What Was Your First Live Concert?

Everyone remembers their first concert experience, no matter how great or not-so-great it was. You may still even have your ticket stub or t-shirt purchase from that day! What was the first live concert you attended, and what made it so memorable? Share your memories in today's Throwback Thursday post.

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Susan March 17, 2015 at 8:38 am

Judas Priest & Iron Maiden, I'm old! ; )


Lynne Raker February 17, 2015 at 4:09 pm

It was 1971. Bobby Sherman at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.


JC February 10, 2015 at 12:03 pm

I was surprised by Lori's post, as my first concert was also Emerson, Lake & Palmer at Cole Field House at College Park in 1977. My dad was a huge fan and was a professor there and heard on the radio that tickets were on sale as he was driving into work. I also remember the sights, sounds and smells...


Tanya Meade February 10, 2015 at 11:42 am

My first concert was Rick James and Teena Marie....Old Capital Centre...


Janet February 10, 2015 at 8:44 am

Graham Central Station at the Balitmore Civic Center.


Bonnie C February 10, 2015 at 8:40 am

The Baltimore Symphony used to give free open-air concerts at the Baltimore Washington Monument each summer. My sister took me to a few of these when I was very young. It gave me an appreciation for classical music and orchestra. I was so impressed, I took violin lessons for a few years when I was young (but I wasn't very good at it, and so didn't enjoy it, so I quit - now I'm wishing I would have had more encouragement to continue).


James A. FIscher, RN, MSN February 9, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Joe Walsh with Barnstorm


PZ February 6, 2015 at 9:53 am

Right after high school my best friend and I attended our first Jimmy Buffett concert at Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia, MD. I'll NEVER forget all the sights, smells and sounds!! I remember it rained pretty badly the day before, or the day of the concert and I distinctly remember being COVERED in mud from head to toe- and not caring one bit because we were having so much fun singing along!


Shirley Purvis February 6, 2015 at 8:13 am

Elton John at the Civic Center in 1980. I cried at the first song and there was no turning back. I've been a huge fan since then and the next time I see him will be my 60th.


Kelly February 6, 2015 at 7:03 am

I think it was 1981....I saw the Rolling Stones at the Capital Center. Awesome show. The next day I found out that someone was shot in the parking lot and that freaked me out!!


Monica February 6, 2015 at 1:39 am

My first concert was the Purple Rain concert at the then "Capital Center".


heather C February 5, 2015 at 7:31 pm

My first concert was in Barbados to see Lionel Richie


Linda Pierce February 5, 2015 at 5:37 pm

The Beach Boys and The Maharishi at the Civic Center. First of hundreds. Sure wish i'd known about hearing protection a few decades ago.


Andrea Hyde - Facilities Planning Dept. February 5, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Sir Paul McCartney & WINGS at Capital Center.

Sat right next to stage next grand piano where Sir Paul played a few Beatles solos!

So cool!


Linda February 5, 2015 at 3:41 pm

My first concert was The Village People at the Civic Center, it was packed and everybody was standing the whole time dancing. I was about 17 and thought it was really cool.


Donna Doyle February 5, 2015 at 3:02 pm

1969 - Baltimore Civic Center - was there to see Vanilla Fudge. But they had this unknown British band opening for them......by the name of Led Zeppelin!!!!


Alison Dimick February 5, 2015 at 2:59 pm

David Bowie at the Capital Center


Gabriel February 5, 2015 at 2:44 pm

The first one I remember was seeing Arlo Guthrie with my parents at an outdoor show when I must have been 3 or 4 years old. I remember Dad spinning me around on his shoulders until I threw up. Good times! I've gone to many, many shows since then, and I've managed to keep dinner through all of them.


Rashard Catten February 5, 2015 at 2:21 pm

A Micheal Jackson Pepsi Tour in Washington DC


Ellen February 5, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Paul Simon at NY's Madison Square Garden. Unless you count Shlomo Carlbach the Singing Rabbi several years earlier.


Gabriel February 5, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Shlomo Carlbach totally counts.


Alex Bowers February 5, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense Tour, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio - October 8, 1983
David Byrne's big white suit was awesome!


Dorethea Jackson February 5, 2015 at 12:27 pm

My first concert was the Tall, Talented, Temptin Tempations at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House. All of the original members were alive at that time and it was a fantastic concert!!


Leslie February 5, 2015 at 10:57 am

OMG!!!! My first live concert was the JACKSON FIVE held at the Colefield House at Maryland University. It was also the first time as a child I saw rain coming down in a small area ahead of us, running into it, and existing right out of it wihtnin seconds. Looking back at it and seeing it was a spectacular event! Two spectular events in one-day... what more could a child ask for!!!!

P.S. - I thought Jermaine Jackson was in love with me. LOL


karla gomoljak February 5, 2015 at 10:53 am

Elvis Presley- Capital Center 1977 - nosebleed section- didnt get to see a whole lot - but i was there!!


Tony Keyes February 5, 2015 at 10:42 am

Janet Jackson World Tour at Merriweather Post Pavilion 1993.


Pat February 5, 2015 at 10:38 am

The year was 1968.... the venue was Heidelberg College in Tiffin, OH... and Stevie Wonder was the artist! As a freshman in high school, I thought it was the coolest thing I had done to that point in my life! 🙂


Lori February 5, 2015 at 10:35 am

Emerson, Lake & Palmer in Montreux, Switzerland 1974.


Paula Moore February 5, 2015 at 10:34 am

It was YES when I was 15 - Such a memory!!


Colin Hobby February 5, 2015 at 9:54 am

September 9th 1989, U2 at RFK Stadium in DC.
It was one of the first US dates for the Joshua Tree tour. I was 13


Adrienne Gude February 5, 2015 at 9:42 am

Little Feat in downtown D.C.! The bright lights of Memphis and the Commodore Hotel…


Beth February 5, 2015 at 12:54 pm

FEAT!!!!!!!!!!! Ahhh memories.


Susy February 5, 2015 at 9:17 am

My first live concert was with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page concert in 1995 (Mexico) Awesome experience.


Tammy February 5, 2015 at 9:16 am

I was 12 years old when I went to the York Fair to see Rick Springfield!!!! It was so awesome!


Heather February 5, 2015 at 8:57 am

My first concert was Richard Marx at the Miami Metro Zoo (they held outdoor concerts there). It was probably 1988. I went with a friend - without our parents. It was exciting to be on our own.


Juanita Taylor February 5, 2015 at 8:42 am

Marvin Gaye and Jan Bradley at the Royal Theater on Pennsylvania Avenue. I think I was about 12 or 13 years of age. Of course I had to go to the Matinee.


Mary February 5, 2015 at 8:36 am

If you are familiar with the incredible Indiana State Fair which has always had the biggest and best bands in the USA playing (as listed on the website: Indiana State Fair Rocks), I attended many fun concerts there. I don't recall the "first" but I know they included the Jackson 5, Kool and the Gang, Beach Boys, and (unfortunately) Motley Crue. haha. Always a blast at the Indiana State Fair!!!!! :))


Terry February 5, 2015 at 8:33 am

I was to young to remember my first concert, mom said she took me and my older sister to see the Partriage Family.


Hilary February 5, 2015 at 8:30 am

Gerry and the Pacemakers back up group was Screaming Lord Such and the Savages - I was in the second row and sat silently agog with all the screaming around me.


Rene February 5, 2015 at 8:00 am

On 2/11/64 at the Washington Colliseum I saw The Beatles. The first of many, many concerts in my life.


Beth February 5, 2015 at 12:55 pm

So jealous of that one.


Alison Dimick February 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm


jacqueline alvez February 11, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Ahh man thats the best how lucky you were!!!


bonniejane February 5, 2015 at 7:53 am

Doobie Brothers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Joanne Vikell February 5, 2015 at 7:49 am

My first concert was the Beatles at what was then the Civic Center in downtown Baltimore. My kids were very impressed by that. The screaming was so loud and out of control you couldn't hear them.


jacqueline alvez February 11, 2015 at 3:01 pm

You are lucky just as well very jealous


Lisa February 5, 2015 at 7:32 am

OMG! Salt & Pepper, Heavy-D & Run DMC!! 1988 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton VA.
Thank you so much for this trip down memory lane!! (fist pump) Woop-Woop!!


Sandra Johnson February 5, 2015 at 7:09 am

My first concert was James Brown at Douglas High School in Oklahoma City, Okla. I was 11 years old.


Marie Schanke February 5, 2015 at 6:58 am

Pat Benatar in the mid-1980s. She was still rocking back then! (Now she's into jazzzy stuff).


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