, once in '75, once with Utopia in '84, then just now a couple months ago

he said the first one was excellent (first date with my Mom!), second one was alright (apparently the crowd wasn't into it), and the last one was the weirdest show he's ever seen

frogbs, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 13:51 (six months ago) Permalink

Next month I'll have an opportunity to see Clan of Xymox, almost 31 years since I first saw them touring for Medusa in '87. I haven't much cared for anything they've done in well over 25 years though, so will likely skip it.

Longest span I can think of is New Model Army in '89 and '09. Fantastic both times.

early rejecter, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 16:15 (six months ago) Permalink

King Crimson in 1974 and last year. They were awfully good both times!

ellaguru, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 19:03 (six months ago) Permalink


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