Tuesday, November 21, 2006


I couldn't imagine a better way to spend a Friday night, but there was something a little sad about going to the Journey/Def Leppard concert. It kind of felt more like going to a high school reunion than a sold-out arena concert.

Amazingly, and thankfully, both bands played all of their greatest hits, and both bands refrained from adding bizarre variations or strange twists to any or their songs. So their songs sounded just like they did when I first heard them 20 years ago. A notable achievement, considering that they've probably been playing the same song the same way over and over again over the past several decades.

Also commendable was Def Leppard's judicious use of pyrotechnics. Nothing like flames shooting up 30 feet in the air to add that much needed emphasis to the end of a song.

I was hoping to see more people dressed up in 80's outfits with 80's hair, but there was only a few brave enough to do so. I guess most of us are trying desperately to forget those days.

On second thought, I agree. Bringing back the music is one thing. The fashion should stay dead and buried.