Here’s some guaranteed controversy! How do your musical preferences compare with mine? Here’s who I’ve seen live and how I rate them in descending order of mega-brilliance. Discuss!!
U2|A spirit-lifting evening in Cardiff.
Bruce Springsteen|The thrilling highlight of Isle of Wight 2012.
Tony Bennett|Beyond cool in an intimate lounge in Florida
Elbow|Another Isle of Wight highlight
John Martyn|Magical even in the awful Portsmouth Guildhall
Oscar Peterson|My first trip to the Hollywood Bowl. Wow!
Beethoven’s Ninth!|The next trip there. Big. Deep. Moving.
Kings of Leon|Rocking rock in Brighton. Brilliant.
The Killers|Support act to U2. Not a bad warm-up!
Richard Ashcroft|Fellow Wiganer in great form in Portsmouth
Jethro Tull|40 years ago in Oxford, the one-legged wonder
Razorlight|Thrilling even in a wet Cornish field
Curtis Stigers|Sultry, intimate vocals at Ronnie Scott’s
Eric Clapton|Nearly brilliant in a too big Sheffield arena
Sting|Saddled with poor acoustics in the Albert Hall
Joss Stone|Supported by Joss who was similarly hampered
Elvis Costello|A lively night at the Hammersmith Odeon
Biffy Clyro|A surprise bonus at the Isle of Wight
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Bryan Ferry|Accompanying major fan, Sharron, to Portsmouth
Arctic Monkeys|Ditto at Cardiff
Cassandra Wilson|Great voice but too short a set at Ronnie Scott’s
Joan Armatrading|Delightful in the afternoon at Isle of Wight
The Vaccines|Same again
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds|Same again
Starsailor|Ok support act from Wigan for U2
Alanis Morrisette|Nearly enjoyable in intimate London gig
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers|Time to leave the Isle of Wight
Lambchop|Oh dear me in the Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth