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Your first concert: Who, Where, When.
mrs. pineapple
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Posted: 2005-07-12 2:33 pm   Permalink

Some notables, that aren't embarassing...

The Replacements and Steve Earle in NYC
Neil Young and Sonic Youth in Philadelphia, (the hippies booed Sonic Youth until Neil came out and played with them)
Bob Dylan backed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Grateful Dead at RFK stadium in DC, (the last show before Jerry Garcia died, the first time...he went into a diabetic coma after that show) it was about 130 degrees on the field, and I wore a black flag t-shirt to the show! That's about all I remember.
Way too many punk rock shows that were incredible 4 band bills, for $5 at the Khyber Pass Pub, The Trocadero or Club Bacchanal in Philadelphia!

I also saw Cinderella at a bar in Northeast Philly, why? I don't know. It was scary, hair metal chicks have NO sense of humor, many should have fore-went the spandex!

OH YEAH - the Hooters and the Stray Cats at the Philadelphia Zoo ( I quit my fast food job to go to that because the manager wouldn't let me off work, and then my mom was so mad, she 'got me' a job at the dry cleaners, which was not only toxic, but horrible! It was worth it!)
Robert Hazard and the Heroes and Cyndi Lauper after a Phillies Game at Veterens Stadium,
The B-52's and Peter Gabriel at the Robin Hood Dell,
Dire Straits at the Dell,
and Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, 4 rows from the stage at the some theatre in Upper Darby! That show was awesome!
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Tiki-Kate
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Posted: 2005-07-12 4:13 pm   Permalink

My first concert was Thompson Twins and OMD at the Orange Show in San Bernardino, CA. Lied to the parents. Said I was spending the night at a friend's house.

My parents didn't think concerts were safe for young girls.

About a year later, I put my foot down and informed them that I would be going to see Crowded House at the De Anza theatre in Riverside, CA. And I would need to borrow the car. I don't think they'd ever seen me so passionate about anything in my life, so they caved.






 
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johntiki
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Posted: 2005-07-12 4:15 pm   Permalink

I'd list all the decent shows I've seen but being that I'm probably the only person in the world that listened exclusively to reggae music for 10 years straight, I'd be typing to myself. When everyone else was going to rock/hardcore/punk shows I was seeing artists unknown to the vast majority of the world. If I were to mention that I saw Dennis Brown, U-Roy, Mutabaruka, Delroy Wilson, Culture, Yellowman, Sister Nancy, Burning Spear, Eek A Mouse, Nicodemus, etc. would anyone care? Probably not so I'll stop now.
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donhonyc
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Posted: 2005-07-12 5:25 pm   Permalink

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Since you grew up in South Florida, did you ever notice that we really didn't get all of the big groups come down to Miami. I remember that my older brother used to drive up to Orlando to see groups like the Rolling Stones and the Who play at the Tangerine Bowl in the early to mid 1980s because their tours did not include any stops in Miami.



Joefla-I totally remember that and remember resenting it big-time. Back then, I couldn't wait for the day when I was able to get up and leave the area mainly because some of my fave bands would never come down there. As good a time as I had as a teen in South Florida it sometimes seemed like the Land of Misfit Toys. I totally remember The Who and The Stones making U-turns after playing in Orlando at the Tangerine Bowl and not coming further south. Pissed me off. If i'm not mistaken Bowie did the same on the 'Serious Moonlight' tour, AND on the Stones '81 tour Van Halen (w/DAVE) opened up for them. It sucked missing that show!! But I think you're right, there was a lack of real venues back then. The Sportatorium was the only game in town. It was a dump, but I loved it!! Great teenage wasteland. Did you know that it was formerly an airplane hangar before they turned it into an arena?

And yeah, I heard about the Sunrise Musical Theater turning into a church. Crazy! I saw so many shows there AND I had my high school graduation ceremony there.
I saw U2 there in the summer of '83 on the 'War' tour with The Alarm as openers. A friend and I were so obsessed with U2 that we tracked them down (to make a long story short) and caught them coming off their bus for sound check. It's hard to beleive now, but they had a really freaky entourage. First The Edge came off. Still had hair then and wearing a red flannel shirt. He signed my 12" Maxi single of 'Two Hearts Beat As One' and kept walking. I was like 'wait, I have to talk to you'. he was friendly but he was like 'can't I have to go'. What did I expect, I was some teenage dude, not a hot chick waiting for him. After what seemed like a mini parade of freaks coming off the bus, Bono emerged. He looked like he just woke up. Signed my single as well and kept walking to the stage door. I still have that signed 12". The signatures are a little faded but you can still see them. The show that night was amazing. It was basically the same show that was recorded on LP and video at Red Rocks in Colorado called 'Under A Blood Red Sky'. Still just amazing. First time I had ever seen a singer dive into the audience. Very emotional show.They totally connected with us and for the next couple of years I was a dyed in the wool U2 freak (up untill 'Rattle & Hum'). Great time, glad I was there.


 
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Posted: 2005-07-12 5:45 pm   Permalink

1978 - Madison Square garden - ELO

That was the tour where they had the giant space ship on stage. When the music started there was no sign of the band, but the space ship started to smoke and light up in different colors. Eventually the top flew upwards, and the band was inside.

Awesome.

My first backstage pass was Clapton, also at the Garden.
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PapeToaTane
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Posted: 2005-07-12 5:50 pm   Permalink

Y'know...I was thinkin' rock n' roll! Actually, my VERY first concert was pretty cool, too:

For my 10th birthday, I very much wanted to see The Baja Marimba Band, featuring Julius Wechter (Martin Denny's vibes player) as the warm-up band for...

(drum roll please!)

Wayne Newton!!

January, 1967
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Tiki Matt
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Posted: 2005-07-12 6:32 pm   Permalink

Dickies / Agent Orange - Somewhere in Hollywood

 
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Tiki Matt
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Posted: 2005-07-12 6:36 pm   Permalink

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On 2005-07-12 16:15, johntiki wrote:
I'd list all the decent shows I've seen but being that I'm probably the only person in the world that listened exclusively to reggae music for 10 years straight, I'd be typing to myself. When everyone else was going to rock/hardcore/punk shows I was seeing artists unknown to the vast majority of the world. If I were to mention that I saw Dennis Brown, U-Roy, Mutabaruka, Delroy Wilson, Culture, Yellowman, Sister Nancy, Burning Spear, Eek A Mouse, Nicodemus, etc. would anyone care? Probably not so I'll stop now.




I care John, I truly do...


 
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Shipwreckjoey
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Posted: 2005-07-12 6:56 pm   Permalink

The Music Machine, Yellow Balloon and The Nitty Gritty Dirtband, 1967 at some theater in Anaheim, CA (I think it was called Melodyland...round stage in the middle that rotated).

 
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Posted: 2005-07-12 7:03 pm   Permalink

Buddy Rich, 198...2 (?)

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Haole'akamai
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Posted: 2005-07-12 7:24 pm   Permalink

For my first concert I went to see the Tubes ("She's a Beauty" tour, I believe) play The Kabuki in SF, in ....uh.... must been '84. I don't remember much, because it was the first time I'd ever smoked ...uh... well...


Anyway, the costumes were great, especially when Fee Waybill came out at the encore in what seemed like 2 ft tall platform heels for "White Punks on Dope".




 
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floratina
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Posted: 2005-07-12 7:51 pm   Permalink

Pink Floyd
The Wall
Los Angeles Sports Arena
1979 or 1980

With a side of mushrooms


 
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MEAN GENE
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Posted: 2005-07-12 7:56 pm   Permalink

SHA NA NA at the Greek Theater with my Mom!!!
I think I was probably 10 or 11 years old.
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Posted: 2005-07-12 7:57 pm   Permalink

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On 2005-07-12 19:51, floratina wrote:
Pink Floyd
The Wall
Los Angeles Sports Arena
1979 or 1980

With a side of mushrooms


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Posted: 2005-07-12 10:44 pm   Permalink

The Cars - 1980



 
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