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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?

What’s Your opinion?


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71 Responses to
Best Canberra gigs
justbands 10:01 am 08 Feb 08

> Beasts of Bourbon at the ANU bar last year

I friend of mine (A BIG beasts fan) went along to that & was very non-impressed. The bass player was too smashed to even play & my friend left very unhappy. Yes, that’s what that band is “about”, but there is a limit.

fnaah 10:00 am 08 Feb 08

I second Pearl Jam in ’95.

Pendulum at UC in Dec 2006 (or was it 05?) was pretty special too.

hk0reduck 9:57 am 08 Feb 08

Could someone explain, for those of us who are under 33, what happened at the Nirvana gig?:)

I’d like to nominate Angus and Julia stone at the UC even though the crowd where shit because it’s the only band I’ve ever seen in Canberra, most of the time I have to go to Sydney.

VYBerlinaV8 9:49 am 08 Feb 08

Van Halen at the AIS in about 1998 wins hands down.

Joe Canberran 9:46 am 08 Feb 08

That Tool concert was awesome! My picks also include the H&C gig Elvis mentioned and a Spearhead gig, again at the ANU again in ’96 I think.

I was “at” the legendary ANU Nirvana gig only in so much as i was outside – I didn’t try to get in once the doors went down. I didn’t get to see anything and heard sod all (I still had a great night though). As one of my friends says – I’ve met more people who claim they were there than there ever was in reality

Machine Gun Felatio at the Gypsy’s Star bar sometime around the same era where all the band and half the crowd got nude was also a stand out 😉

pierce 9:41 am 08 Feb 08

Beasts of Bourbon at the ANU bar last year

caf 9:31 am 08 Feb 08

Pearl Jam at NATEX in ’95.

justbands 8:58 am 08 Feb 08

TOOL @ ANU when Aenema was out (96 I think). Fantastic.

Oils..anywhere, anytime they played here.

The Black Keys w/ Kill Devil Hills @ ANU last year.

INXS w/ Hoodoo Gurus out at Bruce in the early/mid 80’s.l

hingo 8:52 am 08 Feb 08

ACDC played at the Ginninderra High School Hall back in 1976. That would have been awesome.

The Cog and Dead Letter Circus gig at UC was probably the best gig I have been to in Canberra so far.

Thumper 8:25 am 08 Feb 08

Oh Yeah, also saw the Oils at the ANU ref, that was cool, except for the floor being a foot deep in spew floor…

Thumper 8:24 am 08 Feb 08

Two come to mind.

The very last easybeats concert in the late 80s at the indoor areana at Bruce, and,

Eric Burdon at the Cross.

Both were simply awesome.

BTW, I just bought Village Green preservation Society, great Kinks record…

iamspam 8:13 am 08 Feb 08

Elvis, I got here in 03, and I still hear stories about that Nirvana gig (or lack thereof).

Mess 12:18 am 08 Feb 08

The Living End, Gyroscope and the Casanovas at the ANU bar a few years back. Possibly the best mosh pit I have ever been in. Back in 2003 I think. Less then Jake were also particularly good that year too.

Elvis Las Canberras 11:29 pm 07 Feb 08

Nirvana at ANU in 92 off memory, and a most memorable Hunters and Collectors at UC about 96.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 11:17 pm 07 Feb 08

The Dirty Three at Tilleys.

Gersey at The Green Room…’04 or ’05 I think.

Sonic Youth at the ANU Bar.

Mr Bungle at the ANU Bar.

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