Four Questions

Last week’s Four Questions sparked some great comments. Let’s see if we can keep the momentum going. Here are the four questions for this week:

1. What was the first concert you ever attended?

2. What has been your favorite concert you’ve attended so far?

3. What person or group do you most want to see that you have not seen yet?

4. What was the first concert you ever played in?

Here are my answers:

1. The first concert I ever attended was for the country band Alabama (we didn’t get many shows going through the town I grew up in). I think I was about 8 or 9 at the time. I don’t remember much about it, except falling asleep during the show :)

2. I’ve seen a lot of great and memorable shows, but my favorite was probably seeing Eric Clapton several years ago. He’s one of my all-time guitar heroes, and it was great to see him play in person.

3. Led Zeppelin

4. The first concert I played in was for a girl’s birthday party when I was about 15. It wasn’t much to write home about and I’m sure we didn’t sound that good, but it sure was fun!


  1. Dustin says

    1) Funny… my first concert was Alabama too. Charlie Daniels Band opened. My parents dragged me. I like some CDB songs but Alabama is just not my kind of music.

    2) I’ve seen some many shows it’ll be hard to pick one… let’s see. In recent memory, seeing Ben Folds from the 4th row in a small theater would have to take the cake. I’ve seen The Mighty Mighty BossTones more times than I can remember and I’ve never been disappointed by them.

    3) Rage Against The Machine. I’ve seen Audioslave but it would be great to see Zach fronting those guys.

    4) My first concert would’ve been in grade school when I played clarinet. I’ve yet to do a guitar concert yet but the place that I take lessons has monthly student shows and, once I’m a bit more comfortable with the guitar, I’d like to try it.

  2. says

    1) First concert: Joe Satriani’s “Flying in a Blue Dream” tour with Stu Hamm on bass! I had gone to a few other music “events” before that, but I believe JS was my first “real” concert :)

    2) Favorite concert: That’s a tough one. Phil Keaggy is definitely in the top 3.

    3) Most like to see: Mark Knopfler.

    4) First concert: My band participated in a “battle of the bands” in college where we came in second place. That whole experience leading up to and including the concert is still one of my most cherished memories. Our set included The Doors, Steppenwolf, REM, Black Crowes, Nirvana, Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, and an intrumental we wrote that was similar to Led Zeppelin’s “Moby Dick” where we all swapped solos. Good times :))

  3. Josh says

    @Dustin – Rage would be a good show. Maybe they’ll finally do a proper tour now that Audioslave is no more. I would highly recommend participating in one of the student shows. You’ll gain great experience.

  4. Josh says

    Hey David,

    Wow, seeing JS as your first concert must have been fantastic! Yeah, Phil Keaggy is phenomenal. I was actually listening to him earlier. Did you know that Mark Knopfler was playing at the Ryman on July 15? Wow, what a set! I wish I could have caught that concert.

  5. Taylor says

    1. My first concert was also a country artist: George Strait. I think I was about five. I don’t remember much except that the show started really late. It was at Cheyenne Days, a huge rodeo in Wyoming.

    2. The best show I’ve ever been to…either Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Red Rocks Amphitheater in 1999 or Wilco at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville this past March.

    3. I’d love to see Ryan Adams despite some of the things he has done at some of his live shows.

    4. My first gig was the homecoming bonfire during my senior year of high school. It went well considering we never really practiced all that much.

  6. Josh says

    Hey Taylor,

    1) I have some friends who still love George Strait!

    2) Tom Petty would be a great show to catch. I don’t know much about Wilco, but I hope to catch them next time they come through town.

    3) I’d actually like to see some of the crazy stuff he does during concert. It would definitely make for a memorable show!

    4) Glad it went well! My “band” in high school didn’t practice all that much either, which led to a few interesting shows :)

  7. says

    1. My first concert was either Men At Work or Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” tour, I forget which one came first. The Madonna show was terrific, but I wasn’t too fond of the punky opening act, some dudes called the “Beastie Boys”. (I was much more into them the next year when they came back with “Licensed to Ill” :) )

    2. My favorite all-time concert was The Rolling Stones in Paris in 1989 or ’90. It was a summer show at an outdoor venue, and we’d been packed like sardines until early afternoon until nighttime when the concert started. The physical exhaustion just added to the intensity of the show. Great theatrics from the band, and I remember being really happy with the choice of songs, including “Ruby Tuesday” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”.

    A close second would be Ween at Stubb’s BBQ here in Austin, TX, a few years ago. Another incredible show.

    3. I’d love to see Prince, but haven’t had the opportunity yet.

    4. My first real “concert” was a school barbecue for the British School of Paris, where my bandmate attended while we were playing in our band The Friends of Jesus. We played several originals, and covered Suzanne Vega’s “Luka” in a Jimi Hendrix style, and played a cover of the then-popular one-hit-wonder “Shall we take a trip” by Northside. We were so transgressive, singing about “L.S.D.” at a school function!

  8. Josh says

    @Isaac –

    1) Wow, that would have been interesting to see the Beastie Boys in their formative years.

    2) The Stones! I don’t know that I’ll ever get to see the Stones in person, but at least there are plenty of documentaries to display the Stones experience.

    3) I’ve heard Prince really puts on a great show. A much better guitar player than most people know.

    4) At our school, we had a battle of the bands, and one of the bands was called Smack Driven Driver. I still don’t know how they got away with naming their band after Heroin at a school function.

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