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August 11, 2008

Just got back from seeing Journey, Heart and Cheap Trick in person, in concert. Fantastic Show. I’ll be honest, at first I was apprehensive. We didn’t arrive at the stadium until after the doors opened, so that meant the best spot we could find in the sold-out amphitheatre was waaay back in the Stevie Wonder section. I was directly behind a pillar, and the entire night I couldn’t see the stage because of the damn pole in my way. Then there was the drunk chick who kept tapping cigarette butts on my blanket. lovely, lovely. Somewhere in there, I remembered why I quit going to concerts. I used to work at the amphitheatre (selling lawn chairs to those sitting on the grass) and I would watch the concert for free from the chair sales booth, which actually has a better view than most anywhere. Plus, I didn’t have drunks blowing pot smoke in my face. I thought I had seen what goes on at shows, but now I realize that what I saw from the chair booth doesn’t compare at all to what you might see when you’re out in the middle of the lawn. anywayyy.

I actually missed the first two or so songs of the (disappointingly short) Cheap Trick set, which was a little upsetting because they were band I mainly wanted to see. They played a great show-Robin sounded fantastic and the entire band was tight. (Almost) all their best known hits were represented, with Dream Police as an encore. The crowd wasn’t quite ready to rock, yet, when they came on so there wasn’t too much excitement (except that which came from me), and that sucked. Not to mention, it was still light outside when they played, so I couldn’t even see them on the big screens. So instead I took a running total of band shirts I spotted at the concert:

2-Def Leppard
2-Lynrd Skynrd
1-Sammy Hagar
1-Taylor Swift (worn by an awkward-looking teenage boy.)

and then it started to get dark so went back to squinting at the big screens. Damn, the one time I would have appreciated a seat toward the front, I got there too late.

Heart came on next, which was fine. I wish they had switched with Cheap Trick and played first, because frankly I didn’t have any real need to see them. They played a seemingly long set, with too many ballads (but hey…I guess thats what Heart does.) and except for a couple big hits like Barracuda, I could have cared less if they were there. Now, thats no reflection on the band–they were clean and tight and energetic and the rest of the crowd got really into them. I’m just not a Heart fan, and I was still steaming over the fact I prettymuch missed Cheap Trick, and I didn’t even hear them play “Ain’t that a Shame”.

Finally, Journey came on. Again, I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure what Journey was going to be like, mainly because they have their new lead singer who I’m not yet all that familiar with. However, I was blown away. They were amazing! Arnel is just as cute as a button and as enthusiastic as can be. He had endless energy, bounding up and down the stage, jumping off the drum risers, and doing some pretty sweet dance moves. I have decided he must have been a break dancer in a past life. And none of that exercise seemed to affect his vocals, which began a little shaky but recovered quickly to be strong and clean. He may be one of the best frontmen I’ve seen in a while. Journey played many of their old hits, and even snuck in several new recordings from their latest album, Revelation. The great thing about that album is that, over the years, Journey has been able to progress musically but has never lost its signature sound or forced to change. The new songs fit right in with the old ones, and I think that is a tremendous testament to their power as a band. Journey still sounds like Journey, and there are a lot of aging bands that can’t say that anymore.

Overall-4 stars. Even my Justin Timberlake crazed best friend said that she would pick this concert anyday over N*sync (which I guess was formerly her measurement of a good concert?? God bless her). Great, Great show-worth every bit I paid for a ticket, t-shirt, and $4 bottle of water. Even if you’re not a fan of the bands–you will be glad you went, and you’ll probably recognize more songs than you think you will.

Now, how to get to VA. Beach by tomorrow to see them again….

(Ps-if there is specific information you’re looking for regarding the concert, feel free to shoot me an email or leave me a comment here to let me know and I’ll try to answer your question best I can! I’m always looking to hear how I can improve on my posts)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 6, 2008 7:17 pm

    I agree. Arnel (lead singer of Journey) is terrific. He is 40 years old and still jumps around like a kid on a pogo stick.

  2. Nick permalink
    September 24, 2008 2:45 pm


    Seeing the show this weekend and I’m wondering how long it was. Do you remember?


  3. r0ck0n permalink*
    September 27, 2008 2:25 pm

    well, I believe I got there at 7 and probably got home about 1am. I don’t remember exactly, but it was a solid three hours at least.

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