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2012/03/16 11:23:33 (permalink)

First/Last Concert You Attended?

A conversation with my brother this week touched on some of the many concerts we had attended together growing up in Washington, DC.  Our first forays together were in the mid to late 60s when I was still a young (but extremely large) teen getting into clubs on my brother’s old license & draft card – we would head to dives like Benny’s Rebel Room (14th Street, NW) the Rocket Room (NY Ave, NW) and the 1023 Club (Wahler Place, SE) to see DC’s guitar heroes like Roy Buchanan, Nils Lofgren and Link Wray play. 
 
It wasn’t until July 4, 1972, that I saw my first stadium show when the Rolling Stones came to RFK – my mother saw us on the local newscast being frisked as we came through the gate and was convinced that we had been arrested!  Stevie Wonder was the opening act.  This was the first tour after Sticky Fingers came out in 1971 and Exile on Main Street in 1972, some of their best work, IMO.  Great concert.
 
The last concert we went to was last summer when we saw Steely Dan at Merriweather Post Pavilion.  Although Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have aged some, they still rocked out on a very hot and humid night and put on a great show that left us aging hipsters dancing in the aisles.  But we didn’t care about our beer-bellies and sagging body parts, for that night, we were all teenagers again.  Good times.  Anyone else have any memories they’d care to share?
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/16 12:11:38 (permalink)
    I love this one. For  those not aware, I am a stagehand, so I see concerts on a really regular basis when they come to town. However, I'll answer based on concerts I attended on purpose, having bought a ticket, rather than the ones I have to attend whether I like it or not.
     
    First one ever was Amy Grant in winter, 1988. She played a local high school gym, of all places, and I went with my church youth group. Last one was Paul Thorn, in the club house at our local minor league ball park, last April.
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/16 12:14:53 (permalink)
    Fats Waller at the Pops in the Yale Bowl was my last.
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/16 12:33:16 (permalink)
    First one, as best I can remember, was Blue Oyster Cult  in the mid 70's at the long gone Long Island Arena. Last was Dropkick Murphy's last Sunday.
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/16 12:39:52 (permalink)
    First one was Pete Seeger, in 1967 or 1968.THAT was pretty subversive, I was 13.
     
    Last one was Steve Earle and the Dukes and Duchesses with Alison Moorer, last October. They kicked serious ass.
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/16 12:45:55 (permalink)
    At least your not kicking your dog
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/16 12:51:36 (permalink)
    Tony Bad

    First one, as best I can remember, was Blue Oyster Cult  in the mid 70's at the long gone Long Island Arena. Last was Dropkick Murphy's last Sunday.

     

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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/16 12:52:54 (permalink)
    Michael Hoffman

    Fats Waller at the Pops in the Yale Bowl was my last.


    Any truth to the rumor that you demanded a senior citizen discount at that show?
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/16 13:01:40 (permalink)
    First one was in '70, REO Speedwagon before the hit it big. Last one was Jimmy Buffett for my 22ed time. Been a Parrothead since before the term was even around! 
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/16 13:22:57 (permalink)
    The 1st is a little fuzzy! It might have been The Young Rascals at Iona College. Then again, it could have been something at the Schaeffer Festival in Central Park or something at the Fillmore East. The last one was Sugarland at Orlando's Amway Center.
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/16 13:35:30 (permalink)
    TThe first concert I ever saw was Elvis in 1956 in my mothers arms ( long story) .The first concert I actually remember was Roger Miller with my dad at Buck Lake Ranch in 65/66. The first concert sans parents was Steppenwolf in the late 60's.
     
    The last concert I saw was bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks in Ft Wayne about 6 mos ago.
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/16 13:36:33 (permalink)
    First as a teen:  Chuck Berry and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Orr auditorium, New Wilmington, PA, 1964.
     
    First as adult:  Janis Joplin @ U-Hall, U.VA. two weeks before her death.
     
    Most recent:  Rod Stewart, Copacabana Beach, RJ, 12/31/94 - 01/01/1995.  Turns out that this concert still holds the Guiness Record for "world's largest".
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/16 14:10:20 (permalink)
    My first concerts in the early 60's were at the Lambertville Music Circus in NJ where I saw Dave Brubeck and Maynard Ferguson. I don't remember which was first. By 1966, Uncle Sam's Air Force owned me, but I did get to the Newport Folk Festival that year. I remember little of that weekend. The first Rock Concert (not counting the numerous Phillipino cover bands in Saigon) was in the late 60's when I saw Jefferson Airplane in New Orleans. Cat Mother and the All-night Newsboys opened. Again, I remember very little and that is somewhat "distorted" if you catch my drift. The 70's were busy with many trips to the Spectrum in Philadelphia and I started getting tired of the whole scene. I attended my last just before moving to Florida in 1979 at Madison Square Garden. Bob Dylan w/Rolling Thunder. That may have been my favorite; Leon Russell ranks right up there, too. pb
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/16 14:48:42 (permalink)
    I think the first one was The Statler Brothers at the Winnebago County (IL) Fair sometime in the '70s, but that was a family outing.  First one I went to without adult supervision was Willie Nelson at Alpine Valley (East Troy, WI) in 1981.
     
    Most recent was Ingrid Michaelson here in Madison at the Overture Center in October, 2010, and we're going to see her there again next month.
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    First one was in 1987, Whitesnake and Great White. Left the place deaf.
    I'm trying to remember my last one, I think it was Ronnie James Dio at a small club in Seattle in 2000. Well, it wasn't a concert as much as it was a club gig, but come on, it was Dio. The last big one I went to was probably Pantera and Anthrax in 1997. I honestly don't like going to concerts, so I haven't been to many.
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/16 16:57:03 (permalink)
    First- Springsteen in 1985 at the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina.
     
    Last- Springsteen 2009 in Chicago.
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/16 18:03:44 (permalink)
    All the big southern rock bands in the early 70's. Saw Lynyrd Skinner at a Gainesville, Fl rock festival before anyone knew who they were.
    Last one I'm not a 100% sure but probably Alison Krauss a few years ago in Kingsport, Tn.
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/16 20:19:18 (permalink)
    My first was Ted Nugent in the 70's.And Frank Zappa, and Doobie Brothers, and Steven Stills-all courtesy of Summerfest-free concerts-first come, first serve.Beer was 50 cents. My last was Robert Plant and the last of the Led Zepplin boys in the 90's. Excellent show- no beer this time-just great music!
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    ces1948

    All the big southern rock bands in the early 70's. Saw Lynyrd Skinner at a Gainesville, Fl rock festival before anyone knew who they were.
    Last one I'm not a 100% sure but probably Alison Krauss a few years ago in Kingsport, Tn.

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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/17 10:53:30 (permalink)
    My first probably was the Kingston Trio in Cincinnati circa 1963. At least that would have been the first national group.
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/17 11:19:58 (permalink)
    Kiss with head east in 76 i think. kemper arena, kansas city
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/17 14:30:28 (permalink)
    I'm terrible with dates and I even tried to research when these groups played here - Cream about 1970 at the Warehouse, which was just that, an old warehouse on the waterfront, nothing but a stage and carpet remnants.  Last one was the mid-80's and is a toss up between the Eurhythmics at Tulane's McAllister auditorium or the Rolling Stones in the Superdome (Steel Wheels tour?)
     
     
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/17 14:57:23 (permalink)
    First concert was the Beatles at Hollywood bowl in 1960something.
     
    Last was Cher at Staples Center.
     
    I used to see Johnny Mathis, The Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul and Mary every year at The Greek.   Well at least 4 or 5 times.
     
    My favorite was Marty Robbins.
     
     
     
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/18 11:30:10 (permalink)
    << It might have been The Young Rascals at Iona College>>
     
    Holy Crap, I was at that one too! Had a friend that went to Iona and I went up for a weekend.
     
    My first concerts were the Murray the K Holiday Shows at the Brooklyn Fox. You couldn't beat it, 10 or 12 acts: The Ronnettes, Ben E King, Jay & the Americans, Jan & Dean, The Crystals and on and on. Jackie Wilson almost always closed the show, all for only $2. This was in 1963/4. Great memories.  
     
    Most recent was the Girl Group Reunion Spectacular at Lincoln Center last summer. Terrific show, many many Girl groups from the 1960's, outdoors on a beautiful summer day, most of them sounded great. If you jump around You Tube there's lots of footage from the show, but here's a sample:
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT6vzIIGDqA
     
     
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/18 13:11:06 (permalink)
    First concert was Three Dog Night March 1972, followed by Humble Pie ( with Stave Marriott, vocals and Peter Frampton, guitar) in May 1972.
    Last concert was October last year, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.  Highlights of last year were Ruthie Foster, David Bromberg, sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Kris Kristoffersen & Merle Haggard, Over The Rhine, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, Del McCoury & Preservbation Hall Jazz band.
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/18 15:36:39 (permalink)
    The first concert I went to was Ricky Nelson at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City.  The last one I attended was Elvis at the Spectrum in Phila.
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/18 15:51:38 (permalink)
    Not sure the first but it was in the mid 1960's. Probably Peter Paul and Mary because I've seen them maybe 20 times and Mary solo in a very small venue about 3 times. But I also saw most of the great MoTown groups of that era too, Supremes, Tempations, Sly and the Family Stone, Smokey Robinson and many more. Last....    I can't remember! Haven't gone to one in maybe 15 years. I am disabled now and very hard for me to go to concerts or movies.
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/18 16:43:48 (permalink)
    Hello all ,
    First one was the Beach Boys in 1981 at the Hartford Civic Center . Have seen them over 100 times in all its different incarnations . Stoked for the 50th Anniversary tour this summer as they all regroup .
    Almost got tossed from Hartford as we were 5th row center and I kept surfing on my seat . The security guys gacve up by the encore .
    Last one was Areosmith / Doobie Brothers last summer at Bethel Woods in NY , home of the original Woodstock Festival . Great vibes whenever we go there and gonna catch the Boys and Dave Mathews as well this summer there
     
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/18 23:55:03 (permalink)
    My 1st concert? I have no idea, it is just a purple haze... My last was about 5 years ago, Manilow at the Verizon Center in DC, PP's favorite performer. She worked his show twice as a runner while we were in Calif. She was thrilled.
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    Re:First/Last Concert You Attended? 2012/03/19 00:56:10 (permalink)
    My first concert - Mac Davis  and the last I remember was Santana.  Thats diversification isn't it or just extremes?   
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