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mine was michael Jackson at Wembley.
a couple of days before Christian Death at the Astoria
Immense. Last ever gig there, too.
I was 11 and my Dad argued with a bloke at the front to let me on the barrier so I could see. Mum then drove home after 6 pints - probably should have been my last gig too.
I was 10 and it was fucking amazing!
25th March 1996.
Supported by Boom Crash Opera.
Wellington Show and Sports Centre, 1986. Aged 14.
along with 'Since I Left You'.
My mate thought he was a proper badass coz he wore a leather jacket. I was fully convinced Feeder were the best band in the world at the time :/
One of dem NME tours.
Age 15. May 2006 I think it wo.
My dad took me along to see MEAT LOAF a year or two before that at the NEC. Great stuff.
They headlined that tour, and were deathly fucking boring.
At Hammersmith Apollo, supported by Goldie Lookin' Chain, which makes them the first live band I ever saw. Ludicrous.
Kenickie and Sultans of Ping supporting!
I would have been 7 at the time.
Seem to remember it being incredible.
and gold jacket.can you remember that?i was really young as well
Also remember the start of the gig where he jumped onto the stage through a trapdoor and stood perfectly still for 2 whole minutes while everyone went mental.
to see michael jackson in leeds 1988 roundhay park and again in 91 or 92? my first gig on my own would have been metallica 1995ish in manchester nynex. or possibly greenday at the apollo the same year, i forget which was first
Bonus points if you actually remember who this lot were.
I wanted to see 911.
off a kids tv program wernt they?
They had a song called 'No Sweat' I think?
AM A MAN NOT A BOY MAN NOT A BOY MAN NOT A BOY!
Bristol Colston Hall, February 1982.
1988. My first proper gig was Compulsion supported by Skunk Anansie and Possum Dixon at The Astoria 2 in summer 1994.
I'd actually played my own gigs since nearly a year before this. This is what happens when you live in the middle of nowhere.
Supported by James Brown
was either Chicks on Speed or Stellastarr. Wasn't my first but I was there for that.
Southampton Guildhall, 23/09/1996
Wolves Civic, circa 1998.
My second gig was so much cooler.
supported by Lita Ford!
Wembley Arena. Fuck the haters.
EVERYBODY GET UP SINGING
ROCK YR BODDYYYYYYYY
Solid HarmoniE supported.
Cardiff Ice Rink. I didn't know what support bands were, I had no idea why there was some shitty band on for fucking AGES before him. I was 10 or so.
Aston Villa Leisure Centre, 31 January 1990. From what I remember, it was ace, but I was young.
at the astoria... 1997?
Supported by Everclear and Tripping Daisy.
still probably the best show ive ever seen. i was kinda disappointed when all subsequent gigs werent as fun.
October 1996, Gloucester Leisure Centre
Moving Pictures Tour.
...4 from the front, the lights went down, those science fiction noises began and they started those 2112 Overture chords...
Hold Your Fire Tour.
Top concert, but the first thing I went to that felt like a gig was The Boo Radleys at the student union in 1995.
At the student union in Reading. Felt like the first 'proper' gig I'd been to too. Probably because I wasn't accompanied by my Dad.
1995 possibly? Radiohead, Cranberries and Sleeper supporting! Heady times.
Weezer, Southampton Guildhall, March 2002
must have been fucking incredible. I live in soton now, and I wish we still got gigs of that calibre.
me is stupid. Who are rush?
but there was a couple of smaller pub type gigs before then. First actual gig would have been someone like Dumpy's Rusty Nuts when I was about 15 or 16 at Aylesbury Civic.
Mud at the Capitol Theatre, Cardiff. Probably around 1973 I imagine
Cardiff Students Union 1996.
At least I *think* it was 2003 - can't seem to find any evidence of this gig happening anywhere online. It definitely happened though.
in Portsmouth. It was 2003. September, I think.
I'm pretty sure I never went to the Astoria. Hmm. Need to check on this one.
and this gig was definitely before that, so must've been 2002. Hmm.
"The venue opened on Friday 19th September 2003 with US rockers Alkaline Trio"
So not only my first gig, but the venue's first gig too! Although technically this means Guildfest (with Madness, The Undertones and The Stranglers) was my first gig. Weird.
I was the support act!
One that I will surely tell my grandchildren about...
Liverpool Empire 1978.
Rancid at Brixton '96 on the and out come the wolves tour
Supported by Miles Kane's Little Flames, not that I knew who they were or owt.
I can only remember Atomic Kitten playing, so I'd guess I was about 13.
but the first one I can remember being relatively cool was Ash/Space/Travis/Fungus at the Newcastle Arena. It was a Unison benefit gig. Ash still had the DJ then.
Bangor Rugby Club, August 1997
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall December 1986
Long time ago now...
Seriously. My parents had to go as part of a corporate thing and my babysitter didn't turn up. Consider yourselves out cooled (apart from whoever saw North & South.... NO SWEAT!)
Was their greatest hits tour anyway
Saw Ian Dury & The Blockheads, The Lightning Seeds and Space. I was 13 and went with my Dad.
I was 18 (which is quite old for first gig, but spent most of my teen years being seriously ill) got metal detected on way in to venue, met Tim Westwood.
supported by Anthrax, NEC Arena Birmingham 14th December 1990 aged 13. I've still got my Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter picturedisc somewhere.
I assume we're not including Radio One roadshows in this otherwise it could be Kylie Minogue, Sinitta and Mel & Kim. Respectable.
Pre-Happiness In Magazines. I thought it was mint. I'd begged my mam to take me to see Blur earlier that year but she'd said no (probably cos they were playing in Liverpool and we lived in Northumberland), so Coxon was the next best thing.
capital center, landover, Maryland, usa. it was 88 or 89 and I was 6. went with my mom and my older sister.
on a side note: am I the only American on these boards?
theres a few based in the usa
Meadowbrook, New Hampshire, USA, 1996. You're not the only American.
Supported by The Supernaturals and The Divine Comedy at what was then the Nynex Arena in Manchester in 1997. I was 12. He was brilliant.
when I was around 7. I live near the site, so I got in for free until I was 14. Just a tad spoilt for choice
Birmingham academy. Wonderful stuff. Just loads of fucking incredible hits one after another.
then Glasto '03
my first gig that felt 'on my own' (cos I was literally on my own) was The Hives, when I was 13, Hammersmith Apollo '05. crowdsurfed, was so good
. . . an Ally Bain and Phil Cunningham gig in the local sports hall.
If I was attempting to sound more on indie trend then I could say that the first gig I went to when I moved to Glasgow for uni was Sufjan Stevens at the Oran Mort touring Illinois, but that would be a lie as the first gig I saw at uni was actually some band whose name I can't recall and were probably alright that the really nice stoner bloke in the room next door in halls knew.
1985, March, Birmingham Hippodrome.
Colston Hall, 2006 (aged 11). I think I enjoyed it.
Green Day, Iggy Pop, Idlewild, A, Hundred Reasons, Rival Schools, The Levellers amongst others.
Distinctly remember going into a circle pit for Raging Speedhorn (WHO?) with a bag strapped to my leg, thinking 'Oh, it will be safe there'... it wasn't.
October 1994 Connection tour supported by Ash who were on their first English dates (taking a break from their a-levels....) Elastica were ace
tenants vital 2005 belfast
March 1993. Portsmouth Guildhall has the capacity of a couple of thousand, but there was about 300 there. Clearly not a big call for US funk metal in the early 90's on the south coast.
The Motortown Revue, Fox Theater, Detroit, December 1964. 11 yrs old. Whew.
Tunbridge Wells Forum
Dee Snider is such a good front man.
Supported by Stereo MCs and U u u u u Utah Saints.
some campsite in devon
but if that doesn't count as it was just entertainment for the bairns & think was free & probably wasn't the real wombles, although the costumes were awesome, then it was either def leppard when they had an even number of limbs, or it was y&t, both at the colston hall
not sure if it was the real ones, but the costumes were really good
i would have been about 6 or 7 & it was free to get in. i know this as i got a rocket for not having a proper shower that cost 10p. i had had a proper shower though, i was just very careful to not get my hair wet. we never had a shower at home at the time so it was a bit of a luxury, but as my hair was dry my dad thought i'd just stood there avoiding the water.
if that doesn't count it was either def leppard back when they had an even number of limbs, or y&t both of which were at the colston hall in bristol
...with T'Pau supporting.
2nd ever gig - 2 years later - Happy Mondays @ Bristol Students' Union ('89). Safe to say, tastes changed a tad in the intervening years.
That was my first show too. The Into the Fire tour. Went on a coach trip organised by the local record shop.
Supported by the Gigolo Aunts whose most famous song was the theme to sitcom 'Game On'
I am going to see the Wonderstuff for in Preston next month at Preston with one of my friends who was at the one in 1994. NOSTALGIA!
Rosa Mota were amazing arty punks, despite buying everything they did since then I don't think they ever recorded anything that lived up to that one show (they even recorded with Albini!).
Hair and Skin were lanky hippy shoegaze that I did not appreciate at the time at all. A few weeks after this I went to the Sunday of Reading Festival '92.
Hastings Crypt was brilliant for the toilet circuit bands, I saw so many bands that were being played on Peel and the Evening Session (under Mark Goodier's watch). Disposable income went from arcade games to records that summer.
Not good. The second one involved Avril Lavigne, Shaggy, BBMak, and O-Town.
HOWEVER, my third was Weird Al Yankovic, so fuck everything else. Even if the second one involved a newly solo Justin Timberlake.
Helen Reddy at Gants Hill Odeon in the mid/late 1970's.
My 2nd gig was Magnum/I.Q./Alliance at Hammersmith Odeon on 14/12/1985.
My 1st small gig was Tesla/Little Angels @ The Marquee 18/05/1987.
Been to about 1400 gigs in total now with the last 1000 since 01/01/2007
that just to see beck
I was resigned to sleeping on the streets of Wigan that night as I had no way of getting back to Manchester. I bedded down for the night next to a vending machine outside the station hoping for a little warmth when I noticed some coins underneath it. I put my hand under and you'll never guess what - the cash contents had fallen through. Enough money to get a taxi home, result!
Alexander Palace, December 2007.
I was 16 and it blew my little mind, the thrill of buying the t shirt and wearing it to sixth form the next day. Simple pleasure for a social outcast at the time.
Bristol Academy, March 2002. So, so awesome.
then wheatus @ SBE
the Korn @ london arena - what a dive
part of a 5-night run if I remember correctly!!
Went with my dad, sat in the upstairs bit, Billy Bragg supported, Mick Jones came on to play some Big Audio Dynamite song, I enjoyed it a lot.
The next one was Maximo Park, less embarrassed about that...
SECC, Glasgow, November 2000, aged 9. It was fucking amazing.
Prior to this my parents had taken me to various shows, including a festival at Donnington headlined by Screaming Lord Sutch (which, admittedly, I don't remember at all).
[mundane] Didn't see anything until moving to Newcastle for uni (having previously dwelled in a small town full of pseudo-emo types), so my first 'proper' gig would have been CSS in freshers week, when my first gig I actually chose to go to would have been The Twilight Sad on their first album tour a few weeks later. [/mundane]
Kent University 4th March 1989 (ta Songkick). Chadwick missed his cue to Love In the Car, Bickers gave him a knowing look.
...later that year (I think). About 2 days after Bickers had been thrown out the band. Pre-internet, of course, so we didn't know until they came on stage. They had a roadie (or guitar tech) deputising and couldn't (or wouldn't) play a stack of stuff (including 'Love in a Car' despite a persistent heckler). Hugely frustrating overall. To cap it all, a fire alarm halfway through the gig saw the audience evacuated outside for 20 mins or so.
I briefly spoke to Guy Chadwick afterwards. Rather emotional shall we say? Him not me.
Lyceum, London. Would have been about 1984.
I was a teenage roots reggae fanatic growing up in the ghetto of rural Essex
1992 ish, I guess.
Wembley Arena. July 1995. Still have the ticket stub.
was Fugees supported by Jay Z (and er, Shola Ama) which is much cooler.
Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mars Volta at Docklands.
Quite loud. Lost a shoe.
Supported by Editors and The Rakes. Absolutely loved it, cemented my love of music pretty much permanently if it hadn't been already.
me and the girl i fancied walked to the merch stand together. But we didn't actually see the gig together, as I was with my parents. dead cool.
Newport Sports Centre, Nov '88. 13 years old.
The tallest man in the building stood directly in front of me and smelt of cabbage.
It was one of those rotating headliners tours. Or it should've been. Coldplay pulled out due to illness, so it was just Terris. Not great, tbh.
At the Tennis Centre, Melbourne, 1991.
Just after they releases their first ep. Was about 15, went with some 6th formers only on the strength of having a rock against racism badge. Came out the tube station and it was mental with people pushing and shoving in a scrum. Only a coupe of us got in before they shut the doors and most of our group shut outside. Supported by the raincoats I think. 1978? Maybe 79?
with support from Lou Gramm
i was 11 and it was the first time i smelled marijuana
how fucking hard do I rule
Those halcyon days.
i thought they were just figments of a particularly bad dream i had after dosing off in the 6th form common room in 2006. Turns out they did exist after all!
Birmingham NEC April 1986, Black Celebration tour. Fucking superb.
1980 Glasgow Apollo Permanent Waves tour - this was recorded and some tracks appeared on Exit Stage Left - there's a thank you in the liner notes to the Glasgow crowd for singing along to "Closer to the Heart"
Next gig after that was Pink Floyd doing the Wall at Earls Court - blew my tiny 14-year-old mind
2 hours, 3 encores & undying respect from 2 mates I dragged along. Best Gig ever
Spunge or Snuff at the Leadmill, Sheffield early 00s. Things could only get better.
...at Wembley Stadium, June 1992
No 2-hour wait!
Cliffs Pavillion Southend, around 87-88 so I would've been 11-12. My uncle took me, had an amazing time.
At Cardiff International Arena in 2006. Supported by The Blackout, The Guns and Dopamine...yeah not really one to shout about
First Under the Wire tour 1979...I was 14 :)
supported by A1
so bad you have no idea
Bridges to Babylon at Murrayfield in 99. I was in primary seven.
w/support from Planes Mistaken for Stars and The Rocket Summer.
A few months later, I got my class tutor to agree to take us to see Wilco at Birmingham Academy, the day after the release of A Ghost Is Born. Good stuff.