Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Rednecks and Rap Rock

It seems so long ago that Meaghan got tickets to see Bon Jovi and Kid Rock at Rogers Centre, but as soon as July started, the day was suddenly upon us. Although the Rogers Centre is not an ideal venue for any concert1, it was still a very entertaining, albeit sweaty, concert.

A Thank You Note

I'm not a giant fan of either performer, but know most of the songs, so at the very least, I was able to sing along. But, before we get to that, let's talk people watching. We knew going in that there was a better-than-even chance that were we going to be well below the median age in the group, as both bands are definitely cougar-friendly. As it turned out, we were treated to plenty of animal prints, sequined cowboy hats, and tight-fitting leather vest/black denim combos.


There were, however, a surprising number of younger fans (including many, many "Whoo! Girls"), including almost our entire row. Which brings me to the fans seated directly to our left, a couple. The common setup at the concert was Girlfriend Fan/Boyfriend Dragged. This, however, was the complete opposite - the gentleman in the couple was, by far, the most animated Bon Jovi fan I've ever seen. And while his girlfriend was clearly enjoying herself, she did not have his dance moves down. For the entire concert, he sang his heart out, waved his arms, stamped his feet, and re-affirmed to his guest that he was having a great time. Oh, and when JBJ played Living on a Prayer as the final song of his encore, he almost lost his mind.2

Bon Jovi

And, in a weird contrast, the person next to Meaghan kept hogging the arm rest and actually fell asleep during several points of the show.

Again, there will be pictures to come, as we had a pretty good view from the first row of the 500s, with a little help from a zoom lens, but suffice to say, despite the heat, it was a heck of a show.

1 - A fact mentioned by Bon Jovi in his thank you speech to the fans
2 - However, it's almost like he's never been to a concert. He screamed "OH MY GOD! I didn't think they were going to play it!" Nope, bands almost never play their most famous songs

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