Adam Lambert San Diego concert pics


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While all three concerts I saw this week were fabulous, there was something very special about the San Diego show last night. True, Costa Mesa brought 2 sold out shows in an 8500 seat outdoor amphitheater with well laid out seating and sound. Yes, I *did* end up just three rows behind the folks in the pit at the front on Tuesday night. Yes, I was with Music Man and my Padres/Adam buddy David on Wednesday night in a raucous, loud section. Yes, Adam and the band were clearly happy, relaxed and almost giggly on Wednesday as well. Yes, it was amazing in said outdoor venue to pretty much be able to hear a pin drop while Adam sang Soaked. However, his home town show last night really topped it for me.

First of all Copley Symphony Hall is gorgeous. It’s acoustically superior to almost any other venue in the county. At just 2200 seats, it’s intimate. This was the one that I camped out for two months ago. My dead center front section balcony seats were PERFECT. We got the full sense of the visuals created on stage. The lasers were above and below us. We felt fully immersed in the ambiance of each song. There were cameras everywhere videotaping the whole performance for E! True Hollywood stories. In between Allison/Orianthi/Adam they were in the crowd getting everyone warmed up. As we screamed at the top of our lungs for an encore from Adam, they ran up and down the center aisle of our section filming. Their main camera was literally behind my section since it was so perfectly dead center. And the sound! Oh man. Well, his voice is magical. He needs no enhancements or embellishments for sure. Soaked is a slower one of his songs that he performs with just him and the keyboard and he draws you right into him. You feel every nuance of every lyric. He does a set with just the acoustic guitar too. At the end, when he does his encore, bluesy version of Whole Lotta Love, well…if you don’t get chills there is something seriously wrong with you!! All three nights he hit notes that blew my mind. Oh, and he has one or two sexy moves too (seriously, he could have been a dancer if the voice wasn’t so brilliant).

He just puts on a full sensory load of a glam rock theatrical show that is over much too fast and leaves you smiling and breathless.

And the crowds?! Outfits you cannot imagine! Makeup and jewelry & sparkly clothes. I saw families with kids – yes, mom AND dad with two boys one night. They say the main demographic for his fans is 40-60 year old women (ok, that nails me and ALL of my Glamtastic girlfriends) BUT – there were plenty of younger and much older people too. Everyone around us all three nights were having a fantastic time. Even some Adam ‘virgins’ as we were calling them ended up saying the wanted to become groupies now too! Ah, if only. My three days was so much fun and I didn’t even get to do the hanging out by the buses thing  like I would have liked! I did get that shot of Adam getting onto his bus last night thanks to an inside tip from someone who knew where he would be getting on. So I did get close to him for a few seconds! But I am also so jealous of all my friends who have been truly following the tour since San Francisco last week and on into Vegas tonight. It feels weird not to be going with them! Sucks to be the responsible adult who has to WORK dammit!!

Still, it was a truly fantastic four nights surrounded by amazing people. Adam’s fans are truly one huge family. I know because I took one in this week 🙂 She was making her way from Northern Cal to here and now she is on to Vegas before returning here Sunday night when I will finally put her on a train home. All along the way from San Fran to Vegas she’s had people either take her in (me) or find her tickets (Jan) or give her a ride (like Lisa taking her to Vegas) and all totally on the fly with pleas sent out from Twitter. What can you do though? We all love Adam and, as he tells us every night in his show, that’s what it is all about:

Before you break you have to shed your armor
Take a trip and fall into the glitter
Tell a stranger that they’re beautiful
So all you feel is love, love
All you feel is love, love

25th anniversary of Live Aid – and one other Big Event :-)


There were more than a few posts yesterday around the internet to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Live Aid concerts. And yet, I associate Live Aid with July 14th for a very good reason I will outline in a moment. It was really bugging me why I am 100% certain I was watching this concert on the 14th and yet all the dates and logos say July 13th. Well, thank you Wikipedia:

“The concert began at 12:00 BST (7:00, EST) at Wembley Stadium in the United Kingdom. It continued at JFK Stadium in the United States, starting at 13:51 BST (8:51, EST). The UK’s Wembley performances ended at 22:00 BST (17:00 or 5:00 PM, EST). The JFK performances and whole concert in the US ended at 04:05 BST 14 July (23:05 or 11:05 PM, EST). (See the full schedule of the concert here). Thus, the concert continued for 16 hours, but since many artists’ performances were conducted simultaneously in Wembley and JFK, the total concert’s length was much longer.” (emphasis mine)

See that up there? We were watching this on MTV here in the states all day on the 14th. I remember with incredible clarity this particular moment:
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I know – you are wondering why these things are so clear in my my 25 years later yet I cannot remember your name from an hour ago 😉

You see – somewhere in the morning of the 14th – given the time zone situations probably while I was sitting on my sofa singing an clapping along to every single Queen song – I went into labor. Being my first, it was a gradual, slow process and I frankly wasn’t quite sure it was the real thing until a few hours into it. But what I do remember with crystal like clarity is that it was a Sunday, that his dad was passed out in the bedroom suffering through an abscessed tooth that would be fixed at the dentist the next day (or was scheduled to be anyway..lord knows I no longer remember how/when THAT was resolved! I was kinda busy), and that I was having a blast watching some fantastic live performances on MTV which helped to pass the time and also helped me time the contractions once I realized they were really real. I remember walking the dog we had at the time because I knew you should walk. I remember taking a shower because I knew it would be my last for awhile and the hot water would help me relax. I remember making sure I ate only bland foods like toast & crackers and that I made sure to drink a lot of water. I think I made it almost to the end of the live broadcast of the concert which is about right looking at the Wiki entry. 7pm PST was probably when I sounded the alarm that we needed to get moving. I know THAT for sure because I was only in the hospital for barely 3 hours when he was born. No time for drugs though I wanted them badly. At just 6lbs 10oz he literally came flying out 🙂

It’s an out of focus picture and my first successful attempt at scanning one of the old ones, but here’s the little guy on said sofa from which I watched Live Aid just as he was practicing lifting his head for the first time:

Music Man, just learning to head bang 🙂

And almost 25 years later:

Music Man at 25

Had to post a funky photo – keeping it real  🙂

Yes, the first born is 25 today. And now that you know a little bit about the day he came into the world and what I was doing – are you getting why he is the Music Man?

Happy 4th! Now even more sparkly!


What? You expected fireworks? Oh no, my blog deserves better. Adam Lambert is more sparkly & glittery than those 🙂 He’s also a true American success story. Can’t think of a better way to celebrate what our country means than to feature him.

My goodness would you look at that beautiful man? And how cool is this – that’s a photo from last night during his concert in North Carolina. Someone took this photo, loaded it as both color & black & white and posted it on twitter. I snagged it from there seconds later, saved it as the background on my phone & emailed it to a friend. All probably within 30 minutes of the shutter being snapped.

His Glam Nation tour is rolling along full steam. Sold out venues from the start in early June. He’s now hitting the south & mid west where he has already encountered a protester. Yeah, just one 😉 A few pics were sent from his crew last night of this one guy there with his lovely version of religious based hate. All were amused that he was out there by himself. Apparently Adam smiled & waved to him. Typical. The fans in line gave him a rousing chant of “God hates hate” (Adam’s quote from during the AI tour last year when a group of nasties were demonstrating). I imagine he’s going to encounter more than just lone fools in the upcoming cities as he swings through the Bible belt. But those protesters will be in for some push back as every venue in those cities is sold out too and man are Adam’s fans some passionate folks!

I read in an article that his fans seem like a cross between Elvis & Grateful Dead groupies. That’s about right given their age and also how many of them (guilty!) are going to more than one stop on the tour. Not only are some of my friends attending every single Calif stop & the Vegas one, but another gal I know is flying in from Malaysia for the same two weeks of concerts! Heck, I seem like a total rookie since I’m *only* going to three and I’m not staying overnight anywhere for them! I did once go see Journey twice on one of their tours, but that was just because they did two dates locally & I went to both. In this case I’m driving up to Costa Mesa (90+ miles) two nights in a row, then finally seeing the local show two nights later. 3 shows in 4 nights. And I didn’t blink & eye considering it. From the first videos posted after the tour opener I knew I had to see the show as many times as possible!


Speaking of my Adam concert buddy  – Jan and I went to see One Republic at the fair last night. She cracked me up. As we walked into the fairgrounds she was talking about how she hadn’t been in years since she got burned out after taking her now grown up boys there year after year and that she was just there to see this band blah blah blah. You know what that means right? Famous last words! I, of course, wanted to get my newly traditional treat of deep fried oreos plus I had to visit a particular vendor for a specific product needed for a possible upcoming birthday or something like that (ahem). I assured her I knew exactly how to get to both places and that we would get to our seats in plenty of time for the concert. We got past not more than two vendor stands before something caught her eye. “Oooh, look at those bags…do you mind…?” We walk out of there with her transferring everything into this cute new cloth bag she’d bought. As she said “Well, I’ll need something for all those Adam concerts! Especially when we have to stand in line for the places like SF & Vegas which are general admission seats.” OooooooKkkkk 🙂 We made it past the booth with sparkly hats & shirts and then hustled her off the path & through the livestock areas to get to my beloved Oreos. Now, here she resisted even thought the smell of the deep fried veggies also at that stand were tempting her greatly. I savored my Oreos as we moved on to the bigger shopping areas & toward my target booth. But then…..”Oh look at those dresses!!” Seriously – the next thing you know she’s trying on sundresses in the back of a booth & I am just giggling like crazy at her. “Well, some of the places for the concerts will be outdoors & hot & this cute, comfy dress will be perfect!” Hey, you don’t need to convince ME 🙂 Finally we get into the indoor shopping area and I kid you not she literally ooohed at the very first booth she saw!! Now I am really laughing but we did need to hustle so I asked another vendor & got directions to my destination. On the way we pass a booth with very cute small shoulder wallet/purses. I showed her the one I was carrying and told her I’d purchased that one last year at the fair. She says “Oh, I should probably also have a smaller one for the concerts when we don’t have to stand in line right?” Riiiight Jan! I left her there, made my purchase and went to pick her up and she finished buying item #3 for the night. All in about an hours time. Good thing she didn’t really want to be at the fair eh?

(They were all really cute, and really inexpensive purchases – I just had to tease :-))

Oh, and the One Republic concert was fantastic. Not Adamtastic mind you. That’s another planet. But the band and the lead singer in particular are crazy genius musicians. Loved their intricate arrangements & their use of all sorts of different instruments & sounds.

Not a bad way to start the long holiday weekend. Which I intend to spend alternating between more yard work, hiking  & book reading.

Have a safe & happy 4th!

Do I really need to act my age?


Because getting up at 3am to drive downtown to sit in line outside a theater box office for 9 hours with like minded Adam Lambert fans kinda sounds like a fun adventure! Thank you, Ticketmaster & StubHub scalpers for making this little outing *necessary* for fans who couldn’t afford to pay sky high markup and/or processing fees for mediocre seats. (that was sarcasm in case you didn’t catch it)

Behold – The Dawn Patrol Ticket Buying adventure!

It was seriously the fasted 9 hours to pass by ever. The two women already there were friends of Jan’s who she had met at Adam’s New Years Eve performance. They were funny & warm & so very easy to talk to – and to sing with – and to dance with 🙂 At a certain point we all pretty much forgot we were on a street corner in a major downtown city and were in our own little world of Adam. Heck, I was on my knees doing my impersonation of Adam on HIS knees as he sang Whole Lotta Love at Fantasy Springs (you know, when he looked RIGHT AT ME!) when a guy walked past on his way to an early morning job. Oopsie! After a couple of the gals had used a corner that they dubbed “the jungle” as a bathroom, I declared No Way Jose to that option and scouted around for indoor plumbing. Then remembered that Symphony Towers is home to a Sheraton and I went there & got permission for us to use their lobby facilities and we were set. One block up was a Starbucks. At 10am a Pizzeria & Deli opened up across the street & I had the best darn tasting meatball sandwich ever!

By 11:30 there were about 25 people lined up. The max you could purchase was 4 tickets. The venue had held back about 150 tickets from Ticketmaster and they would be taking phone orders at the same time as we were allowed in. Safe to say their 150 tickets were gone before I got back home! When they let us in, there were four ticket agents waiting for us so our little quartet was assured first choice of what they had. It still didn’t amount to what we would have liked (close floor seats), but the ticket agent who works there assured me twice these were the BEST seats he had and that symphony season ticket holders coveted that section particularly since it is dead center and hangs out over the floor seats. Best view of the full stage and from what we heard from my friend who saw Adam’s opening show last night, you want to get the full view. Lasers, smoke, a video screen with images displayed on the back wall. Dancers. Three costume changes. This is not JUST a rock star. This is a full fledged Entertainer 🙂

The saga continues on concert day – July 28th for Costa Mesa and July 30th for this one. I intend to continue NOT acting my age at those shows!!

Memory test – can you remember all the concerts you’ve attended?


Not my pile of memories, but I sure wish I had done this!

A cool meme went around on Facebook recently asking people to post the first concert they went to. It was a lot of fun to see friend’s answers – my favorite, or, the one I was most jealous of, was Led Zeppelin in Madison Square Garden in 1970. Amazing, classic, historic band in an equally historic venue. Drooling with jealousy!!

So then I got on this kick of trying to remember EVERY concert I’ve been to. Let’s see how I do in no particular order since that is just too impossible to recreate, but I will start with what was my Facebook answer to the meme:

Styx, 1982, Paradise Theatre tour at Golden Hall in downtown San Diego.Then again on Valentines Night 2008.

(in fact, all of these concerts which I’ve attended were somewhere in San Diego so now here’s the list)

Journey (3x) – best live vocals prior to last year – Steve Perry. I will NEVER see this band with any faker lead singer. There is only one Steve Perry forever & ever (amen).

Sting (2x) Sexiest man on stage until..well..someone else came along.

The Police (Madness & Oingo Boingo opening acts)

Adam & the Ants

Alanis Morrisette (5 times? at least! Because she somehow taps into my brain when she writes her songs & her lyrics pierce me).

Duran Duran (2x)

Stevie Nicks


Barenaked Ladies

Aerosmith (5x) – Lenny Kravitz opened for them once. I wrote about it here. Wow. Of course Jax was there! She and Music Man were my main concert buddies for a lot of these post 2001.

The Eagles (3x)

Elton John/Billy Joel (Piano men tour)

Rod Stewart

Jimmy Buffett (4x)

Rolling Stones (2x) – Guns N Roses as opener back in the 80s.



Kelly Clarkson

Clay Aiken – top 3 live vocals should know by now…

Sarah McGlaughlin (snooze fest – I only got through it because she was an opener for Alanis & because Jax was with me so we could bitch & moan to each other & ended up laughing most of the way through!)


Little River Band

AC/DC (saw them in August & my ears just stopped ringing last week!)

Van Halen (with Sammy Hagar & with David Lee Roth) – Eddie is a miracle worker with the guitar. Gives me chills the way amazing vocals do because the sound is so pure, beautiful & otherworldly.

Annie Lenox

Def Leppard

last but NOT least..and sure to challenge Alanis for the top spot in # of times I will see him due to the BEST DAMN VOICE EVER HEARD LIVE (and his ability to take my breath away) – Adam Lambert 🙂

And I am sure I will remember more and come back here to add them! Well sure, there’s the people I saw when I was a child & went along with my parents. Neil Diamond. Anne Murray etc.

What about you? Can you dig through the memory banks and pull together a list? It’s fun re-visiting the venues in your head & then trying to remember who was with you. Good memories & GREAT music (most of the time anyway).

Concert etiquette and how do you make those videos?


As I slowly return to reality post-concert, it occurred to me that I need to rant a bit about something I kind of glossed over in my long concert review. This concerns concert etiquette. Here are some things that are sure to set me off if you are around me at a concert:

  • Drinking
  • Eating smelly/loud foods
  • Talking
  • Moving up and down the aisles 85000 times due to said drinking.

Seriously, why pay those exhorbinant ticket prices if you are not even going to pay attention? Oh sure, plunk down $75 for the crappiest seats, then go buy $12 nachos and $15 beers and sit there and munch out as if you were at a ball game, then go back for more beer (or wine as the women in front of me were doing), and garlic fries. Then get up and go to the bathroom, then get more to drink.  Oh, maybe have some candy which you break into very loudly. Meanwhile other than the 10 minute intermission they had during the concert, you’ve missed like 1/4-1/3 of the very fast paced show and probably at least one person’s entire SET in order to eat and drink. Of course, after 3-4 drinks it gets harder and harder to navigate those stairs doesn’t it? So on that last beer run you spill. The WHOLE container. Down the steps. So that anyone going up or down after you gets to slip and slide in it. But hey! Don’t alert anyone! Just kick that now empty cup under a seat and scurry on down for a refill (sure hope you hit the bathroom while you were out). Oh, and don’t forget to start one of those LOUD drunk voiced conversations with your neighbor just as the feature act comes out and slows things down into one of his mellow, haunting tunes. Make SURE your voices can be heard for three rows down AND up over the singer! Niiiiiice. Then get up to dance to the next fast song. Fall down! Get up and realize that you cannot really navigate sitting in your seat anymore so just sit on the step in the aisle.

You stay classy San Diego!

I have just never understood doing *anything* at a concert other than singing and dancing and *listening* to the music. I might have a water with me but the last thing I want to do is get drunk so that I cannot remember what I’ve seen, or end up in the bathroom so much that I miss a ton. I just DONT GET IT!

Go ahead and call me the cranky old lady now 🙂

As to videos from these shows – can someone explain to me how this was done – really, is it a cell phone? A camera with a video function? And do you stand there holding it up the whole time or are you watching the performance through the view finder (somethine else that would diminish the experience for me). Not that I mind the result. I mean – wowza – check out how good this is and the sound quality and, well..those moves!
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Concert memories – You have the tickets, right?


As I type this, SportsBoy is enjoying his Christmas gift from his dad – they are at the AC/DC concert in LA tonight! It’s his first rock concert and of course it HAD to be that band since his dad and I have been poisoning him with their music for a very long time 🙂 I am so so thrilled for him and not more than a little jealous! I’ve never seen them! And darn it but they are totally dissing San Diego as many bands used to do. Guess they didn’t get the memo that we are more than that sleepy little town south of the Dolly Parton Memorial and The Big Military Base and we actually have some really aweseom concert venues now. Oh well.

Thinking of him at his first concery though, brought a flood of memories of bands I went to see as a teen. I wrote about the first band I saw when I had the chance to see them again earlier this year. Styx may have been the first, but they were not #1 in my life back then. No, that honor belonged to this band as you can tell by my record collection:


A history of Journey. 1979-1986 top to bottom. The center one was a Japan only release and is mostly instrumental. My favorite ablum covers were always the top right (Departure) and then the bottom left (Frontiers).  Just seeing those images brings me back! FDF (Formerly Dead Friend), was also a huge Journey fan and it became our goal to see them in concert the first chance we got. Oh wait, before I launch into the story, you gotta see the backs of these album covers:


Look at those outfits and that hair!! Particularly in that top right one – those are the 1980 version of glamour shots!!! Sepia tones and softened edges…scary!!

OK, so the summer of 1983 Journey tours to support Frontiers. At first they pull an AC/DC and ignore San Diego. That was much more common back then though so we were prepared and FDF used a contact she had at a ticket agency to get us floor seats at The Forum for $90 each (ironically where SB is right now though not anywhere near the floor  and they paid they MORE  for their tickets – *inflation!*) I was working at the San Diego Wild Animal Park that summer in one of their cafetria restaurants and saved all of that minimum wage salary for the concert. And then..we lucked out! Journey realized that there were fans in San Diego and added a date at the Sports Arena. For the same price we exchanged the LA tickets for the local ones and wound up 5th row center section on the floor. Oh yeah baby!! We were so excited. Bryan Adams was the opening act and we were looking forward to singing along to some “Summer of ’69” with him. FDF had the tickets. She drove to my house and then I drove from there since she was saddled with her mom’s diesel Mercedes. Yeah, we snubbed a butter creme Mercedes for a ’78 gun metal gray Toyota Corolla know..*speed*. Kids! The Sports Arena was about 20 miles away from my house and we left in plenty of time to get there for the opening act. Of course there was bumper to bumper traffic at the off ramp. Pretty slow moving too. We didn’t care though. We had a blast laughing in the car and singing to the songs playing on my cassette in the car. Then we started to pay attention to other people in the traffic – all bound for the same place as us for the most part and started the time honored tradition of trashing other people 😉 Hey we, were bored. We were rewarded with a guy all of a sudden getting out of his car and running into the center median of the landscaping on the offramp to relieve himself – not necessarily all that well camoflouged! Oh, we laughed so hard that we nearly peed ourselves in my car. Sometime just after that laughing spell though, FDF went into her purse for her lipstick, rooted around a bit, then got super quiet. Deathly quiet. Then she looked at me with those enormous blue eyes of hers as wide as they could be and said:

“You have the tickets, right?!”


We both madly dumped out our purses to no avail of course. Then she got quiet again and remembered where they were. In the glove box of the car we left at my parent’s house.

Let’s not discuss the speeding laws I broke when we finally picked our way out of the traffic jam. Suffice it to say we were very glad we had chosen the speedier car! We screeched to a halt alongside her car, she retrieved the tickets, safely tucked away in that glove box and then flew back to the traffic jam. Somehow, we willed the cars to move along fast enough that we were literally racing down the aisle to get to our seats as the lights went out and Journey took the stage. The opening guitar strains of Don’t Stop Believing started playing and then the lights came on and we were in our own version of heaven.

Which had been preceeded by our own version of hell.

Life was a lot simpler then, wasn’t it? 😉