Today is the 36th anniversary of the day that John Lennon was murdered by an obsessed fan. Rather than dwell on that terrible occasion, instead I’m going to highlight a different rock band whose concert I attended just six months before Lennon’s murder.

A few weeks after I graduated from high school a friend and I went to see Heart in concert. At the time the band was touring in support of their Bebe le Strange album, which is one that I personally think is criminally underrated because all of the songs were solid and the band was in fine form. How criminally underrated Bebe le Strange is? Thanks to YouTube, you can hear the entire album for yourself.

The opening act was Ian Hunter, the former lead singer of Mott the Hoople. That concert was the first rock concert I ever attended (aside from attending a road show version of the hit Broadway show Beatlemania with my parents at the Merriweather Post Pavilion a couple of years earlier, which featured musicians who looked and sounded like The Beatles playing live while a multimedia show was shown on a screen behind the band). I loved every minute of it. I purchased a t-shirt (which would shrink on me less than a year later) and a program book. I even kept the ticket stub.

Recently I was looking around my house for some items that I could sell in order to raise some cash when I finally decided to sell my Heart program book to this local CD place that not only buys CDs, vinyl, and DVDs but it also purchases certain rock memorabilia. Since Heart was just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, I thought I would get some money for it. I only got a couple of bucks for it but I was fine with it, especially since I hadn’t even looked at that program book in several years.

As I was looking at the program book one last time before I sold it, I found the original ticket stub tucked away in the pages. I took out that stub because I wasn’t sure if it was even worth anything. I decided to scan it in for the heck of it.

Here’s the front of the ticket stub. That concert was held at the Baltimore Civic Center (now known as the Royal Farms Arena). I laughed over the $9.50 admission price since prices have gone way up since then. (The last concert I went to was Bruce Springsteen back in 2009 or 2010 and I remember those tickets cost around $60-75 each.) I remember my friend and I got pretty decent seats so we were able to see the band perform.

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Here’s the scan of the back of the ticket. I only included it because of the Wendy’s coupon. Note the $1.59 special that entitled one to a single quarter pound hamburger, french fries, and 16 oz. drink while specifying that cheese, tomato, and tax were extra. The coupon expired 15 days after the concert. I never used it, which is why I still have that ticket stub. (LOL!)

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