My Concert Bucket List

For those unaware, a bucket list is basically a wish list of things that you want to do before you “kick the bucket“.  It was an idea brought to the forefront by a movie that came out in 2007 starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman called…you guessed it…The Bucket List.

I remember watching the movie and thought it was an incredible idea that I needed to follow-through on.

I made a two-part bucket list back in 2009 (part one and part two) and then generated a “final” list the next year (here), since I felt as though my priorities in life had changed.

But recently I was talking with Sunshine in the car about wanting to see somebody in concert and how it would be incredible. Then I thought about all of the concerts I’ve been able to see in my lifetime and how I’ve been able to scratch a few “bucket list” concerts off of my list already (KISS, AC/DC, Eagles, ZZ Top, Barenaked Ladies, Alice Cooper, & Bryan Adams to name a few).

Well…I’ve made a bucket list of who I would LOVE to see in concert at some point before I die. I’ll be quite disappointed if these don’t end up happening…

1. Billy Joel. I realize that Joel doesn’t do a whole lot of touring anymore, but he’s absolutely at the top of my list. It’s funny, because I’ve spent the vast majority of my life as a “casual” Joel fan. It wasn’t until I heard his in-depth interview with Howard Stern last year that I truly got an interest in his music. As I began to experience his pre-80’s songs for the first time, I became an instant fan. It’s great because I’ve only truly enjoyed his catalogue for two years now…and I’m just in love with so much of his older songs. The lyrics are deep and meaningful, the music is compelling, and I’ve seen enough YouTube clips to know that he would be incredible to experience in concert.

2. P!nk. Both Sunshine and I have a huge crush on P!nk (she’s on BOTH of our “Top 5” lists) and it was listening to one of her songs that had us generating this discussion. The great thing about P!nk isn’t just how awesome her music is, but it’s that she always has a rock “tinge” to her pop music…which makes me enjoy it just a little bit more. I’ve seen enough live performances of hers to know that it would be a fantastic concert to listen to (and it wouldn’t hurt the eyes, either).

3. Green Day. I’ve been a fan of Green Day since before Dookie was released. Because I’m a rock fan and because they’re the same age as me, I always felt a connection to both the music and the band.  Since I’ve been able to cross off some of the artists I had on my Bucket List (KISS, AC/DC, the Eagles, Bryan Adams, Def Leppard, Steve Miller Band), there aren’t that many bands that I would absolutely LOVE to see before I die.  This band is definitely one of them.  The problem is that I know Sunshine isn’t much of a fan, but I’m totally willing to see somebody on her Bucket List in exchange for this.  Totally.

4. Phil Collins. Really…this would probably #2 on my list if it were in an actual order of some kind. One of my all-time favorite artists has always been Phil Collins. And honestly, one of the first live cd’s that I ever purchased was …Serious Hits Live and, to this day, remains one of the best live albums I’ve ever heard. Because Collins has retired to spend time with his family, I’m pretty certain I’ll never be able to enjoy his music in person. Still…this would be an incredible concert to see in person.

5. Aerosmith. I kick myself repeatedly for NOT seeing Aerosmith a few summers ago when they performed a couple of hours away on Prince Edward Island.  I just didn’t t have the finances to make the trip there and back (not to mention the bridge fees).  I know that Sunshine has mentioned that she would love to see them in concert, too, so this pick seems like a “win-win”.

6. Bon Jovi. This is another artist that I’ve grown up with and have missed playing in my area a couple of times over the past decade. I mean, from the moment I first heard “You Give Love A Bad Name” I just thought this band was awesome. And through the years…even though they’ve mellowed considerably…their music has always been enjoyable.  They’ve got more than enough great music to fill a two-hour concert.

7. Journey. Yes, I know that Steve Perry isn’t the lead singer of the band anymore. But you know what? I’ve seen their new singer, Arnel Pineda, enough times on YouTube to make me a believer in this new version of the band. And in a similar situation with my love of Billy Joel, I’m a late-bloomer when it comes to the music of Journey. I can appreciate their music for the pop-rock fun it was always meant to be and I think this concert would be a blast.

8. Roxette. Make this another “guilty pleasure” for me. Since the first time I heard “The Look” back in 1988, I’ve been a huge fan of Roxette. For a long time, I was out buying their cd’s and enjoying their pop-rock stylings. Then I just stopped hearing about them for the next decade. Turns out, a cancer scare for singer Marie Fredrikssonstopped the band from touring and recording. They released another album last year and began touring again. Then they actually released another album this year and even toured North America this summer (they never made it past Toronto and Montreal, so they didn’t get this far east). Hopefully, they’ll find their way back some day to this little part of the Great White North.

9. Foo Fighters. It’s funny…I’ve always enjoyed the Foo’s, but never really LOVED the Foo’s. Then last year I realized that they’ve been around for over a decade and I’ve always enjoyed rocking out to their music. Then I saw them perform “Walk” at the Grammy Awards earlier this year and that performance confirmed with me just how awesome of a rock concert this would end up being. Who knew that the Foo’s would end up being so great?

10. George Michael. Okay…I realize that this pick seems COMPLETELY random and really odd considering the rock-influenced picks on the rest of my list, but Michael is an artist that I’ve grown to respect as I’ve gotten older. I know how much Sunshine loves his music and I really think his concert would be absolutely incredible. The guy has an amazing voice and it would be a blast to be able to sit there with Sunshine and sing along with all his cheesy goodness.

So that’s my list. Who would be on YOURS?

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4 thoughts on “My Concert Bucket List

    1. Y’know, I’m not entirely sure if I’ve really got a “favorite celebrity” or not. I grew up idolizing Harrison Ford but that’s about it.

      I don’t even remember if I’ve met a celebrity or not. I’m sure I have at some point in my lifetime…but darned if I can think of any right now!

  1. Love your list. I’ve already seen Aerosmith and Bon Jovi but would go to their concerts again and again.
    I would really like to see Muse, Coldplay, Sting, Phil Collins (but I seriously doubt that he’ll ever come back), Michael Buble, Adele, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons, Lady Antebellum, John Mayer, Beyonce, Pink, George Michael, Lenny Kravitz, etc.

    1. Y’know…I’ve actually been thinking about this list recently and think I need to make some major changes to it.

      You’ve got some great ones in your list, though. Thanks for the comment!

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