From Michael Jackson To Mumford And Sons: A Concert Goers’ Fond Memories

Source: St. Augustine – By Renee Unsworth

Note: The blog is all about me. I’m being indulgent and talking about my love for music and all the concerts I’ve attended — most recently, Mumford & Sons.

I’m a music lover — all types, all genres.

My first big concert was Michael Jackson’s Victory Tour on July 22, 1984. I was 8 years old and my dad took me to the huge event at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville. My grandmother won the tickets for me at our local grocery store.

There were 45,000 fans at that event, and our seats were so far back that Michael and his brothers looked like tiny ants on stage. But I could see him better on the giant screen, and I remember watching him dance and flick out his one hand with the white glove.

At that point, I was hooked. I couldn’t wait for another concert.

And so it goes that at this point, I can’t even count the number of concerts and music festivals that I’ve attended.

For the past 15 years, I’m not only going as a music fan, but I’m usually covering the event as part of my job.

My concertgoing experience has come full circle nearly 30 years after seeing Michael Jackson perform. He was a music giant then, as Mumford & Sons are music giants now.

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