#20sbprompt: first concert

This week’s blogging prompt over on 20sb.net is to tell you about the first concert I went to, so this is what I will do. My first concert happened to me by accident, in the way that I wasn’t supposed to go there in the first place. It all happened in 2007 before I started uni so I was already over the age of 18…

Mom had made plans with her boyfriend (he wasn’t technically really her boyfriends because it’s complicated but I’ll just refer to him as such because it’s easier that way) to go see Joe Cocker. He had just released Hymn 4 My Soul and was touring. For some reason the bf couldn’t make it so I went with her. Due to me being a sentimentalist, I actually still have the ticket.


I remember the supporting act was not that good, their sound wasn’t checked all that well and they played for what seemed to be forever. Then finally Joe Cocker came on stage and for a man his age, he was doing really fine. I mean, he was over 60 at the time already and you couldn’t tell by his performance at all. As I was just a stand in, I wasn’t too familiar with his music aside from some stuff the radio always plays.

It’s weird being in a concert when it’s popular music and almost everyone around you knows more of the songs than you do. Also, most people at the concert were way older than me, adding to the awkwardness. Nevertheless I remember liking the show and the songs. I still listen to Hymn 4 My Soul occasionally, it’s good music that I enjoy.

So that’s the story of my first concert, actually quite boring. What was your first concert?

Have a great weekend!

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  • Tim

    My first concert was seeing Flobots live in 2009 in Columbus, Ohio. Great show with a couple of good warmup bands (Biffy Clyro and Violent Soho). The headliner of the show was Kings of Leon, but they were so awful live that much of the crowd left halfway through.

    Sadly, I’ve had tickets on three other occasions I didn’t get to use. Paramore and No Doubt (2009), Paramore again (2010) and Red Line Chemistry (2011). Too bad…I’ve heard good things about all the bands’ live performances.

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      I’ve only heard of No Doubt and I bet they would have been amazing live.

  • cupitonians

    My first international concert was at the Octoberfest (which my city hosts cause we brew our own beer) and I listened to a Finnish band I like called Poets of the Fall. Going to concerts is not something we third world nations do but I’m so glad I went. It is just one of those experiences you have to plunge into at some point.

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      I’m glad you got to see the concert. I can count the number of times I saw one on one hand. I don’t like paying all that money concerts usually cost but it was a great experience still.

      • cupitonians

        I can count it too. I was raised by a family of social workers so we’d never spend on something like that and are otherwise very minimalist. BUT sometimes, good music is worth the investment. Sometimes.

        • Wilhelmina Upton

          Very true :)