My 50 fave Vancouver concerts of all time (so far)

By Steve Newton

In celebration of the Georgia Straight turning 50 this year, I figured I’d offer a roundup of the 50 top Vancouver concerts I’ve reviewed while writing for the paper since 1982.

Maybe you made it out to a couple yourself!

Although I doubt you weaseled your way backstage at the Orpheum in ’93 to get a photo with Keith Richards.

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble at the Commodore Ballroom, Aug. 29, 1985

Jeff Beck at the Commodore Ballroom, Feb. 17, 2001

Roy Buchanan at the Town Pump, Feb. 10, 1986

Johnny Winter at the Commodore Ballroom, Sept. 18, 1987

John Fogerty at the Orpheum Theatre, Aug. 22, 1997

Keith Richards & the X-Pensive Winos at the Orpheum Theatre, Jan. 21, 1993

Pearl Jam at the Town Pump, Sept. 26, 1991

The Drive-By Truckers at the Vogue Theatre, April 22, 2014

Link Wray at the Starfish Room, July 4, 1997

Gov’t Mule at the Commodore Ballroom, Oct. 25, 2013

Blue Oyster Cult at the Pacific Coliseum, Aug. 22, 1982

Pink Floyd at B.C. Place Stadium, June 25, 1994

The Stray Cats at the Commodore Ballroom, Aug. 20, 1982

The Who at GM Place, Oct. 16, 1996

The Darkness at the Commodore Ballroom, Feb. 24, 2012

Slash at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, Aug. 15, 2014

Tommy Emmanuel at the Vogue Theatre, May 16, 2015

John Cougar Mellencamp at the Pacific Coliseum, April 16, 1986

Roger Waters at GM Place, June 21, 2007

Sonny Landreth at the Yale Hotel, Feb. 19, 2009

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the Pacific Coliseum, Nov. 18, 1991

Alvin Lee at Expo Theatre, Aug. 8, 1987

Robert Plant and the Black Crowes at the Pacific Coliseum, Sept. 21, 1990

NRBQ at Club Soda, June 6, 1985

The Dickey Betts Band at 86 St. Music Hall, April 2, 1989

The Beat Farmers at the Commodore Ballroom, Nov. 23, 1990

Neil Young & Crazy Horse at the Pacific Coliseum, April 17, 1991

The Replacements at 86 Street Music Hall, June 28, 1991

The Tragically Hip at the Commodore Ballroom, July 16, 1991

Joe Satriani at the Vogue Theatre, Oct. 19, 2013

Ozzy Osbourne at the Pacific Coliseum, June 10, 1982

Eric Clapton at the Pacific Coliseum, July 26, 1985

Rick Derringer at the Lunatic Fringe, Oct. 8, 1993

Motorhead at the Vogue Theatre, Feb. 7, 2011

Eurythmics at the Expo Theatre, July 28, 1986

The Everly Brothers at the Expo Theatre, July 13, 1986

Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin at the Electric Owl, June 30, 2015

The Rolling Stones at B.C. Place Stadium, Nov. 1, 1989

The Pretenders at the Orpheum Theatre, Feb. 24, 2000

The North Mississippi Allstars at the Rio Theatre, Jan. 24, 2014

The B-52s at the Orpheum Theatre, Jan. 17, 1990

Blind Melon at the Commodore Ballroom, Dec. 20, 1993

The Age of Electric at the Commodore Ballroom, April 30, 2016

The London Quireboys at 86 Street Music Hall, Aug. 11, 1990

Marshall Crenshaw at 86 Street Music Hall, July 20, 1991

Robert Gordon and Chris Spedding at the Town Pump, May 30, 1992

Paul McCartney at B.C. Place Stadium, Nov. 25, 2012

Foo Fighters at Rogers Arena, Sept. 11, 2015

Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Vogue Theatre, Nov. 1, 2013

Hilary Duff at the Pacific Coliseum, Sept. 10, 2004

(Just kiddin’ about that last one, but it was fun ’cause I got to take my little girl.)

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