Your first "real concert"

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Eric Clapton 1982, Blossom Music Center, OH
Next one was Jethro Tull, same venue, 3 months later :C)
 

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Elton John!!

23 Oct 1972The ForumLos Angeles, CA, USALegs Larry Tour

It was very awkward. But an amazing concert. Yikes I was only 1 year out of High School.
 
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Mine was 1984, Iron Maiden’s World Slavery Tour at Nassau Coliseum. 10th row middle and with the light show, explosions, a ginormous mummified Eddie, it was the most amazing experience, I was hooked. Ginormous mummified Eddie you say? Here, fortunately they recorded the two shows in Long Beach later that tour, and put out a live CD and DVD, you can see for yourself :love:(he comes in around the 2 1/2 minute mark)
 

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Black Sabbath with Van Halen as the opening act. It was the last tour before Ozzy left. Most reports I have read online seem to say Van Halen blew Sabbath away. That was not the case at the show I saw. It probably depended on whether Ozzy hit the sweet spot for intoxicants that night. Van Halen was awesome mind you but Sabbath were just ON! and they were spectacular. Keep in mind this is the memory of a fifteen year old boy.
 

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And once again it seems like folks at LTG do not acknowledge classical music as "real" music. Or perhaps there is an unstated element of fame included in the definition of "real"?

Schenectady Symphony sometime in 1958.

If "fame" matters

Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra circa summer 1967
 

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And once again it seems like folks at LTG do not acknowledge classical music as "real" music. Or perhaps there is an unstated element of fame included in the definition of "real"?
Not sure what the OP necessarily meant by "real," but since this is a guitar forum, I think I have an idea.

But if anyone has any crazy Philharmonic stories, let's hear 'em!
 

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My parents did not let me go to concerts, so I missed pretty much all of the '70s and early '80s.
Queen was my first favorite band, and when they toured in '78 for the Jazz album, I was desperate to go (I was 12), but none of my friends were allowed to go without a chaperone. So my dad, whom I would not consider "cool," surprisingly stepped up so my friends could go.

Great memory, and I think my dad enjoyed the experience.
 

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And once again it seems like folks at LTG do not acknowledge classical music as "real" music. Or perhaps there is an unstated element of fame included in the definition of "real"?

Schenectady Symphony sometime in 1958.

If "fame" matters

Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra circa summer 1967
There was a time, Frono, a short time, but I really dug it, when I was into classical music. I had heard that Pete Townshend grew up with classical music and as a ravid Who fan, I had to know more about it. I bought some cds etc, I would have been like 27 and 28 years old at the time. Sunday mornings in my basement apartment in some lost suburb of North Providence, RI, you could hear classical music blasting from my little radio lol. I really liked Raskilnokov (sorry if I butchered name). There were others too. I also got into Keith Jarrett for a bit, and I know he is not exactly classical, his piano and compositions are pretty close. Those were good times.

To be fair, and no, I do not think this is too much of a stretch, Quadrophenia to me is up there in the realm of classical music composition.
 

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Well I was basically thinking "rock concert," I guess I could have specified that.

Wow, you guys have seen some great bands that I haven't seen. Would have loved to have seen NRPS! And I bet not many people can say they saw Moby Grape.
 

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I was.I was in the local North Attleboro newspaper in 1964/65 pictures leading a classical band. I was 4 or 5. The conducter have me his baton, which I kept most of my life.
 

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And once again it seems like folks at LTG do not acknowledge classical music as "real" music. Or perhaps there is an unstated element of fame included in the definition of "real"?

I think it's more likely that's not the type of concert most people go to. It certainly would count for me! Alas, the Boston Pops is as far as I got, and it wasn't close my first concert.

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With my parents....probably around 78. Joan Baez and the Smothers Bros (w/ special guest Starland Vocal Band) @ Wolftrap Farm Park.

Oh, also went w/ my parents to a special invitation only Inaugural Ball (in 77 for Carter's inauguration) Preservation Hall Jazz Band. (I still have an autographed program somewhere)

As for proper rock concerts, I honestly can't remember which came first, as the floodgates opened for me by 1982. I was going to shows at least once/twice a month at either the Capital Centre, Merriweather Post Pavillion, or Baltimore Civic Center. Way too many to even name. My earliest ticket stubs (of the ones I even still have) went for around $10-12.

As for classical. Literally hundreds of performances since the age of 4-5....in old cathedrals in Germany to going w/ my father to the Kennedy Center (he was a season ticket holder there)
 

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Not sure what the OP necessarily meant by "real," but since this is a guitar forum, I think I have an idea.

But if anyone has any crazy Philharmonic stories, let's hear 'em!

Aren't we glad this isn't a thread about performing? I'm sure the same genre blindness would be a factor :)

The largest audience I played my Guild JS II bass for was at what could be considered a classical concert. The director of a wind ensemble/concert band I was playing tuba in, knew that I was dabbling with bass and decided a couple of numbers needed electric bass guitar more than they needed one of the tubas.

(One song was an arrangement of the Youngbloods "Get Together" a few years after it had charted. I remember thinking that the only thing "lower" than a radio hit arranged for concert band was when the "hit" was pimped out for a commercial. Elevator music was not a big part of my life then).
 

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Well I was basically thinking "rock concert," I guess I could have specified that.

Wow, you guys have seen some great bands that I haven't seen. Would have loved to have seen NRPS! And I bet not many people can say they saw Moby Grape.
Not only did I get to see NRPS but it was with Jerry Garcia playing pedal steel and Bob Weir came out at one point to sit in on acoustic guitar.
 
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