Monday, June 23, 2008

Sweatin' to the Oldies

We went to a concert last night. A "Classic Rock" concert a/k/a Older People Playing and Older People Listening to Old Music. This was an all afternoon music festival with 5 bands playing.

The bands were surprisingly good. By that, I mean, they still sounded recognizable. The surprise of the evening? Night Ranger. They did a great job. Styx brought the house out of their wheelchairs, I mean, to their feet and Boston was the kicker. The only reason I was there? To see Alan Parsons Project. They did not disappoint.

Here were a few of my observations:

1. A prevalence of earplugs. I was in a reserve box and didn't find the music THAT loud.

2. A prevalence of nerds....with $$$. I felt a bit of a statement was being made by some with their Rockport sandals and Tommy Bahama shirts - "I wasn't cool enough to go to a concert when I was in high school, but I can afford to buy cool now."

3. People bringing their kids. I did not begrudge the ones who brought 16-18 year olds but the ones who brought their 8 and 9 year olds? What the hell? Do you people not have any friends you could have invited along?

4. An astounding number of 50 year olds playing the air guitar. It was pretty funny but quite humiliating for the ones who brought their kids.

You can see by the picture that the dude in front of me was sporting the "do" of the day. Male Pattern Baldness.


  • Concerts do seem to focus more on sound quality over sound quantity these days. The last one I went to didn't seem so loud either.

    LOL at the air guitar and male pattern baldness. I like the baldspot on a guy still trying to sport the mullet.

    By Blogger Denice, at 6/23/2008 11:58 AM  

  • Oh, this had to be a fun night with all of those air guitars. HA! The first rock concert I ever saw was Night Ranger. I had no idea they were still performing either. I bet that was a hoot!

    By Blogger Crazy MomCat, at 6/23/2008 12:55 PM  

  • Ooh, I would have loved that concert! I guess that makes me 'old', eh?

    By Blogger Renee, at 6/23/2008 1:52 PM  

  • I stopped going to concerts last year. I'll only go to a Rush concert now in paid reserved seating.

    I got tired of drunk 16 year old girls running around and falling all over people and then throwing up. Security wouldn't do ANYTHING about it.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/23/2008 7:07 PM  

  • I get a very confused mix of emotions when I go to concerts featuring classic rockers. On one hand I'm glad that people don't just immediately allow themselves to fossilize just because they've hit middle age. On the other? Their air guitar antics and wide-ass dancing really embarrass me.

    By Anonymous apathy lounge, at 6/25/2008 11:37 AM  

  • The reason it didn't seem so loud? Hearing loss, Debbie, hearing loss!

    By Anonymous V-Grrrl, at 7/09/2008 11:34 AM  

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