What was your first concert?

The Beach Boys

“The Beach Boys at Madison Square Garden, in 5th grade. I loved being around all the older kids.” — Randall Poster, Music Supervisor

New Edition

“New Edition. I probably looked really awful!” — Liya Kebede, Model and Philanthropist, Liya Kebede Foundation

Mötley Crüe

“Mötley Crüe. I wore a black T-shirt, jeans and leather boots with steel toes.” — Waris Ahluwalia, Designer, House of Waris

Captain & Tennille

“Totally embarrassing! Captain & Tennille’s Love Will Keep Us Together tour. My father took me and my friend Suzanne. We ate a picnic dinner of fried chicken and sang along to Muskrat Love.” — Sally Singer, Editor, T: The New York Times Style Magazine

Big Brother & the Holding Company

“Big Brother & the Holding Company at Fillmore East [in New York].” — Lisa Phillips, Director, New Museum

Backstreet Boys

“Probably Dave Matthews Band or Backstreet Boys.” — Lauren Bush, Co-Founder, Feed Projects

Earth, Wind & Fire

“I’m dating myself now. I saw Earth, Wind & Fire at Nassau Coliseum.” — John DeLucie, Chef and Owner, New York’s Crown and The Lion

Johnny Cash and June Carter

“I think it was Johnny Cash and June Carter at Cheyenne Frontier Days’ night show. They sang Ring of Fire. Need I say more?” — Lisa Eisner, Photographer, Stylist and Co-Founder, Greybull Press


“Madonna” — Aerin Lauder

The B-52’s

“It was either the B-52’s or the Kinks. That shows how old I am.” — Tamara Mellon, Founder, Jimmy Choo

John Lee Hooker

“John Lee Hooker and Steel Pulse, outdoors on a Swiss mountaintop.” — Serge Becker, Restaurateur, Super Linda, Miss Lily’s, La Esquina


“I was 16, and though my tastes ranged from The Who to REM, my first real concert experience was Loverboy on the Working For The Weekend Tour. My parents lent me their yellow Buick station wagon. I piled way too many kids into it and drove to the Hampton Coliseum. As we were leaving, I saw the boy I liked through the rearview mirror kissing another girl, and I crashed the station wagon into the car in front of me. That ended my concert going days for some time.” — Anne Litt, DJ, KCRW

Phil Collins

“Phil Collins, centuries ago.” — Virginie Mouzat, Fashion Director, Le Figaro

Le Tigre

“Le Tigre with the Gossip opening for them. Hearing Deceptacon for the first time was a really big deal for me.” — Geordon Nicol, DJ, Misshapes

Spice Girls

“Spice Girls with my mum and sister! I was around seven.” — Rita Ora, Singer and Songwriter

Duran Duran

“Duran Duran in 1984. I was 10. Simon Le Bon was, to me, a god.” — Sally Taylor, Singer and Songwriter

Fiona Apple

“In the middle of a song Fiona Apple’s voice kind of cracked with emotion and, instead of finishing the song, she sat on the drum riser and rocked back and forth sobbing while her band kept playing. That night I wrote in my journal, ‘I want to do that.'” — Alex Kandel, Singer, Sleeper Agent

Vladimir Horowitz

“Vladimir Horowitz, the greatest pianist ever.” — Geoffrey Zakarian, Chef and Partner, New York’s The Lambs Club and The National and Miami’s Tudor House

The Smiths

“The Smiths, in the Eighties. It was depressing and so much fun.” — Joe Zee, Creative Director, Elle

Elton John

“I have incredible memories of seeing Elton John at a very young age. Fans would throw stuffed animals on stage and he would give them all to my older sister and me.” — Mandy Stein, Owner, Plain Jane Productions

DJ Blaqstarr

“I use to perform a little with DJ Blaqstarr at small club shows.” — Rye Rye, Rapper

Captain & Tennille

“I’d like to say it was something desperately cool, but the first concert I ever went to was actually Captain & Tennille. Could it get any less badass?” — Kim France, Blogger and Journalist


“Styx at the Nebraska State Fair!” — Amy Heidemann, Singer, Karmin

Dave Matthews

“I was about 14, it was summertime and I went to see Dave Matthews. I remember this tingly anticipation.” — Brittany Holljes, Singer, Delta Rae

Eric Clapton

“Eric Clapton, summer of 1987, age 15. I remember screaming, ‘This guy is God!’ Perhaps I got a bit caught up in the moment, but he was epic.” — Josh Crosby, Former World Champion Rower and Co-Creator, Indo-Row and ShockWave

The Beach Boys in Los Angeles, California, 1962. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives, courtesy of Getty Images.
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