As much as I enjoy listening to, discussing and sharing music, I’ve always felt that there’s nothing like seeing your favourite artist in concert for the first, second or in the case of Bruce Springsteen, the 10th time. There’s the thrill when you first find out your fave is coming to town, the anticipation of waiting for the tickets to go on sale, and then… the utter disappointment when you get screwed by Ticketmaster when the website says ‘sold out’ at 10:01. But, if you are fortunate enough to score those prime seats, the memories of a great (or bad) show stick with you forever.
Geek that I am, I’ve kept (almost) all of my ticket stubs, going back to 1977. I thought I’d use this blog as a good opportunity to share some of those concert memories with you, and I’d like to hear about yours. I won’t necessarily focus on the best shows I’ve seen; in fact the bad ones are sometimes more fun to write about.
So while the collection of stubs goes back to ’77, the first concert I ever went to was actually in the summer of 1976. My uncle took my older brothers and me to see Joe Cocker. (Ironically, I saw Joe Cocker again in the ‘90’s and I don’t have the stub for that one either.) I remember that I only knew one song, “You Are So Beautiful”, which was a hit single at the time. Otherwise, I was pretty bored but I would chalk that up to age. I’m sure my uncle and my brothers (who were 17 and 19 at the time) enjoyed it. I would compare it to me dragging one of my kids today to see someone like John Hiatt. I would love it. My kids? Not so much. However, once Joe Cocker released his “Greatest Hits” album the following year I became a big fan of his, and still am today. Guess I matured.
Last week Joe turned 65 and he will be touring throughout the summer. Below is a live clip from 2002 filmed at the Queen’s Jubilee Concert. Check out the backing band, which includes Brian May from Queen on guitar and Phil Collins on drums.
Next time I’ll talk about the concert associated with the oldest ticket stub in my collection. The date was July 12, 1977. The band? I’ll give you a hint: They may be from New York, but they’re partial to Detroit…Rock City.
“The Shuffle Report”
Here just for fun are the last 10 songs I’ve listened to in shuffle mode on my iPod at the time I wrote today’s post (no editing):
1. Spanish Dancer–Steve Winwood (Arc of A Diver)*
2. Walk Like A Man (You Can Call Me Your Man)–Grand Funk Railroad (Grand Funk Hits)
3. Satisfy My Soul–Bob Marley (Legend)**
4. Burning Down The House–Talking Heads (Stop Making Sense–Live)
5. Celebration Day–Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin III)
6. You’re So Fine–Little Walter (His Best)
7. Every Night and Every Day–Cheap Trick (Rockford)
8. You Got Another Thing Comin’–Judas Priest (The Essential Judas Priest)
9. Freedom For The Stallion–Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint (The River In Reverse)
10. Goodbye Girl–Squeeze (Singles, 45’s and Under)
* One of my favourite album covers of all-time. Great artwork.
**The first compact disc I ever purchased, back in 1988.