Concerts you went to for the opening act, not the headliner

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  1. sddoug

    sddoug Music Aficionado

    San Diego, CA, USA
    Rainbow opening for REO Speedwagon in 1978
    Rainbow opening for Pat Travers in 1981
  2. Combination

    Combination Forum Resident

    New Orleans
    Sorry, didn't even realize that happened in 2016!
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  3. Apesbrain

    Apesbrain Forum Resident

    East Coast, USA
    Bruce Springsteen opening for Anne Murray, Schaefer Music Festival, Central Park, NYC, Aug 8, 1974. First time I'd seen him.

    Robert Christgau’s Voice review of the evening (which began, ‘The evening was professional at both ends and inspired in the middle’) would also report, ‘But it was Springsteen’s night, probably the biggest of his life, a standing ovation from a full house of 5,000,’ and that at least a quarter of the audience had left by the time Anne Murray took the stage. This would be the last time Bruce Springsteen ever opened for another artist (with the exception of multi-artist benefit shows).”
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  4. Jimmy Agates

    Jimmy Agates Forum Resident

    Saw that bill twice in the US....3 great bands :)
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  5. Jimmy Agates

    Jimmy Agates Forum Resident

    Journey opening for Deep Purple
    Cheap Trick opening for The Angels
    Cheap Trick opening for Def Leppard
    Scorpions opening for Def Leppard
    Heart opening for Def Leppard
    Bret Michaels opening for Motley Crue
  6. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

    Syracuse, NY USA
    I thought of another — Thin Lizzy opening for Queen in 1976. I wanted to see both, but was more of a Thin Lizzy fan.
  7. andy749

    andy749 Senior Member was!
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  8. vamborules

    vamborules Forum Resident

    I went to this at MSG but it was cancelled last minute. Ended up seeing the Cult at the Felt Forum a few months later.
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  9. MungoMusic

    MungoMusic Forum Resident

    ProjeKct Six (Fripp/Belew) opening up for Porcupine Tree in Philly in 2006. I was pleasantly surprised by the headliner and became a fan.
  10. vamborules

    vamborules Forum Resident

    The Replacements opening for Elvis Costello - he was good but went for them

    Soul Asylum opening for Keith Richards - ditto

    Lunachicks opening for GWAR - ditto again

    The Black Crowes opening for Junkyard - left before Junkyard
  11. cgw

    cgw Forum Resident

    Upstate NY
    (tangent) Speaking of Heart - I missed seeing J Geils playing in 1980, opening for Heart and The Who, because of traffic. I was there mostly to to see The Who but would have loved to see J Geils even if in a stadium.
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  12. cgw

    cgw Forum Resident

    Upstate NY
    And speaking of Cheap Trick (and Heart again), a few years ago I saw Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, and Heart. Love Joan Jett and Heart but Cheap Trick, the opener, was the clincher in me going to that middle age fest.
  13. brankin172

    brankin172 Forum Resident

    Milwaukee, WI
    Def Leppard, Scorpions, Ted Nugent @ The Arena in Milwaukee 1980. My friends and I were huge into NWOBHM type bands back then and Def Leppard is what brought us to this show for the tour of their first album.
  14. head_unit

    head_unit Forum Resident

    Los Angeles CA USA
    Went to see Utopia, who were opening for The Tubes. I was more the Utopia fan, but loved Completion Backwards Principle and so was quite annoyed when all my companions decided to skip and head home early. Jeez guys, it wasn't even late. I shoulda bitched more!
  15. head_unit

    head_unit Forum Resident

    Los Angeles CA USA
    Hey my friend was one of their roadies! First job when she ran away from home at 16, inspired by her first concert where Ted Nugent came swinging in wearing a loincloth. I love her, but she's crazy!
  16. GlobalObserver

    GlobalObserver Observing The Globe Since 1964

    I went to see Iron Maiden when they opened for 38 Special on one of Bruce's first shows in the U.S.

    June 8, 1982, Columbus, Georgia · Municipal Auditorium
  17. I may have mentioned this but Steve Forbert who opened (for of all people) Kenny Loggins. Kenny was great too but Steve was awesome. He had the audience in the palm of his hand.
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  18. Recently--

    last year I missed Robyn Hitchcock when he was in town and he, later, he came back and was opening for the Psychedelic Furs (a band I like a lot BUT I like Robyn MORE). I went for Robyn and stayed for the Furs. Robyn ruled the day.
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  19. reverberationmusic

    reverberationmusic I Just did 20 years of non-stop auctions on ebay!

    Garbage opening for Smashing Pumpkins in 1996
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  20. hubertfarnsworth

    hubertfarnsworth Forum Resident

    Raleigh, NC, USA
    I totally forgot about this one, and I'm not sure I can explain it well. But, sometime in the early 1990s I bought tickets to see a traveling BB King blues festival. I can't remember all of the acts, but Dr. John was one for sure, I'm pretty sure The Fabulous Thunderbirds were involved, and BB was the headliner. All well and good. But sometime between purchasing the tickets and the actual show, the festival merged with a Joe Cocker tour. So, the whole festival I wanted to see was now the opener for Joe Cocker, and I did not care to see him at all. Still we went, had front row seats, checked out a few songs from Cocker, and then beat the traffic out. I guess we witnessed a shortened BB King set though.
  21. Wildgift

    Wildgift This is the modern world that I've heard about...

    I think I might have the best and weirdest:

    Warren Zevon, opening for Eddie Money
    Connecticut c. 1990 ish
  22. Experiencereunited

    Experiencereunited Forum Resident

    Stevie Ray Vaughan opening for Robert Plant 1988
    Stevie Ray Vaughan opening for Joe Cocker. 1990 Actually at this show I thought Stevie Ray was the headliner. Got there late and missed most of his set! Joe Cocker was great though on the night.
    Robin Trower for Peter Frampton 1994
    Hot Tuna For George Thorogood. 1995 I actually left after Hot Tuna for this one.
    Deep Purple For Lynyrd Skynyrd 2001
  23. maclen

    maclen Forum Resident

    I saw the J. Geils Band open for Bob Seger a couple years ago here in Atlanta. I love Seger and saw him a couple years earlier. I wasn't going to go but when I saw J. Geils opening I had to go. I couldn't pass up seeing the band after all these years. They played a great 50 min set.
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  24. cgw

    cgw Forum Resident

    Upstate NY
    I did exactly the same thing.
    Saw Seger with Joe Walsh. He came again a couple years later. I would not have gone but J Geils was opening and I couldn't pass it up. He (Seger) has been nearby since (and is coming again soon) but the back up band is not a good enough incentive. The first show I went to see Seger. Walsh was a bonus. The second show I went to see J Geils and Seger was the bonus.
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  25. maclen

    maclen Forum Resident

    Here is the video I did of the last 10 minutes of their show. I wish they could have played longer.

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