The Skimmer and I were in the car last night, on the way to dinner. I was telling him about the Cheap Trick/Poison/Def Leppard concert.
"Those people really do that thing with their hands and their tongues."
Then I did the heavy metal...what would you call it? Salute?
"What surprised me even more about the crowd was there were people there of all ages. Lots of people older than me. You know that nice older lady who works down at Starbucks? There were hundreds of people there just like her, doin' the heavy metal salute! It was killin' me."
Then The Skimmer and I did the heavy metal salute at each other.
Then I continued, "Ok. I've got something to tell you."
"Never mind! I'm not telling you."
"Ok. KJ never got the tickets."
"I met her and D at the box office and her first words were, 'Stupid drummer didn't get us the tickets!' You know, I shouldn't have been surprised. Totally KJ's MO. Free tickets! Backstage passes! So, I had to buy my ticket."
"I am never telling you in a million trillion years."
"Oh my God. Let's just say it was...too much."
"I'm never telling you! More than I paid for Bruce Springsteen. Let's just say that. Let's just ponder, for one second, that I paid way more to see Cheap Trick, Poison and Def Leppard than I paid to see Bruce."
"How much did your Springsteen ticket cost?"
"I'm not telling you that! Then you'll be able to do the math."
"C'mon, tell me."
"Ok. I paid $80 to see Bruce Springsteen. $80.00! What a deal."
"How much for last night?"
"...nine dollars! Onehundredandthirtyninedollars!"
"OH MY GOD!!"
"OH MY GOD!! One hundred and thirty nine dollars to see Poison! I am still stunned. Stunned!"
"Oh man. That's crazy. Who can spend that kind of money now?"
"No one except the 15,000 to 20,000 people who were there doing the heavy metal salute all around me, I guess."
"Well, that's ok. I spend too much golfing."
"It's not ok. It's unbelievable. I used to be out at Blossom four times a week. I'd see the Doobie Brothers, Linda Rondstadt, Eric Clapton and I don't know, Southside Johnny all in the same week. Every ticket five bucks."
"I remember when they were $4.00."
"Bud Lights were $11.00 last night! T-shirts were $45! Oh my God. As soon as we got inside Blossom last night it started thundering and lightning. I told KJ and D, 'Great! No only are we at a Poison concert, we had to pay get get into a Poison concert and now we're gonna die at a Poison concert!' And then Cheap Trick couldn't land their plane at the airport because of the horrendous weather. So, I was like, and now we're not even going to see Cheap Trick! It kept getting better and better."
Which it did. I was with two great friends who I hadn't seen in years, and we laughed and joked around all night long. It stopped storming and the sun came out. Cheap Trick finally showed up and sounded great. Poison was not my cup of tea. But, Def Leppard was something. Their stage show was outrageous. I was like the Memorex guy.
Completely blown away. By the ticket prices, my lasting friendships and Def Leppard's solid wall of sound.