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:

Live in Houston 1981_ The Escape Tour

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.

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10 responses »

  1. Mark says:

    I was there, but I didn’t see you.

  2. The Good Doctor Polymer Noyz says:

    Really? A football-based vacation in West Virginia? No, wait. . . really? And people think my wife is a saint.

  3. Randall Huff says:

    I was at the Houston concert. Good times! Didn’t Brian Adams lead off for them on that tour?

  4. Adrienne Maxwell says:

    Your first concert ever, or your first parent-free concert? There were no mom-forced Neil Diamond or John Denver concerts before this?

  5. […] all, I was only in 9th grade at the time. I had attended my first concert (read about it here: only a few weeks earlier with friends, but none of my friends were all that interested in driving […]

  6. mlisser says:

    I was there Nov 1981 I was 13. I will see Journey for the second time ever this year in Dallas again. I am 47. It was my first concert back then. This is my most anticipated event this year. I am taking my kids. I do not know if they will appreciate the meaning of this event or not but I am going to try.

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