When The Lights Go Down In the City

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Last night’s concert was fantastic fun and great music. I really enjoyed myself and I am pretty sure I managed to embarrass MacD with my dancing and singing. Although I don’t think I was as bad as that lady my age in front of us with the rather large derriere that chose to wear skin tight, bright orange pedal pushers and jump up and down like a kangaroo. Here is my review of our musical evening with Cheap Trick, Heart, and Journey.

First, I have to admit we arrived into the concert about half way through Cheap Trick’s set. Although we allowed ourselves 2 hours to traverse the 40 miles from home to the venue, we did not know the last 8 miles would take an hour by themselves. (Note to the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater people; you should work on that.) We arrived at our grassy knoll just in time for Surrender which sounded okay. I honestly think I heard the band miss a few notes during the last couple of songs. It almost seemed as if some of them were not familiar with the music. Some 30+ years ago, I found Robin Zander fairly lust worthy (now remember I was only 15) and from what I could tell from where I was he didn’t age too badly. However, we were back some distance and so he appeared about one inch tall. I wasn’t about to ruin my lustful memories by peering at him through the binoculars.

I just don’t have enough awesome adjectives to describe the Heart set. They haven’t lost a bit. The sound and their energy really got me going. By then it was dark enough that the big screen was barely visible, so I will have to admit the girls look a little different. But, hey, so do I! Those sisters can really rock. You haven’t seen anything until you have seen Vixen busting a groove to Barracuda. The crowd was really into it too, which always makes for a great set. We cheered them back for an encore and after that was over MacD said we could just go home and call it a great night.

MacD and Funsize thought they didn’t know any Journey songs and found themselves mistaken. I am not saying this performance made them fans, but they were surprised at how many songs they really did know. Mr. Vixen and I really enjoyed this set also. The new lead singer sounds enough like the old one; and even looks a bit like him (at least the one inch size view does). They interspersed their new stuff into their old. The new stuff was ehh, okay, I guess. The old stuff was great and the crowd was really into it. There was a simply fantastic performance of City By The Bay that made me homesick with its beauty. I was in the city by the bay the first time I heard Journey perform that song some 30 years ago. They also performed an encore (although the crowd wasn’t screaming for it the way they had with Heart), but they played a song they had already performed which seemed pretty stupid to me.

All in all, it was a great time. Now that you have the musical review, tomorrow I will regal you with the funny and quirky people we observed. It was quite an experience to re-live this type of concert after not having been to one in so many years. My only real complaint about the night was that someone brought a skunk to the park and every 15-20 minutes they must have pissed it off because it would spray its scent everywhere. Why would anyone do that? When I asked MacD why they would do such a thing, he just laughed and told me to take deep breaths. I wonder why?

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9 Comments

  1. Lee

    You saw three of my favorite bands from “back in the day” and I’m envious. But the biggest thing about going to concerts is just what you mentioned in taking over an hour to go the last 8 miles. I don’t have the patience for that any more.

    BUT, there are some really good acts coming to our State Fair in October that I might just have to suck it up and go. Sadly, my tastes have changed…or maybe matured…over the years, and the acts I’m interested in are all country. There was a time when I would have rather slashed my wrists than listen to country. Maybe I’m getting old.

  2. Mar

    Woo Hoo Vixen got her groove on!

  3. Go, Vixen, go! You rock and I’m happy you had a good time. Hey, your SezWho seems to be ok. I just rated the post too *winky winky*

  4. Hi Vixen. Dropped in from over at CDV and am amazed at your site. The different layout is making demands on my underexercised neurons. Which is a good thing 🙂
    Filled with envy at your trip to the concert. Cheaptrick are still on my ipod for exercise purposes only and Barracuda was one of my all time faves from that era. Haven’t heard of Journey though. The last ‘concert’ I attended was Alice Cooper in 2005. It was well worth it. What a showman! His performance hasn’t slipped one iota although his troupe of dancers were reduced to 1 (his daughter) and the guillotine seemed smaller than I remembered it from 1979…..

  5. Rock ‘n’ roll! I thought that the Journey guy was no longer around. Good to know that he’s replaceable.

  6. It is great to see you are all upbeat again. Good music does that to a person. It certainly sounds as if a great time was had by all.

  7. That sounds awesome – I love live music!! 🙂

  8. My hubby wanted to go, I’m not the greatest fan ( I was only introduced to these bands when I met him) so I wasn’t enthusiastic… You’ve changed my mind… I may have to join him .. lol.. ( he talked me into billy joel last month, and i didn;t regret it.. thanks for the extra nudge.. 🙂

  9. Rock On Lady Vix

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