July 14th, 2010

A Confession and Appreciation


Last night, I had the opportunity to go to a REO Speedwagon/Pat Benetar concert with my dad in my hometown.  

Confession: I have been to my share of concerts such as: Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Boys Like Girls, Seether, Secondhand Serenade, etc.  However, as a teenager, I usually stray from anything older, music especially.  I do not usually like the oldies.  Maybe a couple of oldies hits such as "I Can't Fight this Feeling Anymore" by REO Speedwagon and several Michael Jackson songs, but that is really all the old music I have on my iPod.  But, he was so stoked about it, and though I am usually not one to listen to older music, I agreed to go, knowing that this would be a great opportunity for him. 

He absolutely loved Pat Benetar and REO Speedwagon when growing up.  If I said no, I am sure he would have been disappointed. I did not want him to miss this because I would be disappointed too, especially if I was so close to seeing some of my favorite singers live. 

He asked me to go with him about a month before.  As the weeks passed, I could see him getting more and more excited.  He told me he had dreams of getting really close to Pat Benetar and he was allowed on stage, rocking out with her.  Haha my dad is always a kid at heart.  Well, the day finally came.  Yesterday, my dad told me we needed to leave at 5:00pm to go to the arena where they were playing at.  We left the house, we got to our seats, and we waited.

When the clock hit 7:00pm, the lights dimmed and the concert started.  A young artist, by the name of Keaton Simmons, opened the show.  He is great by the way.  He is from LA and he kind of sounds like Gavin Degraw mixed with John Mayer.  You can check out his MySpace here: (http://www.myspace.com/keatonsimons)  He sounds amazing live!  

Anyways, after he sang, everyone clapped and cheered  Then, there was a brief intermission before Pat Benetar came on stage.  The arena was full of people who are older than me, people my parents' age. A few people 17-23 years old, then the rest were 30-50 year olds.  I would like to clarify. I do not hate older people!  We learn from them and are blessed by their knowledge that they have gathered throughout their lives.  I totally respect older citizens.  However, I would be lying if I said it was not strange being one of the only yonger people.  Because it was. I sort of felt out of place. 

Regardless of what age, the anticipation was growing.  You could feel the energy and again, it was strange to see parents chill and less composed.  When Pat Benetar's logo appeared on the screen, the cheering grew louder.  When she started singing, people stood up and clapped and whistled and said "I love you, Pat!"  It was quite the experience to see; people older than me, having that passion for someone, kind of like how I have passion for some of my favorite things such as Twilight or music.  She sang a few songs, one of them being "Love is a Battlefield", then shared some of her life experiences and how they influenced her song writing.  She sang a few more songs after that, then thanked the crowd for making it out to see the band.  When she exited the stage, people were still cheering.  She came out one more time to sing her last song "Heartbreaker".  Even though my dad did not get to hear her sing his favorite song "Fire and Ice", he still had the biggest smile on his face. 

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