Concert in the Blog
A few nights ago we went to the Hollywood Bowl for a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concert. Steven Winwood opened and also came out to play a couple of songs with Petty. The concert was awesome.
I didn't even mind that it took us exactly 40 minutes to get from the top of the freeway exit ramp to the parking lot (right at the bottom of said ramp), which was the same amount of time it took for us to drive from our house to the exit. Then there was another half hour after the show while we stood in the stacked parking lot and watched the madness that it entails.
In case you aren't familiar, a stacked parking lot is exactly what it sounds like, all of the cars are parked back-to-back and side-to-side without any sort of aisle between them. The lot is about 50 cars wide by 30 cars long, and you can't get out until the person in front of you gets out, and they can't get out until the person in front of them gets out, and so forth and so on all the way up to the last people out of the stadium, the jackasses parked in the front row. Jerks.
It's kind of a funny situation, because everyone is pretty chill about the whole ordeal (most of them anyway). Everyone realizes they're in the same situation and they stand around and shoot the shit with random strangers until they get in their cars and start hating each other.
At some point during the night I came up with an idea of posting about all the concerts I've been to, which may or not be an impressive list and will probably bore the hell out of you. I almost let it go until I saw what old people are passing off as concerts these days and felt I better speak up or lose my youth forever.
Here they are (I'm sure I'm forgetting something) in no particular order:
Rick Springfield, Billy Joel (2), REO Speedwagon, Survivor, Glass Tiger, Loudness, Yes, Steppenwolf, The Guess Who, Crosby, Stills and Nash, INXS, R.E.M., U2, KISS (3), Van Halen (2), Billy Idol, The Cult, A Tribe Called Quest, Ben Lee, Rufus Wainwright, Ben Folds, Bon Jovi (2), RATT, Motley Crue (2), George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, Foo Fighters (3), Sting (2), The Police, Cinderella, W.A.S.P., Chris Isaak (2), Los Lobos, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Matchbox 20, Train, Alabama, Charlie Daniels, Mason Jennings, The Decemberists, Lyle Lovett, K.D. Lang, Cowboy Junkies, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Steve Winwood, Fiction Plane, Filter, Queensryche, AC/DC, Lenny Kravitz, Smashing Pumpkins, Against Me, Serj Tankian, Goo Goo Dolls, Cake, Sugar Ray, L7, Nick Cave and the Badseeds, Green Day, Dave Matthews, Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., Beastie Boys, Neil Diamond (2), Yani, Ted Nugent, Van Morrison, The Breeders, David Lee Roth, Poison, The Eagles, Coldplay, Gipsy Kings, Keb Mo, The Wiggles, Christian Aguileara and LeAnn Rimes (1 song each at Disneyland), The Village People, T.S.O.L, The Smithereens, Tom Cochrane, Cracker (2), Squirrel Nut Zippers, Depeche Mode, Beck, Steve Miller Band, Lemmy (from Motorhead, one song w/ Foo Fighters, Blink-182, Fuel, 7 Mary 3, Save Ferris (I know, Dan, I actually forgot I'd seen them in concert- it was a festival, I was drunk), Harvey Danger, Murder City Devils, Ozmalti, UB40, Gin Blossoms, Steel Pulse, The Urge, Fine Young Cannibals, Tom Tom Club, Journey, Violent Femmes, ZZ Top, Extreme, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Galactic... I'll add more as I remember.
We also have tickets to Jack Johnson in August.
Hey, did I just make a meme?