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July 29, 2004

The Hottest Band in the World

Now that I have children, attending concerts continues to slide down my list of priorities. I either don't want to have to go to the trouble of lining up child care, or I am not sure that a particular band is worth the $65 it now costs to attend many shows. But this week the God's of rock and roll must have smiled on me, for I was able to attend my first concert in over a year. Late last week I realized that Kiss was coming in concert to the Alltel Pavilion in Raleigh (with Poison and some other band) opening up for them. I had seen Kiss once before, but that was over a decade ago, when they were not wearing their makeup. It was kind of like seeing the Lone Ranger without his mask, or Pamela Anderson without her fake boobs. It was okay, but it was not how it was supposed to be.

I saw that they were coming, so I gingerly mentioned this fact to my wife and said, "Would you like to go?" The look on her face told me much more than her words ever could. I have dragged the wife to many a concert that she probably would not have seen on her own, and she appears to go willingly, but this time she obviously was not going to leap at the opportunity. However, she did reply, "I don't mind if you go." All of the married men with children will appreciate my reaction, which was "Sweeeeeeeeeet!!!" A night out without any guilt. I had to seize the chance.

My next mission was to find someone to go with me, and that was a very short list. There are only a few people I would like to go to a concert with, and fewer who actually like the same music I do. So, I started my search. I was quickly greeted with a, "Oh, hell no," from Kevin, a reader of this site and longtime friend to me, Bigwig and Keehar. I also heard from Bigwig who suddenly was quick to mention work he MUST complete. Following his no was a very sarcastic IM which simply read, "I'm so very, very sorry." I sent out a few other feelers, one to Clover (another reader and friend) who mentioned work commitments as well, when it suddenly dawned on me. I knew who would go with me, if I could just get in touch with him.

I emailed Mason (another friend and reader) who is the only other person with whom seems to like the same kind of music I do. Yes, quickly moving towards our 40's, we still enjoy the "Heavy Metal" music of the 80's. I heard back from him within minutes, and within the hour he had purchased his ticket and we had made plans to meet. Unfortunately, I had bought my ticket a few days earlier and only paid just over $20 for it. I told him this so he went to buy his ticket and was forced to pay over $30 (I must have logged on during a special or something). Nevertheless, I had found someone to go with me, someone who wouldn't constantly say, "Why did I agree to this?" to me during the show.

I picked Mason up and we headed to the show. The first thing that struck us was a big, blinking sign in the parking lot which read, "NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED IN LOT." WTF??? Isn't this a rock show? A concert without beer is like peanut butter without jelly, Hall without Oates, or Siegfried without Roy. It just isn't right. Would they put this same sign up at a Buffett concert? Surely not. We still drank a couple just out of spite and headed in the gates. Some band we never heard of was opening up, so we took our time finding our seats. It wasn't long before Poison played and then it finally got dark.

After a little while, and after a few rednecks were able to shout, "Freebird" at the top of their lungs, the lights went black and a familiar voice could be heard saying, "Raleigh, you wanted the best and you got the best. The hottest band in the world......KISS!!!" For those of you who hate rock, and especially Kiss, I realize this doesn't mean a thing, but for us, it was the reason we dropped our $20 (and one of us $30).

The show was great, but there were a few things we decided. First, Paul Stanley definitely sings better than Gene Simmons. Secondly, really old people (I mean really old) go to Kiss concerts. One lady had very gray hair, and looked older than my grandparents (they are dead) and was wearing a black t-shirt (what is up with all rock shirts having to be black??) with the faces of the Kiss members on it. It was odd. Finally, we decided that we will not be too shocked to learn, years from now, that Paul Stanley is gay. He plays the "I'm a lover" card a little too much if you know what I mean.

The show was great, and with the exception of one song, the music was great as well. Still, it is weird to see men in their 50's dancing around and acting like they can still get the chicks at this age, like they could 30 years ago. For me, this means that my attendance at rock concerts may have to stop in the next 10 years before kids start pointing at me and saying, "Old people really shouldn't dance." That time is coming, I know it, but at least it didn't get here before this concert.

Posted by Woundwort at July 29, 2004 09:03 AM | TrackBack
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Comments

I saw Kiss in concert about 18 years ago, sans Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, and makeup.

Decent concert, but even back then Gene Simmons looked old.

Posted by: Captain Holly at July 29, 2004 11:12 AM

Yeah, Gene is something. He still blew the fire and spit the blood, but they seem to be the only ones who haven't realized they aren't 20 anymore. I don't want to hear my grandparents talk about licking someone, and that is what they did. Dude, just rock and shut up.

Posted by: Woundwort at July 29, 2004 11:17 AM

I second everything you wrote. I was somewhat surprised at the number of families that was there. Saw a few that appeared to be 3 generations. Still had a great time. Maybe this is a prelude to the fact that we will finally get together for a BON JOVI show next time they are out!! Only thing I would have changed is the opening band. No need for 3. Poison should have opened and played a full set and then have KISS close it out. Paul sure can shake that thing though!!

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