•Do you get sentimental when you hear “that” song, the one that immediately transports you back to your very first live concert?
•Do you cherish your extensive collection of concert tees and ticket stubs?
•Is your very first concert experience a complete blur – the only memories you have are via your equally hazy polaroids?
Foreigner’s debut single “Feels Like the First Time” was released back in 1977 and it feels like it’s been that long since we’ve seen a live concert that wasn’t televised from an artist’s backyard or basement studio. Now, as some of our favorites are preparing to get the band back together, it had us reminiscing about our first time.
Brooke (60-Something Baby Boomer)
Since hitting adulthood, I’ve not really been a fan of concerts. I was recently invited to see Little River Band. I declined. There’s something inherently depressing about superannuated rockers, clinging desperately to the vestiges of their former glory. No longer filling arenas, they are now reduced to working the corndog circuit. A bit of online research yielded the following:
•ZZ Top – those beards cover a multitude of sins but they are, all 3 of them, 72 years old and playing the Rock City Campgrounds this summer so get your tickets now!
•REO Speedwagon will be wowing them at the DuQuoin State Fair (DuQuoin, IL: pop. 5,761)
•Styx – Come sail away with Styx on July 3rd at 5 Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Apparently no longer enough of a draw to warrant 6 flags.
So, no – I don’t do concerts now but was a willing, even frenzied attendee at my first concert. I’m a boomer cliché but yes, my first concert was The Beatles. Also my second concert. 11 years old, I stood on my seat, screaming and crying, swept up in mass hysteria to rival the Salem Witch Trials. They played for 30 minutes. The tickets cost $5.50. I couldn’t see a thing. But with the same cachet exhibited by the Woodstock revelers, I was there, damn it. I was there.
Karen (F’ing Fifties)
My first concert was purely accidental. The year was 1977, the concert? The KISS Alive! Tour. The details of how it all came to be are a little fuzzy (probably still lingering effects from the second hand “smoke” that was ingested that night).
The evening started out as an ordinary sleepover at a friend’s house, her older sister charged with keeping tabs on us. I’m not sure how it all transpired, apparently, she couldn’t pawn us off on anybody else when she was offered the last minute concert tickets, so she and her boyfriend dragged us along. Of course, our little 10-year-old brains exploded, it was, without a doubt, the coolest thing we had ever seen. We immediately applied for our lifetime membership in the Kiss! Army (I may still have my badge) and knew, from that point on, that we wanted to Rock & Roll All Night and party every day! Which, of course, at 10-years old, meant getting to stay up until midnight and have dance parties utilizing the “You Should Be Dancing” bonus dance-step mat (with directions!) that came with the Bee Gees Live album.
Looking back (through haze-filled arena eyes), that KISS! concert shaped my entire future. I can’t imagine my life without concerts, and in the words of Willie Nelson, “I can’t wait (for my favorite artists) to get on the road again.” At the risk of alienating Brooke, I’m going to dig deep in the closet, pull out the very first concert t-shirt I ever purchased (Reo Speedwagon, 1981), log on to Ticketmaster, prepare to hit refresh a thousand (or maybe three) times and hit the road. #DuQuoinOrBust
Lindsay (Fabulous 40’s)
I wish I had some tremendous and hilarious story about being googly eyed at some boy band concert as a teen, but that is not at all my story. My story is actually pretty cool. My first concert, I was 12 and my Dad and I went to see Heart. I was, and still am, a little (lotta) bit of rock n’ roll. I loved that my Dad wanted to take me. We had a blast. Later in life we went to see other bands together. So, I’m nostalgic, right after Father’s Day weekend, missing my dad, and cherishing those moments.
I will “Never” be “Alone” since I had a “Magic Man” in my life who I can hear sing “Barracuda” with me any time.
Amanda (30-Something Millennial)
My concert attendance can be summed up in two words: Boy Bands. First real concert: N Sync. Last big concert: Backstreet Boys. In Vegas. Past their prime. Then I thought about some other concerts I’ve attended, and I may need a boy band intervention: I don’t think you could make it out of your 20s in the 2000s without seeing Dave Matthews Band – bonus points for getting in a fight with my boyfriend and spilling a $9 beer.
You’ve not had a Millennial Summer until you’ve been barefoot on an amphitheater lawn swaying to the Zac Brown Band. AND how could I forget the Summer (that I can admit wasn’t too too long ago) when New Kids on the Block did their revival tour during which they all kept their hats on because they are now mostly bald.
Before I lose all credibility, I do have to say that I have been lucky to see many amazing concerts: Billy Joel, Elton John, Garth Brooks, Lady Gaga…and it’s clear I need to get out there and see more women artists!
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