Thirteen concerts I’ve been attended:
1. Sting – He played at a relatively small indoor venue (only holds about 10,000 people, which is small for a Sting concert) near where I live; the man has a fantastic muscality, and I could have listened for hours.
2. Chris Isaak – Saw him twice, once in the late 1980’s at the Marin County Fair (Marin County is north of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge) and once about four or five years ago at an outdoor concert on my birthday. The second time, he signed a CD for me. For part of the concert, he wore a blue wool suit with small rectangular mirrors on it; he made a joke about being able to see his a$$.
3. Brian Setzer – Saw him on my birthday the year before the Chris Isaak concert. Small venue, less than 2000 seats and not a bad one in the house. We got to dance in the aisles with other fans.
4. Emmylou Harris – We were given free tickets to this concert by my sister’s coworker. Same venue as the Brian Setzer concert, but no one danced at this one. She has a lovely ethereal voice.
5. Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Saw them twice, once at the college I was attending at the time and once at an outdoor concert at a ski resort. They rock! They know how to entertain the crowd. “Bittersweet” is still my favorite album of theirs.
6. Stevie Ray Vaughn – Early to mid-1990’s, I think. It was not long before he died. The turnout for the concert wasn’t great, but he played a long time. My first serious boyfriend used to like to fall asleep listening to Stevie’s albums.
7. REO Speedwagon – I was in high school, and they were cool. Enough said.
8. Kansas – Outdoor concert in Santa Clara, California, late 1980’s. The sun went down, and so did the temperature. We were all underdressed and froze. “Dust in the Wind” is one of my favorite songs, although now I associate it with the TV series “Highlander” because that was the “theme” song for any scene relating to Tessa’s death.
9. Oingo Boingo – Another outdoor concert in Santa Clara, late 1980’s. The “Dead Man’s Party” tour. We dressed accordingly for this one. The couple on the bench in front of us kept warm by snorting something off a key and then…um…getting it on. They were discreet, but they definitely went past third base. Someone threw a shoe at the band, which prompted the lead singer to stop and lecture the crowd.
10. No Doubt / Blink 182 – Auburn, Washington, maybe two years ago. LOUD concert. $%#%@. The speakers were to my right, and I sat with my finger in my right ear the entire time. Didn’t like Blink 182 at all. Coveted Gwen Stefani’s body (not in a lustful way, I just wish I was in as good a shape)
11. Shania Twain – Seattle, Washington, several days after the No Doubt concert. Best behaved crowd I’ve ever seen at a large concert. After the concert, we walked back to our hotel down on the water. The night was warm and humid and felt full of possibilities.
12. 10,000 Maniacs / Camper Van Beethoven – Greek Theater, Berkely, California, late 1980’s. First ticket I ever bought through BASS tickets. We had to park fourteen blocks from campus. 10,000 Maniacs were a last minute substitution for the normal opening band. I liked the Maniacs better than the Campers.
13. Richard Marx – Again, I was in high school, and he was cool.
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