I’m just going to get this off my chest right now because it really pisses me off. We have this elitist, worthless ass schmuck named Michael Deeds who writes in the entertainment section for the Idaho Statesman newspaper. Before the Def Leppard concert, he wrote a piece about it that was snotty, condescending, rude and just flat out wrong, not only to the bands involved in this concert, but to the fans who were going to see them.
Well last night we went to the concert. It was nearly sold out, with apparently 9,277 people in attendance. He had the nerve to actually show up and then to write this review about it.
I got news for you you snotty ass hole. There’s probably about 9,276 people in the area right now who attended that concert who want to tell you what a total douche bag you are and stick their foot up your ass sideways. Not only was your review plastered with inaccuracies and insults, but it was written from an elitist twit point of view from someone who obviously doesn’t like or appreciate the type of music you were reviewing. So my question is…why did you go at all? Of the many things that pissed me off in the review, was the part where he said Joe Elliot’s voice sounded weak. If the moron had bothered to look into anything at all, he’d have known that pretty much everyone in the band had been really sick, and Joe Elliot ended up with an upper respiratory tract infection, causing them to postpone their last six shows and take a ten day enforced break from their tour. Boise was their first show back, and personally I think Joe did awesome for someone just coming off a major illness. I doubt any of the rabid fans who filled the arena to see this band that you’re so quick to put into mothballs even noticed or cared. The fact is, they came out and rocked that arena and gave everyone WAY more than their money’s worth.
So Michael Deeds, I say this with absolutely no respect whatsoever. You are a total douche bag and a complete ass hole with no integrity as a journalist, and I’m sure that everyone in that arena last night except for you agrees with me. Maybe if you’re going to pretend to be a journalist, you should at least try to do it right.
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Now, as for our experiences last night…
We left later than we wanted to. It was a mad dash to get to the bank to get money for the t-shirts we bought after the show, then to Wal Mart to get some ear plugs and then finally, after hitting every red light and four way stop on the way that we possibly could, we arrived. Three dollars later, we parked and went up to the entrance.
Getting in was a breeze, but we weren’t sure where our seats were. We just knew they were up toward the front. So we go up there and a security guy helps us find our seats. The stage was T shaped and we were in the 9th row. Where did that put us? Well, it put us right in line with the end of the T and two seats away from it. So basically, every time the guys from Def Leppard came out there, we were literally 10-15 feet away from them. How the hell awesome is that!?! Anyway, the first band up was Styx. I’ll go through the bands one at a time.
I’ve never really been into Styx. Why? I have no idea. They were just a band I heard on the radio now and then. I liked their songs but I never really thought much of them. So they came out, and my god! They were just absolutely electric on stage. That band has just a phenomenal stage presence and such incredibly nice and cool personalities that it makes anyone watching them an instant fan! The keyboardist has this rotating synth stand that he can swing around, and he was running around the stage and swinging around on his synth, even playing it backwards at times. The guitarists were both just incredible, as was the bass player and the drummer was simply amazing. After their part of the show, they came out and tossed various things into the audience. Drumsticks, guitar picks, beach balls and even Polaroid snapshots taken by the keyboardist of the various band members toward the end of their act were tossed to the ecstatic audience members. It was an amazing performance and I feel really fortunate to have seen them live.
I’ve never been a big fan of REO Speedwagon. They have some great songs, but there was something about them I couldn’t really get into. Still, they performed several of their well known hits and did a great job with them. The crowd certainly loved them and they did a really good performance.
Next up, Def Leppard came out and the whole place just fell apart. This was their returning show after having to cancel the last six due to Joe Elliot’s upper respiratory tract infection and other general illnesses in the band. You’d never know they’d been sick though. They came out and just rocked the place hard. What surprised me most about seeing them in person is how friggin’ ripped guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell are – especially Phil Collen. Those guys have been hitting the gym hard and they both were sporting six pack abs and physiques that guys half their age would envy. Bassist Rick Savage also looked to be in quite good shape. Joe looked really good for someone who’s just come off a hard illness, and poor Rick Allen was behind his drum kit the whole time and we really didn’t get to see him at all until they were done at the end and he came out to wave at the crowd. The only bits we saw of him were in the over head video screens that were showing live camera shots of the performers.
There was a large video display behind the band that stretched the length of the stage and had all kinds of great visuals running on it throughout the concert. The most striking visuals were probably during the song “Animal”, as they had a circus / sideshow theme and were really well done.
At various points, the different members of Def Leppard would come out to the end of the runway where we were and play or sing there for a bit, and at one point they even set up four microphones there and performed a couple of songs right next to us. It was just more incredible than I could even begin to describe being that close to them.
Another great thing about Def Leppard is that they’re all super nice guys. You can see that when they’re on stage. They’re all smiles and having a great time. Vivian Campbell even looked at my wife and threw her a smile when they were out next to us. You could tell they were all just having an awesome time, and I really think they appreciated the turn out and the crowd response here in Boise.
Something else that was awesome was afterwards when they were taking their bows out on the end of the stage next to us, Sharon give Phil Collen a big thumbs up and he looked directly at us and said, “Thank you,” and smiled. That was way cool!
It was just an amazing show and everyone in there, except that twit Michael Deeds, had a great time and I seriously doubt they’d have any trouble selling out that arena every time they come back here.
The crowd, despite what that twit Michael Deeds says, was of a variety of ages, and I don’t know where he was standing, but I didn’t see a single mullet in the house. I think it makes him feel like a big shot ripping on the hair thing, but the fact is, even though Def Leppard has in the past had long hair, they were never really a hair band. They were always way better than that, as is demonstrated by their staying power both on the radio and as a band in general. Again, these subtleties seem to be lost on Deeds, who can’t seem to crawl off of his elitist pedestal long enough to look deeper into the bands he’s writing about.
I’m a tall guy. I’m a bit over 6′ 1″ tall. Wasn’t it a nice surprise for me that I happened to be right behind a dude who was about 6′ 3″. Fortunately he wasn’t one of those people who bee bops around during a concert and stayed pretty still most of the time, which made it pretty easy to see around him. Still, that sucked. His wife and her friend were both a couple of groupie types, and as such were generally annoying, and at times even amusing throughout the entire show. The friend started pounding down beers, and the more beer she got in her, the more energetic she became. Fortunately, when Def Leppard came on they moved over closer to the runway, so we didn’t have to deal with the annoyances so much.
Then there was this other guy. This was between REO and Def Leppard while they were changing the stage over. He was standing there, arms folded in a blue shirt. I nudged Sharon and said, “Hey, doesn’t that guy look like David Hasselhoff?” She started laughing and said she was going to ask me later if I saw the guy that looked like David Hasselhoff.
Another thing I found funny, and I mentioned this to Sharon, was how times have changed. Back in the day during ballads, people would hold up lighters. Some people still do, but now you also see a huge number of lit up cell phone displays instead of lighters. I just thought that was amusing.
The security was really on the ball for this event. They did an excellent job with crowd control without being too overbearing. One guy scooted up into the front section where we were and got by the runway and the security guy was on him with a quickness and removed him. Whether he got taken back to his seat or actually removed from the arena I don’t know. The security guy had a hold of him the whole time I saw him being taken away though.
There was a nice guy sitting next to us with this really hot, totally yummy girl. I thought she was his wife. I came to find out later…it was his daughter!!! She was probably somewhere around 19 or 20. He didn’t look that old…maybe around my age, so I just assumed it was his wife. Then I got to thinking about it. I could have a daughter that old now too if I had had her when I was 18 or 19. How messed up is that?
After the show we went out and bought three t-shirts for $115 bucks. Yes you read that right. But for us it was worth it. Who knows if we’d get this chance again, and it was a really special night for us all around. We actually took over twice that much to buy stuff, but three t-shirts sufficed for us and we left happy, having seen an awesome show and having the best time we’ve probably ever had.
So that was our concert experience. A HUGE thank you to Def Leppard, Styx and REO Speedwagon for putting on such an awesome show. I really hope Def Leppard comes back around in the next year or two. We’d both totally love to see them again, and I’m sure the rest of the people who came last night (except the twit) would love to see them again too.
(Current Mood: happy