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What was your first concert?

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Still a cool band

First concert was The Violent Femmes in 1984...I was 13 at the time.

Now I see bands at least once a week.

Best show ever, Neil Diamond...I went with my Mom the summer before she passed away...I was just shy of 17..
 

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First & Best, although not at the same time-

First was Ziggy Marley in Ft. Lauderdale..

Best was the reunion tour of Black Sabbath when my cousin won tickets and we got to go on the 93.7 Party Bus (Austin station) to San Antonio. Incubus (unknown at that time) opened for Pantera who opened for Black Sabbath.. It ROCKED! It was the first time Ozzy was allowed back in SA after whizzing on the Alamo-
 

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TexasPlanner said:
Incubus (unknown at that time) opened
I saw Incubus a couple of months ago and it was the best concert I've been to.
 

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Gotta agree on the Incubus thing.... Incredible live show..! The first time I saw them was in '97 when they opened for KORN.... I left the show with a new favorite band...
 

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Incubus are my current favourite, closely followed by Foo Fighters who were also pretty good in concert. Yes some of the big bands do make it to our little island down under! One of the highlights of Incubus was Brandon playing a didgeridoo for 5 minutes!
 

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I think my first concert was at the University of Toledo's old Field House, in 1968 or 1969. It was The Vanilla Fudge. It was the loudest concert I ever went to and one (1) of the best. We were up close and the huge amps and speakers kicked butt. "You keep me hanging on!" (I still have my old Fudge album where they are live and I love to play it loud.)

The band broke up right after the Toledo concert and the band members joined other bands, some that had more hits......but this Bear cannot recall which bands they went to. (Mahavishnu Orchestra maybe?)

Best Concert - Yes (1996)

2nd Best - Chicago (At College of Wooster, 1970, when Chicago played rock and roll....not pop crap. If you don't believe me, listen to first two Chicago albums.)

I had ducats for Hendrix at Toledo's Field House but "stuff" happened involving women and jobs and Volkswagens and.....didn't make it.....so sorry now.

A couple Guess Who concerts at Toledo's horrid acoustical mess, The Sports Arena, were pretty good. Burton Cummings, lead singer, had a broken ankle at one of those and he was still a hobbling good time.

Beach Boys were good. too.

Other concerts, not as memorable.

Non-concert event was good.....a very young Steve Martin, appearing at Bowling Green State University's Student Union Ballroom. It was a riot.

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Bear Up North

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....forgot to mention.....

Would love to see a concert with:

Wilco
Radiohead
Neil Young

Bear
 

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My first concert was INXS in Madison Square Gardens.

My favorite concerts were all of the U2 shows I have been to.
 

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NHPlanner said:
As a child of the 80's (from age 7 to 17) I was listening to Huey Lewis and the News, The Cars, Van Halen, Public Enemy, INXS, Men at Work, Dire Straits, and Genesis. :)

By the early 90's I had discovered punk and metal...and lots of oher things.


I must second this thought and experiences.

BTW, I think my worst concert was REM and Radiohead in Tampa.
 

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My first concert? Well, it's one to really brag about.
I was twelve when me and a buddy were driven out to Greenville by his mom to see TLC, Boyz II Men, and MC Hammer.

The most memorable part of the show was when hammer came ran out on stage and yelled out, "Helloooooo Greensboro!!!" The crowd got quiet and then responded with, "Boooo..." Other than that it was a fun a show.
 

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My first concert was at the Miami Baseball stadium, or was it the Orange Bowl? The Eagles headlined, with Jimmy Buffet and Andrew Gold. The year was....1977? I wasn't driving yet, went with friends and had to leave in the middle of 'Best of my Love" because my best friend got claustrophobic and nauseous. Boy were my eyes opened wide at that concert!

My most recent concert was at the 5/3 Ballpark in late August to see WIllie Nelson and BOb Dylan. Hot Club of Cowtown opened and they sizzled! BOb was good as was Willie. Laughed at the talkers behind us who kept yelling for Dylan to "Play Something Familiar" We were like yo that wasTambourine Man, and Yo that was Highway 66 Wassup wich yo ears? He closed with All along the Watchtower, By that time most of the old folks who came to see Willie and boomers who were expecting folkrock songs from Bob had left. Dylan rocked the house for sure.
 

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:m: Stevens, May 1973, Madison Square Garden
Loggins & Messina, June 1973, Jadwin Gym, Princeton NJ

That's 31 years ago. A lot of you weren't even born yet. Dang, I'm one old panner :-o
 

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el Guapo said:
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.

Puts a whole new meaning to...."scared straight"

Wasn't that Pat Boone's daughter....Debbie?
 

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Ok, excluding Bluegrass Festivals -- My first concert was KISS in 1979 in Phoenix. I was 9. My next concert wasn't for a number of years later. I went to Castle Donington in 1987, where I saw Cinderella, WASP, Metallica, Anthrax, Dio and Bon Jovi. I went to 6 concerts in the year following including: Metallica, Nuclear Assault (with Acid Reign opening up - sweet), Frehley's Comets, Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmstein, Faith No More (at the famed Marquee Club in London, the ticket stub is in my wallet as I type).
 

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Robert Plant 1990- Great Woods, MA

Absolutely horrible. I don't even think my boy was singing. The show included a lot of Zeppelin sampling and he used this stupid hand movement during every song as if it had some esoteric significance.

On a good note Alana Miles opened up and sang Black Velvet- that was cool.
 

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Best - Metallica, October 1988, And Justice for All Tour, Hammersmith Odeon, London.

Worst - Great White, 1990, Wichita. This was the only time I left a concert early.

JNL said:
I saw Incubus a couple of months ago and it was the best concert I've been to.

I saw Incubus open up for Primus in Kansas City in 2000.
 
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My very first concert was Jimmy Buffett at Mile High Stadium. My folks took me when I was WAY TOO YOUNG to appreciate Jimmy.
The first show I WANTED to go to, but regret now was... c'mon, I don't think I saw these on any of your posts... New Kids on the Block. 1990 or so, at Fiddler's Green in south Denver.

Best Show: would be Rush from nine rows back on the Vapor Trials tour, same venue as New Kids.
I also liked seeing a Dream Theater show in high school, where my friend and I ditch class and sat out in the cold in front of the venue to get first row. We met some rocker dudes who lent us their flask of Jack Daniels to warm up with.

I also saw Aerosmith once. I remember it rained at the beginning and then it cleared up...I almost remembered something else, but it's gone now....
 

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Prince - Purple Rain Tour (February 1, 1985, Louisiana Superdome)

What a way to kick off my concert-going experience...great show! However, as great as that concert was, it wasn't nearly as great as seeing James Brown in concert a few years ago in New Orleans. He's the ultimate performer! :cool:
 
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My first concert was A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and Souls of Mischief on December 10, 1993. It was the Kansas (student) Union Ballroom. Paid $15, to see 3 great acts. I walked across campus in 5 above weather with ice on the ground.. If any of you have been to Lawrence knows that the KU campus is not flat by any stretch of the imagination. Despite what people on the East Coast may think. I fell a couple of times. However, nothing was stopping me from attending that show, especially when the Tribe was and still is my favorite group of all time.

Another good concert was The Fugees and The Roots in Lawrence at the Granada in March 1996. It seems that Lawrence and the nearby Sandstone Amphitheater draws a lot of good concerts.
 
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As I mentioned in the Laura Branigan Is Dead thread . . . Laura Branigan and Livingston Taylor in the 2nd grade (1982). The venue is also gone.

I think my first real concert without mom and dad was Metallica and Queensryche at the Providence Civic Center (Dunkin Donuts Center) around '89 :d:
 

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I thought we had done this one before.

REO Speedwagon Salina, KS Late 70'S not exactly sure got tickets from my grandmother for a christmas present . Must have been 78.
 

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the north omaha star said:
My first concert was A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and Souls of Mischief on December 10, 1993. It was the Kansas (student) Union Ballroom. Paid $15, to see 3 great acts.

I saw Faith No More, Primus and Fishbone at the Kansas Student Union Ballroom in 1990 and 1991. I witnessed GWAR at the Bottleneck in downtown Lawrence in 1992. Queensryche and Type O Negative at Sandstone (now referred to as the Verizon Ampitheather) in 1994.
 

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Bear Up North said:
I think my first concert was at the University of Toledo's old Field House, in 1968 or 1969. It was The Vanilla Fudge. It was the loudest concert I ever went to and one (1) of the best. We were up close and the huge amps and speakers kicked butt. "You keep me hanging on!" (I still have my old Fudge album where they are live and I love to play it loud.)

My Dad and his friends got into a fight with The Vanilla Fudge sometime in the mid-60s. One of my Dad's friends was hitting on the girlfriend of the lead singer and he started with the guy. I guess he didn't see my Dad who, at the time, was 6'4" 230...they left the Jersey shore soon after that.

I went to my first concert with friends when I was 14. October of 1995--Blues Traveler at the UAlbany RACC. I still rock the tshirt!
 

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First Concert: Everclear - Showplace Theater, Buffalo February 1995. I was 15 and went with just my friends, and at the time it was great.

Favorites: REM - free concert on Younge St. right in front of Eaton Centre, Toronto May 2001. Much Music made a 2 hour special on it, and I made it into it like 5 times because I was standing right next to the soundbooth.

U2 - Elevation tour, HSBC Arena, Buffalo.

Harry Connick, Jr. - Shea's Performing Arts Center, Buffalo. Awesome because he had his big band set up behind him and I could easily imagine that this concert was similar to the big band concerts held at Shea's in the '30's.

And last but not least, George Clinton & the P-Funk Allstars - UB Springfest '03. George kept the show going 15 minutes after UB (nazis) cut the power to the stage at 11pm to end the show.
 

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My first concert must have been the Roger Waters Pros & Cons of Hitchhiking tour at the Hartford (CT) Civic Center.

Eric Clapton played lead guitar on this tour, and I had no idea who he was prior to this show. For that matter I wasn't sure who Roger Waters or Jack Palance were, either

(OT trivia question: What is the connection between Jack Palance and Roger Waters? Hint: it's not Kevin Bacon. :p )
 

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el Guapo said:
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.
The actress who played the singer in the movie was Didi Conn. I think she had a role in "Grease" as the beauty school dropout. The radio version was sung by Debby Boone, daughter of Pat.
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I saw Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth last night in West Palm. Now, the show was pretty rock and roll, but I think at some certain age, guys can't really pull off the rebel/sex machine/raging alcoholic thing anymore.
Wow, they were on the same venue? I remember when DLR went out on his own and Sammy Hagar joined Van Halen, DLR really dissed Sammy. He said something like "Sammy Hagar's had some good records, but when I was with Van Halen, we were legend. It can never be the same" I guess bygones are bygones.

My first concert? The Cowsills at the All-Iowa Fair, circa 1973. Remember "Indian Lake," "The Rain, the Park, and Other Things" and the radio version of "Hair?"
 

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My wife and I are taking our daughters to their first concert tonight to see Pink.

My wife and I saw her show back in March and when she announced a second date in Detroit we bought the 4 tickets.

I'm very happy that their first concert will be an actual artist, and not something like One Direction, Justin Bieber, etc.

I was worried that my daughters were a little young to go see Pink, since she's known to drop a few F-bombs here and there. But I'm not the morality police, and they will never forget this night :)
 

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Lollapolloza 1994 when I was 15.

Smashing Pumpkins and Beastie Boys were the headliners and they were definitely who I was most interested in seeing but I also really enjoyed The Flaming Lips, The Breeders, A Tribe Called Quest, George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, Nick Cave, Stereolab, Guided by Voices, and Cypress Hill. Years later I was looking at the full lineup, including the many smaller bands on the second stage and was disappointed to see that I missed Lambchop, Shonen Knife, and Palace Music. I had no clue who either were until maybe 2002 but I definitely would have loved to have seen them back then.

I'm not a Bob Seger fan but one of the highlights of the day was him coming out to join with Smashing Pumpkins for a few songs (the concert was just a couple miles from where Seger lives).
 

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Lollapolloza 1994 when I was 15.

Smashing Pumpkins and Beastie Boys were the headliners and they were definitely who I was most interested in seeing but I also really enjoyed The Flaming Lips, The Breeders, A Tribe Called Quest, George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, Nick Cave, Stereolab, Guided by Voices, and Cypress Hill. Years later I was looking at the full lineup, including the many smaller bands on the second stage and was disappointed to see that I missed Lambchop, Shonen Knife, and Palace Music. I had no clue who either were until maybe 2002 but I definitely would have loved to have seen them back then.

I'm not a Bob Seger fan but one of the highlights of the day was him coming out to join with Smashing Pumpkins for a few songs (the concert was just a couple miles from where Seger lives).

What an awesome lineup.
 

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Dude my parents took me to Woodstock but stayed away from the blue acid.

Really I can't even remember this sort of stuff. Maybe it was the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Monkees, Billy Joel, the Pretenders, the Smiths, free shows in parks (back when they had those at Belle Isle or Rouge). Depends.
 

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KISS 1976 was first at the Syracuse War Memorial - hope we can still be friends...

second was the The Police in 78 in a little bar in Syracuse
 

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1973 in Gainesville @ Uof F, it was a football weekend and I was 12. My oldest brother took me to see The Jeff Beck Group as an early b-day present. Can't remember who opened for the JB and never heard of Jeff Beck before then. However, ever since then I've enjoyed Jeff Beck and what he can do with a guitar.
 

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I went to a bunch of concerts when I was in high school in the DC area, but I can't say I remember much about them or who they were. The first I remember from my college years was Joanie Mitchell with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra, probably at Pauley Pavillion, in 1969.
 

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Earth Day 1975. Outdoor concert in New Orleans. I remember that the night before it rained hard but the next day it was sunny. But the field (I am thinking it was City Park) was a sloggy mess. I believe the bill included Black Oak Arkansas and maybe the J. Geils Band. The crowd wasn't there to save the world, just get sh**faced. If there was an area that didn't smell like pot smoke I didn't find it. The parking area was basically a tailgate party for drug deals.

About halfway through the concert, my date got outrageously loud and belligerent. My friends, showing good sense, deserted me, because they were afraid she was going to attract the attention of the police. Which she did. The cops basically were there to break up fights and handle ODs. I think the cops were reluctant to arrest her because she was 16 and from out of town. So they just gave us a stern lecture and told her to straighten up. She stayed loud but not belligerent.
 

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Being that she is in Vancouver, I'll give her the benefit of the doubt that it was at least something good...

My guess: Vancouver natives The New Pornographers touring to support the phenomenal 2005 release of Twin Cinema.

Well, I wasn't in Vancouver at the time (I grew up elsewhere). It was a small alternative band called Metric. Not the worst.. but certainly doesn't carry the cool factor of those of you who grew up in the 60's and 70's *envy.
 

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Probably Bobby Sherman, maybe 1969 or '70. :-$

First "real" concert, Pot Liquor and Bob Seger in 1972 or 1973, at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. It rained, they threw tarps out for everyone on the field, and there were waves of pot smoke coming out from under every tarp. The cops on duty just strolled around. It was a fine day. :D
 

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Def Leppard in the old Memorial Coliseum in 1988 or 1989.

RT's first concert was the Backstreet Boys, she's been to dozens since then-none of them featuring boy bands.

I've seen Pink, she puts on a great show.
 

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My wife and I are taking our daughters to their first concert tonight to see Pink.

My wife and I saw her show back in March and when she announced a second date in Detroit we bought the 4 tickets.

I'm very happy that their first concert will be an actual artist, and not something like One Direction, Justin Bieber, etc.

I was worried that my daughters were a little young to go see Pink, since she's known to drop a few F-bombs here and there. But I'm not the morality police, and they will never forget this night :)

Well my daughters thoroughly enjoyed the show. Pink didn't come on stage until 9 PM, so my 7 year old definitely had moments where her sleepiness took over. The only down side was the 5 overweight, drunk women in front of us. They weren't being inappropriate, but were falling all over each other, spilling beer and bumping into me, almost spilling my beer at one point.

We got home about 12:30 so everyone is sleepy today.
 

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Well, I wasn't in Vancouver at the time (I grew up elsewhere). It was a small alternative band called Metric. Not the worst.. but certainly doesn't carry the cool factor of those of you who grew up in the 60's and 70's *envy.

Metric has a cool factor of their own. I love listening to CBC Radio 3 and I remember 2003 through 2006 Metric was being played all the time and I saw them play in Windsor, Ontario around that time. Live it Out was an awesome album an Emily Haines is a great singer and it seems like everything she puts out (whether it's her own solo stuff or collaborations with others) is consistently great.
 

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I can't remember if I posted already but I think my first was one of the first lolapaloozas. I remember seeing janes addiction and sousie and the banshees.

Metric has a cool factor of their own. I love listening to CBC Radio 3 and I remember 2003 through 2006 Metric was being played all the time and I saw them play in Windsor, Ontario around that time. Live it Out was an awesome album an Emily Haines is a great singer and it seems like everything she puts out (whether it's her own solo stuff or collaborations with others) is consistently great.

I agree vancity metric is awesome. One of my favorite bands for sure. Some of the live stuff they do when its just Emily and a piano and maybe james on guitar is just absolutely amazing.
 

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Thomas Dolby in 1986 at the Orpheum in Boston. Next show was the Grateful Dead at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, ME.
 

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I'm embarrassed to say that my first ever concert was Richard Marx. It was 1989 at Summerfest in Milwaukee, and I got dragged there with my mom and sister. Blah.

My first REAL concert that I went to because I was truly interested in seeing the band was in about 1996, and it was Sevendust, AFI, and Gravity Kills. Weird lineup but awesome concert. This was a place called The Boathouse in Norfolk, VA. I was in the Army at the time. I saw lots of really good shows back then, some by what at the time were up and coming bands that made it big shortly after: Blink 182 in early 1997, the aforementioned AFI, Jamiroquai... I also saw bands like Faith No More, The Hunger, The Nixons, Violent Femmes, Seven Mary Three, Veruca Salt, Smashing Pumpkins, Type O Negative, Ednaswap, Luscious Jackson, Everything But the Girl, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers...the list goes on.
 
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