Do you remember your first time? We are talking rock concerts, my friends. Most people have very fond memories of their very first rock concert. How old were you when you attended your first rock and roll concert? Who did you go with? In the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, most teens attended their first concert with friends. It is unlike now, where many parents bring their kids to concerts, hoping to turn them on to classic rock bands. It usually never works. I took my kid to see a classic rock artist when he was only 12, and all he asked me was when the show was going to end.
Back in the day, when most of us who are now over 40 went to concerts, we attended those shows with our friends. Those crazy nights were usually filled with adventure before and after the concerts. Those are days we will never forget. Of course, some did go with their parents even in the 70s, but I think it fair to say that most of us went with our friends or even older brothers and sisters who usually were forced to take us.
We all have great stories about our first concert. This article calls on all rock fans of any age to share memories of their first rock and roll concert. We would love it if you shared those memories with us right here in this article on classicrockhistory.com
Rock and Roll is a shared experience. It’s why I started this site. It was all about engaging in conversation about music like we used to do in high school and college. It’s a conversation in which we can agree or disagree and not get mad at each other; it’s a way of getting to know people, and as always, the topic of rock and roll has always been one of the greatest conversation starter topics of all time.
If you want to share your memories of your first rock concert, you could do it in multiple ways. You can leave your story in the comments and let us know if you want us to transfer it into the article or just leave it in the comments. You can also email your story to our email address, which is always found on the homepage. firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you’re not sure what to write about, below are some questions about your first concert that may help you.
Who did you see? Where did you see them? Where did you sit? Who did you go with? How did you get the tickets? What was the first song the band played? What was the last song? What was the best song of the night? Were there long solos that allowed you to get a bathroom break finally? What was the crowed like? Who was the opening act? What do you remember most about that night? Did you buy a T-shirt? Did you wear it the next day in school? Do you still listen to that artist?
I couldn’t ask for everyone to share their stories and not share mine. Below is my first experience seeing a rock concert. I hope that below my story, I will have the chance to print all of yours.
Thin Lizzy / Queen – 1976 Madison Square Garden New York
Brian Kacjejian – Editor-In-Chief – ClassicRockHistory.com
The first rock concert I ever attended was Thin Lizzy and Queen at MSG in 1976. It wasn’t my first concert. I had seen Harry Chapin in 1975 at my High School. But Harry had appeared by himself just with a guitar. It was also in my High School with my teachers and administrators watching over us. Not really a rock concert in any sort of sense. So, my first real experience was rock and roll in New York City at the greatest arena in the world.
At the time, I had just moved out to Long Island from the Bronx. I was 14, and my heart was still in the Bronx, where all my friends lived. I invited my best friend Fran and a girl named Mary who I really liked. I went into the Bronx for the weekend to stay with my friends and went to the show. Somehow, my two friends and I managed to pick up a pint of Southern Comfort for the show. In the 70s, everyone snuck in booze, among other things, into concerts. There was hardly any security outside of those by the stage. The ushers were really old. It was another world back then.
There was an incredible sense of excitement sitting in the Garden waiting for the show to begin. I will never forget when the lights went out and Thin Lizzy hit the stage. They opened the show with “Jailbreak.” The way Phil Lynott stood center stage playing that bass and singing was the coolest thing I had ever seen in my life up to that point. The bottle of Southern Comfort, which my friend Fran had foolishly given me to hold, was cracked open, and the fun began.
I remember the Thin Lizzy set well. One of my strongest memories of their set was that they played “The Boys Are Back In Town” in the middle of the set. They were probably trying to make a point that they were not a one-hit band. The thrill of seeing a rock band also sped up the rate of taking sips from that bottle of Southern Comfort. Once Thin Lizzy left the stage, I was shocked to see how the crew was changing the entire stage setup into that massive stage for Queen. It took a long time, but finally, Queen hit the stage opening with “Tie Your Mother Down.” I remember some of the other songs like “Stone Cold Crazy” and a few others, but by the time Queen was halfway through the set, I had finished the entire pint of Southern Comfort by myself. I do remember my friend Fran asking me to pass him the bottle and the look on his face when he saw it was empty.
The subway ride back to the Bronx was an epic adventure. I won’t get into the details, but we were all lucky to get back to the neighborhood alive. I remember Mary giving me a cerian look of disappointment in my foolishness as she said goodnight as my friend carried me up the stairs to his parent’s apartment. The night did not end well, but it’s one I will never forget. We got into so much trouble with his parents the next day.
That is my story; I dont expect people to leave a long story; it’s okay if you want. It is up to you to share whatever you want. I hope to hear from you, my rock and roll friends.