It’s time for my preseason concert preview post! Since all of my followers like the exact same music that I do, here’s my live concert menu for 2017. Make your plans accordingly:
Willie Nile, April 8th – Never heard of him? I was first exposed to Willie Nile when he opened for Southside Johnny and Hall & Oates on the Freehold Raceway infield, summer of 1980. His performance was so impressive that I pried $5 from my wallet (a king’s ransom in 1980) and bought his debut album on cassette. I then proceeded to stretch that tape out for the next few years until it became lost in the vortex of college, misplaced somewhere between my innocence and faith in humanity. Thanks to the Internet, I know Willie is still alive, still performing, still awesome and playing in DC for only a $25 ticket. That’s $200 in 1980 dollars – a bargain.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, April 12th – This is a tentative show for me. My son has an extra ticket and I offered to buy it from him and provide complimentary transportation and parking to the concert. If he finds a more age-appropriate companion for the evening, I’ll stay home. I am excited to see them perform. Californication is one of my favorite albums and their newest release is pretty darn good; however, if I end up saving money on the required earplugs, I’ll be ok.
Midnight Oil, May 9th – Many will know their biggest hit, Beds Are Burning from their Blue Sky Mining album, but I’m going to hear Power and the Passion, their MTV-era video that captivated a generation. OK, it only captivated me because it features their 7 foot tall leader singer Peter Garrett, pulsating and jerking like this:
Peter Garrett wasn’t just part of the problem – he was a member of the Australian House of Representatives for 9 years, a long time political agitator, and did I mention really tall? Special thanks to Greg Wilson for turning me on to these guys (along with The Smiths and XTC along the way). I will be unrecognizable in the mosh pit for this one, shedding my advanced age for the evening. I plan to hit my health care deductible after the night is through.
U2, June 20th – I was luck enough to see them on their first Joshua Tree tour in 1987 (and the Unforgettable Fire tour in 1985), but I am most fortunate to be sharing this 30th anniversary tour event with 2 of my kids. If they weren’t embarrassed enough by me dancing through our first concert together, Squeeze and The English Beat, wait til they see me at U2. Every child should experience a U2 concert even if it means spending time with their dad. Special thanks to Heather for bringing back the U2 War album from London and introducing me to Bono and the boys. How many other bands from those days can still claim the same line up?
Moody Blues, July 20th – How could I turn down a chance to celebrate the 50th anniversary tour for Days of Future Passed? I have been blessed with older siblings who introduced me to the iconic album. Prior to this record, my only exposure to classical sounds was Saturday mornings with Bugs Bunny (who could ever forget the melodic magic of Kill the Wabbit). Nights in White Satin became the senior prom song for a generation, replacing Chicago’s Colour My World and peaking long before Bob Segar’s We’ve Got Tonight took high school gymnasiums by storm. The evening will be bittersweet since the band is the most egregious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snub, now that Yes has finally been honored. It should be a perfect evening on the lawn at Wolftrap.
So what concerts are on your list this summer? Will I see any of you among the crowds?