As I think I have mentioned before, sometimes these Ten on Tuesday topics just come easily and I know days in advance what the topic is going to be. And sometimes – well – they just don’t. This week was one of those times when I was struggling to come up with a topic and then – whammo! – it hit me when I was thinking about going to see Jimmy Buffett next month. Let’s talk about 10 Bands (and Performers) I Have Seen!
- Jimmy Buffett. Might as well start with my favorite. Going to see Buffett is not just going to a concert – it is an all day drinking and eating and people watching festival. My friend Jo-Ann calls it Christmas for Drunks and she’s got a point. It’s a blast.
- Billy Joel. I saw him many years ago and our seats were in the 8th row. It was fantastic, partly because we were sitting so close but also because he is just a terrific entertainer.
- The Rolling Stones. Labor Day Weekend, 1994 and it was cold. Charlie Watts wore a fur coat, that’s how cold it was. Nevertheless, it was a huge deal for me to go to this show and be able to say: I saw the Rolling Stones.
- AC/DC. I saw them 3 times, I think. One of those times Dale was there with his son, Brant. This was, of course, years and years before we knew each other. But still.
- Ozzy Osbourne. Weird, right? But in high school I loved him and my friend Tracey and I saw him at The Garden back in 1983. It was quite a show.
- Jethro Tull. There’s nothing like a grown man in tights leaping around a stage while playing a flute for putting on a great show. Skating Away is my all time favorite.
- Kathy Mattea. Dale and I have seen her twice in the last couple of years and we are going again next month. She has a beautiful voice and the small arenas that she chooses are fantastic. Plus, we’ve gotten to talk to her after both shows and I just love that about her.
- John Denver. I saw him once on The Boston Common and then years later (with Dale) at the South Shore Music Circus. He died shortly after that show and I am so grateful that I got to see him again. I realize that liking folk music makes me a dork but that’s something I’ll gladly accept.
- Alan Jackson. This is the only “big” country show I’ve ever gone to and it was great. Lots of energy and lots of cowboy boots – in Providence, RI, no less.
- Gordon Lightfoot. I know, folk music again. And truth be told, he was past his prime when I saw him. But he still put on a great show and Dale enjoyed the hell out of it.
It’s an eclectic list up there, yes? I can’t wait to read all of yours! Add your link below and tell us all about it! As always, if you want to sign up for the Ten on Tuesday email then please click here.