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#1 Oil Can Boyd

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Posted 25 July 2020 - 09:00 AM

Inspired by my own comment in the Grateful Dead thread, what was your first concert?

 

Mine was the Jerry Garcia Band in Boston 40 years ago tonight.

If nothing else, I heard Tangled Up in Blue for the first time and bought Blood on the Tracks the next day.



#2 saluqi

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Posted 25 July 2020 - 09:25 AM

I was going in to 8th grade and saw Heart open for Loggins & Messina August 1976 at SPAC with my sister, I was a huge fan.



#3 Chez

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Posted 25 July 2020 - 04:35 PM

Yes in the round at at the International Amphitheater in Chicago in 1977.  



#4 remphish1

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 07:51 AM

First one I was dragged to was Tony Bennett in 1986 by my parents! First by choice R.E.M. 1995 MSG

#5 uncool2pillow

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 10:04 AM

5th grade, fall of 1980. The Commodores at Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa. I can find no evidence on the Internet that this or any other Commodores concert ever occurred in Ames. I'm pretty sure they played there at least twice.

 

Second concert is a bit more impressive. The Police. Fall of 1983. UNIDome, Cedar Falls, Iowa.



#6 The Inside of Outside

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 10:34 AM

First one with parents - Grand Old Opry in 1974 (then again in 75, 76, etc.)

 

First one by my own choice - The Kinks, June 1983, Portland, Maine.



#7 Yaz Rock

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 10:51 AM

First (w/ my brother) - Eric Clapton - August 1990, Nassau Coliseum

Second (First on my own) - Soul Asylum - May 1998, Tramps, New York City



#8 Mr. Heartbreak

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 11:17 AM

First: Kiss - January 27th, 1978, Springfield Coliseum, Springfield, MA, on the Alive II tour; Judas Priest opened. Age 13.

Second: Aerosmith - November 18, 1978, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT, on the Live Bootleg tour; Golden Earring opened. Age 14.

No wonder I have tinnitus now!



#9 Boss_Tweedy

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 01:35 PM

My first concert as a young adult was Screaming Trees, Spin Doctors, and Soul Asylum at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans. It was during the summer before I went to college, and I went with a group of my high school friends.



#10 calvino

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 03:39 PM

1st show was John Mellencamp in 88 - 15 years old. Still one of the the best concerts I ever been to. Mellencamp had a killer band and really knew how to command an arena.

 

2nd show was the next year --- the Grateful Dead at Alpine on 7/19/89 - two different ends of the spectrum --- both equally great.



#11 brownie

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 03:46 PM

The Carpenters, early 1970’s, Garden State Arts Center (now PNC Arts Center) in Holmdel, NJ.  Yes, it was my choice.  I honestly don’t remember the year, but with Google as my guide, I’m guessing it was 1973.  I was 12.  I really did love the Carpenters then!



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Posted 26 July 2020 - 05:11 PM

The Carpenters, early 1970’s, Garden State Arts Center (now PNC Arts Center) in Holmdel, NJ.  Yes, it was my choice.  I honestly don’t remember the year, but with Google as my guide, I’m guessing it was 1973.  I was 12.  I really did love the Carpenters then!

The Carpenters were huge at that time. My older sisters were big fans then.



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Posted 26 July 2020 - 07:34 PM

Rush 11/1/96 in Milwaukee.  They did the full 2112 suite and blew my 14 year old mind.  



#14 Winston Legthigh

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Posted 27 July 2020 - 07:57 AM

I went to a Sha-Na-Na concert as a 3rd grader in the late 70s in Austin MN. This would have been in the thick of their TV-show run, which looking up now says it lasted from 78-81.

 

My first show that I went to of my own volition was in 1985 - U2, Unforgettable Fire tour - Armory, Minneapolis MN. 



#15 calvino

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Posted 27 July 2020 - 08:03 AM

Use to love watching Sha-Na-Na when I was a kid.



#16 Winston Legthigh

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Posted 27 July 2020 - 08:12 AM

Use to love watching Sha-Na-Na when I was a kid.

Ha. Same. I can still hear the closing song (Goodnight sweetheart, Goodnight) with Bowser doing his usual Dip De Dips



#17 calvino

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Posted 27 July 2020 - 08:37 AM

As a 8 - 10 year old - I found the show very strange.. My p's were teenagers in the 50's -- my dad especially, got a kick out it. 



#18 Analogman

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Posted 27 July 2020 - 09:15 AM

The other day I happened to see a video on YT of The Ramones on The Sha-Na- Na Show. I recall watching that show. But I do not recall The Ramones being on there. Of course - I don't think I knew who The Ramones were at the time.



#19 Winston Legthigh

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Posted 27 July 2020 - 09:50 AM

The other day I happened to see a video on YT of The Ramones on The Sha-Na- Na Show. I recall watching that show. But I do not recall The Ramones being on there. Of course - I don't think I knew who The Ramones were at the time.

I want to say that I only became aware of the Ramones because of Rock n Roll High School. 



#20 Analogman

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Posted 27 July 2020 - 10:39 AM

That could be right. I probably saw it on Cinemax around 1980.






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