Monday, January 01, 2007

New Years Rockin Eve - The Wettest Concert Ever

This year I attended the wettest concert in history... but I digress...

Just before Christmas I was driving with my fiance down by Niagara Falls, looking at the lights, taking pictures, and checking out the sites. Amongst the many beautiful sites (such as lights, falling water, and my fiance's smile) I saw a sign. It said one of the most wonderful things ever: "Free Concert: New Years Eve: Foreigner, Colin James, and Justin Hines".

I have wanted to see Colin James live since I saw him on Corner Gas. I was about to drop $55 a ticket to go see him in Hamilton, and now I can see him for free! Outstanding!

So I quickly convince Deborah (being my fiance and in the car with me, and a sucker for punishment, it didn't take long). She contacted some of her friends, and boom! We had New Years plans.

Now, on December 31st, we drove down to Niagara Falls, and parked by the casino. We debated whether or not we should take our umbrellas. We bravely (and niavely) said "nay" and declined.

So we went off to eat, and wandered down to the falls, waded through the crowd, got some good positions, and watched the concert.

... then it started raining. And it hardly stopped for 3.5 hours. Keep in mind this is the middle of a Canadian winter, so the temperature is not exactly tropical. It was cold to be sure. Some of our friends started to balk. "It's cold" they said. "Its wet", they cried, "lets get out of here".

"Nay!" I exclaimed. This isn't some country and/or western show where one just gives up! This is rock'n'roll! No rain, no snow, no sleet, no hail will stop true-blood rockers! Thats just how we roll. So I stayed, and so did Deborah, GOD bless her. We swayed to the love songs, rocked to the fast songs, and when midnight came, by golly I kissed her under the fireworks and umbrellas, and it was wonderful.

And thus ended the wettest concert ever.

Now, many may be curious (ok, no one, but its my blog, so tough noogies) how many bands I have seen. Luckily for you, I made a list:

== Pre 2001:

David Meece
White Heart
Jesus Lizard

== 2001:
Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto

== 2004:
House Of Blues - South Carolina
The Tragically Hip
Sam Roberts

== 2005:
Live 8 - Molson Park:
Bryan Adams
Barenaked Ladies
Motley Crue
Our Lady Peace
Blue Rodeo
Neil Young
Gordon Lightfoot
Bruce Cockburn
Jann Arden
Tragically Hip
Sam Roberts
Randy Bachman
Tom Cochrane
Simple Plan
Deep Purple
African Guitar Summit
Les Trois Accord

Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto
The White Stripes

Gage Park - Brampton (New Years Eve)
Glass Tiger

== 2006:
Arrogant Worms

Air Canada Center - Toronto
Bon Jovi - Have A Nice Day Tour
Motley Crue

Molson Amphiteatre - Toronto
Great Big Sea

Massey Hall - Toronto
Dwight Yoakam

New Years Eve @ Niagara Falls (The wettest rock concert ever!)
Justin Hines
Colin James

Barenaked Ladies - ACC Feb 2007

On The Radar:
Arrogant Worms - Rose Theatre Feb 07
Colin James & The Little Big Band- Rose Theatre Feb 02

==Wish List:
Joe Satriani
Pink Floyd

== Never Gonna Happen Cause Of Death Or Stupidity:
The Beatles
Guns'n'Roses - The original lineup