Number One Son Thomas is ready to rock!
I took a break from my current crazy deadline job to finally take my twelve year old son Tom to his first concert last night… AC/DC. I say “finally” because I had purchased the tickets through my trainer months ago as an early Christmas present for Tom, and we went to the concert center when AC/DC was in town only to find out they were making TWO stops in St. Paul, MN on this tour… and we had tickets for the show two months later. Ooops. We went home disappointed that night, but made up for it tonight.
Funny how life works. When I was a kid the music my parent listened to when they grew up was about as interesting to me as watching paint dry. I figured it would be the same story with my kids, but imagine my surprise when my kids happened upon my CD collection in the storage room (they are all on my iPod now) and couldn’t believe how cool the music I listened to was. “WOW! You have ‘Black Sabbath’ albums, dad! ‘Cheap Trick’! ‘AC/DC!'” I couldn’t believe they’d ever even heard of these bands. I asked how they knew these bands and their music.
Two word answer: “Guitar Hero”.
The recent rash of old rockers having a resurrence of their careers, putting out albums and touring ala AC/DC can credit most of it to that video game. Kids are crazy for “Guitar Hero”, “Rock Band” and their sequels, and through them they are exposed to a lot of classic rock music and bands that they otherwise would never have heard of. It’s a riot to walk in on them jamming out to some old song by the Kinks and be better at the vocals on “Rock Band 2” than they are because I know the song backwards. Surprisingly they don’t hate it… they think it’s cool that their dad knows “The Trooper” by Iron Maiden by heart.
How was AC/DC? Wow, those guys are old. They can still bring it, though. Angus Young was all over the place… he just looks like Gollum now. The drummer looks like my dad. The band sounds the same. Brian Johnson on lead vocals definitely took a lot of shortcuts on some of their songs to save his voice, but the way that guy abuses his vocal chords it’s amazing he can even speak today after 25 years of rocking out. The last time I saw AC/DC in concert I was living in a small apartment on 4th Street near the University of Minnesota campus going to college, working at Burger King, and had just started drawing caricatures during the summers… that would be 1985-86. Yikes. AC/DC isn’t the only one who’s getting old.
Fun time with the boy. He loved it. He could do worse for having AC/DC be his first rock concert.
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