I’m feelin’ like a Monday, but someday I’ll be Saturday night…

So you know how I have a thing for John Malkovich?  He’s not the only odd crush that I have.  I tend to love guys that other woman think are icky.  (Please see Kelly for more explanation on this phenomenon.)  Well, I have another crush to report…Kid Rock.  I know…I know, he looks a little dirty and he’s kind of skinny, but with a bit of a beer gut and he seriously needs to wash his hair.  But man…there is just something about him.  I think it’s probably his unbelievable love of himself…it just makes me want to love him too.   I also have a thing for cowboy hats…and Southern rock. 

Anyway, I’d never been to a Kid Rock show before, but I’d heard he’s awesome in concert.  Well…that was not a lie.  Even as the opening act for Bon Jovi, he was amazing.  We arrived at the stadium slightly late (because I suck as a navigator and I got us lost and then stuck in traffic) and we missed his first few songs.   Luckily, we got to our seats just in time for Cowboy…my favorite…and caught the last half of his set.  It was great.  There was a lot of running around, some Jim Beam, several different hats, crazy pyrotechnics and a lot of “motherfucker”…which seems to be his favorite thing to say after “my name is Kid Rock”.  I loved it…every second of it.  Here’s a pic…sorry it’s not great…I took it with my phone and our seats were far away…

After a short intermission…during which my girlfriend and I ate hot dogs and french fries…the lights dimmed again and out came Bon Jovi.

Now…I have to tell you a few things about me and my love for Bon Jovi. 

  1. My love runs very deep.  Pictures of Jon and Richie graced my bedroom walls as early as age 10.  I listened to my Slippery When Wet tape daily for years.  I purchased every new album as soon as it came out.  I know all the words to every song.  I love them.
  2. However, there are quite a few songs that I just can’t stand.  For example…”Who Says You Can’t Go Home”.  I hate that song and Jon seems to love it and he drags that shit out in concert and it makes me crazy!
  3. A few years ago I found out some things about Jon that were very upsetting and made me think of him differently.  I also found out some things about Richie that made me love him even more.  I can’t tell you what they are or how I found out…but I will tell you this…I am a business manager and I used to work for a firm that specialized in the music industry.  We handled pretty much every major musical act in the country.  Sometimes people treat their “employees” differently than they treat their fans.  Just saying…
  4. I’ve seen Bon Jovi in concert like 18 times.  That job that I just mentioned?  Going to concerts was one of the perks.  Some artists change things up enough that you can go three nights in a row and see a different show.  Bon Jovi doesn’t fall into that category. 

So…I decided two years ago that I was going to take a Bon Jovi break and when this concert rolled around I was planning to skip it.  I only ended up going because of Kid Rock.  I wasn’t really into the Bon Jovi part.  In fact, I was almost dreading it. 

But it turned out to be fantastic.  I decided not to let my altered opinions affect my enjoyment of the music.  I danced and sang along and raised my hands when directed.  When Jon and Richie sand “I’ll Be There For You” I got all mushy inside.  When they sang “Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen From Mars” I got all giddy because I LOVE that song.  When they sang “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” I sang along and hoped it would go quickly.  When they sang “Old Time Rock and Roll” and Kid Rock came out on the stage…I nearly peed my pants with excitement.  Because together…they rocked.  When Jon tore his calf muscle while jumping around during the encore I gasped along with everyone else and I was very impressed when he finished the song and then sang two more.  We had a fantastic time and I would like to thank the guys for such a great show. 

Oh…did I mention the fabulous people watching?  Going to a Bon Jovi show in New Jersey is like stepping into a time warp back to 1986.  Seriously.  There were perms and fake nails and high heels and ripped jeans and slouchy boots and mullets.  It was fabulous.  If you like people watching, I highly recommend one of these shows.  It’s worth the price of admission. 

I hope everyone else had a fabulous weekend as well.  What did you all do?

Comments

  1. I was with you on John Malkovich, but Kid Rock, really? I just can’t see it. Don’t get me wrong – Cowboy is one of my most favouritist songs ever, but I can’t even grant him drrrty hot status.

    Glad you enjoyed the concert – the flashback would have been fun!

  2. That is awesome that you had a job as a business manager in an entertainment firm. I think getting free tix to concerts has got to be one of the best perks ever.

    AND WOAH, that’s a lot of BJ concerts! OMG, I can only imagine the crowd for one of his shows in Jersey. You totally should have snapped a few photos of mullets :) That’s terribly upsetting to hear about Bon Jovi though. I always thought of him as being pretty down-to-earth, as far as contemporary pop musicians are concerned.

    I can see the Kid Rock appeal. He’s yummy in a sleazy kind of way. But he’d need a shower and shave first 😉

  3. I’m not sure I can stand that you’re holding back these secrets!

    People dress the 80’s at the concerts? Wow!

  4. I have never been really in to Kid Rock or Bon Jovi. Although I did like that ‘I’ll be there for you’ song. Also JBJ filmed a movie near where I live a few years back and I heard that he’s not the nicest person ever. Don’t know if that’s true though. Glad you had fun.

  5. My room was wall papered with Jon and Richie too. All the “hair bands” really.

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