A concert is more than just music.  It's the full experience of the night, day or sometimes weekend that creates the memories that live with us forever.  As concert month continues on I-Rock 93.5 (with your chance this week, 5/17-5/21, to win tickets to the sold out Corey Taylor show on June 13...listen 10am-3pm each day) I want to spend the week reliving some of those shows.

Every day I'm going to play blocks of songs from the bands that were at your favorite concert.  From shows at the TaxSlayer Center (or iwireless or The Mark or whatever you called it then) to those days at The Pigpen or Palmer.  I want to hear from you.  And it doesn't have to be local.  Maybe you were living somewhere else or maybe you and the buddies took an epic road trip and had the best weekend of your life...besides marriage and kids and yada yada.  Ok, the show was better.

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Send me a message on the I-Rock 93.5 app or on our Facebook page.  I want to know what bands were at the show.  When it took place.  Where it took place.  And the reason it was your favorite concert of all time.  I'll play the songs and let you relive that show, as we prepare ourselves for so many more here in the Quad Cities.

I'll get things started.  It was July 3, 2000 in St. Louis.  The Summer Sanitarium Tour.  System of a Down, Powerman 5000, Kid Rock, Korn and Metallica.  Holy balls.  Just typing that I can't believe I saw all those guys together, and as you can see...I paid $67 to get in....that included the $2 to park!  That's insane.  But as I mentioned, the music is just a part of our concert experience.


This show took place 2 years after my father passed away.  I was interested in the show, but it was my mother that said let's all go on the trip.  So my mom, two brothers and myself piled into the wagon and took the 9 hour trip from Northern Wisconsin to the big city on 4th of July weekend.  Those days around the show was a memory as well with the family all being together.  I was 21 at the time and my 16 year old brother was coming with me to the concert.  My mom and 11 year old brother would stay at the hotel.

The afternoon of the actual show was crazy.  First off, this took place at the Gateway International Speedway which is in East St. Louis.  We were all staying in downtown St. Louis.  This was before the days of google maps on smartphones.  So we rocked the Mapquest printed directions...that takes you back right.  Well, needless to say, we should have left the hotel earlier.  It was a hot mess getting out of the city and to the venue.  Two buffoons from a town of 1600 people driving in a city of millions on a holiday weekend.  What could go wrong!  Well, the only thing that went wrong was a little temper and a little late.  But after driving the wagon into some crappy field to park, we were at the biggest show I've ever been to in my life.

The sounds, the sites of a show in 2000, the smells...if you know what I mean.  It was all there.  We hung back to start as we were still a bit overwhelmed with everything.  But with each song we seemed to creep closer and closer to the stage.  Cause I was getting as close as possible for Korn.

There is always one memory that stands out from every show, this one was before Korn even started.  We were close, but off to the right side of the stage.  Before they came out we could see from our angel behind the curtain.  I just remember everyone in that one narrow area seeing Jonathan Davis come up and stand there for the cue and we all went nuts.  He of course heard it, saw it and got us going even more.

Then you know just an amazing set (and thanks to the rabbit hole that is setlist.fm, you can see the full thing here) followed by my first time seeing Metallica live.  Metallica chronicle all their shows as well, so you can see exactly what they played that day on their website.  But the experience wasn't over.  When the show ended, traffic was what you'd expect with 80,000 kids trying to get out of one spot.  Screw that.  I'm not sitting in a line for hours.  My brother and I turned on the radio.  Laid on top of the station wagon and just talked and watched the stars, the cars and the people.  I have no idea what time it was when we finally got in the car and got back to the hotel.  Mom wasn't waiting up for us, she knew her boys would be fine.  Moms always know right.

I could go on and on about that show and the 100's of other I've been too.  And so can you.  So hit me up on our app or Facebook page and I'll get your concert memories flooding back this week...and maybe you'll win those CMFT tickets and make new concert memories with me.

Listen all week to relive the concerts, and win tickets to the next one.

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