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    1st Concert Ever? "Prog" ? Ticket Cost? Venue? How Old Were You? Still Have Ticket?

    YES (and YES indeed!) June 13, 1979

    Ticket $12.00 (Bought from scalper for $22.00)

    MSG

    17 years old

    Again, YES!!

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    Wasn't my first concert (that was The Kinks) but my first Prog concert

    Yes

    Drama Tour Sept. 1980

    Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium (RIP)

    16 years old

    Don't remember what I paid but it would be a pittance these days.
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    Probably Hawkwind at Newcastle City Hall in 82, or The Enid in Whitley Bay the same year. I was 18.
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    Jethro Tull

    Spectrum,Philadelphia,winter 1971.I had just turned 18.

    Don't recall the ticket price.
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    Rush
    Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
    December 14, 1987
    $17.50
    I was 16 and I still have the ticket stub.
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    Jethro Tull - Ottawa Civic Centre $3 1973 and the math would be 17

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    Rush $35 ($60 in today's dollars)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
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    Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
    Me, too. Except that it was the Power Windows tour (whatever year that was), I probably have the ticket somewhere, but don't know how much it cost. I believe that I was in 10th grade, so I was probably....15? GREAT show. Blue Oyster Cult opened, and they were pretty good, too.
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    Genesis, Invisible Touch tour, Feb 1987. I would have been 15. I may still have the ticket stub. (I have a bunch of ticket stubs framed and mounted on the wall.)

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    Face Dancer Oct 31, 1976 Gaston Hall, Georgetown U., Washington D.C. I was 17.
    No stub that I can find.
    As I recall they performed "Fanfare for America" a prog suite in honor of the Bicentennial.
    The encore was Watcher of the Skies and perhaps some other Genesis material.
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    I was 3 years old. The answer to the rest of the OP can be found here:

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    First ever concert - ELP Works I sans orchestra at the Richfield Coliseum, July 1977, ticket cost $7.50. Second ever concert was Yes on their Going for the One tour, within a couple of weeks of ELP at the same venue, same ticket cost. I was 16 at the time. Had a ticket for Pink Floyd's Animals show at Cleveland Municipal Stadium that same summer, ticket price was around $8.50 IIRC, didn't have a ride to the stadium and missed the concert.
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    Queen - 7th May 1982 Sporthalle Köln, I was 15, Price was something about 20 - 25 Deutsche Mark

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    Rush
    December 2, 1982
    MSG
    5th row on Alex's side.
    Don't remember the face value but I DO remember the scalped price of the ticket -- 50 BUCKS. Incredible.

    To this day the best show I've seen, by any band.

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    Nektar -rider college, nj 12/10/76
    Front row center seat and small movie theater like venue. One of Roye's last shows . I was 9 days short of my 13th bday .

    Free - brother ran the show but I believe it was $7.50
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    ELP, Yale Bowl New Haven, apparently via google it was 1974

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    Emerson, Lake and Palmer
    Loew's Theatre in Providence, RI; April, 1971
    $3.50
    17 years old
    Might still have the ticket somewhere

    First rock concert ever was Canned Heat at Providence College, September 1969.
    First "pop" concert (not counting orchestra shows they took us to in school) was Ravi Shankar, Providence, Dec. 1967. I didn't know what to expect, and I think I was disappointed it was not psychedelic.
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    July 1976
    Gentle Giant opened for Yes with Patrick Moraz
    Cow Palace, San Francisco
    General admission so we camped out all night and ended up a couple sections back on the Howe side of the stage, maybe 10 rows up in the first elevated seats
    I was 15
    Don't remember the ticket price...maybe $4?
    Don't still have the ticket but I did find a photo online that claims to be from the same show...



    Next month saw Jethro Tull with support acts Electric Light Orchestra and Rory Gallagher...but that's another story
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    Yes - Roosevelt Stadium summer 1975, one year before the more famous show which was broadcast from there

    It was rescheduled, cancelled due to heavy rain but the make up date still featured a very muddy infield

    Wish I had the stub

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    Yes, King Crimson, Procol Harum (headliner), Nov.1971, Academy of Music, NYC. Tickets: $4.50!!

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    6 questions in 1 thread title? That's gotta be a record!

    My first show was:

    Rush- Moving Pictures Tour- May(?) 1981.

    Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens

    I got the ticket as a gift from my mom for my 15th birthday. My older brother had to drag me along. It was the day I discovered he smoked weed. I followed suit by the time my next concert rolled around in the fall of that year (Black Sabbath Mob Rules Tour).

    I have never kept a ticket stub for any event in my life.
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    First Concert Ever? "Prog" ? Ticket Cost? Venue? How Old Were You? Still Have Ticket?

    Are The Animals "Prog"? - Spring 1964 .... $2.50 ..... Hampton Roads Coliseum, Virginia ..... just about to turn 8 yrs. of age .... Yes

    "Prog"?

    As understood on this board: Soft Machine, 1968 .....




    Quote Originally Posted by willyswing View Post
    Yes, King Crimson, Procol Harum (headliner), Nov.1971, Academy of Music, NYC. Tickets: $4.50!!
    I was there as well. Thanksgiving!!
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    KISS- August 12, 1977, Seattle Center Coliseum. Cheap Trick opened.

    I was 12. Folks bought the ticket for me, my brother and a friend. I don't have the stub so I don't know how much they were.

    First prog concert: Kansas- January 3, 1978, Seattle Center Coliseum. This was a present for my 13th B-day which was on the 5th. Sadly, no stub for this one either.

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    Genesis - The Lamb lies down on broadway, 20 something March, 1975, Annecy France
    I was 16
    No stub
    Price ?

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    Alice Cooper (when that was a band name) Oct 6 1970
    opener Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
    University of Waterloo gym, Waterloo Ontario
    cost ? ticket No
    16 years

    First prog concert would have been Lighthouse with a bunch of local bands Oct 16/70
    Kitchener Auditorium
    cost ? ticket No

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