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    Posted: February 17 2016 at 07:22
Just celebrating 40 years of going to see prog bands...my first 10 gigs were (in chronological order...)

1. Druid (1976) - Nottingham, Playhouse
2. Genesis (1977) - Leicester, De Montfort
3. Henry Cow - Nottingham, Victoria Leisure Centre
4. Peter Gabriel - Leicester, De Montfort
5. Hawkwind - Leicester, De Montfort
6. Henry Cow (again) - Nottingham, University
7. Yes - Stafford, Bingley Halls
8. Fairport Convention - Nottingham, University
9. Steve Hillage/National Health (1978) - Leicester, University
10. Knebworth Festival: Genesis, Brand X etc. - Knebworth Park, Herts.

All those early gigs were magic!


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BaldFriede Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2016 at 08:25
As a kid my older brother took me along to the ATOTT tour of Genesis after endless discussions with my parents who did not want me to go (I was seven years old, my brother seventeen). I sat on my brothers shoulders throughout the concert.

After that I saw Yes, Gentle Giant and Guru Guru (Guru Guru actually played at my brother's school). Then there was nothing for a long time since my brother moved out.


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Uriah Heep was the first band I ever saw live. Must've been around 1995. I had a beeping noise in my ears two weeks after that. I entirely blame Bernie Shaw and his ridiculous screams.

Hmmm how about Deep Purple - do they count? Nahh...

Errmm..

I saw Burnin' Red Ivanhoe quite a few times around the turn of the millennium. Secret Oyster too!!....and anything featuring Karsten Vogel on saxophone is worth attending. The man is a genius. 
Best show I ever saw with them was probably around 2007-8 in this little charming wooden amphitheatre. Quite simply an outstanding gig - with this breathtaking sun deity influenced opening complete with gong and glistening chimes. 

I caught Fantomas during Roskilde Festival 2005LOL Yeah...that was properly insane. Sorta like a crunchingly heavy take on Circus music - wild jangly clowns and sea lions included. Insanely complicated music...and it worked! Heh I remember the drummer having to flip sheets like some mad classical violinist wrestling with Novacek. 

Ahh nuts, I'll have to get back to you on this. I've got a spotty recollection, and I don't really categorise music outside of this place. 


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Hi,

Goodness ... Madison, WI ... saw Blues Magoos, The Who and the main act? Herman and the Hermits!

And yes, Pete smashed a stack and Keith rolled his drums into the audience, on what was a very small stage ... was looking for tickets to see Otis Redding at DJ's, but we all know what happened on that fateful night on Lake Monona.

Went to a huge outdoor concert near Green Bay, all weekend, that had a massive number of bands, including Sons of Champlin, Crow, Ravi Shankar, Buffy Saint Marie, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sugar Loaf and way too many others (I have poster on the wall and still can not name all the bands!). This would have easily covered the first 10.

My concert going and enjoyment did not start until I went to California in the fall of 1971, and the first one was Pink Floyd at the Hollywood Bowl in September 1972.



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I've decided to only include what I would call a proper band as opposed to local unsigned bands;

Marillion December 13th 1984 Hammersmith Odeon
Marillion January 1986 Hammersmith Odeon
Iron Maiden November 1986 Hammersmith Odeon
Crazyhead Chelmsford sometime in late 1986.
Deep Purple January 1987 Wembley Arena
Fields of the Nephilum Autumn 1987 Rayleigh Pink Toothbrush
Marillion November 5th 1987 Wembley Arena
T'Pau    December 1987 Hammersmith Odeon
Marillion January 1988 Hammersmith Odeon
1988 Monsters of Rock Donnington August 20th 1988


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Jethro Tull (A Passion Play)
Robin Trower (For Earth Below)
Yes (Going For the One)
Nektar (just after Roye Abrighton left)
ELP (Works)
Peter Gabriel (second album)
U.K. (Danger Money)
Gentle Giant (as part of a multi-act show headlining Yes in '76)
Genesis (And Then There Were Three)
Devo (Oh No! It's Devo)
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Tobruk (summer 1973)
Kiss with Cheap Trick (summer 1975)
100 Proof (fall 1976)
Madcats (fall 1976)
Avalon (fall 1976)
Queen with Thin Lizzy (Jan. 1977)
Styx with Prism (March 1977)


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There is going to be some guessing involved in this as my memory isn't what it was.

Definitely first was Rainbow on the Difficult To Cure tour in 81 at Leeds Queens Hall, so

Rainbow
Motorhead
AC/DC
Ozzy Osbourne
Magnum
Tygers Of Pan Tang
Stranglers
Groundhogs
Atomic Rooster
Hawkwind

Not included Reading Rock Festival 82 & 83 - (Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy, MSG, Budgie)


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2016 at 12:48
They weren't prog bands in most cases for me....
Cryan Shames  1969
Aorta 1969
Tommy James and Shondells 1969
CTA(Chicago) 1969
James Gang 1970
Jefferson Airplane 1971
Byrds 1971
BB King 1971
Mountain 1971
Elton John 1972
The Faces and Deep Purple 1972 or 73
Who 1973
Tull 1973
Yes 1973
Moody Blues 1973
...
 
 
 


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It was a long time ago but if I remember correctly.....

Wishbone Ash 1972 Sheffield City Hall was my first gig
Dr Feelgood
Procol Harum
Sutherland Brothers and Quiver
Gallagher & Lyle
Queen
Genesis
Camel
After The Fire
Elkie Brooks


Not much prog there really, and with the exception of Wishbone Ash, After The Fire and Camel, I only ever saw each of the others once.


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the first concert I ever went to was actually a festival. and not just any festival - it was THE festival: Woodstock. I have no recollection whatever of it though because I was 9 months old at that time.

so the bands that played there were the first ones I ever saw and heard live, though I probably slept most of the time


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A shot of me as High Priestess of Gaia during our fall festival. Ceterum censeo pricipiis obsta
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Those that I remember

Cure
Wire
Echo and the Bunnymen
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Peter Gabriel
Arto Lindsay
David Sylvian
Cornelius
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Fun question!

1) The Tubes (San Jose Center for the Performing Arts: 1976)
2) Yes/Gentle Giant (with Moraz...Cow Palace: 1976)
3) Tull/ELO/Rory Gallagher (Oakland Arena: 1976)
4) Genesis (with Hackett...SF Winterland: 1977)
5) Renaissance/Steve Martin (yes THAT Steve Martin!  Another perplexing Bill Graham lineup.  Paramount Theater, Oakland: 1977)
6) Tull (Oakland Arena: 1977)
7) Led Zeppelin/Rick Derringer/Judas Priest (LZ's final US appearance...Oakland Coliseum: 1977)
8) ELP/Journey (Works tour after ELP fired the orchestra...Oakland Arena: 1977)
9) Queen (Oakland Arena: 1977)
10) David Bowie (with Belew on guitar and Roger Powell on keys...Oakland Arena: 1978)
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Hmmm ...  people must not be smoking as much dope at concerts because though I remember my first few shows ~ Black Sabbath, Saxon, Ronnie Lane's Appeal Tour ~ after that it's a blur.   I of course kept all my tickets but I'm not gonna fumble through a stack of nearly a hundred ticket stubs to find out.

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Geeze, I know I'm missing some bands and my memory sucks, but I was 12 at my first concert (my cousins snuck me out of the house):
 
Alice Cooper w/Jo Jo Gunne and Captain Beyond (1972, School's Out)
Deep Purple (1973, Machine Head)
Black Sabbath (1974 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath was out, but they played only 1 song from it)
Robin Trower w/Humble Pie (1975)
Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Foghat and The Outlaws (1976, Pontiac Silverdome)
Genesis (1976, Trick of the Tail)
Pink Floyd (1977, In the Flesh)
Jethro Tull (1977, Songs from the Wood)
Yes (1977, Going for the One)
Neil Young (1978, Rust Never Sleeps)
 
Hmmm...yeah, I am missing a few. Oh well.
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WOW....1st 10 bands??

1st concert ever was Cal-Jam - 1974, dude I was 10! Don't remember it was like Deep Purple, ELP, EW&F, Eagles, Black Sabbath, I had a headache from the weed in the air.
Rush 2112 Tour - LA Starwood 1976
Parliament P-Funk Earth Tour - LA Forum 1977
Earth Wind & Fire - All n All Tour LA Forum 1977 or 1978
...after that I would be guessing on order, no clue.




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My list is boring compared to all these.
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First concert was Monsters of Rock in 1988 (Pontiac Silverdome):
1. Kingdom Come
2. Dokken
3. Scorpions
4. Metallica
5. Van Halen

2nd Concert was also in 1988; the 2nd concert ever performed at the Palace of Auburn Hills

6. Poison
7. David Lee Roth

After that, I don't remember.

Prog bands that I have seen all after 1990: Rush, Yes, Rick Wakeman (in Toronto), ELP, Jethro Tull, Genesis, Kansas, Dream Theater (Opening act for ELP and Deep Purple), Tiles, Discipline, Matthew Parmenter, Agents of Mercy/Karmakanic.  Prog related bands that I have seen: Asia, Chicago, ELO, Journey, The Moody Blues, Styx, Deep Purple, The Who, Metallica, Robert Plant, Alan Parsons Project, Anderson Ponty Band, Todd Rundgren, King's X, Mellotron (now Imminent Sonic Destruction), Primus.  All that I can think of at the moment..and off topic, but I felt bad that my first 7 didn't have any prog bands included.  LOL


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Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

WOW....1st 10 bands??

1st concert ever was Cal-Jam - 1974, dude I was 10! Don't remember it was like Deep Purple, ELP, EW&F, Eagles, Black Sabbath, I had a headache from the weed in the air.
Rush 2112 Tour - LA Starwood 1976
Parliament P-Funk Earth Tour - LA Forum 1977
Earth Wind & Fire - All n All Tour LA Forum 1977 or 1978
...after that I would be guessing on order, no clue.



Wow, you were at the Cal Jam '74!!!  I've always considered that the holy grail of festivals.  Seeing the tv broadcast on "In Concert" was what turned me on to Black Sabbath and ELP Wink
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Originally posted by Meltdowner Meltdowner wrote:

My list is boring compared to all these.
mine is still empty LOL
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