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    Cyburbian nerudite's avatar
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    What was your first concert?

    Ok... music has come up in a few posts (most recently in a hijacked thread in the Introduce Yourself board)... so I'm going to go ahead and pose the question, "What was the first live concert you attended?"

    I find the difference in all of our backgrounds really fascinating, so let your little musical skeletons come out of the closet...

    My first concert was Tom Jones. My brother (6) and I (9) were dragged to go see him with my mom and dad. At the time we weren't impressed... although I'm sure I'd dig it now just for the cheese factor.

    My first solo concert was when I was 14 and I went to go see the Weather Girls opening for a Flock of Seagulls, opening for the Thompson Twins at the Hollywood Bowl. Now if that doesn't date me, nothing will

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    The Kinks 1984

    They played the Milwaukee Auditorium. I was 15 and broke curfew that night. I thought I was soooo cool.

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    My first non-Raffi concert was the Northern Pikes opening up for Luba in 1987 at Ontario Place Forum.

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    God Bless America.

    My dad forbid me to go to the Journey Concert (1980 Album Escape) because they had long hair and looked like druggies. But he did let me go to ZZ Top because he thought they were a nice country-rock band.

    I learned much of life that day. I smelt my my first spliff and talked to the first hooker I had ever seen. I learned that puke can fly long distances and that people sometimes act in self destructive ways. Priceless

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    The Beach Boys

    My first concert was in grade school. I went to see the Beach Boys at the Wisconsin State Fair. It was awesome.

    My first concert that I got to go to alone was Pink Floyd at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI. I think it was 1987. It was my first exposure to marijuana too. I didn't try any, but I was shocked to see so many people openly smoking pot. I guess I was young and naive.

    My most memorable concert was Henry Rollins at Shank Hall in Milwaukee. My friends Datsun got his front windshield smashed in (and his tape player and tapes stolen). We had to drive 30 miles home in below-freezing temps. with no windshield.
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    My first "independent" concert was the Doobie Brothers farewell tour (first one) at Chicago Fest. I think it was 1983? I was in high school at the time. A small riot broke out behind our seats and about thirty of Chicago's finest (known for their gentle persuasiveness) stormed the crowd with clubs drawn.

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    I guess I started at a young age (concert-going, that is!) When I was 14 years old, I went with my "boyfriend" (Russell) to a Head East concert. I knew absolutely NOTHING about their music but thought that Russell was the cat's meow. Obviously my parents thought otherwise...in fact, they still don't agree with my taste in music or men!

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    This is embarrassing, but my first concert when I was a kid was Captain and Tenille...
    I think my first concert on my own was Neil Young, when I was in high school, and that was very cool.

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    Originally posted by Floridays
    in fact, they still don't agree with my taste in music or men!
    You must now spill the beans in the "who do planners date?" section.

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    My Best Concert

    INXS in a small theater in Mannheim FRG -1988. Close, loud and great music.

    Worst Concert Ever!
    I was forced to see the "You light up my life" singer - who ever the fu$# she was back in 1978 or 9. Dee Dee something. One really sucky song - played three times. It was filled with teenage girls with their moms. I was the only straight male 7th grader there.

    Mom; "Chris we all went to your concert (at school - not a real concert), now you are just going to have to be polite and go with your sister (age 9) to hers." Thanks MOM!

    This is still traumatic.

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    My first concert was Black Sabbath (Ronnie James Dio era) and Blue Oyster Cult. The 20-foot tall Godzilla was pretty cool, but my ears rang for three days.

    The best concerts I've seen have been the two San Francisco shows by the New York Noise/Doom Art-Rock Band "The Swans." A great example of a band with good albums but INCREDIBLE live shows. I still don't understand how they created such an incredible wall of sound. The Legendary Pink Dots show in SF last year was also pretty incredible. I know, I have weird tastes in music

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    Aerosmith, Boston Garden, winter of 1987. I was too young to really appreciate it....knowing now that this was right before the band members started cleaning themselves up. I'll never get the image of 10,000 lighters in the air during "Dream On" though.

    My favorite concerts...shows where my musical tastes are...all over the map...

    Ozzfest @ Riverfront Coleseum in Cincy (1996) with a lineup of Sepultura, Biohazard, Danzig, and Ozzy.

    White Zombie @ the Egyptian Room of the Murat Theatre in Indy (1995) - 1000 people, huge mosh pit, Prong opening up for them.

    Lynyrd Skynyrd @ Deer Creek (Noblesville, IN) in 1997. Hank Williams Jr. opening. Never seen so many confederate flags in one place in my life.

    The Misfits - Avalon, Boston in 1996. Small show by my fav. punk band ever....though minus their best front man....
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    First concert of note, John Prine at the Ontario Place Forum. it was about 1981. Went with my parents.

    Concerts of note I have seen

    The Cramps-Lux Interior beat the hell out of a guy that got up on stage. (Concert Hall TO-1988/89)

    Lou Reed- Kingswood - New York Tour - made fun of the Cowboy Junkies. Stopped the show for the lunar eclipse.

    Ramones - 5 or 6 times at RPM and other clubs. Bikers, weird drugs in the air and fun.

    The Rolling Stones - Steel wheels, the first time through TO I got stiffed by my friends for a ticket. I showed them on the return engagement me and another friend camped out for 4 days and ended up with second row centre seats.

    The Who. 25 anniversary tour. Great as they were the first band I really liked on my own.

    Pearl Jam/Smashing Pumpkins/Red Hot Chilli Peppers - at detroit state theatre, right before versus broke for PJ. $20 buck. A few of the memories include the biggest bouncer I have ever seen (the size of the door) and coming out of the show and having the police there to escort us poor unsuspecting people out of downtown detroit at 2:00 am.

    The Tragically HIp in Toledo. The Detroit show sold out so everyone went to this little bar in Toledo. The bar was an old movie theatre. The floor filled to my knees with beer cans. Once again getting let out into a neighbourhood the locals don't go to after dark.

    I miss civilization for the concerts.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Damn, NH PLanner- Another metal head with a college degree!

    Your True Metal is not nearly as pretentious as mine, though. Nothing beats European doom metal!

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    Lets see i was 12, it was 1985 and i was about to head to Panama' for 3 years.

    Went to June Jam in Ft Payne Alabama to see the boys from Bama play

    went with my dad and we had a great time camping out in line and bonding.
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    In response to NHPlanner:

    ohhhh the Misfits without Glen Danzig is just plain wrong!! It is like CCR without Fogerty, Judas Priest with out Rob Halford, Van Halen without David Lee Roth, the Dead Kennedys without Jello, Sepultura without Max Cavalerra.....oh you get the point!
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    Originally posted by jtfortin
    ohhhh the Misfits without Glen Danzig is just plain wrong!! It is like CCR without Fogerty, Judas Priest with out Rob Halford, Van Halen without David Lee Roth, the Dead Kennedys without Jello, Sepultura without Max Cavalerra.....oh you get the point!
    Couldn't agree with you more! The 'fits show was still great....but it just didn't seem right not having Glenn wailing out classics like "Die, Die, My Darling," "Teenagers from Mars," or "Mommy...Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight." :p

    I'm so much of a 'fits fan....this is my license plate....
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    Originally posted by Floridays
    I went with my "boyfriend" (Russell) to a Head East concert.

    Yeah Head East, It was about 1980 or 81. Famous Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake Iowa.

    Save my life I'm goin down for the last time......

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    Wow... we are all over the map!

    I talked about my first concert, but never my *best* concert. Which was Pearl Jam/Nirvana/Red Hot Chili Peppers (in that order on the playlist). It was a New Year's Eve bash in San Francisco in (eek) 1991.

    My favorite place to see music is in this small venue in Portland called the Roseland Theatre. The acoustics aren't that great, but I like the setup. I have seen many awesome bands there like Placebo, No Doubt, Cake, the Pietasters, Reel Big Fish, Our Lady Peace, and a ton of others. Even though I live in Alberta, I still monitor new shows at the Roseland through pollstar.com, just in case something really good comes up and I want to fly home to uh... visit my friends.... uh yeah

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    First one - KISS (Alive Tour) The folks didn't realize going to a concert with "church kids" would involve breathing fire and spitting blood.

    Next one - Ted Nugent (I think it was Intensities in Ten Cities Tour)

    Most drunken one - AC/DC (Back in Black - Although I saw them open for Queen once) I've never touched MD 20/20 again.

    Some of the Best:

    Stones - Start me up
    The Who - The End
    Genesis - Several different ones
    Pink Floyd - Dark Side & The Wall
    Matchbox 20 - (Very small venue)
    Grateful Dead - The ones I remember

    Oh, and Pat Metheny... in a ballroom with 20 other people.

    I had a good friend head up security at the Spectrum in Philly, and went to just about any concert with a backstage pass.
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    Erm...

    And then there was this thing called "Live Aid"... It kind of rocked, too.
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    Originally posted by NHPlanner


    Couldn't agree with you more! The 'fits show was still great....but it just didn't seem right not having Glenn wailing out classics like "Die, Die, My Darling," "Teenagers from Mars," or "Mommy...Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight." :p

    I'm so much of a 'fits fan....this is my license plate....
    Damn, you are a huge fan!

    Other possible Misfit icense plates:

    20EYES
    ASTRZMB
    HORRBIZ
    BRNEATR
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    My best would probably have to be a combo, the Beach Boys and Chicago at Alpine Valley. (The Grateful Dead are coming there this weekend. The county had killed it, but then re-thought it and allowed it to continue.)

    Nowadays I don't bother with most of the big acts. I like to take in regional bands at one of a few local venues.

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    First would be Prince in 84, truely an eye opener, best would be a tie, Meat Puppets or the Nirvana, PJ and RHCP in Austin.

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    First concert -
    The year: 1986. A young sixth grade girl with stars in her eyes and a dream in her heart is taken to the NYS Fairgrounds to see *gasp* Whitney Houston in concert. Alas, the vagaries of CNY weather prevailed at it was rained out. Fortunately, a make up date was set for 2 months later, and that young girl's illusions were tragically dashes when Whitney didn't "sound anything like her record".

    Best Concert -
    The year: 1994. A college sophmore who has been hooked on the Barenaked Ladies by her Buffalo friends gets $10 tickets to see BNL play the hockey arena at SUNY Geneseo. She's thrilled by the New Kids style dancing, delights in the throwing of the Kraft Dinner, and a fan was born. Truly the best stage act I've ever seen. Unfortunately, they've gotten too big and all their concerts are attended by drunken 15 year olds now. sigh.

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