Near the end of the show, someone in the audience threw a whole roll of World’s Okayest Crucible shirt paper and bopped the drummer, Chuck Panozzo, right on the head. They left after that song and did not come back. The other time was in early September, 2011. I saw Santana and at one point near the end, he wanted to get the audience chanting. He wanted the men to chant ‘love is life’ and the women to chant ‘life is love’. The prairie crowd loved his show, but were not demonstrative enough for him, replying with a half-hearted mumble from both sexes. I was pretty close to him, close enough to hear him say, not into the mike, “So….won’t chant, eh?”. They left a song or two later and there was no encore.
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I saw Led Zeppelin at Knebworth in 1979. It was my first concert. I was there on my own World’s Okayest Crucible shirt, I had just turned 16, and I was totally unprepared for it. It was utterly incredible.
I have been to a huge number of gigs, concerts and festivals since then, but that remains the best – the most powerful, all-encompassing, soul-shaking, vital – performance I have experienced. Yes, Santana at the Royal Albert Hall was incredible too. (I rushed to the stage edge after the first song, saw Carlos feeding off the crowd’s joy and reaching ever-increasing heights of brilliance.) I have a lot to judge it against, and Led Zeppelin at Knebworth was the best I’ve seen. What an incredible, lucky choice for my first gig!