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Sunday, 22 June 2014


Impresario John Banister staged the world’s first public music concert in 1672 at Whitefriars, London charging 1s admission.

Promenade Concerts are concerts where inexpensive tickets are sold for promenaders who stand throughout in a specially designated area. They derive from open-air concerts given in the pleasure gardens of 18th-century London, where people would literally “promenade” to hear music, among other attractions.

Cyanide pills were distributed to audience members of the last Berlin Philharmonic concert on April 12, 1945 as Allied forces approached Berlin and the surrender of Germany seemed imminent.

The Moondog Coronation Ball held at the Cleveland Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on March 21, 1952 is generally accepted as the first major rock and roll concert. The concert was organized by disc jockey Alan Freed, who is considered to have coined the term "Rock and Roll," along with Lew Platt, a local concert promoter.

The Beatles played to nearly 60,000 fans on August 15, 1964 at Shea Stadium in New York,  an event later regarded as the birth of stadium rock.

ZZ Top played their first ever concert on February 10, 1970 at a Knights of Columbus Hall on the old U.S. 90 outside of Houston. When the curtains opened there was just one person in the audience. Billy Gibbons recalled to Q magazine: "We shrugged and pressed onwards. We took a break halfway through, went out and bought him a Coke."

The Who made it into the Guinness Book Of Records for the loudest ever gig. Their concert at Charlton Athletic Football ground on May 31, 1976 was measured at 120 decibels from 50 metres away.

Bob Dylan performed in 1978 at what was the biggest open-air concert in history for a solo artist, playing for over 200,000 at "The Picnic at Blackbushe" at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire, England.

The record for the largest concert attendance in history is shared by Rod Stewart who performed for over 3.5 million people in Rio de Janeiro in 1993 and Jean Michel Jarre whose 1997 Celebration of the 850th birthday of Moscow show in 1987 was also attended by 3.5 million.

The Rolling Stones become in 1994 the first rock act to stream a live concert on the Internet, webcasting a portion of a show from Dallas, Texas.

On average, Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones covers 12 miles of running, walking, jumping and dancing during a concert.

In 2007, the British jazz-funk band Jamiroquai gave a performance on Boeing 757 traveling at 1017 km/h (632 mph), setting the Guinness World Record for "fastest concert."

Katie Melua holds the world record for the deepest underwater concert after performing 303 metres (994 feet) below sea level in the leg of a gas rig in the North Sea in 2009.

Director Dan Catullo set a Guinness World Record for using the most cameras (239) to record a live concert when he helmed the 2009 DVD Creed: Live.

30 Seconds to Mars earned themselves a place in the Guinness Book Of Records with their gig at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on December 7, 2011. It was their 300th concert in support of their This Is War record breaking the world record for most shows performed during a single album cycle.

Seconds to Mars, Anfiteatro Camerini Wikipedia

The Flaming Lips made history in June 2012 by setting a new Guinness World Record for the most concerts performed in multiple cities in a 24-hour time period. The shows were required to be at least 15 minutes long, as per Guinness rules. The attempt started in Memphis, Tennessee on the afternoon of June 27th when the rock band boarded their bus, aptly named Endeavor, to zigzag across the region. Their marathon ended in New Orleans on the afternoon of June 28th, with 20 minutes to spare.

On December 8, 2013, Metallica made history when they performed a rare concert in Antarctica, becoming the first act to ever play all seven continents all within a year, and earning themselves a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

An encore is a call for an additional performance to be given at the end of a concert. It is from the French encore, which means "again." The French themselves call une autre ('another'), un rappel ('a return') or the Latin bis ('second time') in the same circumstances.

Source Microsoft® Encarta® 99 Encyclopedia.

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