What Was Your First Live Concert? We’ll Show You Ours, Share Yours.

I’m gonna tell you some­thing. Most of my life I’ve been a snob. A music snob. I know, peo­ple like me can suck the fun out of a five-year-old’s birth­day par­ty. But I wasn’t always such a twist­ed killjoy. For a cou­ple years of my life, between the ten­der ages of 11 and 13, I was a wide-eyed naïf, groov­ing to what­ev­er late eight­ies R&B pow­er bal­lad rap hits hap­pened to come on the radio, and it all sound­ed pret­ty good to me. Sure, I should’ve known better—I grew up folk and blues and gold­en age rock and roll. But that was my par­ents’ music. To para­phrase Mor­ris­sey, it had noth­ing to say about my life.

No, in that excru­ci­at­ing­ly earnest yet also oh-so painful­ly awk­ward way, the first band I believed spoke to me was INXS. Yes, that’s right, those ridicu­lous Aussie are­na rock­ers whose tum­ble from cheesy to mor­bid­ly tawdry to Real­i­ty TV we all know so well. At 13, I was con­vinced that Michael Hutchence was my gen­er­a­tion’s Jim Mor­ri­son. And so one night in March, dressed in a sleeve­less INXS t‑shirt, ripped jeans and high-top sneak­ers, my hair teased into some kind of Prince-like pom­padour, I told my par­ents I was going to a sleep­over. Instead, I rode with a few neigh­bor­hood friends to the Patri­ot Cen­ter at George Mason Uni­ver­si­ty, the tick­et I’d had a bud­dy’s old­er broth­er buy with the last of my paper route mon­ey tucked neat­ly into the fold of my black Vel­cro INXS wal­let. I mount­ed the stairs to a sec­tion so high that our view of the stage looked like a Georges Seu­rat up close, all dis­ori­ent­ing lit­tle col­ored dots.

But I was there, man, in the throng, in the thick of a rock and roll show, hear­ing the hits blare across acres of scream­ing heads. And it was mag­i­cal. Not very long after, I would turn to hard­er stuff, become jad­ed and crusty and look back with dis­dain on the smooth sounds of INXS. But that feel­ing then… stand­ing there amidst those crowds, almost every­one old­er than me, wob­bling in the haze of sur­rep­ti­tious pot smoke and the slight­ly nau­se­at­ing high of cheap beer drunk fast in an old mus­cle car… I had arrived. I told my par­ents about this years lat­er, when the statute of lim­i­ta­tions ran out. And they laughed. And so did I. Because, c’mon. It’s INXS. Then again, watch­ing the footage above from 1988, the same year I saw them at 13, I have to admit that they don’t sound half bad. But good­ness, those out­fits. Prob­a­bly for the best I couldn’t actu­al­ly see them on the stage back then.

So there’s my sto­ry, read­ers, inspired by this Metafil­ter thread. Now that I’ve told you mine, please tell me yours. What was your very first con­cert? There’s no shame here, friends. Only nos­tal­gia. Extra points to those who pro­vide links to live con­cert footage.

Josh Jones is a writer and musi­cian based in Durham, NC. Fol­low him at @jdmagness

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  • Robert Hunt says:

    Not count­ing a few local occa­sions in which home town favorites Bob Kuban and the In-Men (known for “The Cheater”) appeared, the first real con­cert I attend­ed was Arlo Guthrie at the Mis­sis­sip­pi Riv­er Fes­ti­val in July 1969. The open­ing act was a young lady who had just released her sec­ond album — Joni Mitchell. The local PBS sta­tion taped it and used to run it quite often until they start­ed broad­cast­ing in col­or two years lat­er…

  • hoseycow says:

    Foghat @ the Indi­ana State Fair­grounds in 1974

  • GHoffman says:

    Also INXS… 1988. I was new­ly 16 and had a fresh dri­vers license. I drove from the north­ern Chica­go Sub­urbs to Alpine Val­ley in Wis­con­sin. Open­ers were Cheap Trick and Zig­gy Mar­ley. I can’t recall what I wore.

  • GHoffman says:

    Ps I rocked out to ‘kiss the dirt’ last night when it popped up on Sir­ius. :)

  • Claire Zevnik says:

    Paul Revere and the Raiders at the Tul­sa Assem­bly Cen­ter when I was 10 years old. I’ve been going to shows ever since! The lat­est was the Car­ni­val of Mad­ness in Okla­homa City which I reviewed and shots pho­tos of for Jam Mag­a­zine: http://jammagazine.com/cr201309-carnival-of-madness-concert-review-zoo-amphitheater-oklahoma-city-ok-september‑8–2013-writer-claire-zevnik.aspx

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    Scor­pi­ons with Whites­nake in 2006, in Athens, Greece. I was twelve. Obvi­ous­ly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGjDXnawMKs

  • David Kaz says:

    1982 Sum­mer­fest, Mil­wau­kee WI. Rick Spring­field, went to pick up girls. Sparks opened. I was blown away.

  • Martin says:

    The Who, The Clash, and David Johan­son at Shea Sta­di­um in Queens NY 1982. The Clash made a live album of the show, here’s the link. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=h4oZUF31eac

  • Leo says:

    AC/DC in 1979, Bon Scott singing. It was in Ravens­burg, small town in the south of Ger­many. I was 12. It total­ly blew me away.

  • Scott says:

    Uri­ah Heep, 1975, Ham­mond Civic Cen­ter, Ham­mond, IN no seats stand­ing only. We stood in front of the right speak­er stack and were left with ring­ing ears for about a week! Good times!

  • Yan Raymond says:

    First show was Iron Maid­en’s Pow­er­slave tour. Twist­ed Sis­ters was open­ing. I won the tick­et. I was twelve. their was a con­test at my school. who­ev­er sold the most choco­late bars for char­i­ty could go to the con­cert. Iron Maid­en was my favorite band and i did every­thing i could to sell all those choco­late bars and more. only 2 peo­ple of my grade year were allowed. This was a big deal.

  • Chris Wantuch says:

    Van Halen dur­ing the tour for VH II. Prob­a­bly 1979 time frame. Chica­go Amp­ithe­atre

  • 1967 — WOR-FM First Anniver­sary Con­cert at the Vil­lage The­ater (lat­er to become Fill­more East) — The Doors (their first album just came out), Cham­bers Broth­ers (still in shark skin suits — not their psy­che­del­ic wardrobe), Blues Project (with Bil­ly Pre­ston replac­ing Al Koop­er, who had just left to start Blood Sweat and Tears), Richie Havens (also first album time), Janis Ian (Societyu2019s Child a hit at that time).nnnnLike the bumper stick­er says, “I may be old, but I got to see all the cool bands.”

  • Gregory Markle says:

    The Plas­mat­ics at the Strand The­ater in Sun­bury, PA in 1982…at 16 years old it was like going to your first con­cert AND your first strip club at the same time!

    • Harold Brook says:

      The Plas­mat­ics — I saw Wendy chain saw a school bus at The Whiskey in L.A. the late 70’s. She was ahead of her times.

      • craig says:

        Ah…the Whiskey a Go Go…Good mem­o­ries there! Dead Kennedys, Echo and the Bun­ny­men, the Plas­mat­ics!, I even saw the Go Go’s there on Hal­loween! Noth­in like Hal­loween in Hol­ly­wood!

    • chameleonz says:

      Wendy was from my home­town

  • Alvin Lee and Ten Years After at the Stan­ley The­ater in Pitts­burgh. Tick­et was $7.75, I was 16 years old, and it was unbe­liev­able. I judge every con­cert I see by that show. Just mag­i­cal.

  • Katiest says:

    Mine was the Back­street Boys in Ottawa, ON, Cana­da. I’m pret­ty sure it was in 1995 or 1996. I wish it was some­thing cool­er and more hip, but nope I was a scream­ing lit­tle girl!

  • john higgins says:

    The Ani­mals and Her­man’s Her­mits Boston Are­na 1966. Good times.

  • Gregg says:

    The Rolling Stones 1966nBuffalo NY. nWith the Standells, nThe McCoys and The Tradewinds.

  • Mstmompj says:

    April 5, 1982–Rush in con­cert at the Civic Cen­ter in Lake Charles, LA. I had just turned 15. (Most recent con­cert attend­ed: April 23, 2013, Rush in Austin, Texas!)

  • MaryBeth Butler says:

    Van Halen at The Music Hall in Hous­ton, 1979. :)

  • defpublic says:

    The Stones at the Sacra­men­to Memo­r­i­al Audi­to­ri­um in 65/66. I was in 8th grade so 12/13. I wore a green voile dress, car­ried a hand­bag and clapped polite­ly. Saw Van Mor­ri­son a year or so lat­er at a roller rink (as Them with the hit G‑L-O-R-I‑A) but it was a dance, not a con­cert. I believe I did the jerk, the frug and the shing-a-ling.

    • defpublic says:

      I lied. I think I saw Simon and Gar­funkel a year ear­li­er (maybe 65/66) in a CLASSROOM at U.C. Davis. They sat at on the desk in front and we sat in the stu­den­t’s seat. My friend’s moth­er was hip and took us to GREAT things. I’m still go to con­certs. See Emmy­lou next week Bon­nie Raitt on 10/3, John Fog­a­r­ty 10/11; Elvin Bish­op in Feb­ru­ary. Saw CSN last year and Taj Majal (who I once saw open for Janis) and am still beam­ing. Best concert(s) ever were Ike and TIna in the 70s when they played a lot of dances and I got to lean my elbows on the stage and watch that woman dance. Five feet away.

  • mitzi303 says:

    David Bowie, Liv­er­pool Empire 1973.

  • BarerMender says:

    Ernest Tubb, in 1963 or 64. At the time, he had one of the best bands in coun­try music his­to­ry, and he played the junior high school in Buck­han­non, West Vir­ginia. I’m still flab­ber­gast­ed that I got to hear him.

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  • xirah says:

    Michael Jack­son 1988 in Lau­sanne. John Farn­ham was ope­ing act, but missed, because bus was late.nhttp://www.rts.ch/archives/tv/information/tj-midi/3439582-michael-jackson.html

  • Ed Glassner says:

    Rolling Stones, 15 Nov 1963 Arie Crown The­ater, Chica­go. Short show. Mick seemed unhap­py with crowd not danc­ing in the aisles or rush­ing the stage.

  • NickDanger3deye says:

    All­man Broth­ers with the Char­lie Daniels Band warm­ing up the crowd, Uni­ver­si­ty of Iowa field­house, 1973. I made arrange­ments to buy an extra tick­et from an acquain­tance before the con­cert at the back of the build­ing. I wait­ed out­side with a friend who had his tick­et, and the friend got into a dis­cus­sion with the secu­ri­ty guy guard­ing the stage entrance. Secu­ri­ty guy was ROTC. Friend was signed up to enter West Point. Friend got tired of wait­ing, so secu­ri­ty guy let him in through the back door to the con­cert. About 15 min­utes before the con­cert, it was obvi­ous that my tick­et was­n’t going to show. So I asked secu­ri­ty guy if I could go in to get the car keys from my friend and he said sure. I walked in and thor­ough­ly enjoyed the con­cert.

  • Chris Sessions Already says:

    AC/DC, 1982, Salt Palace, age 13 — could not believe a man could keep going like Angus for 2 1/2 hours. http://youtu.be/LAwUWig98A8

  • July 1969, the self-styled “1st Annu­al Rut­gers Jazz Fes­ti­val” (there was no 2nd). I was 14. A two-night affair at the Uni­ver­si­ty’s foot­ball sta­di­um. I only made the sec­ond night.nnnActs I remem­ber: Blood, Sweat and Tears (who killed); Miles (sad­ly, did­n’t note and don’t remem­ber which side­men); one of the myr­i­ad “New­port All Star” big bands (meh); Bud­dy Rich Orches­tra (also, odd­ly, meh).nnNina Simone was sched­uled to close. She could­n’t make it (many boos upon that announce­ment). Sub­bing was a new­com­er, an unknown, Rober­ta Flack. (There were no boos AFTER her set, let me tell you.)nnGreat, great expe­ri­ence. Made me a jazzbo for life.

  • jack says:

    a per­son has claimed that Michael Hutchence is alive, can u please let us know if this s a rumor or real? in this blog I read it jigdood.wordpress.com

  • Glen Moon says:

    My first con­cert was also in 1988 when I saw David Lee Roth with open­ing band Poi­son at the old Spec­trum in Philadel­phia, PA. It was for his “Sky­scraper” Tour. I also saw INXS there too but not until 1991 for their “X” tour.

  • Kent Hadfield says:

    Not sure of the year, but my fam­i­ly took me to see The Car­pen­ters when I was very young. I don’t remem­ber a whole lot of the con­cert, but I remem­ber laugh­ing at the open­ing act. It was Steve Mar­tin about 6 months before he became a house­hold name.

  • redknot says:

    Rolling Stones, 1972, Madi­son Square Gar­den

  • Harold Brook says:

    Chica­go at Madi­son Square Gar­den in 1973. nnOpen­ing act: Bruce Spring­steen and the E‑Street Band

  • Fred says:

    Cream played at the Con­cord Armory around 1970. All I remem­ber is that it was was very loud.

  • Chitown Papa says:

    Aero­smith, April 16, 1976 Kiel Audi­to­ri­um St. Louis. Begin­ning of Rocks tour, opened with Back in the Saddle–awesome! My Son’s 1st con­cert was also Aero­smith in 1998 dur­ing Nine Lives tour. Good stuff :-)

  • Open Culture says:

    For me, it was The Clash and The Who, JFK Sta­di­um 1982. The same tour as Mar­tin saw. Found some good pic­tures online from that day. Look­ing back the stage design was not near­ly as impres­sive as the way I remem­ber it in my mind. nnhttp://www.dianewilsonsbrain.com/whojfk.htmlnnhttp://www.dianewilsonsbrain.com/images/shelly07.jpgnnnnDan

  • Becca says:

    Bruce Spring­steen at the Tow­er The­ater in Upper Dar­by Pa. It was a rous­ing per­for­mance. We were on our danc­ing.…

  • Traspe says:

    Step­pen­wolf at Mer­ri­weath­er Post Pavil­ion, 1970. So long ago I dis­tinct­ly remem­ber the guy behind us had a big cool­er full of beer.

  • paco says:

    James Brown — El Paso Coun­ty Col­i­se­um — 1966

  • Rael says:

    Styx 3.24.78 in Pough­keep­sie, NY

  • Laura Catta Preta says:

    Rock in Rio III, in 2001, to see Sil­ver­chair, when I was 16.nMy mom took me and two friends (one of them thought Daniel Jones was our gen­er­a­tion’s Jim Mor­ri­son). nI real­ly liked them, and I was involved in my friends cause. So much that we spent all of our Rio time in their hotel. nIt was great, the best they ever were. I hat­ed what Sil­ver­chair sound­ed like after that time.

  • reillymorse says:

    Soul Bowl 1970 New Orleans: James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Ike & Tina Turn­er, Jr. Walk­er

  • Jason Phillips says:

    David Bowie “Glass Spi­der” tour in Toron­to, 1987. Duran Duran opened, and I met a girl there who had defect­ed from Czecho­slo­va­kia with her fam­i­ly. http://youtu.be/l9fQTQ6z324

  • Paul McDonald says:

    elton john tuscaloosa alaba­ma in 1972 on a tues­day evening. i was 15.

  • Sofi says:

    Jonas Broth­ers, Riv­er Plate Sta­di­um in 2010, i was 15, i went with my mom and my sis­ter, we’re real­ly close to the stage. It was their frist time in Argenti­na, so we were excit­ed to watch them. It was real­ly worth it.

  • Carla J Taylor says:

    Sha Na Na. 1973 at Per­sh­ing Audi­to­ri­um in Lin­coln, Nebras­ka, with a high school bud­dy.

  • Craig says:

    As a junior in high school, I drove 50 miles with a cou­ple of bud­dies to see Aero­smith in L.A. It was 1976 and The Cars opened for them. It was right after “Back in the Sad­dle” was released. I’ve been rockin’ ever since!

  • areaman says:

    John Kay & Step­pen­wolf, mid 80s… mid­dle slot Alvin Lee stole the show

  • Bwildermuth says:

    Eric Clap­ton and San­tana at Sarato­ga Springs 1974 or 1975.

  • telenetworxx says:

    My par­ents took the fam­i­ly to see Sha Na Na & Dr. Hook at the Mis­sis­sip­pi Riv­er Fes­ti­val in Edwardsville, IL on Aug, 18, 1978. I was just 6 so had to look up the date in MRF archives.

  • Tim says:

    Pink Floyd, April(?), 1970. Or was it Allen Gins­berg play­ing the har­mo­ni­um and singing Blake’s poems in the Fall of 1969?

  • Barni Livingston says:

    I have to admit I too was a fan of INXS dur­ing the mid late eight­ies (one of the two bands with a 4 let­ter acronym as its name UB40 was the oth­er) but as a slow mover in life, i only got to see my first con­cert when i was 18 (many fol­lowed there­after) and it was Prince in Lau­sanne, Switzer­land — an extreme­ly dis­s­a­point­ing per­for­mance, to the point that i am sure nobody ever filmed or post­ed it online — i believe it was the graf­fi­ti bridge tour in 91 — yes just checked for online vids and noth­ing avail­able — any­way being quite a music snob myself, I should add that Prince nev­er real­ly made any­thing ground­break­ing after Sign O The Times any­way… since then i have seen some of the most amaz­ing artists live — the only one i shall share which is off top­ic of course, was see­ing MC 900 Ft Jesus in Gene­va around 92 — 93 play­ing to a very small crowd — what a priv­elege

  • Elsternwick Pierre says:

    The Ever­ly Broth­ers and Bud­dy Hol­ly at the West Mel­bourne Sta­di­um in 1958.

  • Dirk Krause says:

    Mine was Grob­schnitt in Wesel/Germany, famous ger­man Krautrock band in the year 1979. I took pho­tographs and sent them to a fan site lat­er: http://www.stephan-schelle.de/grobschnitt/images/fotos/konzerte/wesel_1979/wesel_1979.htmnnAlso — exact­ly this con­cert was released in 2006; http://www.amazon.com/Zugabe-Live-Wesel-1978/dp/B00E0ZF0OCnnSo I am lucky that my first con­cert is some­thing that I can still hear! :-)

  • Kenny Cross says:

    KISS, at the Fab­u­lous Forum in Los Ange­les on August 26 or 27 or the 28th,1977 (not sure which day it was exact­ly) dur­ing the LOVE GUN TOUR, full make­up. They record­ed ALIVE II. I was 9 years old and went with my uncle. CHEAP TRICK opened up.

  • chameleonz says:

    Jethro Tull, Robin Trow­er and Rory Gal­laghertttt­tn Fri­day, July 23, 1976.nShea Sta­di­um Flush­ing NYC­nIt was HOT as hell we got there super early.nTull was amaz­ing and we had great seats.nNext up that year The Who at the gar­den

  • fredfx says:

    Yes at Madi­son Square Gar­den, Feb 18 1974. The “Tales From Topo­graph­ic Oceans” tour. Blew me away. I was in the nose­bleed seats, but it did­n’t mat­ter. I knew the dou­ble album inti­mate­ly and that enhanced the expe­ri­ence. They played that album in its entire­ty and before that played “Close to the Edge” in its entire­ty. “Round­about” was the encore.

  • David Matias says:

    Craig Mack, Red­man, Mobb Deep, Ill & Al Skratch — Bea­con The­ater. NY, NY 1994

  • Marky Narc says:

    Metal­li­ca, with Queen­sryche open­ing. March 9th, 1989. Lan­dover, MD — Cap­i­tal Cen­tre.

  • Mark Jones says:

    Thank you SO much for ask­ing! I just googled mine, Hawk­wind at the Man­ches­ter Apol­lo Sep­tem­ber 1977, age 15, and found a boot­leg on Youtube that I nev­er knew exist­ed! What an emo­tion­al moment — like unex­pect­ed­ly time trav­el­ling back 36 years to a mas­sive moment in my life. Rough audio, but who cares!? I was up in ‘The Gods’, upper cir­cle, but com­plete­ly blown away.nnhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9vNrXr1XXE

  • Fletch F. Fletch says:

    My first con­cert would have been an INXS show in 1988 (at age 13) in Colum­bia, South Car­oli­na. How­ev­er, they can­celed the con­cert for some rea­son. But I did have tick­ets. Instead, my first con­cert was a birth­day present to a new girl­friend I had a year lat­er: The New Kids on the Block.

  • Pamela says:

    My first con­cert was Jimi Hen­drix and The Expe­ri­ence open­ing for The Mon­kees, 12 July 1967 in Greens­boro, NC. I was 11 years old but knew who Jimi was since I was already a music freak and lis­tened to all kinds. I went in a Mon­kees fan (like many lit­tle girls!) and came out a life-long Jimi fan. It was an incred­i­ble night and made a huge impres­sion on me which I’ll nev­er for­get.

  • Mike Fantast says:

    Frank Zap­pa, Mel­bourne Aus­tralia, Fes­ti­val Hall June 1973nnStill one of my all-time favs

  • Mike says:

    For me it was Led Zep­pelin in April of 1977 at the Met Cen­ter in Bloom­ing­ton, Min­neso­ta. There was a severe thun­der storm that night and the band arrived very late and report­ed­ly were a bit shak­en up by the bumpy flight from Chica­go. By most accounts it was not one of their bet­ter shows. But of course I thought it was incred­i­ble.

  • Paul Tatara says:

    Lin­da Ron­stadt. “Mad Love” tour. Birm­ing­ham, AL, 1980.

  • Suzi-Q says:

    The Bea­t­les — first US con­cert at For­est Hills Ten­nis Sta­di­um, NY in1964. I screamed, I cried. I swore John saw only me when the heli­copter car­ry­ing the fab four flew over­head. Arriv­ing home I imme­di­ate­ly col­lapsed on the floor sob­bing, hold­ing my per­fect copy of a hand drawn pic­ture of John Lennon. And so my entry into the British Inva­sion and the world of rock ’n’ roll began…

  • hamakiman says:

    Jour­ney, 1979 Las Vegas Coven­tion Cen­ter. I was 17 and was there with my first girl friend.…wonderful. Ahh­h­hh the inno­cence of it.…besides the pot and rum and coke.

  • AyunH says:

    No video results for John Den­ver, Mar­ket Square Are­na 04/19/78 Indi­anapo­lis, Indi­ana nn:)nnI went with my best friend Mar­jie Wood. I wore my brand new rain­bow striped, Hang Ten gym shorts. nnI may be the least cool per­son here!

  • Mary Carpenter says:

    Her­man’s Her­mits, about 1965 at Will Rogers Colos­se­um in Fort Worth

  • MichaelB says:

    I think one of the first per­for­mances I went to was the Fam­i­ly Val­ues Tour, the sec­ond or third edi­tion with Staind, Stone Tem­ple Pilots and some oth­er well known band I can’t remem­ber off the top of my head. That was with my broth­er. The very first per­for­mance I went to by myself I think was Por­cu­pine Tree in 2007 with the band 3 open­ing.

  • sfemet says:

    I grew up going to the Hol­ly­wood Bowl with my fam­i­ly but my first real “by myself” con­cert was Elton John-Octo­ber 25, 1975-Dodger Sta­di­um. I still have the pro­gram with all the songs writ­ten on the back and my tick­et stub. It was also my birth­day. 55,000 peo­ple, Emmy Lou Har­ris and Joe Walsh opened the show, Elton played for 3 hours and timed “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me” for sun­set. It was epic.nnhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX6y47On938

  • friardave says:

    Queen…San Diego Sports Aro­ma March 5 1977…16 yrs old with a few buddies…floor seats with a bag of home rolled…San Diego Chick­en stole a J from my bud­dy and asked us if our moms gave us a note for this…what an intro to live music

  • friardave says:

    Queen…San Diego Sports Aro­ma March 5 1977…16 yrs old with a few buddies…floor seats with a bag of home rolled…San Diego Chick­en stole a J from my bud­dy and asked us if our moms gave us a note for this…what an intro to live music

  • Joshua Smith says:

    Prob­a­bly R.E.M. (with Radio­head open­ing!) in 1995ish is the first one I went to because I want­ed to go. After that, I think Rush was the sec­ond one I went to and Pantera/White Zom­bie was the third.

  • Sparticus Speaks says:

    Sep­tem­ber, 1979 — El Paso, TX — Eric Clap­ton+ Clap­ton played about 1 1/4 hours, then left the stage. He came back for an encore, then left again. After about 10 min­utes, the house lights came up and every­one start­ed leav­ing. After about 10 more min­utes, maybe 2/3rds of the crowd had gone and Clap­ton comes back out. He said some­thing like, “Where did every­one go? We aren’t done yet. I would like to intro­duce a spe­cial friend… Mr Mud­dy Waters.” Waters comes out, they bring him a stool, and he plugs in and jams with Clap­ton for anoth­er 90 min­utes. I knew even then that I was see­ing rock his­to­ry in the mak­ing. Words fail me… just wow!

  • xtcfan says:

    Joe Cock­er with the Grease Band in 1970 (same as at Wood­stock) with The Byrds open­ing. All i knew about Cock­er was a cou­ple of Bea­t­les cov­ers from the radio, so could­n’t believe how loud his band was. I was 15, my friend’s Dad drove us to Upsala Col­lege in E. Orange, NJ. We were the youngest in a crowd of hip­py col­lege stu­dents — first time I ever saw (or smelled) the fun­ny cig­a­rettes they were pass­ing. Byrds were good, but even then I could tell McGuin was a bit of a pos­er on-stage. Cock­er, with his pas­sion­ate air-bass, spas­tic per­for­mance blew them away.
    PS, I was at the same Yes show fred­fx notes above; also knew TFTO back­wards and for­wards — absolute­ly mind-blow­ing show.

  • anthony sciacca says:

    The first big time show i saw was at the Civic Are­na in Pitts­burgh- The Dave Clark 5- 1965 or there­abouts. It was great: they were way bet­ter than they had to be.

  • Christopher says:

    The first live Show I saw was Soul Bowl 70 in New Orleans. I have been search­ing for years of pho­tos or arti­facts from the Con­cert. Its real­ly a shame no one took inter­est in such a great Musi­cal Event. To this day I still think it one of the Great­est I have ever seen.

  • Mike Briggs says:

    My first con­cert was KISS on their 1977 “Rock and Roll Over” tour. My ears are still ring­ing. I still have the con­cert book­let with iron-on t‑shirt decal. haven’t thought of that for a few years.

  • Johnny Pierre says:

    My first con­cert was a 1967 triple bill fea­tur­ing Blues Magoos, The Who and Her­man’s Her­mits @ DAR Con­sti­tu­tion Hall (Wash­ing­ton D.C.)…I described the whole thing in a blog post awhile back: http://www.johnnypierre.com/blog/blog/my-first-rock-concert

  • Cathy Purvis says:

    My 1st con­cert was The Bea­t­les, Sept. 16, 1964, in New Orleans City Park Sta­di­um. I was 14, in Junior High School, and paid $5.00 for the tick­et. I could­n’t hear A THING! From a recent review of this con­cert (by some of the peo­ple who were orga­niz­ers & ‘spe­cial’ atten­dees) I heard that the only thing the Bea­t­les want­ed was to meet FATS DOMINO, and they arranged for THAT.

    There were sev­er­al rows of chairs for the ‘elite’ right in front of the stage, AND room for sev­er­al hand­i­capped girls. At one point after the Bea­t­les came on (at about 9:30 p.m.), the crowd poured out of the stands, and had to be ‘restrained’ by the New Orleans Police, some on horse­back, oth­ers tack­ling girls. I think there were a few injuries…but not to the POLICE! At the end of the con­cert, I believe John Lennon com­ment­ed on the great ‘foot­ball game’.

    I did­n’t real­ize, but there were actu­al­ly some oth­er groups that came on BEFORE the Bea­t­les, that I did­n’t even real­ize. Clarence ‘Frog­man’ Hen­ry (a New Orleans favorite), Jack­ie de Shan­non & The Bill Black Com­bo.

    They stayed in this ‘mangy’ hotel called The Con­gress Inn on Chef Menteur High­way. The hotel actu­al­ly SOLD PIECES of their sheets after the con­cert. The next year, I was on a school French Club trip, and we hap­pened to stay at this same hotel. Poor Bea­t­les!

  • Kathryn Talbot says:

    Do you remem­ber the date and venue of this con­cert. I think it was my first con­cert too.

  • Vivian says:

    Earth Wind and Fire. Civic cen­ter Birm­ing­ham AL,Jan.1977. 8th grade, 13yrs old. My all time favs. I think the tick­ets were $8.00.We grooved that night!Love’em.

  • William says:

    I was at that con­cert!!!

  • Eric Sutter says:

    May 7, 1973 dou­ble bill of Rod Stew­art + Faces with The Doo­bie Broth­ers at the Spring­field Civic Cen­ter in Mass­a­chu­setts.

  • William Gregg says:

    Mine too. I was 16 but turned 17 the next day.

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