I turned 16 in the summer of 1989. OK, technically it was the spring of ’89, but that didn’t sound nearly as cool, but I digress. This whirlwind year of my life started out at my surprise Sweet 16 party. Walking into the local community center I could see all of my friends in the background, but my eyes were on the group of young men led by my then crush, now husband, serenading me with the song ‘Sixteen Candles’. When he took my hand at the end and dropped to one knee I positively swooned! Yes, this really did happen and I have the VHS tape to prove it!
That night was truly magical for me. It was spent laughing and dancing with all of my friends and it was also the night that my crush asked me to prom and the rest, as they say, is history. There was no way of knowing as we slow danced that night that this was the beginning of our journey that has brought us 2 great kids and 25 years of marriage. Music and dancing were an integral part of our courtship, so needless to say, the bands of the 1980’s hold a special place in my heart.
So it should come as no surprise that as I am entering this mid-life stage of my life that I would want to relive some of those memories. On that note I declared this to be the ‘summer of concerts’. We have attended 5 concerts so far and have for your reading pleasure my top 5 countdown.
We saw this band recently and I apologize in advance to all Journey fans, but I was disappointed. I LOVE Journey! After all I’m “just a small town girl”! But while the new lead singer sounded great he just didn’t mesh well with the rest of the band and his constant running and jumping around the stage was distracting. Sorry. However when the entire arena was singing along to Journey classics it made the price of admission more than worth it.
Now, honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from this concert. They are an older band with a new lead singer as well, but I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how good they still are. The main reason I knew I had to attend this concert was that fact that they play “our song”. I guess most couples have their own song and if they don’t, they should! For us that song is “You’re the Inspiration” by Chicago. I wore out my cassette tape listening to it on repeat on my Walkman in high school. And I’m not too embarrassed to say that when they played this song live at their concert I actually cried.
3. New Kids on the Block/Paula Abdul/Boyz II Men
These bands were almost a little after my time so I felt kind of like a high schooler at a junior high party at this concert. I never knew that 30 and 40 year old women could screech like teenage girls, but trust me they can. The main reason for attending this concert was to see Paula Abdul. She may be a hot mess now, but I have distinct memories of dancing around in my room with a hair brush singing at the top of my lungs and failing miserably at trying to copy her dance moves. I mean that girl can dance! So needless to say that when we found out she wouldn’t be performing due to an injury I was crushed! But I must say that New Kids put on a great concert. They interacted well the audience and if Paula had been there this concert would have been at least number 2 on my list.
2. Bon Jovi
I have always been a Bon Jovi girl. I mean what’s not to love? Jon Bon Jovi is a beautiful man who seems to just get better looking the older he gets. I’ve seen them 4 times now in concert and while I always love them, I must say that some of his signature dance moves are starting to look a little dated. I mean he’s not 25 anymore. But neither am I, so who am I to judge? But because of that reason I couldn’t make them my number one pick.
And my choice for the number 1 concert of 2017 is……
1. Def Leppard/Poison/Tesla
This concert simply ROCKED! Tesla was the opening act and we got there a little late, but the songs we did hear still sounded great. Poison was up next and I must say Bret Michaels did not disappoint! He and the whole band put on an awesome show. I was concerned that he might look a little ridiculous and try to dance around like he did back in the day, but he was still cool, just in a more age appropriate kind of way.
But those were just the appetizers for the main course, Def Leppard! I was never a big heavy metal or hard rock fan growing up, but who didn’t shake their groove thing dancing to “Pour Some Sugar On Me” at a high school dance? And while I may have entered not a huge fan, I am now! Thanks to iTunes I can now listen religiously to the songs I did know that I now love after seeing them performed live and I have discovered other treasures that are becoming favorites!
And to paraphrase the words of the great Joe Elliot, I won’t forget them and can’t wait until the next time!
Next stop on the summer of concerts tour is this week in St. Louis and I can’t wait! I’m all about memories so whether I am reliving old ones or making new ones I am truly blessed to have my sweetheart along for the ride as we keep collecting memories as we go.