Even though these bands have gone on to perform in front of massive crowds, every band had to start somewhere.
Yes, never forget that even the most popular bands in the world have humble beginnings. More often than not, these acts played in half-empty rooms in front of just a handful of people. Those people were likely friends or family. Worse, many of these bands would likely tell you some of their early shows were in front of even less than that.
However, it’s in those moments where bands often remember how those very first shows really allowed them to cut their teeth. They helped bands realize their performance style and truly craft who they were. If you were among the lucky few who saw a band in a tiny venue before they blew up, those shows are often a badge of honor for the fan. There is something so special about seeing a band from its early beginnings grow into something grand before your eyes. There’s a good chance that whoever was at these gigs, those people talk about them fondly and with pride.
The bands highlighted in this list cover a unique swath of rock history. Three of them have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It wouldn’t be outrageous for the other three bands to be inducted one day, either. The dates of these first shows span took place in the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The youngest band on our list had their first show in 1997 when the founding members were 13 and 10, respectively. This band literally had their dad play their show with them. Now, they play arenas
With this in mind, here are six bands and the main details about their first gigs. Some of them will undoubtedly surprise you.