Have you ever checked out setlist.fm? It’s a rather impressive wiki that allows people to submit setlists from shows they’ve been to. It’s really cool, but it’s a bit of a time suck. Like, for one, you should never visit it at work. That being said, we had to scour its extensive library of setlists to compile this list… while at work! What a world.
1. Radiohead (Call The Office), 1995
Before headlining seemingly every festival on the face of the earth, Radiohead played Call The Office. Yeah, Call The Friggin’ Office! Fresh off of the release of The Bends, no less. This setlist, which hangs on the wall inside the historic London venue, should serve as a reminder that they did, at one time, incorporate “Creep” into their sets.
2. Black Flag (The Embassy Hotel), 1984
There’s a great chance that the setlist for Black Flag’s late 1984 gig at The Embassy Hotel (RIP) was pulled from this excellent video recording of the show that was uploaded by YouTube user “downtown live” in 2008. Henry Rollins is shirtless, obviously.
3. Johnny Cash (London Ice House), 1968
Johnny Cash probably performed more than just “Jackson” at this show, but it seems to be the only song of note. Cash proposed to June Carter following their duet of “Jackson” at the London Ice House on February 22, 1968.
4. Tragically Hip (Budweiser Gardens), 2016
The Hip were quite popular on the site last summer during their emotional Man Machine Poem tour. Gigs from the tour populated the “Popular Setlists” section of the site throughout the run, including their Budweiser Gardens set, which featured “Pigeon Camera” for the second and final time.
5. Tragically Hip (Call The Office), 1988
Then there’s this hidden Hip gem: a seven-song set at Call The Office back in 1988. Is it accurate? It’s almost impossible to say. But we choose to believe.
6. Our Lady Peace (John Labatt Centre), 2002
OLP has eight (seemingly accurate) London sets on the site, which makes them one of the most well-documented acts when it comes to London gigs. A highlight of the bunch is this John Labatt Centre (Budweiser Gardens) concert which was the first to be held at the brand spankin’-new arena.
7. Pearl Jam (Budweiser Gardens), 2013
For the uninitiated, this was one of only two shows Pearl Jam played in the summer of 2013. They supposedly liked Budweiser Gardens, so they picked London as a bit of a test market for their upcoming Lightning Bolt album/tour cycle. When all was said and done, a religious experience played out, with an exceptionally raucous crowd taking in an expansive 30-song set.
8. AC/DC (London Gardens), 1980
AC/DC. Back in Black Tour. July, 1980. London Gardens (London Ice House). How much would you pay to see this badassery? You could get a ticket for $8, according to this guy.
9. Genesis (London Arena), 1976
Genesis’s’ 1976 gig at London Arena (corner of Ridout St. and Bathurst St.), which kicked off their A Trick of the Tail Tour, was the first time Phil Collins performed vocals for the band (Peter Gabriel left Genesis a year prior).
10. The White Stripes (Arva Flour Mill), 2007
Setlist.fm suggests that this is the *only* concert to take place at the Arva Flour Mill. I’d say that’s a fair assumption. Jack and Meg played a bunch of secret pre-show shows during the Canadian leg of their 2007 Icky Thump tour. Arva (Arva!) got the nod before their date at John Labatt Centre that night.