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I did something this past weekend that even during my **** raising years I rarely did, I went to a rock concert.

I spent seven hours listening to very loud old school metal bands.

My significant other bought the tickets which amazed me as she does not have the endurance for such things in most cases.

We saw Trickster, Tom Keifer from Cinderella, Scrapmetal ( they were the best of the bunch), Ace Heley from Kiss (that boy needs to go on a diet) and L.A. Guns.
By the time Twisted Sister were to play temps had dropped from the high seventies to the fifties and I could see she was getting very cold so as I have never thought much of Twisted Sister, we went to the Casino to eat when their time came.
I thought of going back out by my self but decided against it as I had not brought a jacket.
Scrapmetal which consists of member from various metal bands, two of them being Ricky Nelson's boys, of the past decades is worth seeing as they have the original singers sing past hits and bring in members of other past bands to play and sing with them.
I got to hear the original fellow who sang for Ted Nugent before Nugent's paranoia about not being number one got him kicked out, sing Stranglehold which was the highlight of the night.

It was odd to see how many old school rockers, the ones who would stand up a raise their hands in salute to a band, do head banging, sing the words etc. were very over weight and even older than me.
I was amazed at how many people buy the, or in this case a promoter admitted that many tickets were given out by a radio station, stand all day long in the high buck ticket area in front of the stage.
That was packed from the get-go but the seating area slowly filled as the day went on.
My sig. likes to watch the people as much as the band and would point out what she though was weird to me often, true head bangers, women dressed in clothes they really should not be wearing etc.
There was one old fellow who was with I am guessing was his nephew or grand-son, who was not even a teenager yet, show the boy how to properly salute a band, head bang and other such items. Amusing and interesting to watch.

One thing about dropping temps, it cuts down on the number of adult malt beverages on consumes. I had one beer and no desire form more but was very glad they had hot coffee .
I did notice that some viewers carried bottles of hard liquor in their jackets and opened them often.
I was surprised at how few people smoked cigarettes and I did not smell a hint of pot use, which one often smells on the clothes of persons at such venues.

I never was a concert person person but believe I enjoy these far,far more than she does as for events that are yearly things I ask her if she wants to go again and it is always a negative response.
 

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Thats cool, thanks for sharing yall's story, brings back good memories. Haven't been to one in 25 years or more as i no longer do crowds and my ears can't take it anyways.. Had some great times though way back.

Dad took me to a Kiss concert when i was 8 or 9. At 11 i went to see Rush with a friend of the same age...told Mom i wanted to go and she not only paid the tickets but gave us a ride to and home from the show. Was a different world back then i guess, but she evidently learned her lesson, she never let my younger brother go anywhere but to chess lessons and baseball games without parental supervision till he was 18. Did a bunch of other shows but my pinnacle was following Jimmy Buffet down the east coast from VA to Florida..3 shows in a row.. in about 1990. That was a party, me and my buddies barely made it back alive. Good times.
 

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You fellows can still hear? In my youth I moved very close to the stage and saw live concerts by The Doors, Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper, The Who, Grand Funk Railroad, Beach Boys, Three Dog Night, Black Sabboth, Creedence, Deep Purple, Emerson-Lake-and-Palmer, Jethro Tull, Jimmy Hendrix, The Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, and Ten Years After, which are all that I can remember of those fog clouded days in closed coliseums. Most went on to produce even more and greater albums, but we ROCKED to the original works and enjoyed the rest ever so much more!
 

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You fellows can still hear? In my youth I moved very close to the stage and saw live concerts by The Doors, Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper, The Who, Grand Funk Railroad, Beach Boys, Three Dog Night, Black Sabboth, Creedence, Deep Purple, Emerson-Lake-and-Palmer, Jethro Tull, Jimmy Hendrix, The Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, and Ten Years After, which are all that I can remember of those fog clouded days in closed coliseums. Most went on to produce even more and greater albums, but we ROCKED to the original works and enjoyed the rest ever so much more!

You really saw all those guys? I've only been to one outside of the US and that was Pink Floyd when they played
in the old Roman Colosseum before they shut down doing things like that there.
Put I have to admit the fans did trash the place, I think the Italians were not real impressed by that.
 

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Back when I lived in CT in the 70's and 80's, I was about half way between the Hartford and New Haven coliseums. Got to see a lot of big name bands over the years. Was at a Jefferson Starship concert when Gracie Slick swang out over the audience on a cable, and fell, landing on a bunch of fans. She eventually made it back to the stage, but one of the fans left on a stretcher. Was surprised at my first Grateful Dead concert, when half the audience were folks old enough to be my parents, passing joints up and down the isles. Probably the best group I ever seen live was The Kinks. Seen them 3 times, and they put on a **** of a stage show. Worst was the Eagles at the Yale Bowl in about 1980. They put nothing into it. Opening acts were The Little River Band, and Heart. Ann and Nancy rocked those tall boots and mini skirts...:)

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You really saw all those guys? I've only been to one outside of the US and that was Pink Floyd when they played
in the old Roman Colosseum before they shut down doing things like that there.
Put I have to admit the fans did trash the place, I think the Italians were not real impressed by that.
Yes, all of those and more in High School in Jacksonville (Florida) Coliseum between 1968 and 1972 (latter stages of Vietnam era), Tampa, FL, Hollywood, FL, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Apparently the Sunshine State was good to bands and we as fans were too. I remember Joe Cocker when he was so drunk or high that the stage hands had to walk him to the microphone on his opening and stand there until he had a good grip on it before they let go of him. Joe had NO CLUE where in the world he was that night, but he sang his heart out in the way only Joe can. Memorable.
 

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You fellows can still hear? In my youth I moved very close to the stage and saw live concerts by The Doors, Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper, The Who, Grand Funk Railroad, Beach Boys, Three Dog Night, Black Sabboth, Creedence, Deep Purple, Emerson-Lake-and-Palmer, Jethro Tull, Jimmy Hendrix, The Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, and Ten Years After, which are all that I can remember of those fog clouded days in closed coliseums. Most went on to produce even more and greater albums, but we ROCKED to the original works and enjoyed the rest ever so much more!
Three Dog Night is from FL. When I was looking for a house one had a converted garage they used to play in.


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Best concert I ever saw was Lynyrd Skynyrd, with the Outlaws opening for them. Hadn't been to a concert in a long time, and just a couple of months ago I saw Shania Twain in her Rock This Country tour. It wasn't the Shania of old, but she put on a good show. I was certainly entertained.
 

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Queen rates right at the top, musta been 1980. Saw Van Halen on their first tour, they sure made an impression.

Several more shows but those are what I consider the top rock shows, I've seen. I've seen artists I like better, but Freddy Mercury was something to see in person.


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I didn't get to go to too many as joined the Army right out of High School, was tied up with them a lot ( '71-'73) On leave I did get to go to the Sam Houston Colliseum and see 3 Dog Night. It was a good concert. Later I got to see the original Humble Pie ( when Peter Frampton played lead guitar) back up band was George Santana ( Carlos' brother) I got to see Uriah Heep in Munich, Germany in the basketball arena the Russians stole the Gold in from the Americans. My wife loves Country, and we have seen many good shows ( I even liked them!) with Reba McEntire ( backed up once by Marty Stewart , another by Chris ledoux) her fave is George Strait hands down. Between my stint in Artillery, oilfield worker and loud music, I don't have any Hi fidelity hearing left. Oh well, makes it harder to "hear" women as their voices are pretty high... 8)
 

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Well, let's see here. I grew up listening to Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys early,, (my grandpa said Johnny Lee Wills had the best dance band), I was on stage singin country at age 12, my dads band opened for George Jones in 63 in Denison Tx. Jones was so drunk he forgot which song he was singin when the band played the break. His bus smelled like a whiskey distillery, and mom took me to the car.
Started listening to Waylon BEFORE he got popular, saw Floyd Tilman live before he died, Cash, Haggard (saw Haggard live), Guy Clark, Doc Watson, a little Jerry Jeff Walker, Ray Price, and As much of the Texas artists as I can get.
Never went to a rock concert, never bought a rock record, much less an album. I guess I've led a pretty borin life.
 

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I didn't get to go to too many as joined the Army right out of High School, was tied up with them a lot ( '71-'73) On leave I did get to go to the Sam Houston Colliseum and see 3 Dog Night. It was a good concert. Later I got to see the original Humble Pie ( when Peter Frampton played lead guitar) back up band was George Santana ( Carlos' brother) I got to see Uriah Heep in Munich, Germany in the basketball arena the Russians stole the Gold in from the Americans. My wife loves Country, and we have seen many good shows ( I even liked them!) with Reba McEntire ( backed up once by Marty Stewart , another by Chris ledoux) her fave is George Strait hands down. Between my stint in Artillery, oilfield worker and loud music, I don't have any Hi fidelity hearing left. Oh well, makes it harder to "hear" women as their voices are pretty high... 8)
The lead singer from Humble Pie (Steve Marriott) was probably one of the most underrated singers in rock music. He was one of my favorites. If you listen to his stuff from The Small Faces it's very impressive. Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin completely copied his vocal style. I got to see Peter Frampton one time, too. Robin Trower opened for him.
 

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Naw, I think the Doritos is a deal killer. ;)
 

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I too have never attended a rock concert. Much less listened to a rock record. Not my thing.

I have been to the grand ole opry a time or two but I don't like this new country much either.

I do love southern gospel quartets though. And used to attend the all night gospel sings in my home town as a teenager. Bill Gather put out a good southern gospel preformace if you like that kind of music. If you don't I fell sorry for you if you get to heaven. I doubt Jesus listens to much hard rock.
 

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Went to a few. Van Halen with David Roth put on a good show. The Allman Brothers had some good music and the performance was very well done despite being pretty wasted. Went Hank Williams JR. Total waste. He was so drunk and stoned he could barely go up the steps to get on stage let alone give a decent show. ALWAYS WISHED I COULD HAVE GONE TO AC/DC. Best live show by a rock and roll group.
 

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I've only been to one concert - Kenny Rogers when he appeared in Austin, Texas. Whatever that guy has, I wish he would bottle it, as almost every lady there was in the "mood" for that guy.
 

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Went to a few. Van Halen with David Roth put on a good show. The Allman Brothers had some good music and the performance was very well done despite being pretty wasted. Went Hank Williams JR. Total waste. He was so drunk and stoned he could barely go up the steps to get on stage let alone give a decent show. ALWAYS WISHED I COULD HAVE GONE TO AC/DC. Best live show by a rock and roll group.
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My Hank Williams Jr experience to a tee. By no means are we unique either. I like his recordings but I wouldn't cross the street to piss in his ear were his brain on fire. He stole $100 from me.


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