Although the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles is still going strong as a venue for concert goers, I have memories from my childhood, of a different kind of concert experience.
It was a perfect evening for watching a concert under the stars (for those of you that don’t know, the Greek Theatre is an open air venue or amphitheater). That night, it was Neal Diamond on the schedule and you could hear him loud and clear, even from the nose-bleed section. Ok, I wasn’t exactly inside the Greek Theatre, but outside amongst the many trees and bushes. There was a spot at the back of the amphitheater where you could pretty much just walk into the foliage and watch the concert from behind the last row.
Many, many years ago, they blocked off access to that area to keep out concert squatters (I guess I wasn’t the only one). I only did this once, but it’s still a memory from when I was young that’s engrained in my gray matter for life.