Friday Flotsam

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Tell me, what was your VERY FIRST CONCERT?

And how old were you? I can guarantee, you’re already substantially cooler than I am.

I ask because we just bought tickets to see “Weird Al” Yankovic later this year and I’m going to explode. My 12-year old self is giddy, my 16-year old self is ecstatic, my 30-year old self is impressed, and my 45-year old self is already coming undone at the seams. We’re taking the kids! They’re going to love it! It will be their very first concert, and honestly I feel like my job here is done.

Weird Al! It’s going to be amazing.

Oh, you really do want to know what my first concert was? I thought we’d be able to get around it but I suppose not.

Sandi Patty. Ahahahahahahahah! Wait, Patti? Patty?

It was 1986, I was ten years old, and it was the Let There Be Praise WORLD TOUR, and we were there, man. This was long before the, ahem, scandal, of course. Lord. (no pun)

Tell me yours! Listen, I head into this colonoscopy at noon today and I need your answers as a distraction, okay? Spill it.

You know what I’d really like?

A letter opener.

Really, a letter opener. A long, slender aged brass letter opener.

That and a candle snuffer. No one uses a candle snuffer anymore! I guess it’s because we use our mouth breath. Actually, what IS the point of a candle snuffer? Besides the obvious. What does it achieve that a little mouth breath can’t WHY DO I CALL IT MOUTH BREATH. It’s the hunger.

Do you snuff? Wait, I mean, use a snuffer? Do you sniff?

Never mind.

I still want a letter opener.

Okay, I’m in the mood for an atmospheric movie this weekend. (I’m not talking about Star Wars, simmer down.)

You know the feeling you had when you first watched Lost in Translation? THAT. That feeling is what I’m after. And the same feeling you had when you watched Normal People. GIVE ME THAT. I want mood, pretty edits, incredible music, an indie feel. Whacha got? What do I need to watch this weekend?

I also plan on finally watching the Joan Didion documentary on Netflix from 2017, The Center Will Not Hold. I’ll report back on that. Is it just fantastic? I want her living room. And all her books.

Oh wait! It’s for candles way up high! The snuffer, that is. It’s for those candles you can’t reach. Right? Well if I’m getting a snuffer I might as well get a velvet cloak and a floppy sleep hat.

If one more person tells me that fasting is the ultimate connection of mind to body I will connect my fist to their face.

Weekend plans?

N O T H I N G. Surviving today, getting home, eating loads of hamburger and green bell pepper pizza, cozying up under 35 blankets and watching the snow fall. And whatever movie you suggest! (not Star Wars)

From this week, in caaaase you ignored I MEAN missed it::: A slightly creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup! Absolutely dreamy. And also Creamy Rosemary Shells! Luscious and just a tad sinful.

So right, is it Patti or Patty?

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185 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Tracy January 14, 2022 at 6:16 am #
    First concert was NKOTB! Also, old letter openers are elegant. I haven’t seen a beautiful vintage one in FOREVER but I can still feel the smooth heaviness of one in my hand if I think about it.
    • Kristi January 14, 2022 at 10:18 am #
      First concert was beach boys tour when John Stamos played bongos but John wasn’t there. ?. Great concert though.
      • Kelly January 15, 2022 at 10:37 am #
        Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam & Expose!!!
        • Mimi January 17, 2022 at 8:48 pm #
          First concert was bob dylan. I didn’t even like him but my sister did. LOL. I was 13.
    • Jessica January 14, 2022 at 5:07 pm #
      Ready? Vince Gill, 11 years old
    • Brette January 14, 2022 at 11:35 pm #
      The Dixie Chicks! (Now just The Chicks)
  2. Kara January 14, 2022 at 6:21 am #
    My grandparents took me to see Kenny Rogers when I was 9 and too young to realize what an icon he was and how cool my grandparents were to take this child to a Kenny concert. My grandmother stood and swayed and sang along and my grandfather just took it all in. It’s one of my favorite memories that I think about pretty regularly.
    • Gisele January 14, 2022 at 9:25 am #
      My first concert was The Doobie Brothers... when they released their Takin' It To The Streets album. YES!!!!!
  3. Tantra January 14, 2022 at 6:22 am #
    The Steve Miller Band at 14 was my first concert, I wish I could say Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers but that was a few weeks later. There is a lot less smoke when you use the candle snuffer for some reason.
  4. deaton January 14, 2022 at 6:26 am #
    that soup looks cozy! first concert, an outdoor amy grant concert. movie to watch…. Passing or King Richard
  5. Kelly @ Turned Up To 11 January 14, 2022 at 6:27 am #
    Debbie Gibson. I was obsessed. It was the Electric Youth tour. I was in middle school and had the perfect hat to wear to the show. I'm extremely envious of your Weird Al tix!!!! That is going to be so fun!!!!
    • Nikki January 14, 2022 at 9:34 am #
      I’m jealous. I too was obsessed with Debbie Gibson, especially as someone who wanted to be a pop star just like her. She was EVERYTHING when I was a teen. But I never got to see her live in concert because she never came close enough for my mom to take me. I wore those concert VHS tapes out though! LOL. I finally got to see her and meet her in I think 1994, when Think With Your Heart was released. She was doing some little in store appearances. So we drove from Lincoln to a mall in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She sat at a piano and sang a couple songs and talked, and then did the meet and greet. It wasn’t quite the same but at least I can say I’m at my idol LOL
  6. Christina January 14, 2022 at 6:31 am #
    First concert- Goo Goo Dolls, No Doubt, and Bush. I think 1996? It was awesome.
    • Bev Weidner January 14, 2022 at 6:36 am #
      I saw that tour, too! Dallas, TX - 1996. Totally. Good times!
  7. Stephanie January 14, 2022 at 6:33 am #
    my very first concert was …hank williams jr. i think i was 11. second was YES my dad is a cool dude. ?
    • Jessica January 14, 2022 at 2:26 pm #
      John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band with my mom and stepdad!!!! ?
      • Maureen January 15, 2022 at 7:52 am #
        I saw the Go-Go’s at the Greek theater in 1981. Quintessential Los Angeles in the 80s! And I think I told you this before, but a very good friend of mine that I grew up with dated Weird Al for a quite a while.
  8. Stephanie January 14, 2022 at 6:34 am #
    my very first concert was …hank williams jr. i think i was 11. second was YES my dad is a cool dude. ?
    • Bev Weidner January 14, 2022 at 6:35 am #
      Now, I can get into Hank Williams SENIOR. He's such a classic. :)
  9. Susan January 14, 2022 at 6:36 am #
    First concert : Queen when I was 16. Fasting these days is what we called “skipping breakfast” ?
  10. Natalie January 14, 2022 at 6:37 am #
    Besides Sesame Street live (twice) as a toddler. I think I was 7 or 8 and saw Eddie Money and REO speed wagon with my Dad. He made me wear an old concert t shirt from some band from the 70s no doubt. And it was on an army base where my grandparents worked and retired. So the crowd was mostly women and men in full gear sitting with their rucksack. While I’m not the biggest classic rock fan it was such an impactful experience.
  11. Tahtie January 14, 2022 at 6:38 am #
    Barclay James Harvest,1987 East Berlin, simply because there was a Western band behind the Iron Curtain for which I managed to get a ticket - and it was my birthday. A year later, nearly to the date, a dream of mine came true Springsteen - in East Berlin … did he ever play in front of 160,000 people again after that? It might be hard to understand when you always have access to your favourite musicians, but for us it was close to a miracle… and the concert blew me away …
    • Jennifer C. January 14, 2022 at 10:40 am #
      I saw Springsteen in Frankfurt (1985) the day after my 14th birthday! He was and always will be The Boss!
  12. Lindy January 14, 2022 at 6:38 am #
    I am laughing out loud at Sandi Patty! We were big Sandi fans in our house. My first concert was a group called ETW - End Time Warriors a Christian rap group!
  13. Mandy Bowkett January 14, 2022 at 6:42 am #
    Elvis was my first concert in 1974 when I was about 7 years old. I was in love with him since probably 4 years old and wanted to grow up and marry him.
  14. Tara January 14, 2022 at 6:46 am #
    Shaun Cassidy. Maybe 1976? 1977?
    • beth January 14, 2022 at 7:52 pm #
      My heart skipped a beat just reading this!! What a lucky kid!!
    • Christi January 23, 2022 at 8:25 pm #
      me too!!
  15. Emily Maggio January 14, 2022 at 6:48 am #
    First concert was N Sync!!
  16. Rosemarie January 14, 2022 at 6:50 am #
    The Beach Boys! In Jacksonville FL in around 1985. Good luck today!
    • Murphy Riedl-Zemba January 14, 2022 at 5:33 pm #
      Kanye West. Super classy, I know.
  17. Sarah Griffin January 14, 2022 at 6:54 am #
    Distraction time ?… My first concert was Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and it was the beginning of my love affair with my then boyfriend and now husband for almost 20 yrs and their incredible music!! Countless concerts but he still remains supreme( in my eyes) and do I dare mention the one in Gainesville( his hometown) and fn Stevie Nicks came out in all her glory…dead!!
    • Bev Weidner January 14, 2022 at 7:00 am #
      I'm OBSESSED with Petty. Just love him. And his duet with Stevie - yes! STOP DRAGGIN' MY HEAART ARROUND. The video is perfection. Have you watched the 4-hour documentary on his life? It's enchanting. Watch it!
  18. Kate January 14, 2022 at 7:00 am #
    Van Halen, July 1984 in Dallas. Michael Jackson was playing at the same time in another arena. I really would rather have been at his concert. But my friend got us tickets to VH. I was 13, by the way. And her folks dropped us off at the gate. Just us. What in the heck?!? Lol
  19. Jamie January 14, 2022 at 7:00 am #
    My very first concert was Modest Mouse and i was 15 years old.
    • Bev Weidner January 14, 2022 at 7:02 am #
      NICE. I saw MM as well, at Clunk Music Hall (Fayetteville, AR) in maybe 2001? Something like that. Then partied with Isaac and the band afterward. :) Just amazing.
  20. Mary January 14, 2022 at 7:01 am #
    Sandi Patty! SO jealous. I thought she was the bees knees. My first concert was Mylon and Broken Heart (Christian rock band if you're not familiar, and I'm just going to assume you aren't... Even with your wealth and breadth of music knowledge). I got a t-shirt and thought I was the coolest 6th grader ever in my concert tee.
  21. Courtney January 14, 2022 at 7:11 am #
    Jane' Addiction was my first
  22. Courtney January 14, 2022 at 7:11 am #
    Aaron Tippin at the Missouri State Fair, I think I was around 10.
  23. Rose January 14, 2022 at 7:12 am #
    Andy Gibb ❤️
  24. Denelle Q January 14, 2022 at 7:13 am #
    First concert- 5th grade Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Movie- The Sound of Metal (so so so good) Good luck today. ❤️
  25. Laura Lee January 14, 2022 at 7:13 am #
    My first concert was INXS around the age of 16. Saw them several times. In college I saw Frank Sinatra with my best friend...that was the most memorable actually.
  26. Colette January 14, 2022 at 7:15 am #
    Smoky Robinson - sometime in junior high! Went with my parents to Starlight and it was the bomb.
  27. Edward Gallacher January 14, 2022 at 7:15 am #
    Rolling Stones, I was 14
    • Amber January 14, 2022 at 3:59 pm #
      Ok these are all far less embarrassing than mine. The year was 98 or 99. I was in 8th or 9th grade. The concert: Limp Bizkit’s Family Values Tour. The line up included some A+ acts, but I’d be lying if I said we were there for anyone but limp bizkit. Did we return the following year for their Anger Management Tour (with Eminem!)? We sure did! Thanks dad!
  28. Jennifer January 14, 2022 at 7:15 am #
    Miami sound machine at a county fair. ? My firrrrrrrrst actual concert in a city at a concert place was Nine Inch Nails. ?
  29. Cindy January 14, 2022 at 7:15 am #
    The Bee Gees, I was 15.
    • Megan January 14, 2022 at 10:51 am #
      My first concert was Nirvana!! I was a freshman in HS and they played at Memorial Hall here in KC. It was just a few months before he died. Mudhoney opened for them and it was AMAZING.
  30. Sara January 14, 2022 at 7:31 am #
    Paula Abdul and Color Me Bad.
  31. Emily January 14, 2022 at 7:36 am #
    It's Patty. Used to be Patti but that was how her exhusband made her spell it. It was really supposed to be Patty. Ah, the memories...I think my first concert was Steven Curtis Chapman. 80s/90s CCC music was where it was at! Haha!
  32. Mag January 14, 2022 at 7:43 am #
    OK not exactly the movie vibe you’re going for, but Don’t Look Up on Netflix is SUH GOOD! First concert: Rick Trevino at the Lea County Event Center in Hobbs ?? My mom let me go with my older cousin and his friends and I thought I was SO COOL.
  33. Mary January 14, 2022 at 7:50 am #
    I was a freshman in high school when I went to my first concert. Hall & Oats! The concert was at Penn State. I felt way cool, lol!
  34. Mary January 14, 2022 at 7:54 am #
    I was a freshman in high school when I saw Hall & Oats. It was at Penn State. I thought I was so cool, lol!
  35. Jim January 14, 2022 at 7:58 am #
    Metallica. July of 1998. Pecatonica, IL (Peca-what? Pretty much Rockford) It was at the county fairgrounds. It was the summer I was getting ready to start high school. My buddy's parents drove us from Chicago down there and traffic was so backed up on some county road that we ended up walking a few miles while my friend's mom stayed with the car. I'm gonna give my friend a call now and reminisce. Thanks for jogging this memory. Happy Friday! P.S. Currently googling who the hell Sandi Patty is.
  36. Marta @pinilla84 January 14, 2022 at 8:00 am #
    First concert was Xutos & Pontapés (i guess u can translate “kicks and kicks” ??‍♀️), a portuguese rock band, and I was 11. A had spent all summer singing, recording and listening to them, so when my mom showed me the tickets I was ecstatic. I felt very important, going to a rock band concert at 11. Xutos just turned 43, i still love them ?
  37. Megan January 14, 2022 at 8:05 am #
    Billy Joel and Elton John. And the soup is a must for this weekend!Thank you!
  38. Carol Meléndez January 14, 2022 at 8:13 am #
    It was Rolling StonesGuns n Roses and Living Color at the LA Coliseum October 1989 and I was hooked went to so many concerts and still do. Love music
  39. Laureen January 14, 2022 at 8:16 am #
    NKOTB. (IYKYK.) ??
  40. Julianne January 14, 2022 at 8:19 am #
    Sesame Street Live followed by Garth Brooks. Separately and in the earlyish 90's, I think. It's not like Sesame Street opened for Garth but wouldn't that be, um, weird! Anywho, both were amazing. Ive seen Garth a few more time since cause he's Garth and I love him. How many more times can I mention GARTH?!?!? Me and husband are hoping to get tickets for another Garth concert today. Wish us luck. Aaaaand that was the last mention of him. Promise! I feel bad for not mentioning Sesame Street more but like I didn't get a whole new western shirt with fringe on it to see them so ??‍♀️ ok, byeeee!
  41. Kallie January 14, 2022 at 8:22 am #
  42. joan January 14, 2022 at 8:26 am #
    Day On The Green - 1977 Oakland CA The Best Day!!!!
    • joan January 14, 2022 at 9:37 am #
      It was the first one in 1977. Fleetwood Mac, Doobie Brothers and Gary Wright.
  43. Shannon January 14, 2022 at 8:27 am #
    Whitney Houston I’m your baby tonite
  44. vmatt850 January 14, 2022 at 8:32 am #
    The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon! ? and The Brian Setzer Orchestra
  45. Regan January 14, 2022 at 8:32 am #
    New Kids on the Block. Yup. Crimped my hair. Wore a concert tee with a corner tied with a scrunchie. Pretty sure I wore cropped leggings. Or maybe acid washed jeans with the cuffs tight-rolled. White Keds. Two different pairs of socks, alternated so the color order was different on each leg. I was legit. And my fave, because maybe you’ll ask? Jonathan all the way. ?
    • Melanie Carter January 15, 2022 at 9:38 am #
      Donny all the way! :)
  46. Alison Emme January 14, 2022 at 8:36 am #
    Def Leppard 1988 Manhattan, Kansas
  47. Iris January 14, 2022 at 8:39 am #
    My first concert was Offspring and Korn was a new band that opened up for them. No one knew who they were. Who knew they’d become my favorite band and that I’d win a contest on the radio and meet them a year later. Great guys by the way!
  48. Kristy January 14, 2022 at 8:41 am #
    Millii Vanilli, Information Society, and Walk the dinosaur!! Downtown Julie Brown was the MC.. I was 18 and it was a summerfest concert in Milwaukee... I went with my girlfriends, their Uncle owned bar in Milwaukee called Victor's and we actually met MilliivVanilli when they went back to the his bar after the show... They were surrounded by bodyguards and totally ignored us but I managed to touch one of their dreadlocks as they were walking out of the bathroom hahaha ...oh the memories
  49. Karen January 14, 2022 at 8:45 am #
    Melissa Etheridge!
  50. Brianna January 14, 2022 at 8:47 am #
    It was JoJo at the topsfield fair and I was 12 and she touched my hand ??????????
  51. Alicia Lourens January 14, 2022 at 8:53 am #
    Honestly, I think the Oak Ridge Boys was my first concert ??‍♀️?I was YOUNG. And I just bought a candle snuffer THIS WEEK! I feel like it’s supposed to help the smoke be less crazy and the wax not to blow around?!?!?! It was beautiful and brass so why not?!
  52. Ashlee Greene January 14, 2022 at 8:53 am #
    *NSYNC - good luck today ?
  53. Samantha January 14, 2022 at 8:54 am #
    My very first concert was N’SYNC when I was 9 (helloooo No Strings Attached tour!). It was a family affair— my dad and my 14 year old brother tagged along. It was very memorable ?
  54. Jenny January 14, 2022 at 8:54 am #
    Smashing Pumpkins… Melancholy & The Infinite Sadness Tour… I was 12… parents changed my life
  55. Lauren January 14, 2022 at 8:58 am #
    First concert was 1995 R.E.M. Monster Tour with Sonic Youth, at Sandstone Amphitheater in KC. Second concert was either Dave Matthews Band or the Lilith Fair, both also at Sandstone!
  56. Corrina Herda January 14, 2022 at 8:59 am #
    REM was my first concert!! Night Swimming….I think I was 23?
  57. Andrea Smith January 14, 2022 at 9:00 am #
    My first concert was Live Aid in Philly. I was 15 and my boyfriend got tickets. Had to beg my dad to let me go. Almost didn’t happen. My best friend and her boyfriend went with us. I got to see Duran Duran for the first time which is really why I wanted to go in the first place. Good luck with your colonoscopy! The prep is the worst of it and the gas afterwards. No candle snuffers or letter openers in this house as of yet. Can’t think of a movie suggestion.
  58. Erin January 14, 2022 at 9:01 am #
    My first concert was Billy Ocean when I was 8! My mom works for the local television station and got tickets.
  59. Amanda Jennings January 14, 2022 at 9:03 am #
    My first concert was “The Beach Boys” when I was about 9. My mom and her friend took me, and I remember being mortified by their fan girl behavior ??. It was definitely a side of my mom that I hadn’t seen before. Movie suggestion: I revisited Gosford Park this week, and I loved it as much as I did when I first saw it 20 years ago!
  60. Ann January 14, 2022 at 9:05 am #
    My parents took me to quite a few folk concerts as a kid, but my first REAL concert—one that I heard about on the radio (shoutout to The Planet 96.3) and bought tickets for with my own money—was Counting Crows and The Wallflowers at Pine Knob (outdoor venue near Detroit). My "cool aunt" took me and a friend; we were 15 and she was 30. It was awesome.
    • Rachel January 14, 2022 at 11:05 am #
      We're going to see Weird Al too - in MN, in July! My son is OBSESSED. We saw him a couple years ago for the first time and it was amazing. That said, my first concert was Depeche Mode and Nitzer Ebb in 1990. It was their World Violation tour (basically the 101 documentary but with all the songs from Violator included), I was 14, and went with my mom and sister. It was incredible, and I've seen them 2 times since.
  61. Tish January 14, 2022 at 9:08 am #
    My first concert was Red White and Boom. It was one of those old school favs all together: Color Me Badd, La Bouche… it was amazing lol. I use a brass candle snuffer. I feel in my heart it protects the candle somehow. Don’t ask me more, though.
  62. Lyndsey January 14, 2022 at 9:20 am #
    Oh man, 5th grade, we drove 3 hours to the Tacoma Dome on a weekday to see New Kids On The Block. I screamed like a possessed person. I was not prepared for the excitement of boys singing to a massive crowd of girls, and the energy that creates. Total transition moment! Good luck today!
  63. Kindy January 14, 2022 at 9:22 am #
    New Kids on the Block in 1989! :/
  64. lauren January 14, 2022 at 9:27 am #
    my first concert was when i was about 8 or 9 and my parents took me to YES. ahhh-mazing. Roundabout is still one of my favorite songs. (i'm 27 so those guys were already getting up there in age.) magical. have you seen Stuck In Love? i think you'd love it. amazing cast, a little melancholy, deep, family stuff... it's so good.
  65. Nikki K January 14, 2022 at 9:27 am #
    My first concert was The Jackson’s Victory Tour in 1984. I would’ve been 9 and we drove from Lincoln to Kansas City for the show at Arrowhead. I don’t remember a lot, but I do remember that I cried at the beginning of the show because I couldn’t see anything (four of us were sharing one set of binoculars), and when it was my time with binoculars, I spent most of it looking into the suites trying to see if I could see Janet or Latoya. (My second concert was Kool and the Gang in the SOS Band a year or so later.)
  66. Tess January 14, 2022 at 9:29 am #
    I think my very first concert had to be George Strait. I was probably 12, 14? Need to check! ...and then I proceeded to attend every George Strait concert I possibly could thereafter!
  67. Dj January 14, 2022 at 9:29 am #
    Bobby Sherman @8 years old. First teenage concert @14 was Kansas. I’ll buy the theory of candle snuffers for those out of reach candles, makes sense. Happy mind body connection day ?…go easy on your tummy after all that purging. (From one who has been there many times.)
    • KJ January 14, 2022 at 12:39 pm #
      Whitney Houston’s Greatest Love Tour in Ottawa ‘85. I was 14 & went w my choir. Amazing.
  68. Meredith January 14, 2022 at 9:38 am #
    clearly with my parents, neil young and crazy horse, but jewel opened for them!
  69. Victoria January 14, 2022 at 9:44 am #
    *NSYNC. Summer before 3rd grade. I wore a pleather skirt and we took a white limo to the concert.
  70. Vicki January 14, 2022 at 9:48 am #
    Mine was Journey in 8th grade at the Arizona State Fair. Don’t stop believing!
  71. Natalia January 14, 2022 at 9:50 am #
    I don’t dare to say what my first was but my favorite was Tegan & Sara y Las Vegas, I was 22 and went with my very best friend at the time, I had never been there and I even smoked inside a casino, just cause it was allowed, ya know? On movies rec, I love a good classic and I don’t know your preference, but a great cozy up and recover movie is Interstellar
  72. Sue January 14, 2022 at 10:03 am #
    Arlo Guthrie in Central Park. Im dating myself. My parents were huge Trini Lopez fans and took us to see him when I was 9.
  73. Sue January 14, 2022 at 10:05 am #
    Arlo Guthrie in Central Park! I’m dating myself! My parents were huge Trini Lopez fans and took us to see him when I was 9!
  74. B. Helen January 14, 2022 at 10:07 am #
    Cheetah Girls. Duh. LOVE your blog! I started mine about a month ago and I’m constantly using yours as inspiration! I love that you’re real and you. Hope you eat all the pizza you want and your stomachache is minimal afterwards.
  75. Marissa January 14, 2022 at 10:12 am #
    My first concert was a Roby Duke/Lovesong concert at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa Ca. These Christian folk bands were all the rage during the Jesus Freak season in the 70’s and 80’s. I say Jesus Freak in the most endearing way. I was about 8 years old and my older siblings had to take me with them to ‘stay out of trouble’ per my parents. It was basically a way for my siblings to stay responsible (even at a Christian concert!) and a way for me to tattle on them if they tried anything sneaky ? My parents were genius. My first concert I really connected with was in 8th grade and it was a Christian punk band called Undercover at summer camp. My first mainstream concert was not til I was dating my husband during our college years (late 90’s) and it was his favorite band U2 with No Doubt opening for them. Pretty epic. Hope your procedure goes well!
  76. Leah January 14, 2022 at 10:12 am #
    Céline Dion!
  77. Quinn January 14, 2022 at 10:14 am #
    I saw The Monkeys (THE Monkeys!!) play a professional soccer game half time show! But first real concert was Nelly Furtado, I was about 14 around 2000.
  78. Carrie January 14, 2022 at 10:20 am #
    Weird Al, amazing!! I had no idea he was still performing my first concert was Prince ?
  79. Dawn January 14, 2022 at 10:20 am #
    AD/DC Back in Black tour. I was a freshman in high school. Smelled, saw, and heard things I will never forget!
  80. Peekiesmom January 14, 2022 at 10:21 am #
    My first concert was Prince! Purple Rain tour and it was spectacular. I’ll never forget it!
  81. Katy K January 14, 2022 at 10:22 am #
    Good luck today! I my first colonoscopy last spring, I thought the preparation was the worst part. My Mom took my to my first concert when I was in high school, around 1985, it was The Limelighters, at the Luther Burbank Center for the Performing Arts (that venue had been a church, so the seats were pews). I think she won the tickets, and my Dad didn't want to go, so lucky me! A few years later I got to see Richard Marx, that was a VASTLY different experience!
  82. Katie January 14, 2022 at 10:24 am #
    Eddie Money! I think I was about 4 or 5 years old, Kings County Fair. I remember dancing the whole time! It wasn’t until I was in junior high that I made it to the big leagues, Heart, Kenny G AND Michael Bolton! All in the same weekend! ?
  83. Shannon January 14, 2022 at 10:30 am #
    John Cougar Mellancamp opening for Heart. Prob ‘82 or ‘83.
  84. Ashley January 14, 2022 at 10:32 am #
    George Strait when I was 7 or 8 years old…he was the headliner for an all-day country music festival that also included Tim McGraw and Faith Hill! It was a fantastic day!!
  85. Carrie January 14, 2022 at 10:36 am #
    The Police. I was 7-years-old and our family went and I obviously didn’t realize how cool it was until many years later.
  86. INgirl January 14, 2022 at 10:37 am #
    Loverboy in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Around 1982, and I was 18 (shit, that totally dates me) ?
  87. Carly January 14, 2022 at 10:39 am #
    Elton John in the early 80’s when I was 6. My mom took me and I have a split second memory of it. I wish I could do it again!
  88. Jennifer C. January 14, 2022 at 10:45 am #
    Rick Springfield, 13 years old (1984) in Birmingham, AL
  89. Britt January 14, 2022 at 10:48 am #
    First concert Jimmy Buffet with first boyfriend at age 14❤️❤️❤️CLASSIC!
  90. Sharon January 14, 2022 at 10:50 am #
    I"m really dating myself here but The Beatles 1964 in Columbus, Ohio! I was 10 and our Mom and Dad drove my brothers and I from Cleveland to see them. We have seen Weird Al so many times over the years taking our kids, nieces and nephews, etc. Always a great concert and so much fun. My husband never tires of offering to take anyone that will go with him. Movie- Camelot with Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave.
  91. Gay Gillespie January 14, 2022 at 10:59 am #
    When I was 3 we went to Disney on ice and I shook hands with Sleeping Beauty?!? Does it count? Jump to the Cotton Bowl and the Monkees lol. ?
  92. Betsy January 14, 2022 at 11:01 am #
    My fist concert was Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Soul 2 Soul Tour I think…man, I was in…middle school. I got out of school early to go—that was a big deal! It was so exciting! No movie suggestions but I’ve got some of your recipes on the menu for next week!!
  93. Gay Gillespie January 14, 2022 at 11:03 am #
    But jumpstart to 1977 when we took Liz to Led Zeppelin concealed in my body like a Russian doll.
  94. Mary January 14, 2022 at 11:05 am #
    My first concert was Mary Chapin Carpenter with my mom when I was 8. I still listen to her old albums when I want to feel like a kid again ?
  95. Kaitlin January 14, 2022 at 11:08 am #
    A*Teens and Aaron Carter when I was about 9. My little sister fell asleep!!!
  96. Allison January 14, 2022 at 11:09 am #
    My sister and I got NKOTB tickets for Christmas 1990. We screamed and sang and freaked out the whole time and my sweet Dad just sat in his seat the whole time. Ps. My Dad also took me to see The Rolling Stones when I was in college. As for a letter opener, my Uncle got me and engraved Lenox letter opener as a college graduation gift. It's a treasure to me.
  97. Robin January 14, 2022 at 11:09 am #
    Aerosmith at 15. My high school boyfriends mom was obsessed with Steven Tyler ?
  98. Liz January 14, 2022 at 11:10 am #
    The Who and the Clash at the LA Coliseum in 1982! It was AMAZING!!! I was 15 years old and it was festival seating. Can't believe my mom let me go! Favorite artist of all time is Tom Petty and saw him in concert more times than I can count. Need to check out that documentary! Good luck today Bev! Let us know how it goes. "Something's Got to Give" is a fun movie for your recovery/relaxation fest.
  99. Marine January 14, 2022 at 11:17 am #
    My first concert was Radiohead at Madison Square Gardens… I think I was a sophomore or junior in high school. I wasn’t super familiar with their music yet but my friend had tickets and was planning to go with three other friends, but one ended up not being able to go. She came running at me down the hall at school shouting “Mariiiiiiine! You’re going to see Radiohead with me tonight!! I called your mom and she said you can go!!” ? It was such an incredible show and cemented my love of Radiohead at the time.
  100. Jordan Daye January 14, 2022 at 11:19 am #
    My first concert was when I was 8. A friend of my mom's gave her tickets to Rascal Flatts because she knew she was a big fan. My mom was going to take another friend of hers, but when she saw that Taylor Swift (yes, you read that right, TAYLOR SWIFT), was opening, she knew she had to take me. And I am talking 2007, very country Taylor. It was a school night in West Palm Beach, pouring down rain, dancing in a hot pink tube top with a clip in flower in my hair with my mom. Best night ever and one of my favorite memories!
  101. Sarah Savage January 14, 2022 at 11:27 am #
    New Kids On The Block circa 1990!!
  102. Lauren January 14, 2022 at 11:29 am #
    John Mayer at a teeny club in Athens, GA in 1999. I was 13 and my mom took me plus a few friends. It was a college club and we for sure did not belong… but it was a blast!
  103. Lauren January 14, 2022 at 11:31 am #
    John Mayer at a teeny club in Athens, GA in 1999. I was 13 and my mom took me plus a few friends. It was a college club and we for sure did not belong….but it was a blast!
  104. Ashley January 14, 2022 at 11:33 am #
    John Denver at Kemper Arena when I was 7. Loved it!
  105. Leilani January 14, 2022 at 11:37 am #
    Amy Grant - with tickets in the nose bleed section of a baseball arena so basically on the roof ?
  106. Libby Smith January 14, 2022 at 11:41 am #
    My first concert was Def Leppard - their Hysteria tour! It was 1988 and my friend and I slept in our sleeping bags ON THE SIDEWALK overnight in front of our local liquor store for those tickets!! We were 15???‍♀️? Europe opened for them and it was A-MAZING!! Peach schnapps was free flowing and I really thought I had died and gone to hair band heaven!!!
  107. Wendy L. January 14, 2022 at 11:41 am #
    My first concert was INXS and the opening band was P.I.L (band with former Sex Pistols singer in case you haven’t heard of them). I think I was in 7th grade and probably 12 years old. My dad came with us because he wouldn’t let me go with my friends without an adult chaperone. Needless to say, he was not a fan of P.I.L and never attended another concert with me. I still love INXS.
  108. Melissa January 14, 2022 at 11:43 am #
    My first concert was Richard Marx on my 10th birthday at the Kansas Expocenter in Topeka. My second concert was much more memorable - Vanilla Ice, En Vogue and MC Hammer - 10th row floor at Kemper Arena . My best friend's dad took us to KC from Topeka and we got matching "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em" t-shirts. I so wish I would have kept that shirt.
  109. Lindsey January 14, 2022 at 11:58 am #
    Lilith Fair! Late 90s. Outdoors. Perfect first concert experience for my 13 year old self.
  110. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie January 14, 2022 at 12:02 pm #
    My first concert was Britney Spears, I think it was in the year 1998 which would put me at 13. My second concert was Fiona Apple. Talk about a flip. I've actually kept every concert ticket in a shadowbox (it's very full) and you're making me want to count them. That's awesome their first will be Weird Al! Heck I'm jealous.
  111. Kim January 14, 2022 at 12:05 pm #
    My first was Adam Ant! The Romantix opened. Ha! Have you seen the Wong Kar-wai movie In The Mood for Love? I think it might be what you're looking for :)
  112. Sarah January 14, 2022 at 12:09 pm #
  113. Abby January 14, 2022 at 12:19 pm #
    90's kid here... my first concert was... Hanson! I live in MN (you know, home of the Mall of America) and they were doing a FREE concert at MOA in exchange for a donation to the food shelf. So my sister and our friend raided our kitchen cupboards for canned goods and begged my dad to take us. It was amazing because I was 12 years old and had a giant crush on Taylor!
  114. Ashley January 14, 2022 at 12:24 pm #
    My very first was Tina Turner in 2000, when I was 11. I will never be that happy again. ?
  115. Kyra Strachan January 14, 2022 at 12:45 pm #
    My first was concert (besides my dads various bands growing up) was The Beach Boys at the local amphitheater. It was a vibe as a 10 year old ?
  116. Vanessa January 14, 2022 at 1:08 pm #
    My first concert was The Rolling Stones 1981. I was 14. I went with my Mom who was 44 at and my aunt who was 38. They went up front and I stayed with my sister and I could see my aunt on someone’s shoulders!
  117. Cindy January 14, 2022 at 1:20 pm #
    My first concert was The Bee Gees and Andy Gibb. I was obsessed! I think I was 15. Second was George Micheal.
  118. Shannon January 14, 2022 at 1:32 pm #
    Loverboy, early 80’s at the now gone Capital Center outside of Washington DC. Hot, I know. Wink wink
  119. Robin January 14, 2022 at 2:12 pm #
    First concert was Leann Rimes…embarassing, but I took my sister who has Down Syndrome and had a meet and greet pass from her fan club. Are fan clubs even a thing now? Watch The French Dispatch. It’s Wes Anderson, so the cinematography alone is just a whole mood, and there are tons of big names. It’s on Amazon. It took me two tries to watch it because I’m old and fall asleep if I sit still after 8pm.
  120. Robin January 14, 2022 at 2:16 pm #
    First concert was Leann Rimes…embarassing, but I took my sister who has Down Syndrome and had a meet and greet pass from her fan club. Are fan clubs even a thing now? Watch The French Dispatch. It’s Wes Anderson, so the cinematography alone is just a whole mood, and there are tons of big names. It’s on Amazon. It took me two tries to watch it because I’m old and fall asleep if I sit still after 8pm.
  121. Jessica January 14, 2022 at 2:30 pm #
    I am so jealous of most of these first concerts! Fleetwood Mac, Lilith Fair, NKOTB, Aerosmith, Elton John. Prince? Freaking Prince?!? I’m having a mini melt down right now. No biggie. My first concert was Trisha Yearwood when I was 12. She came to my hometown and happen to have a song about said hometown so that was pretty cool! I honestly can’t believe that you don’t have 57 gorgeous, brass letter openers scattered around your house. I know you do! Could you please send one my way? I’ve been seriously wanting one of my own! Can we talk about Bruno yet? This girl obviously has a toddler and Encanto is basically on repeat over here.
  122. Erin January 14, 2022 at 2:33 pm #
    My first concert was Alanis Morissette!! So fun!!! Me and my friends worked our way through the crowd and got right up front at the stage. Great memories! Should have gone to see her last year when she was touring.
  123. Susanne January 14, 2022 at 2:35 pm #
    In New Zealand my first concert I was 1986, I was 18 and went with my Mum’s friend who called herself the oldest teenager in town! She was Mum’s age! Still love listening to them - loud - Home by the Sea.
  124. S January 14, 2022 at 2:38 pm #
    Movie suggestion - Stealing Beauty
  125. Morgan January 14, 2022 at 2:38 pm #
    Beck on his Odelay tour, at Memorial Hall in KCK! I was 14 and really had no idea who he was, but after the concert I was obsessed with him for the rest of high school. I just scheduled a colonoscopy for next month so I feel your pain there.
  126. Julie J January 14, 2022 at 2:59 pm #
    My first concert was the J. Geils Band and the Motels opened up for them. I was in 6th grade. Fun times for sure!!
  127. Lindsay January 14, 2022 at 3:30 pm #
    Amy Grant ?? My father, who loves The Stones and The Beatles and Stevie Ray Vaughn - is a saint for taking me ???
  128. Lindsay January 14, 2022 at 3:32 pm #
    And I forgot to say, I was also ten!! Gospel gals unite! ???
  129. Kristin January 14, 2022 at 3:35 pm #
    Pretty sure my first concert was Shaun Cassidy. My husband didn't go to a concert until we saw U2's Zoo TV at Arrowhead in 1992! And I think that was his last concert if you don't count classical concerts and our children's concerts. I too wondered about candle snuffers. They can keep you from blowing wax all over when you blow candles out. This has NOT been a big problem in my life, though it has happened once or twice. And they were definitely a necessity for putting out altar candles back in my acolyte days. I'm glad everything went well today!
  130. Hannah January 14, 2022 at 3:54 pm #
    BEACH BOYS in SALINA, KANSAS!!! No joke. I was 8. Sucker for music ever since ?
  131. Charity January 14, 2022 at 3:56 pm #
    My first concert was Bruce Springsteen Born in the USA tour.
  132. Ali F January 14, 2022 at 3:59 pm #
    First concert was Weezer!
  133. Emily January 14, 2022 at 5:09 pm #
    My first concert was James Taylor at Riverbend in Cincinnati, OH when I was around 10! My parents got lawn seats and brought the whole family. I remember us singing along to all of the songs, the smell of what my parents claimed were cigarettes (but definitely weren't cigarettes), and promptly asking them to take me to a million more concerts afterwards. We've been to a bunch together over the years, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, The Rolling Stones - some of my very favorite memories.
  134. Ali January 14, 2022 at 5:20 pm #
    Boyz II Men!
  135. Kriss January 14, 2022 at 5:22 pm #
    The Grateful Dead 1987 - Philadelphia Spectrum
  136. Emily January 14, 2022 at 5:41 pm #
    Richard Marx when I was 8 years old followed up a month later by Debbie Gibson to celebrate turning 9. Both EPIC experiences I will never forget!!
  137. Anonymous January 14, 2022 at 5:53 pm #
    Love Weird Al! Lol Mine was Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine. Or Gin Blossoms? Or maybe the opened for her. Anyway, it was outdoor and awesome and I want to go back there NOW.
  138. Kara January 14, 2022 at 5:54 pm #
    My first concert was Usher when I was 12! My mom agreed to take me and my best friend. I got a tshirt with shirtless Usher on it and then was too embarrassed to wear it in public hahaha
  139. Ashley H January 14, 2022 at 5:56 pm #
    Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine. When I was 11? And maybe Gin Blossoms? Is it possible they opened for her? And it was outdoors—I want to go back there now.
  140. Erin L January 14, 2022 at 6:08 pm #
    My first concert was George Michael in LA. I was 12. It was everything, BUT my husband’s first concert was Weird Al!!!
  141. Anonymous January 14, 2022 at 6:14 pm #
    SWV (Sisters with Voices). I think it was 1992, I was was nine and my dad took me and my sister to see them ?. ?I get so weak in the knees I can hardly speak… I lose all control and something takes over me?. Not weird at all our dad took us ?.
  142. Alycia January 14, 2022 at 6:31 pm #
    My first concert was HOLE!! Circa 1995 on the Live Through This tour. I was 13….it was the best ever. My mom had to come with her friend to supervise my friends and I !!!!
  143. Paula M January 14, 2022 at 6:32 pm #
    My first concert was Paula Abdul and I was 7 years old! This was super exciting not just because I was going to a concert but because I am also named Paula
  144. Lauren January 14, 2022 at 6:32 pm #
    Blink 182 in middle school - cheeks blushing. But loved every. Single. Second. Of it!
  145. Barbara January 14, 2022 at 6:38 pm #
    1979 KISS at the Cowpalce in Daily City CA with my older sister and her BFF I was a freshman and. She was a senior in high school. From row in the pit can you say Beth!
  146. Carrie January 14, 2022 at 6:50 pm #
    Whitney Houston! 1987 maybe?
  147. Dana January 14, 2022 at 6:51 pm #
    I think my first concert was Pat Benetar back in the 80s but I saw a ton of concerts then so I don’t fully remember which was first. I, too, was at the Sandi Patty concert of 1986.
  148. Kimiko Zeimet January 14, 2022 at 6:51 pm #
    My first concert…I believe I was somewhere around 12 or 13, year 2002. The American Idol season 1 tour. ? Looking back, that sounds so nerdy that that was my first concert BUT I did get to hear Kelly Clarkson sing live right at the start of her career. Maybe I should just tell people my first concert was Kelly Clarkson. I can leave the American Idol tour part out of it? Right? Lol
  149. Jillian January 14, 2022 at 8:23 pm #
    Huey Lewis and the News
  150. Jessica J January 14, 2022 at 10:34 pm #
    Lollapalooza 1996. I was 13. It was so amazing! Also, I recently read Joan Didion’s “The year of magical Thinking” and she came off as very entitled and out of touch to me. Am I missing something?
  151. Jane January 14, 2022 at 10:56 pm #
    My first concert was seeing Michael Hutchence with INXS in my country town on the stage of our local cinema, here in Australia. Oh so cool. I thought it was magical.
  152. Amy January 14, 2022 at 10:56 pm #
    Young MC and (a hem) .. Milli Vanilli at Starlight. “Girl you know it’s true… ooh ooh ooh I love you.”
  153. Randi Gardner January 14, 2022 at 11:11 pm #
    If you have not seen “safety not guaranteed” you’re welcome.
  154. Debi January 14, 2022 at 11:59 pm #
    16? 1978? The Moody Blues.
  155. Wendy January 15, 2022 at 7:37 am #
    First, glad you’re on the other side of the colonoscopy ordeal. I go for my second soon. Already dreading. I was thinking about you yesterday while working and knowing all was well minus all the starving and such. I ended up down a musical rabbit hole because I could not and still can’t remember my first concert…is there a test for that Bev? Anyway, it was fun to go back and remember some. Think it was Foghat/Blue Oyster Cult in 1981. 19 years old. Followed by everyone ranging from Luther Vandross, Bruce, Van Morrison (many times, all time favorite) Steve Winwood, Huey Lewis, Beach Boys, Neil Diamond, Natalie Merchant, Bocelli, Buble, Adele. Thanks for the somewhat fuzzy memories. Happy eating this weekend!!
  156. Angela January 15, 2022 at 9:28 am #
    Heart at age 8 in Austin - These Dreams had just come out so around 1986 or so. Pretty sure my parents couldn’t find a sitter and had to take me. But I will never forget and I loved it! Love love music still to this day.
  157. gretchen January 15, 2022 at 9:49 am #
    watch the Fantastic Mr. Fox - Wes Anderson and watch it with your kids! also, 1st concert -- Tom Petty. not bad!
  158. Trisha F January 15, 2022 at 11:19 am #
    Beach Boys with John Stamos on drums!!! I was probably 12 at the great Minnesota Get-together (The state fair) stage! It was cool, but my mom was up dancing and singing away the entire time and I just remember being soo embarrassed! Ha! Know I think it's just the absolute BEST memory!
  159. Anonymous January 15, 2022 at 4:58 pm #
    Beach boys!!!
  160. SmilynStef January 15, 2022 at 4:59 pm #
    First concert - Amy Grant. Watched her from the balcony and then went down to the stage after where she sat on the edge and talked to everyone while she drank a Tab. Wes Anderson movies give me a similar feel as Lost in Translation. We'd love to see the new one on the big screen, but it hasn't shown here.
  161. Shelly January 17, 2022 at 2:04 am #
    That's really amazing information about concert. Thanks for your sharing
  162. Christi January 23, 2022 at 8:26 pm #
    "If one more person tells me that fasting is the ultimate connection of mind to body I will connect my fist to their face." Oh my god - YES!!!! I wish there was a way to mute that whole thing.

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