Dennis Rudolph – my concert buddy – when I lost Dennis, I kinda lost music. When I got Dennis back, I didn’t get music back, that took much longer.
Lately I’ve been remembering all those concerts. Dennis – do you remember discovering The Alarm standing three feet away from them when they opened for U2? Then a bit later, the only person I’ve been so physically close to is my daughter when she was within my womb. After The Alarm left the stage and people began pushing their way forward to get closer to U2. you asked me if I wanted to fight for our position (it was an amazing spot – three feet away in the center-as you so eloquently put it “We can see up their noses.”), put your arms around me, and my feet didn’t touch the floor until we were around twenty feet back. It was an ocean swell of people pushing. I didn’t know it was possible for a mass of humanity to pick me up and deposit me twenty feet away, and it was scary. And thank you for keeping me safe. We were still in the center, and U2 was truly amazing. Was that the last time Bono did his running around and surfing the crowd? We were both taken aback when he threw himself off the balcony and into the crowd below.
And how many times did we see U2 that year? Three???
What about the US Festival? Man! I am so sorry I didn’t know anything at all about sunscreen and we left in the middle of David Bowie’s set – walking backwards and wishing we weren’t leaving. I am so sorry I didn’t just sit on the ground with my head in my arms and let you enjoy him. Then you made it all better for me later by bringing me with you (and that chick – was it Lisa???) to see him when The Gogo’s opened. Wasn’t there a third band that night? Were The Talking Heads there??? You have a much better memory than I have. Thank you for that concert. That was an interesting night, and what’s-her-name was – well, you know.
The US Festival! We were actually there. People still talk about it – it has achieved mythic status – why didn’t we go to all three days? When Berlin performed, they moved into a whole new place. Hey! Did you ever watch that show Bands Reunited? Some dude (I know you’d know who he is) decided to try and get all of his favorite bands together to play a gig – so he got Berlin together – it was pretty cool. In the process, both John Crawford and Teri Nunn both talked about that day and that Festival. Wow.
Then there was the Toy Dolls, Suicidal Tendencies concert (and a bunch of other bands). Once again you saved me from the crowd: One band played – I can’t remember their name (tell me who it was)! – but someone played, and we were in the second row. It was pretty awesome. Then the second band started, and the mosh pit opened up in front of us… Punks streaming over our heads, not worried about where they put their boots – once again, you put your arms around me and covered me so that their boots stomped on YOUR back!
Oh! And Steve Taylor – all those Christian Rock Concerts – remember taking my camera and walking across the football field – and there was only one shot left in the camera so I chased you and the security guard let me go backstage too??? That was fun. Randy Stonehill and others that day.
I miss you, dude. But then I missed you when we were still going to concerts 😉