FT5: First Concerts
The first official concert in a young person’s life can be a monumental occasion. 15 years and countless shows later, you always remember your first. The ATH offices were surveyed, and today’s Top 5 is a random ordering of the first concert from 5 ATH staff members. Although I was hoping to find some suppressed NKOTB or Debbie Gibson concerts among us, I had no such luck. Some of us were a little embarassed to fess up, while some us were happy to gloat. But this list isn’t just about us. We want to hear about your first concert experience as well, as cool or embarrassing as it might be. Follow the jump for our list.
The Beach Boys from davatron5000
My first concert was seeing the Beach Boys at Astroworld! I know. It was that awesome. And it was on the cheap too because I had a Season Pass. But nothing could have prepared me for the special guest drummer… JOHN STAMOS! Uncle Jessie + The Beach Boys! This was a dream come true. If only Dave Coulier had been there. And Stephanie… mmmm… Stephanie…
Although this was my first concert ever, it is still in contention to be the BEST concert I have ever been to. Even better than seeing the P-Funk Mothership land at Stubb’s.
Pearl Jam from raygun
Being from a small East Texas town, there weren’t a lot of concert offerings outside of the yearly performance The Crimestoppers Band gave in the Jr. High cafetorium. But in 1993, the stars aligned and Pearl Jam made a stop 20 short minutes up the road in Nacaogdoches, TX during the Vs. tour. To this day, I’m still not sure why they decided to make a stop in a town of 25,000, but I wasn’t asking questions. I heard rumors of the drummer’s cousin living close by, but I didn’t care. I was a grunge kid all the way in the early 90’s, and had purchased Ten and Vs. the day they came out. I basically snuck out to see this show, and I still don’t think my parents knew I went.
The Judds from MrTrent
I don’t even know what to say about this. I remember going with a friend of mine and being really excited for my first Houston Rodeo experience in the mid 1980’s. The only thing worse than the smell on my shoe from the livestock show was that cacophonous banshee wail emanating from the rotating stage.
’98 H.O.R.D.E. Festival from RayRay
Similar to Raygun, being from a small town in East Texas doesn’t lend itself well to seeing live music outside of the occasional country artist at the rodeo. My first real show, or at least the one I can actually remember, was a big festival out in the hills of Austin, TX. H.O.R.D.E. festival may not sound familiar to some of you, but damn if it was a hell of a lineup for 98. Heavy hitters from the decade included Blues Traveler, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Cowboy Mouth, Fastball, Barenaked Ladies, and even a young Ben Harper. How my older brother, attending UT at the time, convinced my parents to let him and his girlfriend take a 15 year old kid out to a pot and shirtless women laden festival I’ll never know. Side note: Event was held at Southpark Meadows, which is now a huge shopping center.
Smashing Pumpkins & Red Red Meat from nathan.lankford
Long ago, in an Austin far far away, there was a place called Southpark Meadows. It was a grassy knoll on the edge of a hill where larger acts would come to rock hordes of young music fans from all over the hill country. It was here where my parents first let me attend a rock concert solo, escorted by a friend’s older brother. I loved “Today,” and I wanted to throw paint all over my own ice cream truck when I grew up, so seeing the Smashing Pumpkins before Billy Corgan turned into a McDouchebag was a must, not that I foresaw his douchiness, at least not until Adore. That was my first concert as a fan, and I haven’t stopped going since then.