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OK : So try recalling your favorite concert  ,earliest most memorable or ?.   Having worked a number of years ,for a professional Sound Company  ,whom supplied equipment for touring musicians of all venues ; I shall ONLY name MY personal attendance prior to engaging in that work endeavor .

 

Monterey Pop Festival  I saw most of the groups ,Stand outs were , Jefferson Airplane ,Jimi Hendrix and Big Brother aka Janis Joplin .

 

Some years later I saw Jethro Tull open for Led Zeppelin in San Diego , I was home on leave from the Army  .  Saw a few groups here and there from 70's-90's but mostly small venue ,as I was very Busy then .

The greatest concert IMO , that I've ever personally witnessed  was 1994 Earl's Court London  Pink Floyd  !. The shear size and scope of the concert was Mind Bending .

A few of us from work had to interact with Rolls Royce Aviation Division ,which is in England so that's Why I was even there . The concert tickets were a bonus and totally a surprise .

  That concert is STILL  MY favorite of all time , the special effects music atmosphere , everything about it went flawlessly . FYI : I'm certain I lost several K kHz of hearing that night and No Rock & Roll isn't the only thing I've  listened too  :ack:  

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Best for me was Roy Orbison in San Antonio in 1964.. most impressive was Johnny Mathis in 1966 at A&M..lost electricity as soon as he came on the stage, and he did the whole thing without amplification..there were no issues hearing him..

I would add numerous from the Mudbug Festival in Shreveport, but the only name I remember is Buckwheat Zydeco..was always slightly impaired..:segrin:

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My favorites are also my first 2 concerts I ever went to when I was stationed in Norfolk in the late 70s. The first one was Neil diamond at the Hampton coliseum. It was awesome and I never say awesome! The second one was a small private concert for students at Old Dominon University where I was taking classes part time. It was Harry Chapin. Also awesome because he sang a new song that he had not released yet. I wish I could remember which one it was.

 

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I went to Crue fest about 10 years ago. Motley Crue was the headliner, Trapt opened, Sixx am, Buckcherry and Papa Roach filled in the middle. It was a awesome concert. I have seen Papa Roach 3 times and they never disappoint.

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You guys are all codgers,so much of what I’m going to say won’t make any sense. Saw Yes,in the early 2000nds. Amazing show & amazing to see a band I’d grown up listening to. I’d have to say the best shows I’ve ever been to are Jesus Lizard,shows. One in 94 & one in 18. The band can best be described as pcp cowboy music with Charles Manson on vocals. The lead singer spends most of his time kicking the audience in the head with cowboy boots or smashing into them as he leaps from the stage. I guess you had to be there  

Honorable mention to No Means No & The melvins. 

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My first concert was supposed to be Genesis Invisible Touch on January 29th at the Capitol Center, I sat in line for 6 hours in the freezing cold for my older brother and his buddies tickets and it sold out before I even got to the window. So they announced a new date 25th of May at RFK stadium. One of the brothers friends bought tickets and left me out of it. What a dick move. But I got them to drag me along to get a scalper ticket which came out of their pockets. I had sat in line for 6 hours for their dumb assess and then had to walk home 4 miles. They owed me that ticket. So we get to the stadium and promptly get a scalper ticket for me. We went in and I went to my seat, center stage 10 rows back from the stage. I stayed there for most of the concert watching all sorts of drugs being used around me and enjoying the show without any pharmaceutical assistance. Then I went to find them toward the end and found them in the nosebleeds. Literally 2 rows from the top of the stadium. It was weird, the sound there was off. From my seat before I could hear every note and see every drop of sweat fly off Phil Collins face without even looking at the giant screen TV. But there in the nosebleeds the sound was cancelling out and half the song went to a low frequency hum, the guys hated me for not sitting with them, there were plenty of open seats. I had to throw away my clothes as there was no way the smell of burning rope was coming out of them.

 

My second and third concerts I went as chaperone for my little sister when I was 21 or so. First was Bad Company in a small venue DAR Constitution hall. Seats were awesome and sat with sister and her friends. Next was Billy Joel, had to get a seat on the phone for it. Got an "obstructed view" seat, it wasn't the last seat in the house but it was close. The obstruction ended up being the corner of the stage. I wasn't on the floor, I was first row up sitting right on the corner of the stage, I could put my foot out and touch it. Seriously best seat in the house, I was eye level with everyone on stage where the floor seats were at eye level to their feet. And I didn't have to deal with a million teeny bopper girls clawing to the front. I literally sat there the whole time and never had anyone or anything obstruction my view. Cool concert, I could see my sister across the arena about halfway up and waved to her when Billy Joel came to my corner of the stage, she flipped me off. Her friend took a picture, Billy was like 6 feet from me. He asked if I was having a good time. Yes, yes I was.

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Our daughter was into playing guitar, still does. Her friend won tickets to a Greenday concert but could get them (too young - 14). Well, our neighbor was a concert promoter for Clear Channel, he got the friend tickets assuming our daughter could go with her. That wasn't the plan the friend gave the other ticket to someone else. Our neighbor got wind of it (he asked), so he get her and another friend 2 tickets with mosh pit passes! Our daughter got be right at the stage. The lead singer (Billie Joe Armstrong) about half way through the concert, asked for a volunteer to come up and play the guitar with them, our daughter was picked! She got to play on stage with Greenday. She even did a 2 min solo (she new the song) in front of 20,000 people. Billie Joe gave her his stage guitar.  She got to stay on stage with them the rest of the concert.  She called us (we were just outside of the Toyota Center) and told use she was being escorted out by security (we thought "what did you do?"), it was because of the the guitar. She still has it. 

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First concert was the fall of 1970, first year of college at Ft. Lewis in Durango, Colorado in the college auditorium.

I was a very innocent 18 years old.  Sugarloaf opened for Mountain who were at Woodstock the year  before. About 10 minutes into the concert all this thick funny smelling sweetish smoke was everywhere. People next to me and everywhere it seemed all decided to smoke. It was like automatic. A bit strange I thought. Needless to say it was a babtism by fire...er smoke.

Sugarloaf was awsome as was Mountain.

 

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Our daughter was into playing guitar, still does. Her friend won tickets to a Greenday concert but could get them (too young - 14). Well, our neighbor was a concert promoter for Clear Channel, he got the friend tickets assuming our daughter could go with her. That wasn't the plan the friend gave the other ticket to someone else. Our neighbor got wind of it (he asked), so he get her and another friend 2 tickets with mosh pit passes! Our daughter got be right at the stage. The lead singer (Billie Joe Armstrong) about half way through the concert, asked for a volunteer to come up and play the guitar with them, our daughter was picked! She got to play on stage with Greenday. She even did a 2 min solo (she new the song) in front of 20,000 people. Billie Joe gave her his stage guitar.  She got to stay on stage with them the rest of the concert.  She called us (we were just outside of the Toyota Center) and told use she was being escorted out by security (we thought "what did you do?"), it was because of the the guitar. She still has it. 

That is awesome!

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23 hours ago, Snake46 said:

Best for me was Roy Orbison in San Antonio in 1964.. most impressive was Johnny Mathis in 1966 at A&M..lost electricity as soon as he came on the stage, and he did the whole thing without amplification..there were no issues hearing him..

I would add numerous from the Mudbug Festival in Shreveport, but the only name I remember is Buckwheat Zydeco..was always slightly impaired..:segrin:

 

 I must have been a Raging Cajun  in another life time , I grew up listening to Doug Kershaw  Queen Ida , Ponte Bone ,Patsy Cline John Coltrane ,  Sonny & Brownie , later on Johnny Winter and a slew of British blues after that . MY favorite John Mayall  which progressed My path into Rock & Roll  I guess but I love ALL types of music .

21 hours ago, xonlyj said:

Jethro Tull and Uriah Heep! The Tubes were a wild stage show.

 

Can't say my first as it is my security question.

 

Here's one for the history books : San Diego Jethro Tull opened for Led Zeppelin . A friend and I went early ,so went into a crowed cafe to eat dinner a couple of blocks from the Concourse ( concert venue ) . We got a #4 seat booth  and about 5-7 minutes later some Long haired chap is standing at the door looking for a seat ,there aren't any . So I wave him over NO clue who or where he's from , we exchange greetings after some casual conversation I find out  he's from Scotland . So I tell him MY last name and he says Yeah that's Scottish alright . While eating he asked if we were going to the concert , Yep we are ,so he pulls out two tickets and hands them too us . I tell him we've got tickets already and thanked him , he says sell yours and take mine ; I'll see You two later at the concert and pulled out money to pay for his meal . I told him to put it away it was on ME and again thanked him for the great conversation along with  homeland  Scotland .

We had zero trouble selling our tickets , could have sold #200 !. So in we go and  our NEW tickets are 3Rd. row center stage .

So I'm talking with My buddy and people around us ,lights dim spots come on band starts and out comes this , LONG HAIRED FREAK DRESSED IN TIGHTS PLAYING A FLUTE !.                  YEP comes right over and says GOT YA , EH . I had NO clue Ian our Dinner guest was , Ian Anderson  aka Jethro Tull :ack:. Could have driven a Mack truck into MY mouth and turned around the gape in it was so Huge !.

Fast forward 40 odd years , Jethro Tull comes to San Diego State for a concert  Wife and I along with another couple whom are Huge Tull fans .

Out of curiosity I tell one of the stage crew to mention something to Ian and see if he remembers ME ?.  The stage hand comes back about 30 minute later with a Dozen assorted size Tull touring shirts hands them too ME ,along with a Pass and signed Note . MY real name is on it with How the Hell are You Laddie ! .

10 minutes later band starts up , before going into their routine Ian Shouts out ; Bush Laddie where are You stand up ,so I do wave he waves back. Says  Bloody Marvelous be sure and drop back after and bring your friends Laddie .  So they play It's A New Day Yesterday , Which is one of MY favorite songs :thumb:

 

 

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