Frankfurt, Germany 1988-07-12

30 years (!) ago today was my very first concert. I had a shitty seat pretty much on the opposite site of the stage, appr. 100 m away. It did not change my life, but I new from that moment, that I don't want to sit in the stands ever again...

1988-07-30 Bremen, Germany was my second concert ever. I had a ticket for the stands again. But I managed to slip into the stadium around noon on that day and was lucky to stay inside all afternoon. Nobody cared about that 16 year old boy sitting at the side of the floor. At one point I even played baseball with the stage crew for 30 minutes or so. These were other times, I don't think that would be possible today...

30 minutes before the gates opened I sat down on the floor (no seats, no pit) first row center! Me alone waiting, first row center! 30 minutes later the crowd rushed in the stadium and it was not me alone anymore, but still first row center!

3 or so hours later the show started with "Tunnel of love". One after another entered the stage and got a ticket from "Fat man sitting on a little stool ...  into this tunnel of love".  At last our man jumped on the stage. THAT was the moment that changed my life. He was standing 5 meters in front of me, I couldn't  believe it, I was in shock. I still can see that moment in front of me, when I close my eyes. Then he threw a bunch of roses in the audience. I managed to catch one, the bloom was ripped of within a second, I still have the stalk at home.

30 years later I have seen around 50 shows, the majority between second and 10th row. All around the world: Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Norway, LA, Asbury Park. But I never managed to go to the first row again...

And I hope to see some more shows in the future, these guys were around all my adult life. I guess I'm not ready yet to let them go. 

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Mathias posted:

 

And I hope to see some more shows in the future, these guys were around all my adult life. I guess I'm not ready yet to let them go. 

Neither am I...neither am I. 

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The SPL Rocks!

 

Pulled up to my house today
Came and took my little girl away!
Giants Stadium 8/28/03



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