Home - by BigFurHat - August 2, 2012 - 11:28 America/New_York - 198 Comments
Who was the act at your first concert?
Was it any good?
August 2nd, 2012
Ferrante and Teicher
ARE YOU KIDDING??????? I Love them!!!!!
I am extremely green with envy!
I never expected that to appear on this survey. -bfh
Aerosmith – The Pump Tour.
Lost my virginity that night too……
To Tyler or Perry? -bfh
Rory Gallager, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple, two thumbs up.
1. Johnny Cash – 1973
2. I don’t know if it was good – I was 7.
Frank Zappa at the Long Beach Arena on new years eve, 1974 – I think it was pretty good….
The Beatles-Kansas City. Then, Grateful Dead when they were the “warm up band” for Iron Butterfly.
So long ago but I think it was Jose Feliciano playing at my high school gym in Boise, Id. around 1970.
Oh am I forgetful. Feliciano put on a good show.
The Resurrection Band in ’83. They killed.
My second was Van Halen’s 1984 tour. My head exploded.
I know you didn’t ask for the second show BFH but I always enjoy pointing out the discrepancy between the two gigs. =]
Charlie Daniels at the Commack Arena here on Long Island. What a dumpy place but oh boy, was it a great show!
Well, this is embarrassing, but here goes. It was the Osmond Brothers at the Forum in Philly, with Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods as the opening act. I was 12.
That was the only time I saw either group, but the friend who went with me to the concert emailed me yesterday to say she just bought tickets to see Donny and Marie in Atlantic City. After 41 years, she’s still a fan.
My first concert was the Rolling Stones in 1981. We were right next to the stage and Mick Jagger walked within a couple of feet from where we were. I could have reached out and grabbed his leg (but I showed great restraint because I was in love with my husband and Mick Jagger was just another guy).
The BEST concert is a different matter. That was Pink Floyd.
Bachman Turner Overdrive
NG Armory, Salem, Oregon 1974?
The Frosted Flakes (German version, in Berlin)
– That girl was awesome. Don’t remember the music. Hey, I was 15.
Ten Years After in Minneapolis. Topless girl on stage throwing frisbees into the audience. Can’t remember if the music was any good.
Johnny Matthis at Purdue University in 1965.
His singing was wonderful, but his stage presence was inanimate. He just stood still and sang.
Rush – 1978 Hemispheres tour. Unbelievable…
I don’t remember the first concert I ever attended, but I do remember watching Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson standing on one leg while playing the flute in concert.
Weird what lingers in the mind, isn’t it?
Sept. 30th 1982 The Who at the Pontiac Silver Dome.
Eddie Money was the opening act followed by The Clash. Festival seating… it totally rocked!
Mine is weird.
I was 9. My older brother thought it would be cool to bring his little brother to a concert.
Alice Cooper opened for Bloodrock.
Jeff Beck Group, Jan. 1969, Boston Tea Party
They were GREAT! Although, after that, I never liked Rod Stewart again.
Same year: Led Zeppelin – Feb. (Tea Party), Newport Jazz Festival (Jethro Tull) and Woodstock – Yup, I was really there. Hitch-hiked from Danvers, MA.
Tower of Power opened up for Cheech and Chong on the Big Bamboo tour in Tulsa.
We collected from a few extra houses on our paper routes to upgrade and buy the $6.00 tickets in the 3rd row, center.
@MadAir – Oh yeah – Ten Years After – Oct. 1968 – Boston Tea Party – Alvin Lee rocked!
Heart and Lover Boy open for them. 1979. The music was good but people were so f*cked up someone puked on my shoes.
1978. Van Halen I. Awesome.
@Steverreno — F&T for me, too. Seattle Center Opera House 1973 (?) My best friend’s dad was a big band leader so she and I sang the old tunes with the band, too. Lot’s of great old hotels still used swing and big band orchestras. We were terrible “girl singers.”
Dave Brubeck in 1965. Amazing.
Saw Brubeck 2 years ago. He’s 91 and still kicking ass – Mr. Pinko
AZ top,at blossom in n/e Ohio, had to be 79 or 80 ?
Nothing like ZZ TOP, and a bag of weed…….lol
Poison and David Lee Roth. It was pretty good.
Cripes, it’s 2:30 a.m. and I am not sleepy AT ALL.
@ Big Fur….
I’m not telling
Oops!!! I just made an embarrassing mistake. It’s just hit TMZ and X17online that Miley Cyrus got swatted. People in comments were accusing her of staging this because she’s a media whore. (I don’t care for her myself, but this isn’t about liking is disliking someone). So I posted that swatting is a real thing and that if they catch the people doing it, they should do jail time.
Welp, I thought I posted my comment on x17, and when it didn’t show up in their comments, I sent another post saying they could kiss my butt, Nobama 2012.
Turns out, I was posting at TMZ, but it didn’t post because I didn’t register and sign in (just saw the e-mail from the website).
Boy, is my face red.
99th Squad Leader
Earth Wind and Fire. The concert was great and my date was a lot of fun.
The MoTown Review. All the greats were there.
Lee Michaels Ventura Collage 1968 I think Hendrix opened the show! I still think Frostys drum solo was the best Ive ever heard!
Roscoe P. Soultrane
Glen Campbell at a fair when I was a little kid. I don’t really remember much of it other than hearing Rhinestone Cowboy
Had a co-worker with a memorable one – the Stones at Altamont.
Golden Earring opening for Queen ’75
Pat Benetar 1979, the forum in L.A. It was great. My sheltered eyes had never seen any drunk or stoned people before, so I was entertained in several ways that night. Not like Diogenes was, but it was still fun.
Honest Politicians 4 Sale
John Lee Hooker live @ Soledad Prison.
Never heard a better version of Crosscut Saw since.
Judas Priest, Defenders of The Faith tour, Hollywood (FL) Sportatorium, 1984
Yes, Halford drove a Harley on stage
The Who and Golden Earring – Madison Square Garden – a riot broke out.
Elton John at the Forum in LA 1974 – it was a great show, but my favorite live performer was Lynyrd Skynyrd, saw them three times before the crash and each time was better than the last…
Czar of Defenestration
US Constitution Hall
LEAD ACT – Herman’s Hermits
TWO WARM UPS: The Blues MAgoos and some other little band…
Yes, but LOUD!
I’d say, but you would tease me relentlessly until I broke down and cried.
I was a NERD okay?!
NOW STOP ASKING!!!
now leave me alone.
I WAS TWELVE
Frank Zappa at the Capital Centre 1976. Someone behind me threw up all over me. I had to go into the lavatory, strip and rinse my clothes and hair.
Many concerts afterward, but that one sealed my dislike of crowds.
I Luv Bacon
Yes, it was pretty darn good.
Santana opened for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
This was their last show before their first breakup. It was good.
Led Zeppelin, 1970. I bought the medium priced tickets, $6.00. Whole Lotta Love. Out of body experience.
Queen, Cleveland Coliseum, 1976. Had to see them 3 more times before I figured out Freddie was gay. (slow on the uptake, I know)
Tiny Tim.. Great concert! BFD!
Jeff Beck, Jethro Tull – Alexandria Roller Rink, April 69′ don’t remember much of it, but still hear flutes..
Michael W Perkins
Styx @ the Michigan State Fair. Pieces of eight tour LAte 70′s I think. It Rocked, I had been to concerts in the park that my dad played at earlier, there may have been Large acts there.
House of Kell
Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon Tour, the old Cleveland Stadium, 1971….EXCELLENT show!!!
Sinatra, APR 74. Elvis, June 74 @ The Spectrum in Philly. Saying they were great, would be an understatement.
1979, richfield coliseum, the hottest band in the world… KISS! i know it was the “dynasty” tour, but i was 9 and it was KISS. pot smoke and fireworks all over the place. it was awesome.
p.s., my mom took me. she didn’t like it so much…
Bon Jovi , Slippery When Wet. 1987 the Barn in St. Louis. Miss that place.
The Beatles, Shea Stadium.
Faith No More opening for Billy Idol in 89-90.
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dallas Tx 1971
The Who, 1982, also.
Seriously, you have to ask if it was good?
Duran Duran…. Yes, I was a teeny bopper for a while! (so embarrasing) i was about 12.
Then I got into metal….
Cream, at Chastain Park ’68 or ’69.
Susanne in Georgia
Keith Green at the Civic Center in San Diego. Probably 1980 or 81.
I was a poor Baptist girl dating a poor Baptist boy, and it was actually a rebel moment for me because my parents thought he was too rock ‘n roll.
Good concert, and I married the boy 30 years ago this week.
1970 and 71 when I was a senior in HS, I can’t remember which was first but did see Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention twice. One of my friends was a huge Zappa fan. At one of the Zappa concerts another friend yelled, Eat my weenie at Zappa and Zappa answered back, Put some mustard on it. Also saw Gordon Lightfoot at the old Spokane Coliseum (AKA the Boone Street Barn, it looked like an old airplane hanger) and my favorite early concert June 71 was Mason Proffit back when they sang Two Hangman.
Rush 1986 – Incredible.
I am a Baby Boomer. Elvis Presley in Atlanta 1958. Thrill of my young life!
The Police in 1981. Joan Jett opened. Eight of us crammed into an old station wagon for the seventy mile trip there. Two girls in the group drank a lot and decided to hang on me while walking into the concert. I felt like a rock star myself.
@Cornoil and Mr. Pinko… saw Brubeck in ’85. Amazing! I had bought two extra tickets and told my parents they had to go (I knew Dad had Brubeck albums in his collection).
Went to see The Eagles and Linda Ronstadt opened the show. It was great.
Phil Collins – No Jacket Required Tour, Greensboro, NC 5/22/1985 (thanks, Wikipedia). I was 11 and went with my dad. Cool show.
Boobie the Rocket Dog
The Beach Boys.
Maybe. They were playing with the little garage amps a HS rock band would have used in a gym, but the concert was outdoors in a baseball stadium (the old Miami Marlins’). Couldn’t hear ‘em at all.
Saw The Fifth Dimension and The Temptations in the NCO club in Frankfurt. Small club setting! Marilyn McCoo was stunning from seven feet away!
Better was the second big concert: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Opening act: The Allman Brothers (with Duane).
Sly and the Family Stone.
My sister took me. We got there early and sat on the grass at old Balboa Stadium. Concert started. Kids asked us to give up our spot and when we said no, I was punched in the mouth. Had braces at the time.
Stevie Ray Vaughn, Feb 14, 1987 at the U.T. Alumni Gym, Knoxville. He was masterful. I did not attend concerts as a young man, so I missed out on a lot of greats in those years. I’m so glad to have seen SRV before he was killed in that helicopter crash. My second concert was Eric Clapton just days after the crash. I’m sure that was difficult for EC to perform having lost friends that day.
Dolly Parton…sounds bad I know, but a friend dragged me to see her and it stands today as one of the best shows I’ve ever been to.
Bob Dylan, Troy (NY) armory, 1965. Back when he was not abusing his fans with truly AWFUL crap.
The Guess Who 1971 or 1972 ILL State Fair-sister took me
I was 12 or so
Burton Cummings and the Bachmans where fantastic…
Guitar work was right up there with Segovia
Yes, Tampa Stadium, 1973. Incredible show, music, lights, props, everything. A buddy yelled out, “Mr. Wakeman, would you play some Brahms?” during the sound check. And he did!
1969 Chicago Transit Authority in Columbia, SC…….
Tomorrow night YES in Portsmouth, VA. Never get too old for a good concert!
Sammy Davis Jr. It was around 1980 and we got free tickets to his concert at the Warwick Musical Theater in Warwick, Rhode Island. Known as “the Tent” because it started out as a tent, it was about as hokey and square as you could get. We were almost embarrased to go because he was our parents generation. But, what the hell, the tickets were free and me and my girlfriend basically used it as an excuse to go bar hopping afterwards.
I’ll never forget it. I had seen him countless times on TV but I had no idea what a voice he had. That man could sing. Yeah, he sang his signature stuff like Bo Jangles and Candy Man, but he sang so many other songs. And he was just such a great performer. The Tent was theater-in-the-round and the place was packed. There were about 10 of us white people there and the rest were black. Sammy had us all in the palm of his hand. He bantered with the audience between songs, he joked around with the band. He was funny and personable and came across as a naturally nice guy. And that voice. What a voice.
J.S. Bach. Brandenburg, Germany, 1721.
Stirrin the B.S.
Alice Cooper, 1972, at The Arena in St. Louis. It was one his typical theater of the macabre shows, complete with a guillotine – I can’t remember if he had the boa constrictor, but there were plenty of other props.
Cut me some slack, I was only 15. My taste in music did improve as I got older – but that was a good rock show, though.
Pink Floyd. – Animals tour. My big sis took me for my hs graduation. Pink Floyd also became my last concert 16 years later. The day after, I was so wiped out. I was still tired 2 days later. Then it dawned on me: I don’t do drugs anymore. There really is no reason to be physically drained days later just because you went to a concert…? And that is how I figured out I was pregnant with my first child.
Reading through everyone’s first concert really brings back some memories, albeit pretty hazy ones. There are some listed here that I never got to see, that I wish I could have.
In 1975 I went to 2 concerts, can’t remember which I saw first. Ten Years After, and Peter Frampton (you remember the live album?) Commack Arena LI.
And Yes’s Relayer tour Colt Park CT.
U2 at the (now demolished) McNichols Arena in Denver 1987. The Bodeans opened.
In retrospect, B-
The Allman Brothers at the Fillmore East in March, 1969.
If you want to hear how good it was, it was recorded and became their “Live at the Fillmore East” album.
My son still can’t believe his old dad went to the Fillmore.
@Persecutor – that IS cool – every song on that album is great! I still have the vinyl.
The Allman Brothers were one of the bands that I never got to see.
It was a brand new group from San Francisco called “Jefferson Airplane” before Grace Slick joined them.
The first concert I saw was Glen Campbell at the Illinois State Fair around the very late 60′s or very early 70′s. Pretty cool from what I remember.
The first “real” concert I saw was INXS on their debut American tour, opening for Adam Ant in 1983. Kicked ass.
The first concert I ever attended? I was taken to a Willie Nelson & Family show when I was six. My older brother, who was 14 at the time, was a big Willie fan, and for some reason my parents decided that it was going to be a family affair. I don’t recall if it was any good or not; all I really remember is my mom taking me to the ladies’ room, and the lines being really long.
The first concert I attended of my own choice was Pink Floyd, in 1988 (Momentary Lapse of Reason tour). I went with some high school friends and had a GREAT time.
@MaryfromMarin, I’ve seen Jethro Tull in concert twice, in the late 80s and mid-90s. Ian Anderson doesn’t do the flamingo flute playing anymore; he messed up his knee some time back. Still puts on an awesome show, though!
Blue Oyster Cult and Black Sabbath, Black and Blue tour, it took my head clean off.
YES (Wash D.C. 1978).
Three Dog Night 71
Oscar Peterson at Old Dominion College in 1968 (I was at the Naval school of Music at the time) He was set up in the middle of the gymnasium with an audience of about about fifty people sitting around him on folding chairs.
The Doors actually played a gig at my high school in the summer of ’67. I didn’t want to spend four whole dollars for a ticket so I sat out back behind the gym and listened to the show.
The first concert I actually attended was Mountain opening for Sly and the Family Stone. Long Beach CA ’69. The Motown sucked, and the scroungy lowlife black audience was so hostile to anyone white that my buddies and I felt lucky to get out of there in one piece.
Cleveland Public Hall, Sha Na Na and J. Geils Band opening for Mott the Hoople.
Loooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time ago…..
And the hands down best concert ever was Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon tour, at the Cow Palace in Daley City California. The main floor and all of the seating was packed and a very good time was had by all…
No bottles allowed inside, but a few plastic milk jugs filled with OJ and Tequila and sweetened with a couple of sugar cubes were passed around before the show and ensured that it was burned into my memory for life….
John Denver, Little Rock Arkansas 1975. Awesome show!
RUSH 1973 Chicago.
Love the group to this day.
A 3 Man band who produces awesome sound like few other bands with twice as many members.
An outrage they aren’t in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Their body of work is greater than dozens of acts who are in the HOF combined.
Heart was the main act and John Cougar (before he used Mellencamp)opened at one of the best amphitheatres around, Red Rocks! It was great, Heart rocked it!
@ Chieftain, Sha Na Na….. Holy cow, you just reminded me that I have an autographed photo of Bowser. You’re right, looooooooooooong time ago.
The Rolling Stones at the Seattle Center Coliseum in 1970. Opening act was Issac Hays.
@Bayouwulf, Stevie Ray Vaughn? Now I’M jealous.
Been lucky enough to see quite a few great shows… although some of them are rather “fuzzy” and they kind of blur together.
As far as the FIRST one goes…my Mom was a music nut and used to go to jazz festivals. My dad wasn’t interested, so sometimes she’d drag me along.
Apparently, she took me to see Benny Goodman once, but I was really young and don’t remember anything but all the people.
Stranded in Sonoma
The Beach Boys at the Cow Palace in 1977. Went with my girlfriend. Loved every minute of it but not as good as…
John Denver at the Cow Palace in 1980. Went with a friend. LOTS of hot cow-girls in tight jeans. DAMN! The music was almost like a religious experience. The crowd was very quiet in between songs, almost like a church. He started off with Starwood in Aspen. So many people were singing along but you could still hear him and the band quite clearly. It was almost as if it was understood that you were supposed to sing along, even if you couldn’t sing that well. After about 45 minutes he dismissed the band and played solo for about 20 minutes — he opened solo with Rocky Mountain High. Then the band came back and they finished. Incredible.
Chicago in early ’70′s. Great. Brass was top notch!
Larry Norman, also in early ’70′s. Fantastic man, laughed until I cried. Great music, too.
Rolling Stones (with Brian Jones) at the Baltimore Civic Center June 1966. And yeah it was good. Opening acts were The McCoys and The Standells.
Yes in Dallas.
Rez band? I havnt heard their music since I was a dj back in 82.
My first concert was Beach Boys. I thought it was cool.
Jimi Hendrix at the Agora in Cleveland
(I know I’m dating myself here)
Jefferson Starship, 1981. Loved it!!
Cant remember which was first, but either Tom Petty or Robin Tower
Petty was a fantastic time because I knew and loved all the songs, but wow Tower blew me away putting on a guitar show I will never forget
Never forget it….Eric Clapton concert when Carlos Santana unexpectedly showed up to play with him. Those two playing “Layla” was unforgettable.
The Beau Brummels, Memphis, 1964.
I was 12 and my parents turned my dumbass loose in the Coliseum. They couldn’t stand it. Had a blast.
Springsteen at Arizona State’s Grady Gammage auditorium. Grady Gammage is not really suited for rock and roll concerts. The balcony is help up by a couple of curved metal trusses
I was in the balcony during the concert and during the finale “Devil With the Blue Dress On” we were up and stomping around and the balcony started moving up and down. And I guess everyone thought that was really cool, so we started stomping harder and the balcony REALLY started moving.
And I guess it then dawned on our collective consciousness that this could turn into a disaster so everyone stopped stomping and the balcony stopped moving. Afterwards a survey of the building revealed that the balcony support system had been damaged and could have collapsed, which would have killed dozens. Needless to say, that was the last rock concert ever held at Gammage
1966 – The Animals playing at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City – loud, very very loud.
Jefferson Starship, Earth tour about 1976/77 , Market Square Arena, Indpls. Grace was sober so it good for the time I guess.
Note: opening act was Pablo Cruise, which I saw again as an opening for someone else but I don’t remember who it was. They were okay for a 70′s AM act
Deep Purple – Blue Oyster Cult.
Yes, it was great, Philly Spectrum cira 1972..ish I think?
Bad Company 1977. Paul Rogers still one of the best R&R vocalist!
Snowball the Sourpuss
Jim Nabors – Mom dragged us all there. I think she was punishing us for something. Of course I laughed when he did his Gomer Pyle.
I started ushering at the Salt Palace when I was 14 and am having a hard time remembering the first show I saw sans Mater. It’s a toss between April Wine, Styx, or Sabbath. Wait, Deep Purple, maybe?
Anyway, it got me thinking…does anyone else remember when circuses used to travel with a full band? ♫ Ta-daaaa! ♪
The Beatles, Memphis, TN, Aug. 1966
I was 13, my sister was 14, my cousin was 15, and her older sister and boyfriend drove us. We had just driven back from vacation that day, and our Daddy was messing with us-telling us we’d just gotten home and we didn’t need to go to ‘some concert’!!
Oh, and we couldn’t tell if it was good or not – so much screaming!
I think the first concert I ever saw was The Scorpions, not a bad gig.
I went to a lot of concerts back then… One of the most memorable was Deep Purple with Bad Company opening. Bad Company was so bad they were booed off the stage during their first set!
Another concert that totally sucked was The Black Crowes. I totally dug their studio cuts that got a lot of airplay back then but in concert they couldn’t keep tempo or key to save their life!
Also saw Moody Blues back then, front row, COOL!
I don’t even remember how many times I saw The Grateful Dead, but it was the most awesome gig around for 3 days up at Alpine Valley!
Andrea Shea King
A triple play: Three Dog Night, George Benson and I think Fleetwood Mac… at Schaefer Stadium (now known as Foxboro Stadium, home of the NE Patriots) in Foxboro, MA c. 1970?
And yes, it was great!
Nobody has mentioned Marshall Tucker Band – one of the best damn southern country-rock bands ever – 24 hours at time, baby. Any fans here?
1977 (or so), Chicago @ The Boston Garden. They were excellent!!
@Stranded – I saw the Beach Boys in 1974, and Billy Joel was the opening act. Great show all around.
Metallica opened for Ozzy Osbourne at Denver’s old McNichols Arena in May of 1986. Master of Puppets/Ultimate Sin Tour. I was 14 and completely blown away. Metallica rocked it hard and yes Cliff Burton was insane on bass.
R.I.P Cliff Burton
Chuck Mangione, Reno, 1976(?)
HA! James Brown, 1965, in Macon, Georgia. I had NEVER seen the like!I was 15, my date and I were the only crackas there. Amazing showman, and the audience was wild with excitement. I loved all the black singers from back in those days, what voices!
Aretha Franklin in 1969 came to Univ. of Md.–she sang one sentence and started yelling at her band and walked off the stage. So it was terrible
Went to see John Denver and Fat City (later to become Starland Vocal Band) at the Cellar Door in DC somewhere around 71–great!
Steven in Vegas
K•I•S•S Milwaukee Arena 1976 – The K•I•S•S Alive Tour
Jackson Browne…my first contact high….my older sister forced me to go, as it was the only way my father would let her go…he did that a lot, smart man!
I do want to mention that this was the same year an obscure band called STYX played at one of my High School’s dances.
I saw some country act when I was very young at some fairs, along the lines of The Oak Ridge Boys. Don’t really remember any of it.
My first real concert was Metallica on their “And Justice for All” tour. It was amazing and I paid for the ticket and my shirt with $40. My how times have changed.
The Cult opened for them and they blew goats – really bad.
Atomic Blend – Stavanger, Norway Summer 1973
Did I enjoy it? Hey… I got laid.
Three Dog Night, mid-60′s, Ft. Wayne Memorial Coliseum. Music was good, PA system was the house’s, so the sound was pretty bad, no terrible. But I was about 12 or 13 so I didn’t really give a shit.
It was either the Gin Blossoms or the Spin Doctors, at the ballpark in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Can’t remember which of those two concerts was earlier. I saw the Gin Blossoms again about a decade later in a small bar in New Orleans, that was fun.
Beach Boys, 1963 Cranston, RI
Mike Love was a true showman, but the music (guitars & drums)overshadowed the singing.
Nazareth in Montreal, 80 or 81
April Wine opened
First paid for tickets real concert?
Aerosmith, Boston Garden, 1976.
rush fly by night 1975
The Posies at the Moore theatre,89 or 90.A great local group named Flop opened.I remeber getting home from the show and watching”Jeckyl And Hyde Together Again”.
Yeah, Norman. I was lucky to see SRV when I did. I was 26 years old at the time and I’ve now doubled that age. The tickets were “festival seating” wichmeant you could get as close to the stage as possible. That turned out to be aronud 40-50 feet. That was a great first concert to attend. I’m thinking about seeing Five Finger Death Punch when they come. Check them out if you dare. (not for the timid)
Summer Jam ’78 at Royals Stadium with Kansas, Steve Miller, Eddie Money and VanHalen. It was a great show.
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dallas, TX, 1970. Booker T and the MGs opened for them.
Canned Heat at Steel Pier, Atlantic City. 1970, I think. I was more excited to see the Diving Horse.
just plain bob
First- the Ramones, Stonybrook University
Worst- Belinda Carlisle w/ Gilbert Gottfried warming up and Guns and Roses, Deep Purple and Aerosmith- GnR and Deep Purple were great, but Aerosmith blew goats, walked out on them
Weirdest- The Eurthymics warming up for Olivia Newton John, Forest Hills Tennis Stadium 1982
Best- The Clash at Bonds International Casino, with the Bratles and Parliment Funkadelic, Peter Gabriel at Forest Hills, Devo at the Calderone Concert Hall, the Talking Heads at Forest Hills, and the Pretenders at Jones Beach
Best show was Stevie Ray Vaughn opening for Robert Plante in Montreal, 1987
Wow. This survey really reveals the ages of the folks on this site.
I’ll say the first concert I ever remember seeing as a kid was Wayne Watson (who’s that?).
The best concert I ever saw was pfr (formerly Pray For Rain).
The most recent was Kutless. That was also the last.
Although I will say that I don’t really like concerts all that much….
First: Crucified,a chritian punk band in a church basement in Fontana, CA 86-87?
Best: Uncle Slam. Monopoly’s in Riverside Ca 89/90? DRI’s drummer quit that day so they played instead.
2nd best: Voodoo Glow Skulls/Cadillac Tramps Spanky’s Cafe in Riverside CA 89/90?
Worst: Mettalica on Justice for all tour in OKC. Candlebox blew them off the stage.
I had to ask my BFF about this because I had a complete blank on it-then after she told me…oh yeah!
1971- Bob Hope. Ohio State Fair. We went with her Mom
A few years later we saw Kenny Loggins.
I’m embarrassed that I grew up in the 80′s and only saw very few bands-and now that they are all old and feeble if they are at a casino nearby I will pay 30 bucks to see them. What was I thinking?!?
This is just Hat’s way of confirming the age range of the viewership.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young….what can I say, I had uncles who were young enough to be like older brothers to me. Unfortunately they (uncles) are still hippies who never quite grew up.
Jefferson Airplane 1965(?) at Cal Poly, SLO. It was totally awesome. The concert was in the gym, and people were seated in folding chairs on the basketball floor, as well as up in the stands where I was. The college management had decreed “no dancing” but when the second set started with “Don’t You Want Somebody to Love”, the crowd just went nuts. This decked out hippy guy came dancing down the center isle and in unison, the entire crowd on the floor stood up, pushed their folding chairs aside, and started dancing. About ten college cops moved in to put down the insurrection, but after a few seconds they realized how outnumbered they were and just quietly eased back and let the dancing continue. Smart men.
Oh hey, I just remembered another one: Jan and Dean at the Rose Bowl in 1966. They totally sucked, but Otis Redding opened for them and he was great!
Santana, 1974-ish, Humboldt State University gym, SRO. He and they were great. (He still is.)
I’m most jealous of those who saw Stevie Ray Vaughan, Led Zeppelin and B.T.O.
Cleveland, Music Hall, Billy Joel at his prime, The Stranger tour. Few in Cleveland knew him yet, I got 3rd row seats no sweat. In Phila. then, no way I’d have gotten those seats.
Also saw Stevie Ray Vaughn’s first tour, in the front row of the Pirate’s Cove, I could reach out and touch him!
Also saw Little Feat on last tour BF Lowell George died. Hoy Hoy!
The Buckinghams (kind of a drag), The Casinos (then you can tell me goodbye), Keith (98.6), and one or two others. The old Civic Center in Austin, TX 1965 or ’66. They were all good.
More Old B.S. Later
Craziest concert experience for me was in 1975. Rolling Stones were playing at Arrowhead Stadium. The line-up was The Gap Band, Billy Preston, The Eagles and the Stones. How’s that for diversity?
The night of my H.S. graduation, 10 of us drove from St. Louis to Kansas City. The next day was the hottest day of the year, had to get to the stadium before noon for an evening concert. We made it down to field level, where there were drugs and alcohol everywhere.
I know it was a great concert, but I just don’t remember too many details about it. It was one of those, God was not ready to take me yet, moments.
Little Feat, Dave Mason Band, and Yes at Eastern Michigan University 1974.
Triumph with Yngwie Malmsteen opening.
I enjoyed it.
uncivil & right
Jeesh we are a bunch of old farts here.
Genesis w/Peter Gabriel @ the Oval London, September 1972. Plus a bunch of others,it was an awards show. Great day from what I recall.
Lionel Hampton; !946, Denman Auditorium, Vancouver BC
The Looking Spoon
Weird Al Yankovic…I was 15 and didn’t know what a good concert was…so sure it was good.
Herb Alpert and the Tiajuana Brass. It was just OK. Learned years later that Herb was going through a State of Depression. Don’t know who was playing trumpet that night, but it wasn’t Herb.
The Loving Spoonful, Young Rascals. Actually I remember the Rascals playing in smaller venues like large clubs on Long Island – I think it was Northport or thereabouts.
The Who, 1971, Music Hall, Boston. They had just finished many outdoor dates and couldn’t turn it down for the small indoor theater. Oh well, they were great. (Not my first, but quite memorable)
They did almost the entire Tommy, and some from the newly released Who’s Next.
Fleetwood Mac (Peter Green, no girls), Joe Cocker and Traffic, circa 1970 at the New Boston Tea Party (formerly the Ark), on Lansdowne St., behind the left field wall at Fenway Park.
Wish I could have made it to a Stevie Ray Vaughan concert. Have all his albums on CD, and a few concerts on DVD. Stevie’s brother Jimmy said that Stevie played the guitar like he was breaking out of prison. He was the first white guitarist to be accepted into the Blues Hall of Fame. I think they may have wanted him for a long concert up in heaven. Down here The Sky Is Crying.
Poco and Livingston Taylor (circa 1972) at the “Fens”, a park near Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. It was a freebie.
@Ty Coon – Little Feat will be at a nearby AZ casino in Sept. Hmmmm, might be a good take.
@ Jazz Workshop
San Francisco, CA about 1959
Already posted first concerts, but here are my faves:
The Smiths, The Queen Is Dead tour, Aragon Ballroon, Chicago
Sugarcubes/Pil/New Order, Poplar Creek, Chicago area
Siouxsie and the Banshees, Riviera, Tinderbos tour, Chicago
Rancid/Offspring, Hammerjacks, Baltimore
Dandy Warhols/ Love and Rockets, 9:30 Club, Washington D.C. (on my birthday, tripping on Nutmeg!)
Wall Flowers/Chris Isaak, Washington, D.C.
Finn Brothers, 9:30 Club, Washington D.C. (it was only Tim and Neil, but they simultaneously played multiple instuments)
Sex Pistols, Patriot Center, Virginia
X (original lineup), 9:30 Club, Washington,DC, 1998
Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Global-a-Go-Go tour, Cabaret Metro, Chicago
Echo and the Bunnymen, Flowers tour, Cabaret Metro, Chicago
James, 2008,2010 in Chicago, 2012 in Tuscan
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Pageant, St. Louis
Louie Armstrong 1956 ISU AMes IA Wonderful!!!
Iron Maiden: Piece of Mind Tour, Summer 1983.
I was a junior in HS and my neighbor won free tickets in the nose bleed section of the Veterans’ Stadium in Phx.
All I remember is flash after flash of big hair catching alight due to the lighters and bottlerockets constantly going off.
I was a skate rat with a flattop.
There were a LOT of rockers sans hair at the end.
Bruce Dickenson made one plea for the medley of fire to stop. No avail. They kept playing, though.
James Taylor and Carly Simon, 1971, at the commune next to our property.
RUSH- on the “Moving Pictures” tour
Opening act- Max Webster on the “Universal Juveniles” tour
Good doesn’t come close…!!
(My wife’s first was Pablo Cruise- I win!)
The New York Dolls, Vanilla Fudge, The Raspberries, The Platters, Twisted Sister, Elephants Memory (sans Yoko) between 1972-1974 at our property. We were cooler than our neighbor communists.
The first-The Doors-Chicago/1967(?)
The best-BTO-Denver/1980-my date caught Randy Bachman’s guitar!
Chicago Transit Authority, Sam Houston Coliseum.
Houston, Texas, 1967, and it was damned good.
Will never forget it.
Vanilla Fudge – North Shore Music Tent, Beverly, Mass – uh, um 1970 maybe? They were terrible (Or it might have been the brown acid.)
Manhattan Transfer – ca. 1981 – South Shore Music Tent, Hingham?, Mass; the again at Berkeley School of Music Performance Theater, Boston – Incredible acoustics!
Steely Dan (actually New York Rock & Soul Review, with Phoebe Snow, Boz Skaggs, Michael McDonald) – 1992, Mansfield, Mass.
Steely Dan again (as Steely Dan) – 1993, same venue.
Absolutely love their pure sound.
Skipped a decade, then saw Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn, Trace Adkins in the past few years.
FreeMan - Chick-fil-A today
Summer 76- JFK , Pousette-Dart Band , Gary Wright, Peter Frampton, Yes.
Not yes but Hell YES.
To all you Rush fans – Hell Yes too
Kansas. And yep.
Chuck U Farley
Does watching the TAMI Show at the local movie house count?
Ok, believe it or not my dad was a motorcycle cop in the DC suburbs. He scored 2 tickets for a new group from England. It was February 1964 and I was 11 years old (yeah, I’m an old fart). I had to go with my mom and wear a tie (clip-on probably).
Washington Coliseum, February 11, 1964. I didn’t hear much through the screams. I even took pictures with my new Kodak Instamatic. If I had those pics today they’d be worth a small fortune. Old Black & White photos. Come to think of it, from what I remember, the whole evening seemed to be in black & white. Different times I guess.
I never saw that band in person again. Wonder what ever happened to them?
Ok, now make a thread on what was the BEST concert you ever attended!
Melanie at Carnegie Hall
She was my Folk super-hero… loved the show!
August 3rd, 2012
Chicago 1974 at the LA forum I was 14…
First live show…George Carlin
First Live Rock show…Hendrix
Best shows…Genesis, Pink Floyd, CSNY
Brush with Immortality… in attendance at the Frampton Comes Alive show at Winterland
I’m still waiting for someone to say “Tiffany at the local mall”.
Also, RUSH ROCKS!!!!
Yes! America Tour
and it was freakin’ awesome!
And I lost track of them after that, but apparently they are still on tour.
If you remember everything about your first concert…you weren’t doing it right!
Aside from any given Rush concert,
next best would have to be Pink Floyd- The Division Bell tour in ’94 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, TX.
sans Roger Waters by then but still one of the best acoustically and visually.
Also caught Metallica at Cardis in Houston AFTER watching Iron Maiden and Wasp at the Summit in ’84.
Couldn’t hear for three days!
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