full circle

(this isn’t what you’re thinking it’s going to be about)

Last Thursday, I completed a life-cycle circle.

If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you know that I have many sides to my personality. There’s the reader. The gardener. The pet-lover. The tender-hearted do-gooder. The artist.

And then, there’s the girl who still kind of loves (occasionally) to rock out. She listens to Metallica while painting those owls. She devours books by Nikki Sixx. I’ve read The Heroin Diaries and The Dirt (by all the Motley Crue band members). While I would never, ever be a groupie, I definitely have a not-so-secret alter-ego who adores all that trashy stuff.

So Thursday, I decided it was time to complete the cycle.
And go see Motley Crue in concert.

Oh, the spectacle of it all.


Ha! I loved it.

They are on tour with KISS, who I am not really a huge fan of — they were a little before my time and I never really loved their music, but I heard that their shows were pretty fantastic, so I stayed for half of it (then left to beat the rush). I have to say…

They were pretty fantastic. Dare I say, even better showmen than Motley Crue? I only knew a couple songs, but they sounded great, and the show was really highly entertaining. Great music, amazing visuals, the costumes (and the BOOTS!) were excellent. They were full of amazing energy. I kind of loved them, too.

I stayed through Gene Simmons’ “The Demon” act, which I figured was the very essence of a KISS show. Blood-spitting complete, I got out of there, totally pleased with my entire experience.

Big thanks to my friend Steve, devout metal-head and the guy who convinced that it would be totally worth my time. He was totally right! He is now recruiting me to convince his wife that she would enjoy a KISS show… I think that might be a hard sell. Although I’d highly recommend it!

Ahhhh. Now my metal-loving 1987-self is finally at peace. I’ve seen the ultimate bad boys of rock (although really, there are so many to choose from), survived, thoroughly enjoyed it, and now if one of them dies from heart failure from years of drug abuse, then I can at least say I saw them when they still put on a pretty good show.

Rock on, Motley Crue and KISS. Rock on.

And now, back to petting the cat, gardening, and reading while sipping my homemade lemon verbena tea.






8 thoughts on “full circle

  1. You’re right. That was not what I thought that was going to be about. Glad you enjoyed yourself, though. You should have seen Ryan’s face when I told him you were going to a Motley Crue concert. I told some people last night at the ball tournament – they were jealous.

  2. Too fun, although you make me feel old with your KISS comments, ha! I grew up listening to and loving KISS. I was in elementary school when my good friends got their Love Gun album and we used to crank it up in their room, turn off all the lights, and have rockin’ pillow fights. An aside: this friend’s younger brother was always a bit scared and wanted to have this glow in the dark ghost (an Avon chapstick holder) so that we wouldn’t hit him. Needless to say it just made him a glowing target so we walloped him repeatedly. Sad, I know.

    Hearing the old KISS classics bring back a TON of memories. I remember all the years of wondering who these guys were, what they looked like without the makeup, etc. Their mystique was legendary. They never have looked quite right without the makeup, lol!

    Glad you rocked out and enjoyed yourself.

    • Oh, KISS wasn’t *that* far before my time — I just didn’t have any real context for them. However, I was the prime age for Motley Crue (and all that glam rock stuff) so it was fun to relive that a little and finally have that fantasy come true (going to one of their concerts). I have to say though, KISS kind of blew me away. They really know what they are doing!

    • It was super-fun. And surprisingly, not all that loud. Granted, we were in the very very back of the pavilion, outdoors, in the back of the lawn, so the sound was somewhat dissipated. But it was really fun. I recommend it.

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