Alright, it's time for a little audience participation. When I say "Hey!" you say...
No, no, no—I hate that shit (seriously Rappers, Stop).
What participation I do want, however, is for us all to play Promoter and God for a minute. Let's say you could pick any three band lineup, living or dead, to make The Best Show Ever. It's that simple. Here's mine:
It happens outside somewhere, all bands play full sets, as if headlining. The thing starts at sundown, and the final act takes place about 3AM with a head full of serious acid.
First: Les Savy Fav. It doesn't matter if I've seen them before a number of times—never gets old. Most engaging thing ever, and the perfect tone-setter of inclusion.
Then: The Clash, early in the London Calling era.
Finally: Jimi Hendrix at his best. This is why we've got to be outside, in a field somewhere, band members wailing with him, in top form. Serious drug weirdness, meeting God type shit.
This list notably eschews a young, solo Dylan, or for that matter a first-tour electric Dylan, but somehow that doesn't mesh with the other bands—more of an experience of unto itself.