Best Concerts of All Time

Our DJs reflect on their favorite experiences

February 10, 2019

The 2019 GRAMMY Awards are TONIGHT (Sunday, February 10) at 7pm (CST) on CBS! As we get ready for all the fun, we had Elizabeth, Radar, Producer Dave, Molly, and Aaron reflect on their all-time favorite concert experiences for this weekend’s episode of "In The Mix" – they had a hard time narrowing it down to just one concert!

Elizabeth Kay (5:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.): "My favorite concert experience, this is really hard to pick because with our job we go to a lot of concerts. But I’m going to probably say my first-ever concert: New Kids On The Block, Bradley Center. I was in 3rdgrade and that was when I knew I loved Joe McIntyre and it’s also when I knew so did about 10,000 other screaming girls and he’ll never know who I am.”

Tony "Radar" Hess (5:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.): "Ok, look, I’ve been in Country music before The Mix and there’s been some pretty good concerts. But, nothing, nothing will top 1989 at Alpine Valley with Mötley Crüe. Nothing will top that… was it Mötley Crüe or was it Guns N’ Roses? I can’t remember. No, it was Mötley Crüe. Awesome time. Pretty cool and if you want, you know what? Go back in time and think about your concert, ugh man, Mötley Crüe back in the day when you’re younger. The bomb!”

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Dave "Producer Dave" Stein (5:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.): "Man, concerts are so fun, it’s really hard to pick what the most fun and best experience was, but I have to say, the first time I ever saw Yelawolf. Yes, I’ve seen him three times. I saw him in Minnesota at First Avenue; that place, no matter who you go see, you should definitely try to see a concert at First Avenue in Minneapolis. Because that is definitely an experience!”

Molly Cruz (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.): "We get a lot of them, we are so spoiled here at 99.1 The Mix and I think I have my top two (at least). Number one, I went to go see Coldplay in Chicago at Soldier Field. There was a huge storm that happened that night and it’s in a stadium, so like you’re out in the open air. There was a rain storm that came down, it started pouring rain in the stadium. They’re still playing on stage, “A Sky Full Of Stars” – this is going to be their last song, they said ‘okay, this is the last song of the show, we gotta get off stage, they’re telling us it’s not safe for us to be out here, it’s not safe for you to be out here, so we’re going to end this with a bang.’ So, they start singing this song, it’s pouring rain, they have all of these like inflatable balls and balloons that are floating all over the stadium. It was so cool, everybody is jumping up and down. Just drenched and dripping wet, but it was like the best ending to a show ever.

That and I think getting to meet Ed Sheeran and interview him. He is literally the nicest guy ever, I got to do that last summer in Chicago and he was just so great. I got to ask him a bunch of super silly, stupid questions and he went along with it and he was wonderful. So, those are my two favorite concert experiences.”

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Aaron Carreno (1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.): “There are so many – Coldplay”s Head Full Of Dreams Tour was, not a dry eye in house. One Republic at Summerfest four years ago, same story. Kesha after Dr. Luke’s horrible situation with her, that was a… that energy in that show was unlike anything else. And then as far as probably the most memorable one of recent, Andrew McMahon. Jack’s Mannequin, Something Corporate, we’re going way back but Andrew McMahon, he battled through leukemia, he had a child, he went out and did this acoustic show in this old like gymnasium type venue and it was, hoof, it was awesome.”

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