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Thursday, September 1, 2011

It's better to burn out than fade away

I went to see Def Leppard last night. This was the second time I've seen them in concert. And we had much better seats than last time.

Pretty cool, huh? We had this nice walkway in front of us, which was great for dancing (or if you were the couple next to us, it was more like drunken staggering). Next time? I want the seats with tables and padded chairs.

Since my brain is still recovering from the booming bass and such, I'm just going to link to a couple videos from the two featured bands.

First up was Heart.

I only knew a few of their songs. A lady a little in front of us was jumping around like crazy so I'm pretty sure they were the reason why she came.

Def Leppard was the real headliner.

They began their set with a song off their latest album. The song is called "Undefeated" and on the screens in the background, they flashed pictures and news articles about people who has achieved the unthinkable, like Bethany Hamilton and Michael Phelps. Also included were the images of the band's tragedies. The montage added to the power behind the lyrics and it just might be my new favorite song.

Last night also served as a reminder of the reasons why I do not imbibe. People who downed a few too many beers were a big source of entertainment. The inebriated make very unwise decisions when it comes to…well, pretty much everything, from dance moves to dance partners, from clothing removal to amped up reactions to imagined slights. And I'm sure more than a few are going to end up on Facebook (or Failbook After Dark). I'm sure their kids would be so proud.

Speaking of kids…the VIP section in front of us had quite a few teens and kids seated there. If I'd paid $120 each for tickets for my teenage daughter and her two friends, then they better put down their stupid phones and watch the concert. Ridiculous. The parents even shelled out another $40 each for matching concert shirts for the girls.

I'm sounding a little grumpy. At any moment, I might break out into a "when I was your age…" speech. I didn't go to a real concert until I was in 17. I went with three friends to see UB40. I don't remember a lot from that night (probably because it was forever ago) but I do remember being so stoked to be there that I didn't care when the band played songs I didn't know.

What was your first concert?


Miss Angie said...

I had some friends that went to that too! :) Glad you had such a great time! :)

Jillybean said...

I saw Shawn Cassidy at the Salt Palace when I was about 10. Yes, apparently I am that old.
We went to the Night Ranger/Foreigner/Journey concert earlier this summer. The music was great, even though some of the band members are looking pretty old.

Debi said...

I went to see the Beatles in 1962 or '63! :) Yes, I was one of those screaming girls...hard to believe, huh?

Nat said...

Does MoTab count? If so, then I was 10. I'm glad you guys had a good time!

Odie Langley said...

Hard to comment when I didn't know any name of group you mentioned. Hope you got your money's worth.

lyndylou said...

My first concert was Bryan Adams :)

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

My first concert was the Jackson Five victory tour. I know you're jealous. And I actually to this day do not enjoy concerts very much for all the reasons you described: basically everyone there except for me is an idiot. I should probably work on that attitude.

Jessica said...

NKOTB in fifth grade with my friends and my mom!

Mary said...

JoDee Messina at Kaneohe Bay, HI...tickets were $12 & she was AWESOME!!! The only bad part was Eric was sweating his tail off in Iraq & missed it. But he joined me next 4th of July for Brad Paisley, which was also AWESOME!

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