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Old 03.02.2021, 19:58
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

Also regarding Don Van Vliet, he confronted me after the sound check, and said "tell me where I can find a Chinese restaurant, ant it had better be good"!

So, me being me, I said "there are two, one close, and one a bit further, and I personally recommend the one that is further.

So, a few hours later, Don comes back and approaches me, looking very serious.

"That was some of the best Chinese I've ever had. Wanna get high?"

Silly me, thinking he was talking about smoking a joint, said "sure"!

Next thing, we're doing lines!

Not many can say that they first did coke with Captain Beefhart! (RIP, Don)

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Old 03.02.2021, 20:07
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

First musical: Lionel Bart's Oliver, amateur production circa 1972 at my secondary school.

First musical in a proper theatre: West Side Story, circa 1984 in London. I think that might still be the only professional musical production I have seen, although I also saw West Side Story performed outdoors at Vaumarcus near Neuchâtel about 20 years ago.

First festival: Knebworth, 1975. The headline band was Pink Floyd, I seem to remember they played Wish You Were Here followed by Dark Side of the Moon in their entirety.

Edit: oddly similar to Ace1's post above - which I only saw after posting - also Oliver and Knebworth...
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

I saw Billy Joel in London in the late 80s, he was very rude to the audience.
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I saw Billy Joel in London in the late 80s, he was very rude to the audience.
He was great in the late ‘70s. My mother (who died in 1991) saw him several times and always enjoyed his concerts.
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Old 03.02.2021, 21:01
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

First musical.

Tricky. Could have been Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Redgrave Theatre, Farnham. But around the same time I played Captain Smolsky in Bugsy Malone. Both early 80s.

First music festival. Never been. First big concert - Genesis, 1987 at Wembley.

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Thanks all, very interesting.

But talking about 'rude' my second in London 1971 was Calcutta- now that was quite 'rude'.

ennui- the Isle of Wight would not have been for you re crowds- we were about 600.000 there (now the toilets or latrines were quite ... something ). I had to hitch-hike back to London and there were several 100s of us lining up out of Portsmouth- by miracle, a young couple picked me up and took me back all the was to SW London- I must have stunk to heaven after 4 days without washing and sleeping rough.
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Old 03.02.2021, 21:19
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Thanks all, very interesting.

But talking about 'rude' my second in London 1971 was Calcutta- now that was quite 'rude'.

ennui- the Isle of Wight would not have been for you re crowds- we were about 600.000 there (now the toilets or latrines were quite ... something ). I had to hitch-hike back to London and there were several 100s of us lining up out of Portsmouth- by miracle, a young couple picked me up and took me back all the was to SW London- I must have stunk to heaven after 4 days without washing and sleeping rough.
Most of these “festivals” are not for me. It’s totally ok.
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Old 03.02.2021, 21:33
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First musical.

Tricky. Could have been Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Redgrave Theatre, Farnham. But around the same time I played Captain Smolsky in Bugsy Malone. Both early 80s.

First music festival. Never been. First big concert - Genesis, 1987 at Wembley.

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True. I don't think I ever been to a musical. Or actually one at Broadway and I can't remember the same, too ott. 1991 or 1992. And festivals - we played at, I burned out on all that mass energy where music gets lost a bit. Understand why people used to go to them. But prior covid, we used to regularly fill up the Royal Albert Hall if that counts, Victoria Hall here, Theatre Jorat and other venues with classical stuff.

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Old 03.02.2021, 21:42
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

First musical is very hard to say as my aunt was a big musical theatre actress so I went to loads from a very young age.
The first one I saw in London would have been ‘Me and my girl’ but the most memorable was Les Misérables.

Ever been to a music festival, it’s not really my think.

First concert was Queen at Elland road in Leeds in 1982.
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Old 03.02.2021, 21:55
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

Not quite a musical though similar in style - have been to Operetta theatre first time when I was 6 and my first opera (opera for children, it's quite a genre back home) was "The Booted Cat".
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Oh dear...my first post, and it's a goodie.

My first musical was in London...winter 1966. My Fair Lady. Magical.

My first concert was the Glasgow Odeon, April 6, 1967. The Walker Bros, Cat Stevens, Engelbert Humperdinck, and.....Jimi Hendrix on his first tour, I think.

He wore a pink ruffled blouse, plucked his guitar with his teeth, set it on fire, and generally blew our minds.

After that in the late 60s I manned a lightshow in the Fillmore West and went to Glastonbury in 1971.

Wish I could remember more about them....lol.
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Old 03.02.2021, 22:28
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

A friend of ours went to Knebworth and after it finished said it took him until 5am to get out of the car park.

Never fancied a music festival as I'm not keen on being in huge crowds, but I used to do the Edinburgh Fringe regularly when I lived in both London and Scotland. One of my favourite performances was by Colin Hay who was the front man in the Australian band Men At Work. He did a one man show about how his parents emigrated from the west coast of Scotland to Australia when he was about 11, how he got a bit of fame with Men At Work then went on to become a nobody again when the band split, eventually ending up in Ringo Starr's All Star Band in the States.

He did a fantastic rendition of Down Under at the end and his wife came on and accompanied him on the flute. A great evening!
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

I played in the orchestra at two performances of The Matchgirls in 1977, at the Pump House theatre in Watford. My only experience of being in an orchestra pit, with a little fluorescent light above the music stand, a really good memory despite the many wrong notes!
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

Hair. Then Hair again. And again .... the film, the LP (yep, LP LOL), the video (wonder if that's still stored away somewhere), on stage.
Hair.

A Chorus Line, the film and once on stage and I think that was at the opera house in Zurich. The only reason I was fascinated with that one was the synchronicity of that huge ensemble. Something I would never be able to be part of - neither dancing nor in life.

Oh and Hair. Did I mention it?

I'm not into musicals so I don't remember much about watching any. I saw Mamma Mia, watched it because of Meryl Streep, didn't like it though in spite of her. I saw the West Side Story (guess that used to be part of general education), I was not allowed to watch 'the Fiddler on the roof' when it was on TV ("you're too young to watch that") and I guess that pissed me off so much that I never tried to find out later why not.

Can't pinpoint the reason why musicals don't really do it for me but that's probably why I never went to see any of the real famous ones. Who knows, I might have missed something but I can't say that pains me.
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I played in the orchestra at two performances of The Matchgirls in 1977, at the Pump House theatre in Watford. My only experience of being in an orchestra pit, with a little fluorescent light above the music stand, a really good memory despite the many wrong notes!
Ha. I performed several times at the Palace Theatre in Watford in the Watford Operatic Society's musicals back in the 70s and 80s.
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Can't pinpoint the reason why musicals don't really do it for me..
I can, for me they are real kitch. Too many people, bourlesque, everything is exaggerared. Subtlety lost. The closest I perform is Carmina Burana.
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I can, for me they are real kitch. Too many people, bourlesque, everything is exaggerared....
Yep. That's why I like them.
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

First musical: Cats, 1984 - I was a wee one and I knew right there and then I wanted to be on the stage.

First music festival: Texas Motor Speedway Blockbuster Rockfest, 1997 - was able to see one of my first teenage crushes, Gavin Rossdale from Bush
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First film musical : Summer holiday 1963

First (and only) stage musical: Chicago 2011

Unless you count the appalling D'Oyle Carte Gilbert and Sullivan's that I used to get taken to by my grandparents in the early 60's in Worthing. I liked them well enough as a kid.

First (and only) Festival: Buxton 1971. Saw the Edgar Broughton Band and Groundhogs (I still listen to their excellent album "Split", the only left over of my brief heavy metal phase). My main memory is sitting on a wooden floor all night with no cushion. My skinny ass took days to recover.
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First musical: Cats, 1984 - I was a wee one and I knew right there and then I wanted to be on the stage.

First music festival: Texas Motor Speedway Blockbuster Rockfest, 1997 - was able to see one of my first teenage crushes, Gavin Rossdale from Bush
Have been to "Cats" in ZH.

As for music festivals, the Jazz festival in Antibes / Juan Les Pins was the first one. It was the opposite of what I imagined about music festivals.
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