10 concerts I’ve seen and one is a lie

There is a wave of posts taking over Facebook where people list 10 concerts they’ve been to and one is a lie. It’s a fun distraction to all of the political nonsense being spewed even if it’s fake news and you know you agree with me.

You’re on one of 2 sides of this, either you like it and are participating or you have sand in your gutchies and whine how stupid it is when really you’re upset someone isn’t sharing/commenting on your political posts because GAAAAHHHH TRUMP or GAAAAAAHHH ANTI TRUMP.  If you have no opinion either way then good for you, here is a cookie. Watch the fireworks.

My first concert was The Monkees at Chautauqua Amphitheater in 1986. When I was 14 my parents sent me solo, a scrawny little kid in a private school letterman jacket, to a Public Enemy concert by myself. Needless to say I stood out… because I was 14. What did you think?

Live music was important to me growing up and I fear the kids today are losing an appreciation for music that isn’t auto-tuned or some God awful mash up.

There’s something to be said about sitting in a field on a blanket with your friends and listening to music all day. Putting away the phone, cracking open a beer you just snuck in (lord knows concert beers are crazy expensive) and getting lost in the music.

Some of the best moments are usually getting there and back home when you’re traveling for a show. Like that time we missed out on floor seats for Metallica in Cleveland because someone left the tickets in Erie or getting pulled over in the deep woods of PA on the way back from a NIN concert because a tail light was out and the cop says “we don’t take kindly to you city folk out here…” *spit* or hotel hallway drag races with room chairs in Buffalo.

Ah memories.

Here is my list along with the answer.

  1. Puddle of Mudd
    2003 – TERRIBLE live band. They played the Rolling Rock Town Fair along with Blink-182, 311, Def Leppard, Sum 41, Saliva, Trapt and The Clarks.  They were so bad they got booed off the stage.
  2. The Clarks
    I worked for them for 10 years so I won’t even count how many times I’ve been to shows.
  3. KISS
    Saw them first during their 1st Farewell tour during the 90s and have seen them a few times since. INCREDIBLE live show even if you don’t like the music.
  4. Pearl Jam
    Hahahahahaha how could anyone seriously pick them. Favorite band of all time. Best show was in 2006 when Bob and I were 3 rows from the stage.
     


  5. Ted Nugent
    1995 at Starlake in Pittsburgh. He played with Bad Company and while Uncle Teddy was thrashing out Stranglehold a bad storm came through with lightning in the background. He continued to play his solo. Most incredible live show moment ever. Well besides something I did while sitting in floor seats for Pink Floyd in 94.
  6. Motley Crüe
    1994 and 1997. The ’97 show was the infamous Pittsburgh concert where they showed a porno after Cheap Trick’s set and were banned from playing here ever again. Mario, Jamie and I were 10ft from the stage.
  7. Rolling Stones
    2005 Front row PNC Park with Pearl Jam opening. Ron Wood shaked his money maker in my wife’s face and Mick Jagger sang to us. Kinda creepy but I became a Stones fan that night.
  8. Garth Brooks
    2015 – 2nd row – show recap

  9. Michael Jackson
    1987 BAD tour in Pittsburgh. Love or hate him it was one heck of a show.

Well that brings us to the band I haven’t seen live, Soundgarden. Anyone who knows me might find that as a surprise since I’m a huge Soundgarden fan and my spoon name comes from one of their songs. I’ve seen Matt Cameron with Pearl Jam for years and I’ve seen Chris Cornell but I’ve never seen the entire lineup together. I had tickets a few years ago when they finally came back to town but our sitter got ill and wife was at work so I was stuck with seats to a band I admired for over 20 years.  Someday maybe…