Musical Acts I've Seen Live

Musical Acts I've Seen LiveAfter taking my daughter to see Selena Gomez last week, I started thinking about bands I've seen live. Here's a list of bands I've seen live. It's possible I'm missing an act or two, but I think I've got most of them.

  • 3 Days Grace
  • 3 Doors Down
  • 30 Seconds to Mars
  • 54-40
  • A Perfect Circle
  • Abs & Fase
  • AFI
  • Alexisonfire
  • Alice in Chains
  • All Systems Go
  • Arkells
  • Ashes Divide
  • Attack in Black
  • Barenaked Ladies
  • Bedouin Soundclash
  • Beta Band
  • Big Wreck
  • Billy Talent
  • Blue Rodeo
  • Bran Van 3000
  • Broken Social Scene
  • Buck 65
  • By Divine Right
  • Cake
  • Catherine Wheel
  • Chalk Circle
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Cheap Trick
  • Christina Grimmie
  • City and Colour
  • Cracker
  • Creature
  • Custom
  • Danny Michel
  • Def Leppard
  • Default
  • Die Mannequin
  • Dinosaur Bones
  • DJ Forest People
  • Dunk
  • Dustin Bentall
  • Dynamite Hack
  • Edwin
  • Elton John
  • Emblem3
  • Eminem
  • Eve 6
  • Fefe Dobson
  • Filter
  • Finger Eleven
  • Fishbone
  • Flashing Lights
  • Flashlight Brown
  • Flicker
  • Foo Fighters
  • Full Nine
  • G Strokes
  • Ghetto Concept
  • Goldfinger
  • Grade
  • Graph Noble
  • Green Day
  • Grim Skunk
  • Grindig
  • Guns N' Roses
  • Hayden
  • Heart
  • Headstones
  • Headstrong
  • Helix
  • Hey Rosetta!
  • Hole
  • J. Englishman
  • Jerry Cantrell
  • Jet Set Satellite
  • Joel Plaskett Emergency
  • Kendel Carson
  • Kid Rock
  • Kill Hannah
  • King Louie
  • Kim Mitchell
  • K-OS
  • ko
  • Limp Bizkit
  • Linkin Park
  • Los Lobos
  • Maestro
  • Matthew Good Band
  • Melissa Auf Der Maur's Hand Of Doom
  • Metric
  • Michee Mee
  • Microbunny
  • Mista Cronks
  • Moist
  • Mudmen
  • My Morning Jacket
  • Neil Young
  • Neverending White Lights
  • Nickelback
  • Not By Choice
  • Odin Red
  • Our Lady Peace
  • Papa Roach
  • Pearl Jam
  • Pocket Dwellers
  • Public Enemy
  • Princess Superstar
  • Radiohead
  • Rascalz
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Robin Black
  • Ron Sexsmith
  • Rusty
  • Sam Roberts
  • Sarah Harmer
  • Sass Jordan
  • Selena Gomez
  • Serial Joe
  • Sevendust
  • Sharkskin
  • Silverchair
  • Simple Plan
  • Skydiggers
  • Sleater Kinney
  • Sloan
  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • Spoons
  • Starling
  • Stereophonics
  • Stompin Tom Conners
  • Stone Temple Pilots
  • Sudden
  • Sum 41
  • Supergrass
  • The Bravery
  • The Buzzcocks
  • The Dears
  • The Living End
  • The Lowest of the Low
  • The Mahones
  • The Rheostatics
  • The Sadies
  • The Skydiggers
  • The Start
  • The Stills
  • The Tea Party
  • The Tragically Hip
  • The Watchmen
  • The Weakerthans
  • The Weekend
  • Theory Of A Deadman
  • Thornley
  • Tokyo Police Club
  • Treble Charger
  • Trouser
  • Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS)
  • Velvet Revolver
  • Weezer
  • Wide Mouth Mason

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Looking through my digital collection and some of my online stuff, I came up with:

Amanda Palmer
Antigen Shift
Apoptygma Berzerk
Assemblage 23
Asthetic Perfection
Bare Naked Ladies
Basia Bulat
Big Sugar
Birthday Massacre
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Bruce Peninsula
Cesium 137
Conjure One
Cuff the Duke
Decoded Feedback
Depeche Mode
Electric Six
Finger 11
Fjord Rowboat
Front Line Assembly
God Module
Helio Sequence
Imperative Reaction
Individual Totem
Jane's Addiction
Killing Joke
Maximo Park
Mayor McCA
Men Without Hats
My Bloody Valentine
New Order
Nine Inch Nails
Primal Scream
Pursuit of Happiness
16 Volt
Saint Etienne
Shonen Knife
Telefon Tel Aviv
Tragically Hip
Ulrich Schnauss
Urceus Exit
VNV Nation
Wide Mouth Mason

I'd need to check my CDs, LPs and ticket stubs too ha. I don't think I'm missing more than a few though.

Shows coming up that I'm really looking forward to:

Ned's Atomic Dustbin (in London, with Republica opening)
Beta Frontiers

September 4, 2013 @ 10:38 AM


Who has been your fav live performance?

September 4, 2013 @ 11:16 AM


Tough question Mike.
If you were given the chance to see one Band from your list one more time who would it be? Only one Mike.

September 4, 2013 @ 11:22 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


My favourites have been Pearl Jam, Tragically Hip and Public Enemy. I've seen PJ and the Hip a dozen times each I like them so much live.

@ Speysidephil

If I could see one again, it would be Public Enemy. Without a doubt.

September 4, 2013 @ 11:34 AM

519 Rob

I've noticed no Rush on that list.
Trust me, you must remedy that.

And a follow-up Mike, who is one artist that you still REALLY want to see that you haven't. Has to be an active/current act...Nirvana, Beatles etc don't count.

September 4, 2013 @ 11:38 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@519 Rob

Soundgarden. And they're coming back early next year.

September 4, 2013 @ 11:54 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Mike - Not seeing Dave Matthews Band on there either. Easily one of the best live acts ever!! Period!

I've taken people who were not fans, after a 2 hour show, they were...

September 4, 2013 @ 11:54 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Mississauga Phil

Never cared for DMB.

September 4, 2013 @ 11:54 AM


Totally with you on PJ and The Hip, but no Springsteen? I was not a huge fan, but saw him back in 92(?) in Skydome. The show was amazing.

September 4, 2013 @ 12:05 PM

Ben Vidal

@Toronto Mike: FeFe Dobson eh. When she was supposed to be alternative playing on the edge and doing the side stage at edgefest? Or when she when pop and was playing for 14 year olds?

September 4, 2013 @ 12:09 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Ben Vidal

FeFe Dobson was at an Edgefest... in Molson Park in Barrie. It was before she went super pop.

September 4, 2013 @ 12:13 PM


How many of those were multi-artist festivals, and how many were just-those-artist acts?

September 4, 2013 @ 1:07 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Mike - See them live before you make that determination...

September 4, 2013 @ 1:16 PM


I wouldn't even know where to begin. I think one year while I was working at 'NY I saw close to 100 shows.... that's a great list Mike.


September 4, 2013 @ 3:00 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


It's a good mix of both. A lot of these bands were caught up in Edgefest-like festivals, such as Silverchair and Filter and bands like that, but a lot I sought out, like Radiohead, Neil Young, RHCP, Public Enemy, The Hip, Pearl Jam, etc.

September 4, 2013 @ 3:21 PM


Does this include opening acts for headliners?

September 4, 2013 @ 5:06 PM


Lots of indie and recent on your list.

did you see AFP on the current Theatre Is Evil tour?

September 4, 2013 @ 6:04 PM


That's a huge list... But incomplete..

U2 and Rush have to be seen live..

September 4, 2013 @ 7:45 PM


@Anon&on idea. According to Google Calendar, November 9 at the Phoenix last year?

I bought tickets as part as a birthday gift for my girlfriend, including contributing to the notorious Kickstarter.

September 4, 2013 @ 8:56 PM

Maynard James Keenan

A Perfect Circle but no TOOL? That's one band that needs to be seen live to truly appreciate.
Justice.....I'm so jealous, was that the Across The Universe Tour?
@519Rob and @MrFascination raise a point that I agree with 100%. I couldn't stand RUSH until I saw them live. I haven't missed a show in Buffalo, Hamilton or Toronto their past 2 tours. You don't know what you're missing Mike.

September 4, 2013 @ 9:11 PM


@Lead Singer from Tool,

It was last summer at the Garrison Common with Austra and M83 opening... be honest, I went for Austra and M83, though my friends were really into Justice. I much prefer Vitalic.

September 4, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I saw A Perfect Circle at an Edgefest years ago in Barrie. I'm sure I'd dig Tool a great deal more.

September 4, 2013 @ 11:03 PM


Did anyone here catch Mumford & Sons the other night? That would be one band I have to see in the near future.

September 5, 2013 @ 10:16 AM


Speaking of live music, have you heard about the Canadian Government: live music with $425.00 charge per international artist per performance in Canada.
This could shorten everyone's list going forward!
Here is a link to a petition you can sign if you are against this charge.

September 5, 2013 @ 10:22 AM


Great list Mike. more than a few bands I would like to see.

Tool and Rush are Must sees. Yes,Yes Geddys voice can send shivers up your spine but... live they can blow you away.

September 5, 2013 @ 10:54 AM

Ben Vidal

@Argie: I didn't catch them at the amphitheater. I did see them just before they blew up at the Sound Academy 3 years ago. I felt after seeing them in such a close environment I couldn't ever go see them at a stadium or arena. This of course despite the fact that I enjoy their music thoroughly.

They play hard. They want to entertain and something about the way they conduct themselves, it makes the entire band seem entirely grateful to be where they are. Can't say that for many bands today.

September 5, 2013 @ 1:08 PM


i have seen alot of show..and I don't think I could remember them all..
Pearl Jam always memorable..
Must see (that I have not) Springsteen
I wish I would have seen Nirvana

September 6, 2013 @ 10:44 AM

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