1) What was the first concert you attended? The very first one was Pat Metheny. I don’t remember it very well, but I remember Pat’s mom making us gingerbread cookies arond the holidays. That’s kind of cool, eh? The first concert I remember well was Michael Jackson.
2) What was the most memorable (life changing) concert you ever attended? Why? This can change from day to day, but almost any time someone asks me this question, I usually say Radiohead at The Bottleneck in Lawrence, Kansas. The capacity was around 500 or less. They were touring on The Bends and decided to stop in the small club with less than a day’s notice. I was right in front and was so incredibly blown away at how incredible they were. I was listening to The Bends constantly and was just in awe of Thom Yorke. Man, now that I am thinking about it, I’m quite sure this was the best show I have ever seen. It was so loud and intense. I wish I could go back in time and see that show again…and again.
3) Do you feel ticket prices for the concerts you attend are fair? Ticket prices are decent for most of the shows I go see, but Ticketmaster are rapists. A $10 show turns into a $17 show. Never mind the parking. The only reason I put up with it is because a) there’s really no alternative and b) music is such a huge part of my life that I’d probably be willing to pay twice what I pay to see most bands. Tickets to see bands like The Stones or The Who are outrageous and they should be ashamed of themselves.