Growing up in the 80's, I've always been a fan of the hair bands. I spent the high school and college years listening to Ratt, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Faster Pussycat, Cinderella, Slaughter, etc. And of course, I'll always have a special place in my heart for Poison since I met a girl during a college spring break because of one of their songs. She and I meant a lot to each other for the week that we were together ... hang on, I think I'm tearing up.
Ok, I'm better. Anyway, several weeks ago, I was out with some friends, and one of them (Damon) mentioned an upcoming concert that he was thinking of attending. I was the only one in the group proud enough to admit that I would be willing to go, for I had no shame, as I have demonstrated on many occasions. Plans were made, and tickets were later purchased.
We arrived at the concert and made our way to our seats in the nosebleed section. The opening act, Dokken, was already rockin' the house. You heard me ... Dokken! They played all the favorites (well, the ones I knew) and sounded good, but I can't comment on how they looked, since we were so far up.
After they finished their set, Damon and I snuck down to some floor-level seats, getting as close to the stage as we could. Finally, the second band, Whitesnake, kicked off their set. Again, they sang the "classics" which sounded great. David Coverdale still had the range, although he didn't looked like he had aged well. I noticed he was wearing baggy jeans instead of the traditional spandex. He did have the best line of the night though when he introduced a song with: "Here's another old one for you ... what am I saying? They're all old!"
And finally, the evening was capped off with a rousing performance by the headliners, the Scorpions. Most of the principle players were the same as during their heyday, with the only new people being the bass player and the drummer. The drummer rocked, by the way, during his obligatory extended solo. They finished their set, and encored with Winds of Change, Still Loving You, and Rock You Like a Hurricane.
My brother Ron and I had the Scorpions World Wide Live CD back in 1985, which was recorded live in San Diego. I noticed something similar between that concert and this one: for the most part, the only banter from the lead singer that I could understand was when he would say the name of the town. "Blah, blah, mumble, mumble, Austin, Texas!" I hope he wasn't saying anything important.
Damon took a few pictures during the concert, and I've included the links to a couple of them that I placed on my website. See if you can guess which one of us is wearing a wig.