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#179 "Mixology"

Back in the days when I first starting going to concerts, the third one that I attended was Black Sabbath. I was a fan of their Master Of Reality album. At that point in my life I had never heard anything quite like Iron Man. I credit that record and Aerosmith's Get Your Wings album with reawakening a love of music back in the early 70's that has continued to this day. This comic pays a little homage.

Concerts in those days cost about 6-8 dollars or so for a general admission ticket. This meant that everyone gathered outside until they started opening the doors. At my first concert, Aerosmith's Toys In The Attic tour (Providence Civic Center on October 27th, 1975), they opened just one door. Everyone started to press toward the small opening, and the crowd pushed me up against the glass of the unopened doors. The pressure on me was quite substantial and I began to panic a bit. I pushed back and, inch by inch, got myself to the open door and in—scraping myself on the door jamb. That was pretty scary. A few years later many people would die at a Who concert due to the general admission ticket and people rushing the doors. Good thing they got rid of the practice.

Despite the crush, the concert was great. I felt an excitement I had never felt before, and it wasn't long before I became a musician myself.

Standout concerts back in high school were all the Yes concerts, Queen, Alice Cooper, and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.

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