How Old is Too Old?

musings 250_edited-1This is a bonus musing for all the readers out there.  I recently posted a musing about the Bret Michaels show (Bret Michaels: Takes a Licking, Keeps on Rocking), but there was a side musing that was begging to come out.

We sat down in the Franklin Theatre to wait for the show and as always, I am people watching.  A rock concert is almost as good of a people-watching place as the Nashville airport.  Anyway, I spy this dude a couple of rows down from my seat and he made me do a WTH double take:

What the hell was Bret Michaels doing out in the audience?  Why weren’t people mobbing him?  Was I the only one who saw him?

I quickly realized that this was some Rock of Love wannabe who was hoping to score with a too-drunk-to-tell-it-isn’t-Bret middle aged soccer mom.  Then I was on a mission.  Snag a picture of him clandestinely for this very blog that I am writing.  This was the best shot I could get:

too oldMy first theory was shot when I noticed Mr. Wannabe had a buxom blonde with him.  Then I noticed that every five minutes he would stand up, turn around, and scan the crowd like he was looking for someone.  At times he looked like Leonardo on the front of that damn boat that sank.  I don’t think he ever found what he was looking for in the crowd.

too old 2This whole episode got me wondering – why?  Was he not hugged enough as a child?  Was he in that much need of attention?  I mean, I understand teeny bopper girls wanting to dress like Miley (well, I really don’t, but play along) or young guys adopting the look of the day – denim, leather, cut-out sweatshirts (think Mike Reno in Loverboy).  But the key word is young, not 30-something.  Isn’t that a little too old?  I bet he lives at home, drives his mom’s mini-van to the shows, and works at the local Best Buy so he can get discounts on sub-woofers for Mom’s van.

But perhaps his purpose was fulfilled – occupy my time and mind while waiting on the show.   If so, well done Mr. Wannabe, well done.

Bret Michaels: Takes a Licking, Keeps on Rocking

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Bret Michaels rocks the Franklin Theatre. (Photo: Zach Clayton)

It Takes A Licking and Keeps on Rocking.

No, I’m not describing a Timex watch.  I am describing the Bret Michaels show that I saw at the Franklin (TN) Theatre on September 9.  If you follow any rock & roll news, you know that Bret suffered brain hemorrhages, an appendectomy, mini-strokes, and swinging light rigs.  All this in addition to his life long battle with Type 1 diabetes.  Knowing a little bit about the latter, in his 45 years since diagnosis, he has endured well over 50,000 insulin injections and over 80,000 blood sugar checks.  I say all of that to let you know that Bret still knows how to put on a show and keep the crowd growing.

As the lights went out, Guns & Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” blared from the speakers and the P.A. announcer encouraged the crowd to get on their feet.  As soon as the majority of the crowd was standing Bret & his four-piece band came out and started the show with the Poison hit “Talk Dirty to Me”.

From there until the end of their hour-long set, they basically played what you would expect – a Poison greatest hits set list.  He did throw in Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” & Sublime’s “Love is What I Got”.  He indicated that the Sublime song was what he would listen to as he was doing physical therapy.  He would often provide an expanded introduction to each song, which is always a treat for me to hear why an artist likes or wrote a particular song.

Watch a video clip from the show:
Bret Michaels clip

If you have ever visited Bret’s website, you realize that he graduated magna cum laude from the Gene Simmons’ school of “how to sell anything”.  Throughout the show, they were talking about going to the merchandise table and get your meet & greet wristband.  Since my youngest son has Type I, my wife thought it might be cool to get one – Not $200/each cool, though.  After the show, they auctioned off Bret’s hat & shirt that he wore during the show for charity.

All in all, it was a great show and I was glad we went.  While his scissor kicks may not be as high as in the 80’s, he can still put on a rock show.  All proof that he can take a licking & keep rocking.

Musing in Nashville


The Root Word is “Class”

musings 250_edited-1Remember way back in English class when we learned about root words?  The fact that several words can be tied back to a single word?  Well, the root word for this column is “class”.  Over the last few weeks, I purchased tickets to three separate shows coming up in the next few months.  On the surface, they don’t look like the other, but the root word is class for all three.

Loretta Lynnclassic county.  Loretta is one of the female pioneers and legends of country music and is headlining the Ryman for the first time.  Of course, she played the Ryman when it was the home of the Grand Ole Opry – before the “new” Opry house was built 40 years ago.  Though I grew up 10 minutes from her home in Hurricane Mills and went to school with her daughters, I have never seen her perform.  This lady is a touring machine, still playing several shows a year.  I am really looking forward to seeing her.

Styxclassical music.  Styx is performing with the Nashville Symphony in February at the Schermerhorn Symphony center.  I have always loved listening to classic rock with an orchestra.  Whether it was the Moody Blues or Lynyrd Skynyrd with the symphony, the same ole songs are refreshed.  Skynyrd’s Tuesday’s Gone is incredible with strings and horns.  I saw a TV special where Styx performed with the Cleveland Youth Orchestra and was completely blown away.  Lady  or Crystal Ball promises to be a treat.

Bret Michaelsclass act.  Bret is playing the Franklin Theatre in September.  The Franklin Theatre is where I saw Mac McAnally and is a very cool place for a show.  I use the word class with Bret for a reason.  My youngest son was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes (T1D) 14 years ago when he was just 18 months old.  Bret was also diagnosed with T1D when he was six and has been an advocate and fundraiser for T1D agencies throughout the years.  I had the occasion to meet Bret a few years ago during a soundcheck.  I told him about Kyle and we chatted about Kyle, Bret’s T1D, and a little bit about music.  He was a very nice, down-to-earth guy and we wound up chatting about our respective diabetes worlds.

If you have read my columns for any length of time, you have seen that my taste in music is varied, and my recent concert ticket purchases could be Exhibit A.  I will let you know how these shows go, until then “stay classy San Diego”. Finest Craft Beers from America’s Best Micro Breweries- 728x90 banner