Monday, 19 June 2017

My First Concert

There have been many times in my life when I have wondered wistfully why I was born in 1971. This meant that only a year later in 1972, I was one year old. Yep, I'm a genius, but we already knew that. You see, 1972 was the one and only time that the Carpenters visited and performed in Australia. Sigh.

I would have LOVED to have been there right in the middle of the mosh pit! Oh okay, there was no mosh pit. I suspect they're overrated anyway. Who wants to waste time with all that when they could have been transfixed by every note and Karen Carpenter behind her drums?

Apparently their concert was broadcast on Channel 7. The black and white footage is floating around on Youtube, so at least there's that.

When ABBA mania hit Australia in 1977, I seemed to be oblivious. This was In spite of my enthusiastic singing into a hair brush pretending to be Agnetha, just like every other six year old Aussie girl. So I never got to see the fab four either. In fact, I don't distinctly remember what my first concert was. I'm a tragic person. 



The luckiest little fan wasn't me.  Sigh. 




My auntie took me to see the stage musical CATS when I was approximately 14 or so, but that's a little different I guess. Around that same time, I was utterly DEVASTATED because The Nolans (in the mood for dancing, anyone?) were performing at Rooty Hill RSL (classy!) and I couldn't go because I was underage. Cutting edge taste in music all the way, as you can see. Of course it's a mystery why, being such a cutting edge rebel and all that, I didn't just sneak out and fake my age to get in. I'm such an enigma.

Ultimately I ended up seeing the following musicals/shows:


  • CATS
  • Anything Goes
  • The Rocky Horror Show
  • Phantom Of The Opera
  • Les Miserables
  • Rasputin
  • Carousel 
My memory is bit patchy about most of the above, to be honest. I mean, it's hard to remember yesterday let alone thirty years ago. Or is that just me?

Additionally I attended the following concerts:

  • Simply Red
  • INXS
  • Midnight Oil
  • Gloria Estefan
  • Michael Buble
  • Barbra Streisand
And a few other Aussie groups...

I suspect that Simply Red was the first one and I ended up seeing them twice, so I guess I like them. I haven't listened to them in YEARS though. Weird. 

Something that strikes me is the price of concert tickets. I often see some lucky Carpenters fans sharing their vintage concert tickets in Facebook fan groups. The prices on them are so ridiculously cheap. Around five bucks fifty or something. Nowadays they're so frightfully expensive. Oh well, just as well I'm not really into mosh pits and the whole scene.

To be perfectly honest I wouldn't say that a typical rock concert is really my thing. Surprising, right? Shut up.  I don't do well with loud noise and crowds due to my sensory issues. However, I would have loved to hear Karen Carpenter's voice in person. And that will never happen. It will be one of my lifelong sorrows. Cue weepy violin music... Or mournful meandering oboes because that's a Carpenters trademark. I love it. Again, I reiterate - shut up. 





So excuse me while I go and watch the above Youtube video and pretend it's 1972.  Is there a problem with that? 

What was your first concert? 

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7 comments:

  1. We have INXS in common. I can't say that The Carpenters excite me very much though ... As for ABBA! How could would that have been?

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  2. I saw Midnight Oil at the bar at Uni...or maybe the lecture theatre. Saw most of those musicals. I love musicals.

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  3. I've only been to a few concerts and musicals - they cost so much money and I know you're paying for the experience, but sometimes I think I'd rather keep my cash and buy the CD or watch the DVD (I must be getting old!)

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  4. You did well my friend..musicals and concerts. Alas, not the best for you..the Carpenters. Your love for Karen is beyond measure. I know and if I come upon a Karen song, I think of you! Thanks for linking up today for #lifethisweek 25/52. Next Week: Halfway Review 2017.

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  5. Hey, those are two pretty impressive lists. Especially Gloria Estefan. But you're so right, concerts are so expensive now. I haven't seen many in the US because I refuse to part with $160+ for a stadium show where I'll be so far up the back that I'll be watching the band on a screen anyway.

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  6. Loved your take on this!! I think I have probably been to more musicals then rock concerts and I wish that I had been old enough for Abba as well!

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  7. Oh I saw Cats in Adelaide when I was a teenager, I had totally forgotten about that! I cannot remember the first concert I went to, it might have been Noiseworks (ha remember them!) or The Black Sorrows, I have a shocking memory!

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