My first concert
Before moving on to current days, I’m going to stick a little bit with early influences and another Queen memory: my first-ever rock concert!
19 April 1982: Queen live in Paris, Palais des Sports (“Hot Space Tour”)
At that time, Queen had just released their first “Greatest Hits” album 6 month earlier, “Under Pressure” had been released as a single, but the “Hot Space” album wasn’t due until a couple of weeks later.
By 1982, I was a teenager and seriously into music. But growing up in the French countryside, there weren’t many rock concerts – for that you had to make the trip to the capital: Paris…
My dad took me to my first concert – and several after that – not cool, I know, but Paris was very foreign and overwhelming to me at the time, and that was the only way I would be able to go. To be honest, I didn’t mind at all and I think my dad enjoyed the show almost as much as I did. In fact, I had already started turning on the entire family to Queen, by taking charge of the entertainment during family car trips and forcing them into submission with mixtape after mixtape…
I had been looking forward to this day for a long time. The thought of being in the same building as my idols was blowing my mind.