I’d like to start off by saying that I should have been a teenager in the 70’s. Musically at least. Perhaps from the mid 70’s to the mid 80’s. I grew up on my parents’ music and it never really left me. When I was little, my mom got me to clean the house by putting on albums by Bon Jovi, Meat Loaf, and Joan Jett. These were some of my favourites but there were so many others that lace the memories of my childhood Saturdays as I helped my mother vacuum, dust, declutter and various other chores.
My parents are huge music fans of any kind and I took this personality trait to heart. I almost always have music of some kind playing wherever I am and I love all different genres. I re-purchased a great deal of my parent’s albums/tapes on CD when I got older and I now have all these songs on my trusty mp3 player as well.
As you can imagine, because of how much I love music, I’ve been to a lot of concerts. A few years ago, I had to put myself on a concert/hockey game embargo for a year because I added it up and had spend almost a two grand on them in a little over two years. For me, that’s a hell of a lot of cash. So I went a year without concerts and as soon as that was over, I was right back at it. I saw Three Days Grace and Our Lady Peace (for the third time) almost right away.
One annual concert/festival that my fair city does every year is something that, in my opinion, is really very awesome. It’s called Rock the Park and it takes place over three days every summer with 12 bands or so participating. It was started in 2004 to support the Bethany’s Hope Foundation and if I heard it right this year, it has raised over a million dollars for this charity. Some of my favourite bands have played this concert over the years, such as Journey, Def Leppard, and Alice Cooper.
In the previous 6 years, I’ve always wanted to to go Rock the Park. My parents went for a lot of the shows and the summer that my sister was working with the RCMP, she worked the beer tent so she got to see the concert for free. I was always either busy or didn’t have enough money to go and never was able to partake.
This year though, when they announced the line up, I was all over it. The first night there weren’t a whole lot of bands that I desperately wanted to see but the Friday night was headlined by Meat Loaf and the Saturday had Our Lady Peace performing. It’s hard to get the opportunity to see bands that were at their massive peak in 10-20 years ago so the opportunity to see Meat Loaf doesn’t come around often and I try to see Our Lady Peace whenever I can because they always put on an amazing show.
As the concert came closer, however, I didn’t manage to get around to getting any tickets. However, my friend and I ended up with free tickets for the Thursday night show, featuring Trooper, Loverboy, Steppenwolf, and Poison. Despite the fact that it was the second hottest day ever recorded here in the city of London, we totally went. It was great. All kinds of fun people, great music, beer and fun times.
The most epic thing happened right before Steppenwolf took the stage. I was waiting for my friend to use the porta-potty (don’t even get me started on these things) when a man came up to me and said, “Do you have fifty bucks?” Being slightly suspicious, I cautiously inquired as the the reason he would as me such a question.
What he said next had me tingling all over and jumping around in excitement. He looked at me and said, “I have two tickets to tomorrow night’s show and I can’t use them. I’ll go as low as $40.00.” I immediately pulled out my wallet and saw that I $30 left and told him my friend was in the washroom and could he wait a couple minutes. When she returned I hopped up and down and asked if she had ten bucks. SHE DID!
We scored two $60 tickets to the Meat Loaf concert for $40. A savings of $80 to see the concert I most desperately wanted to see.
We didn’t end up staying for Poison because it was freaking 44 degrees with the humidex and we were melting. We reasoned that we had tickets to the preferred show for both of us and we could deal without seeing Brett Michaels in concert.
We went again the next night, thankfully a much cooler night with more misting stations set up for us to prance through and cool down in. We got to see Blue Oyster Cult (a little bit of Don’t Fear the Reaper) and Cheap Trick which was just awesome but nothing compared to finally getting to see Meat Loaf live in concert. It was so cool. I had been dying to see this concert since I was a little kid with a broom in my hands, belting out Bat Out of Hell even though I didn’t understand what the lyrics meant at all.
So in summary, I have now been able to cross another old school yet epic concert off my list. It’s getting down to the wire, people…some of these bands are getting hard to track down in concerts nearby. I may have to start travelling more.