Your Very First Concert
Posted by TALBOT (+251) 12 years ago
Who did you see in your first concert and what was your favorite concert? I know this is gonna show some of our ages here but.......
My first concert, I saw Grand Funk Railroad w/ opening act Black Sabbath. I'm pretty sure it was 1972 and I know that it was at The Forum in LA.
My favorite concert was in 2002. Paul Simon and Bob Dylan together at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Simon opened and did about an hour and fifteen minutes. He and Dylan sang three songs together and then Bob and his band closed out the night. It was great!!!
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Posted by Bob Netherton (+1892) 12 years ago
Three Dog Night in Missoula, about 1973. It was OK. I guess.
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Posted by Cheryl Pieters (+474) 12 years ago
Styx in Billings (I think it was in '85 or so when I was barely a teenager). My ears rang for 3 days afterwards. Any hearing loss I have in the future I'll attribute to that show.... It was fun, though!
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Posted by daveb (+76) 12 years ago
First show was Metallica/Faith No More in Billings. I believe the year was '88. Favorite show(s)... Fugazi in Portland, OR '95, Willie Nelson in Missoula (was that '00 or '01 Regan?), Tool in Orem, Utah 2002. Both Supersuckers shows I've attended at the Blue Bird Theatre in Denver. Especially "The Big Show." John Spencer Blues Explosion in SLC, Utah 2002. These are just a few.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14950) 12 years ago
Red Stegall - 1979 - Eastern MT Fair
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Posted by RA (+648) 12 years ago
First: Beach Boys - Austin, TX - 1969

Best - a tie: John Denver - Texas A & M, Kyle Field and The Judds - Tyler, TX
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Posted by Crash (+122) 12 years ago
The Village People, about 1979, before I knew they were gay, not that there is anything wrong with that.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17318) 12 years ago
First: Aerosmith with opening act AC-DC at the Metra in 1977.....what could be better than Bon Scott singing Let There Be Rock?

Best: Tied.....The Who, July 1989 at Veteran's Stadium, Philadelphia and The Rolling Stones, October 2006, Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Both of those concerts I had the advantage of really great seats.
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Posted by Kacey (+3159) 12 years ago
Jimmy Dean at the Baker Fair in about 1965.
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Posted by Bob L. (+5094) 12 years ago
First: Doobie Brothers, 1975, Fargo Civic Center

Best: Shoot, I don't know. Too many to choose from.
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Posted by MollieP (+136) 12 years ago
Janie Fricke in Forsyth....

Best would have to be when we went to Charlie Pride, Also in Forsyth.
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Posted by Chuck Schott (+1284) 12 years ago
1970 CSN (Crosby Stills and Nash) at the Shrine auditorium in Denver, Colorado with Loren Dalke, Jimmy Burnett and Tom Bart. I don't know how we talked the parents in to it we where only 16 and 17 years old. I've got to think my folks where so busy with a disruptive 3 year old (David) that they hardly knew I was gone.

P.S.I think tickets on the floor where $6.00.
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Posted by Dillpickle (+34) 12 years ago
Snort! First, gotcha all beat, 1994 Vanilla Ice opened for MC Hammer. What a show!!!!

Best: The Band, with Robbie Robertson, Helena King Bisquit Blues Fest, somewhere around 98.

See, music taste can improve!!
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Posted by Bob L. (+5094) 12 years ago
Ice Ice Baby
dat da dat da datta dat da
Ice Ice Baby


I gotta admit that "You Can't Touch This" was catchy, with the stolen bass line from Rick James' "Super Freak"

And Mr. Hammer actually paid Mr. James royalties, which was nice.
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Posted by Dillpickle (+34) 12 years ago
Yeah, at least MC did pay royalties. From what I remember, Vanilla got into trouble for not paying royalties on stealing that bass line from 'Pressure'.
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Posted by Major Pain (+201) 12 years ago
First concert ever, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein conducting, I think it was 1964. It was like liquid gold for the ears. My father took me as a birthday present.

My first real rock concert - not just some local bands at a fair - was the original Woodstock in '69. An eye-opener, that was.

My favorite concert would be a smallish Renaissance concert; that was a truly lovely experience. Annie Haslam's voice is like really, really good drugs. You are transported.

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Posted by Joshua Austill (+85) 12 years ago
My first concert was Vans Warped Tour in like 2001 when I was 21 years old. I saw Floggin Molly, Blink 182, the BossTones, and like 10 other bands that day.

My best show was probably when I played with Litmuhs for Relay for Life in Billings last year. That was the most fun I have EVER had at a show. Since I was playing though, I'm probably pretty biased
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3712) 12 years ago
I think the first one I went to was B. J. Thomas in the CCDHS gym. Don't blame me, my Mom took me...
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Posted by Barb Holcomb (+406) 12 years ago
First - Tina Turner -Seattle 1984

Best - Toby Keith, with only 3 band members singing from the tail of a Chinook helicopter at a remote base in the Kosovo mountains for about 30 Soldiers and then he participated in the re-enlistment of one of the Soldiers.
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Posted by MRH (+1500) 12 years ago
We saw Faron Young at a dance at CSU in the early 1960s, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at a free concert in the student union at CSU about the same time, Gate Mouth Brown at a night club in Fort Collins and Dell Reeves in a night club in Manitou Springs, CO, in the mid 1960s. Our first real concert after getting out of school was in Sioux Falls, SD, in the late 1960s when we saw Stonewall Jackson and Willie Nelson (wearing a tie).

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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14950) 12 years ago
I believe that at 1:05 and 2:32 into this video you can see the now Col. Holcomb at the concert.

http://www.youtube.com/wa...SWuA-RttGU

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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1437) 12 years ago
Ricky Nelson and I believe he was opening for The Oak Ridge Boys - so that'd make it 1981 (because "Elvira" was the big song they sang and it was new). Billings Metra Park.

Best in Montana was probably Def Leppard Hysteria in the round in Billings.

Best ever was Bon Jovi here in Des Moines this year.
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6165) 12 years ago
First major rock concert - Ted Nugent, E. Lansing, MI 1981

Most memorable concert - Red Hot Chili Peppers at a small New Orleans bar, around 1986, when they still did the sock thing.
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Posted by Chad (+1763) 12 years ago
Very First Concert-
Where: Altamont
When: December 06, 1969
Age: Almost 6.
Who:Headliners- The Rolling Stones, Other Great bands- Santana, Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
Reaction: I remember nothing.

First one I took myself to-
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Center, Santa Cruz, CA.
When: December 30, 1979
Age: 16
Who: Headliners-Blue Oyster Cult, Opening Act- Ronnie Montrose & Gamma
Reaction: Good show, still a fan of both bands.

Most Recent Major Show- (it's been too long)
What: Monolith Festival 2007 (again, it's been too long)
Where: Red Rocks Amphitheater, in Morrison, CO.
Who: A ton of bands including Flaming Lips, Spoon, Kings of Leon, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Clap Your hands Say Yeah, Cake, The Decemberists, Ghostland Observatory, Flosstradamus, Kid Sister, Cloud Cult, Earl Greyhound, Das EFX, Yacht, Bob Log III, Lords of the Underground, Mobious band, Ra Ra Riot, Otis Gibbs, Minus Story.....there were plenty more with over 50 bands, five stages, and two full days and nights of things going on.
Age: 43
Cost of ticket for two days of non stop music $79.00; a screaming deal at twice the price AND they limit ticket sales to 9000 people.
Reaction: One of the best shows I've ever been to. I would say the best venue on the planet. An incredible mix of hot and rising bands and performers from across the spectrum of rock, pop, folk, hip-hop, etc., etc.
Best Part: I had press passes courtesy of the advertising agency and Montana's own Lively Times that allowed me access to all kinds of places and bands/performers throughout the festival. I've got incredible pictures of the whole event.

I would strongly, way strongly recommend taking in future Monolith Festivals at Red Rocks. It was a most excellent event that my kids, my wife, my sister, my mom, and I will never forget.

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Posted by Chuck Littleton (+149) 12 years ago
First...Seattle Summer Jam '75' BTO, J. Geils, Bob Seger, Charlie Daniels, If I remember correctly Don Kirschner made an appearance.

Latest...Ozzy-Rob Zombie, did the meet and greet thing with Ozzy and his band.
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Posted by Steve Craddock (+2743) 12 years ago
Ugh -- my first live concert was Herman's Hermits - Mile High Stadium in Denver - but only because my Dad wanted me to go with my sisters. I think that was 1968 or in there somewhere.

Skip to 1974 and my first concert ticket purchased with my own money - Rollings Stones with guest appearances by Billy Preston and Elton John - Rams Stadium in Fort Collins on a steaming hot sunny Colorado summer day. I got totally fried (as in sunburn, not drugs!), but it was totally worth it. Most memorable, for sure.

Best: Tom Scott and the LA Express in Mountaineer Gymnasium at Western State College in Gunnison, CO in 1976 - blew me away!

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Posted by Donna Kingsley Coffeen (+398) 12 years ago
I honestly cannot remember the years, but the best ones I have seen were Bachman Turner Overdrive, The Beach Boys, Lonestar, John Denver, Sawyer Brown (probably best concert ever), Steven Curtis Chapman, Collin Raye, Marie Osmond, Kenny Chesney, Terri Clark, and Clay Walker.
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Posted by Bob Netherton (+1892) 12 years ago
Best - Stones in Missoula, Oct '06. Not the greatest seats - about the 40 yard line (the far one) - but all the seats were good for that one.
The weather was almost perfect. It sprinkled just a little when the show was over. Where were you sitting, Gunnar?

One of my favorite shows was Blue Oyster Cult in Minot, summer of '74 I think. My brother and I had heard a scratchy commercial on a radio station from somewhere, Bismark maybe, drove to Minot the day of the concert, and then drove back that night. It wasn't a huge crowd, but the show was excellent. The New York Dolls were supposed to open but they didn't show. Back then BOC blistered your ears when they played.

A couple years later, BOC played at the Four Seasons Arena in Minot. Rush was the opening act. Also an excellent show, this time with a huge crowd. A bunch of us piled into my Dad's station wagon to go to the show. It was a great time except the ND HP pulled us over and took all of our beer. F*[email protected] Nodaks!
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Posted by Bill Gierke (+79) 12 years ago
Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes - The Shrine Auditorium, Billings.

Best - The Who - 1975, Ludwigshafen, W. Germany

Most interesting - A walk down Abbey Road, a tribute to the Beatles with Todd Rundgren, Mark Farner, Jack Bruce, Eric Carmen, Christopher Cross and Alan Parsons. The group came out and played some Beatles tunes and then one individual would come out and perform their music followed by more Beatles followed by a set by another artist, etc.

Buffet
Neil Young
Alvin Lee
Johnny Winter
All good!
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Posted by Bruce Helland (+586) 12 years ago
Chad! You're a BOC fan! One of the most creative bands ever. 'The thinking man's metal band.' Donald Roeser guitar solos still ring in my head.... memories
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Posted by Gerianne Livingston (+71) 12 years ago
John Mellencamp, Casper, Wyoming. 1996? 3rd row aisle seat. It rocked!!! Then James Taylor, Bozeman, Two weeks after 9/11.
Awesome concert.
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Posted by steve Larson (+31) 12 years ago
Marshall Tucker/ Firefall 1978 at the metra. "MERE IMAGE" Shrine auditorium. But seriously Sam and Dave in Aspen.
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Posted by Cris Hrabak (+60) 12 years ago
First: Great White/Whitesnake at the Metra musta been around 1984.
Favorite: Any Ozzfest!!
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Posted by Stone (+1596) 12 years ago
White Snake
"Slide it in" and "spit it out" what were they talking about?

Best concert- Aerosmith

Does anyone remeber the Eddie Leach band out of Billings? They were good.
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Posted by Cheryl Gaer-Barlow (+474) 12 years ago
My ex husband was a rock musician so my two kids were used to going backstage. I took them to a Beach Boys concert when they disappeared. When they let me backstage, my kids were sitting there eating a vegetarian dinner with Mike Love. He asked me to sit and eat, and we talked for about an hour or so. (absolutly the most memorable!)
I was on my way out the door to buy tickets for the Roy Orbison concert when I heard the news he had died. He was my favorite, and I cried.
Saw the Everly Brothers sing "Dream". Saw CCR; both were great!
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Posted by julieinmc (+517) 12 years ago
My first was about 1971. Bo Diddley, Grass Roots and Canned Heat at the San Diego Sports Arena. Crazy lineup. Favorite was probably Alice Cooper in about '73. Moody Blues, Humble Pie, Johnny Winter...........
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Posted by TK (+1622) 12 years ago
I haven't been to many....but the first one was in Glendive when I was younger--Brooks'n'Dunn and Lionel Cartwright opened. My FAVORITE (so far) has been Daughtry in Billings. Lots more I would LOVE to see in concert, and some who have been in Billings, but it seems timing and finances are always off!
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Posted by Patrick Petroff (+69) 12 years ago
First- Family Values Tour 1999 (Target Center, Minneapolis)
Bands Included: Staind, The Crystal Method, Korn, Primus,
Filter, and Limp Bizkit to finish it off.

Best (Too many) Incubus/30 Seconds to Mars (Brick Breeden, Bozeman)
Sevendust/Cold (Shrine Auditorium, Billings)
Chevelle/Taproot (Valley Ice Garden, Bozeman)

Others seen Weezer/Pete York (Metra, Billings)
Linkin Park/Mudvayne (Metra, Billings)

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Posted by Jim B (+232) 12 years ago
The "Young" Rascals 1968 in Milwaukee Wisconsin.
also on the ticket was group called "We Five"
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Posted by Shu (+1794) 12 years ago
My first concert was Air Supply in the mid-80's at the Metra...hey, the tix were free and so was the ride, okay?

The BEST was in the same arena...Def Leppard for the Hysteria tour a handful of years later...the stage was setup in the dead-center of the place, so there wasn't a bad seat to be had...I'm with ya on that one, Dan Mowry.
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Posted by daveb (+76) 12 years ago
Some other great shows I've seen.

Bad Brains - UC at UM

Melvins - The Cowboy Bar, Missoula

Suicidal Tendencies - The Cowboy Bar, Missoula

Less Than Jake - The Cowboy Bar, Missoula

Sawyer Brown - UM

NOFX and Green Day - Warped Tour, Bozeman

Sublime - Eugene, OR 1995

The Reverend Horton Heat - The Fillmore, Denver (actually would have been a great show if it had not been so packed)

Dropkick Murpheys - Field House, Bozeman

Almost forgot Tom Petty at the Field House in Bozeman when he played all his classics. Probably one of the best shows I've attended.
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Posted by Chris Gamrath (+385) 12 years ago
First concert would be Garth Brooks at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Talk about putting on a show! Of course that was Garth 20 years and 50 pounds ago.

Would have a hard time saying what the "best" concert has been. I saw Styx back in '06 and they still put on a great show. Probably the "best" recent concert would be Rock jam this year in Grand Junction with Poison and Kid Rock. Poison are still all 4 original members and C.C. Deville can still make a guitar sing. Kid Rock was off the hook!! Highly recommend both.

We get spoiled down here having both COuntry Jam and Rock Jam. Brad Paisley is a good show, Sugarland, Jason Aldean....

Wait.. what was the question? lol
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Posted by Jim Brady (+425) 12 years ago
First concert was The Fifth Dimension in the Adams Field House at UM in 1965. The acoustics were as good as you get in any Quonset Hut.

The most memorable concert was The Allman Brother at the Antelope Valley Fair in Lancaster CA in 1987. Carlos Santana sat in with them, playing lead for the whole set. According to Greg Allman, they ran into Santana in LA and he didn't have anything to do that night so he just went on the road trip with them. The second bill that night was a guy I had never heard of at the time named Stevie Ray Vaughn who played for nearly two hours. I think tickets were $15. It was an amazing night of screaming guitars.

The Stones at the Delta Center in SLC in `06 was memorable because it was an impressive show and of course, it was the Stones who are still fantastic. A fun part was Keith Richards who kept lighting cigarettes, taking a drag and flipping them into the audience. I would guess that might make Richards the first person smoking in the building since construction.?

Honorable Mention goes to a string of Aber Day Keggers I don't remember much about....
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