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post #1 of 14 Old 09-07-2009, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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I went to an incredible concert yesterday.

I've long since lost count of the number of rock concerts I've been to. Growing up in Cleveland, it's a part of life. I've seen some of the all-time great bands play, and I was expecting this to be a good concert, but I had no idea it would be one of the best I've ever been to. It was just incredible. It was one of those great moments in rock 'n roll that will be emblazoned forever in the minds of those who were there. Anyone on here recognize this guy?


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No recognition here, but please do tell. If it was really as good as you say it was, I'll download it. What kind of rock 'n roll are we talking about? POTUSA? Aerosmith? Led Zeppelin? The Who? Queen?

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1980s guitarist/singer/songwriter. Straight-up rock musician in the line of Aerosmith, Led Zepplin, etc. Really only charted in the U.S.; I don't know how well known he was/is outside of North America.

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no idea who he is, but I'm not very good with faces!!

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Well, I was hoping someone (most likely someone in the states) would recognize the guitarist as Billy Squier. He was real big in the 80s as just straight up rock music in the vein of groups like Led Zepplin or Aerosmith; although Squier's success came in the early 80s, a bit after all of the bands that became categorized as "classic rock".

I was expecting this concert to be decent as I saw him once before as part of the Ringo Starr All Starr band and witnessed that he was a good guitar player; but I wasn't expecting Billy and his own band to totally kick ass and tear the roof off of the place like they did.

The band was a standard group of five musicians: two guitars, bass, drums, and keyboardist. The other guitarist was Marc Copley. I'd call him the rhythm guitarist except that he played some pretty intricate stuff, and backed or played along with Squier on various solos and such. Squier seamlessly blended playing lead guitar and singing, better than any I have seen; it looked like he had been doing it his whole life. He played better than what I've witnessed from people such as Lindsey Buckingham or Mark Knopfler.

As for vocals, many of these older rock bands tune their songs down a key because they don't have the vocal range that they had when they were younger; not the case with Squier! He it all of the right notes, all the songs were in the same key as on the albums, and he did it as effortlessly as he played guitar. I was quite impressed -- surprised, actually. And the band as a whole was spot-on; they were really tight. The sum of all of this -- plus an enthusiastic crowd like only Cleveland can deliver -- made it an incredible event.

I know a fair number of musicians, and I have often heard people say that musicians peak in their late 40s to mid-50s; I thought this was true of several old bands I've seen in the past ten years, and it's definitely true of Squier -- after watching some old concert footage of him from the early 80s, I'd say Squier is definitely at his best today.

As icing on the cake, this was the first bona fide rock concert that my wife has ever been to; we saw David Bowie in 2004, but that's more pop, less rock. I was hoping that my wife would enjoy the show; she's never been interested in rock music. As it turned out, she had a blast, and really got into it -- surprised me!

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Sorry. First thought it was Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac

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Sorry. First thought it was Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac

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I saw them (Fleetwood Mac) in either '96 or '97 in San Jose. From the 6th row. It was awesome! ...and one of the more memorable concerts I've been to!

(side note, I was living in the Bay Area at the time.)

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...oh yeah, almost forgot: ... LAH!

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I always enjoy any form of live music played by proper musicians (not pop puppets miming to a backing track). Classic rock isn't really my choice of music to buy, but I always appreciate watching and listening to a good musician whatever their genre of music - it could be anything from an Indian tabla or sitar player, to a classical pianist to a heavy metal guitarist or a full symphony orchestra.

I'm a really poor bass and synthesizer/keyboard player - Lah !!!

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No way thats Squire.... WOW!

I loved his stuff in the 80`s unfortunately he is one of the artists that suffered from having videos on MTV. His one video was directed by a nobody who told him to act a certain way and dance around in the video, Billy did not want to and protested but gave in to the director eventually. When the video aired everyone thought Billy was gay and totally ruined his reputation and he never recovered fully from it, he tried to sue the director to no avail. To bad he kicks a$$, but the video is pretty gay.


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Growing up in a home where we didn't have cable TV, I was spared from MTV. I didn't see that video (or most 80s through early 90s music videos) until I discovered YouTube a few years ago! That has to be the the worst music video ever made . . .

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I've long since lost count of the number of rock concerts I've been to. Growing up in Cleveland, it's a part of life. I've seen some of the all-time great bands play, and I was expecting this to be a good concert, but I had no idea it would be one of the best I've ever been to. It was just incredible. It was one of those great moments in rock 'n roll that will be emblazoned forever in the minds of those who were there. Anyone on here recognize this guy?
Did not recognize Billy Squier, but I very much lust after his '58 (or '59 or '60) Les Paul Standard in Sunburst faded to lemondrop...



btw: if real, i.e., not a re-issue, it's value is a major component of his net worth - ranging up to US$300k.

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$300k!!

wow, thought they were more in the $50k or less range.

BTW: I like the old solid wooden tops, and old school guitars: here' ss one of mine I had custom built about four years ago. I call it my California Guitar as the neck has a grape vine up it, the bottom is CA-Poppies [had trouble getting the right shade, so they are not that yellow], and such ... the back, too personal to show, buth has much art work too. Solid Canadian Maple, with ebony neck....not great, but it's mine. Play only on tube amps.
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$300k!!

wow, thought they were more in the $50k or less range.

BTW: I like the old solid wooden tops, and old school guitars: here' ss one of mine I had custom built about four years ago. I call it my California Guitar as the neck has a grape vine up it, the bottom is CA-Poppies [had trouble getting the right shade, so they are not that yellow], and such ... the back, too personal to show, buth has much art work too. Solid Canadian Maple, with ebony neck....not great, but it's mine. Play only on tube amps.
Beautiful guitar - love the 335 shape!

Yes, I'll take all the LP Standards that you can get me from '58 through '60 for $50k! And I'll cut you in for half!


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