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Your First Concert
17 August 2011
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kelicopter
Sitting in an English Garden
Shea Stadium
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Apart from local gigs and comedians, mine was a band called Flobots. (They had that single "Handlebars" a few years back you may remember.)

23rd September 2008; I was 14.

Kings College London.

It was either £10 or £15.

And tbh it was quite a good first gig, and I've pretty much been continuously buying gig tickets since then. a-hard-days-night-john-1

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"When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind."
17 August 2011
6.07am
CranberrySauce
Sitting on a Corn Flake
Shea Stadium
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Mannheim Steamroller, for a Christmas concert. I was maybe ten. The only thing I really remember about it was how cool it was for someone to play the electric violin...

Because the wind is high, it blows my mind.
17 August 2011
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Mine was the Rolling Stones in Glasgow a 10 years ago. Would have been around 16/17 years old. Have to say they werent that good. All i can remember really is being bored to death by a guitar solo by one of the band, i think Keith Richards but i could be wrong. Lasted for what seemed like an eternity.

He told us not to get overwhelmed by grief and whatever thoughts we have... to keep them happy, because any thoughts we have of him will travel to him wherever he is. (John Lennon - 27/8/67)
18 August 2011
6.48am
JET!
Rockin' in two by two
Candlestick Park
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meanmistermustard said:

Mine was the Rolling Stones in Glasgow a 10 years ago. Would have been around 16/17 years old. Have to say they werent that good. All i can remember really is being bored to death by a guitar solo by one of the band, i think Keith Richards but i could be wrong. Lasted for what seemed like an eternity.

 

BLASPHEMY. did you even like them before you went?

Mine was Aerosmith, I was about 7. I think I fell asleep. That's a long night for a kid.

The sunshine bores the daylights outta me
18 August 2011
9.04am
RedLennon
Whitewater WI
Ed Sullivan Show
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I saw Bon Jovi when I was 8.  I don't care to much for his music anymore though.

18 August 2011
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JET! said:

meanmistermustard said:

Mine was the Rolling Stones in Glasgow a 10 years ago. Would have been around 16/17 years old. Have to say they werent that good. All i can remember really is being bored to death by a guitar solo by one of the band, i think Keith Richards but i could be wrong. Lasted for what seemed like an eternity.

BLASPHEMY. did you even like them before you went?

Mine was Aerosmith, I was about 7. I think I fell asleep. That's a long night for a kid.

I did. Over the years my interest has wained. For me that night the band didnt rock, more rolled me into a slumber. 

He told us not to get overwhelmed by grief and whatever thoughts we have... to keep them happy, because any thoughts we have of him will travel to him wherever he is. (John Lennon - 27/8/67)
20 August 2011
4.49pm
Mrs. Taxman
The marketplace
Decca
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.....Jonas Brothers..but to be fair I fell asleep and had to leave early. it wasnt good

my first REAL concert was the Black-eyed peas (a friend had an extra ticket for a box seat with free ribs-who could say no?) 

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5 November 2012
4.52am
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Casbah Coffee Club
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The only real concert I've been to was the Bee Gees in 1979. I was 10 and didn't like it. The music was too loud for my little ears.

5 November 2012
5.54am
Von Bontee
A Hole In The Road
Apple rooftop
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My dad took me to see a Beatles cover band when I was about seven! That woulda been around 1974 or 75. (Actually I'm not sure they really were a cover band - they may have just been a local bunch of amateurs in turquoise jumpsuits! But they definitely did play "A Hard Day's Night" and "She Loves You". I really only knew a dozen or so Beatles songs at the time.)

After that, I didn't see another band until '85, when I saw Canadian metallers Triumph (the poor man's Rush.) Fantastic lasers!

Also, how wonderful that Mr. Sunking is apparently a time-traveller! :D

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
5 November 2012
12.15pm
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Apple rooftop
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Maybe it's because I just woke up, but where do you get that from?

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
5 November 2012
12.37pm
BluemeanAl
North Carolina, USA
The Top Ten Club
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James Cotton Blues Band and Canned Heat, sometime in the fall of 1973, Bangor Auditorium, Bangor Maine.  I don't know the date, don't have the ticket.  I contacted the venue a couple of years ago to see if they had an archive of concerts from that era, as I was looking for the dates of several shows that I'd seen to try to fill in the blanks in a spreadsheet I keep of concerts attended.  No luck. 

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5 November 2012
7.16pm
Into the Sky with Diamonds
New York
Apple rooftop
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The folk-rocking Lovin' Spoonful at Hunter College in New York.

I was allowed to go because it was in the afternoon.

Probably '66; they'd just released "Summer in the City."

For years the pictures I took were on a bulletin board above my desk, so the the visual is quite prominent in my mind. I 'remember' what the band was wearing.

It was really an excellent concert. Very simple (as were all concerts in the '60s): guitars, amps, and a drum set. No light show (although the Fillmore East would add their great Joshua Lightshow in short order). Good musicians.

[The Best of the Lovin' Spoonful is a great little CD]

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5 November 2012
7.17pm
Von Bontee
A Hole In The Road
Apple rooftop
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xpost - The date of your post was exactly three months BEFORE the McCartney concert!

I guess since you'd already bought the ticket and had expectations that it would be your first concert, and the thread title didn't specify the key word "was", it's an entirely valid answer. But it amused me nonetheless.

Also, since Menudo were mentioned upthread: The most notable aspect of the band was it's deliberate revolving-door policy. Members of the band were basically forced out and replaced with new young members after they reached the age of 16. The band was started in the '70s and are apparently still recording! (Under the name MDO)

(Oh and yeah, the Spoonful were pretty great indeed - even aside from their hits, they had a equal amount of album tracks that SHOULD'VE been singles!)

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
5 November 2012
8.39pm
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I actually made a slight error - my first concert was Paul on August 12, 2010. It must have been an error (as McCartney's 2011 show was on July 26th). I still can't believe I've seen him twice.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
6 November 2012
4.08pm
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Sitting in an English garden
Apple rooftop
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Nice for some, isn't it Sun King? a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

The first (and only) concert I went to is a Peter Andre one. My parents thought I would enjoy the experience as I watched one of his tv shows occasionaly. I didn't.

One day, I hope to see Paul. Before he retires paul-mccartney

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

6 November 2012
8.10pm
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Von Bontee said
After that, I didn't see another band until '85, when I saw Canadian metallers Triumph (the poor man's Rush.) Fantastic lasers!

I've seen Triumph in concert in either the very late 70's or very early 80's. They were awesome. The concert was halted for about 5 or 10 minutes as Rik Emmett broke a guitar string. During that time, the bass player (his name escapes me and I'm too lazy to Google it) told jokes. You are right, the laser show was stellar.

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5 December 2012
10.41pm
Lucy in the Sky with Stars
St Peters Church
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The Monkees in September of 1997 at the Bloomsburg Fair.

7 December 2012
6.36pm
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Vienna, Austria
Hollywood Bowl
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Iwas at donauinselfest, an open_air festival in vienna with about 36,000 attenders on the biggest stage, the last 4 years. 8so the first time when I was 8 or 9) I never was at a concert for on single person but I'm possibly going to see peter gabreiel and pink floyd (or someone of pink floy who plays the wall) next year

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7 December 2012
11.52pm
Linde
The Netherlands
Apple rooftop
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K3. A Belgian girlgroup for kids. I was about 5 or 6.

But that probably doesn't count, so then:

Mika. In 2008. I was 14. Can't stand him now though, really can't believe I was a fan once.

8 December 2012
1.02am
...ontherun
Massachusetts
Ed Sullivan Show
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Aerosmith on the Done with Mirrors tour.... 1986. I was 15.

Last show I saw? Week ago tonight. The Who in Boston. Daltrey sounded fantastic as did Pete*.

Oh... And Ringo Jr. ? Zack? Amazing. He has Father Ringo's timing but you can tell that it was Godfather Keith who taught him how to play. Ringo's perfection... Keith reckless abandon... one amazing drummer.

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* Pete's new autobiography is rather good by the way. Half way through.... But of course I skimmed the index for Beatkes stuff. A strong respect and friendship with Paul (Paul asked Pete to deliver Linda's eulogy) he didn't really know John, not much on Ringo and, though they didn't spend a lot of time together it seems he absolutely loved George. Great read.

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