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Grim Reaper 14
25th Oct 2002, 10:10
Thanks to Firestorm for the idea.
What was your first gig? Mine was Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Brighton Centre, July 31st 1979. Very good it was too.

Come on, make me envious!

eastern wiseguy
25th Oct 2002, 10:15
Fleetwood Mac.......about 1970 ...:D I was about 14 .....seem to remember the ticket cost something like 15/6!!!!!! (77.5p)

25th Oct 2002, 10:29
Guns n'Roses, Wembley Stadium, 199..... 2?

Faith no More in support, quality!

25th Oct 2002, 10:37
Iron Maiden, Dublin Point depot sept. 23rd 1990

Supported by Wolfsbane - who were fronted by Blaze Bayley who went on to become Maiden frontman for a couple of years in the mid 1990's...

Good gig, but it was marred by a few idiots spitting at the band, but fair play to them for not walking offstage....

25th Oct 2002, 10:39
Adam Ant at the Glasgow Apollo in 82 - good night as i remember, despite him falling over something that had been thrown on the stage! Next gig for me was the one that changed my life - The Stranglers at the Glasgow Apollo in 85. Can still remember the show vividly, the 15 foor high stage, the swaying balcony, the stage invasion and all the seats in the first 5 rows being torn to shreds! Fantastic memories and that set me on the musical path i`ve been treading ever since.

25th Oct 2002, 10:44
Reading Rock Festival 1975 - remember Judas Priest coming on after an awful band called 'Stella' who had infected the crowd with such apathy that they couldn't be bothered.......Rob Halford (lead vocalist) did a fantastic set and soon got us all fired up again - good on yer!

M I Icarus
25th Oct 2002, 10:48
Eric Clapton, Royal Albert Hall, 1991, 24 nights show. Seated on the 3rd choir bench behind the band. I've been spoiled for life.

25th Oct 2002, 11:55
Didn't go to many concerts as a kid (I'm really uncomfortable in crowds most of the time), but this worked in my favour this time :) First gig I ever went to was Blondie's first gig in Dublin, which I think was the first one that they got together for :)
Now that was fun! Deborah Harry may not look like a model anymore, but dear god, that voice! Fantastic :)

Biggles Flies Undone
25th Oct 2002, 12:13
Black Sabbath supported by the Groundhogs. It was while I was doing my flying scholarship and I couldnít hear a bloody thing on the radio next day (thatís my excuse anyway) :D

Agree with Sparkie about Blondie Ė I saw them in Brighton at the end of the 9 month tour and the band was brilliant Ė so tight and together. Debbie isnít quite so sylph-like these days but her voice is wonderful.

25th Oct 2002, 12:17
Led Zeppelin in the Vondelpark in 197.........WHAT??!! Noooo, not that long ago!
And they were brilliant!!!!!!!:D :D :D :D

M I Icarus
25th Oct 2002, 12:22
Ah, Vondelpark....the free concerts.
Then I would have to say De Dijk beat Clapton to it. Quite a number of times. (Yes, "De Dijk". No, not a lesbian singer.)

25th Oct 2002, 12:23
197* Garry Glitter at Leeds Topwn Hall. Good thing I didn't meet him as I was only 14 then :rolleyes:

25th Oct 2002, 12:29
1964, Grimsby ABC. Brilliant.
Mr G.
:) :) :)

25th Oct 2002, 12:35
Hawkwind at Barnstaple Town Hall in 1973. Only really went to see Stacia....:eek:

25th Oct 2002, 12:43
I do not have the pleasure of knowing any music from "De Dijk" but that's probably my fault for not being around a lot.
That, however, they are better than Clapton is not doubt a lot of BULLS**T or did I misunderstand you?:D :D

25th Oct 2002, 12:49
David Bowie about 1978.
That live version of station to station..................wow

25th Oct 2002, 13:11
The Smiths at Oxford Apollo, April 1984 (supported by the fledgling band James). A fantastic gig which Radio 1 recorded so that I could then home-record and have for ever more. Sadly, because I was a teenage f***wit, I lost the bleedin' tape which I'd now pay a small fortune for...doh !!:rolleyes:

25th Oct 2002, 13:15
Motorhead on the Bomber tour.

Gosh - I've come a long way since (but still love Lemmy)

spud's on the job
25th Oct 2002, 13:20
mine also throws open a whole new thread about the worst support act you have ever seen

Inspiral Carpets, Alexandra palace, very early 90's

support band was billed as 'Gary Clail's On U sound system' this was the bloke that had had a recent hit with a 'song' called Human Nature, anyway, there we were, at the front waiting for Gary to come on when his music started up, it turns out his 'On U Sound System' was a tape player in centre stage playing his album through the sound system, took about 10 seconds before the first punter hit it with a beer can, 45 minutes later it was still going, and getting very nasty.

a few minutes later the Inspirals came on stage and blew everyone away as I saw them do so many times subsequently.

25th Oct 2002, 13:29
All Saints - Concert

in 1996

25th Oct 2002, 13:35
Lonnie Donegan, Doncaster Gaumont, about 1975.

Most excellent.

Windy Militant
25th Oct 2002, 13:49
Elvis Costello and the Attractions. Frenchman's Motel Fishguard about 1979, about the time Olivers Army hit the charts. Storming gig About 1500 punters in a place with a fire limit of 750. You couldn't fall down if you tried. Wasn't too bothered with the band at the time, but they blew me away that night. Elvis came on wearing a light grey mohair suit, by the end of the gig only the lapels were still light grey the rest was soaked in sweat. I've never seen anybody work that hard on stage since.

25th Oct 2002, 13:55
Michael Jackson, Bad Tour, Wembley Arena in oooooo... 1988 me thinks. Supported by Kim Wilde who only lasted about 10 minutes before getting booed off. hee hee aaaoooww!!


Biggles Flies Undone
25th Oct 2002, 14:18
a16 - maybe Kim spotted that leather skirt of yours and couldn't stand the competition.... ;)

M I Icarus
25th Oct 2002, 14:27
No, IFTB, the selectioncriterium was "First gig you ever went to". De Dijk beat Eric on that front. I would neverever put Mr Clapton second any band when it comes to quality. Like I said in my initial post: "I've been spoiled for life", so far no concert has beaten Clapton's.

25th Oct 2002, 14:41
The Rolling Stones - Vejlby-Risskov Hallen, Aarhus, Denmark.
Must have been late sixties.

25th Oct 2002, 14:47
KISS in Brisbane. It was 1978 or 79 & it was the first concert my brother & I had ever attended on our own. He was 12, I was 13.

What a great start.

Hersham Boy
25th Oct 2002, 14:49
David Bowie, Glass Spider Tour, 1987 I think... not his best tour by a long chalk and not the last time I saw him... my Dad took me and we stood for a total of 7hrs as I insisted went as far up as possible on the 'pitch' at Wembley Stadium.

It was magic - I couldn't believe my hero was within eyeshot of me :)


25th Oct 2002, 15:51
Ummmm....Led Zeppelin, late 70's somewhere in London...
Wow man

25th Oct 2002, 16:31
I do, most certainly agree with you.

M I Icarus,
""so far no concert has beaten Clapton's ""

To say I'm relieved is putting it mildly. :D :D
Sorry about the misunderstanding; :o :o
I was getting a bit defensive, you might understand.

25th Oct 2002, 16:55
Bauhaus - Hammersmith Palais 5th July 1983
I had to wait another 15 years to get to see them in concert again :(

25th Oct 2002, 17:46
1980, 13 Yrs old. Iron Maiden, Scorpions and Girls School in Calgary.

25th Oct 2002, 18:17
1990, 15 yrs old - Iron Maiden at Wembley Arena supported by Anthrax.

Seems to be a popular choice here....can't believe Brucie is a PPruNer these days!

25th Oct 2002, 20:43
Yes, Chatham Town Hall, must have been 1971 I think. Never saw Rick Wakeman's face during the entire concert, in fact probably not until the 1980's :D :D

25th Oct 2002, 21:19
I canít remember which was my first gig but it was either
Hawkwind at the Appalling in Oxford
Or Dr. Feelgood at Kent custom show.
Both were mid eighties and I blame my lack of memory on the funny smelling smoke at both venues. :D :D

25th Oct 2002, 21:22
Steeleye Span at Leeds Poly in um err 1970 ish. A room rather than a theatre, people hanging off the walls, great atmosphere. I was very impressed....

25th Oct 2002, 21:36
Roger Waters 1984

Earls Court with Eric Clapton and Mel Collins

25th Oct 2002, 22:04
Queen, Glasgow Apollo (the one with the terrifyingly mobile balcony), late 70s.

25th Oct 2002, 22:12
Erm, it was one of two - I can't remember which one was first.

Dire Straits at Sheffield Town Hall or Rainbow at Stafford Bingley Hall in 1979 or 80.

Think it was the former. They were both a bit of an eye opener for a naive kid like I was at the time.

First outdoor gig was the Genesis/Peter Gabriel reunion concert at the Milton Keynes Bowl in 1982. Got soaked, coverd in mud and it was brilliant.

Sid Departure
25th Oct 2002, 22:22
Electric Light Orchestra " Out of the Blue" tour 1978.

Niaga Dessip
25th Oct 2002, 23:46
My first ever gig: BEACHBOYS in Santa Monica, California 1961 or 62 when I was about 14. I was sorry to see Brian Wilson looking so frail when he was over here earlier in the year for the Jubilee concert.

First UK gig: Lulu (why?), Theatre Royal, Norwich in mid-sixties

Most memorable gig: Jake Thackary, Oxford early seventies - very, very funny.

Your good health!;)

niagA desiP

26th Oct 2002, 11:57
Manchester Free-Trade Hall.

Absolutely brilliant!

Little Blue
26th Oct 2002, 12:18
The Beat, Derby Assembly Rooms, 1980, supported by a band called The Akrylyx whos lead singer was Roland Gift who went on to front Fine Young Cannibals...
I didn't want to see 'em but my little bro was a very young "rude boy" so he paid 4 me ticket...
Good gig n'all !

26th Oct 2002, 13:42
Alice Cooper- Nashville, Tennessee......what a fantastic show!!

26th Oct 2002, 15:13
T-Rex,Chateu Neuf in Oslo.
Too far back to remember the year.


26th Oct 2002, 16:26
Secret Affair in Shrewsbury, I think in 1979.
I was I think 12 years old and my Mum insisted I had to be picked up by midnight. Of course Secret Affair hadn't even turned up on stage by then, so maybe it wasn't my first Gig as I never got to see them . :(

26th Oct 2002, 16:47
Deep Purple, Glasgow Apollo 1972 Machinehead tour.
Rather good if my memory serves me right, couldn't hear properly untill next day.


26th Oct 2002, 22:13
FIRST: Status Quo, 1977 National Stadium, Dublin,I think, ohhhh the embarssment!:o

BEST: Dire Straits, 1992? Point, Dublin, amazing.

WORST: Bon Jovi,1994, Point, Dublin, not much wrong with the band, my innocent? 14-year-old neice spent roughly three quarters of the gig on my shoulders, screaming at John Bon Jovi, took about two weeks for my neck and ears to get back in working order.

26th Oct 2002, 22:37
Pink Floyd - Wembley Statium, summer 1988- awesome !

26th Oct 2002, 23:02
Red Hot Chili Peppers.....yes I know I'm young

Good gig though

27th Oct 2002, 01:59
First was Thin Lizzy in Croke Park, Dublin, 1973'ish before they were famous. The best was Mike and The Mechanics in Dublin in 1999. ( Brilliant)

BTW, EI-TURKEY. the missus has photos of that Status Quo gig.
( I was'nt the potential Mr Right then).

27th Oct 2002, 15:42
First Gig:
I saw The Damned about 1980 or so at Ritzy's in Aberdeen. Mad gig, bottles thrown, much clambering on speaker cabs etc.

Funnily enough, I say them in Houston just a couple of years ago.

Best Gigs:
Undertones at the Mean Fiddler, year ago maybe ... can't remember much about that. Cried a lot.

and also ... ACDC in Edinburgh about 1986. Whole Lotta Rosie in the encores, awesome, couldn't hear for days ...

27th Oct 2002, 16:14
Queen - It's a kind of magic tour 1986 (?), Wembley Stadium

What a gig!


28th Oct 2002, 00:30
Urm.....the Seekers, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, mid-60's
with it seemed like a couple of million other audience members (but probably only 100,000+)

28th Oct 2002, 08:33
INXS, Split Enz (became Crowded House) and Mother Goose(?) at Selina's at the Coogee Bay Hotel, Sydney. 1984.

Best gig? Died Pretty at Macquarie Uni bar 1992 or 3. I was a bouncer there. Fantastic band. :D

28th Oct 2002, 17:17
Rolling Stones - Scala Ballroom, Dartford 1965 ish - Hell that WAS a long time ago ! Saw them again at Wembley Stadium (Urban Jungle Tour) 1990. Mick Jagger hadn't changed a bit :D

28th Oct 2002, 19:57
Bournemouth Winter Gardens, 1967 - travelling roadshow, with each band on for 25 minutes or so....

Jimi Hendrix, The Move, Amen Corner, The Nice (featuring a certain Keith Emerson), and bottom of the bill were some new outfit called Pink Floyd...

Send Clowns
28th Oct 2002, 22:39
Inspiral Carpets, May 1990, Reading University. "This is How it Feels" was in the charts, there were about 200 people there, and it was fantastic. Biggest buzz I'd had to that point (was only around my 17th birthday!).

1st Nov 2002, 09:15
Motorhead on the Bomber tour, Dec 1979, supported by Saxon.
I was deaf for four days. Saw MH again last monthfor the 9th time at the Manch Apollo, and the bomber lighting rig was back. BRILLIANT! Somehow I still pass my medical...

1st Nov 2002, 12:42
One of two:

Either Iron Maiden at Donnington 1992 or Metallica at GMEX. Can't remember which was first. Both were brilliant.


1st Nov 2002, 14:38
Jethro Tull on Oct 06th 1984, Munich Olympiahalle. I didn't know many songs of him at the time and still don't. I remember, that I was disappointed, because they didn't play 'Broadsword' .

The event was exciting for me, as it included driving 200 km oneway in an old Volkswagen, with little previous driving experience.

Ralf Wiggum
2nd Nov 2002, 11:00
Bauhaus - Rock City, Nottingham in 1981

Everyone dressed up as Goths & Dracula, since their greatest hit was called "Bela Lugosi" (First actor to play dracula) and I turned up in Jeans and a lumberjack shirt. Feel out of place or what?

Great concert though and they'd just released the cover version of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust.