Flashback: EMP Grand Opening 2000

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Since I’ve slacked on our Flashback Fridays for the last few weeks or so, and Heather from Greener Pastures uploaded some really sentimental videos, I’ve decided to make a special post.

The first time I saw No Doubt was in my hometown of Seattle, Washington at the EMP Grand Opening Show held at Memorial Stadium on June 24, 2000. No Doubt were second to last to play and were on stage for about 45 minutes. I was only 14 years old and I remember standing in complete awe the whole time No Doubt was on. This being my first time seeing them (my parents thought I was little too young to see them back on the Tragic Kingdom tour) so I an honestly say I was a little bummed Seattle didn’t get a full show during the Return of Saturn tour but they delivered and it was a dream come true seeing them live. They opened up with “Ex-Girlfirend” and closed with “Spiderwebs”, which were two of my favorite No Doubt songs. I also remember them performing “Bathwater”, “New”, “Simple Kind of Life”, “Sunday Morning”, “Just a Girl” and “Don’t Speak”. And just my luck, VH1 was there to document the Grand Opening of the Experience Music Project so my first concert was available to me (for the most part) any time I wanted.

Having these videos on VHS somewhere (there was also a short interview with Gwen and Adrian that aired, too), it’s been awhile since I’ve seen them so it’s a special treat having them on YouTube — I still get teary eyed watching them.

6 Replies to “Flashback: EMP Grand Opening 2000”

  1. The ROS tour was my first ND concert too! I saw them in July 2000 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. I was 17, about to turn 18 and I could not beileve I was there. It was the best time ever. 🙂

    I think we all had a great time during that tour. 🙂

  2. You’re so lucky that your first ND concert is recorded forever! I have a few audios from my first ND concert, but that’s it 🙁

    Jenny, ND should send you free tickets to their upcoming shows for all you do!

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