It has been a long time since I have been to a rock concert. I've been fortunate in the past to be at some very interesting ones -- the last time Page & Plant played together; the U2 concert in Sun Devil Stadium that was filmed for the movie Rattle & Hum; and best of all the last great Pink Floyd gig, for which a friend and I flew from Moscow to London to see and it also ended up being filmed (it was called Pulse).
However, my two sons are now 12 and 10 and have yet to see a show, despite the fact that they have inherited my love of great music. We were teased terribly last summer. We found out that Green Day was going to play Phoenix the very day that we had to fly from Phoenix to Washington DC. Then in Washington we found out that we would miss both Green day (again) and Tool by just a day.
So, I felt bad and decided that we were going to see something no matter what. I searched for our favorite bands to see who was on tour. Green Day seemed to be the only good choice (though a great one, of course) since they would be travelling through Europe this summer. U2 were also going to be in Moscow in August, but that was at a bad time for us. So, we head out next Thursday for London.
I chose to see Green Day in London for a few reasons. One is that London is a fantastic city, and though I have been there many times, my family never has. Two, the concert is going to be at Wembley Stadium, and such a huge venue should lend added electricity to the show. We then got lucky and found that Pearl Jam got added to a big event at Hyde Park less than a week later, so we added tickets to them also.
I wasn't a huge fan of Green Day for their real punk years. It was only when the more accessible American Idiot came out that I began to change my mind. Seeing the Bullet in a Bible concert on DVD blew me away and I really became a fan (along with my younger son). Then their latest album also was great, so they are truly on a roll.
I have been a Pearl Jam fan since the beginning. While I love many of their famous songs, I thought I should mention some that I love that never seem to get any attention. One such song is Tremor Christ. It has such a discordant musical beginning that it is easy to dismiss, but the vocals are amazing, even a bit haunting. A list of my absolute favorites is Thin Air, Yellow Ledbetter, Sad, Fatal, Dead Man, I Got ID, In My Tree, Green Disease, Better Man, Even Flow, Alive, and Oceans. That's just the ones with five stars in my iTunes! Check them out if you haven't heard them.