I was about 15 when I got my first camera, a 35mm Praktica. My Mum bought it on a 40 week payment plan from a catalogue (Great Universal, I think?!). I got burgled in the early '90s and didn't have a camera for many years after that, but for the short time I had it I used it a lot. An avid gig goer, I snapped a lot of bands up the IQ in Boston - Mega City 4, Sink, Senseless Things. It's possible I have the negatives somewhere, but my prints went mouldy (the pitfalls of rented accommodation) so I scanned what I could before reluctantly chucking them. A photo of Del Howes from hardcore band Vehicle Derek remains one of my favourites. This would be a relatively easy capture on a digital SLR, but grabbing that jump on time and in focus felt like an achievement (even if the elbow bottom left has always bugged me!).
Returning to photography in my forties, digital SLRs in tow (Canon EOS 60D and 70D) I've recently made a more concerted effort to photograph gigs again. I'm still learning, making things up as I go along, plenty of mistakes, but still getting that buzz when I capture a moment that just works. Keeps me going.