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Poison and Def Leppard Light Up Walnut Creek

Thank you so much, friend of @ericstroud who had a wedding on the night that Cheap Trick, Poison, and Def Leppard were scheduled to play the Walnut Creek ampitheater. And thank you Eric, for tweeting out your tix when you couldn’t go, great idea!

There were a few bumps, however. In the “band drama” department, someone decided two hours before the concert that no cameras would be allowed, which caused a HUGE pile-up at the gates as people either DefLep2turned around and walked back to leave them in their cars, then came and got in the line again, or else turned in their cameras to Security (our choice) and hoped for the best (we got it back by waiting in line AGAIN in order to leave). They’re not saying which of the prima donnas uttered this ridiculous “Oh dear, we can’t be caught on film!” decree, but I vote for Brett Michaels just because I can. He seems to stay hip-deep in drama; apparently he fractured his nose last month as he was exiting the stage at the Tony Awards — a descending piece of the set bashed him in the face. (Can you even picture him with Pamela Anderson? Me either, and don’t send me the link to that sex tape, people.)

The entrance Pile Up Of Thousands meant we totally missed Cheap Trick, although we could hear them a little bit over the drunken grousing as we waited in line.

Poison, Brett Michaels included, delivered the goods, and then some. After I got over the shock of paying $10 for a Yuengling (gasp — and I bought two), I went up front to see if I could get close to the stage for an iPhone photo (don’t tell the band), but the bouncers were in fine form and you can’t get past them to even enter the area with the seats at all. ‘Sokay, tho — you could hear juuuust fine, and if you can’t witness the glam up close and personal, at least you can ride the groove. And the peaceable crowd made a nice contrast with the recent insanity of Joan Jett in Moore Square.

DefLep3Def Leppard can raise up some jam, too, and it was great to hear them do it. I forgave Joe Elliot‘s inability to hit the high notes all night long — it was clever of him to let the crowd carry part of the burden on a couple of their songs, and after all he HAS been doing this since 1977. Gotta cut the dude some slack, Jack.

Classic bands, great music, fabulous night. AND I scored a couple of $10 tickets to CrueFest later this month. Motley Crue will be playing with Godsmack, Theory of a Dead Man, and Drowning Pool, and I’ve already heard great things about it.

Planning to take the First, who is utterly stoked. Gotta raise up the next generation right.

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6 Responses to Poison and Def Leppard Light Up Walnut Creek

  1. Ashley Sue Allen August 10, 2009 at 8:24 pm #

    Heaheh I love this post! Thanks for the recap. Sadly, I can say I’ve been to see Poison at least twice… maybe three times (it runs together). With acts like Cinderella, LA Guns, and Styx. Fun times.

    I was so bummed not to be able to go this year and see them with Cheap Trick and Def Leppard. In fact, I’m SO bummed you missed Cheap Trick. I think that would have been awesome!

    Again, thank you so much for the hilarious recap!
    .-= Ashley Sue Allen´s last blog ..“Your Design on a Tote” Giveaway =-.

  2. col August 10, 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    rock on! and the brett michaels tony face smash is a personal fave! http://tinyurl.com/pbmmvd
    .-= col´s last blog ..monday morning dance party! =-.

  3. Lisa Creech Bledsoe August 11, 2009 at 7:57 am #

    Oh, Lordy, I never saw the VIDEO, col!. How painfully humiliating — that’s exactly the sort of thing that would happen to me if I were a huge-mongous rock star. Agony, in a hurts-not-to-laugh kind of way.

    Ashley Sue, I would LOVE to see Styx in concert. Queen too — you know how some bands were known for at least as much for the show they put on? Yeah.

  4. Sine Botchen August 11, 2009 at 5:17 pm #

    I saw Cheap Trick at “freedom fest” or some other 4th of July type of event in Austin in the early 90’s. It was on an outside stage around two in the afternoon (100+ degrees) and they put on one heck of a show. As I recall admission was either free or a donation of a canned item or something… Ah, the good old days of being poor but living about a mile away from Austin’s biggest park.

    I actually made a vlog of concerts I’ve seen here on youtube
    .-= Sine Botchen´s last blog ..When is a farm not a farm? =-.

  5. Lisa Creech Bledsoe August 11, 2009 at 9:17 pm #

    Okay, okay, okay, dammit! I FINALLY went through all the crap to find my old YouTube account (would someone please tell me why my online name Glowbird was unavailable even back then when I got that account??) because I can see I NEED to subscribe to your videos, Botchen. Loved that concert vlog, particularly the scroll-y list of all the concerts that you can remember going to. Dude, you’ve seen BB King, that’s cool! And Blind Boys of Alabama. Plus some of the supergreats — what I wouldn’t give to see Rush, ooooh, yeah. I think I counted like, 35 or more concerts. I’ve seen fazillions of small-time bands, couldn’t even begin to name them all, but I haven’t really seen tons of the big names. Working on that, tho. 🙂

  6. Eric August 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm #

    @Glowbird Thanks for the link love! More importantly though, I’m glad you had a good time. Cheers!
    .-= Eric´s last blog ..How to Check Your Snail Mail Once Every Two Weeks =-.

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