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    Arcade Fire with special guests The National

    Just got my tickets seconds ago. April 20, 7:00 PM at an outdoor venue which is of course dicey that time of year. Not really wild about a Wednesday either for that matter but what a show it should be.

    Hope they are teaming up in your neck of the woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    Just got my tickets seconds ago. April 20, 7:00 PM at an outdoor venue which is of course dicey that time of year. Not really wild about a Wednesday either for that matter but what a show it should be.

    Hope they are teaming up in your neck of the woods.

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    Got my tickets last Sat. for Wilco on May 3 - Tues night show. It seems the big names stop in my area during the week on their way to weekend shows in New Orleans.

    Arcade Fire/The National sounds like a dream show.

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    Was gonna go see the national's when they were around here but tickets were like $30 a pop. Just can't bring myself to pay that much for a show when I have a system at home I'd enjoy so much more than a dingy crowded theater with a ****ty sound system.

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    What a great pairing JC! Worth the effort no matter what day of the week.
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    Just saw them on TV last week in concert, so I'm with AA. No lines to pee, no lines at the concession stand, no s****y sound system. I'm that way with sporting events too. My HiFi sales guy keeps asking me to go to an Eagles game with him. He's had 2 season tickets for years. I'm just a creature comfort guy.
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    I hope Rae doesn't see some of these comments. He's likely to have a cerebral hemorrhage!

    I think I'm gonna have to pull out his appropriately titled comp, "Get off your a** and go see somebody!"

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    I've seen them both live, and both were great.

    The Arcade Fire show, with Spoon opening, was outdoors last summer, and the place was crowded with 14,000 people. The National was about 3 or 4 years ago, and besides the lead singer having a cold, it was also a very good show. I'm envious!
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    Quote Originally Posted by atomicAdam
    Was gonna go see the national's when they were around here but tickets were like $30 a pop. Just can't bring myself to pay that much for a show when I have a system at home I'd enjoy so much more than a dingy crowded theater with a ****ty sound system.
    The live experience is normally far better than anything on my home system. The Pavement show last fall was among the best experiences of my life and no amount of cds can ever replace that. I plan to see as many live bands as possible for as long as I can handled it.

    Heck, I just saw the Drive By Truckers on a Wednesday night with Marah opening, I'm not a big fan of DBT but Marah alone was worth the effort. I wish they could have played longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swish
    The live experience is normally far better than anything on my home system. The Pavement show last fall was among the best experiences of my life and no amount of cds can ever replace that. I plan to see as many live bands as possible for as long as I can handled it.

    Heck, I just saw the Drive By Truckers on a Wednesday night with Marah opening, I'm not a big fan of DBT but Marah alone was worth the effort. I wish they could have played longer.
    Two of my biggest regrets are that I never saw the Ramones, never saw The Clash. Not that I recall passing up any opportunities to do so, they just were not around here for me to see.

    I of course agree with the live experience comment. Like you, I have a more than competent system. Heck I even have sound board bootlegs of National Shows as well as Arcade Fire and hundreds upon hundreds of others. While they "remind me" of the live experience, it still falls short of the actual memory.

    Gotta agree with Swish on this one.

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    It's nice to see a group live, but usually the sound is no where near what I can get at home. Between the less than acoustically sound hall that the show is held in and the crowd can be a little rowdy. Some might say that is part of the experience. Maybe when I was in my 20's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack in Wilmington
    It's nice to see a group live, but usually the sound is no where near what I can get at home. Between the less than acoustically sound hall that the show is held in and the crowd can be a little rowdy. Some might say that is part of the experience. Maybe when I was in my 20's.
    Live shows aren't about sound, they're about energy. Same with sporting events IMO. Sure I can listen to music at home, but it's not nearly as exciting as spending the evening with 1,000, or 10,000 or 50,000 like-minded fans. I thrive on that energy. Then I listen to the CD in the car on the drive home and usually for a few days afterwards. But there's nothing like that "live show" high for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC
    Arcade Fire with special guests The National
    GAWD, I can't think of a worse way to spend an evening. I don't like either of those bands.

    I hope you have fun though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverAutumn
    Live shows aren't about sound, they're about energy. Same with sporting events IMO. Sure I can listen to music at home, but it's not nearly as exciting as spending the evening with 1,000, or 10,000 or 50,000 like-minded fans. I thrive on that energy. Then I listen to the CD in the car on the drive home and usually for a few days afterwards. But there's nothing like that "live show" high for me.
    So what you're saying in a nutshell is that the Absolute Sound is not a goal for you. To listen on your home rig and try to come as close as possible to a live performance. Energy is nice but if the performance is sub par then the energy isn't enough for me. I'll go to a Flyers game and the energy is definitely dependent on how the team plays. If the Flyers are hitting and creating scoring opportunities, then the fans get vocal and you can feel the energy in the building.
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    Holy crap. They call me an old curmudgeon...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack in Wilmington
    It's nice to see a group live, but usually the sound is no where near what I can get at home. Between the less than acoustically sound hall that the show is held in and the crowd can be a little rowdy. Some might say that is part of the experience. Maybe when I was in my 20's.
    ...and you appear to be out model candidate lol!

    I really do want the sound to be good at a live show, but that's certainly not my priority. I was to see the band, first and foremost, and everything else is secondary.

    I've had so many fantastic experiences...meeting some of my favorite artists in person, getting half crocked with fellow concert-goers, screaming along to some of my favorite tunes (most with Pavement lol!)...things that you never get from listening at home.

    I'll be 53 in a couple weeks, but I'm not going to stop seeing my favorite bands live for as long as I can handle it. I'm sorry you are too 'old' to enjoy them any longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swish
    ...and you appear to be out model candidate lol!

    I really do want the sound to be good at a live show, but that's certainly not my priority. I was to see the band, first and foremost, and everything else is secondary.

    I've had so many fantastic experiences...meeting some of my favorite artists in person, getting half crocked with fellow concert-goers, screaming along to some of my favorite tunes (most with Pavement lol!)...things that you never get from listening at home.

    I'll be 53 in a couple weeks, but I'm not going to stop seeing my favorite bands live for as long as I can handle it. I'm sorry you are too 'old' to enjoy them any longer.

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    Those experiences were great when I was in my 20's. I didn't care about the sound that much either. I had a stereo rig that cost me maybe $500 and that sounded good. But as you get older and your finances build, I wanted more. Out of my system and my live experiences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    Just got my tickets seconds ago. April 20, 7:00 PM at an outdoor venue which is of course dicey that time of year. Not really wild about a Wednesday either for that matter but what a show it should be.

    Hope they are teaming up in your neck of the woods.

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    I'll be bringing the wife and kid when they come to Chicago two nights later (4/22). Fortunately for us, it's an indoor venue. Both of my girls are ultra-torqued for this show!

    I saw AF at an outdoor festival last August with about 40,000 people, and they killed it. Saw the National open for REM a few years ago at the United Center, and I heard them (couldn't actually see them) at a nearby stage as I jockeyed for position for the aforementioned AF show last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr MidFi
    I'll be bringing the wife and kid when they come to Chicago two nights later (4/22). Fortunately for us, it's an indoor venue. Both of my girls are ultra-torqued for this show!

    I saw AF at an outdoor festival last August with about 40,000 people, and they killed it. Saw the National open for REM a few years ago at the United Center, and I heard them (couldn't actually see them) at a nearby stage as I jockeyed for position for the aforementioned AF show last year.
    you are lucky, my boys wouldn't be caught dead at a show with me!

    have fun,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    you are lucky, my boys wouldn't be caught dead at a show with me!

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    Hey Jim, do they like the same kind of music that you do? If they do you could get them seats in another section. Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack in Wilmington
    Hey Jim, do they like the same kind of music that you do? If they do you could get them seats in another section. Just a thought.
    Keep the better seats for yourself though. That'll teach 'em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    you are lucky, my boys wouldn't be caught dead at a show with me!

    have fun,
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    It's nice to spend some real quality time with her before she goes off to college next year. And for whatever reason, she has a deep fondness for Canadian bands (Arcade Fire, New Pornographers, The Dears, BSS, etc.). So this is going to be huge for her.
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