My First Concert in Salt Lake City

I haven’t been to very many concerts but the ones I have been to have been amazing. Two of the concerts I have attended were held in Washington State. I lived in Washington State most of my life and  My first concert ever was Garth Brooks, which was in the Spokane Arena in Spokane Washington. I was 21 years old and single when I went to my first concert. I still can’t believe I was so old by the time I went to my first concert. At that time I was a Junior attending college at Eastern Washington University, which is in Cheney WA. Spokane is within 30 minutes away from Cheney so it was a very short drive to see him perform. The Garth Brooks concert was pretty impressive. He really knows how to put on a show. The Lights, the smoke, and the songs were all amazing. I was there with some of my closest college buddies as well and it made my very first concert experience unforgettable.

My second concert I ever went to was at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington State as well. I was able to hear Coldplay perform and it was also an amazing experience. I went with one of my best friends while I was engaged to be married. It was one of my last experiences before I got married. Being outdoors made it really fun. We were on the grass up really close and the smoke just billowed around us. The lights, the sound, and my surroundings were breathtaking. The crowd was going crazy and it felt surreal being there. It was much louder than my first concert so I ended up with quite the headache but it was so worth it.

The most recent concert I went to was in Salt Lake City, Utah. Which was my first concert in Salt Lake City and also my first concert outside of Washington State.  The Concert was held at the USANA Amphitheatre. It is actually located in West Valley City, but it is also referred to as Salt Lake City since it is in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. I went with all my sisters and our spouses to see REO Speedwagon and Chicago, which were rock bands from the late 60’s to the 80’s. Chicago and REO Speedwagon were both formed in 1967. They continued to gain popularity through the 80’s. Songs like “You’re the Inspiration” and “Can’t fight this feeling” really inspired me.  Just writing about these bands really makes me feel old. The fact that I know them both and all their songs date me a bit. I grew up in the 80’s listening to both of these groups in our home and it brought back so many wonderful memories at the concert. I had several older siblings and they all loved music and we had something playing at all times. My brother used to insist on us listening to Casey Kasem’s top 40 list every Sunday. He even would skip part of our church time to listen to the songs. To this day I still love music and continue to pass down the tradition to my children. We usually have some type of music playing in the background and most often it is from the 80’s.


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