Nostalgia…or a 1/3 life crisis.

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Ever since my little music festival jaunt, I’ve rediscovered my love for live music. For that, I am very grateful. It’s like a spark in me has been re-ignited and I’m seizing what’s left of my youth (if anything haha). I’ve decided that I need to see more live acts and feel that electric atmosphere when a band begins to play, the crowd goes off and even the music that can seem lacklustre on your radio, suddenly becomes the BEST SOUND YOU’VE EVER HEARD.

I’ve also been having my 1/3 life crisis (let’s face it, I’m too old for a quarter life crisis and too young for a middle aged crisis), while enjoying national radio station Triple J’s awesome flashbacks to the last 20 years of Hottest 100 songs recently.

This got me thinking about the bands I’ve seen live. I’ve never made a big list. I’m sure it’s a lot more extensive than I think it is. Here are some of the acts I could see over and over. Some highlights.


I was never into Hanson, the Backstreet Boys or whoever the young, fresh faced boy bands of the era were. I was into Nirvana and Silverchair. Grunge, baby. To this day, I am quite proud of ‘past’ me. I had THE biggest crush on Daniel Johns (lead singer/guitarist). I knew everything there was to know about the band. It was ridiculous.


Ben Harper

My husband and I walked down the aisle to this song at our wedding. Mr Harper is seriously talented. It’s ridiculous.


Jack Johnson

My husband and I took our first dance as husband and wife to this song. Now, the Little Mister likes Jack Johnson’s music. I’ve played it to him since he was in my belly 🙂


Mat McHugh (The Beautiful Girls)

I could sit on a beach and listen to Mr McHugh’s tunes (in all his incarnations) forever. This music is infused into my soul, I swear.


Veruca Salt

Look, there’s a girl rocker in me from way back. It was Veruca Salt and Hole. I would screech along like a mad, angsty teen (I was one) until my mum would quite frankly tell me I’d need a day job. I got to see Veruca Salt at a music festival and I was in girl crush heaven. I was also probably one of very few punters there who knew all the lyrics to all the songs. I felt old even then (maybe 10 years ago?).



Who are your favourite bands to see live? 

This post is a part of the Blog Every Day in May challenge. 

11 thoughts on “Nostalgia…or a 1/3 life crisis.”

  1. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Violent Femmes, Hoodoo Gurus, Hunters & Collectors, Temper Trap, Talking Heads, Powderfinger, Live, Counting Crows, Fleetwood Mac, Foo Fighters, Queen, REM, Dire Straits, Mumford & Sons, I could go on and on… I’m going to waste an hour on Youtube. Dammit.

  2. Oh heck yeah!!! silverchair to start off my day!! I knew I was following your blog for a reason! 🙂 I was pretty obsessed with them as well. My younger self saw them 4 or 5 times live. My brain has gotten fuzzy as I’ve gotten older. I will never forget the time my friends and I brought a poster to one of their shows that read “Throw the Teenies Overboard”. The following day the band was on the radio doing an interview and my friend called in to talk to them and said we were the ones with the poster. Ben totally remembered us!!! It was freaking fantastic!

  3. all the bands I wanted to see never really came close enough for younger me to see but I sure did get to see a lot. I personally met Rob Zombie, Dino Cazares (fear Factory), Drain STH, Tesla, Kittie and several other ones. I wouldn’t mind meeting Ben Harper or Jack Johnson!!! Those guys are awesome. Your kid will have great taste. I was a little in dreamy love with Verucca Salt and All Saints, and several other “girl” bands or groups. Such great tunes you chose here!!! I would have really liked to meet Kurt Cobain and Dimebag Darrell but that never happened, so instead I just get to jam to their wonderful tunes!


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