Mrs. Cranky loves concerts. There are many things that I love about Mrs. Cranky. Her love of going to concerts is not one of the many things about her that I love. In support all the other things about Mrs. Cranky that I love, I will occasionally grit my teeth and go to a concert. Sometimes I even enjoy them.
Last night we went to a concert at the Garden State Art Center. Gary Puckett and the Union Gap and Tommy James and the Shondells were the headliners. As an added attraction, Bruce Murrow aka Cousin Brucie a local fast talking DJ from the 60's was the guest host.
This concert was a freebie. The GSA Center puts on several free concerts a year for senior citizens. A free concert sounds pretty good, and it is a great deal, except there is no assigned seating. To get a good seat and not end up on the lawn six miles from the stage you have to get in line early.
We leave the house at 3:30, arrive at the Art Center at 4:00 and wait in line until they open the doors at 6:30 for an 8:00 show.
I know! That’s what I say, but Mrs. C just LOVES Tommy James and there was no way we were not going to get good seats.
When they open the doors at 6:30 there is a stampede of walker pushing, cane swinging, bum leg limping seniors hell bent on getting a good seat. Mrs. C hasn’t got her AARP card yet, so she can fly, well compared to the walker pushing, cane swinging, bum leg limping seniors, she can fly; I was one of the bum leg limpers but I managed to keep up and we got great seats reasonably close to the stage.
The show started with Cousin Brucie walking through the audience to get to the stage. He passed right by our seats. Cousin Brucie must be 90 years old. I used to listen to his radio show while doing my homework in high school. He looks damn good for 90 and except for multi-layers of differently shaded hair; you can barely tell he has a toupee.
Turns out he is only 79. He still looks pretty good for 79.
Gary Puckett was good, his voice at 71 is not what it once was, it is still pretty good. Tommy James was excellent. His voice at 67 is as good as ever and the Shondells are all really great musicians.
The most fun
was audience watching. I love old people;
wait, that would be me, but I think I am still young next to this crowd. I towered over almost everyone and I am only
5’ 10.” I decided that apparently I
haven’t begun to shrink yet. At least I
never went for the comb-over your bald spot trick…if you don’t know it old dudes;
it is not a good look. The crowd had
more wrinkles than Carter has pills and was old enough to know that reference.
I told Mrs. C that at least in this crowd I still look good.
She said, “I hate to break it to you, but you blend.”
And still I love her.