Been chewing the fat with my mates over the weekend about concerts we'd been to over the years and wondered what really classic / special ones people can recall. I'll get the ball rolling with my top 5 that left a lasting impression on me, three of them coincidentally in the same year. In no particular order of preference: Paul Mc Cartney - The Albert Docks, Liverpool, 1990 Almost three hours of a set containing 90% Beatles numbers, many of them being performed live for the first time ever. Probably the best band he's ever played with too (Beatles excepted, of course!). Highlight was his "little treat" for Liverpool, a Lennon medley of "Strawberry Fields Forever, Help and Give Peace A Chance" Talk about lump in the throat time! Frank Sinatra - London Palladium, 1975 A knockout gig. Doubly so considering the backing band was Count Basie & His Orchestra, guaranteeing that arse was kicked! The Basie Band opened up with a storming set, then they were joined by Sarah Vaughan for a set (my introduction to this great jazz diva) and then the great man himself. Encore was a series of duets with Vaughan. To make it perfect we had front row centre seats too! Sublime... The Who - Charlton Athletic Football Club, 1975 (I think). Was blown away by the sheer power of this set, with Moony in his prime. "Probably the best rock 'n' roll band in the world" I thought at the time... Midsummer Music, Wembley Stadium, 1975 From the bottom up, the bill was Stackridge (who?), Rufus with Chaka Khan, Joe Walsh, The Eagles, The Beach Boys and Elton John. As anyone who was there will tell you it was the day that The Beach Boys wiped the floor with all concerned with a twelve piece backing band and every hit they ever had and a few surprise album tracks too ("Surf's Up" live, would you believe? ). Doubly glad I was there, as over the years the band has often stated that this was the best single gig they ever played. Best way to see this band too - outdoors in baking summer heat. Other highlight of the day? Having my picture taken by George Harrison! Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, The Band - Wembley Stadium 1974 The Band were awesome, delivering a powerhouse set - effortless, virtually perfect musicianship. CSNY did a marathon set including band stuff and solo material (LOADS from Young! ). But the highlight of the day was Joni Mitchell. I remember jaws dropping in surprise as she walked on stage. Previously a Joni Mitchell gig consisted of her solo on guitar and piano. Not only did she walk on stage with a huge jazz/rock combo (Tom Scott and the LA Express) but with a whole new look too. Gone was lank-haired hippy Joni in came sophisticated LA chick Joni, complete with electric guitar too. Did all of the then-new "Court & Spark" album and radically revamped versions of her back catalogue. Liked her before that - loved her ever since. And during her set I smoked my first ever joint too! Like, mellow man!