In the meantime, here's a little project for you all:
The Worst Rock Concert/Show You Ever Sat Through!!!!!!
My carefully considered choice:
Rush -- Beacon Theater, New York City, sometime in the mid-70s, playing stuff like "Working Man."
(That clip is from much later, of course, but you get the idea).
A few caveats here. I don't detest Rush. They're obviously accomplished musicians, I have a sneaking fondness for some of their 80s stuff (I like "Limelight" -- so sue me), and of course, their work on the Bob and Doug McKenzie single "Take Off" is nothing short of genius.
When I saw them, however, they were still playing mostly turtle-tempoed heavy metal blues-based aural sludge, and when you factored in Geddy Lee's so-high-only-dogs-can-hear-him vocals, the overall effect was light years beyond cringemaking. The only aural equivalent I can think of would be the sound made by a medieval peasant having his eyes gouged out with a burnt stick.
Really, they were just skullcrushingly annoying. The only reason I didn't flee to the lobby was out of some misplaced sense of critical responsibility.
So -- what was your worst?
[a coveted PowerPop No-Prize to reader Half Glass Full, who guessed it at just about the last possible minute. Kudos and huzzahs, my friend!]