Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Summer Concerts

Summer concerts in FL are sweat monsters! Typically they are held in Tampa at the amphitheater that has changed names so many times that I don't know what to call it now. When I left FL to move to CT, it was called the Ford Amphitheater, then changed to 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheater (if you live in Tampa, you know the commercials), and now it's some credit union name. Dave Matthews plays there every summer and this summer is no exception. However, when you go to see Dave, expect a downpour. They even sell ponchos at his show, which will usually buy.

We typically buy the cheapy lawn seats when we go to Dave. But we're not going to see him this  year. Oh no. We've sprung for 1st level seats at the Nine Inch Nails/Soundgarden concert. I'm super stoked about it!

When we were about to close on our house in Connecticut in 2008, we bought tickets to see NIN at Mohegan Sun. We had really decent seats and it was the best concert I've ever seen, even though we drove in hail to the casino. The light show and intensity of that concert were amazing. There are two concerts that I will go to over and over and that's NIN and Incubus. Both are fantastic shows.

And I'm getting too old to remember if I've ever seen Soundgarden. I want to say I did when they toured with Lollapalooza back when it first started but who knows. But here's a fun tidbit. My first job out of college was training RV and boat dealerships how to run finance forms on our accounting system. I travelled to Seattle (Bellevue) and trained at a boat dealership. Chris Cornell's information was in their database as he had bought a boat from them. Awesome!

Mohegan Sun is not the first venue I saw Nine Inch Nails at. I saw them right after 'Pretty Hate Machine' came out. I was 19, in my first year of junior college, living at home to save money on tuition, sporting brown shoulder-length curls while wearing knee-length jean shorts and my Bass brown suede Oxfords. It was quite the look. NIN came to a little place in Ybor City called Masquerade. It was a very cool multi-room, bordello-like venue. It was small and general admission only. It was also a cool dance club on the weekends.

It's going to be a long wait until August 11, but I'm super excited to see them again.

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