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In the late 70s - beginning of the 80s, after I had left school, I got to see a quite a few good prog bands, such as Camel, Jethro Tull, Genesis twice, Tangerine Dream, Rush three times, mostly in the City Hall Newcastle, but I do remember seeing  Steve Hackett at Reading Rock Festival - It was a barmy summers night and his guitar just soared across the night sky - fantastic ! I think my very first prog gig out of all of them was Rush Hemesphere tour. I saw many other bands at that time, referenced under prog related, it used to be a band a fortnight.
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Steven Wilson in London, not a month ago.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Slartibartfast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 23 2013 at 19:51
Not my first shows but from my stub collection.
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I went to a few Dregs concerts back in the day.  Don't tell anyone but I was at several, Agora Ballroom shows before I was old enough to be there.


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Rush - 20 February 1981 at Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI. Special guest was Max Webster.

It was also my first ever rock concert, at age 16 Smile
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My 1st prog concert was July '76 : Yes and opener Gentle Giant at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.  I remember getting there at about 4am to get a good spot in line.  This was the Yes solo album tour with Patrick Moraz and I still remember him doing this incredible organ solo.  The Roger Dean stage design was the 3 headed hydra and was the last tour Yes had an elaborate stage. 

One month later I saw Jethro Tull with openers Rory Gallagher and Electric Light Orchestra at the Oakland Coliseum.

My 1st concert was 1 month before Yes when I saw The Tubes at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts...they blew my 15 year old mind LOL
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By the way last year I had the pleasure to see Ian Anderson in Quimper(25 kms from my hometown)for TAAB 2 tour:it was great and in july 2013 Steve Hackett will play at the same venue.I'm really eager to see him!
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I saw Steve Hackett in '92 at a small club in Northern California.  The best part of the show for me was the encore...Steve came out alone with a classical guitar and played about 20 minutes of unaccompanied classical pieces.  
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Progressive Nation 2009: Scale the Summit (How I got into them) Bigelf (meh) Zappa Plays Zapps (incredible) and of course, Dream Theater
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1989 or 1990, at the Montreal Forum, my first prog concert was Rush, during the Presto Tour, with Voivod as an opening act, when they were touring for Nothingface.  Amazing double bill !
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I've just bought my ticket for Steve Hackett(july the 26th).Coutdown has begun!
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Originally posted by celestialsound celestialsound wrote:

Progressive Nation 2009: Scale the Summit (How I got into them) Bigelf (meh) Zappa Plays Zapps (incredible) and of course, Dream Theater

Huh, oddly enough this was the first concert I paid for...

Though my dad took me to see Genesis when I was a kid before that.
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My first prog concert, and first concert ever, was ELP, June 1977 at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. I was stationed there with the Navy for a few weeks for training, and I heard some of the guys mention that ELP was in town tonight. My immediate reaction: “I’m going!” Since we bought the tickets that night, it was hardly the best seat in the house, but still very memorable. This was early in their Works I tour, when they had the orchestra and choir conducted by Godfrey Salmon.

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This thread deserve some
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Originally posted by AreYouHuman AreYouHuman wrote:

My first prog concert, and first concert ever, was ELP, June 1977 at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. I was stationed there with the Navy for a few weeks for training, and I heard some of the guys mention that ELP was in town tonight. My immediate reaction: “I’m going!” Since we bought the tickets that night, it was hardly the best seat in the house, but still very memorable. This was early in their Works I tour, when they had the orchestra and choir conducted by Godfrey Salmon.

Cool.  I saw them 2 months later in Oakland after they dropped the orchestra.  I remember they opened with Karn Evil 9 1st Imp Pt 2 with Lake singing, "Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends..."  My seats were pretty lousy but I didn't care, it was ELP!

At one point in the show Keith was having some problems and a road tech came out and was working on his setup between songs.  Keith steps up to the mic and says, "I'm having a little organ trouble...bet you can all get into that." LOL
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First prog concert was two days ago in Toronto. Saw Yes and it was absolutely incredible. I think all the hate that Jon Davison gets is so unnecessary. At this point, he is so much better off in the band than Jon Anderson, as the hostility between him and everyone else is awesome. Davison is the perfect replacement (much better than Benoit). His voice on the Going for the One songs was absolutely perfect, I couldn't have imagine seeing a better first prog concert.
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Originally posted by JocBT JocBT wrote:

First prog concert was two days ago in Toronto. Saw Yes and it was absolutely incredible. I think all the hate that Jon Davison gets is so unnecessary. At this point, he is so much better off in the band than Jon Anderson, as the hostility between him and everyone else is awesome. Davison is the perfect replacement (much better than Benoit). His voice on the Going for the One songs was absolutely perfect, I couldn't have imagine seeing a better first prog concert.

Wasn't aware of any hate towards Jon Davison. Is that on Yes forums?

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My first prog concert was Genesis on 'The Lamb' tour. I saw them on Thanksgiving of 1974 when I was 15. It was incredible!
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Originally posted by humor4u1959 humor4u1959 wrote:

My first prog concert was Genesis on 'The Lamb' tour. I saw them on Thanksgiving of 1974 when I was 15. It was incredible!

Wow, what a great start!  Has anything you've seen since matched The Lamb?
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At one point in the show Keith was having some problems and a road tech came out and was working on his setup between songs. Keith steps up to the mic and says, "I'm having a little organ trouble...bet you can all get into that.   


When I saw them, Keith did a solo during “Hoedown” on a theremin or like device, handling it in a “shocking” manner! More organ trouble?

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My 1st prog concert was July '76 : Yes and opener Gentle Giant at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. I remember getting there at about 4am to get a good spot in line. This was the Yes solo album tour with Patrick Moraz and I still remember him doing this incredible organ solo. The Roger Dean stage design was the 3 headed hydra and was the last tour Yes had an elaborate stage.


Didn’t get the chance to see Yes until the 1991 Union tour. They came to Indianapolis while I was there in 1977, but it was after I had to move on, this being the Navy. Luckily they were playing in the Norfolk, VA area, but I was new there, and poor planning brought on by own inexperience made me miss that one. Next chance was the Big Generator tour in 1987, but several dates, including the one in Grand Rapids, MI, were cancelled due to Trevor Rabin’s health issues (his gallbladder, if I remember correctly). So if there was THE tour to catch them on, it had to be Union!

Bill Bruford was a busy chap around that time; he’d just played in the area about 6 months before with Earthworks.

humor4u1959 said:
My first prog concert was Genesis on 'The Lamb' tour. I saw them on Thanksgiving of 1974 when I was 15. It was incredible!


Ooooo! SO green with envy!!!!

I so wanted to see Genesis on the Lamb tour in the spring of ‘75, but didn’t know anyone who was going and otherwise lacked the wherewithal to get there. A little over a year later they returned to the area, sans Gabriel…still didn’t get the chance.

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I saw Steve Hackett in '92 at a small club in Northern California. The best part of the show for me was the encore...Steve came out alone with a classical guitar and played about 20 minutes of unaccompanied classical pieces.


Even greener!!!! He might have played in GR on that same tour, but his management missed the mark so inexcusably. He’s well aware he has plenty of fans in west Michigan, where he likely would’ve sold out a decent-sized hall.
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