My few concert experiences

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I wanted to go to a concert when I was a teenager in the 1990s, but my mother didn’t let me. At the time, foreign bands didn’t come to Finland that often. You had to travel to Stockholm, Sweden. But sometimes, they did, which was great. The American boyband, New kids on the block, was the first band I wanted to see live in concert. Perhaps the tickets were expensive, so my mother didn’t want to pay for them. The same with the British boyband, Take That. They haven’t been here since then. I’ve only seen their concert on TV and once in a movie theatre. But it’s not the same. They’re still around, but they succeed more in their own country. I haven’t heard their songs on the radio anymore. But thanks to Spotify, I can listen to them.

I have never been into festivals. I think I have only been in one, but that was a free one. I have no memory of it, but I’m sure I have been into one. There are always some bands or artists I can’t stand at festivals. Concerts are more my kind of events. It took until 2017 that I got the courage to go to a concert. Before that, I didn’t like big crowds and didn’t have the money to go, either. The first concert was by Robbie Williams. That was the moment I got the going to concerts- bug. It was such a great experience. It’s the atmosphere and feeling of seeing your favourite artist in real life. You’re there with other people who have the same favourite as yours. The best part of a concert is when the audience sings along to the songs. The performer loves the feeling too.

This year, as you might know, I went to two other concerts. The one I really looked forward to seeing was Duran Duran. (FYI, today it’s Duran Duran Appreciation Day) You can read about the concert from the link to the band’s name in this paragraph, so I don’t need to repeat it. It was worth waiting for. Who knows if they will come back to Finland again. I can’t afford to travel aboard to see concerts, so they better get here instead.

I don’t usually do things without thinking, but when the American band Toto would come to my city, I didn’t think twice about it to go. I’m not that familiar with their music, but I know their hits. They’ve been around since 1977, with different line-ups since then. I listened to their other songs before I went to the concert. They composed most of the soundtrack to the original movie, Dune, in 1984, so they’ve also done songs without words. In the concert, there were awesome different instrument solos. I’ve always been fascinated by how some people can play instruments so well. I can hardly play easy songs.

In concerts, the volume is so loud, so sometimes you don’t hear what a band is playing or saying between songs. No wonder they have earplugs in their ears when they perform. Loud noises are not suitable for your hearing in the long run. I haven’t used earplugs. It’s a bit scary to put them inside my ears. My hearing is still great, anyway. The concerts should be heard as intended, loud and live. It’s only for a short period anyway. It can take years before I go to concerts again. If only that Elton John concert wouldn’t have been cancelled. It would have been next year. Oh, well that’s how it goes sometimes. You can’t always get what you want. Not even in concerts.

Boy bands and not so screaming fans

Ahh, teenage years. Those were the days. Seeing teens today and their taste in music, I was glad I was a teen in the 90’s. None of the teen idols of today are my taste. I can’t even imagine what they see in them.

First love of a teen age crush was the American boy band ‘New kids a block‘ Especially Jordan Knight. I had my first sexual feelings. There were no internet where you could search for news. There were only teen magazines or MTV. I think they performed in Finland once but my mother didn’t let me go. I bought a lot of merchandise like badges and a calendar. I still have some of them dusting somewhere. I had posters on the wall that I got from magazines and of course cassettes on the music. Thinking about it now, I don’t know what I saw in them. There’s only a few songs I’m able to listen to. Actually I’m a bit embarrassed for liking them. They did some kind of comeback later but I haven’t paid much attention.

Then in 1992 I discovered the band ‘Take That‘ The guys are from Manchester, England. For you American’s, that’s the band Robbie Williams got started in. They’re biggest hit in the US is ‘Back for good’ They’re still very popular in the UK. I loved the band since I saw their music videos on TV. It was the interviews that made me like them even more. I loved their interviews. They’re the funniest band I know. I taped everything I saw on MTV or any other channel. I bought every album and learned the songs by heart. When Robbie left the band people were heartbroken. Some girls even thought of suicide which was a bit extreme. The band tried to continue with 4 members a while. Then in 1996 the band split altogether. That was quite a shock for me. But then 10 years later they came back.

Thanks to the internet I can listen to them online and they’re also on social media. They’re only 3 members now but they’re still going strong. I saw their concert in the movie theater last year and they’re still great. I wish I could see them live for real. But that’s kind a far-fetched dream. I was never one of those hysterical fans. I don’t know why some act like that. In a way I still live my teenage years but now it’s more mature. They’ve also grown up and fans have matured with them. Now it’s much nicer to see them perform on stage without those terrible screaming fans. I think I’ll always be some kind of fan of the band. They were a big part of my teen life and I’ll never forget that.

(FYI to The Daily Post, I still go “ga-ga” for Duran Duran 😉 So it’s not just a teen idol thing.)