So, bloggy friends, here we are again for another installment of Getting To Know You Thursday. There have been plenty of Thursdays when I really have to think about what I want to share. That is not the case this week. I was reading my friend Xazmin's post from a few days ago about The New Kids On The Block and The Backstreet Boys going on tour and I got to thinking about my first concert and wondering about yours.
Now, keep in mind that I am a child of the 70's and a teenager of the 80's. So, by the time I was in 6th or 7th grade, I was listening to music by Michael Jackson, Culture Club, Journey, Chicago, Stray Cats, Phil Collins, Bryan Adams, Men At Work, Air Supply and Duran Duran. My walls were covered with posters of the guys from Duran Duran, John and Roger Taylor being my favorites. Many of my friends were going to see Van Halen, Bryan Adams and The Police when they came in conert. I remember being so jealous. My parents would've NEVER let me go to a concert unsupervised. N.E.V.E.R. I know my friends must've thought I was the biggest nerd because my parents were so strict. Little did I know that I would be too.
So, when I was in 7th grade, my parents' friends from church, who we hung out with all the time, offered to take me to a concert with them. They were a brother and sister in their 20's and were very responsible. They babysat us often so mom and dad knew they were trustworthy. So, off we went to my very first concert. Wanna know who we went to see?
Yes, people, Barry Manilow. I love Barry Manilow. My friends nearly laughed me out of school when I wore my Barry Manilow Paradise Cafe concert shirt to school, but I didn't care. I love Barry Manilow and have seen him several more times. I mean, girls, Barry writes the songs that make the whole world sing, ya know? Not to mention the Band-Aid commercial jingle (I am stuck on Band-Aids, and a Band-Aid's stuck on me), the State Farm Song (Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there) and the classic McDonald's (You deserve a break today, at McDonald's). I still love him. As I've said before, I'm embracing my inner dork.
Yes, since then I have been to some more "typical" conerts. My dad took my friend and me to see Huey Lewis and The News in high school. I did see Chicago, REO Speedwagon, New Kids On The Block, NSYNC, Jim Brickman, and I even went to Lalapallooza in New Orleans many years ago and saw Red Hot Chili Peppers and several other alternative bands. Boy, I didn't fit in AT ALL at that concert. From Barry Manilow to Chili Peppers. Wow, that's quite a range, isn't it?
The last concert I went to was when my Hubby surprised me by taking my to see Rascal Flatts a few years ago. We dropped off the kids at my aunt's house and got back in the car to go to dinner and a movie. Hubby told me I had lipstick on my teeth or something so that I would pull down the visor mirror where he had stashed the concert tickets for me to find. What a huge surprise and what a great concert. Yep, he's a keeper!
I'm not big on spending a lot of $$ on concerts. I know people who have flown across the country to "follow" a band to several cities on their tour. Nope, not me. I have to really love a group to pay good money to see them. I would love to see Bon Jovi in concert though. I've never seen them, but I've heard they are really good. I would also pay to see Nickleback, Daughtry, Michael Buble and a few more.
So, what was your first conert? Who was your last concert? Who are you dying to see in concert?