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FishbowlNY Summer Music Preview: Who Was Your First?

With the 2007 summer concert season upon us — one marked by the heralded return of rock relics like the Police and Genesis — FishbowlNY (inspired by Concert.TV‘s tagline) asked selected media types to recount their first time … at a live show, that is. Drop us a line with your own boozy, hazy recollections, and we’ll post them here throughout the summer. And, uh, rock on.

“My first concert was Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation show in Calgary, Canada. It was so awesome! I went with my dad and for months after I wore keys on my hoop earrings just like her! I was like 10.”
— Kate Frank, US Weekly

“My first show was the Grateful Dead — ’81 I think — Nassau Coliseum. I was rather young and we went in expecting to hear “Casey Jones,” “Truckin’,” “Uncle John’s Band,” etc. Instead we got jam after jam. I didn’t know what was going on — but still loved it! This was quickly followed by Jethro Tull and The Who (on one of their many farewell tours). Was a great summer!
— Ed James, Cornerstone

“The Monkees reunion tour. Madison, Wisconsin. Seriously.”
— Jeff Bercovici, Radar

“The Ramones at SUNY Stony Brook. It scared the shit out of me.”
— Dan Bova, editor-in-chief, Stuff

“First club show was Black Uhuru at the New Ritz in NYC. First big stage show was Sinead O’Connor at Jones Beach.”
— Heather Tesoriero, Wall Street Journal

“Stephen Stills at the Spectrum in Philly. I wish I had a cooler one. My kids will be able to say Radiohead at MSG.”
— Devin Leonard, Fortune

“AC/DC, May 27, 1991, Charleston Civic Coliseum, Razor’s Edge Tour
— Michael Shimbo, founder, CONCERT.TV

“Jackson Browne at Jones Beach.”
— Andy Cohn, publisher, The Fader

“Chicago and The Beach Boys at MSG. Many, many years ago.”
— Steve Bernstein, president and publisher, Relix

“De La Soul during the De La Soul is Dead album!”
— Alex Wagner, editor-in-chief, The Fader

“Jimmy Cliff at Memorial Auditorium in Burlington, Vermont”
— Nat Ives, Advertising Age

“Squeeze, Babylon and On tour, MSG 1987.”
— Jonathan Schwartz, Relix

“First one I went to (how embarrassing): The Judds at the San Antonio rodeo.”
— Erin Chandler, Tripwire.com

“The Jackson Victory Tour @ The Astrodome (1984). Admit it… you’re jealous.”
— Chip Adams, Tripwire.com

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