Who remembers their very first concert? About a month ago, I came across a journal entry in an old journal while cleaning out my night table. I wrote all about my first concert that I went to at age 16. It was hilarious. So, I thought I would share this very dramatic journal entry with you. I say dramatic because the way I wrote it, you would have thought I hit the lottery! Such excitement. Yes, it really was exciting to me then, and reading it now, it brings all those feelings back! Except for a few name changes (to protect the innocent), I will share this exactly how I wrote it originally. Be gentle with me people, I was 16 years old! I thought it would also be fun if I added side notes of my reaction now and anything, I may need to translate from my 80s language. Oh boy, here we go!
I can’t believe it, but tonight I went to see Van Halen in concert at the Brendan Byrne Arena! I went with my friends, Sara, Donna, Heather and Henry. It was a really good concert. I have never been inside the arena before so I couldn’t believe how many seats there are and we had to sit all the way at the top, but it didn’t matter because I was pretty sure David Lee Roth or Eddie Van Halen was able to see me! Or at least hear me screaming. David is a fox and Eddie is a cutey too. Oh, and we could see Valerie Bertinelli dancing on the side of the stage! (Okay let’s just go through this first paragraph. A fox? Really Joann, a fox? And yes, when I first walked into that arena, I couldn’t believe the size of it. Oh, and the name has been changed about 5 times since it was called the Brendan Byrne Arena. I still call it the Brandon Byrne Arena.)
I loved all the songs that they played and of course David was jumping all over the stage. He was reaching out to the people in the front, shaking their hands and they are so lucky to be that close. I don’t know how much they paid for those seats, but it had to be about 100 bucks. We paid about 30 so I’m sure they were a lot more. Maybe once I start working, I can save enough money to get a seat in the front for my next concert. (100 bucks for floor front row tickets?? That’s about what you pay now for seats way up in the boonies. Oh, and yeah, me working at 16? That never happened. I was too busy socializing and trying to get a boyfriend, priorities! But the good news is, I was actually able to get pretty good seats for a concert I attended in my 20s. It was very early on in Tim McGraw’s career, my sister and I heard he was going to be doing a concert in a South Jersey venue, so we purchased tickets. We were about third-row in the middle, perfect! At that time, we had no idea Tim McGraw was going to be such a huge country star. Wish I could get those seats now!)
After the concert, I went to buy me and my sister a Van Halen T-shirt! We had a great time and we all said we will be back next year when they return! After the concert, we stopped at the diner and I ordered some cheese fries, but I was so tired I couldn’t wait to go home. It was a great night and a lot of fun. I had to write about my night as soon as I got in tonight. I always want to remember this. (That was also the first concert T-shirt I ever purchased; I was so excited to wear it to school on Monday. The funny thing is everyone had on a concert T-shirt that day because half of my high school was there too. And visiting a diner so typical being from New Jersey, I would still stop at the diner today. Maybe not for fries but still….)
Wow, was that entertaining or what? I think today I would be more excited about seeing Valerie Bertinelli than Van Halen! Overall, I obviously thought it was the highlight of my teenage years that I needed to write about it in my journal the moment I got in the door. This was fun for me to read and think back on that time. Do you remember your first concert? Who did you go see? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below.