Yes...even the hubs and I...self dubbed the 'slightly oldsters' can rock at a Goo Goo Doll Concert and have a great night out!
This group was one of our darling Josher's fav groups and he was ALWAYS trying to get his dad and I to listen to them. Of course..we..being harried, busy, disinterested parents would listen to his tunes for a few minutes and then in typical parent personality..would half heartedly say..."oh they are great Josh..but I have to.....fill in the blank...get this done, or I'm on the run to do this...or I really just don't have time right now...but good stuff...Josh...good stuff!"
Hindsight..and so sad..that we as parents manage to discount and limit our children's interests and appreciations so often. Obviously once we lost Josh...all we do is raid his computer for the songs he listened to, and buy 'his groups' latest releases. It's our way..and especially DH's way of honoring Josh...if a little late in the process.
This would be a good time to gently remind you parents out there to TREASURE every moment you have with your beloved children...treat them like the GOLD that they are...because faster than you can ever imagine...they just might not be there one day tugging on your sleeve, vying for your attention in this insanely crazy world.
So a few months ago when DH read that the Goo Dolls were coming he said...we are GOING..and I said splendid!
I didn't know quite what to expect since it's been some time since we attended a rock concert but it was extremely enjoyable. I guess assigned seating has it's perks.
We sat next to an extremely sweet young couple, maybe on their first date..you can sorta tell...the guy hesitatingly held her hand and they were VERY polite to each other! It made me happy and sad at the same time to be surrounded in a sea of young people living their lives, happy to be attending an awesome concert. Young people celebrating the festivity's of life that exist in a single song, a single frozen moment of fun. I wondered if Josh would have attended this concert, and who he would have brought with him, or...if he would have already been married with a little one by now and too busy...or too broke...to buy the tickets. Sweet moments of bittersweet musings.
We had a really great time, although those steps in the Barbara B. Mann theatre are steep..and the step treads are NARROW...I navigated the steps CAREFULLY in my stylishly high wedgie heeled shoes. Heck, next time I'll follow the kids lead and wear blue jeans and sandals. Apparently you don't 'dress' for rock stars..hee..hee!
We had a wonderful time mingling with the masses and were happy that there was a fair share of other 'oldsters' in attendance also. Perhaps because this band has endured for some 15 years.
There was even a 'security' event when big muscle bound security guards were dispatched to sit down a group of crazy drunken girls dancing and weaving, and singing along with the band too loud.
They were distracting, but hey, they were just young and being themselves! I might not have felt so compassionate for them if we were the ones sitting directly behind them and trying to see the band through their whirling, giggling, laughing, slopping their drinks around...bad little selves...but knowing they were just having fun gave them at least a slight pardon.
The security guards stopped the nonsense, they dispersed and must have found seats somewhere else and we enjoyed the rest of the evening.
I kinda, sorta, think...if Josh would have been there...he might have been in that group, laughing, swaying, dancing, and enjoying his band...in his true Josh self...sweet, young, a little self centered but always FUN...yep I do!
Viva Josh...your band did GOOD!