When I think back along the landscape of my life as it relates to music, a few things stick out. The Scorpions and Twisted Sister were the first bands I ever saw live. Krokus and Quiet Riot were next and that was it for me. I fell in love with stadium big hair band rock.
Call me a metal head or a fan of big hair bands; I love it all. From Megadeath to Iron Maiden to Metal Church to Ozzie Osbourne. When Metallica hit the scene with their cassette (had to throw that in) Master of Puppets – I went through three copies I played it so much. I wore parachute pants with jersey styled concert memorabilia shirts with bandanas tied around my leg. I grew long hair and played my home and car stereos as loud as they would possible go. And yes, I sang every word of every song at the top of my lungs. As the saying goes in Missouri – I was a hot mess.
All through college I lived and loved all things grunge. From the widely known Nirvana and Pearl Jam to maybe slightly less known Mother Love Bone and Cat Butt. It was a crazy cool time to be alive. Years later (late 90’s) I moved to Seattle, Washington just having missed the tail end of the grunge era. Despite that, one did not have to go far to take in a knock off show, and while not the real thing – grunge was alive and well.
Then Something Happened
Call it age, loss of hearing, need to mellow or the inner child lost it’s desire to rebel – I calmed. I started to fall in love with the likes of James Taylor, Neil Young and Bob Dylan. As of late, Mumford and Sons, Ben Harper, Cat Stevens, Kings of Leon and Dave Matthews light up my iPod.
It’s no secret St. Louis was not on my dream list of places to live in the world. I have grown to like it but still yearn for the mountains, rivers and oceans in the PNW. That is home and always will be. In the mean time, Dave brings it home. He and his band of rebels bring life and vitality to the Verizon Amphitheater every single summer. Be it as part of a festival or on his own, he trucks into town, sets up and sets off. His shows are as nimble and dynamic as the performing artists that roam around a Cirque du Soleil stage. They are as deep as the greatest of bards and sages that graced the pages of history. The shows rocks your mind, body, heart and soul. Truly an experience that you feel in your bones.
This summer will be no different.
The Dave Matthews Band
Wednesday July 11, 2012.
Trust me – it will be totally worth it.
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