If you asked me to name the “gig which I most wish I could have seen”, it would probably have to be when Led Zeppelin played in Iceland in 1970. They were actually very ahead of their time in doing this, as not when many bands came to Iceland then. They played at Laugardalshöll in Reykjavík, and rumour has it that this visit inspired the writing of Immigrant Song.
It’s hard to imagine what a big thing it would have been for the band themselves to visit a place that was not on the tourist map yet. I also don’t know how familiar the audience would have been with their music – they only had two albums out at the time, and presumably many in the audience came just to see a foreign band, rather than because they were huge fans. Who knows if the significance of this event was really appreciated by either side!
You can watch a video clip featuring footage and more detail about why there were there.
So, that’s my fantasy gig which neatly combines a childhood obsession with a current one. Over to you-what concert would you go to see if time and location were no object?