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    Posted: January 06 2013 at 16:47
My first was Yes on the Big Generator tour in September of 1987. I saw Rush soon after that on the HYF tour.
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Progressive Nation in 2009 with Dream Theater, Opeth, Bigelf and Unexpect. 
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March, 1977-Ottawa Civic Center, Ottawa, Canada, Rush on the A Farewell To Kings tour
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I guess AUTOGRAPH, in spring of 1980: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2335.

Did not know the word "prog" then, the band said they play art-rock.
Music seemed to me a bit too complex, but it had something - attractive, adventurous, beautiful. Tried not to miss their gigs after that.
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2009 Dream Theater in Lima, Peru
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I think it was Rush, Presto tour (1990?).

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Pink Floyd at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, 1988.
 
I was also at the Queensryche concert at the Dane County Coliseum where their "Operation: Livecrime" DVD was shot.


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Originally posted by Floyd Steely

Pink Floyd at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, 1988.
 
I was also at the Queensryche concert at the Dane County Coliseum where their "Operation: Livecrime" DVD was shot.
 
HAHAHAHA ....
 
The Blues Magoos, The Who and Herman and the Hermits in the Dane County something or other ... have no idea what in 1968 or 1969. Later The Doors at the same place in Madison ... but Ben Vereen and Steve Miller ... were much more interesting running a muck in Madison! And in those days a couple of clubs were really hot, too!
 
For professive, Chicago, Sons of Champlin, Procol Harum in the days that they loved doing long cuts ... and it was cool to enjoy them, otherwise ... I would say that Pink Floyd at the Hollywood Bowl in 1972 would have been my "1st".  However, I do not consider a lot of that stuff not progressive, and find that the LA and SF scene was extremely progressive, and are not given credit for it. In those days, the long cuts that Santana, was doing, were far out. And the long cuts that the Grateful Dead were doing were also far out. And the 20 minute version of White Bird was also far out by It's a Beautiful Day ... but London is not king for me, and I don't thik the best. Babe Ruth was quite progressive and good at the Whiskey in 1972 for me, for example. Other than that .. .Tangerine Dream, and Nektar


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September 22, 1972:  Yes with The Eagles, Arie Crown Theater, Chicago

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The Eagles were fresh out of the gate, their two big singles at the time were "Take It Easy" and "Witchy Woman."  The audience quite enjoyed them, and they introduced the next act as "Our friends, The Yes."  (old fartes like me recall that some called the band "The Yes" in those days)

Yes then came out and shredded everyone's consciousness with their "Close To The Edge" tour material, post-Bruford.  Basically, if you saw the movie "Yessongs," you have a decent idea of how it went.  

This seems to be the setlist as I recall it:  http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/yes/1972/arie-crown-theater-chicago-il-63df369b.html

Squire in particular was amazing, he was all over the stage!!  He had a remarkable way of dancing and playing his Rick bass at the same time, I've only seen him do it that once...he traversed the width of the stage, and a roadie had to feed him his guitar cable by hand!  He was wearing those huge, thigh-high suede boots, a real attention-grabber!  

Howe was also amazing, playing his brown ES-345 Stereo guitar for much of the concert.   Wakeman was stunning in glitter cape and blonde hair probably as long as he ever wore it (past the middle of his back), it was the first time I'd ever seen stacked keyboards!!   

Anderson was, as always, magical.  White played the material as if he himself wrote it.   

Once the mirrored ball came down for "Close to the Edge," I was completely sucked in (I hadn't heard the LP before I saw this show).   Many good things resulted in my life from this experience.  



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I actually haven't gone to one yet...I've been to a few non-prog concerts though. I'm seeing Nightwish very soon though Big smile
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2010 @ Jiffy Lube Live Center outside of D.C. Simply Fantastic... then Dream Theater in 2011 and 2012 on the Dramatic Tour of Events.. again fantastic! 
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Incredible show.
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Since I grew up in El Salvador, in Central America, I never had the chance to see any prog act in the 70s, since no band came over there at that time. I moved to the US in 1988, and I made a point to make my first prog concert a memorable one, with my favorite band of all time. So I went to see Jethro Tull in 1989, for the Rock Island tour, and I have to say, I was not disappointed, even though it was not in their golden days.
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If you count a proto-prog band, Led Zeppelin, Oakland Stadium, 1977.  If not, it was either Yes or Jethro Tull at the Oakland Arena, 1978.  My first concert ever was The Tubes, San Jose Auditorium, 1977 (I think).  Several tracks from the Yes performances are on The Word is Live album.  It was the Tormato tour and the first time they performed in the round.  I thought Tull would be kind of a mellow show, but when Martin Barre came on stage and started ripping into Minstrel in the Gallery, I knew how wrong I was.  It was a pleasant surprise.  Led Zeppelin was rather off playing an afternoon show, but both Derringer and Judas Priest (on their first west coast tour) tore it up.
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I think the only prog show i've ever been to was when Roger Waters did Dark Side Of The Moon a few years back... it's too bad I was born long after the prime of my favorite bands...
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Rush's 2007 Snakes and Arrows tour. I was 13. Smile
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Genesis at the Roxy in Hollywood: 2 shows a nite for 3 nites (they were the first act to play there). First concert was Black Sabbath, Yes, and Wild Turkey at The Forum in Inglewood CA. Got to see ALL the icons of the golden era, excepting VdGG, as they never toured the west. Saw Mr Hammill however, at The Troubador. Yes, Camel, PFM, Gentle Giant, Barclay James Harvest, ELP, RLO, Roxy Music, Nektar, Hawkwind, Floyd, Moody Blues, King Crimson (with The Strawbs opening), Zepplin, UK, Tull......damn, those were good times. And tix were less than $10.00 usually.
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Rush. I was in the 8th grade. Tampa, Florida. This was... 1981. I was 13 yrs old. Yikes. MOVING PICTURES had just come out. It was my first concert ever. My parents dropped me and my little brother off to see it. It wasn't what I expected at all. For one thing, there was this horrible smell and smoke in the air, I couldn't breathe, it was clearly pot. Secondly, the band members never moved from their spots, never showed any kind of passion. I guess I was expecting smashed guitars, Geddy Lee to breathe fire (a la Kiss), or something. The songs sounded just like the albums, which also disapointed me a bit.

Perhaps because of that experience, I didn't go to many arena-type concerts after that. I saw Floyd in a stadium in D.C. after A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF STADIUM. Again, a bit disapointing. I was so far away, I could barely see the band. (Floyd's still my favorite band in the world, but let's face it, it's headphone music.)

My greatest experiences have been in small, crowded clubs watching punk and post-punk bands playing in Europe. In France I saw a post-rock Mogwai-type band playing a hypnotic set, and I was so close I could've jumped on stage. That's the way live music should be experienced.


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