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What was your first real gig experience....

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Ghostdriver, Nov 13, 2020.

  1. Ghostdriver

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    So, scouring this forum over the last year I have made an assumption, rightly or very wrongly that many of us are the wrong side of 50, as I am!

    so I wondered what was everyone’s first proper gig/ concert/ happening that they attended, not to play, but to spectate ? There must be some real corkers out there I am sure.

    for the record, mine was Wishbone Ash at the Chelmsford Odeon in 1980 on the Living Proof tour.

    Bring it on!
     
  2. gimmeatele

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    Hawkwind 1974 at my local town
     
  3. TokyoPortrait

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    Hi.

    Aussie rock band Cold Chisel.

    Some time in the 80s, in New Zealand. Totally awesome, in the middle period, romantic sense of the word.*





    Pax/
    Dean
    * kinda, I guess...
     
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    The Beatles, 1964 Sydney Stadium

    Couldn't hear them at all, Sounds Incorporated were brilliant and the local support was Johnny Devlin

    I worked with JD a few times in the 70s on the club circuit
     
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    1st The Baker-Gurvitz Army at the Norwich Theatre Royal. October 1975, Support was a band from Europe called Tea

    2nd Supertramp at the Gt Yarmouth ABC Theatre, December 14th 1975. Support was Joan Armatrading
     
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    Though I tell myself I have a great memory, I can’t recall which of these two concerts was my first.
    It was either Bread, with England Dan (Dan Seals) & John Ford Coley opening, or The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, with BW Stevenson opening.
    This would have been in 1970, when I was about
    13 years old.
    I recall Bread’s lead guitarist was out of tune, which bugged me.
    I actually ran into Jimmie Fadden (drummer/harmonica/vocals) of the Dirt Band, in 1992, and told him about seeing them.
    He told me that the late BW Stevenson was their opening act on that show.
    I had forgotten.
    The concert was so early in the NGDB’s career that they still had their original bass player.
    The guy wore a red serge (Canadian) RCMP uniform.
    That guy left the band very early on.
     
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    The Stranglers with The Skids supporting at Cardiff Top Rank....I believe it was 1978 I was 16.
     
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    2nd January 1973, Sheffield City Hall. Led Zeppelin.
     
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    Late 73, Queens hall, Leeds. The Faces, sadly Ronnie Lane had left the band, but still a great night. Despite the bus stop being just outside the venue we missed the last bus and walked the eight miles home.
     
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    February 1972 Pink Floyd at Manchester Free Trade Hall.
    Pre-release tour of DSOTM
    Power cut/failure half way through so they came back later in the year to do it all again.
    :)
     
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    Al Stewart at a local club. I still remember him playing two really good sets, the first folk and then a quite heavy electric one.
     
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    Kiss 1976.

    Around that same time I saw Frank Zappa and Peter Frampton too.

    I was 12 or 13 at the time.
     
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    backstage passes to Queen 1980 The Game world tour...got to sit upfront and look up freddie mercurys pants all night long.. he wasnt wearing panties :)
     
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    The Guess Who, late 1971 or early 1972, Green Bay, WI. Winter and Leskiw on guitars. Saw them in the same city a couple years later with Winter and McDougal. Great times both!
     
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    I think it was Judas Priest at Dudley College. I must have been around 13/14 years old and had just started playing local gigs myself. Our drummer's older brother was student union and booked the bands so we got to meet them after the show as they were breaking down. Cool hard rockin band in those days.
     
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    The Cyrkle (Red Rubber Ball) in the local gym, circa 1965.
    Second was Jimi in Memphis, 1970.
     
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    Let's see, it was 1985 either REM Fables of the Reconstruction tour or Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair tour. Both concerts were fantastic and those two albums still hold up well 35 years later.
     
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    Bruce Springsteen at the Capitol Theater in Passaic NJ about 1976, I was 15. It kinda set the bar a little high. My sister was a big fan and I had listened to the first 3 records quite a bit. I was more into Mountain and LZ etc...
     
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    Rush, Signals tour. 1982-ish, I was 15 or 16
    It was magical
     
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    First "real" concert was Bob Dylan with Tom Petty as his opening act. Early 80's.
     
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