One of the perks of m job is my ID.....it gives me admission to the park for free. Admission includes the shows at the Amphitheater, and y'all know how I love music! Sunday was Dennis DeYoung form Styx, and what a show it was! He did all Styx songs, including Mr. Roboto, Come Sail Away, Babe, Lorelei, Blue Collar Man, Grand Illusion............the band was fabulous, and the Amp is such an intimate theater. Small, bleacher seating, the stage is only about 3 feet away from the first seats. I've always loved shows there because it IS such a small, intimate place. At 65, Dennis still has a fabulous voice, a unique voice. His lead guitarists came out looking like rock stars. They dressed in black designer jeans and boots, long hair, one in a white shirt and the other in black. They didn't just PLAY the guitars, they performed. Dennis in crisp white slacks, white sneakers, a black and white shirt and sunglasses. As he sang, my mind drifted to times and places gone by, events in my life, memories triggered by these songs. Memories of good times and bad, memories of loves and loves lost. I blinked away a few tears and forced myself back to the present as Dennis traveled across the stage, occasionally lifting his sunglasses to reveal blue eyes. I sat between friends, just acquaintances really, people I had met through attending the shows, people brought together by the love of music. They all know I work in the park, and look for me to enter the theater after my shift, and we chat while waiting for the show to begin. The crowd started getting restless about 4, it was time for him to begin, and a roar broke out as he walked onto the stage from the wings. Several songs had the audience standing, and I will admit that my little group was usually the first ones on their feet. He had some 'audience participation,' something I always love in a show. There were CD's and Tees for sale, I bought a CD, a live one with a Symphony Orchestra, containing the music of Styx as well as some classical numbers. i got home after the show and popped the first disc in my player, reliving the show as I downloaded the pictures into my computer and onto Facebook.
I love the shows at the Amp. The artists are not HUGE names, many of them were big when I was a teen, and it's great to see seniors making music, the music of THEIR youth as well as mine, the songs that made them huge names many years ago. They can still sing, still play.......they may not be as nimble and spry as they were 50 years ago, but who knows what Nickleback or Dave Mathews will be doing in 50 years. Perhaps they will be playing in the Amp and the teens of today will swarm the place, feeling the same thrill we do as we watch and listen to the rock stars of our youth. They will watch the bands, and in their hearts they will be teens once again.