So, it is week 3 of ‘Let My Facebook Friends Choose A Topic’. This week’s topic comes from my great friend Michelle.
—Best concert I have ever attended, and best venue—
As I have not attended a ton of concerts in my life, I think I will just list all the ones I have been to first, and then tell you which one was the best.
Aerosmith (3×) @ Worcester Centrum, Boston Garden and Gexa Energy Pavilion
Bon Jovi (3×) @ Worcester Centrum and Great Woods (<<<Forever) twice
Naughty by Nature featuring Biggie, Mary J Blige, Jodeci @ Worcester Centrum
House of Pain featuring Rage Against the Machine and Funkdoobiest @ Boston Center for the Performing Arts
Toni Braxton and Kenny G @ Boston Garden
Gloria Estefan @ Fleet Center
B.B. King @ Winspear Opera House in Dallas
Janelle Monae @ House of Blues Dallas
Chicago @ Verizon Theater Dallas
Now that we have the list of eligible candidates, I can say without reservation that the best concert I ever attended was Gloria Estefan at the Boston Garden. I know that may seem hard to believe, considering that she doesn’t exactly rank high on the Jeff Chick playlist, but the show itself was so awesome, and the list of well known songs that she has is much larger than I had thought at the time. If I was a much younger man, I would likely have chosen Naughty by Nature or House of Pain, but as you get older you realize that a great concert is more than just hearing songs you like. Sometimes it’s about hearing songs that you forgot you liked, coupled with an a-list stage show. The production of this concert was amazing, colorful, dynamic and just plain visually stunning. The hits just kept on coming, and the place was just hopping. It was likely the only concert I have ever attended in which the vibe in the building was just that of pure joy, and a desire to get up and dance. I remember looking at my wife after that show was over, and telling her that I thought it was the best concert I have ever been to. 15 years later nothing has changed that opinion.
HOW CAN YOU NOT WANT TO DANCE TO THIS??
Now, as for the best venue I have ever attended ANY event at, I am going to cheat a little bit and pick a venue based solely on what the event was. Therefore, my choice is the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. It is an amazingly beautiful facility to begin with, but when you get to sit 20 rows from the stage and listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson talk for 3 hours, it goes straight to the top of my list. I don’t think I need to go into any great detail about the architecture or the sound system or even the comfort of the seats. The second you turn the lights down and shine a spotlight on Neil deGrasse Tyson, and listen to him talk, it becomes the best friggin” venue on planet Earth. Of course, considering that criteria, I suppose I should make my 2015 Cadillac CTS company vehicle the best venue because that is the location that Mr. Neil deGrasse Tyson put his ass at 4 a.m. in the morning when I picked him up to take him to the airport, and got 45 minutes of uninterupted one on one conversation with the coolest genius known to man. It was AWESOME!! I feel like I might be messing up this venue question. Oh, who cares. My blog. Until next week, I leave you with this. 🙂