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(Ultimate Classic Rock)   The hilariously bad first concerts of rock's biggest bands. For example, The Velvet Underground? A high school auditorium in New Jersey   (ultimateclassicrock.com ) divider line
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2013-11-13 12:24:09 AM  
Ctrl-F "Rush"

fail.

/see the story about their first show(s) here
 
2013-11-13 04:58:05 AM  
Everyone has to start somewhere, subby. My own band has it's humble roots beginning at a podunk bar in Waterville Ohio. Of course we have gone on to perform at historic, and esteemed venues such as Nate and Wally's fishbowl, in Bowling Green, and Jj's Aqua lounge in Toledo. Everyone has to start somewhere, subby.
 
2013-11-13 05:25:31 AM  
beck played the westlake high school graduation in austin around 2000; i always found that venue to be interesting for a fellow like beck.
 
2013-11-13 05:27:37 AM  
That link sucked me into a black hole of crappy, click bait Top 10 lists. Thanks, subby!
 
2013-11-13 05:48:08 AM  
It's an interesting collection of first gig stories, but I have no idea why it's titled as 'hilarious'. Is it hilarious that most bands start out shiatty?
 
2013-11-13 06:21:56 AM  
Of course their early shows would be laughable. Seriously, how else would the conversation go?

"Hello, our band is looking to play a gig."
"What's the name of your band?"
"The Doors"
"Oh, well why didn't you say so? We'll have our lawyers set up an agreement for a $120,000 performance fee."
"What?!"
"Well, you're going to become internationally famous in about five years, and since I magically know that, we'll just skip ahead to the part where you're famous and popular"
 
2013-11-13 06:22:42 AM  

DanZero: Ctrl-F "Rush"

fail.

/see the story about their first show(s) here


I love that documentary. Ged and Alex are SUCH great friends.
 
2013-11-13 07:48:48 AM  

soakitincider: beck played the westlake high school graduation in austin around 2000; i always found that venue to be interesting for a fellow like beck.


My brother-in-law talks about REO Speedwagon being the band for his senior prom back in the 70s.  Considering their looks, it was probably the only time the ever got invited to a prom.
 
2013-11-13 07:49:33 AM  

DanZero: Ctrl-F "Rush"

fail.

/see the story about their first show(s) here


I grew up in a small town outside of Sioux City, Iowa. During the early and mid seventies, I saw Rush doing warmup gigs for bands like Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids at least five times. They were doing concerts in Sioux Falls, S.D. as late as the "2112" tour.

Never was all that impressed by them, but it's nice that they eventually made it. They certainly paid their dues.
 
2013-11-13 07:54:18 AM  
how about jimi hendrix opening for the monkees back in the day.. would have been great to see the look on monkees fans as hendrix let er rip.
 
2013-11-13 07:56:48 AM  

GardenWeasel: soakitincider: beck played the westlake high school graduation in austin around 2000; i always found that venue to be interesting for a fellow like beck.

My brother-in-law talks about REO Speedwagon being the band for his senior prom back in the 70s.  Considering their looks, it was probably the only time the ever got invited to a prom.


REO was the '70s Pearl Jam.
 
2013-11-13 08:14:38 AM  
A bit of advice to aspiring bands: Document your early gigs well. In 30 years someone might have to track down all that shiat for you.

/guy who has to track down all that shiat
 
2013-11-13 08:25:34 AM  
If I recall correctly, They Might Be Giants did their first concert at a Pro-Sandinista rally in New York.
 
2013-11-13 08:28:57 AM  
KISS's first tour (in '73?) took them through my college town where I was amazed on how the theatrics overwhelmed the music, thought I'd never see them again.

And I didn't. I never went to a KISS concert again
 
2013-11-13 09:15:32 AM  
I saw Pink play at a mall about 6 months before she got big. I was struck more by the fact that mall concerts were a real thing and were still going on in 2001-ish.
 
2013-11-13 10:08:15 AM  
In Gun's and Roses ' case, the band had a shiatty first gig and decided to make all futur audiences pay with it each of the following ones.

At least that would explain a lot of things.

sedric: how about jimi hendrix opening for the monkees back in the day.. would have been great to see the look on monkees fans as hendrix let er rip.


The year before that, in '66, he actually opened for Johnny Hallyday, the French version of Cliff Richard, who is still active up to this day.
 
2013-11-13 10:19:20 AM  

Ooba Tooba: Everyone has to start somewhere, subby. My own band has it's humble roots beginning at a podunk bar in Waterville Ohio. Of course we have gone on to perform at historic, and esteemed venues such as Nate and Wally's fishbowl, in Bowling Green, and Jj's Aqua lounge in Toledo. Everyone has to start somewhere, subby.


What kind of music do you play?
 
2013-11-13 10:37:01 AM  

Ooba Tooba: GardenWeasel: soakitincider: beck played the westlake high school graduation in austin around 2000; i always found that venue to be interesting for a fellow like beck.

My brother-in-law talks about REO Speedwagon being the band for his senior prom back in the 70s.  Considering their looks, it was probably the only time the ever got invited to a prom.

REO was the '70s Pearl Jam.


Here in central Illinois, there's tons of stories like that.  And of course, I missed that era by about five years.  REO playing frat parties, Cheap Trick in bars with a $1 cover charge.
 
2013-11-13 10:37:52 AM  

soakitincider: beck played the westlake high school graduation in austin around 2000; i always found that venue to be interesting for a fellow like beck.


i was at that show. it wasnt for their graduation, but it was definitely at the high school. one of the weirdest places ive ever seen a show.
 
2013-11-13 10:43:36 AM  

mahavishnunj: soakitincider: beck played the westlake high school graduation in austin around 2000; i always found that venue to be interesting for a fellow like beck.

i was at that show. it wasnt for their graduation, but it was definitely at the high school. one of the weirdest places ive ever seen a show.


kd lang once played at my high school...early 90s. i have no idea why she was in town, but she sat in during some variety show kind of assembly we had. iirc she played a song or 2...perhaps with the school band?
 
2013-11-13 10:58:49 AM  
CTRL+F "Sex Pistols" - not found.

St. Martin's College of Art, London, November 6 1975. Described as "unexceptional musically aside from being extremely loud".  Played 10 minutes before the student organizer pulled the plug.

/they were opening for Adam Ant's old band, Bazooka Joe
 
2013-11-13 11:40:00 AM  
Wasn't my first gig by a long shot, but I was once in a rock bar band where the bass player (who had two fingers on his fretting hand) did the bookings. And he would book us anywhere. So, we had the pleasure of doing a gig in a bait shop. Not even a nice bait shop... It was essentially a crappy wooden shed with a couple of picnic tables and a counter where you bought your bait. They shoved us in the corner, and there was a coffee can on one of the tables where the worm-purchasing patrons would come in and (theoretically at least)  toss money in the can for the band. More often, they mistook it for an ashtray. So after 4 hours of rockin' the worms, the lead singer went sifting through the cigarette butts to divvy up the change... "11 cents for you... and 11 cents for you... and..." I told him not to worry about my share and packed my gear up. There was a total of not quite 11 dollars in the can to split four ways. (Well, three not counting me...)

I wasn't with those guys very long.
 
2013-11-13 12:23:56 PM  
 
2013-11-13 12:44:10 PM  

unfarkingbelievable: Ooba Tooba: Everyone has to start somewhere, subby. My own band has it's humble roots beginning at a podunk bar in Waterville Ohio. Of course we have gone on to perform at historic, and esteemed venues such as Nate and Wally's fishbowl, in Bowling Green, and Jj's Aqua lounge in Toledo. Everyone has to start somewhere, subby.

What kind of music do you play?


Hillbilly Jazz
 
2013-11-13 12:50:44 PM  

Ooba Tooba: Everyone has to start somewhere, subby. My own band has it's humble roots beginning at a podunk bar in Waterville Ohio. Of course we have gone on to perform at historic, and esteemed venues such as Nate and Wally's fishbowl, in Bowling Green, and Jj's Aqua lounge in Toledo. Everyone has to start somewhere, subby.


Pretty much this.  Subby, I can't help it if you love bands that were manufactured by a bunch of tone-deaf music execs.
 
2013-11-13 01:20:44 PM  
Then of course, there's bands like my boys Emerson, Lake & Palmer who don't have to scuffle for gigs, their mere formation guarantees nice venues and fees that get paid promptly. Second ELP gig ever:

onthewight.com

1970 Isle of Wight festival aka one of Jimi Hendrix' last gigs, approximate attendance 600,000.
 
2013-11-13 01:21:21 PM  
 
2013-11-13 02:47:20 PM  
I was at the Masters of Reality's first gig... in fact I gave it to them!

Let's just say they got much better.
 
2013-11-13 03:05:23 PM  

puckrock2000: The greatest debut performance ever.


I knew what that was before I clicked it, and for some reason clicked it anyway.  You got me!
 
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