What artists have you seen live?


What started out as an innocent question on Facebook, led me to sit down and compile a list of all artists I’ve seen perform live. I figured I’d get to 50 easily, but never imagined that the overall number would be closer to 150. I know I’ve attended a lot of shows over the years, but maaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!!! Keep in mind that aside from being an audience member on my personal time for a number of concerts, I attended both the American Music Awards in ’92 and the Soul Train Awards in ’96 at the Shrine Auditorium in LA. I worked at WKYS for a few years and did a lot of remote set-ups and club hits during that time. I also toured and audio engineered for a number of artists and attended a ton of industry parties where artists performed live sets. So most of the time I was seated in an assigned location comfortably. But as far as other locations I’ve been backstage, on the side of the stage, behind the stage, at the mixing board, in the pit, in other standing room only locations, whatever.

Two things I want to point out. The first ever show I attended featured Today, Guy, MC Hammer and Sir Mix-A-Lot at Charlotte Coliseum in North Carolina. My pops worked for the Hornets at the time and while visiting him on winter school break I had tickets for pretty much everything going on at the arena from wrestling to basketball games to concerts. That evening was cool cuz I had free reign all over the coliseum. Show didn’t really excite me, but as a teenager with wandering eyes, I was watching every sistah up in the place with their new hair styles and fresh gear. Need I say more? I think not. The other note is that there are at least 15 of the artists listed that I’ve seen perform more than 3 times, not including Go-Go music bands. But none more than Patti Labelle. At last count I’ve seen her perform 6 times. I think I first saw Patti in ’91 or ’92 and fell in love with her from that day.

Every time I think I’m done adding an entry to the list, I think of 2 or 3 more performers I’ve seen. I’m pretty sure I’m close to being done at this point. I started this 2 nights ago, so it’s taken me 48 hrs plus to come to the current number. Anyway… here it is.

1. 311
2. A Tribe Called Quest
3. Alicia Keys
4. Amel Larrieux
5. Anita Baker
6. Anthony Hamilton
7. Ashanti
8. Backyard Band
9. BBD
10. Beyonce
11. Big Pun
12. Biz Markie
13. Boyz II Men
14. Brandy
15. Busta Rhymes
16. Cam’ron
17. Carl Thomas
18. Celine Dion
19. Chill Rob G
20. Chuck Brown
21. Color Me Badd
22. Cypress Hill
23. D’Angelo
24. Da Brat
25. De La Soul
26. Del tha Funkee Homosapien
27. Destiny’s Child
28. Digital Underground
29. DMX
30. Dru Hill
31. Eric Roberson
32. Erykah Badu
33. Estelle
34. EU
35. Fabolous
36. Faith Evans
37. Fertile Ground
38. Foreign Exchange
39. Foxy Brown
40. Frankie Beverly & Maze
41. Gerald Albright
42. Gerald Levert
43. Ghostface
44. Ginuwine
45. Groove Theory
46. Guns N Roses
47. Guy
48. Heavy D & Boyz
49. Hoobastank
50. Huck-A-Bucks
51. Ja Rule
52. James Brown
53. Jay Electronica
54. Jay-Z
55. Jazmine Sullivan
56. Jean Grae
57. Jill Scott
58. Junkyard Band
59. K’Naan
60. Keith Murray
61. Keith Washington
62. Kid-N-Play
63. Kriss Kross
64. Lalah Hathaway
65. Lauryn Hill
66. Lil’ Benny & The Masters
67. Lil’ Kim
68. LL Cool J
69. Lost Boyz
70. Luther Vandross
71. Mad Lion
72. Mary J. Blige
73. Mase
74. Maxwell
75. MC Hammer
76. Method Man
77. Michael Jackson
78. Missy Elliott
79. Montell Jordan
80. Morris Day & Time
81. Mos Def
82. Musiq
83. N.E.R.D.
84. N.O.R.E
85. Nappy Roots
86. Nas
87. NE Groovers
88. New Edition
89. Notorious B.I.G.
90. Outkast
91. Patti Labelle
92. Peabo Bryson
93. Pharcyde
94. Pharoahe Monch
95. Prince
96. Public Enemy
97. Puff Daddy
98. Queen Latifah
99. Queen Pen
100. R. Kelly
101. Rachelle Ferrell
102. Raekwon
103. Raheem Devaughn
104. Rakim
105. Raphael Saadiq
106. Rare Essence
107. Redman
108. Regina Belle
109. Ronald Isley
110. Royce 5’9”
111. Run-DMC
112. Sir Mix A Lot
113. Stevie Wonder
114. Talib Kweli
115. Tamia
116. Tech9ne
117. Teena Marie
118. The Fugees
119. The Lox
120. The Roots
121. Timbaland & Magoo
122. TLC
123. Today
124. Toni! Tony! Tone!
125. Total
126. Whitney Houston
127. Whodini
128. Will Downing
129. Yolanda Adams
130. Ziggy Marley

I think that’s it. I do reserve the right to add more as necessary. LOL!!!!

Peace & Love…

G. Mo

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