Music crowd at concert

Published on August 17th, 2018 | by Craig Silliphant


Video: Your First Concert – Craig and Mitch

Craig and Mitch discuss their first concerts. Mitch admits to something that has shamed him since he was a boy, but created a music fan.

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Craig Silliphant

is a D-level celebrity with delusions of grandeur. A writer, critic, creative director, broadcaster, and occasional filmmaker, his thoughts have appeared on radio, television, in print, and on the web. He is a juror on the Polaris Music Prize and the Juno Awards. He loves Saskatoon. He has horrible night terrors and apocalyptic dreams.

One Response to Video: Your First Concert – Craig and Mitch

  1. My first official concert was in when I was living in New York City. It was Melanie (Safka) at Carnegie Hall. It was later released as a double album. But the second was at the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden, where I saw Aerosmith open for Slade in 1973. Now that was impressive. But my favorite “first” was in the Spring of 1975, when my friend and I went to CBGBs for the first time. With about a dozen people in the audience, and paying $2 to get in on a Saturday Night, the opening band was Talking Heads, with the headliners being the Ramones. We sat through both sets. Decades later, I found out it was Talking Heads’ first show ever. I liked them better as a trio (though Jerry Harrison is an amazing keyboardist, and I really liked him in the Modern Lovers – who I saw play in 1977 – it definitely changed their sound). But it was the Ramones that was the game changer for me. Between 1975 and 1979, I probably saw them play two dozen times. Talking Heads, probably a dozen. Television, 6-7 times, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers…well, I lost count, and so many then up-and-coming bands. It was a great time for music.

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