Sir Elton John

Just when you thought I had gone quiet, I am back with one last post I just had to write.

Last night I saw Elton John in Concert, he has been touring for 48 years and has been to Australia 17 times, I have never attended a concert of his before last night, such a shame, all those wonderful concerts I missed. I’m not even sure why, no money, busy, kids, who knows.

I am not a religious person, but last night could almost be classified as a religious experience, no fan fare, no pyrotechnics, no prancing around a stage like an idiot; just one enormously talented man and his piano. He had us at ‘Hello Melbourne’, it brought chills up my spine, tears to my eyes and joy in my heart. Still brings a tear to my eye thinking back.

I’ll leave you with a few pics………..sorry off the phone so not brilliant. I tried to upload some video, but not working – sorry

What a way to start my vacation…………..simply brilliant. Tonight we are off for Light Painting and we leave first thing in the morning for our trip………………bye

-Julz

 

Summer Outings – AC/DC In Concert

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Last Night I went to an AC/DC Concert, remember those guys? At 60+ they can still rock it – well sort of. I would love to say it was brilliant, but truth be told it is probably one of the worst concerts I have EVER been too.ย Let me explain;

First Malcolm is too sick to travel, Phil is currently under house arrest back in NZ, so that left Brian (although much beloved, he still is no Bon Scott!) and Angus. Is that still classified as AC/DC? Brian is now 68 and Angus 60. Brian tottered around the stage like an old man, mumbling into the microphone. Angus still had it, albeit a little slower.

The volume was cranked up so loud (on average 85 decibels and peaked at 92! Moth has a noise app on his phone), it was so loud the music was completed distorted to an ear splitting, eardrum bleeding white noise. Apart from a few well known Anthems I honestly cannot tell you what songs they played, music was unrecognisable. The light show was not particularly impressive (especially after seeing KISS earlier in the year). The finale was OK.

I actually found the antics of the crowd and the dress ups more entertaining. Grown men (probably my age) getting their air guitar on! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย and 50-60+ dressing up as school boys. The atmosphere was good, friendly and the weather was nice (open air stadium), shame it sounded so bad!

Now I know what you are going to say; what can you expect they are old men now!ย So we the guys from The Eagles, so is Sting, Paul Simon and KISS……….and those concerts were in no way a let down, in fact I was electrified after seeing their performance; especially KISS – those guys were older and had more moves! Still all that sex, drugs, booze and rock’n’roll, it makes take it’s toll! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am going to see Elton John shortly, hopefully it will be a better report.

-Julz

 

Reliving my Youth

KISS_2Way back in the past…..in a misbegotten youth I was in the Army, not just any Army, but the KISS Army! Remember KISS – The GREATEST Band in the world? Well KISS is touring again, unbelievably doing a 40th Anniversary World Tour! These guys are currently in their 60’s still jumping, flying, kicking and dancing around in their 7″ platform heels; they’re 20 years older than me and I could barely walk the stairs in the stadium!

I remember way back when, my first introduction was in the 70’s I vividly remember seeing them in a film about alternative glam rock in my music appreciation class in Primary School, I wasn’t even a teenager yet, but they still sparked something. Not long after a brother of a friend introduced me to some more of the music, I was hooked. I got hold of bootleg copies of all their stuff, which honestly wasn’t a lot back then, mostly live stuff with really bad audio. By 1979 the Dynasty Album hit Australia, this was their 7th album and suddenly, they were a hit, they were cool……..I already knew it!

I was completely obsessed, typical teenager, every inch of my room was covered in photos, articles, drawings. By the time Unmasked hit the Aussie shores, in 1980, the fans were in a complete frenzy, a tour was announced and I begged, pleaded, probably even threatened to throw myself off a bridge to convince my parents to a) let me go b)buy me a ticket. I got mine with friends through the KISS Army, we spent weeks painting our banner, we waited hours at the airport for them to arrive, we spent hours camped out at their hotel, we cued for hours to get into the area where the concert was held. Even the media were in a frenzy, nothing like KISS had hit our shores since the Beatles.

I had never seen anything like it…………believe me you will NEVER forget your first KISS Concert; the music, the theatrics, the pyrotechnics, the blood, gore, fire breathing, these guys KNOW HOW to put on a show!

I went and saw them on stage a few years back as well, Must have been the Kiss my arse tour in 1995; no theatrics (well not really), no costumes, no make-up, it was truly weird, 4 guys on stage in street clothes (Just like any normal rock band)……….but once they started playing, the still brought the house down!

KISSJump forward 35 years – these guys STILL know how to put on a show. Moth had never seen them live, I think at first he was shocked, not sure what to expect, it’s a circus atmosphere, it’s a spectacle, by the time the concert finished everyone was pumped. KISS covers all ages, we saw a lot of young kids (under 10) in full dress and make up, the KISS Army is still alive and thriving………….they were everywhere, 40 – 50 year olds (like us), some even much older, all in face paint, T-shirts and more……….there was even a baby (I kid you not, could not have been more than 6 months old, ear muffs on grinning and bouncing around on Mum’s knee).

Seriously I could not stop grinning, I had the time of my life, still am pumped listening to Dynasty as I write this ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s funny, I posted a pics on Instagram and got comments from – “are they still around” to “WOW I wish I was they” and “They are the greatest band ever”. Love them or Hate them……….everyone knows WHO they are and that’s the best kind of publicity isn’t it? They truly are legends when it comes to marketing! I even got a hit from KISSARMYUSA on instagram lol!

-Julz