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6/14/2007 03:54:00 PM
If there's one thing that gets Venus Williams emotional, it's a John Legend concert.
By Richard Deitsch, SI.com
No, your eyes don't lie. See that tall woman in the club? Looks like Venus Williams, right? Well, it just might be. When she's not smashing serves (she blasted a record 128 mph serve at the French Open) or winning Wimbledon titles, the five-time Grand Slam champion is dancing away at concerts across the land. Her musical tastes range from genre-bending punk rock (Unwritten Law) to R&B (John Legend). "My perfect evening?" says Venus, who is ranked No. 31 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. "I'd probably go to a concert. I really love music." We caught up with Venus this week at her home in Florida, where she's training for Wimbledon, which begins June 25. Here are Venus' five favorite concerts she has attended in person:
1. 311: They are my favorite band, and I went to see them in Sept. 2005 in Houston. Wonderful day. Great concert. And no one had more fun than I did.
2. Unwritten Law: I went to see them in Dec. 2005 at some place in L.A. It might have been The Roxy. They were great.
3. Agents of the Sun: I love them and I remember seeing them in a bar in Baltimore a couple of years ago. You don't understand how much fun I had. No one could more fun than I did that night.
4. John Legend: I saw him at the House of Blues in Hollywood a couple of years ago and I've seen him in New York as well. But the concert at the House of Blues was emotional for me. I had a bit of an emotional moment there.
5. Green Day: I saw them in April of 2005. I think it was Miami. They were amazing. I had so much fun that my neck was sore the next day. Seriously, I could not move my neck for two days.
What are your favorite concerts? Let us know below ...
1. The Rolling Stones - Veterans Stadium 2. AC/DC - The Spectrum 3. Bon Jovi - last concert ever at The Vet 4. Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band - Lincoln Financial Field 5. Billy Idol - Pimlico Racetrack
1) i would pay for 20 shows in a row to any Nickelback concert. pay for general admission if u want to rock out HEAVY....its well worth it!!!
2) Hinder puts on a killer show!!! seen em twice and theyre probably one of THE MOST original bands for at least the last 5 years or so!!! great drummer, great guitarists great sound and a lead singer that is freaking amazing!!!
3) DAVE MATTHEWS at the gorge!!! what does a natural ampitheatre with a huge lawn + about 50,000 hippies + dave matthews = ??????__________lots of uuhhh, uhhhhhh, hmmmmmm, doh!!!....i cant remember what it equals cuz i was meeeessssed up!!! but its good!!!LMAO!!! good show!!!
4)OZZY runs around like a maniac and sings till his lungs give out!!! a definate must see for any REAL rocker!!!
5)Eve 6!!! they rock!!! and they support the TROOPS!!! they flew from san diego to north carolina on less than 24 hours notice to play for the troops on camp lejueune..........FOR FREE!!!! tell me thats not worh seein!!!
wow.....i kinda went off there didnt i....but at least u got some good info eh?
Sting, during the Ten Summoner's Tales tour at the Concord Pavillion, in the S.F. Bay Area. That concert and Sade, at the same venue. Both of these concerts were so awesome because of each artists' band. They were what made the concerts so memorable
Pink Floyd: Madison Square Garden, July 1977. The In The Flesh Tour. All of Animals. All of Wish You Were Here. Encores of Money plus Us And Them. All played with awesome power and overwhelming visuals.
Pink Floyd: Roosevelt Stadium, New Jersey, June 1975. The yet to be recorded Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Have a Cigar, Raving & Drooling (Sheep) and You Gotta Be Crazy (Dogs). Second set was all of Dark Side of the Moon. Encore was Echoes. Enuff said.
Jeff Beck: Hammerstein Ballroom, Sept. 2006. The greatest living guitarist at the peak of his form, blowing through a dazzling career retrospective.
NRBQ: Pick a show, any show.
Deep Purple/Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Jones Beach Theatre,August 1998. Still amazing after all these years. Steve Morse may be the best axeman Purple has ever had. I you love great drummers, watching Carl Palmer is as good as it gets.
Lollapalooza 94, Green Day was the first act, just 2 days before they played Woodstock. Then the final 2 acts were the Beastie Boys, who were amazing live, then Smashing Pumpkins came on last with a laser show. Freakin sweet. Nirvana was supposed to headline that year, but didn't for obvious reasons.