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Baby, It's Cold Outside - I Need to Pass the Time

Winter comes every year to Ohio. You'd think I'd be used to it by now, but I'm not. Truth is, I'm not engineered for cold weather. The snow sucks, I hate driving in it and the cold makes my joints ache. Basically, I despise winter and every time it snows I shake my fist at the sky - seriously. The colder and nastier it gets, the more I long for the summer or a warm getaway. Taking a vacation right now isn't an option, so this has left me lots (read: tons) of time to daydream about summer. Naturally, my summer revolves around concert season. So, I'm a daydream believer, pondering all the possible lineups and making myself a little giddy. I sort of love to pick the lineups before they are announced. I make bets with my husband: "I bet XX will play!" I'm usually pretty accurate, but that might not be fair, all things considered. My football season is over since I follow the Cincinnati Bengals and they sort of choked on Saturday. So my [extreme longshot!] Super Bowl dream is dead. American Idol starts tomorrow night, so that's some cheap, free entertainment but the show will probably suck post-Adam Lambert and without Paula Abdul. There are not many tours happening right now. A couple bands are headed to Ohio over the next few weeks including The Last Vegas, Bang Tango and Rhino Bucket (no, these bands are not playing together - I wish!). Also, there's word that Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati will make its first tour announcement tomorrow. I'm sure it's Jimmy Buffett or something - but I'll retain hope it's a big, Glam act.

Really, the weather just plain gets me down this time of year. I was planning on a sunny, special getaway in March but that isn't happening now - so I don't have much to look forward to until May. There's a lot of time between now and May so I've got to find some sort of musical diversion to keep me going. I think if Motley Crue recorded a Calypso record right now, I'd be down for it - yeah, I'm that desperate!

How do you pass the bleary winter months before concert season?

Speaking of Motley...might as well play an old favorite. "Helter Skelter" (with "God Rest the Children of the Beast") - check out the cool pictures!

Reader Comments (12)

Thank god there are no real concert seasons for me. There are concerts all year. My last one was on December 20th and the next one will be either January 23th (Daughtry) or January 29th (Stream Of Passion). And then it's the usual - 2-3 or more concerts every months. But I can't wait until it gets warmer, I hate winter. And it sucks to stand out in the cold before a concert. :(
January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterXandra73
Where & when is Bang Tango playing??

Here in Michigan I'll be seeing Hailstorm on 1/23, Shadows Fall & Five Finger Death Punch a couple days later and WASP in March.
January 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterreptileblvd
Yeah, fill us in on the Bang Tango info...don't see it on Pollstar or Myspace.
January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJT
Thankfully we don't see Winter weather near to what you experience up north (NO WAY would I survive it). It was so cold here (ok highs in the upper 20s/30s-I know that's nothing right? haha)....anyway, I wasn't motivated to leave my house at all. Luckily I had much needed cleaning to tend to. ANYWAY, Ally, maybe you should consider moving down south. Here in N'awins the party NEVER stops. We have a HUGE HUGE playoff game this weekend, and well....I'm not jinxing anything (but hopefully we'll have another the following weekend), Mardi Gras season has officially begun so that takes care of early February. Spring time is French Quarter Fest, always tons of fun surrounding St. Patty's Day and then ofcourse JazzFest is not far after that and that will take us into May. SERIOUSLY, the party NEVER stops down here in N'awlins. Gotta love it!
January 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari
Bang Tango is March 13 at McGuffys in Dayton.
January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
LYNAM IS IN GULF SHORES that weekend (hint hint)!
January 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari
I'm here in the Mountains of PA Allison, I hear ya on the anti-winter sentiment.I absolutely abhor this time of year, as my job has me outside for a decent portion of the day.Thank God for iPods, as it's what gets me through the freezing 10 hour days...
January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary
I have 2 concerts lined up. The first is Halestorm/Theory of a Deadman in Boston and Dangerous Toys in Rumford, ME on April 2. I just Cinderella to announce a tour and life will be really good.
January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRicksav
Thanks for the Bang Tango info. Saw them live with Faster Pussycat and Tracii's LA Guns in 2008 (I think)...they put on a great show. I might even make the drive up for that one if the work schedule allows it.
January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJT
Faster Pussycat, Enuff z Nuff and Dirty Passion (Swedish newcomers) are playing in town January 28th. I think I'll break a sweat at that show.
January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSnoot
I scour the festival web sites and message boards looking at all of the rumors and wish lists. Speaking ofwho which, any idea on who will be playing Rock on the Range this year or do you have a wish list? Hard drive has said Mastodon and rumored that Stone Sour could be on the bill while pollstar had Skillet on the lineup for a week before taking it down.
January 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwill
I find myself coming to your blog more and more often to the point where my visits are almost daily now!
March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJarysnaro

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