The first Concert I ever went to

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ClashmanClashman Frets: 154
SOUNDED exactly like this but with a crowd and Eddy and the Hot Rods thrown in and a band
called Pinpoint but can't remember exactly but the ticket cost 2 or 3 quid..


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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32802
    The first proper gig I went to was The Explorers, at Birmingham University Students Union in 1985.

    Never heard of them? They were a short-lived band comprising Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay, ex-Roxy Music, and singer James Wraith. I’m sure you’re still none the wiser!

    https://youtu.be/ONn7mWlXhic

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  • LesbianWithAGunLesbianWithAGun Frets: 497
    edited February 3
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    November 2014 - Camden Electric Ballroom

    (am somewhere in this crowd sticking out like a sore thumb from Thornton Heath)
    This girl I was dating back then took me...
    I had more fun after the concert at her place if I'm honest, but she was into them/into me, the band's alright I guess - I like what they do with a bass, but, that seems to be all they do, she bought the tickets.
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  • LesbianWithAGunLesbianWithAGun Frets: 497
    edited February 3
    That's probably the only time I've gone to see a show, was when someone took me and I was eager for after.

    IDK, I guess I'd rather perform than see a live show, but these things could be fun days/nights out.
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  • My first gig was All About Eve on the Scarlet tour. This was at the Manchester Apollo in 1989. Not having been to a proper gig before I was quite unprepared for how loud it was.  Great gig though, and not a bad way to start.  

    This was back when Tim was still in the band and I remember how great his playing was. Being 16 and a big AAE fan obviously I was  also completely in love with Julianne. 

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  • revsorgrevsorg Frets: 382
    My first gig was Elvis Costello and The Attractions on Canvey Island. It must have been around the time of the Armed Forces album. Very tight band.  A fight broke out, Elvis paused the concert, said he wasn't going to continue until it stopped and said "this is why bands don't come to Canvey". 
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 7187
    My friend’s brother had a band that did mostly Judas Priest covers and I saw them somewhere. They had a mate who came out part way through and did fire breathing and set light to the curtains and the gig got shut down.
    I also had a mate who was a good drummer ( as I recall it anyway, but he ended up playing drums for a living in RAF bands so I guess he was) and they did covers and I used to ‘roadie’ for him in his covers band . So either his band or the fire breathing people. 

    First name band was Thin Lizzy at Stafford Bingley Hall on 18/12/1979. 

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  • My first gig, if festivals count, was going to Reading Festival in 1993 as a naive 16 year old. Being from a rural desert of culture, it blew my young mind. Friday night ended with Rage Against The Machine tearing the place up. A hell of an introduction to live music. 

    https://youtu.be/gHmCsOpnUvU
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  • FatPeteFatPete Frets: 199
    Another Elvis Costello here. Imperial Bedroom tour, 1982 at Hemel Hempstead Pavilion. I'd been a huge fan since I was 11 (a few years earlier) so was probably too awestruck to be very objective about it. Enjoyed it, obviously.

    One odd memory is the guy dancing wildly at the front who was a regular customer at the music shop I started work at a few months after the gig (and for the next 20 years).
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  • OctahedronOctahedron Frets: 358
    My first gig ever was Linkin Park with Lostprophets as support. This was way back in November 2003. 
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  • erky32erky32 Frets: 33
    Think my first concert was to see the Shadows playing a nightclub in Blackburn mid-60s. I remember the surreal excitement in me to actually see them live after only seeing them on B&W TV & in the "The Young Ones" film at the cinema. ..wow, these guys were famous icons!! There used to be a music shop close by hosting a cardboard cut-out full sized Hank Marvin displaying a genuine fiesta red strat for 100 guineas (=£105) ....oh laa, I wished!...I could only afford a Hofner solid V3 back then, which I played thru a Watkins "Joker" ....but I eventually managed to buy my fiesta strat 27 years ago! 
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  • JackieB33JackieB33 Frets: 174
    Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Millennium Stadium 2004. Same tour the Live at Hyde park album was recorded from. 

    I'm a fan of the Chili's don't get me wrong.. or was, at a time in my life.. 

    But what sold it for me, and made it possibly the most epic first gig on record.. was the appearance of the man himself. 

    Maybe i'm not as vintage as some of you guys  ;).. But this guy, and my taste, certainly is. 

    Fond memories.  <3



    ''i've not seen a reaction like that in here since George Best got kicked out for glassing a bouncer''
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  • Saw the Deftones at the QMU in Glasgow when they were touring "Around the Fur". 

    The support was Wil Haven. 

    Teenage me was blown away. 
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 373
    All you young lads and your beat combos.

    My first concert was the massed brass bands of Grimethorpe colliery, Carleton Main and the Black Dyke Mills in 1968.

    Proper music. 
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  • JackieB33JackieB33 Frets: 174
    Neill said:
    All you young lads and your beat combos.

    My first concert was the massed brass bands of Grimethorpe colliery, Carleton Main and the Black Dyke Mills in 1968.

    Proper music. 
    .. i did a brief stint selling opium at Mozart gigs in the 1750's if that helps.  ;)  
    ''i've not seen a reaction like that in here since George Best got kicked out for glassing a bouncer''
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  • markblagdonmarkblagdon Frets: 741
    The Alarm, Poole Arts Centre, 1985. Closely formllowed by the Damned a few months later.
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  • CHRISB50CHRISB50 Frets: 1892
    The Manics, Brixton Academy 1994. 

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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 4608
    Hawkwind, Swansea Brangwyn Hall, December 10, 1979.
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  • ReverendReverend Frets: 1686
    DiscoStu said:
    I saw the London date that was released on video. 
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  • ReverendReverend Frets: 1686
    As a erynyoung kid i saw Ottawan play at a Christmas party in 79. I went the the glc farewell paty in 85 that was attacked by Nazi skins. I don't remember any trouble but do remember see8ng Latin Quarter play. First actual gig was UK Fresh 86. Dj cheese and word of mouth. Sir mixalot. The real Roxanne. World class Wrecking crew. Captain rock. Steady b.
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  • My first gigs were early 1980 and at the local Fairfield halls:
    Suzi Quattro
    Wishbone Ash
    Sad Cafe

    All brilliant - maybe eclipsed by Seeing Queen at Wembley Arena (Game tour) later that year

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  • lasermonkeylasermonkey Frets: 1047
    My first gig was Hawkwind at the Monmore stadium, Wolverhampton, 1982. I was 16 at the time. I saw them later on that year as well, at the Hammersmith Odeon.
    @MagicPigDetective the Reading '93 lineup was pretty epic. I went just for one of the days, basically to see Big Star, but got into The Posies as a result.
    My wife asked me to stop singing Wonderwall.
    I said maybe.....
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  • BloodEagleBloodEagle Frets: 4076
    edited February 3
    Motorhead, Leicester De Montfort Hall, 1991, with support from The Almighty. I was 15 and it was so loud I had to have the rest of the week off school because I couldn't hear a thing
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 3322
    Probably posted this before in similarly-themed threads. Pink Floyd - The Wall at Earl's Court.

    I shall have to unearth the ticket stub to confirm the date. I do recall vividly that Gilmour fluffed the second Comfortably Numb solo.
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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 4940
    Didn't we do this a few weeks ago?
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 7187
    scrumhalf said:
    Didn't we do this a few weeks ago?
    Reminiscing isn’t what it used to be. 
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  • MayneheadMaynehead Frets: 1172

    Leeds Festival 2003, to see Metallica for the first time...

    There are no videos of it on youtube as the concert had to be put on hold half way through because the crowd pushed over the front barriers. And due to the delay, they had to miss out One from their setlist :(

    Still the best concert I've ever been to though. I was pretty much at the front row, and nearly died, but it was definitely worth it.

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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8992
    scrumhalf said:
    Didn't we do this a few weeks ago?
    I think we did, so I'll refer you to the answer I gave on that thread, where ever it is
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  • frank1985frank1985 Frets: 520
    edited February 3
    Metallica at Earl’s Court, December 2003. Had a back row seat but it was still great. Haven’t seen them since for some reason..
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  • boogiemanboogieman Frets: 5110
    Clashman said:
    SOUNDED exactly like this but with a crowd and Eddy and the Hot Rods thrown in and a band
    called Pinpoint but can't remember exactly but the ticket cost 2 or 3 quid..


    The Rods are still going, although Barrie Masters is the only original member left now. They’re doing some farewell gigs this year and then knocking it on the head. 
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