Some of these are pretty obvious an easy to imagine…others not so much!
I’ll start with ‘went backstage’…I am a fangirl not a groupie first of all! My first backstage experience was J. Geils Band in 1982. A friend knew a local musician who was in the band and got us back. It was nice meeting the band and there was free booze but my favorite memory was standing behind the stage and looking out over the crowd! What an awesome feeling it was to see 20,000 people in an arena from that viewpoint. Another one that was a BIG thrill for me was going backstage at the 9:30 Club in D.C. and sitting and talking with Paul Simonon from the Clash! He was so nice and easy to talk to even though I was 19 years old and star struck. Thanks to a good friend for making that happen! I’ve met others but mostly outside the venue before or after the show.
‘Paid over $100 for ticket’…I paid $200 to see Paul McCartney and it was worth every penny!
‘Been in a mosh pit’…I was in the middle of the D.C. Hardcore/Punk scene from 1981 to about 1985 and saw many mosh pits. I usually didn’t purposely get into the middle but it was hard not to when you were seeing Minor Threat, or Scream or Government Issue or Black Market Baby among others.
‘Seen a band that no longer exists’…I’ve seen a few but most notably and most memorable was the Clash. I saw them in 1982 at a pier in NYC. One of the best shows I’ve seen to this day!
‘Got kicked out’…I got kicked out of a U2 concert at the University of Maryland in 1982. Bono invited people on stage to dance so I went running but for some reason security stopped me. Well, stupidly, I fought back and the guard carried me out the back door! The muscular, tall and probably 250 lb guard almost pressed charges against all 5’7” and 125 lbs of me! Missed the encores but it was a good show anyway.
‘Been to a stadium show’…I saw George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Journey, and The Rolling Stones at JFK Stadium in 1981. The big surprise at that show were the opening bands! I didn’t know until I got there! What a lineup that was! And, when I saw Paul McCartney, I saw him at Nationals Stadium a few years ago in D.C. I haven’t been to many stadium shows because I prefer smaller venues but I’ll make the sacrifice every so often.
‘Been to a show during bad weather’…a couple of times but the biggest one was Elton John at Nissan Pavilion (Jiffy Lube Live now). A major thunderstorm went through during the show and even though we were inside the sold out pavilion, we were just over to the side enough for the wind to blow the rain in and soak us! It was a great show though and it actually cooled us off on a very hot evening. Then there was the Lou Reed show at Merriweather Post Pavilion where I slid through the mud on the way back to my seat! Right on my ass!
I guess I could go through all 18 of them but some of the stories are pretty boring. These are my favorites.