Like I mentioned in the OP, here is the ticket stub to not only my first Kiss concert, actually the first concert I ever attended. Kiss with Cheap Trick at the Pontiac Silverdome outside Detroit.
July, 1979, the summer before I began High School. I wasn't really a Kiss fan to be that honest with you, yeah I liked some of their songs, and their live album which had been recorded the year before in Detroit was really cool, but they weren't my favorite band at the time, or certainly the band I would have chosen to be my first concert. However, my best friend was a Kiss fanatic, or Kiss Army as they called themselves. He was simply obsessed with all things Kiss, and if your were going to hang out with him you simply had no choice, but to get caught up with his freakish excessiveness with the band.
Concert was a lot of fun and we certainly had a blast especially as young 12-13 year olds, and it certainly opened our eyes to the culture of concerts we would soon come to love and enjoy throughout our teenage years. Not to mention, but back in those days Kiss was at the top of their form and putting on a pretty spectacular show.
Truth be told I actually enjoyed, and was a much bigger fan of Cheap Trick who opened the show for Kiss. This was just a year after they released what was to become their number one album "Cheap Trick Live at Budokan", which is also ranked by Rolling Stone as being one of "the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" (#426 to be exact)
I'll let Damone from Fast Times at Ridgemont High explain it from here:
The second ticket is for the Rolling Stones also at the Pontiac Silverdome, which was a horrible place to see a concert. Actually it was the sound quality that really sucked, or to quote Pete Townsend who said in an interview after performing a concert at the Siverdome, "This place is a real piss-hole, horrible fucking hole to have to perform in, but worse for our fans who have to come here and listen". (I saw that concert as well)
Seeing the Stones was cool, though to be quite honest even back in the early 80's when this concert took place they really weren't much of a live band. I've seen them twice and didn't really care for either show, but still it was fucking cool to see the "Stones"
The great thing about this first show, which I believe was in 1981 was they had two bands opening up for them .The first was Iggy Pop, and the second was Santana.
Due to the fact that it was general admission I was able to get up quite close to the stage to see Iggy perform, which was bloody fantastic, but by the time Carlos came on I kinda of got push back toward the rear of the main floor, but still he was completely awesome.
Once the Stones came on I was kind of whipped so I joined the rest of my friends in the seats toward the side of the stage.
This Stones concert took place just after the Who concert in Ohio, and the tragedy that took place there when 11 fans were trampled to death outside the concert hall waiting to get in with General Admission tickets like we had for the Stones show.
My father didn't want me to go, but my friends and I skipped school that day so we could get out to the Silverdome early in orfrt to stake out some good seats or positions on the main floor; which as close as I got to see Iggy was totally worth it.
I do remember calling my dad that night to tell him where I was and to let him know I went to the concert despite his concerns and him simply asking me if I thought it was worth skipping school and disobeying him...I told him yes sir I do, and I'm sorry for going against your wishes, but it was the Stones and I had to go.
I could tell he was disappointed in me, but he never said another word about it. As a parent now myself I can completely understand what both him and my mom must have been going through that night.
I do wish I could tell him sorry, and I also wish I hadn't found it necessary to feel and act so rebellious in my youth, sometimes amazed I made it through okay, but now I think back and it's like what the hell were we really rebelling against?
Truth be told we just wanted to do what we wanted without concern for the outcome or end results, live for the moment, damn the future and all that.
But hey, I saw the Rolling Fucking Stones, amirite?