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Mine was 1974 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Queen opened up for Mott The Hoople (All the young dudes). I believe it was Queens first U.S. show. What was yours?
 

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The first concert I coughed up money and went to because I wanted to, was to see John Denver in 1979 with my future wife. It was about the peak of his popularity and they put on an excellent show.

But the first concert I went to, I took my little brother to see Kiss in 1975, because he wanted to go and was too young to just drop him off at the door.

Have to mention: I was 12 in 1969 and a boy scout. We were camping in the summer of '69 and we were aware there was some big concert being held 'somewhere' in NY. We were out on a hike and we heard loud rock music in the distance, and thought "Hey maybe its that Woodstock thing....!"

No.. we were about 300 miles away - we never found out where the music was coming from - but that was as close as I got to going to Woodstock. We were aware of it, but really had no idea what it was all about till we saw the movie several years later. If you really want to go back, I did see the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show live, thanks to my older sister who HAD TO watch it. I was 7.
 

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First concert was some event to raise food for some starving people in Africa being held at the UN. Cost of entry canned goods. So me and several of the Scout troop members I was friends with hopped on a train into The City, Grand Central specifcally. And walked over to the UN. Gave them the food and saw ... Randy Newman, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and a couple others. That was late 1985 & I was 12. Now, the first arena concert was Jethro Tull at the Brenden Burn Arena in the Meadowlands in 1989; Had just turned 16. Had my license and the crew made me drive as I was the youngest. One of the crew was given an 82 Mercury Colony Park. We fit 12 in that wagon. What an awesome memory! Hadn't thought of that one in ages.

Best concert ... HANDS DOWN! Pink Floyd, June 4, 1994 Veterns Stadium in Philadelphia.
 

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Never been to one, and don't plan on going to one either. On the other hand, I would jump at the chance to see Ron White or Rodney Carrington live.
 

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Never been to one, and don't plan on going to one either...
Granted music concerts aren't for everyone but if you like a musical artist then there's no better way to experience what they have to offer than at their concert. After seeing Primus several years ago I vowed to never again go to a concert, not because of the artist but because of a 'crowds in a confined space' issue. But a few weeks ago I just had to go to Electric Forest (I feel a kinship with Wally, the man who hosted the fest) to see Bassnectar (yes, he's a DJ and although I'm an old school musician, I can appreciate what the good DJs can do... sampling/looping and electronic music has been around since the 60s, at least)... I felt so out of place but man was that an awesome experience!! It reminded me, in a way, of what Burning Man used to be back in the 90s before the initial driving spirit of it was lost.
 

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Three Dog Night in 1973 in Houston.
 

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The first concert I ever went to was Stompin' Tom Connors (a Canadian icon). I think I was maybe 10 and my father took me. As he played he stomped on a piece of plywood and I still remember him knocking the sawdust off it a few times during the concert.

In 89' I went to Toronto to see the Stones on their Steel Wheels tour, then the next night caught Tom Petty on his Full Moon Fever Tour. That was what you had to do back then to see one of the big groups play. Since then the Stones, Skynyrd, AC/DC, Frampton, Boo Hoo (U2) and a lot of other huge bands have played right here in Moncton. But I think my favorite was Stevie Ray Vaughn, just a year before he died.

I'm a huge Bob Seger fan but he never played around here back in his heyday in the late 70s and I was too young to go out of town back then. He did come to a nearby city a couple of years ago but ticket prices are just stupid these days (over $100) plus hotel, etc, and he can't hit those notes anymore so we didn't bother.

Mellencamp is playing here in September and my wife wants to go. Tickets are (only!) $60 so we might go to that.
 

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one of the things I really miss - when I was a young teenager in the 70s, there were neighborhood bands, and they played everywhere:
Dances, graduation parties, proms, free concerts in the park, talent shows and battle of the bands concerts...

From the time I was about 10 till I was 20, it was a big part of my life, later going to bars to see local bands playing cover music.

Now you dont see that so much. There are beatles tribute bands and some bars and restaurants have live music, but its mostly older guys, in their 50s and 60s on stage. I have not seen a band at a wedding or a party in....geeze like 40 years!

Are there no teenagers left that can play a guitar?!
 

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Kids today aren't interested in playing guitar anymore. Companies that make electric guitars are really hurting. One of the big names (Gibson, I think but I'm not sure) is in serious trouble and I believe they filed for bankruptcy protection. I guess playing guitar isn't cool anymore.

I always wanted to play but never really got much past learning a few chords. I did show my son those chords when he was 8 or 10 and he took it from there and taught himself to play. He's 19 now and actually pretty good, plus he takes after his old man in his musical taste. The first song he learned was Wish You Were Here.
 

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I once saw Van Halen in a backyard in Pico Rivera Ca. Cops showed up after about three songs and everyone went over the back fence. I was selling Lucky Lager for $.25 Each and made a lot of money for the time.
 

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The first concert I ever attended was way back in 1984, when Kenny Rogers came to town. (Oshawa, Ontario) I brought my sweetheart along, and within a year we were married... and still are!

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First one for me was 1978. I was 18 and it was the Scorpions at Honolulu Hawaii at their last concert on a World Tour!
I had never seen such a WALL of speakers in my life. Had really good seats, 5th row back, Center in the balcony. Most of us were standing up along the balcony railing. Forget about talking. You could scream near you friends ear and they couldn’t understand you.
All I can say is WOW!
 

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Last concerts I went to were Allman Bros., Van Morrison, Sade. V.M. and Sade were bucket listers.
 

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Its fun to watch the Woodstock Jimi Hendrix CD

and try to guess which people in the audience are time travelers from the future...

Im surprised there are not websites devoted to this.

in the future there will be people on message forums asking "who was the first person you time-jumped to meet or see?"

BTW, great practical joke: when you see a unique looking young woman working somewhere, like a supermarket wearing a name tag, look at them with surprise and awe and say "Ashley?! Oh my god its you! Oh course you were a cashier at Wegmans in 2018! Its such an honor... Im sorry, Ive said too much" shake her hand and walk away...
 

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Peter Frampton in Gainesville in early-80's Outdoor free night concert (paid by Student Union) in the bandshell. Great show.
 
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