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Thursday September 3, 2015
Continuing these personal last posts for the summer, here are my top three favorite live concert moments.
3. I’m So Afraid – Fleetwood Mac
Honorable mention: Soul Sacrifice – Santana
But as you grow older you appreciate them, especially if you listen to their music as if it’s the first time. “Don’t Stop”? Overdone, but what a catchy ass song. All their hits are well written, even if they’re a bit shiny and perfect.
My dad introduced me to slow, dark, emotive “I’m So Afraid” when the Rumors-era Mac re-united in the ‘90s. Lindsey Buckingham proves how underrated he is as a songwriter and especially guitar player on this brooding track. I’ve seen them perform it several times and it never gets old.
2. Helter Skelter – Paul McCartney
I never imagined that he’d ever pull out the proto heavy metal “Helter Skelter” but it’s been in his setlist for the last several years. I saw him play it in 2005. He’s aged, sure, but this song loses none of its edge.
1. In the Court of the Crimson King – Greg Lake (with Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band)
The song is progressive rock before it even existed, sort of. It was the weirdest thing to come out in 1969 and that says a lot. Poetic lyrics, elements of fantasy, and Robert Fripp’s imaginative mind and out of the box arrangements are highlights
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He was also Lead Staff Writer for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik's music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.