My Celebrity Boyfriend Dave Grohl and his band Foo Fighters have a new album coming out this year. This means they will tour, which means that I will stalk them, hopefully across multiple cities.
Since I quit working at Corporate Behemoth, I no longer have free parking and occasional free tickets to all the concerts in town. It’s slowed my concert going for sure. However, I have a long and storied history of ye old musical performances. Out of curiosity, I made a list of all the concerts I’ve attended in my life.
Dude. I came up with a list of 64 different performers that I’ve seen. They range from epic to somewhat embarrassing to absolutely awesome.
First concert ever: Jerry Reed, of “Smokey & The Bandit” fame. He played a free show at an amusement park. I was 6. It. Was. Awesome. I love “East Bound and Down” to this day.
Concert that almost got me arrested: Long-time readers might recall me almost beating up a girl in line for a Billy Joel / Elton John concert. Her crime? The comment, “Wow, this line is insane. We’re gonna hafta get here really, really early to see Daughtry! That line’s gonna be even worse. I mean, their lead singer is Chris Daughtry. He was on AMERICAN IDOL!”
Side note: My husband refers to Billy Joel and Elton John as “Billy John.” He truly can’t tell them or their music apart. However, if you call them “Elton Joel,” he gets really mad.
Concert where my mom kept handing me the binoculars and saying, “Look at his butt! Look at his butt:” Michael Bolton. Vet’s Auditorium, Des Moines, Iowa, August 1992. Yeah, baby. I still love him.
Performers I’ve seen 3 or more times: Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, James Taylor, Foo Fighters, REO Speedwagon, and Foreigner. I love them all.
Biggest disappointments: That would be a tie between Sting’s solo show and the long-awaited Police reunion tour. Hmm … see any common threads here? Any performers that might just be phoning it in?
Concert that made me realize that famous people are tiny and TV cameras must make normal people look like heifers: Sheryl Crow. I met her backstage at our shared alma mater, the University of Missouri. Her thigh was roughly the size of my wrist. I felt like a hulking ogre, and I’m only 5’3″ on a good day.
Show that My Guy and I vowed not to tell anyone we attended but it was actually really, really good: Nickelback. Those guys work hard.
Concert where the audience was me and 10,000 male computer programmers: Rush
Band that went on tour after a long hiatus, effectively making my dreams come true: Crowded House.
Concert I attended because my parents ruined my life with their reel-to-reel tapes: The Kingston Trio. Guess who knew all the songs and all the words? Me. Guess who loved it and even got teary-eyed? Yep.
Band that still makes me happy because I saw them 10 days before college graduation and a girl from my sorority came up to me in the crowd and said I was the coolest girl in our entire house, and it totally made my day even though her hug made me slosh my pitcher (yes, my pitcher) of beer all over some random innocent bystander because OMG college is the best: Big Head Todd & The Monsters
Best investment: Springsteen. His tickets don’t come cheap, but the man plays for a solid 3 hours – sometimes more. Your cost per minute of music is a fool-proof investment – nevermind the fact that he’s amazing.
Grown-up concert in which I fell deeper in love with the performer: Mandy freakin’ Patinkin. Hubba hubba. Oh, yeah, Patti LuPone was there, too, and she’s great. But Mandy. Oh.
So. What was your first concert? Most memorable concert? Concert that I need to run out and purchase tickets to now?