Last gig: Kansas last night at Copernicus Center in Chicago - opening night of their 40th anniversary tour - woot!!
Got a $15 ticket offer via Goldstar email just a few days ago... Such a deal!!! Couldn't rally any of my usual classic rock gig buddies (husband, sister, & brother-in-law) to go either due to lack of interest and/or other plans already made, but I decided to go anyway, and I'm SO GLAD I DID!! At it turned out, I ran into a good old friend I'd not seen in awhile...and get this, she was with her (I'm guessing) 70-ish year old mother
who is a big Kansas fan - not so surprising I guess since she is not that much older than the band members themselves and would have been only 30 when the band formed. Lol, well I was 12 when they formed which means... fuck!
- I'm old/getting old as well!
Ah well, c'est la vie! Anyway.... It seems that no matter what kind of show or event I go to alone, I always end up running into someone I know which is cool.
Kansas was entertaining & enjoyable on so many levels. The only major drawback is that original lead singer Steve Walsh (62 years old) clearly does not have the voice he had in his 20s, and since (at least for me) a big appeal of 70s-era Kansas was the strong vocals on songs like Carry On Wayward Son, that's kinda sad. HOWEVER, violinist David Ragsdale made up for it all since he is up front center stage and really steals the show. There are few rock acts that employ a violin in nearly every song and I just love it. Perhaps this is one of the reasons (and of course there were many others) why Eluveitie was such a huge turn on for me when I first heard them several years ago. I always enjoyed the violin in bands like Kansas & even country rock "fiddle" groups like The Charlie Daniels Band wayback when. I also love classical violin artists - in particular Rachel Barton & Joshua Bell - who I've seen a few times each live.
As for other non-metal gigs I've been to lately (last metal gig was Watain on 10/12).... went to see two classic Italian operas with my family at Lyric Opera of Chicago's Civic Opera House: Guiseppe Verdi's Otello (1887) on 10/21 and Giacomo Puccini's Madame Butterfly (1904) on 10/26. Both were outstanding, especially Madame Butterfly. My parents were always playing opera records in our house when I was growing up (and they took me to several at the Civic Opera House & a few at New York's Metropolitan), and although I haven't actively listened to much opera as an adult, I think I'm going to start now. I always knew I would some day, and now seems like a good time for some reason. I may go to Wagner's (5 hour) Parsifal with my 79 years old dad in the next few weeks.... he's probably the only person in my extended network of friends and family who would be willing to sit through 5 hours of Wagner (he's a huge Wagner/opera fan who has travelled a fair amount in the US and overseas to see opera (and of course do other things as well) - I definitely get my manic-ness when it comes to my interests from him.
Thought about going to see Arkona tonight (and I love the small venue they're playing at), but I've seen them before & was not too crazy about them (which surprised me as I like them ok on record); plus I have other plans. May go to see Morbid Angel this month at House of Blues (mainly out of curiousity, since I don't know their music much). And Kvelertak & High on Fire is still high on my November gig list, but I haven't bought my ticket yet.
Life is great!