Rock Concert

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We screamed at the stage, the speakers so loud we couldn’t hear ourselves. Through the smoky, cocaine-riddled haze, I spotted the Wilson sisters wailing on their guitars.

“Crazy on you-”

I sang in return, mind spinning, body sweating, blood pulsing, lips grinning. I wasn’t sure where all of my pants had gone, and my wallet was probably surfing through the opposite end of the crowd by now. But it had no money in it anyway, and I lived in such a small town the police didn’t need to see my ID when I got pulled.

“Crazy, crazy on you…”


Do you like Heart? I like Heart.

Do you like concerts?

I’VE NEVER BEEN TO ONE. I had bought tickets to go to my first ever concert in August, but I like old music and, thus, listen to old artists who can’t be coming across the pond so willy-nilly in these dangerous times. So yes, I’m getting pretty bummed out that my chances of seeing Rod Stewart live before he dies are plummeting. So I’m taking out my anger by writing about concerts in the 70’s, whether or not the depiction is accurate.

Written for the Carrot Ranch prompt for April 16th, Crazy.

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28 thoughts on “Rock Concert

  1. crispina kemp says:

    Despite for some years being a theatre manager, I’ve never been to an arena. I don’t think I’d like. Too many people all squeeze together. As to theatre-based concerts… yea. 🙂

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      It’s one of my bucket list items to see Rod Stewart in real life. With him being 75, I’d say it’s more likely he’s the limiting factor (I’m less than half his age). He’s (theoretically) coming to NC in August, and I was like OMG and bought tickets as quickly as I could. If that plan doesn’t come to fruition due to Covid or something, I have no idea what I’ll do beyond feel bereft.

  2. D. Wallace Peach says:

    I hope you get to a concert when the world reopens, HRR. I went to a couple as a teenager and even slept through one (I was soo tired). Clearly not the fan that you describe and a terrible date. Lol. My favorite concert was my first: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Joni Mitchell in 1974-ish. 🙂

  3. D. Avery @shiftnshake says:

    Used to like Heart as a teen. Never liked big concerts or too loud music. Have had many eagworms from this prompt, and now this, so thanks for that.
    (This Thing Called Love, the Dwight Yoakum version; Crazy, both Willie and Patsy; and others that I have finally shed)
    I have been to the Newport jazz and folk tests a couple times, that’s really great, good music but mellow lawn chair/blanket vibe.

  4. Ann Edall Robson says:

    Over the years, II was fortunate to see a bizarre mix of entertainers such as The Bellamy Brothers, Kenny Rogers & Dotti West, Charlie Pride, Frank Mills, and Meatloaf. Then came the mellowing years, as I call them, which still justified tickets to Neil Diamond and Il Divo. Concerts nowadays don’t interest me much, but I still enjoy listening to all the old tunes.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Charlie Pride! I haven’t heard that name in a long time. And it seems like you’re well-versed in the concert world – perhaps you’ll find another concert at some point that will interest you.

  5. Jules says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed large crowds or loud noise. I remember nose bleed seats at ball games… I’m the one at the wedding that has no problem telling the ‘band’ to turn the volume down so I can hear the person next to me. I always wonder at those events why the DJ’s are wearing ear protection… I couldn’t tell you a musical artist to save my… well – you know. I listen to an oldies station. But they’ve been creeping some 80’s and 90’s stuff in.

    I was watching a commercial for some honorary show for another musician I’ve heard of and never really got into… and I couldn’t tell you at least 3/4ths of the folks claiming they were either inspired or influenced by the person being honored. I might be crazy but I like music I can sing to and clearly understand the words. 😉

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      A very nice, ecclectic batch of experiences! I could never go tell DJ’s at an event to turn it down. At best I might tell the party arranger that I find it loud, but even then I just suck it up. 🙂

  6. Susi Bocks says:

    I love concerts! My husband and I were scheduled to see Styx playing on 4/22 and had another one coming up 5/17 to see LP. Both were rescheduled! 😦 I hope you do end up seeing Rod eventually. He’s quite good in concert.

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