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Back in '80 I was seeing concerts 5x/week, as I was stage manager and audio guru at a club in Albany NY for most of a year.

I even arm wrestled Roy Buchanan!

I even turned Don Van Vliet from his usual cantankerous self into a fun person!

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I'm insanely jealous of your Captain Beefheart story. I love that old grouch even more than his school friend Frank Zappa. Saw him twice: on the front row at the Manchester Free Trade Hall (red velvet curtains!) 1971 where the drummer memorably sported a pair of women's frilly knickers as headgear, also wore a monocle. The music (Clear Spot period) was unforgettable. Second time Rainbow theatre in London 1980 with "the best batch yet". Probably my favorite lineup.

PS I didn't see the 2nd story about sniffing coke with the Good Captain. I'm not jealous of that. I was, and remain, a clean living athlete.
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I can, for me they are real kitch. Too many people, bourlesque, everything is exaggerared. Subtlety lost. The closest I perform is Carmina Burana.
Would ya' say the same about opera?
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

Went to 'My Fair Lady' in London about 1960 with the Swiss girl who would later be my wife.
We were also avid fans of Chris Barber's Jazz Band and Humphrey Littleton, not forgetting Acker Bilk and the Dutch Swing College Jazz Band.
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I'm insanely jealous of your Captain Beefheart story.
No kidding ... was born in the wrong decade, but at least I got to experience the end of rock & roll in the 90's.
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

Curley ''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''

Actually I agree, I am not really a 'Musical' fan generally. I saw Cat in London because friends visiting from CH really wanted to go. And have not seen all the famous Musicals of the 80s and 90s- no time, too expensive, and not really my cup of tea. Not a fan of opera either.

But HAIR- was mind blowing for me. I could only afford to see it twice in 1970- I was on a VERY meagre wage with expensive (cr*p) shared digs. But it will remain for me forever.
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Curley ''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''
I really can't handle any modern musicals... Hamilton makes my ears bleed and for the life of me, I cannot understand why it garnered so much praise and popularity, it is pure crap. Cats I loved in the 80's, but did a re-watch not too long ago and wasn't for it. However, there are wonderful musicals that will always stand the test of time for me, such as: "Les Mis, My Fair Lady, Cabaret (probably my favorite, so naughty) Funny Girl, Sound of Music, Westside Story, etc.. I like Hair because it reminds me of my hippie mother who loved it so.

Opera is one of my first loves and I cannot wait to return to Paris, Budapest, Milan and Zurich to see them again ...
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I really can't handle any modern musicals... Hamilton makes my ears bleed and for the life of me, I cannot understand why it garnered so much praise and popularity, it is pure crap. Cats I loved in the 80's, but did a re-watch not too long ago and wasn't for it. However, there are wonderful musicals that will always stand the test of time for me, such as: "Les Mis, My Fair Lady, Cabaret (probably my favorite, so naughty) Funny Girl, Sound of Music, Westside Story, etc.. I like Hair because it reminds me of my hippie mother who loved it so.

Opera is one of my first loves and I cannot wait to return to Paris, Budapest, Milan and Zurich to see them again ...
Have watched "Westside Story" only on tv, same for "My Fair Lady". Classics. Touching.
I plan to take my family to "Les Miserables", just have to wait a bit till the youngest one will be ready to watch it.

Btw, since we can't go anywhere now:

https://www.arte.tv/de/

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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

First musical: Starlight Express in 1997 in London. Total rubbish, put me off musicals then and there. Contrasting to a recent post, the only one I have liked since (which I saw on Netflix) is Hamilton - because I like the hip-hop sensibility and smart lyrics. I can very much enjoy some other film adaptations too - My Fair Lady, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Grease, Moulin Rouge, The Sound of Music, Little Shop of Horrors all come to mind. Also Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Wizard of Oz if that is allowed. But all the Andrew Lloyd Webber theatre stuff and stage adaptations I generally find nauseating.

First Festival: St Gallen in 2016. Yes, although I consider myself a music lover, I didnt manage to get to a festival until late in the day - went there to see Radiohead (and Caribou) and lose my muddy boots cherry. Although it was lovely to see Radiohead, I didn't like the festival mentality much. Lots of people talking through the performances detracted from it. So first and last festival for me I think.

First concert: Pulp in 1996 at the Manchester Arena (then called the Nynex). Knocked my socks off!
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Also Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Wizard of Oz if that is allowed.
The Wizard of Oz??!! Always!!! Always.
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

I think my first musical was Snoopy on Ice when I was about six years old, if that counts.

Funnily enough, my first concert was actually Petra (a Christian rock band) that my friend and her mom took me to when I was 12 years old. I remember not liking the music at all but trying to pretend that I did. It's just funny that my first concert was a Christian rock band because I'm atheist. Hmm. Maybe that's even why I am an atheist now. The music was THAT bad.
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I think my first musical was Snoopy on Ice when I was about six years old, if that counts.

Funnily enough, my first concert was actually Petra (a Christian rock band) that my friend and her mom took me to when I was 12 years old. I remember not liking the music at all but trying to pretend that I did. It's just funny that my first concert was a Christian rock band because I'm atheist. Hmm. Maybe that's even why I am an atheist now. The music was THAT bad.

omg i remember Petra, that is too funny
- my first musical was Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat with Jason Donovan (london 1992/3?)
- first concert was Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation tour (1990, HK)
- first festival? I was late to the game too. i think it was one of the open airs in frauenfeld? 2005/6? i forget but i remember seeing Die Fantastichen Vier for the first time which gave me and intro into German music.
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Funnily enough, my first concert was actually Petra (a Christian rock band) that my friend and her mom took me to when I was 12 years old. I remember not liking the music at all but trying to pretend that I did. It's just funny that my first concert was a Christian rock band because I'm atheist. Hmm. Maybe that's even why I am an atheist now. The music was THAT bad.
haha well I can admit to that too, my first concert was also a Christian rock band - growing up in the Bible belt, that is often the only type of concert your friend's parents will take you to as a young teen. Also devoutly non-religious, so it was a bit strange. I cannot admit that is my first concert for this reason...

My first "chosen" concert was Pearl Jam.
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Musicals are something I endure, for the sake of Mrs GB and I have endured a few between Broadway and the West End.


While also not an avid concert goer, I really remember Paul Simon's concert in Cape Town in 1992, which effectively ended the musical boycott of South Africa, as apartheid was crumbling.


Another experience that wont be repeated was seeing Pavarotti at the Met in Il barbiere di Siviglia.


My best, however, was a few years ago...Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. He had the crowd, not only, in the palm of his hand, but also in rapture. Incredible stage performance. (I'm a bit of a fanboy, though!)


I would love to see Rammstein live. Their live performances are incredible!
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I'd go see Nick Cave any time. And The Birthday Party if I could choose. Einstürzende Neubaten, or his solo stuff. Ideally, I'd hile, ski and then see a gig at a small venue. Crowds never interested me even pre covid. We had our fans but I never liked impersonal mass events. Unless there is room for subtlety and quiet like jazz, experimental or classical music.
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+1 for Neubauten! Sabrina has to be one of my favourite music videos and the meaning behind the lyrics is so clever. Smart guy, that Blixa!
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First musical I saw was "Godspell" with David Essex and Jeremy Irons around 1973- really loved it and still occasionally play the soundtrack LP.

Went to see "Melanie' at the Royal Albert Hall in the mid 70s and at that time I shared a flat in London with the brothers of John Mayall who always had lots of musicians visiting - I used to go to lots of festivals with them but to be honest their kind of music was not to my taste..
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+1 for Neubauten! Sabrina has to be one of my favourite music videos and the meaning behind the lyrics is so clever. Smart guy, that Blixa!
He's a magician.
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I absolutely adore musicals.

And opera. And gospel. And classical orchestral music. And folk music. And chamber music. And ol' time rock and roll. And ballet. And jazz. And and and... put it on a stage and I'm up for it.

I would have been the classic 'theatre kid', except I can't sing, dance, play an instrument, or act. At all. Zero talent. But I love love love theater and music, was happy to do anything I could in school and local productions - costumes, props, heck, I'd sweep the stage - just to be involved.

Several of the professional theater, opera, ballet companies and orchestras would (and I assume still do) invite school classes to their dress rehearsals - start 'em young and the stage has you for life.

As a teenager I saved up my pennies to sit high up in the nose-bleed section, just to feel the magic. CSO, Lyric, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Ravinia, touring companies of the big Broadway shows at the Auditorium, not to mention the myriad small venues and clubs and of course the many free concerts, festivals, and productions... Chicago is a great city for anyone who loves any of the performing arts - it's all there, easily accessible.

This thread has taken me on a trip down memory lane, and now I'm officially homesick...
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Funnily enough, my first concert was actually Petra (a Christian rock band) ... The music was THAT bad.
One of my friends at university was into Petra. I hated it. Bland and a bit saccherine. I did hear once a thrash metal version of Judas Kiss which was fun. I much preferred Larry Norman and Resurrection Band/Rez (early stuff is basically Deep Purple).

Glen Kaiser is now a firmly established bluesman. He played at a Basel blues festival a few years ago. Unfortunately, I was in the UK at the time.
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I absolutely adore musicals.

And opera. And gospel. And classical orchestral music. And folk music. And chamber music. And ol' time rock and roll. And ballet. And jazz. And and and... put it on a stage and I'm up for it.
What I really, really miss from home is theatre. I was chatting the other day with some friends and they felt the same way. Theatre, really. Have been regularly to theatre since childhood, it used to be relatively cheap or "accessible" back home, when the state financed public theatres, opera houses etc. properly. But I'm also always up for a concert, ballet, opera. I think I'd love even gospel. We have been avid church concerts goers prior pandemics.
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