So last night we saw Van Halen. Not a bad way to kick off potential unemployment, eh? And those guys really rocked out! The sound was a little off from where we were sitting – angled off to one side, high up – but, again, the rocking! Alex Van Halen’s drumming blows me away. I’m having difficulty even learning 16th notes and he’s doing that with one hand. And the other hand is doing, like, 64ths. I mean, fuck!
With his hair cut short, bleached out on top, big dark sideburns on the bottom, and a jacket with lots of swirly sequins, David Lee Roth looked very, very rockabilly. I was surprised but I still dug it. He is STILL doing those high kicks! I can’t even do those. (Do you know, I was one when their band formed? I just thought I’d mention that to date myself. And them.)
To be honest, I wasn’t initially too psyched to go. NOT because I wouldn’t want to see them in concert! Because I would; even though I was more into alternative and Keen was more the rocker I still like Van Halen (especially their less-pop-sounding stuff – what can I say, I’m not a big fan of “Jump”). But because we were looking at a couple of nighttime events in a row that we needed to attend and I wasn’t looking forward to the aftershocks… kid cranky from being left for multiple bedtimes, me tired, keeping the house clean for the babysitters (i.e. Grandma), etc. etc. And let’s face it, extra events during the holidays can just be a little tough.
I am really glad I went, though. I just like watching amazing musicians perform, regardless of genre. (OK, maybe not Country.) Keen, of course, was super super psyched!
Rock on, hubby man! - wg
P.S. If anyone has wondered why I haven’t been blogging, it’s not because I’m so busy with the season (like all the normal people), it’s because I’ve been sleeping. Every time I’ve had time to blog, I’ve taken a nap. How old and lame is that?