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    You Went To A Concert To See The Support Act...

    I'm sure this has been brought up before but what the heck. I can only name two shows where I went to see a supporting act over the headliner.

    1) Saga in support of Billy Squier
    2) Iron Maiden in support of 38 Special

    Others...........?

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    KC in support of Yes and Procol Harum, 1971
    Jeff Beck Group --> Janis Joplin, '68
    Steppenwolf --> Iron Butterfly, '68
    LZ --> The Who, 1969
    Family --> The Nice, 1969
    Curved Air --> Deep Purple, '72
    Jack Bruce & Friends --> Mountain, '70
    Zephyr --> TYA
    Allman Bros. --> Johnny Winter And, '71
    Mott The Hoople --> Delaney & Bonnie, '71
    Clouds --> JT
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    Goddamned Mogrooves.

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    Mogrooves always wins these threads

    The Crimson Project supporting Dream Theater, left after 2 DT numbers.
    ProjeKct 6 (Belew & Fripp) supporting Porcupine Tree (had no idea who PT were, only stayed for 2 of their numbers, became a fan of theirs a year later)
    Secret Chiefs 3 supporting Goblin
    Secret Chiefs 3 supporting Dead Cross
    Atomic Rooster supporting Spider (bizarre pairing)
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    Ohm supporting Umphrey's McGee
    Vernon Reid supporting Les Claypool & the Holy Mackerel
    Steve Morse Band supporting Joe Satriani
    Mew supporting The Pixies
    Bob Dylan supporting Phil Lesh and Friends
    Simple Minds supporting The Pretenders
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    I saw Deep Purple in 2001. I went mainly because of Steve Morse. He wasn't the support act, but I attended because of him.

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    I can't think of too many - in fact, one:

    Max Webster backing Rush in the mid-70s

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    Very seldom have I specifically gone to see the opening act over the headliner, although there are several instances of my preferring the opening act.

    Main one I can remember going for the opener was

    Dixie Dregs (opening for Dream Theatre)
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    PFM supporting Foghat

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    Gentle Giant opening for Strawbs, 1975. I went with my girlfriend and her brother. We were there for GG, but I'd seen Strawbs before and told them they were really good too. Unfortunately they sucked that night, and we walked out after a few songs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by philsunset View Post
    PFM supporting Foghat
    That's quite a double bill right there... Must have been a lot of fan overlap between those two groups

    Corsa lenta, vacci piano!

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    Milton Nascimento opening for Spyro Gyra, 1988.

    Gordon Haskell opening for Steve Jones' Usual Suspects (Pistols tribute, Michael Des Barres on vox no less) 1998.

    Procol Harum opening for Jethro Tull. 2010. In this case I actually went for both groups equally. But Gary Brooker stole the show.

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    Wayne Shorter/Herbie Hancock and Joe Lovano in 1997. Shorter and Hancock weren't a support act in the same sense as most of the rock shows people have mentioned, but they did play first (and only played four or five songs while I remember Lovano played at least ten).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgtlman View Post
    2) Iron Maiden in support of 38 Special
    WTF? That is a really strange combination.

    I went to see Gregg Allman supporting 38 Special once and I think half the theatre exited with me after Gregg’s set was over. I never really cared for 38 Special but I actually felt bad for them when I saw so many people walking out before they came on.

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    I posted in the "concert experience" thread that I saw Ontario band the Paupers open for Jefferson Airplane first and then open for Cream 3 weeks later at the same venue.

    My then wife and I definitely went to see the Airplane, but we both talked about the Paupers for those 3 weeks having never heard them before and how they had simply blown JA off the stage that night (bad night for Grace-band was still killer). The night we went to Paupers/Cream, on the subway going there, I definitely remember us both saying, even if Cream can't do the vox to "I Feel Free" & "Strange Brew" & disappoint us, we still get to see the Paupers again!".

    Cream, after 8 bars of their "I Feel Free" opener made us feel like idiots for ever entertaining that thought. They also played both "Sunshine" & "Swalbr" even tho' DG hadn't been released yet.
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    We saw Buckethead and Hellborg/Lane/Sipe open for Jazz Mandolin Project about 20 years ago. We liked everyone, but only attended because of H/L/S.

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    I went to see Mercury Rev open for a band called Luna. I was a big fan of the first two Mercury Rev albums, and they had just released their third one, so they were still kind of in their early neo-psych/noise period, before they went all Americana on the fourth album. I'm thinking this was maybe 93 or 94?

    Anyway, I thought the early Mercury Rev were awesome, and I really enjoyed their set, which was like an hour long, maybe. Luna were just ok, nothing special, in my book, but I hung around for the entire night because, 1. I wanted to hang out with the Mercury Rev crew, and 2. the venue was within walking distance of home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arturs View Post
    That's quite a double bill right there... Must have been a lot of fan overlap between those two groups

    Corsa lenta, vacci piano!
    Although that is an odd double bill it is certainly not impossible to be a fan of both bands. I own just about everything by both PFM and Foghat and dig both of them.

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    XTC opening for John Cale

    Max Webster opening for Rush

    Blue Oyster Cult opening for The Headstones ( Canadian alternative band)

    Rik Emmitt opening for Tom Cochrane

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    Phish over Santana, 1992

    Sonic Youth over Pearl Jam, 2000

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    UK opening for Tull
    Procol harum opening for Tull

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    Quote Originally Posted by gryphs also View Post
    XTC opening for John Cale


    My good friend, I know that at least once & perhaps more over the last 11 years you have intimated to me that you were jealous that I got to see several different acts as well as my Woodstock experience.

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    Not that I went to see them, but I saw Gentle Giant open up for Jethro Tull during their Minstrel in the Gallery tour and they became my favorite band at that time. I was amazed to find this (for me) unknown band on some level more compelling than JT, and at the time JT were my absolute favorite band.

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    Allan Holdsworth opening for Stanley Clarke (if memory serves me)

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    Bruce Springsteen opening for Jackson Browne (1973)
    Leon Redbone opening for Leo Kottke (1975)
    King Crimson opening for J. Geils and Humble Pie (1971)
    PFM opening for Frampton's Camel and Loggins & Messina (1974 or so)
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