Crossbows In The Firelight

If you are around my age, (soon to be 59), you are fortunate to have grown up and experienced stadium rock concerts. Tens of thousands of fans and joints, all coming together to celebrate the music.

My first concert was shared with Tom McKeon on July 4, 1976 (The Bi-Centennial) at the Casino Arena in Asbury Park, NJ.

Thin Lizzy was supposed to open for Rainbow, but Phil was already sick and Henry Gross, of “Shannon” fame, opened the show.

A young (now deceased) Ronnie James Dio was the front man and Ritchie Blackmore was his own guitar section.  For any techies out there, you will notice the reel to reel tape recorder which was used for providing a signal delay. Today, there is a pedal for that.

The 1980s were the high times (literally) for concerts and I’m glad I was present to witness the fun.

There is no doubt that this song was performed live at the show I attended.

Who remembers their first concert?  Where?  When?

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About Ray V.

Living in Aiken, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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4 Responses to Crossbows In The Firelight

  1. Brilliant. I still have a reel to reel in my shed (probably eaten by mice by now!)

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  2. 1974. Elton John, who filled up the Oakland Coliseum. Kiki Dee opened for him.

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  3. Debra says:

    My first concert was in 1971 and it was James Taylor and Carole King. I think it was Taylor’s first Los Angeles concert, but I may have made that part up! LOL! It’s been a few years. 🙂

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