- 1974: L.A. Shrine Auditorium. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tour. Incredible stage show and just incredible musicianship. Peter Gabriel was mesmerizing.Pink Floyd
- 1974: The infamous LA Sports Arena concerts. Lots of arrests. My brother and I had nosebleed seats in the colonnade, just underneath where they hung the plane that would fly down to the stage during 'On The Run.' When the house lights came up for the intermission, the cloud over the floor area was really thick and pungent.Yes
- 1975: Anaheim Stadium. Yes at their most experimental. Probably the best stage and light show I've ever seen. The Relayer Tour featured a set designed by Roger Dean, with strange amorphous shapes lit from within, several lasers, and a multi-layered backdrop incorporating rear projection and shifting set pieces. I've seen Yes several times over the years, but this was the highlight. Amazing.Tangerine Dream
- 1976: Santa Monica. I think this was TD's first American tour. Inspired live performances, augmented with a laser artist who would choreograph his laser dynamically with the music, as well as the musicians taking their improvisational cues from his visuals. There were rotating mirror columns on either side of the stage reflecting the follow spots, sending beams of colored light shooting around the hall, well defined in the smoky haze, and yes, there was a lot of smoke there. Return To Forever
- 1976: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The Romantic Warrior tour. God, these guys were so talented. How could Chick Corea break this band up?? Anyway, tremendous show. Stevie Wonder came out for their encore, and they played 'Superstition.' Incredible. I thought my head would explode.Emerson, Lake & Palmer
- 1977: Long Beach Arena. OK, so it was the Works tour, not the Brain Salad Surgery tour, but still…ELP. They even played 'Rondo' and 'America' from Emerson's days with The Nice. Frank Zappa
- 1976-77: UCLA Pauley Pavilion. I think it was the Sheik Yerbouti album period. Terry Bozzio, Patrick O'Hearn, Adrian Belew, Eddie Jobson, Ruth Underwood and more were in the band that night. Frank could make you laugh, then you'd be dazzled by the musicianship there. At one point, when someone else took a solo, Frank put down his guitar, pulled up a stool, lit a cigarette and sat back and watched the band play. Also, Adrian Belew could do a great Bob Dylan impression. It was also the first time I heard the great composition 'Titties and Beer.'The Police
- 1981: The Ghost In The Machine tour. This was the loudest concert I ever went to. Oingo Boingo opened for them and the PA system was screaming. When the Police came on, the sound was a little more balanced, but more powerful. Sting's bass was something I could feel in my chest more than hear. This band was pretty powerful live, it's a shame they never released a live record. Excellent show, but my ears were ringing for three days.