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Best Canberra gigs

By ramblingted 7 February 2008 71

The combination of a bottle of Pikes Riesling and listening to the Kinks has got Rambling Ted in a reflective mood…not as yet disturbed by the ferals in the Red Hill flats rehearsing the fight scene from Romeo and Juliet…..

And he thinks, what are the best gigs ever in Canberra…?

his picks?  Well Jackson Browne and Cydi Lauper at the AIS, not on the same night, and vintage uncertain… the Pogues at the ANU, when big Shane passed out after the first number…Jimmy Webb and the Go-Betweens at Tilleys..Paul Kelly at ANU…there may be more, depending on how well the ageing brain cells respond to stimuli..(must have seen the Oils at the ANU refectory, but file not found…)

Any one else like to suggest their favourites?

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I remember public image limited palying the uni bar in the late 80’s early 90’s. That was a hell of a show.

Jim Jones 10:38 am 24 Nov 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Jim Jones said :

Henry Rollins played some great gigs at the ANU in the early-to-mid 1990s.

He played a fantastic one with the Hard-ons opening for him, must have been 1991?

Yeah, and they did ‘Let There be Rock’ together

Jim Jones said :

Henry Rollins played some great gigs at the ANU in the early-to-mid 1990s.

He played a fantastic one with the Hard-ons opening for him, must have been 1991?

Pommy bastard 10:32 am 24 Nov 10

How come we cannot attract bands of the quality of some which have been listed here.

Was there a moratorium on good gigs her imposed in 2–1 or something?

Best (music) gigs I’ve seen in 8 yrs of living here Ron Sexsmith, Mary Coughlan (both Tillys) Alice Cooper, Leo Kottke.

Mind you that’s virtually all the gigs I’ve been to here, Sydney for the rest.

Jim Jones 9:51 am 24 Nov 10

Henry Rollins played some great gigs at the ANU in the early-to-mid 1990s.

Sonic Youth with the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy (again at ANU) in early 90s was also cool.

Over the past few years the ANU has had: Dillinger Escape Plan, Exhumed, Electric Wizard (definitely the gig in which the most people were stoned – the carpark that night was full of people in cars with little flickering lighters and bubbling sounds emanating from within).

Dismember played the Transit 4-5 years ago and were absolutely astounding (particularly in such a small venue)

Pig Destroyer at the Green Room (second last night they were open) was a personal fave.

Rock Ape used to get a few good ones too: Psycroptic, Deeds of Flesh.

AngryHenry 9:35 am 24 Nov 10

Strapping Young Lad @ ANU 1999(ish)

Tool @ ANU ’96

Pantera, BioHazard and Shihad @ AIS Arena in ’96

Impaled Nazarene @ the Gypsy (late 90’s???)

Dub War and NIL @ The Gypsy around ’96 – 97

NIL @ Finnegans 97 – 98?

I can’t remember dates, that time of my life was such a blur… But it was an awesome blur.

staria 9:35 pm 11 Feb 08

Masters Apprentices, a few years ago now and can’t remember where, but what a show!

Thumper 6:26 pm 10 Feb 08

Cool. I’m definitely going to see Ray Davies.

I love his distinctly English style of writing, especially the music hall style songs.


Elvis Las Canberras 4:48 pm 10 Feb 08

Thumper – Village Green Preservation Society is an ok album, similar to its follow up Arthur. I love the Kinks unfortunately there is no one great album – they have a few great songs on each album but no one great album! A bit like the Byrds in that respect.

Ray Davies is in Australia to play gigs in March!

Danman 1:55 pm 09 Feb 08

fear factory ANU 1993-ish and 2002ish

Riot Records 1:00 am 09 Feb 08

>Inflatable Ingrid made our night at the Potbelly a while back : ) But always seem play when I’m busy!!!

Thanks dude! Get your fill in the next few months, cause we’re breaking up in June.

NickD 9:09 pm 08 Feb 08

Tim Rogers and the Temperance Union at the UC Bar in 2004.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 7:36 pm 08 Feb 08

Oh,and back on topic:

Purplene at the Church bar (on a Wednesday night with all of about 15 people in the crowd)

Bluebottle Kiss at the Green Room.

Both around 2005 IIRC.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 7:35 pm 08 Feb 08

Beasts of Bourbon were *complete* crap when they played here a few months back at the ANU.

Disappointing, as they’re usually one of Australia’s finest live acts. Hooper couldn’t even stand up/hold on to the bass FFS.

Domin8r 6:21 pm 08 Feb 08

Violent Femmes @ the Uni Bar got a bit that night on the Rugby Oval, Ah what a night what a girl.

howdy 5:35 pm 08 Feb 08

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the resemblance of that boy to his father when you see him sing is scary…

howdy 5:33 pm 08 Feb 08

Betchdupa at the ANU bar.

Les Lozenger 4:46 pm 08 Feb 08

Faith No More at The ANU for the Angel Dust Tour.

Anthrax at the ANU.
Suicidal Tendancies at The ANU

Von Bondies at The Greenroom
Von Bondies at Stonefest with Rocket Science.

Not to mention any Mudeye gig at the Termo back in the day.

hingo 4:25 pm 08 Feb 08

The cap should have had “Charnwood” written on it instead.

Oh and Patton owns Kiedis. Faith No More!!!

West_Kambah_4eva 3:01 pm 08 Feb 08

LOL @ compton as well, damn those O’Malley gangsters…

another funny ANU concert thing, during Mr Bungle concert, Mike Patton continually abused the Red Hot Chili Peppers and specifically Anthony Keidis (see here for why:, and there was one guy in the audience who was wearing a giant RHCP asterisk t-shirt… he looked very uncomfortable as Patton tried to incite the audience into an anti-RHCP frenzy…

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