Thirteen of my most memorable concert experiences
1…. November, 1989 - Debbie Gibson - I have always been a fan of Deb's, and this was the first time I got to see her perform live. There have been other performances and times I have met her, but this was special as it was the first.
2. November, 1987 - U2 - As the band really began to be popular, they played 3 nights in Atlanta and EVERYONE went to see them. It was the tour supporting the Joshua Tree and it was a great show. I saw them again in '92 or '93 once they had become pop icons.
3. Febraury, 1985 - Hall and Oates - This was the first concert I ever attended. it was my birthday gift for my 14th birthday.
4. Sometime in 1992 - Jimmy Buffett - "Jimmy's Jump-up" was the name of this short tour of FL and a few other cities outside the Sunshine State. When I moved to FL in 1990 I knew Buffet's name but did not know it was connected to "Margaritaville." I get to thank my fellow youth workers in Younglife for introducing me to Buffett and my becoming an official Parrothead. I think I've seen him 5 or 6 more times since then.
5. May, 1994 - Pink Floyd - The PULSE tour. This is the last time the band toured the USA. They played two nights in Atlanta at Grant Field on the campus of Georgia Tech. It was damp and hazy all day leading up to the show and that misty fog made the light show quite awesome! I also saw them in '87 on the Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour.
6. Summer, 1998 - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - this was when SWING was in it's resurgent prime and the guys played the outside stage at Disney's Pleasure Island.
7. February, 1993 - MeatLoaf - about 7 months before the release of Bat Out of Hell 2 he played at Disney's PLeasure Island. I never imagined I would see Meatloaf on Disney property! He played some songs from the upcoming album and a lot of the original Bat out of Hell. I saw him 3 more times after that including on the VH-1 Storytellers Tour.
8. Summer, unknown - The Who - They toured the USA and I saw them in Atlanta at what was then the Lakewood Ampiteater (now Hi-fi Buys Ampitheater run by House of Blues). This was betwen 1988 and 1990 when the band regrouped and toured the USA including performances of Tommy in NYC and LA.
9. 1987-1988 - Bruce Springsteen - The Tunnel of Love Tour. He is the Boss! We saw him in Atlanta and again in Orlando around 1998.
10. 1996-1997 - Garth Brooks - This may have been his last tour and it was awesome. He sold out 5 nights at the Orlando Arena with a policy of $20 per ticket no matter where the seat.
11. 1999 - A Night in Rocketown - Michael W Smith brought the artists on his label to Orlando to record a concert experience at the Hard Rock Cafe. He introduced each act and emceed the night. After an intermission they all joined him on stage in a living room set-up where they requested songs from each other. Artists included Chris Rice, Watermark, Wilshire, Cindy Morgan, and the newbie on the label at the time Ginny Owens. I won my tickets by a radio call in for which I had to see if my phone would stay connected to the station while it spent 10 seconds in the clothes dryer while running!
12. October 2000 - The Dixie Chicks - long before the political controversy I took my Amy to see the band as our first concert date. I had Amy convinced we were going to a rodeo which she was not enthusiastic about.
13. April 2002 - Steven Curtis Chapman - Steven had a show scheduled in Atlanta for Good Friday but it had sold out so we went to the Wednsday night show in Birmingham, AL. Amy did not know our destination, and as we got close I had her believing we were seeing Bon Jovi!
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