dr marten shoes uk Oklahoma concertgoers share stories behind their favorite concert ticket stubs
Vince Gill had enough and mooned the crowd.
The year was 1976, and Gill’s bluegrass band Mountain Smoke was getting booed off the Civic Center stage. KISS fans weren’t impressed, threw a drink onstage and the openers exited after just two songs.
Concert memories rank among my favorite stories to tell, but I wanted to share a few from Oklahoma concerts, including some that happened well before I was potty trained.
I asked if anyone had ticket stubs from memorable shows and received several replies and funny moments, including the Mountain Smoke story above. Here are just a few other concerts that stuck out.
The concert happened during my junior year of high school and took place at the Myriad (now the Cox Convention Center). The mid ’70s were an exciting time for fans of rock music in Oklahoma City. The Myriad hosted Led Zeppelin, Emerson, Lake Palmer, Jethro Tull and many other groups that I followed.
I don’t recall who I attended this concert with, but I’m guessing it was a friend from Edmond Memorial High School. I especially wanted to hear The Who perform songs from their “Who’s Next” album. They did, and I’m pretty sure they closed with “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” I’d hoped to see Pete Townshend display the windmill technique on his guitar. He did. I’m sure I was also hoping he would smash an amp or guitar, but I honestly don’t remember whether or not he did. Undoubtedly, I stayed for the entire concert.
As a kid I started saving ticket stubs from movies, sporting events and concerts. That’s something that I still do today. I’ve got a shoe box or two full of them and someday I’ll put together some sort of scrapbook or will just have fun remembering the great experiences. Although I understand the reasoning for the change, I’ve been saddened in recent years that fewer events have the old fashioned ticket stubs, and now use e tickets or printed ones.
Tom Petty The Heartbreakers at the Myriad Arena
Fifteen bucks for a Petty show, not bad.
I was 23 when I saw that show. They played “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and it must have lasted 15 minutes or so. For the last few minutes of the song, the band was just jamming and Tom Petty was being chased around the stage by three guys in masks with strobe lights flashing. One in a Richard Nixon mask, one in a Ronald Reagan mask and one in a George H. W. Bush mask.
There was a group of us that worked at a bar in Norman that went. One is unfortunately deceased, one moved down to Texas, one moved to California and one is still in Norman. Also, a buddy of mine from junior college (I was in my first semester at OU) joined us.
We were sort of in the back corner of the Myriad, and we were partying it up quite a bit and had most of the section to ourselves. It was an amazing show. They were touring in support of Petty’s solo album “Full Moon Fever” which was a monster album so we had those new songs and all of the good Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers songs from before then.
I’ve kept most of my tickets stubs all of my life. This one was probably in a shoe box for years and years. Now I have all of my tickets in an archival box. Some of my tickets are framed up with handbills or show posters.
Big Audio Dynamite II at State Fair Park
Over the years, I have attended hundreds of concerts. I have a stack of ticket stubs I keep in a box in my desk drawer. My favorite stub is the one that began it all.
I was 16, and this was the first concert I attended without my parents. My friend Clay and I threw on our best flannel shirts and Dr. Martens and arrived at the Oklahoma State fairgrounds about an hour before the doors opened. There was no way we were going to miss any part of this show.
The opening band was Blind Melon. This was about a year before “No Rain” was overplayed on MTV, and we hadn’t heard of them. They absolutely blew us away, and we knew we were in for an amazing night.
The second band was Live. We had listened to “Mental Jewelry” about 100 times so we were ready. The mosh pit was awesome, and we were right in the middle of it all. After the set we were hanging toward the back of the room to get some fresh air. There were two girls about our age there. We summoned all the courage required to talk to them and began a lifelong friendship with Jennifer and Sara.
Public Image Limited came out and we made our way back to the front of the stage to see Johnny Rotten in action. He didn’t disappoint. Big Audio Dynamite II was the headliner, and we danced with our new friends when “The Globe” was played.
After the show we talked with Jennifer and Sara in the parking lot for a long time. We exchanged numbers before Clay and me headed back to El Reno. We would spend almost every weekend in Oklahoma City with them for the next year, and we attended many more concerts together.
When we moved to Oklahoma from Minneapolis, Minnesota, the hardest thing for me to deal with was the lack of jam bands that came through the state. Music is fundamental for my family. Live music fuels us every day and gives us the extra strength when we need it most. Good music is as essential to us as good food.
I remember the sweltering hot day Phish first came to Oklahoma at the Zoo Amphitheater. It was Wednesday (great bands almost always come through midweek), and the 100 degree temperatures were continuing at a record pace. We’d never seen Phish in such a small venue, and we wanted to share one of our most favorite bands with our Okie Phish newbie friends. So, we bought 10 tickets through PTBM (Phish Tickets By Mail). We live by the philosophy, a concert is always better when you’re given a golden free ticket, plus good times are always more memorable when shared with friends.
We were also celebrating our 5 year old’s very first Phish show and stayed for the entire concert, even though Bella passed out like a hippie during the second set. I happily woke her up at the encore so we could share a classic “Loving Cup” cover by The Rolling Stones. The show remains special because it’s the only Phish show I didn’t have to travel to see.