Tropical Depression: Arena Rock Oh my god I am procrastinating. Butterflies in stomach, sleepless nights procrastinating. Made an appointment to get a haircut in the middle of the day procrastinating. So why ruin a good thing.
Last weekend I got an early Christmas present. An old friend came into town for a concert at Aloha Stadium and since I wasn't busy (procrastinating is cool) I went along (free ticket for sleeping over and driving). Pearl Jam opened. U2 was the headliner. It was the last concert of their Vertigo tour. Now, I have never owned a U2 album or a Pearl Jam album and if you asked me to name more than one album by either band I would be hard pressed to do so. But one does not turn down a free concert ticket to see two superstar bands right down the street at an outdoor arena.
Rock and Wow. The lights: Holy cow they were spectacular. I had no idea lights could be silver. The visuals: They had Hi-def screens with more square footage than my entire house. The sing-alongs: Damn that was fun. Parking: I got rockstar parking (right at the entrance). The seats: Kick ass. Though my neighbors on the right were the people who go to a concert to sit down. No yelling or clapping or W00Ting. These people were seriously lame and even left before the first encore.
There were certain U2 protocols that I was not familiar with, for instance during "Pride(in the name of love)" the audience sings the "oh-oh-oh-oh" back ups and NOT the actual chorus. Who knew? But somehow I knew the words to almost all of the songs. How they make everything so damn catchy I do not know.
The steady hard rocking of Eddie Vedder and crew was an undeniably fun wall of sound experience. And Eddie got some serious street cred by doing a cover of a very meaningful Hawaiian song and sending shout-outs to different local neighborhoods. They also did a really great cover of Baba O'Riley (teenage wasteland) that made me remember how much I wish I had a time machine so I could see The Who in concert.
And the beauty of an outdoor show. A cloudless sky. Stars dotting the canopy. Three encores. Dude from Green Day showed up. And at the end everyone played "(Keep on) Rockin in the Free World".