Monday, November 22, 2010

A Night Out

You know you're old when you leave a rock concert before the main act ends.


Last month, my brother won tickets to see Canadian rock band Bedouin Soundclash at a local charity event. He kindly asked me if I would like to go with him. I told him I would love to go even though it has been years since I've been to a concert. I just couldn't pass up an opportunity to see this band for the first time. And besides, a night out away from the kids would do me some good.

Mr. A picked me up at 7pm on Friday night, and we headed down to The Docks where the concert was held. It's a relatively small and intimate venue but with a perfect view of the Toronto skyline. When we arrived, my brother scanned the line that had already formed outside the club. Being forty-something, he was becoming too self-conscious about his age.

"Look at all the young people. One look at me, they might think I'm your father."

As we lined up; received our wrist-bands and passed through security, I told him not to worry about it and just enjoy the evening. Inside, we made our way to the stage; it was standing room only and for the next two hours we watched the two opening acts. We were particularly impressed with Charlie Winston - a talented British musician. He rocked!

I enjoyed the music, and the festive atmosphere. However, I was wary of the three young fellows in front of us. You could say they had one too many beers, and were very intoxicated. I affectionately called them "the three stooges". Mr. A said they were harmless but I couldn't avoid the awkward situation when one of the guys wanted to shake my hand. Reluctantly, I shook his hand and then maneuvered away from him!

It was almost 11pm when Bedouin Soundclash took the stage. At this point, a larger crowd appeared, and the mood shifted to a heightened state of musical ecstasy. We watched and listened for the next half hour but when Mr. A let out a wide yawn - a sign to go home. Besides, I was tired standing for three hours, occasionally going on tippy toe to get a better view! I was more than happy to call it a night.

A night out with my brother was fun but I have to admit, I'm not so young anymore.

And I can't believe I'm sick with fever, and still recovering.



  1. Yeah, I hear ya. And is it just me or are concerts way too loud!

  2. Wow! I cannot be like you who could endure a standing room only concert. We do have concerts here even by known celebrities but chairs are provided. During the concert of the late Michael Jackson, tickets were sky high but they were sold out. Get well soon my friend.♥