The Ramones were the first band I ever saw (1984). They made a huge impression—the moment they walked out on stage, my young mind decided they were the coolest guys in the world. All of the music I was drawn to after was shaped by that first concert experience. I didn’t know how to articulate it at the time, but the minimalist approach to their look and set just spoke to me. Their uniform of skinny jeans, leather jackets, and black hair was understated cool. They seemed to act like being on stage was no big deal; they were unselfconsciously and unceremoniously just doing their job. But they rocked so hard. I went with a group of older kids from high school, no parents chaperoning for the first time in my life. The Ramones opened for Billy Idol and the venue was large and pretty packed. I saw the Ramones again a few years later at a smaller club in Rochester NY, cool as ever. So how about you, do you remember your first concert? Big act or small? Did it make a huge impression or was it lame?
posted by Rachel