Last night through no fault of my own I found myself in the most despicable position among concert goers: the old person in VIP seats who doesn't care about the band. As a devout concert-goer who pays for my tickets through the sweat of my brow, I hate these people. They don't deserve to be there. Why should they get good seats, free drinks, and complimentary food? It's not fair. What's even less fair is that the only time I will ever get this special treatment will be at a crappy Vanilla Ice/MC Hammer concert. By the hammer of Thor! My husband got these tickets from his work. I can only assume this is how the old people sitting in VIP seats at REM, U2, Sting, Neil Diamond, and other good concerts get there. Well, bully for them.
As I ate my free pork salad in reserved seating and surveyed the crowds (overstatement) below, I marveled at the enthusiastic kids dressed in [their version of] 80s regalia. I have to say, I don't really get it. I admit that I was never much of a Vanilla Ice or MC Hammer fan. Be that as it may, I think I can objectively say that neither of them was very good. Right? So I couldn't figure out if these teenagers were joking, or serious. Are they genuine fans? Or do they just like the idea of it? Did they grow up listening to MC Hammer and yearning for the 80s in the same way I grew up listening to the Beatles and thinking the 60s were rad? That doesn't sound right.
Anyway, you know those inflatable ghouls with a skeleton head and hands and a black cloak that people buy at Big Lots to put over their entries on Halloween? Vanilla Ice had one of those decorating his stage. I'm not saying he had, like, a really big version of one of those Halloween things on the stage. It was standard sized, just like the one you'd walk through to trick or treat at your neighbor's house. And everyone was dancing around and getting into it just like it was normal. This tells me that people are very accepting. It's really quite beautiful when you think about it. Me? I'd probably be too embarrassed to use one of those to decorate my stage.
And it went on and on from there and then I went home. Is this post kind of anti-climactic for you? Good. It's just like you were there.
PS Vanilla Ice seems nice.