Ok, this isn’t really every band I’ve ever seen in concert. I’m leaving out local bands as that would be too taxing on my memory. These are national touring acts that I’ve seen live somewhere. Some I’m huge fans of and have seen many times, some were just opening acts. I’m certain to forget most of the opening acts. Post your own list in the comments section.
Wilco, Gillian Welch, U2, R.E.M., Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, The National, Drive By Truckers, Jason Isbell & 400 Unit, Slobberbone, Bill Mallonee and/or the Vigilantes of Love, Patty Griffin, Buddy & Julie Miller, Bright Eyes, Neil Young, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Lucinda Williams, Chuck Prophet, Pearl Jam, Sparta, Weezer, Dashboard Confessional, Fleetwood Mac, Elvis Costello, The Police, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, Natalie Merchant, Nickel Creek, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Glen Phillips, Mutual Admiration Society, Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Tori Amos, Rhett Miller, Old 97s, Rush, Dream Theater, Dixie Dregs, Yes, Kansas, Okkervil River, Modest Mouse, The Pixies, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, Heartless Bastards, Ben Folds, Eef Barzelay, Clem Snide, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Ryan Adams, Rachel Yamagata, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Isley Brothers, Flaming Lips, Kathleen Edwards, Justin Timberlake (at a festival, and he wasn’t bad either), Carole King, James Taylor, Charlie Peacock, Steve Taylor, Newsboys, DeGarmo & Key (one of first shows ever with church youth group, no idea who they were), Geoff Moore & the Distance (opening for DeGarmo & Key), The Decemberists, Justin Townes Earle, Great Lake Swimmers, The Mendoza Line, Elliot Brood, Dave Matthews Band (least favorite show of all time), David Bazan, Pedro the Lion, Neil Diamond (first concert ever when I was 11), Kingston Trio, Smothers Brothers (they have songs!), Franz Ferdinand, Gaslight Anthem, Great Big Sea, New Pornographers, Jars of Clay, Jennifer Knapp, Derek Webb, Jethro Tull, Chubby Checker, The Killers, Jimmy Page & the Black Crows, The Who, Old Crow Medicine Show, Over the Rhine, Paul Simon, Prince, Ra Ra Riot, Roman Candle, Sufjan Stevens, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Titus Andronicus, Victoria Williams, The Wallflowers, John Mellencamp, Blind Pilot, Deer Tick.
I’m sure more will come to mind. I’ve skipped a bunch of stuff I saw at festivals that I just didn’t care about even while I was watching. My favorite show ever was The National at the Basement in Columbus right after Boxer came out. The weirdest show was Neil Young playing the entirety of Greendale. The biggest surprise was AC/DC at a festival in Toronto, I never cared for them but they were tons of fun. I mentioned above that the worst show was Dave Matthews Band but it bears repeating: it had both the worst sound and the worst crowd I’ve ever experienced. It was like a religious experience where I converted to hating the band by the end of the night. Sparta is a strange band to mention as I never listened to them but I’ve seen them open 2 or 3 different shows for other bands that I did like (Pearl Jam, Weezer, and one more I think).
So there. I guarantee that you’ll have more fun coming up with your own list then you will have reading mine.