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

Not much happening on this thread sadly- what a shame.

So going all nostalgic here, for the days we could enjoy concerts and music in all sorts of forms and venues.

First Musical : HAIR original version, London March 1970

First Music Festival : Isle of Wight, August 1970

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

Not exactly a festival, but definately a festive atmosphere: Does Simon and Garfunkle's Concert in Central Park count?

1981, I was a young thing a few months into my first 'adult' job, on my first business trip, first time ever in New York - by serendipitous co-incidence the same week.

Pretty much stood there in rapture the entire concert. As did the other 499,999 folks lucky to be there.

I grew up listening to S&G, had every album they made, probably wore the records out playing them over and over and over again. Some of the best music ever made.



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As for first musical... hard to say. My parents had been taking us to local musical theater ever since we could sit still. I have early memories of South Pacific, Oklahoma!, Carosel, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Man of La Mancha, The King and I... the community theater canon. First professional performance... maybe West Side Story?

First Opera: La Traviata with Montserrat Caballé, ca early 1970s IIRC. Opened up a whole new world for me. I was just a kid, it was a special day out with my great aunt, had no idea what to expect - and wow.

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First concert: The Carpenters, with my mother, 1972 at SPAC

First concert on my own: Yes, Hartford, 1976 (ran out of gas on the way home, coasted off the highway into an all-night gas station)

First Festival: Frauenfeld, 1987. mainly to see Blue Öyster Cult (who I had seen the same year at the Volkshaus.

First musical: Rocky Horror at the palazzo dei congressi in Lugano, 20 or so years ago.

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What is SPAC for us non US folks.
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

First musical stage show was Derby Opera Company's production of "Oliver" in around 1973. It ran for 7 evenings and one matinee at the old Derby Playhouse. I was one of the workhouse boys. Food Glorious Food, anybody?

First, I think, and probably the only proper "festival" was Knebworth 1986, the last Queen show ever (with Freddy) and with notable support bands including Status Quo and Big Country. Happy days.
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Saratoga Performing Arts Center

https://spac.org/

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First Music Festival : Isle of Wight, August 1970
Just looked up the lineup - You got to see The Who?

I'd have given anything to have seen Keith Moon live...

<All kinds of jealous>
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

Like Meloncollie too long ago to remember, but we regularly went to the university theatre shows during the summer. Think Carousel might have been one of them, can't remember the others.

First concert - David Cassidy at Wembley Stadium. Think I was the only one there who actually wanted to listen to him sing rather than just screaming my head off. Only other one I did was the Osmond Brothers at the Royal Albert Hall.

Never done any festivals and never wanted to.
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Just looked up the lineup - You got to see The Who?

I'd have given anything to have seen Keith Moon live...

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Yes- I can tell you, for this kid from rural Switzerland, it was quite something.
And Jimi Hendrix (he was off his head, and sadly died very soon after) and so many others over the 3 days I was there. And the gentle giants too, Leonard Cohen, Joan Baez.
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

First Musical: Jesus Christ Superstar at the Palace Theatre West End in 1974

First Music Event: Tamworth Country Music Festival, Australia 1975



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

First musical: Les Misérables in London, 1988. I was SO moved by it, at age 14 I was in tears and until this day, it is my most favorite musical ever. Just LOVE. Been a few times again in Tokyo, again in London, and here in Zurich but nothing beats London.

Don't remember my first festival but I think my first concert was Diana Ross or Whitney Houston in Tokyo, in the late 80'ies
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

Gotta agree about Les Mis, love it!
The first musical I saw in London was The Lion King, maybe in 1998 or 1999. Saw many regional/local shows before that, but havd no idea what the "first" was.
First concert was Madness in the late 90's, I think, and first festival was Bråvalla festival in Sweden in 2015 (started late, I lnow! :P ).
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

1969 Ten Years After at the Marquee Club London
1970 Jimmy Hendrix at the Royal Albert Hall ( two weeks before he died)
P.S. lived in London for two years, what a great time that was.
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

First musical: [not counting children plays, since neither of those, apparently, worth remembering] Sweeney Todd during the summer 2012 in the West End theater. Was a great event to take a break from the geek party of the Bitcoin London 2012 conference.

Festival... not sure, if it can be called a festival, but still: Sensation [White], Amsterdam Arena, 2008.

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1970 Jimmy Hendrix at the Royal Albert Hall ( two weeks before he died)
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Saw 10 Years After at the Volkshaus in '87 or so.

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

My first musical was also Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre in London about 1987. I actually saw it twice and I no longer like it, the movie version put me right off it. (I also don't like anything by Andrew Lloyd Webber and a friend I worked with in the City fell asleep in the middle of Starlight Express as it bored the pants off him lol)

First concert I went to was Queen at Wembley Arena in 1984 (the Works tour). 2 of the worst were Fleetwood Mac at Wembley Arena - it was so obvious they weren't getting on and were just touring for the money. Also, Stevie Nicks went off stage and changed her frock every 10 mins which was annoying, as was Mick Fleetwood wired up to pads that made a drumming sound when he hit them . The other was Madonna at Wembley Stadium, the Blonde Ambition tour. She was carried by her entourage of dancers who were fabulous, Madonna herself was mediocre IMO.

Best concert I have ever been to in my life was, believe it or not, The Shadows at the London Palladium in 1987. They were absolutely fab and had to play Apache about 20 times in order to get off stage. Never forgotten it.

I was supposed to see Simply Red in Zurich back in November, obviously their tour was cancelled. Not having much success because I also had tickets for the Basel gig that was cancelled in 2015, due to Mick Hucknall getting laryngitis! Saw Jeff Lynne's ELO in Zurich and they were so good I went to see them again the following year in Vienna.
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

I should add I was meant to see The Stranglers playing a local ballroom in Scotland in the late 70s. Unfortunately during the soundchecks Dave Greenfield's keyboards blew the PA system and the electrics, so they couldn't play and we got our money refunded. I was mad on Jean Jacques Burnel at the time and nearly fainted when he was in a queue next to me at Heathrow Airport in 2003, I was 42 but felt 17 again
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

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!

(he kicked my ass, but I was safer than my friend the bartender/bouncer, who turned him down afraid that he'd hurt Roy's arm and that he wouldn't be able to play)

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P.S. Roy used my Westbury transistor amp for the show (as did Larry Coryell), Leslie West used my Marshall.

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My sister saw Bowie before he was famous, when he had long wavy hair and tinted glasses. It was at a local theatre and there was a mix up with the publicity so only 14 people turned up and he asked them to sit at the front. She still has the ticket.

I went to see the touring exhibition of his stage clothes twice, in Bologna and again in Barcelona (which was much better as it was a bigger gallery so more spaced out). His clothes were absolutely exquisite and I kept going back to stare at the ice blue suit from the life on Mars video. Loved the McQueen frock coat made from old Union Jack flags as well, Bowie wore some very stunning stuff. No photography was permitted so I bought the accompanying book.
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Re: Your first 'musical' and your first 'festival'?

First proper musical was Pippin on Broadway in NYC, 1972-3. And I saw Sweeney Todd on Broadway in 1980. Both were fabulous.

I have a real problem with crowds. So in my 20s and 30s I saw mostly things in smaller venues. Jazz guitarist Charlie Bird in a Unitarian Church, and John McLaughlin, Al Dimeola, and Paco deLuca (all guitarists) in a smaller theatre. Billy Joel before he was famous (around 1977) and Bonnie Raitt at Uni.

We saw Keith Jarrett at the KKL, and I loved going to the symphony in Bern.
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