I’m pretty new to the class (just finished Module 4), as well as the forum (people have been very helpful in here). I saw that there is an ‘Introduce Yourself’ thread, but thought that I would start things off with what I believe makes for an interesting conversation piece (hopefully you agree):
What was your first concert and your last (most recent) concert?
My first concert was the Beastie Boys for their Check Your Head album. I was 17 years old at the time. It was standing room only, and I pushed my way to the front of the stage, where I planted myself for the entire show. It was fantastic. That was such a great album. The concert also featured a lot of their hits from Paul’s Boutique. They mostly rapped during the concert, but I got to see MCA play some bass during it as well.
Interesting note about that concert. There were two opening bands. One was L7. I was equally excited to see them play, and they did not disappoint. None of us had heard of the other band at the time, so we skipped them to stay at a pre-concert party a little longer. Cut to a few weeks later when Jump Around hit the airways. Yep, I missed House of Pain. Lesson learned there. I made a point to always show up for the opening bands since then.
For my last concert, I’ll mention the last two, as they were for the same band, and they bring my concert journey full circle with my children. When my boys turned 17, I took them to see their first concert. Now, it was to see my favorite band (not theirs), but, hey, I paid for it.
With my oldest son it was 311 with the Dirty Heads and The Interrupters. With my youngest son it was 311 with Iration. Both shows were fantastic. The first was just prior to COVID, and the last was during one of the breaks in it.
I come from the same hometown as 311, as they have been my favorite band since they were still on the local scene. I didn’t know anything about the bass at the time, but watching P-Nut play live I just thought to myself, ‘That dude kicks ass’. From that point on, the bass has been my favorite instrument, and P-Nut has been my favorite bass player. I’ve wanted to pick up the bass for a long time, but just never made the time (first school, then work, then a family). It may have taken me 30 years, but I’ve picked it now and am on my way.
Please share yours.