Theme Thursday: I Wanna Rock (But Sadly Have Had Few Opportunities To)

Theme ThursdayTheme Thursday is a rockin’ good time!  Want to be a rock star?  Read my post here and then be sure to read the other posts in the link up by clicking on the Theme Thursday button above.  I even fixed it so it will work this week!

And in case you didn’t figure it out by the title, this week’s theme is concerts.

When I was a kid, I went to a lot of concerts because I was really cool.  I was in a lot of them too, because I was a music sensation! I was a ROCK STAR!

That’s right-I was in concert band, symphonic band, marching band, orchestra…. you get the picture.  Yeah I was the coolest!  Now that I’m older and slowing down because of my advanced age, I don’t do that so much anymore…  Which is too bad because I think I could totally pull off the Ron Burgundy flaming flute solo.

flute fireI went a good portion of my life never having gone to a real rock concert.  It’s not like I didn’t WANT to go, I just never really got the opportunity.  Concerts are expensive, yo!  I have wistfully watched many acts come and go over the years.  I really do envy people that get to go to such things on a regular basis!

I went to my first “real” concert at the ripe old age of 24.  When I started dating my husband, we went to the Iowa State Fair to see a hair band concert.  It was Quiet Riot, Slaughter, Warrant, and Firehouse, I think.  Yes I lose points for not remembering.  Just remember that I was with my new boyfriend and I was in love, k?  However the door prizes for this concert sucked.  Just for going my then boyfriend got a complimentary case of strep throat.  Not just a mild case, I’m talking strep throat so bad that he walked into the ER and breathed and the doctor handed him a prescription.  She could smell the strep on his breath.  I know, ew.

A couple of years ago my parents and one of my very good friends secretly orchestrated a trip for me and my husband to see my friend Marcus and his singing group, The Texas Tenors.  Remember these guys on America’s Got Talent? They made the finals.  I would like everyone to note for the record that is the only year I ever watched a show of that type and probably ever will.  They are a very unique act-think opera meets country.  They’re also extremely nice guys in addition to the fact that they’re extremely talented.

I’d like to think that I was their inspiration, having spent more time than I should have in college making up opera versions of popular songs.  My opera version of “Never Gonna Get It” could have made millions!!!

Yeah, I know him...

Yeah, I know him… one of the best voices on the planet.  All the great ones had humble beginnings.

For my wedding anniversary soon after that we went to see Def Leppard and Heart in concert, once again at the Iowa State Fair.  There was no strep involved this time, but we did lose our voices from singing along at the top of our lungs.  If you are a fan, I highly recommend seeing them live.  It definitely ranks up there in my top life experiences.  They really know how to put on a concert!

There aren’t a lot of groups that I really have that much desire to shell out the money to see live.  Most of the ones I do want to see are iconic and therefore horribly expensive to see live.  Not to mention they’re getting pretty old and who knows how much longer they will be around.  However, if Evanescence or Linkin Park ever come around these parts, I really hope my husband would consider selling an organ or two so maybe I can see them perform, because that really would be the bomb…

rock starsWait!  Where are you going???  Make sure that you’re going over to Something Clever 2.0 to see posts that are probably much more interesting than mine about concerts!

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34 thoughts on “Theme Thursday: I Wanna Rock (But Sadly Have Had Few Opportunities To)

  1. I’ve only ever been to one concert (and yes it was REALLY expensive) to accompany a friend for his birthday. We went to see Pink, and she put on a fabulous show, but sadly I arrived suffering with a case of tonsillitis which saw me hospitalised a few days later, and so I was barely able to enjoy it.

  2. I have my iconic favorites too.

    A few years ago Rob Zombie was here and I would have sold my SOUL for that concert. But,Nickelback was there, too and all my friends were like, “Hell, naw, girl!” And who wants to go to a concert alone?

    • Rob Zombie! YESS! I must admit though that the magic is a little lost with him if you hear him talk. He has this little weenie guy voice-nothing like I think he’d talk. Kind of when I realized that Sully from Godsmack is only like 5 feet tall.

      • OZZFEST! We won tickets to Ozzfest way back when we were first married. And we couldn’t go because neither of us could get out of work. Damn responsibilities…

  3. So much to comment on…

    1. I always love your TT intros.
    2. You know a Texas tenor?!
    3. You should totally keep watching AGT; it’s so awesome!
    4. I MUST hear your operatic En Vogue. Can you hit the high note on “Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa”? You should post a video on Facebook.
    5. We have a state fair type thing in MA called “The Big E.” My husband and I went one year to see Def Leppard. Turns out the tickets for that were SEPARATE, and SOLD OUT. And all the other exhibits and stands were closed, except for jousting, and a thing where you learn about Vermont and then get a free cookie. So we stood outside the stands and LISTENED to Def Leppard. It was awful.
    6. Now you’re picturing Grumpy Cat.

    • Marcus and I went to college together-we sang together in some of the musical groups. We hung out a ton and had some of the best times. He really is truly one of the nicest guys and most talented people I know. When I went to the concert I got to hang out with all of them afterwards. It was fun, but he has so many fans that it was hard to really visit much with him!

  4. Concerts have gotten so expensive! When I was a kid they were $15-$20. Now they’re a fortune. I did shell out big bucks to get floor tickets for Simon & Garfunkel. Totally worth it. Totally. Amazing.

  5. I have been to quite a few concerts when I was younger. The best I saw in concert was Billy Joel at the Madison Square Garden. Seriously, he puts on an awesome show and would so see him again. Still, would love to see U2, but so can’t afford to sell any of my organs off to see them. So, I guess I will just have to live with that dream!!

  6. So you do Rock Opera’s? You could be like The Who – Feel Me/See Meeeee oh Tommy. I never did make it to a state fair, but sounds like Iowa loves to rock out to some major 80 rockers. I do love me some Heart though.

  7. It’s amazing isn’t it how a concert can make us squeal like we are 12 years old? I think the Iowa State fair must make all the other fairs jealous. Ours only has cows.

  8. I have been to a handful of concerts and enjoy the people watching as much as I enjoy the performance. My last concert was last September when I took my Hubs to see Motley Crue, who opened for KISS. Never in a million years did I think I’d be at THAT concert, but there I was, singing and dancing and having a blast. Hubs was soooooo happy, so I was too!!

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  10. I’ve been a concert goer for decades. If I listed all the bands I’ve seen, it would sound like a radio station playlist. However, my last concert ever was a Queensryche concert a few years back. We had second row seats on the side of the concert hall. Unfortunately, they had set the speakers on the floor less than five feet in front of us. About halfway through the show, my left ear had a piercing pain shoot through it into the center of my skull. Needless to say, we left shortly after. To this day, I have to say the hearing in that ear has never been normal. So, no more concerts for me. My father always said, “You’ll lose your hearing if you don’t turn down that damn music!” I think he was pretty close to being right! Good Post!

  11. 80’s hairbands.
    I knew I loved you.
    My husband’s bromance sells tickets for a living. Seriously.
    So we get wonderful perks 🙂
    The first concert I went to was Barenaked Ladies. My husband…boyfriend at the time…did not have strep throat however…which is a good thing because he bought the tickets so I owed him…ummm…a dinner.

    • Barenaked Ladies! YES!!! They’re great-my son thinks they’re the greatest band ever because they sing the theme song to The Big Bang Theory AND they have a song with the word “underwear” in it. Go figure. (Incidentally they also have a WONDERFUL kids CD.)

  12. I feel like I learned a lot about you in this post, although I have no idea who that shiny blond man is in the picture. I’d be happy to know him, though! And you! I do was a member of all the high school (rock) bands and I didn’t have money to go to real live concerts either!

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  14. I still play the flute, maybe I should try that trick? We are lucky enough to live minutes from one of the most AWESOME outdoor venues ever. It’s mellow and small, and draws of lot of the really great musicians. Tomorrow we are going to see Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys, I can’t remember everyone we got tickets too, but there’ s Alabama, Steely Dan, Journey! Come visit! My husband can’t make tomorrow night and I have a free ticket!

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