For some oddball reason, I have saved all of the ticket stubs from the major rock concerts that I have gone to see.  I have never been one to smoke, drink, or do drugs, but that never stopped some of my friends.  This chart is a good indicator as to  how my group of friends has changed over the years.  I can certainly see how my interests have changed since I was a teenager.
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Date
Headliner
Opening Act
Location
Comments
Ticket Cost
April 9, 1982
Ozzy Osbourne
UFO
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
I had no idea who this guy was when I went to see him, but it was the best show that I have ever seen.
$10.50
September 26, 1982
The Who
The Clash 
David Johansen
Rich Stadium, Buffalo
Possibly the worst show that I ever saw.  I should have stayed home and watched it on television.
$15.00
November 13, 1982
Billy Joel
-
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Excellent concert.
$12.50
March 21, 1983
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Nick Lowe 
Paul Carrack
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Excellent show, although the crowd was very small.
$10.50
June 12, 1983
Def Leppard
Gary Moore 
Krokus
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
At the age of 19 I was already too old for this crowd.  Very short concert.
$10.50
December 1, 1983
AC/DC
Fastway
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Excellent concert.
$12.50
October 27, 1983
Black Sabbath
Quiet Riot
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
One of the few times that I enjoyed the opening act more than the headliner.
?
August 11, 1983
Supertramp
?
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Their farewell tour.  The show was better than I thought it would be.
?
August 23, 1983
Asia
-
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
The show started out with a bang and quickly fizzled.
$10.50
September 23, 1983
Styx
-
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
At the end of their reign.  Great show. 
?
March 28, 1984
Billy Joel
-
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Good show, but not great.
$15.00
October 6, 1984
Diana Ross
-
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Horrible show.
$15.50
February 20, 1985
Chicago
Alan Kaye 
(comedian)
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Excellent show.  Last tour with Peter Cetera.
$13.50
May 10, 1985
Foreigner
Giuffria
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Incredible show at their peak of popularity.
$12.00
September 1, 1985
Rick Springfield
Til Tuesday
Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown, NY
Perhaps the best show I have ever seen.  Even the critics loved it.
$13.00
November 30, 1985
John Cougar Mellencamp
-
Rochester War Memorial 
Great show. 
$13.50
 July 26, 1986
Eddie Murphy 
The Weather Girls
Rochester War Memorial 
Responsible for my most embarrassing moment in life.
$14.50
 October 2, 1986
Billy Joel 
 Rochester War Memorial
Good Concert. 
$17.50
July 31, 1986 
Stevie Wonder
-
Rochester War Memorial
Excellent show. 
$18.50
September 20, 1986 
Bob Seger 
 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
One of the best. 
?
May 23, 1987 
REO Speedwagon 
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 
 Rochester War Memorial
Last night of college.  Incredible show.
$14.50
June 15, 1987 
Bryan Adams 
The Hooters 
 Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown, NY
Good show, but not great. 
$17.00
July 23, 1987 
Heart 
Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown, NY
Good show. 
?
July 25, 1989 
Beach Boys 
Chicago 
Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown, NY
Both bands were excellent, but mismatched.  They don't belong on the same stage.
?
December 18, 1990 
Billy Joel 
Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
Best of all the times I have seen him.
$24.00
 May 28, 1991
Styx 
Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie 
Much better than the first time I saw the group. 
$19.50
July 24, 1991
Huey Lewis and the News
?
 Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown, NY
Not as good as I thought they would be. 
Complimentary tickets.
 September 2, 1991
Bad Company 
Damn Yankees 
Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown, NY
Bad Company sounded great, but were a bore to watch. 
Complimentary tickets.
September 21, 1991 
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 
Chris Whitley 
 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
Typical Petty show. 
$25.00
June 25, 1992
The Moody Blues
Chicago
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Great show.  A better pairing than the Beach Boys and Chicago.
$27.50
September 25, 1992
Elton John
-
Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
Good show, but did not measure up to his 1970's shows.
$28.50
December 5, 1992
Bryan Adams
Mr. Big
Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
Incredible show. 
$27.50
July 2, 1993
Moody Blues
-
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Incredible show.  They were accompanied by a full orchestra.
$25.00
January 20, 1994
Billy Joel
-
Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
The typical Billy Joel concert.
$28.50
August 14, 1994
John Mellencamp
?
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Wow!  All concerts should be this much fun!
$29.50
July 5, 1996
Foreigner
REO Speedwagon 
Peter Frampton
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
REO stole the show.  Foreigner just seemed to be going through the motions.
$12.50
March 25, 1997
Phil Collins
-
Pepsi Arena, Albany, NY
Boring.  I have never seen so many people wandering around during a concert.
$35.00
June 22, 1997
John Mellencamp
Amanda Marshall
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Another excellent concert.
$35.00
October 31, 1997
Chicago
Beach Boys
Pepsi Arena, Albany, NY
Just like the first time - they don't belong on the same stage. 
$25.25 (complimentary tickets)
July 18, 1998
Randy Bachman
-
Albany's Corning Preserve
Excellent.  Performed all of the Guess Who and BTO hits. 
Free concert in the park.
July 27, 1998
Steve Miller
Little Feat
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Steve Miller was very impressive.
$9.95
November 13, 1998
Neil Diamond
-
Pepsi Arena 
Albany, NY
Much better than I expected.  An excellent show.
Complimentary 
tickets.
March 13, 1999
Billy Joel
-
Pepsi Arena 
Albany, NY
Great, but not the best of his shows.  He was having a ball!
$39.50
June 13, 1999
John Mellencamp
Son Volt
Saratoga 
Performing Arts 
Center
The most fun I have had at a concert in years!
$37.50
July 30, 1999
Philadelphia Orchestra
-
Saratoga 
Performing Arts 
Center
Buzz Aldren's narration of The Planets was great.
$12.50
August 11, 1999
Pat Benatar
?
Empire State Plaza
Great!  Over 25,000 people showed up to see the show.
Free concert on the concourse.
August 9, 2000
Philadelphia
Orchestra
-
Saratoga
Performing Arts 
Center
A beautiful summer night under the stars with great music.
$13.00
November 11, 2000
Styx
REO Speedwagon
Survivor
Glens Falls 
Civic Center
REO was great, but all of these guys are getting too old for this stuff.
$30.00