Your first "real concert"

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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
Actually, orchestral music was what first came to mind for me, but I was kind of goin' with the flow on this one.

Unfortunately, I can't peg the date, but my class (5th? 6th?) went to see the Cleveland Symphony at Music Hall. I recall it was a special series for kids in which they performed Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and Tchaikovsky's Peter and the Wolf. Very cool! This was just after the George Szell era and Lorin Maazel was music director. Quite a treat for us, although we didn't realize it.

For me, this a few years after I had rejected the clarinet and was all in on learning the guitar. And unfortunately, Britten's piece did not have a section featuring a wailing guitar solo. :C(
 
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Elton John!!

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It was very awkward. But an amazing concert. Yikes I was only 1 year out of High School.
Elton was my latest concert. Last week at Gillette Stadium. He was fantastic. Played for almost 2 1/2 hours without a break
 
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The Boomtown Rats, Newcastle Exhibition Park, 5th June 1982. It was recorded by BBC Radio 1 and broadcast not long after. I was right at the front, jammed up against the barrier. Ended up on stage, doing some incredibly bad dancing. Still got the cassette that I recorded off the radio; I can even hear myself shouting at one point! Took me a week to get my hearing back to normal :cool:
 

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Well, it was a concert, and it did include a guitar...

Andrés Segovia at Chicago Orchestra Hall c. 1972.

I wasn't especially into classical, but had heard that he was special and decided to check him out (this was before the days of YouTube).

He was amazing. One man sitting on a stool playing a guitar held an entire audience captive from the moment he sat down until his leaving the stage.

I think it was my first. It certainly was one I'll never forget.
 

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Well, it was a concert, and it did include a guitar...

Andrés Segovia at Chicago Orchestra Hall c. 1972.

I wasn't especially into classical, but had heard that he was special and decided to check him out (this was before the days of YouTube).

He was amazing. One man sitting on a stool playing a guitar held an entire audience captive from the moment he sat down until his leaving the stage.

I think it was my first. It certainly was one I'll never forget.
See?? That's how you know!! :love:
 

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra around 1976. My late Dad took me. Wonderful time and great lunch downtown before, iirc. Dad took me to concerts and 0’s games back in to late 70’s (Eddie! Eddie!Eddie!). Double headers were fun!
 

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Well, it was a concert, and it did include a guitar...

Andrés Segovia at Chicago Orchestra Hall c. 1972.

I wasn't especially into classical, but had heard that he was special and decided to check him out (this was before the days of YouTube).

He was amazing. One man sitting on a stool playing a guitar held an entire audience captive from the moment he sat down until his leaving the stage.

I think it was my first. It certainly was one I'll never forget.

I saw him in Minneapolis - Guthrie Theatre - second row. Wintertime - so some folks were couching - he gave a "bad eye" to that direction - silence. Non-amplified nylon-string guitar - and I could hear the echo from back wall - about 700 seats.

And then something happened - HE SPOKE ! ! ! - I had heard that he never says a word - just plays - stands up - bows and leaves. But this time he spoke. He said he had terrible time with tuning so he was going to substitute next number w another. We all had printed "songlists".

After last piece he stood up - bowed and started to walk towards left - the stage sidewall was made of panels and door was just one panel among others - hardly visible at all. He was nearsighted and missed the door by few yards - stopped in front the wall - then someone opened the door from other side - he turned and walked through.

As funny as it looked - not a single giggle was heard.

He truly captivated the entire crowd just with presence and beautiful playing.
 
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I saw him in Minneapolis - Guthrie Theatre - second row. Wintertime - so some folks were couching - he gave a "bad eye" to that direction - silence. Non-amplified nylon-string guitar - and I could hear the echo from back wall - about 700 seats.

And then something happened - HE SPOKE ! ! ! - I had hears that he never says a word - just plays - stands up - bows and leaves. But this time he spoke. He said he had terrible time with tuning so he was going to substitute next number w another. We all had printed "songlists".

After last piece he stood up - bowed and started to walk towards left - the stage sidewall was made of panels and door was just one panel among others - hardly visible at all. He was nearsighted and missed the door by few yards - stopped in front the wall - then someone opened the door from other side - he turned and walked through.

As funny as it looked - not a single giggle was heard.

He truly captivated the entire crowd just with presence and beautiful playing.
I went w/ my father to see him at the Kennedy Center. It was pretty amazing. (We saw BB King there as well)

My father also took me several times to a restaurant in historic Annapolis called The Treaty Of Paris to see local jazz guitarist legend Charlie Byrd perform. Byrd lived maybe a 5 min drive from there. Whenever he wasn't touring, he'd play there regularly. (If I'm not mistaken, Byrd at one point played (and endorsed) a Guild classical guitar. (He also played Martin, mostly toured w/ a Takamine, and at one point played an Ovation (I think he was responsible for giving the brand their name!) My father's office (Maryland State Board For Higher Education) was about a 45 second walk to the Treaty Of Paris.
 
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Lovin' Spoonful, Central Park, NYC, summer 1966. My parents drove me in, and surprisingly, my father enjoyed the music. After that, I started going to concerts either alone, or with a friend: Lovin' Spoonful again, Yardbirds with The Youngbloods as an opener, The Who, with The Vagrants as an opener, etc. Then, the Fillmore East opened, and I was there regularly.
 
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Lovin' Spoonful, Central Park, NYC, summer 1966. My parents drove me in, and surprisingly, my father enjoyed the music. After that, I started going to concerts either alone, or with a friend: Lovin' Spoonful again, Yardbirds with The Youngbloods as an opener, The Who, with The Vagrants as an opener, etc. Then, the Fillmore East opened, and I was there regularly.
Wow!! Was the Yardbirds during the Beck/Page era? Page on bass or guitar?
 

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Wow!! Was the Yardbirds during the Beck/Page era? Page on bass or guitar?

Unfortunately, I never saw The Yardbirds with Jeff Beck. I was too young at that point, and they didn't do too many gigs in the USA.. I saw them twice back then, with Jimmy Page on guitar. I was at the Anderson Theatre on the Lower East Side of NYC the night they recorded Live Yardbirds. I have seen The Yardbirds many times since they regrouped in 1997, and got to jam with them one night at a club in NYC, which was a total mindblower for me, being such a fan.
 

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My parents took me to see Burl Ives but I didn't consider him "real" music. That would have been 1984 or so. A couple of years later Grandmother took me to see Doc Watson. Doc was an old classmate of a dear friend of my grandmothers and I got to meet him. By that time I was playing guitar and realized how lucky I was. That strikes me as the first "real" concert.
 
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