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    First live concert?

    Feel free to show your age. I want stories!

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    October 31, 1988 Van Halen OU812 tour.

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    My first concert was also the best I have ever been to since. It was a magical night that I will never forget.

    It was 1987 I think and I was 17 years old. Pink Floyd had just released Momentary Lapse of Reason and started their North American tour. Their first show in the US was at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. I drove up from Cincinati with a friend after camping out to get tickets. Walking in to the stadium a good hour before the show, you could already feel the electricty in the air. The show went on for a good 3 hours and was magical. I think part of the magic from the crowd was the pent up demand to see PF and the other part was from Floyd's pent up demand to play as a band again. They were spot on the whole night. The best moment during the show was when Gilmour started playing Wish You Were Here and about 50,000 people started singing along. It gave me chills I tell you!

    As a side note, I remember if you lit up and passed it, it never came back, but not to worry someone to your right was doing the same. That went on pretty much all night.
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    I went with my parents to see John Denver when I was 6 or so. 1983? I think that sounds right.

    But if you're talking bands that you love and go on your own to see, then mine was Metallica in 1991, black album tour. Same venue, Hampton Coliseum.
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    My first big-time concert was a good one - Led Zeppelin at the Chicago Stadium (where the Bulls played prior to the United Center opening up next door), during their 1973 tour. I had just finished high school. I don't know if the fifth album (Houses of the Holy) was out already, or just about to come out. So they played a fair amount of that. But they also played almost all of ZoSo, most of LZ II, and lots of 1 and III. Just a great show.

    Prior to that I had only gone to smaller shows of local bands, etc. But I remember that there was a summer concert series at the Dupage County Fairgrounds, probably the summer of 1972 (but I may be off by a year), where you paid $2. The venue was the 4-H exhibit hall, which was more or less like a middle-school "multi-purpose room", with the typical school stage that's raised 3 feet off of the tile floor. No seats, so you stood, or sat on the floor (if possible). That summer, for $2 a show, I saw Styx, Wishbone Ash, plus this new band that I'd never heard of, called Electric Light Orchestra. Their first real radio hit, "Roll Over Beethoven" hadn't come out yet, so I literally knew nothing about them. It was completely amazing to see a band with a violin player who wore a cape, a cello player who wore this sort of monk's outfit, and then the rest of the band looking more like rock stars (including Jeff Lynne in his gigantic afro days!) When they launched into an extended version of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" (aka the song from the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" section of Disney's Fantasia), and just kept playing faster and faster, the place went nuts!

    College was when I really started going to more concerts, but that's for another thread...
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    Jimmy Buffett, Changes in Latitudes Tour, 1977. Our parents were fans took us. I think the Outlaws opened for him but I'm not sure. I do remember the opening act was supposed to start at 8pm with Buffett at 9 but the openers didn't show up until around 9 and Buffett didn't come out until Midnight.

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    It's hard to admit my "first" live concert but ok, here goes, The Commmodores 1979ish Tucson Az. I liked a girl and she had the tickets and invited me to go. The best part was the drive home (150 miles across the Az desert).

    First concert I wanted to go to was 1981ish - REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity tour, Phx Az. They were LOUD!!!!

    Best concert was probably Pink Floyd. DG amazed me with "Shine on you Crazy Diamond". The flying pig wasn't bad either.
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    FIRST: My friend's dad had to work, so I got dragged to Air Supply at Hersheypark Arena, think I was 9 or 10. Laser horses are cool.

    FAVORITE: I never went to alot of live shows, but saw Sting for both Dream of the Blue Turtles and Nothing Like the Sun...Branford, Kenny Kirkland, Omar Hakim, Dominic...great lineup. Wish I had the appreciation for musicianship then that I have now, would have enjoyed it on a whole other level.

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    Speaking of lame concerts (someone above mentioned seeing the Captain and Tennile....), when I was in college (I think 1974), my girlfriend (now my wife) and I were prevailed upon to take her little sister to go see the Jackson 5. It was in a "theater in the round" venue in the Chicago area, with a rotating stage (Mill Run Theater, I think). I'm not certain how old Michael was - but he was basically in his early to mid-teens. LaToya was also in some of the numbers, and Janet was maybe around 8 or 9 years old, and brought out for a couple of songs.

    At the time it seemed incredibly lame to me, but in retrospect, it now seems kind of cool to have seen the full Jackson 5 live. And they WERE pretty good....

    Later edit - in looking at some listings of Jackson 5 tours, it was a one week engagement at the Mill Run Theater, in June of 1974. In all of their other tours, from 1970 to 1976, the J5 played larger venues, typically. In 1974 they played longer engagements at smaller theaters, often "theater in the round" venues.
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    1984, the first show of Prince's Purple Rain tour... was a great start!

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    1988 Jerry Garcia Band at Poplar Creek outside of Chicago. I had tickets, but I took some stuff in the parking lot, and never made it inside.

    First show I went inside was the next night. Same gig, same venue. Amazing show as always.
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    Johnny Cash with June Carter Cash, at a local dinner theater circa 1983.
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    Judas Priest on the Defenders of the Faith Tour in 1984 at Charlotte Coliseum. My parents wouldn't let me go see Van Halen but didn't flinch when I wanted to see Priest. That's OK. A couple of years later I got my dad to the David Lee Roth show on the Eat Em & Smile Tour.

    Probably my most memorable show was Stevie Ray Vaughan opening for Huey Lewis & The News on the Sports Tour. That's the one where I decided I wanted to learn how to play.

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    Aerosmith in 2004 in Peoria, IL. Honkin' On Bobo tour. Cheap Trick opened. Sadly it was before I really appreciated them or played music.

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    Don't laugh, but my first concert was the 2010 Vans Warped Tour lol! Showing my age...

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    Neil Diamond, Coming To America tour. Yeah baby!

    First show without parents? Beastie Boys with Murphy's Law and Fishbone. I wish I was musically sophisticated enough at the time to appreciate seeing Fishbone...
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    Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels in Central Park in 1966 ( I was 15 yrs. old) and the next week (Central park) I saw Ultimate Spinach (warm up band) with Iron Butterfly.

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    15 years old, The Boathouse in Norfolk, VA - the Dead Milkmen. 1988, I think?
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    Rush... Power Windows tour...
    (though my mom dragged me to both Kenny Rogers and Neil Diamond when I was really young, she refused to let me see the KISS Dynasty tour)
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