In the past, I have mused on what were my favorite concerts. This musing is about my favorite concert experiences or moments. While the particular show, may or may not have made my list of favorite concerts, these particular moments stand out for me. So in no particular order, other than how they came to my brain, here are some of my favorite memories:
- The opening of Styx’s Paradise Theatre show in Nashville – I was standing within a person or two of the front row as A.D. 1928 starts with a lone janitor sweeping the floor in front of a large curtain. True to the album order, Rockin the Paradise kicks off with the curtain dropping, lights flashing, and pyrotechnics for days. The shock was amazing.
- Sammy Hagar – 5150 tour in Memphis - This was Sammy’s third show with Van Halen and it was so full of energy. The sound guy must have figured he could over power any acoustic because my ears ached for two days. Also, Sammy & Eddie both climbed up on the lighting catwalk above the stage. Sammy even stood on the railing and leaned out over the crowd only hanging on by one hand. Two nights later in Nashville it was only Sammy on the catwalk. My theory on why is in a later bullet.
- Jimmy Buffett – W.O. Smith Music School benefit at Tennessee Performing Arts Center– the opening song was Jimmy coming out barefooted and sitting on the edge of the stage with his feet dangling. He launched into It’s My Job as he started an unforgettable night of truly acoustic music.
- Van Halen in Atlanta – Sammy reunion show – Sammy left Van Halen without any prior hint so many Van Halen fans felt like they never got a chance to say good-bye. This tour was that chance. It was obvious that this would be his last tour with the band. When It’s Love was the last song they played and I loved the fact that one of my favorite VH songs was the last one I heard Sammy sing with them.
- Van Halen – 1984 (I think) tour in Nashville at the Municipal Auditorium – my friend Joe and I had aged enough to know that trying to get up front was too much hassle, but loved standing on the floor. We had discovered that the sound was awesome at the back of the floor by the sound board. Well, we look over and who is watching the show about ten feet from us but Valerie Bertinelli – Eddie’s wife at the time. [This is why I think Eddie didn’t get on the catwalk]
- Alabama A&M Homecoming – My roommate and blog host, his future (and current) wife, and I noticed that there was a great show happening at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville. Midnight Starr, Zap, featuring Roger (never figured out which one was Roger), and the Gap Band were playing. We head down to see it and then realize it was Alabama A&M’s homecoming. To say we stood out is an understatement. Let’s just leave it at that.
- Van Halen – Atlanta & Nashville – Van Halen (with Sammy) was touring and kicked off their tour at an amphitheater in Atlanta. There is something about the opening night of a tour – the band is so jacked up with energy. Well, we spent the night in Atlanta and then drove back to Nashville the next day to [you guess it] see them again at Starwood amphitheater. It was quite the experience.
- That Nashville Moment – this occurs at any concert in Nashville. It always seems that when artists perform here, they always pull another star out on stage with them. Whether it was Ann Wilson with Emmylou Harris and Allison Kraus or Jimmy Buffett having his former neighbor John Kay (Steppenwolf) come out, it is always a treat.
Thanks for indulging me as I stroll down memory lane. Hopefully, there are many more moments in the future.
Musing in Nashville