I attended the Bryan Adams/Def Leppard show last Saturday night. I touched upon it briefly on the last entry.
Bryan Adams was excellent! His songs still hold up and his voice was still in good shape. His lead guitarist looked like your average male bank teller but dressed in his yard working clothes. The bass player looked like the typical auto mechanic and the drummer looked like the last guy that delivered pizza to your house.
I didn't get a good look at the keyboardist... Then again, who gives a pack of ketchup about the keyboardist?
It's hard to get a good look at one of those amphitheatre venues. For the record, I hate them. At a coliseum show, the audience is wrapped around the stage. Amphitheares are more like a slice of pie. The stage is at the tip and unless your up front, all the seats suck.
I just don't like them. And I don't like stadium seating in movie theaters either. How's that for sounding like a curmudgeon?
I won't get into the details, I'll just give Bryan Adams an 'A'.
During Mr. Adams performance, I took a look around and noticed that a lot of the people were older than me. Those attending that were younger... Had their parents with them. Not much in between. I was hit with the sudden realization that I was at an "oldies" concert. When I first saw Leppard back in the 80's, there was no smell of Ben-Gay in the air. There were lots of men with full heads of hair. There were hot chicks everywhere wearing next to nothing. And everyone purchasing alcohol were getting carded.
Everything had changed. I could easily hear bones popping and creaking when folks rose to their feet when Adams played a song that the audience knew.
I told Tim when Bryan Adams got off the stage that I fully expected Three Dog Night to come on next. Maybe The Turtles were playing on the side stage... Which brings me to another thing...
There was two guys playing one of the side stages with acoustic guitars. ACOUSTIC GUITARS at a Def Leppard show! I don't know who booked those flip-flop folkies, but they should be forced to listen to The Smiths for hours on end.
I need to run but I'll tell you more about Def Leppard tomorrow.