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Sep 29, 2011

My First Concert

If you are a country music fan, you are so jealous of Teach and Princess today. They blew all their money on tickets to the Taylor Swift concert! I’ve already asked them to write a guest blog together for Saturday, so you can come back then and get the latest on the actual concert. But it got me remembering way…way…way back when I attended my very first concert.

My sweetie won’t like this post because it shows what a nasty, insensitive, little flirt I was when I was a kid, but it seems a bit timely, so I will share it anyway. You all know I grew up in a small town. We didn’t get many opportunities to attend concerts unless we wanted to drive for a couple of hours into the city and there was no way my dad was going to allow that. 

Mostly that didn’t bother me too much until my favorite group announced that they were coming to Salt Lake City. The year was 1982. I was 17 years old and there was nothing I wanted to do more than to see Air Supply in concert! Tickets sold out rapidly and everybody who was anybody was going. Except me. I could have bought myself a ticket, but even if I did, I had no way of getting there.

Since I was currently between boyfriends, it seemed like a wise move to figure out which desperate guys had tickets and flirt shamelessly until I got an invitation. I finally settled on a guy friend who just happened to be the best friend of an ex-boyfriend. I was pretty sure I could convince him that he really wanted to take me to see the big show.

It took me about a week…ok…a little more than a week, and a little begging from one of my friends for his friend and we were set for a double date. Now I want to make it clear right from the beginning that these were NICE gentlemanly guys (a little geeky maybe) who were not expecting payback for their generosity. (And that’s a good thing, because they didn’t get any…)

They picked us up and we were joined by a third couple I didn’t know very well. The third guy was a student at BYU and we had dinner before the concert at his apartment. The guys tried so hard to impress us! They cooked steak and baked potatoes and corn on the cob. We were all dressed up in our concert finery and they couldn’t figure out why none of us would eat the corn. (Would you eat corn on the cob on a first date?)

When we were finished eating, we gathered up and headed for the concert. Honestly, I can’t remember much about the concert itself. I’m pretty sure I enjoyed it, but I think it would have been more fun if I hadn’t spent the whole time feeling so guilty.

I wish I could tell you that it was the beginning of something, but it wasn’t. It was the only date we ever went on and it pretty much ruined our friendship. Not one of my finer moments.

Did you ever take advantage of a friend? Please tell me that at seventeen I wasn’t the only one with a lot of growing up to do…


Anonymous said...

One of my first concerts was Air Supply too. And amazingly enough, last night my 6 year old found Air Supply songs on our computer and we were able to introduce the boys to their music.

Lisa & Aukuso said...

There was an "older" guy (he was 38-I was 25)my friends mom had introduced me too. Handsome. Established. Not hurting for money. But weird...just a funky vibe. Anyway, he kept asking me out (even though I had gotten back together with my boyfriend) and finally I agreed to go because he had tickets to the Jazz game when they retired Karl Malone's jersey. Prior to the game, he took me to dinner at The New Yorker. Did I feel bad? NOPE! Should I? Nah!

Sant Family said...

Air Supply was my first concert! It was in ... 1983, I think? At the Marriott Center at BYU.

I had no idea they were batting for each other when they sang about love. haha!

And uhm, yeah, I did the same thing - Manheim Steamroller. Not one of my finer moments.

Prima Donna said...

I've never heard of air supply but i don know the corn on the cob rule!

Amy said...

My first concert was New Kids On The Block at the Marriott Center.

I have taken advantage of someone. Although to be fair, he knew from the beginning we were only friends. He offered to help me move and I let him, even though I wasn't too keen on it. He would take me horseback riding and in return I wouldn't even go to dinner with him. Now I feel pretty ashamed about it and I do realize what a good friend he was. He is now married with a few kids and I am very happy for him.

Emma Frances said...

Haha. This story is hilarious. My first concert does not have quite such a fun story! I can't wait to hear about the Taylor Swift concert!!

M-Cat said...

Great story! And sorry, but we mercilessly mocked the Air Supple!

Love me some Taylor Swift though, so can't wait for the review


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