Saturday, July 29, 2006

First Concert

My baby is almost grown up. He's 17 and going to his first concert. And a doozy, I may add. His first concert is the Family Values Tour (as if). I think the family values just went out the window for the day. I gave him a hug and said a prayer. Hey, I've been to these things. I know what goes on!

I told him to be gentle in the mosh pit. (Ha, yea right.) No drugs, no sex, just good ol' rock and roll. I've taught him right from wrong (I think) and we had a long talk last night. Little did he know it was leading up today. I made sure he knew he could talk to me about anything, his friends could talk to me about anything and if he ever needed me, I was there. He's about to enter adulthood; and what an exciting time. Sniffle, sniffle. He's going to have to learn to make mistakes, learn from them and move on. So far, he has. There's been a few and he has learned that some consequences just aren't worth the risk of having "fun." I hope he's his own man and won't follow others. He'll be ok, I know. And I also know he will have a blast. I have them all coming over tonight to sleep here where I will proceed to give them each a drug test. (Kidding!)

My first "loves," Alice Cooper and Michael Bruce

I still remember my first concert well, it was Dr. John and the Night Trippers, probably around 1971-72. My second and most memorable was Alice Cooper a month later. You see, I was in LOVE with Alice. (The teenager calls me pre-goth, hehe.) This is where I bought my first pack of Marlboro's (and proceeded to drop them in the toilet bowl because I was sooo nervous!). Someone caught my huge bellbottoms on fire as I was walking up the stairs. I tape recorded the entire concert, my gabbing, my screaming and all. I found a lot of cassettes at my mom's when I was there, and I wonder if it is in with them. Wouldn't' that be a blast to listen to? Couldn't get away with that now! Lord forbid.

Awww, the teenager just called me from the festival. Isn't that sweet? He was saying it's like a carnival, games and tents and stuff. Boy, how concerts have changed. He waiting for Korn to play, which is the headliner. He said the other bands were good though. How fun. Memories in the making. I love that kid (today).

Think it's time to put some Alice Cooper on, blast it and be nostalgic.
Lines form on my face and hands
Lines form from the ups and downs
I'm in the middle without any plans
I'm a boy and I'm a man
I'm eighteen and I don't know what I want
Eighteen I just don't know what I want
Wouldn't go back there if you paid me!


Daisy Lupin said...

Oh wow! I love Dr. John I saw him live in England at a music festival in about 1972. Yes my daughter was 18 when she went to her first full weekend music festival. I thought about her all weekend, even though I trusted her. I've been there in my youth and know what its like. Can't think of anything worse now than living in a field for a weekend with no where to wash properly, but I thought it was fun then. Love xx

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I loved this post and your great sense of humor! I'm sure he will be ok. I can understand your preoccupations regarding his behaviour (drugs, etc...), but there is no reason at all for him to go in the wrong direction if he comes from a family with good values and he is happy with himself and about his life... When you have such a caring Mum who lets you go to concerts, then you can consider yourself lucky!

It's funny to see you loved Alice Cooper in your youth! In the 90's I also listened to his albums (and still do now with a little nostalgy!)...

PEA said...

That's the thing with teach them what's right from wrong and then you just hope and pray that they did listen to you!! I remember when my two boys started going to concerts, I was so nervous and worried but they always came home in one piece and no worse for wear:-) As a teen I never went to a real concert....was I deprived or what??? lol I remember my two older brothers listening to Alice very favourite was School's Out:-)

Shell said...

Oh..I saw Alice Cooper in concert too. Brings back a lot of memories. Let us know how the concert goes.

Jen said...

Yikes! Glad it's not my kid going to that concert. However, I have no children to attend concerts, so I won't worry abou tthat now!

Thanks for visiting my blog - how did you find it? I appreciate your sweet comment about my purses :)

Bossy♥'s YOU said...

thanks for stopping by, hope to see u again..

my first concert was chicago..i was about 12..followed by tina turner and of course new kids on the block..hehe

trailbee said...

I loved this post, Rosa. Oh, the memories. In our family it was our daughter who lived at concerts. My son really didn't go that often, but if his sister had tickets and asked him to go, he would. I have always had this thing about mothers and their sons. When the relationship is good, it's solid, and oh, how great that feels. My son and I seem to have this, even now when he is 32.

My first concert? 1962, Montreal, Bob Gibson, folk singer. I was in love!!!

miss*R said...

I loved Alice Cooper too. and do you remember Boz Scaggs? oh my lord! hee, hee - I had bell bottoms too! twinnies - you & I

Connie and Rob said...

My dearest friend Rosa,
I hope you don't think I have been ignoring you...I have been trying to get to you for days. I periodically get errors when I am trying to get to your blog. My system kicks me out!

If you ever get a chance please stop by my blog and get my e-mail address and send me a note. This way I can at least contact you that way.

Hope you are doing well. Maybe this will be the last of my errors and I can become a regular visitor again.

Hugs to you!!

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Rosa, I stopped by to say thanks for coming by my blog and then I read your post too. I would say that you have come a long way from Alice Cooper to your tea cups and such. Don't we all change over the years!! Funny how that just seems to happen.
Come back anytime. Sandy

Beth said...

It is kind of scary to let them go to their first "rock festival",,and hey,,I loved Alice Cooper too,,we have a cd of his,,his greatest hits.
That was cool that teen called you from the concert,,he's a good one!
Have a great sunday!

Linda said...

I hate to tell you this, but you will continue to worry about your kids even when they are married and have their own kids. Back when I was a nurse I had a patient about to have surgery and she started crying and said, "I'm so worried about my daughter!" She was in her 70's and it turned out that her daughter was in her 50's. It never ends. Just have to do the best we can and then stand back and let them fly.

mommy22ss said...

OH MY!! My dear son is only 11 but I worry about when he grows up. That happens so very fast doesn't it? I already get sad about him going away to college.

Man, I hadn't thought much about concerts... one more worry to add to the pile!

You sound like a good mom and your son sounds pretty good too. You must have done a good job.

Janet said...

My kids are way past the concert age but I remember many long nights worrying...but it was all ok.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've thoroughly enjoyed yours. Those dishes you received are gorgeous! And farther back, the lemon blueberry cake sounds delish!

Mrs. Staggs said...

I'm trying to remember the first concert I went to. It may have been Pink Floyd or maybe the Stones. Hmmmm...this isn't a good sign is it?
I know how you feel. It's hard to be a mom sometimes.

Margaret said...

Sure he was fine - how could he not be? You did your best, didn't you?

plainandsimple said...

Hi Rosa

I share a birthday with Alice Cooper! My first concert was The Cure in Birmingham in 1989, loved every minute of it...what is it about boys in make-up?

weirdbunny said...

Your so funny!

Carol said...

I'm also in need of such a rolling container. Hopefully I'll find one soon! I love that picture of the bird with the tin nest! Very pretty!

John Ivey said...

Dad used to let me do pretty much anything I wanted, so my first concert was The Beatles at DC Stadium in 1966. I was 11 and Jimbo was eight. He really got an early start! Then in 1967 it was Big Brother and the Holding Company at the Alexandria Roller Rink where you either stood or sat on the floor. As I recall, everyone was standing. Then in 1968, Steve Miller opened for Vanilla Fudge, same place, same seating arrangement. And I'm sure that you remember that in 1969 I went to the mother of all concerts, Woodstock, which you can read about on my blog. I just finished chapter 19, and I figure five or six more chapters will put me back in bed at home on Fox Street.

Sammie said...

Ro, Alice Cooper used to come to my DQ in Scottsdale. Never ordered anything but Diet Pepsi. He's truly a nice man and was always very kind to the kids who worked for me when they asked for his autograph. The kids always wanted me to give him his Pepsi free. Hello? The man has made a fortune! I don't think so.



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