Life of a Blogger | Concerts

February 26, 2015 Life of a Blogger 60

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This week’s topic: Concerts I’ve Been To

I’m not a big music person – which means I haven’t been to near as many concerts as probably a lot of you. And I don’t think I’d ever pay to go to one again honestly – big crowds, loud noises, late nights – that’s so not my thing. But I did have a phase where I tried to love music… and I went to some concerts. With the exception of the first concert, I actually really did (and still do to an extent) enjoy the artists. My first concert, on the other hand, was all about being a teenager and fitting in….

Concert #1: Back Street Boys Black and Blue Tour (2001)

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I’m not going to lie and say I didn’t like them – I did. I knew their songs and I had a hell of a crush on Kevin.

Kevin 2001

Kevin in 2001

Hey, at least my 17 year old self had taste, right? The thing is, two weeks before I went to this concert, I didn’t know who Kevin (or any of the other members – whose names I’ve since forgotten) were and I didn’t realize that they actually sang the songs they sang (if you followed that sentence, ^5!). My friend wanted to go, but no one would go with her, so I decided I was a fan. It was exciting, but 30 minutes in, I was over it. I couldn’t see anything – we were in the nose bleeds. I think second to top row and I didn’t know the songs and it was so loud and I was tired. LOL yeah, I was such a fan. And that was my first concert.

Concert #2: Summer Nights at the Pier with Joe Sample and David Sanborn (2002)

I tried to find a picture for this one, but couldn’t find one. This wasn’t a tour, so much as a summer concert series that I happened to get to go to with my aunt and uncle when I visited them in Seattle. Thanks to Google, I know that the concert was August 23, 2002 and I remember that it was amazing. If every concert was like this, I would pay serious money to go regularly. First of all, this is more my kind of music. I like R&B, Smooth Jazz, and MoTown the most I think. I have serious appreciation for musicians that can play an instrument so beautiful – and not just use their voice (which, nowadays, they don’t even really use). I also loved the small setting – this wasn’t huge crowds – probably a few hundred people at the most. What made this concert even more incredible was that it was outside, on the harbor pier. It wasn’t stuffy and uncofortable. And have you ever heard what water does to music? If you haven’t, you need to. Truly beautiful and the best concert I’ve ever been to. Probably will be for the rest of my life.

Concert #3: Christina Aguilera Back to Basics Tour (2007)

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This concert was actually a lot of fun and I’m glad I did it, even if I’m not a concert person now. First of all, I went with a big group. I was working at the Gaylord Texan at this point and a bunch of us got together – I want to say there were 15 of us – and we used our Gaylord connections to make it a hell of a time. See, when you work at a resort you have connections to all kinds of concierges and limo companies, etc. So let’s see.

We started the night off by getting a suite at the Gaylord (Free of course, thanks to the two people in the group who worked at the front desk). We all got ready together – the suite had two rooms, so the girls changed in one and the guys in another. And then we got the party started with dancing, drinks and snacks in the huge living area of the suite. Drinks and Snacks were from In-Room dining (Free, thanks to the person in our group who worked in that department). Then we went down to the circle drive and piled into two limos (Free, thanks to me – I was a conference coordinator and had connections in the transportation department). The limos were fully loaded with drinks and snacks (thanks again to me). Then we got to the concert, where we had amazing seats. They weren’t free, but they were 30 bucks a piece, thanks to the three people in the group who worked in concierge. And we had all these drink coupons thanks to the same three people in concierge. After the concert, we were drunk but it didn’t matter because we had limos, and we went back to the Gaylord and crashed in our suite. So I had an incredible night, living in luxury for $30, plus tips – so maybe $60 because we all tipped really well. If that’s what all concerts were like, maybe I’d do it. Nah, probably not. It was still loud and crowded and I’m so not into drinking and partying like that anymore. But it was an experience I’m glad I’ve had.

The concert itself was pretty great too. I remember that the Pussy Cat Dolls opened and I really liked them at the time. And Christina Aguilera has one hell of a voice and is one hell of a performer. So it was awesome. And I’ll never forget when she came out signing her first song and said “How you doing Houston?” and we all went “huh?” and started laughing because she was in Dallas. Poor thing, must be hard to be on the road like that. Someone obviously told her the mistake because the next time she talked she corrected herself and apologized. It was one of those fun moments that made the experience memorable.

Concert #4: Kelly Clarkson My December Tour (2007)

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Even though this was the same year as the Back to Basics concert, the way I went was the complete opposite. One of my good friends at the time had just broken up with his boyfriend and they had two tickets to go to this concert. Ryan ended up with the tickets since he was the one that had bought them and he didn’t want to not go. So I went with him. And it was depressing as hell. Kelly Clarkson sings well, but the songs weren’t upbeat enough at all for his mood. I remember he had quit smoking about two months before and I spent a good part of the night keeping him from bumming smokes from people. He still doesn’t smoke, so I’m calling that night a victory, even if it wasn’t the best concert experience of my life. It’s the only concert of the four I’ve been to that I remember almost nothing about the music. Oh well. Probably not the best LAST CONCERT EVER but oh well, I was there for a friend and that’s what really matters.

What about you? What have your concert experiences been?

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60 Responses to “Life of a Blogger | Concerts”

  1. Kathryn

    Summer Nights at the Pier with Joe Sample and David Sanborn (2002)this concert was memorable for all those who attended it. Thanks for bringing this into notice.

  2. Gem Tang

    Wow, these are really amazing concert I remember. For me, Coldplay’s concert was really a life-changing experience, everyone should go at least once in a life time.

  3. Sweetselle

    I love going to concerts! The atmosphere, the fun, the music, the other people, I get a kind of electric feeling when I’m in the audience of a band or artist I love
    I can understand why the noise and the late nights might be too much for you though, especially if you aren’t as big on music as the other people who are there
    Have a terrific Thursday, Berls.

  4. Isabella Leah

    Music lovers always want to be the part in concerts, most of the people want to join such events in a different and unique style. I think limousine service would be the best choice for this purpose. Thanks for the post!

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  6. mary
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  7. Conner Servant
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    I think the last time I went to a concert was back in 1975
    The Bertha Butt Boogie was a song released in 1975 by The Jimmy Castor Bunch. It achieved #16 on the US pop chart[
    I like musical theatre more which can give you the best of both worlds. This year I have seen: Body Guard (Whitney Houston music) Miss Saigon, and Half a sixpence
    For something different, check them out.

  8. Akison Paul

    Oooh you’ve been to some really awesome concerts. I’ve been to a couple: Shakira and Brad Paisley at the Houston Rodeo.

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  10. Bob

    I love concerts, and we actually just went and saw BackStreet Boys in Minneapolis the other night. They were so much better than all the other “newer” acts. Next up, Bruno Mars!

  11. Alastaircooks

    That was a awesome thing you share with us.This is really cool and interesting read. Thanks for sharing your story Berls, Recently, I had the opportunity to attend an Adele concert with some very close friends. I knew that the concert would be truly amazing because, well, it’s Adele and she has a beautiful voice.

  12. Samuel T. Cummins

    This is really cool and interesting read. Thanks for sharing your story Berls, Recently, I had the opportunity to attend an Adele concert with some very close friends. I knew that the concert would be truly amazing because, well, it’s Adele and she has a beautiful voice. What I was not expecting was the level of branding and attention to detail during the entire concert experience!

  13. Glen Main

    For me, concerts are a lot of fun. I love the crazy atmosphere and seeing that they are actually real people! I love singing along in their songs, even put their songs in loop the entire week before the concert. Tons of fun every single time.
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  14. Music Woman

    The hall wasn’t huge, there wasn’t much seating, and we weren’t dating long enough to grind *ahem, dance* with each other as many people seemed to be doing. The music was ok, and she is really short

  15. mishalkhan
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  16. Albie Cardew

    Seeing Back Street Boys in concert must have been the epitome of the 90s culture. Concerts can be incredibly fun, especially if you go with friends like it seems you did for most of yours. Sitting and listening to just music – good music – with a group of other cheering fans can make you feel endless.

    • Berls
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      Lol yeah I’d say so! Concerts are really fun if you’re with friends, but even then I don’t think I’ll ever go to any more. I just prefer to be at home.

  17. Earnest Roberts

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  18. Bookworm Brandee

    You know, I actually love music but haven’t been to that many concerts in my lifetime. Mostly because they’re so darn expensive!! My first concert was…Sammy Hagar. Yep, I still love the Red Rocker! 😉 I saw a few others in junior high and high school…Cheap Trick, AC-DC, Robert Plant. My last concert was U2 on their Atomic Bomb tour. It was the BEST concert I’ve ever seen! Hands down. Now, if only I could make it to a concert for Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews, and The Avett Brothers, I could die happy. LOL
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  19. A Voracious Reader

    I went to concerts when I was younger, had some more cash and didn’t hate crowds (or people). If Alice Cooper came to our area I would scrimp and save to take the kids. That’s about the only one I’d make an effort for though.

    I’ve seen:
    Bad Company/Deep Purple
    Aerosmith/Guns-n-Roses (I’ve seen Aerosmith 3x but don’t remember who opened the other times)
    Alice Cooper (twice)
    White Snake/White Lion
    Damn Yankees
    The Who
    The Rolling Stones
    George Strait
    Alabama ~ at our county fair (in Ohio) of all places lol
    Sam Kinison (comedian) ~ braved a freaking blizzard to see him

    Um, there may have been a few more, can’t remember. lol
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  20. Julie
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    Oooh you’ve been to some really awesome concerts. I’ve been to a couple: Shakira and Brad Paisley at the Houston Rodeo. Yes, loud and very crowded, so I tend to not do concerts much. Me and you are alike in that too 🙂

  21. Lola
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    Concerts aren’t really my thing, I went to one concert by Sigur Ross who was then my favourite band, but I just couldn’t enjoy it. I have very sensitive ears and they sort of crackle when there’s loud noise. It got really bad during that concert even though I was wearing ear plugs and two hats and I was happy when the music stopped, my ears felt so bad. So nope I am not planning on ever attending a concery again as I just can’t enjoy music that way. Just like you I am not really a music person, so I don’t realy have the urge to visit concerts.
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  22. Ramona
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    You do go to concerts, Berls! And all your experiences sound awesome, especially the Christina Aguilera concert… Limos & lots of drinks? Yeah, count me in! I guess I must’ve seen a few people performing in my time, but I honestly can’t remember clearly. I think I’ve seen Alicia Keys in Vienna, a few weeks after I’d met hubby, and I remember that I didn’t really enjoy it. The hall wasn’t huge, there wasn’t much seating, and we weren’t dating long enough to grind *ahem, dance* with each other as many people seemed to be doing. The music was ok, and she is really short. LOL
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  23. Lexxie
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    I love going to concerts! The atmosphere, the fun, the music, the other people, I get a kind of electric feeling when I’m in the audience of a band or artist I love 🙂
    I can understand why the noise and the late nights might be too much for you though, especially if you aren’t as big on music as the other people who are there 🙂
    Have a terrific Thursday, Berls.
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