Your first rock concert 67



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I took my kids to see One Direction this week… (“So what” you say…)  It was an exciting moment for the young eight and ten year old girls who get a buzz out of singing to their songs in the car loudly, let alone seeing a band “live”.  And it got me thinking… What was your first pop concert?   What was it like?


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The anticipation at One Direction was palpable.

Young teens and pre-teens were everywhere, in the accompanied safety of their parents, off to have an early music-lovers experience.  The band arrived on stage to squeals that I could only imagine are similar to those that welcomed “The Beatles”.  Over a two hour period, every time one of the five boys stepped out on stage the crowd would break into song-obliterating squeals… mid song and all.  A little distracting for us older attendees, but apparently the kids didn’t notice… it just made them want to scream more to join the excitement.

It turns out this is common to every one of the 125 shows they have done so far on their four month worldwide tour.  They have banned water bottles in the concert hall because so many girls were writing their name on a piece of paper, inserting it into the bottle and launching it at the stage.

So it got me thinking… I want to know what your first pop or rock concert was, how old you were, and your memories of the fanatics, the fun and the entertainment.  

I’m a bit younger than most of you, so mine was INXS, X Factor and I remember being 13 and going specially with my friends…  It was our first big moment out without our parents with us.  (It think they waited outside).  We felt so grown up… 

I can’t wait to hear yours.  I am sure you have plenty of memories to share that we will all be able to enjoy.

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. The Beatles was my first of many. I was 16 and my grandmother paid for the whole thing. Tickets to the show and train fare to and from London. This also included overnight stay in hotel in London too. 3 of my friends came too and we all stayed overnight with my Grandmother. It was the most exciting time ever. All us girls screaming for Paul in my case but everyone of us had our own favourite. The screams were mostly much louder than the singing but we had a “Fab” time and one I will never forget. Gran went shopping and to see her own show. A play I have since seen many times Merchant of Venice. We all had breakfast in the hotel next morning before heading off home on the train. 4 very excited and hoarse teenagers.

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