Country music artists and heritage rock bands seem to making up for lost time and lost wages.  Seriously, over the summer I would have sworn Vince Neil would have played a show at Custer Park. If only someone asked. So, since spring, there's been a bunch of shows across North Dakota.

Have any of the pandemic-era shows busted into your top ten?

I've heard great things about the Luke Combs show last week in Fargo. He's got some pretty darn passionate fans.

2019 Stagecoach Festival - Day 2
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More country headliner's are on the way...Justin Moore in Bismarck September 23rd

NCAA March Madness Music Festival 2017 - Day 1
Gustavo Caballero

Eric Church will be another big show in Grand Forks October 1st..

2016 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival
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So I figured we could revisit a conversation from a long time ago...

What is your favorite concert you've seen in North Dakota?

It's best to keep the conversation local to the state because it's more likely to be a shared experience for folks reading right now.  After waiting two years, I finally got to go see Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer last month at Target Field in Minneapolis.  But not everyone travels that far for a show.

But, maybe you saw Guns n Roses August 11th at the Fargo Dome? I did.  First time I'd ever seen them.  Like all singers, time has not been especially kind to Axle Rose's vocal low end...which is odd, usually the high end suffers the most.  As a concert-child of the 70's and 80's, it was cool to see a band that still breaks out eight extended guitar solos a night.  Your thoughts?

2016 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 - Day 2
Kevin Winter

So my Best North Dakota Concert hasn't changed...

#1 Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band in Fargo November 1999

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I'm way too big a fan of their entire catalog to not put this three hour show on top.

Honorable Mention- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Bismarck July 2003

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour - Nashville, Tennessee
Rick Diamond

Also way too big a fan to not mention it's pretty darn close between those top two.

I'm throwing Rush and Cheap Trick shows out there too (1980-81)?


Best Pop Concerts In North Dakota History

While I have been to many great concerts of all genres in North Dakota, we really do need more variety. I had to really dig to find 10 shows from artists that were at the peak of their careers when they came to our state - I was in elementary school when some of these artists were here. Did I miss one of your favorite shows?

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