Pretty simple question really, tell us about seeing your first real concert. Who did you see and where/when were they playing? What, if anything, about the event was there that really sticks in your mind as being noteworthy?
My story: AC/DC, December 1990 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium* as part of their Razor’s Edge concert tour. I and three of my friend were standing down in the pit with the rest of the rabble. We couldn’t afford tickets that came with actual seats… and we didn’t care.
The opening act was a group called Love/Hate. I had never heard of them before or since but I would describe them as a basic Metallica clone. General crowd reaction, “GET THE HELL OFF THE STAGE!” They did four songs which most people seemed to think was about three and a half too many.
AC/DC’s show was pretty good overall and was quite a bit longer than I was expecting. I thought they would play for maybe ninety minutes but they ended up going for more than three hours. How Brian Johnson’s voice held out that long is a mystery to me. I still have a couple of the novelty dollar bills they dropped during the “Money Talks” segment
One other thing about the night that sticks in my mind. It was butt-chappingly cold outside. Moving from the stiflingly hot auditorium to the -10F degree parking lot outside was a significant but welcomed shock to the system.
So, if you’re willing, share your story.
- Minor footnote about the Omaha Civic, two years prior to the concert, it was the location for the famous “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy” speech.