Let me start out by saying, I was a huge 80′s hair band fan. I loved Def Leppard, Poison, Winger, Skid Row, Warrant and even Bon Jovi could be considered a hair band back in the “She’s a Little Runaway” days. I even had the hair to go with it. If I had a scanner, I’d show you the picture to prove it. At my last concert (Tim McGraw and Faith Hill), I vowed I was done with concerts when the couple in front of us wouldn’t sit down but instead proceeded to have sex (or close to it) right in front of us. I said the only concert I’d go to was Def Leppard because I love them and had never seen them. If Nickelback was with them all the better. Heart was and that was a good enough. I was so excited.
My friends picked me up and one friend kept looking at me smiling. I asked her what she was looking at and she said, “Your big, beautiful hair in honor of Def Leppard.”The thing is…it was my normal hair. I straightened it because I think it looks better straight but with the heat, it was BIG. Tame but since it is really thick, it was big. We went to a great dinner and I wasn’t going to let the astronomical prices of what I was drinking or the wet grass deter me from having a good time. We picked a spot, rented chairs and I loaded up on bug spray. Then we sat, drank and waited for the show to start. Immediately, the sweating began. Humidity took over making it stifling and my already big hair was growing by the minute. By the time Def Leppard was coming on, I was going to have hair that rivaled the actual hair in the 80′s. I already said that it was like those Walmart emails supersized. I mean, the people watching was unbelievable. There were girls in fishnets, girls in half shirts, older ladies wearing things that older ladies should not be wearing, there were men with no shirts on that should always have shirts on, drunk people that were stumbling and falling down the slippery hills, young kids getting stoned, a group of young kids where it was very unclear which girls were with which guys and three guys with no shirts on that looked like they could be Nico and any two of his friends dancing as if they were putting their workouts to music. I kept thinking, “Do we fit in?” or “Do we stand out?” Apparently Def Leppard only has four friends that don’t smoke and unfortunately, it was my three friends and me.
Heart came out and immediately I was hit with the fact that since I loved these two groups in the 80′s that I was probably going to be brought back to a lot of events that I would really rather not remember. “These Dreams” and “What About Love” were during my whole falling in love for the first time era. Def Leppard came out and by then my hair looked like Snooki’s so up in a goomba it went. Some of Def Leppard was during the falling in love for the first time era like “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Photograph” but, “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” and “Foolin’” reminded me of the Rebel. “Hysteria”, “Two Steps Behind”, and I already said “Love Bites” was playing with Leo and my first kiss, all reminded me of Leo. So while I enjoyed the concert, it was a little like my life or big moments in my life flashed before me all night long. Murphy’s Law struck and the sound went out in the middle of Def Leppard. I still enjoyed it but it did lessen the effect of being at the concert. Thank goodness for the big screens because the people in front of us wouldn’t sit down at all. One couple in particular was annoying. They were clawing at each other and what was especially disturbing, is that they looked 12.
All in all, I had fun listening to them and laughing with my friends but I really think it was my last concert. At least my last concert sitting on the lawn. Next time, if there is a next time, we are going big time!