Fender Concert Series: Christopher of San Diego
The Fender Concert Series features concert memories from our Fender News readers. Read what Jet West guitarist Christopher Warner of San Diego wrote about his best-ever concert…
I was 16 or 17 years old, living in central Vermont, when I ended up getting concert tickets for the Grateful Dead at a local music store. I went up to my dad’s house in Enosburgh, Vt., with two of my best friends at the time, and waited three days for the concert in Highgate, Vt.
As we made our way to the show my friends mentioned that they were going to crash the gates and make their way through the 100,000 fans and get as close as they could. I decided to leave them and wait eight hours instead before the show at the main ticket gate to get a head start on the huge crowd. I ended up being able to outrun all the hippies and grabbed a center stage front row spot. It was truly amazing–the biggest stage I have ever seen (only now matched by Phish.
I clearly remember standing on the fence five feet from the stage and looking back behind me–all I could see was the biggest crowd of people that I have ever seen in my life. It was truly amazing. After looking at the newspaper photo the next day of the aerial footage, I was seeing only about 2/3 of the people who were actually there at the abandoned air force base.
When all was said and done, I had front row access to a Grateful Dead concert with Mr. Bob Dylan opening up. It was surreal. I enjoyed some of the finest musical moments anyone could have dreamed of and it was my first show. Now, I don’t need to be front row at every, or any show, because I have had the best with the best. Now, I always get near the sound guy, as that is the best sound in the house.
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