It's mid-February and I've got the itch: the concert itch.
In about one month, we'll start to learn of summer line-ups. Just this morning, RATT announced a summer tour in support of a new album. Either it will be clubs, or the band will take another two acts on the road as support. Since RATT toured with Poison last summer, they are out.
Yesterday, I bought tickets to Rock on the Range festival right here in Ohio. No, it's not Glam but I think it will be a great two days of music, especially in May. A sort of kick-off to summer if you will.
I despise the cold. It's pretty evident I should be living and working on the West Coast. Perhaps in a couple years. For now, I'm stuck in a frozen tundra that is the Midwest. Each bitterly cold day I catch myself dreaming about summer concerts.
I live for concerts. They tend to make my summer.
So far all I have on tap is Rock on the Range and Rocklahoma. I looked up many other American festivals last night, but nothing interested me enough to fly across the country. It was all Indie or Alternative garbage. This is why I'm hoping for a stunningly large scale tour by a major band.
I want a surprise.
It was a huge deal when the Van Halen tour was announced. People went crazy! I saw them in October and I'll be seeing them again next month.
I'm not sure there are any bands left - save Led Zeppelin - that can give us that sort of excitement or surprise. Perhaps that is why I've taken to love festivals so much?
If I had the money, I would go to Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock Festival, Rock am Ring and Rocklahoma all in the same summer. That just isn't an option, although I'd love to save my pennies and go to both Sweden Rock and Rocklahoma next year.
Live music makes my heart sing.