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WHO WAS YOUR FIRST (Rock Band / concert you went see?)

Me: Guns n Roses Appetite For Destruction opened for Motley Crue's Girls Girls Girls in Lafayette, Louisiana?

WHAT WAS THE WEIRDEST (encounter at a concert?)

Me: went to a local fair and A Flock of Seagulls were playing... My gf wanted an autographed AFOS T-Shirt so we waited till the end I bought us each a shirt.. stood in line and got we got our shirts signed... the lead guitarist asked me if I was interested in meeting him later for a drink.... I declined respectfully AND I RANNNN I RANNN SO FAR AWAY!!! My gf never let me hear the end of that one!

NAME THE FIRST ONE YOU NAILED (First song you learned on the guitar.. "FULL" song including solo?)

Me: Lack of communication by Ratt

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First Opening Act - Moon Martin And The Ravens / Pat Travers Band (he was there to kick our @ss) / Cheap Trick in Oakland, CA, a few days before New Years Eve in 1979. The beginning of the end for CT. They just got huge and were now headlining stadiums.  Dream Police was about 50% decent and their next album George Martin couldn't even save.

Weird: Seeing Laurie Anderson on mushrooms in Berkeley, CA in '85. My friends thought it was a good idea to take me into a 7-11 to get some beers. I could not function as the shrooms just kicked in and I laughed at the cashier hysterically and my friends had to take me out.

Song: Blackbird

 

 

 

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My first gig was when my older sister took me to watch Mott the Hoople at Blackburn King Georges Hall, they were supported by a band called Queen, so I guess they were the first rock band I saw. It was quite strange to a young kid watching this effeminate bloke in a one piece outfit strutting around singing "Hey Big Spender"

The weirdest was The first time that I saw The Sensational Alex Harvey Band who were supporting Slade.  Slade fans had a rather disgusting habit of spitting on support bands. On this occasion the spotlight came on to reveal a guy wearing a rain coat and hat, sat down on an old fashioned deck chair reading a news paper.  There's only so much saliva your average Slade fan can produce so after a while the spitting dried up. The figure then calmly stood up, folded his news paper and walked up to the microphone and said "Now we've got that nonsense out of the way boy's and girls, I'd like to introduce you to my band, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band". It was quite an entrance.    

Or it could have been Blondie also at King Georges Hall. It was just before Blondie became famous, on their first trip to the UK and around about the time when they released their first single Denis, I'd never heard of the band but me and my mates would go and watch almost any band who played locally (it was a lot cheaper in those days).

The band were incredibly bad, the sound was bad and they sounded out of tune and time. The audience started to get restless and someone shouted "get your tit's out" which didn't seem to please Miss Harry who retorted "If you want that sort of thing why come here, you should go to a strip club", to which the joker in the crowd replied "you were cheaper" Blondie didn't do an encore that night.

First song that I learned was almost certainly something by Simon & Garfunkel as I only had an interest in playing acoustic until I saw the Mott the Hoople/Queen gig.          

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Like "F, Marry, Kill" for music.... 😄

FIRST CONCERT:  Charlie Daniels Band.

WEIRDEST:  I definitely didn't expect David Lee Roth to start humping a giant inflatable microphone. 

FIRST NAILED:  Was really "Embryo" by Black Sabbath but that song is more of a short intro ....

First full song with guitar solo was probably "Comfortably Numb' or 'Another Brick in the Wall Part II' by Pink Floyd.   Dang I don't remember which.  

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First: Judas Priest / Iron Maiden double bill...  a different life, not my current musical tastes

Weirdest: Going to see my room mates band do an open mic....  wearing meat products for clothes, and the highlight being the finale 'I want to be your dog'by iggy pop and them throwing dog bones to the audience.  Good times. 

First nailed: Where is my mind by the Pixies

 

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First; Blue Oyster Cult with opening band Aldo Nova at Merriweather Post Pavilion.    

Weirdest; Probably another BOC show with some punk band called Blotto opening. Man those hippies there to see BOC were not kind to Blotto! From the moment they came on stage they were pelted with beers, spit and anything else that could be thrown at them. They might have managed 3 or 4 songs before they decided to get out of there. 

First complete song? From what I remember it was probably Sultans Of Swing. I was already a fairly adept player by this time, but up to that point I mainly learned riffs and parts of songs and partial solos. 

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Hard to say what was the first band I saw live, because my first experiences with live music happened all at once around 1972. Could have been the Allman Bros., Leon Russell, or Taj Mahal. Up until then, it was probably classical orchestras. Saw the Preservation Hall Jazz Band around '68.

Weirdest was around 1978 when I was on around the third row, right in front of the Doobie Brothers, when Patrick Simmons shouted "throw us your doobies." Immediately, it rained joints. Saw an Earth, Wind, and Fire concert around that time that was choreographed by Doug Henning. Lots of mind blowing things happened during that concert.

First song I nailed on guitar was likely Dylan's The Times They are a Changin',  or Woody Guthrie's This Land is Your Land, or Peter, Paul, and Mary's version of Constant Sorrow.  I was probably around 12, and my guitar instructor was the the hot 18 y/o hippy daughter of a local luthier, around 1965.

This all happened a long time ago through many mind altering experiences.

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Good topic!

1st band I saw must have been Chicken Shack, late 1968 or early '69.   Except I saw the Barron Knights ( a comedy group) at the circus in about '64 or '65, Xmas family outing.  Ugh.

Weirdest and most unpleasant......the Weeley Festival in 1971.  Good line-up but seriously bad vibes everywhere; Hell's Angels, drug squad, pissed Essex locals, speed, mandies, heroin, bad acid....I didn't take anything and wanted to leave but I don't remember if that's what happened.

Weirdest encounter at a concert, maybe; sitting next to Holger Czukay (bassist for Can) at a Weather Report concert, late '70s Hammersmith Odeon 3rd row I think.  We may have passed each other  a joint but I can't remember that either!!

Uh - my 1st complete song was probably Elizabeth Cotton's "Freight Train" on acoustic.  I should re-learn that one!

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First gig was Skid Row, I think it was about 1989.....

Weirdest..  Well if we are including open mic nights, I have been to many of them.. And many weird ones..  One particular night it was one of those where there was only like ten people in the pub and all (apart from me) were there to perform.. One guy not only sang and played but got everyone to play games while he was doing it... To say it was strange was an understatement. I was there to support my friend who was playing so decided to take some footage of it (no way I was prancing around like that)..  I warn you though. 🙂 (and yeah I don't understand what that was about to this day)

 

 

But then on the same night we also had this.. Very odd evening...

 

As for which song I nailed first.. To be honest I don't think I have ever learned a song all the way through apart from the songs my band used to play which was mostly our own material.. Other stuff we used to play like Hey Joe I did the solo but I wouldn't ever dare compare what I do to Hendrix  😄  Not even close. I tend to learn the main riffs, rough rhythm pattern and bits and bobs that I like the sound of (and have the skill to do).. Donno.. Im not sure I have the patience or particularly want to learn a whole song note for note.

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7 hours ago, ghost_of_fl said:

Like "F, Marry, Kill" for music.... 😄

FIRST CONCERT:  Charlie Daniels Band.

WEIRDEST:  I definitely didn't expect David Lee Roth to start humping a giant inflatable microphone. 

FIRST NAILED:  Was really "Embryo" by Black Sabbath but that song is more of a short intro ....

First full song with guitar solo was probably "Comfortably Numb' or 'Another Brick in the Wall Part II' by Pink Floyd.   Dang I don't remember which.  

Back in the day Dave would have humped anything even a giant inflatable mic.

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First rock n roll concert was Fleetwood Mac. Deb begged me to take her after we married. 

Paul Revere And The Raiders had to be the weirdest. They were all in there 70's and fat men wearing Spandex. Bellies hanging over and they jumped and sang while they played the whole concert. Everyone around us was concerned these guys we're going to have a heart attack. 

House Of The Rising Sun was my first song to learn at 13.  Been playing it every since for for 54 years. 

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1st: King Crimson or Deep Purple in 1970. Not sure which was earliest.

weird: Quicksilver Messenger Service at London's Roundhouse. Why? We waited for the band while this theatrical thing with a strong gay theme went on. After a while I enquired about where the band was. It turned out they were cancelled and this was the replacement entertainment. We hadn't been notified and should never even have been allowed in with the QMS tickets?!

 

nailed: It may have been Rabbit Hills by Michael Chapman. 'Its Only Love' by Blodwyn Pig was the 1st and only only solo I ever learned when I was starting out at 16.  I wanted to improvise even then.

I even got sacked from a band (after 2 weeks of rehearsing with them) for refusing to duplicate a solo as per record. So i was pretty committed to doing my own thing right from the earliest.

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WHO WAS YOUR FIRST 

Me:  Styx, opening for KISS, in December of 1975

Unbelievably good. A pivotal, formative experience for me, and my garage band-mates.

 

WHAT WAS THE WEIRDEST 

Me:    Not weird exactly, but memorable in odd ways. 
Foghat, January 1977.
The small pack of us, garage band kids all, were at the foot of the stage, and watching the roadies finishing up with the sound check. 
I recall clearly one of the crew picking up and tuning guitars, and then giving them a stage volume, full-distortion sound check. 
He picked up a shiny purple Telecaster (with no pick guard) that Lonesome Dave played later, and he struck a number of crisp, distorted power-chords. 
I recall thinking, "Holy CRAP, you can get those kinds of sounds out of a Fender Telecaster?"
I foolishly thought, up until that point, that only humbuckers could make great, distorted rock and roll sounds. 

Lonesome Dave played Gibsons Juniors and DC's later on  throughout the show, but I do recall that he played that Tele on at least one song. 

At one point during the set-up, one of my garage band's best buddies, Mike, was examining some of the gear in front of us on stage. 
There was a neat line of mic cables there, and some sort of connector box or jumper. 
Mike was touching it, and lifting it to examine the underside.  (He was an electronics fanatic, and worked at Radio Shack.)

A roadie walked over, squatted down, and asked Mike, "Are you looking to see just how bad you can **** that up??"
We all shrank and turned red. 
The roadie set everything right, stood up, dusted off his hands, and walked away. 
 

NAME THE FIRST ONE YOU NAILED 

Me:  Close tie, I'm Eighteen, by Alice Cooper or Hot Blooded by Foreigner.

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On 5/7/2020 at 5:50 AM, Kramer4lyfe said:

WHO WAS YOUR FIRST (Rock Band / concert you went see?)

Me: Guns n Roses Appetite For Destruction opened for Motley Crue's Girls Girls Girls in Lafayette, Louisiana?

Oh, man. That must have been awesome!

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When I was in high school there were some "teen clubs" in the suburbs of Chicago (no alcohol for sale) and I went there before I even had a driver's license probably about 1965.  I'm not sure which band was the first I saw, but we saw The Who, The Yardbirds, and the local Chicago bands that had recording contracts played at them as well like The Buckinghams and The Cryan Shames (Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice). 

Weirdest might have been Vanilla Fudge or Steppenwolf at a place called The Barn in Algonquin Illinois (was literally an old barn).  They had spray painted the inside of the barn in flat black paint and had black lights everywhere.  For like 50 cents you could buy little bottles of day glow paint and the crowd decorated the walls the first night they opened with whatever you wanted to paint on the walls.  I was a straight jock at the time, still in high school, and there were a lot of people trippin' on LSD and my date and I had no idea what they would do next.  We enjoyed the band if not the audience.

First song might have "This Could Be The Last Time" by Jagger/Richards.

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The weirdest experience at a concert for me was 6 years ago at a Cheap Trick show at a local casino . After the show , I was in the washroom washing my hands when I heard someone behind me say " That was a great show tonight " Thinking a member of Cheap Trick was in there . I turned around and saw a guy standing there (not a band member) I looked at the guy at the sink beside me and he looked puzzled also . Then the guy behind me says " You guys sounded really good tonight " .  I looked at him again and asked  "Are you talking to me" ? He says yes and repeats the compliment . I told him I wasn't in the band , and he replies "That wasn't you up on stage" ? I say no and he bolts out . The other guy and me got a chuckle out of it . I meet up with  my wife and she wanted to have a beer before we went home so I tell her what happened and we go into one of the bars in the casino . I sit down at a table and she goes the bar to grab the drinks. Then a young girl comes up to me and says " You're the bass player in Cheap Trick right" ? I said " What is this , some kind of joke"?  She says no and sounded all hurt so I tell her she's the second person that thought I was in the band . I had a hard time convincing her I wasn't but she finally left. My wife comes with the drinks and tells me another girl at the bar (who was sitting at the table beside us) also getting drinks asked her if I was in Cheap Trick . My wife told her " yeah but keep it quiet" . So I'm sitting there and notice the people at the next table kept looking over and smiling and taking pictures of each other, making sure to get me in the background . I wasn't feeling comfortable with this so I told my wife "Lets get out of here".  As we're leaving a guy from that table comes over to me , extends his hand and says " I just want to say you guys put on a good show tonight " . I just said "Thanks man" , shook his hand and we left. 

 

 

 

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First concert was a Love In at Griffith Park, I had a really good time, but I don't remember who played.

Weirdest was  playing a 3 day concert in Manipur at the base of the Himalayas. Manipur had just been annexed  by India at the time causing a lot of unrest in the area, so we always had an armed guard with us carrying an AK47. In the mountains around us there were armed resistance gorillas who had a good view of our stage. This took place during the Moon Festival which went on for days, but when we played we were the loudest thing for miles..

The first thing I nailed was "Gloria" or "The Last Time"..

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On 5/8/2020 at 1:08 AM, merciful-evans said:

1st: King Crimson or Deep Purple in 1970. Not sure which was earliest.

weird: Quicksilver Messenger Service at London's Roundhouse. Why? We waited for the band while this theatrical thing with a strong gay theme went on. After a while I enquired about where the band was. It turned out they were cancelled and this was the replacement entertainment. We hadn't been notified and should never even have been allowed in with the QMS tickets?!

 

nailed: It may have been Rabbit Hills by Michael Chapman. 'Its Only Love' by Blodwyn Pig was the 1st and only only solo I ever learned when I was starting out at 16.  I wanted to improvise even then.

I even got sacked from a band (after 2 weeks of rehearsing with them) for refusing to duplicate a solo as per record. So i was pretty committed to doing my own thing right from the earliest.

It`s Only Love by the Pig is one of my old favorites! 

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3 hours ago, mihcmac said:

First concert was a Love In at Griffith Park, I had a really good time, but I don't remember who played.

Weirdest was  playing a 3 day concert in Manipur at the base of the Himalayas. Manipur had just been annexed  by India at the time causing a lot of unrest in the area, so we always had an armed guard with us carrying an AK47. In the mountains around us there were armed resistance gorillas who had a good view of our stage. This took place during the Moon Festival which went on for days, but when we played we were the loudest thing for miles..

The first thing I nailed was "Gloria" or "The Last Time"..

When did you start going to Griffith Park? 

When I was 16-18 I would hitchhike from Palm Springs, up to LA and go to " Love ins " at The Grieff, " 

Crazy days! Hang out on the strip, Santa Monica,  Laurel Canyon,  

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15 hours ago, jaxson50 said:

When did you start going to Griffith Park? 

When I was 16-18 I would hitchhike from Palm Springs, up to LA and go to " Love ins " at The Grieff, " 

Crazy days! Hang out on the strip, Santa Monica,  Laurel Canyon,  

Started going to Griffith Park when I was pretty young first time, in 55 I think, living not o far away in La Cañada.

Living in the Canyon in 67, then moved to North Hollywood.

I was a beginner in a Blues band at the time, doing after hours shows around LA..    ...grammatical correction...

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5 minutes ago, mihcmac said:

Started going to Griffith Park when I was pretty young first time, in 55 I think, living not o far away in La Cañada.

Living in the Canyon in 67, then moved to North Hollywood.

I was in a beginner in Blues band at the time, doing after hours shows around LA..

I saw Canned Heat play in the Griff  (who didn't)  The Seeds, Steppenwolf,  we were too stoned to realize  wait wouldn't  last, or how special it was, Blue Cheer was another band that was making the rounds then. Saw them with Eric Burdon , with Sweetwater at a festival in Palm Springs,  that was a blast. 

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9 minutes ago, jaxson50 said:

I saw Canned Heat play in the Griff  (who didn't)  The Seeds, Steppenwolf,  we were too stoned to realize  wait wouldn't  last, or how special it was, Blue Cheer was another band that was making the rounds then. Saw them with Eric Burdon , with Sweetwater at a festival in Palm Springs,  that was a blast. 

That was a great time,,,,,,,, I saw some of those bands up close, from stage side.

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