Don't know if this topic has been started, but I didn't see one from the past 4 years or so. Thought I would start a new one.
I know a lot of times we wish we didn't have to sit through them, but sometimes they surprise you. Who are some of the most memorable opening acts you've seen?
The Black Keys opening for Arcade Fire in 2005. I'll admit I didn't know who they were at the time but their intensity really impressed me. They've clearly come a long way, too. (Incidentally they were also on the same stage as Macca at Coachella in 2008 - I saw that, too, but my anticipation for Macca and frustration that Leonard Cohen was playing on a different stage kind of dampered that particular performance)
Josh Ritter opening for Jamie Cullum in 2006. I wasn't familiar with his work at the time either but after seeing him I checked out some of his records. He had a great stage presence and he does a great job chanelling his influences - Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Dylan, etc. I love the songs "Kathleen" and "Golden Age of Radio."
Suede opening for David Bowie in 2002. Being from America I wasn't that familiar with Suede but Brett Anderson and co. were fun to watch.
Locksley opening for Ray Davies in 2008. Very fun retro, British Invasion-styled band from America. Great pop songs.
The Pretenders opening for the Who in 2006. Chrissie Hynde doesn't disappoint. Ever. She could even open for Macca.
Muse opening for U2 in 2010. Lots of energy.
Ryan Shaw opening for Joss Stone in 2007. Great young southern R&B singer - had a very old school Wilson Pickett/Otis Redding style.
Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham opening for Nick Lowe in 1998. Talk about bang for the buck. These guys have written so many great songs and played on so many great R&B records they were worth the price of admission alone. And the ticket was only $16! Plus I got to chat with all of them after the show. Nick Lowe was so gracious and Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham were so down to earth. Man that was fun.
And in the end...