Tuesday Countdown to Britney: T-Minus 3 Weeks and Counting

Last week, I introduced my Britney countdown and covered my most-played Britney songs, in advance of attending her show at Madison Square Garden, for which I have ringside seats.

This week, I figured I’d reflect back, on the very first Britney Spears show I attended, way back in 1999 (yes, Britney’s been around for 10 years -- doesn’t that make you feel old?).

When I was cleaning out my basement a few weeks ago, I came across the ticket stub for the first Britney concert I attended (lesson: I need to throw stuff out more often), at Pier Six in Baltimore on Sept. 4, 1999. The cost of the ticket? $25. By comparison, my cheaper seat for the two MSG shows later this month was $154.50 -- and that seat is actually two rows further back than the one from 1999.

Back in ’99, I actually got to “cover” the concert for my school paper, The Towerlight. I was supposed to even get a five-minute interview with Britney, but there was a lack of communication between the label and the people running the tour, so that didn’t happen. Still, I did get to meet her, which, for a college sophomore who hadn’t really met anyone famous before, was pretty cool. Hell, I’ve met tons of famous people since (and no, I’m not gonna name drop) but meeting Britney still ranks among my coolest celebrity encounters.

The amazing thing about the show was how sparse it was compared to her current ones. The opening acts (Boyz N Girlz United, P.Y.T. and Michael Fredo) were nobodies who amounted to nothing. The set was basically just a two-level stage, and there weren’t any full costume changes. The entire concert consisted of 11 songs, only seven of which were actually from the “Baby One More Time” album. It was nothing like what I’ve come to expect from a Britney Spears show (for comparison, check out my videos from her show at Mohegan Sun in May, and look at the overall production... it’s insanely over-the-top).

I’ve actually got about three rolls worth of pictures from the concert that I also came across, and eventually I plan on getting them all scanned in (stupid pre-digital era). For now, you’ll just have to deal with the handful I posted over to the left. Enjoy.