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Over the past year or so, I've been trying to attend more concerts, as opposed to hitting just the occasional show. In fact, I've spent the past three Saturday nights with my rock 'n' roll sneakers on.

To keep up with who's coming around, I subscribe to several online alert/update services, which usually do nothing more than clutter my inbox with announcements of shows I don't care to see. A case in point: Today I was alerted to two concerts coming up at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center:

Aug. 10: Journey with special guests Foreigner and Night Ranger. (The "special guests" wording, I should point out, is not mine; it's the promoter's.)

Aug. 21: Def Leppard with Heart.

Two words come to mind when I see those bills: wretched excess.

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strwberryfizz
Apr. 11th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
Aw, shucks. I saw Journey last year, and I thought they were great, even if most of them were getting on in years.
patrick_vecchio
Apr. 11th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
I saw Journey on their first tour; they opened for the Electric Light Orchestra. Journey disappointed, and I walked out on ELO.

Drove to the show in winter weather so bad that on the 400 just north of East Aurora, a car a couple of hundred yards ahead got to fishtailing and then spun around and around and around before winding up in the median. Which only shows how good I expected the show to be.

strwberryfizz
Apr. 12th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
That's rough, to say the least. I guess I just feel like I missed the heyday of so many music greats, I have to catch what I can when I can and appreciate it. I've missed Roger Waters' tour both times around, and to say I was disappointed is an understatement. That's as close to Pink Floyd as I'm going to get, unfortunately.
patrick_vecchio
Apr. 13th, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)
Ah, well: I never saw Bob Marley because I couldn't talk any of my friends into going. One of them said we'd be "the only white people in the crowd." I should have gone by myself. I'll kick myself about that one from here to the grave.
nodressrehersal
Apr. 11th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
C'mon, Ann Wilson hasn't gained that much weight, has she?
patrick_vecchio
Apr. 11th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
Davy the Fat Boy has no comment. I get winded these days bending over to tie my shoes.

I wish that last line were a joke.
nodressrehersal
Apr. 11th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
And now I am forced to hear that old-school claymation dog comment, "Oh, Davey..." although in my head, he sounds uncannily like Eeyore.

Surly youth #2 and I walked TWO (count 'em, TWO!) miles today on the bike path. But I think it actually translates into more like five, because we walked in gale-force winds that were not at our backs in either direction.
penshark
Apr. 11th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
Buddy Guy and BB King at CMAC in Canandaigua (my very favorite outdoor venue) in late August -- I can see a road trip likely.

I find myself resisting Darien Lake just on principle -- I don't find it a very enjoyable place to see a show. I have to want to see someone VERY badly to go to Darien.
nodressrehersal
Apr. 12th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
Blech - what a crappy venue, Darien Lake. I can't even imagine who I'd be willing to go there to see.

I've never been to that Canandaigua venue - I think surly youth #1 has, and enjoyed it.
patrick_vecchio
Apr. 12th, 2011 12:11 pm (UTC)
Couple of legends there. Gotta see 'em while they're still with us.
vivitalia
Apr. 12th, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
Darien Lake is a crappy venue unless you're in the first 20-30 rows. After that, you might as well save yourself the money. There are two types of people (that I can think of) who go to see a show at Darien Lake: those who actually want to hear the artist and shell out the big bucks to get up close and those who just want to drink and drop out on the lawn. I've never sat on the lawn there and don't intend to. Waste of money, IMO.
strwberryfizz
Apr. 12th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
I don't think that's necessarily true-- I've only ever sat in the lawn for Darien Lake, not because I'm a waste case who doesn't care about the music, but because that's all I can afford. Not a very good view, but live music with a bad view is better than no live music at all.
vivitalia
Apr. 13th, 2011 11:32 am (UTC)
Okay, that's fair enough. I should also add: I've never paid for seats up close either, but went on the Buffalo News' dime on assignment. I guess I should have also said what also annoys me most are the attitudes of the people in both places. Those on the lawn, from what I hear since I've never sat there, seem to be rowdier and would get in the way of my enjoyment. Those in the seats at least seem like they do want to hear the artist and accordingly, don't get in each other's way of doing so.
penshark
Apr. 12th, 2011 12:31 am (UTC)
I love the Canandaigua venue -- even with Artpark's killer view, I'd rate it slightly ahead of Artpark. And they're scheduling some interesting people this summer. Steely Dan is on the bill for July -- I'm tempted to call that a late birthday gift for panther_tracks and treat him to that show.
thenightfly5150
Apr. 12th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
All look like groups that should be on the "free stage" at the NY State Fair. Night Ranger? Seriously?
patrick_vecchio
Apr. 12th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
Seriously.

Bruins in five. Price will steal a game.
thenightfly5150
Apr. 12th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
I like your thinking. Bruins in 5 sounds about right to me. Have a feeling it's going to be a monster series for Chara.
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