The first Concert I ever went to

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  • proggyproggy Frets: 2017
    My first gig was Led Zeppelin - Earls Court 1975.
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  • mortmort Frets: 515
    Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Gants Hill Odeon 1978 - so it’s the 40th anniversary of my first gig this year!
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  • ClashmanClashman Frets: 154
    When I went to Solfest in 2009 someone gave me and my Mate a Chinese Lantern each
    I noticed his had a hole in it but he reckoned it wouldn't make any difference and went
    ahead lighting it and releasing it up in the air...
    Not my video but the moment was captured ...


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  • 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.
    Yeah it was amazing. Dinosaur Jr, Swervedriver, Boo Radleys, Blur,  Radiohead, Blur, Primus, Jesus Lizard, etc etc. Had a big influence in me. I went back the for the next three years and saw many great bands. 
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  • cpcompanycpcompany Frets: 104
    Either Slayer at Newcastle City Hall or Metallica at Whitley Bay Ice Rink. Genuinely can't remember. Metallica played for far too long. Must have been around three hours and just wanted them to finish by the end.
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  • Mine was Rain Parade supported by The Jazz Butcher at The Electric Ballroom in Camden October 1985.


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  • peteripeteri Frets: 854

    Gary Moore, Run for Cover Tour, Leicester De Montfort Halls.

    I was in the lower sixth form, and would you believe this was a school trip organised by the school, for those of us who were interested? Went in the school mini bus!

    Ears are still ringing, and that was just from the on-stage volume (was right at the front)

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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 1530
    The Levellers, Portsmouth guildhall in 1991 or 92 I thin, levelling the land tour.  I had been to a festival thing just beforehand with shakin stevens, pele, jools holland and that petrol emotion (odd combination granted) but levellers was first time I paid to see someone.
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  • My first gig ever was 72/73 - Lou Reed , touring Transformer, at The Rainbow in Finsbury Park. He was truly dreadful and a huge letdown. My first ever band was the support act, a group of unknowns (in the UK at least) called Golden Earring. It was before they'd recorded Radar Love and they were awesome. So, not all bad! 

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  • boogieman said:
    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. 
    I'm on one of their records. I'm one of those saddos at The Marquee singing (shouting really) "Gloria" at top volume. They were bloody good in their day.
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  • lasermonkeylasermonkey Frets: 1045
    Mine was Rain Parade supported by The Jazz Butcher at The Electric Ballroom in Camden October 1985.


    The band that I'd love to have seen more than any other. I nearly got to see them at the Hills Road 6th Form College, Cambridge, but the gig was cancelled.
    I bloody love the Rain Parade!
    My wife asked me to stop singing Wonderwall.
    I said maybe.....
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  • Rowby1Rowby1 Frets: 363
    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
    I was at that gig. I can confirm it was loud.

    My first gig was AC/DC at Bingley Hall Stafford in November ‘79 on the Highway To Hell tour. 
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 3818
    Not entirely sure what the first one I went to was.  Might have been Cliff Richard with my mum.
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 852
    I forget exactly, but I think the first live music experience was a free trip to Wembley Arena to see Lauryn Hill, as my mate's dad was a big wig at Revlon or L'Oreal and they were one of the sponsors, so he got some free tickets. 

    She was terrible. 

    I also saw Barenaked Ladies at Wembley Arena on their Stunt tour in 1999, which was ace. 

    The first 'proper' gig I remember going to on my own (because I was able to drive) was New Found Glory at Rock City circa 2001. Ended up losing my shoe on my first crowd surfing experience (got it back!), and they were supported by RX Bandits and Fenix TX, both of whom were fucking ace. 
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 9432
    First ever gig was John Denver in the Albert Hall. Front row. My mum was a HUGE fan. 

    First "proper" gig was JJ72 at the UAE in Norwich, in 2002 I think. 
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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 3376
    As last time ... ELO at Watford Town Hall, joined by Marc Bolan for a jam on Roll Over Beethoven. 1973 <gulp> !
    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 1530
    First ever gig was John Denver in the Albert Hall. Front row. My mum was a HUGE fan. 

    First "proper" gig was JJ72 at the UAE in Norwich, in 2002 I think. 
    Saw JJ72 at the wedgewood rooms in portsmouth, great band.  would have quite liked John Denver too!
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  • My very first gig I went to see was Bon Jovi on their New Jersey Tour at Wembley Arena in 1988 with Lita Ford supporting (in more ways that one!). They were supposed to do an encore but as they came out, Richie Sambora tripped on some stage rigging and cracked his head open, so the concert ended rather abruptly.
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  • GrunfeldGrunfeld Frets: 2665
    Tangerine Dream -- 14th November 1976, Fairfield Hall, Croydon

    And, cos of this thread I've just found a bootleg of the gig.
    Gonna see if I can get in touch with the mate I went with...

    A year later with a Hawkwinds and Pink Floyds under me belt I'm here....
    Everything changed...
    The Ramones, Finsbury Park, 31st Dec 1977







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  • not_the_djnot_the_dj Frets: 5615
    edited February 7
    Guns'n'roses at Wembley Stadium, 31st Aug 1991 (I was 16).

    NIN and Skid Row opening.

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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 9432
    munckee said:
    First ever gig was John Denver in the Albert Hall. Front row. My mum was a HUGE fan. 

    First "proper" gig was JJ72 at the UAE in Norwich, in 2002 I think. 
    Saw JJ72 at the wedgewood rooms in portsmouth, great band.  would have quite liked John Denver too!
    Yeah, ‘twas a cracking night, though obviously I didn’t have a benchmark at that time! 

    As for JD, I knew little of guitars at that point but I’m pretty certain it was the first of many sparks that led me down this path..!
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  • jellyrolljellyroll Frets: 2175
    Manchester Apollo c.1980 - Def Leppard supported by Magnum and Tygers of Pan Tang.

    My ears are still ringing. 
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  • peteripeteri Frets: 854
    Saw Magnum 2 or 3 times, cracking act - again, old school loud!
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  • John_AJohn_A Frets: 1539
    First big gig I went to was Gillan with Janik Gers on guitar in 1981 at Newcastle City Hall with Budgie supporting.  I was 2 rows from the front and 14 years old, when they did Smoke on the Water I got flattened :)


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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 7165
    peteri said:
    Saw Magnum 2 or 3 times, cracking act - again, old school loud!
    I think I've seen them four times over the years. Best was probably at a warm up gig in a small pub in Wolverhampton. Stood about six foot away from them, wonderful evening. 
    Dum dum dum, dum dum de dum, dum dum dum, dum dummmm.
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  • skaguitarskaguitar Frets: 361
    UB40 at Hammersmith Odeon on the Present Arms tour in 83/84 can't quite remember the year...I was 17/18 at the time.
    They were still a political reggae band then and still to this day one of the best gigs and live bands I've ever seen... and it shaped the rest of my musical life to be honest. I do listen to other music and have a real mixed taste but ska and reggae are my first love and I always come back to it like an old friend...lol

    “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.”

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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 10850
    Marillion 81, pre record deal at Luton tech college Student union bar. Fish was selling tickets on the door for £1. I asked him to sign one of the flier posters and he went and got all the band to sign it as well. 


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  • DarnWeightDarnWeight Frets: 879
    REM at the Newport Centre, 18th May 1989, supported by The Blue Aeroplanes.  I was about a week away from my 17th birthday, and the whole experience utterly changed my life.

    This was the setlist (not my copy, so thank you, internet), and even now, I feel like I can remember every second of it.


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  • gilbygilby Frets: 128
    Think it was 86, may have been 85. Harlow town park. A few local bands leading up to the Damned headlining for a fund raiser of some sort. Not sure why but they had bookedMike Read from then "run around" fame came on to tell some gags prior to the Damned. Handily some guy with a green Mohawk had been handing out flour bombs to see him off.
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  • CloudNineCloudNine Frets: 2238
    Rage Against The Machine at Liverpool Royal Court, 1993 I think. Total and utter mayhem, actually quite scary. Health and safety would not allow it these days.
    # Previously Stevieb76 on the old Music Radar #
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