Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The Lack of Danger at Concerts in 1979 When Billy Joel is Not Present

In contrast to the psychological scarring from Mr. Billy “I’m the Entertainer, Damn It!” Joel, the Kinks concert was a joy. No trampling hordes of people, no flashcubes bouncing under rock stars feet, no post traumatic stress every time I hear one of their songs - what joy!
This was the first general admission concert I attended. Little did I realize that people who come late will muscle their way into the front row. I got pushed around a little, but managed to hold my own. My only complaint was a girl two people over from me who clapped with her big lobster hands two feet in front of her face, which meant they ended up in many of my photos.

Also as opposed to Billy “Taste My Trampling Horde” Joel, the only thing Ray Davies did was pour champagne over the audience down front. This only served to annoy me because when it dried, my camera, glasses, and clothes were sticky and I smelled like alcohol, which is bad for a fifteen year old who is being picked up after the show by her parents.

3 comments:

MrBaliHai said...

I saw the Kinks in '77 when they were touring to promote "Sleepwalker". I don't recall Ray pouring champagne on anyone during that show, and I recall being vaguely disappointed that he and Dave didn't get into one of their infamous knock-down, drag-out onstage brawls

Mr. Paul Freeman, CEO said...

You wrote: "my camera, glasses, and clothes were sticky and I smelled like alcohol, which is bad for a fifteen year old who is being picked up after the show by her parents."

It is also bad if you are trying to pick up fifteen year olds after the show before their parents get there. I never did get very far that way.

beth said...

Was this the show at the Civic Center where Ian Hunter opened for the Kinks? I thought my friend Becki and I were the only people who saw that show!

We were so excited that we got to the box office late the night before tickets went on sale, to make sure we could get them. And then the show didn't even sell out - what the heck?!