What Was The First Concert You Went To?

Submitted by: fancylad 10 months ago in Entertainment Lifestyle


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Male 1,856
Neil Young and Crazy horse, Hartford CT.  back in the day, of course
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Male 2,127
Don't recall the date, but my first was Smashing Pumpkins at the Tallahassee FL Civic Center when I was 16. My mom bought me the ticket, and a t-shirt. I looked for some weed before I went, but couldn't find any at the time. Luckily, I did have some rolling papers with me, though. I was sitting to the right of the stage, pretty far back. A couple of guys sitting close to me asked me if I had anything to roll with, as they had weed, but no papers. SCORE! We blazed up, then noticed that there were a ton of empty seats way back directly in front of the stage. We got up and moved to them, and could see the band members passing joints around behind the stage when they went on breaks. AWESOME show!
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Male 21,778
whosaidwhat Awesome, do you remember the album they were touring?
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Male 2,127
fancylad Siamese Dream.
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Male 37
For me it was the Monkees. On their reunion tour in the 80s, along with Gary Plunkett  Grass Roots and Hermans Hermits. Here we come....

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Male 21,778
phacter I remember that 80s comeback -- 87, i think. No Nesmith though.
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Male 1,227
Ronnie James Dio in '83/'84.  My ears rang for three days.
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Female 2
Ronnie Milsap LOL 
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Male 21,778
amays Pure Love is a great tune.
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Male 7,279
Prince, purple rain tour.
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Male 21,778
daegog I hate you! Any details? I wanted to go so bad, but I was just young enough to have to independence or a car, and I knew if I asked my parents, they'd say no. I finally got to see him a few years before he died at the Forum when he did his 21 Nights tour, but I wasn't crazy about the Lovesexy years or much more that followed.
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Male 4,069
The Human Be-In, 1967. I was 10.
https://youtu.be/HTGyFgyB5Q8
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Male 186
Fugazi at City Gardens in Trenton, NJ. I was 13 years old. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4IR2wLOE4k

Thats me at the 2:08 mark next to my friend in the Thrasher t-shirt. 






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Male 21,778
jinxjinx34 Incredible -- also, that's a great doc. Another band I missed out on seeing live.
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Male 913
I went to a BFD once put on by the local radio station. The girl I was interested in had tickets. I didn't know any of the bands except Blink 182. I got screened for drugs at the entrance and kept getting asked for drugs by kids in the concert. I stuck out like a sore thumb and didn't understand the entire experience.

I am not cool.
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Male 326
Technically, it was STRYPER. I was so young at the time it was terrifying. Many years later I was dragged to a Def Leppard concert...which was almost as terrifying. The first concert I actually wanted to go to and for which I purchased a ticket was Eric Clapton's From the Cradle tour. My seats were so far away that he was a speck on the stage, but I loved it!
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Male 21,778
johndplorable I remember Stryper -- all the girls in my church youth group (when i went for a year) loooved Michael Sweet.
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Male 2,831
johndplorable Now that I'm older and the people that I used to like are performing their geriatric farewell tours, I get tickets in the back where it's not so loud and and watch on the big screens. Last two were James Taylor and Elton John.
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Male 580
My first one was what they called the "Black & Blue" concerts: Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult, in 1975. I don't rememeber much about it, except that Ozzie was livelier then. 
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Male 2,351
DerryNH I saw Ozzie the next year at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.  I didnt know who Black Sabbath was but I had a car and some friends needed a ride, got the ticket for free.
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Male 38
1970: Ten Years After at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY. Alvin Lee was an amazing guitarist. The played with two other groups who disappeared quickly into Rock and Roll history. Cactus and Haystacks Balboa.
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Male 2,831
timeghost Cactus. That was some rock and roll there. Amaizing talent that just couldn’t work together.
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Male 19
Also of note - since I'm at it. The Rock & Roll Revival Show in Toronto 1969. Much has been made of this because John Lennon showed up with his all star Plastic Ono Band. If you were there; OK, it was pretty cool & all, but far from the highlight it's been made out to be. The band jammed on old rock numbers they all knew. When Yoko took over the performance with her screeching - yes screeching - she was roundly booed and for good reason.
Whiskey Howl, Bo Diddley, Chicago Transit Authority, Junior Walker & The All-Stars, Tony Joe White, Alice Cooper (no one had heard of these guys and many acid overdoses ensured during their show), Chuck Berry, Lord Sutch, Cat Mother & The All Night News Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, Little Richard, Doug Kershaw, The Doors.
The Doors headlined and were amazing. They were escorted from the airport by The Vagabonds Motorcycle Club.
Memorable times that will never happen again.
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Male 19
Not my first concert, but was within the first 2 or 3 years of attending concerts. Festival Express in Toronto, 1970. It was a 2 day festival. Tickets $14.00 for both days. The Band, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Mashmakan, Ten Years After, Traffic, The Good Bros., Charlebois, Ian & Sylvia, Buddy Guy, Eric Anderson, Mountain, Tom Rush, Sea Train, Melanie.
A camp site was set up across the road for those who were attending both days and wished to stay over. No charge. When the gates opened there were some who tried to crash the gate. To offset this several bands played free at the campsite on a flat bed truck. Morning of the second day a fleet of catering trucks showed up unannounced and provided free breakfast, courtesy of Polydor Records. 
There was a very mediocre (to my mind) film made of the event. I don't believe it captured the moments and many bands didn't appear in it.
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Male 10,130
The FIRST Concert I attended (not willingly) was Kenny Rogers, Oakridge Boys and Sawyer Brown.  LUCKILY Sawyer Brown was a no-show, so the opening act was Williams & Ree...a comedy duo otherwise known as 'The Indian and the White Guy".

The concert was okay, but the date was fantastic.

The first concert I WILLINGLY went to was Styx: Kilroy Was Here tour.

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Male 5,688
megrendel I recently found Kilroy on vinyl...awesomeness.
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Male 45,616
Sonny & Cher popped my concert cherry.
And their opening act was a new comic just starting out named Andy Kaufman. I didn't think he was funny at all!

And my first stage play was "A Chorus Line"
....... gawd I am such a stereotypical fag ... LOL

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Male 21,778
Gerry1of1 Chorus Line is great. "One singular sensation..."
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Male 45,616
fancylad You just liked the  Tits & Ass
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Male 5,275
Gerry1of1 "gawd I am such a stereotypical fag". Bet you have a queen size bed.
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Male 45,616
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Male 1,634
Charlie Daniels Band I think.  Just because they were at the Rodeo and I was already there and my Step-Dad wanted to go, so I tagged along.  Personally, not a fan of big crowds and damaging my hearing though, so don't really go to concerts.
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Male 2,831
PG&E. Pacific Gas and Electric to you youngsters. 9/28/70 at the Orlando Sports Stadium. Mom took me and dropped me off and picked me up. I was 14 and she bought be a bottle of Bali Hi. Made me right popular with some of the ladies. Plus I was cute.
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Male 13,274
scheckydamon That took some wikipediaing. I had no idea that was a band. I am familiar with the utility company. What is "Bali Hi"? Beer? Google was of no help.
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Male 21,778
holygod Same here with everything you mentioned
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Male 2,831
fancylad I keep telling you guys I'm old. 62 this past December. That's a lot of drugs, booze and women.
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Male 2,831
holygod It was the Tootie Fruity of the "soda pop" wines of the time. Like Boones Farm but tasted like Hawaiian  Punch soda without the bubbles. 12% and a hang over like having a train pulled pulled between your ears.
As to the band, they were interesting. A cross between Quicksilver Messenger Service and Joan Baez.  Folk/Rock/Country/ish?
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Male 21,778
scheckydamon Sounds like one of those shitty american wine coolers from the '80s.

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Male 2,831
fancylad Sorta Kinda? But it came in a crowd pleaser size jug. Yum Yum. And it would slick the britches off one of those hairy little Hippy chickies before you could say Please allow me to introduce myself.
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Male 2,831
scheckydamon And the wine was Bali-Hai and was made and marketed by Italian Swiss Colony wines. Now I'm really starting to feel old. Fuck!
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Male 13,274
scheckydamon Your mom bought you a bottle of wine at 14? Was that like a rare / special thing or did you just have very liberal parents?
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Male 2,831
holygod Mom helped me break pounds into lids at 14. We used to sit around the kitchen table, I'd smoke up and weigh and she would bag it. She had me when she was 47 so life was different in our household.
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Male 13,274
scheckydamon Fun. Interesting that kind of upbringing led you to be a conservative.
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Male 2,831
holygod I’m more of a libertarian as far as people go. Everything and everyone is fine as long as no one gets hurt. I’m a fiscal conservative in that the money has to come from somewhere. Basically why should I pay for you because you were stupid. Conservatism comes with age, marriage and kids. I’m a Christian and carry all the baggage that implies but again just cause you’re like Gerry doesn’t mean God doesn’t love you and want what’s best for you. And then because I started life a a NYC kid, I can only take so much. I commented somewhere else today about the SJW that jumped onto the subway tracks and said he was going to touch the third rail to make a point. I’m still enough of an old style New Yorker that me and everyone else would have been yelling at him to STFU and touch the fucking rail already so we could get where we’re going.
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Male 326
scheckydamon That's perfectly reasonable.
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Male 2,831
johndplorable But you do realize  how hard it is to be reasonable all the time?
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Motley crue. I'm too young to have seem them in their glory days, but Sixx was still slouching over his bass and there were a lot of bewbs. 
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Male 1,575
skypirate same here
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Male 897
The Strokes
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Male 822
Madonna-The Girlie Show World Tour in Toronto...i know brutal but it was with my then girlfriend now wife, the things we do to get laid...i will hide in my shame closet....
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Male 21,778
canusuck I went to a erasure concert for the same reason. she was worth it, but got crazy later. 
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Male 45,616
canusuck You went to a Madonna concert?  .... does your wife know you're gay?
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Male 162
First was Eric Clapton at the Glasgow Apollo in the late 1970s, can't remember much about it though.
Loudest concert was Bob Dylan a couple of years ago at Braehead.

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Male 5,688
I was not a fan of concert going back in the day, other than local bands.  I finally got out of that funk and saw Tool after Aenima's release, that broke my concert cherry.  I've seen them on every tour since.

Best event I went to was y100's FEZ in 2004.  I got to see both The Beastie Boys and Cypress Hill back to back.  I snuck in joints rolled as cigarettes and the now wife was loaded up with booze tucked under her boobs.  What a pair we made :)  

Side note:  Back when you could smoke at concerts, I would tap out the top half of a cig, pack it with weed, top it off with some left over tobacco and drop it back into the pack.  You break off the filter, light it up and puff away.  By the time someone figures out where the weed smell is coming from you are smoking the tobacco at the end.  I miss those days.
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Male 21,778
kalron27 Genius with that cigarette trick - i never thought of that.
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Male 13,274
kalron27 I like Tool, but their CDs drive me nuts. I used to like to put in a CD for car trips and with Tool you have to listen to 3 minutes of static electricity or a crying baby or some other stupid shit. I never understood why bands put crap like that on their CDs.

Side note, I knew a girl that dated Maynard for a few months and she said he was an absolute freak, without extrapolating. I didn't find it hard to believe. 
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Male 5,275
Ten Years After. The opening acts were Ted Nugent, REO Speed Wagon and Wild Turkey. Tickets were six bucks.
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Male 2,831
VH 1984 for me too.  Philly.  Great seats.  
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Male 21,778
dromed I wanted to go to that tour so bad -- a little too young and had parents who weren't into accompanying me.
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Male 21,778
David Bowie's Glass Spider tour at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena , October 13, 1987. I was still in high school and intimidated and in awe of the spectacle of a 10-story spider hovering over the stage as Bowie descended from the spider's egg sack and began singing "Glass Spider." The show must have lasted 3 hours. It seemed like the crowd was a 50-50 split between older fans from the Ziggy Stardust days and high school kids. It was also the first time I smoked pot -- it was so easy to smuggle things into concerts back then. I also kept the shirt.

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Male 2,831
fancylad  Diamond Dogs tour, 7/3/74 Seminole Jai-Alai Fronton ·,Casselberry FL A-Fucking-Amazing! 
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Male 21,778
scheckydamon Wow, impressed -- those were some of his peak years, and his Thin White Duke was always my favorite "character" of his, even more than Ziggy.
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Male 6,502
fancylad I went VIP to Moby's Area II concert at the Gorge. Instead of chairs up front they had it all as a dance floor. Not one person stayed in the fancy ring of VIP seats during David Bowie's set. We were all down on the floor dancing.
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Male 21,778
markust123 Awesome, i remember hearing about that. He had a cool resurgence late late '90s/early 00s with his electronic phase which never was appreciated enough. I thought Heathen was great.
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Male 13,274
First concert I went to was Rage Against the Machine. I was 13. It was at a basketball arena, so a big fish bowl. The floor tickets were really expensive so the floor was pretty empty. Zach comes out and says "we're not playing a fucking song until there are more people on this fucking floor". All of a sudden all the aisles were full of people running towards the floor, knocking over security guards, and jumping over barriers. The place was literally shaking. It was pretty intense.
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Male 21,778
holygod Awesome -- I love when the singer takes over and tells people to rush the stage. I saw Morrissey at UCLA in '91 and he did the same thing -- a couple minutes into the next song and a riot broke out and the cops stopped the show. It was chaos.

Also, I saw RAGE at a huge venue (Irvine Meadows) when they were touring for Evil Empire. When they performed Bulls on Parade, even us commoners up in the cheap seats started throwing each other over the chairs. Scary, but fun (and memorable.)
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Male 6,502
I wasn't allowed to go to concerts until I was 16. My first concert was Van Halen's 1984 tour. Went with my older brother. It was so awesome. My second concert was Super Tramp. I couldn't figure out why they were just standing still. Best concert by far was Pink Floyd's 1994 concert in BC Place Stadium. AC/DC will always be my favorite by far but that Pink Floyd show was incredible.
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Male 5,688
markust123 I passed on tickets for that 1994 Floyd concert for Division Bell.  My friends ended up scoring some 'shrooms and had an amazing time...DAMMIT...thanks for reminding me of my failure ;)
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Male 6,502
kalron27 Seats were on the 300 level looking straight at the stage. If it wasn't center is was damn close. We were front row so we could see the whole arena unobstructed. It was insane. Pink Floyd had things flying all around and this amazing reverse disco light in the center of the arena where the light was coming from inside it. At one point it opened up like an onion and the light was shining bright.
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Male 2,831
markust123 Yeah that Division Bell show was astounding.  Caught it in Philly and a bit later in DC.  The "onion" light was featured during the Comfortably Numb solo bathing the whole stadium in a million points of light all swirling around.  Pink Floyd were my first favorite band and that show was all I could have hoped for and more.  For those that missed it the "Pulse" DVD really did a great job of capturing the "you are there" feel of it all.
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Male 5,688
dromed Oh Shit!  I have the double CD of Pulse.  I need to look for it.  I wonder if the blinky light is still going?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2CoQL0bLDY
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Male 6,502
dromed It was so far above any other concert I have ever seen. Blew my mind.
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Male 5,688
markust123 Yep, I heard all about that disco ball.  I seem to remember them telling me it turn into a mushroom of light...although that could of been the mushrooms they were on talking ;)
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Male 6,502
kalron27 There's a video out of the concert. It's awesome but frustrating because they zoom in on the singer all the time when they should be pulling back to show the crazy stuff going on.
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Male 21,778
markust123 Would've loved to see ACDC.
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Male 6,502
fancylad Order Let Their Be Rock with Bon Scott. It's the best you will get. Although the sound sucks. The warehouse they were storing the sound equipment in burned down so the music is monotone. But the video and the concert kicks all kinds of ass.
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