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on The Allman Brothers Band, 1975 Sep 9
This was the very 1st concert ever at Riverfront Coliseum.
on Alice Cooper, 1972 Aug 6
My very first concert
on Rush, 1974 Aug 16
They were the opening act of 3 bands. Uriah Heep was the headliner and Manfred Mann was the second band.
Mom's first concert
on Rush, 1994 May 5
Long story short, my brother and I had an extra ticket and we asked our Mom if she wanted to go with us. Our parents were of the school that rock concerts were dangerous and we would get killed in the bathroom, (The tragic Who show in Cincinatti is part of it.) so it took A LOT of fighting to get them to let us go to concerts. She always kept an ear open to what we listened to and she actually liked some of RUSH. During The Spirit of Radio, we caught her singing outloud to the chorus and after that, we knew we were golden. She had a blast except for when the opening band, Candlebox, one of their roadies ran out during their last song and mooned the crowd. Yikes! The sound system had terrible issues that night but for us, the show amazing! In fact, my parents ring tone on my phone is the chorus from The Spirit of Radio. It was my brother's first RUSH show as well. And we have seen them many times since then, together, but there is nothing like that first time! To this day, when we talk about it, she recalls the good time she had with her two boys. :)
on Eric Clapton / Santana, 1975 Jun 14
Me and a friend of mine actually pulled each other over the eight foot high concrete wall that ringed Tampa Stadium to get into this gig (the stub above was found lying on the ground earlier). Clapton did the CSN song 49 Bye-Byes as part of the encore. It's not on any of the bootlegs or set lists that I've seen, but I know it did happen. I remember thinking that it was weird that an artist of his stature would be doing a song from one of his contemporaries like that. I also remember this stoned-out freak doing back-flips off the five foot high wall that separated the sidelines from the stands. One after another, right there with Clapton jamming and the crowd standing all around. There's always something crazy to be seen at every show. If you're not too crazed yourself to notice, that is....!
on Yes, The Charlie Daniels Band, The J. Geils Band, 1976 Jun 26
Charlie Daniels opened for Yes, as well as J. Geils and a few others. That combo still doesn't sit quite right with me... Southern rock and Progressive. For me it was a hard set of gears to shift thru. But Yes was still out of this world. That giant dragon motif hanging from the rafters over the stage was pretty cool indeed. So was Patrick Moraz's keyboard work. And their performance of Ritual was all that I had hoped it would be (since I'm a big-time Topographic Oceans fan). All-in-all, quite stunning!
on The Rolling Stones, 1975 Aug 2
My friends and I sat all day in 100+ degree heat and almost died. We were on the 20 yard line near the center, so we took turns hoofing it for drinking water. When it was my turn, I noticed a familiar pattern emerging... I would head off the field toward the concessions stands. Once there I would guzzle as much water as I could without getting sick. Then I'd load up for the return trip. But before I could get back, I'd be parched and thirsty again! There were over 250 cases of heat exhaustion that day under a totally cloudless sky. Well, there was one pathetically small cloud that did pass by. And pass by it did. It looked just like the one on the cover of Live Peace in Toronto... all alone and not a friend in the world! When it eventually drifted in front of the sun, there was a huge collective gasp from the crowd. But in a few minutes it was gone. It was a good show, though... My first time seeing the Stones and the only time I got to see Ian Stewart on the ivories. But we really had to pay for it. Once we got out of there, we stopped at the first liquor store we could find. I bet I drank that whole 6-pack of Heineken in less than ten minutes! All-in-all an experience I'll remember into the winter of my old age. Especially when those Florida summers roll around...: )
Draw the Line Tour
on Aerosmith, 1978 May 3
Great show with Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush opening up
on Eric Clapton / The Charlie Daniels Band, 1976 Nov 5
We were waiting outside the one and only entrance to this venue in a huge crowd for what seemed like hours. 3000 people is what the newspaper said it was the next day. Anyway, we got pressed in there so tight that when they did finally open the gate, the crowd surged along under its own power. I distinctly remember getting the feeling that a stampede was forming. I remember having my feet stepped on and not being able to pick them up, and having the constant feeling that I was getting pulled under and was about to lose my shoes. After that initial surge, I was moving along without even touching the ground! Right about then I heard one of the huge ceiling-to-floor plate glass windows to my right shatter. Thank God it was safety glass because a guy got pressed right thru that window. He ended up on the inside floor, rolling around on the thousands of pebbles of safety glass and laughing his head off! When we finally did get in, my group ended up on the floor and about 25 feet back from the stage, dead center. The Bayfront was a great place for a concert, but no one intends to die there when they lay their money down for a show, now do they...?
on The Jesse Colin Young Band / Loundon Wainwrite, III, 1976 May 6
This event was held outdoors at the original USF soccer field. It was out pretty close to Fowler Avenue. Now they have a nice new stadium that opened in 2011. I believe they've turned the old one into grass tennis courts or something. I also seem to remember that there were aluminum bleachers available for seating, but my girlfriend and I were on the field. We liked getting up close, you see. Back then if I couldn't get on the floor or the field, I didn't want to go.
on Jethro Tull, 1976 Jul 31
All my friends went to this concert whilst I stayed home with a girl that was a "sure thing". The show was probably still going strong for them at about the time her father came pounding at the door for me! Needless to say, I never made it to the climatic number, let alone an encore. : )
on Pink Floyd, 1987 Oct 30
My girlfriend really wanted to go to this show, and even offered to buy my ticket. But I was an idiot (what was know then as a "purist") and didn't want to go because Roger wasn't there. Believe me, people... when it comes to a history-making band like this, the day of the event is not the time to stand on principal..
on Grateful Dead, 1995 Apr 7
This is the last time I went to a concert where a joint and a bottle of wine came passing down the line....
on The Black Crowes, 1995 Apr 4
Instead of going in and watching the Black Crows, I spent that time checking out the freak show in the parking lot... : )
on Bo Diddley, 2002 Dec 14
This show was held at a pretty good size bar with a nice open floor up front, so I got to dance about 3 feet from a seated Bo Diddley all night long. Needless to say, eye contact was made quite a few times! We met him personally when the gig was over. I bought a copy of his hitherto-unreleased single "My Eagle Is Pissed" (available only at his shows), a song about how much he hated the 911 terrorists that he signed it for me. He signed my ticket stub as well (see photos above). I shook hands with him and it was like shaking hands with someone wearing a baseball glove! No lie. Do an image search for his CD "Man Amongst Men". There's a good picture of his hands on the back cover. You'll see what I mean. The show was great, of course. We spent the entire night undulating to that funky staggered reverb rhythm that he was so good at laying down. A great moment in my rock and roll concert lore, to say the least.
on Chuck Berry / The Coasters, 1978 Nov 4
Chuck Berry was not present for the first show so the Coasters did their set only. He was there for show number two, though. Loud and clear...
on Pink Floyd, 1988 May 22
I felt I didn't pay enough for my ticket, what an incredible show, even without Roger Waters, I bought tickets for their next shows in Miami and Jersey, Fantastic!
on bbking/ brownsville station/ 10 years after/ mott the hoople, 1970 Jun 26
How can you beat Alvin Lee and BB King? Add Johnny Winter as a guest and he brings his brother Edgar. By the time BB King came on, I was crying because he made that guitar talk, what a fantastic night! I loved the Aragon because it had no seats. You sat on the floor and it was like an outdoor concert, but indoor! I'll never forget it
Leslie West !!
on litter/ bob seger system/ mountain, 1970 May 22
When Mountain came on, I was mesmerized, they opened with Missippi Queen and said "if it's too loud, you're too old!" and played the entire album, I loved the 70's!
I think this was the night that the sound system went out and Bob Seger opened the show with his two bass drums basically at his ears, he apologized for making us sit through his concert, and started his "Boom Boom, BoomBoomBoom" Ramblin Gamin Man, and he was awewome!!!!! Then the sound came back on and Damn, what a great concert
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