Important programming note: the Analog Kid is taking off on a football-based vacation to the hills of West Virginia. I will be back late Sunday night. I have prepared blogs to publish during my absence, but they will be short and to the point. I am very rarely short and to the point, so please enjoy my brief descent into brevity.
It was 32 years ago today: my very first concert.
November 7, 1981. Reunion Arena. Dallas, Texas.
Loverboy opened, and then these guys took over:
This was the first song:
Journey: “Escape” (Neal Schon/Steve Perry/Jonathan Cain)
From the album Live In Houston 1981 : Escape Tour
Columbia Records, 2005
This version of “Escape” was recorded on November 6th in Houston, the night before my show. The ticket cost me $9.00. I think the t-shirt cost $10. I wore that jersey until it shredded apart.
People always ask me how I can remember specific dates of events like this– my response is usually, “How can I NOT remember?” It was the biggest event of my life up to that point. It was definitely the most anticipated.
I feel bad that the kids of today rarely get the “arena rock” experience like we did. The hazy smoke between acts. The cigarette lighters. The pungent smell that I couldn’t quite identify (at least not for a few years). The numb ear drums. It was glorious.