Thursday, December 14, 2006

List of Musical Acts I Wish I'd Seen

I didn't get out much this year.

I did get to Sarah McCully's CD release show, but had to leave before it was over. I hope I get a chance to get out to another one of her gigs.

But I didn't get to a stadium concert at all. I would have reeeeeeally liked to...

The Raconteurs

They were in Ontario exactly once, at the Virgin Festival on Toronto Island in September. Jethro had to work, but regardless we couldn't afford it. Dang. I wanted to see them soooooo bad. Jack is really rockin the plaid. I hope they played enough outdoor festivals to get him out in the sun. That studio tan is ghastly. I have two words for Jack White: Farmer Tan. He should try it.


Again, Virgin Festival. They might not have let us in there anyways. I love their album but I think it might be worth seeing them just to check out how big their hair has gotten. That is some big hair on those boys.


Yeah I know. Tease me about the Guyliner. But these guys are haaaaaavy. They were on the Warped Tour, which made a stop in Barrie Ontario. Again, I don't think they'd have let me in. There aren't many housewives attending these shindigs. Pink haired or not.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Oh this one was painful. Jethro and I were both on the phone, he at work and me at home. The tickets were gone within about 10 seconds of availability. I was going to take my girls KC and KK. I have never had a chance to see this band and I'm still disappointed and can no longer talk about it. Moving on.

Bob Dylan

Apparently he played the ACC in Toronto with the Foo Fighters. I'd go out of curiosity. My knowledge of Dylan's work is pathetically small. I really should check into it. From what I heard this concert was mostly a lot of mumbling and shuffling. Well, I don't know much, but isn't that what you go to a Dylan concert for???? I'm pretty sure you're not going to get any high kicking solos or pyro. Just sayin. Ol Bob is looking pretty gnarly these days. Cool!


In keeping with my weird fascination for tattooed screamo punks, I'd like to see these guys do their thing. I sat on an airplane with them last year on the way to Halifax. They were very respectful and never once hounded me with "Hey, aren't you Heidi the Hick?" or "Julia, you're much smaller in real life. How are the twins?" Nice fellas. They rock like their feet are burning. They're playing SIX SHOWS in TO this month.

I asked Jethro, "Would you like to see Alexisonfire?"

He said, "I would LOVE to see a Lexus on fire! There's one at the arena down the street. Where's my BBQ sparker?"

All six shows are sold out. I guess they're pretty popular around here, being a bunch of small town Ontario boys.

But, no shows for me. We went to the Boy's school Christmas concert last night. Yeesh. After one of the teachers spent ten minutes mumbling in the direction of the microphone (she sounded like Charlie Brown's teacher) we endured over an hour of parents running up to the stage to take pictures of their kids, who were singing tunelessly over a recording of a song. When did we stop teaching kids to open their faces and sing???? Our boy has no trouble with an audience. He did his little commercial confidently, without forgetting his lines, projecting his voice right to the back row where Jethro and the Girl and I sat slumped miserably in our chairs. I had me some panic going on. I wished I could have stood up on my chair and thrown my fist in the air and screamed. That's so cathartic. The only way to get over the Dreaded Crowd Anxiety is to do some constructive head banging, that's what I say.

Tomorrow I wrap up this list project with a double whammy: Famous Actors who Look Like Me, and Guys Named John.


Timmy said...

I wanted to see the Peppers too, they didnt come anywhere near me, though.

Heidi the Hick said...

Wha!? They didn't come anywhere near you???? But why???? (snicker)

If they ever read this they won't show up anywhere near me either.

Coffeypot said...

What about Barry Manlow? The Beach Boys are soooo cute (what’s left of them) coming out on stage with their multi-colored walkers. Poor Brian is so tone deaf it is embarrassing. You could also go see Regis Philbin and Susan Lucci do a Christmas show. Boy, the fun you are missing.

Heidi the Hick said...

Imagine my throwin the horns at Barry Manilow. Worth the ticket price?

Life, or Something Like It said...

You crack me up.
J's school concert is coming up. Hers are always during the day, which means (ACK!) that I will probably have to go alone. If I can't, she'll be crushed. If I can, I'll proably have some sort of attack that is a cross between a stroke, or a seizure. Should be quite the show.
BTW, nice of those boys not to hound you on the plane. It does get tiresome, doesn't it?

Coffeypot said...

I know that I am old and out of the picture most of the time, and I don't understand all the expressions (even the ones that are basically common sense,) but what does "throwing the horns at BM" mean?

Heidi the Hick said...


A hand gesture often used by fans of the heavy metal genre of music.

Hand is held up with two middle fingers pressed to palm while index and little finger are extended.

A variation has the thumb out as well which is similar to the sign language for "I love you"

The gesture is believed to be called throwing the horns because the silhouette looks like devil horns.

Vocalist Ronnie James Dio, singer for Black Sabbath, claims that his tiny Italian grandmother used a similar gesture to ward off the evil eye.

While Dio believes he is the first one to use the horns, Gene Simmons of Kiss also claims to be the inventor.

Other bands to make the gesture popular amongst fans are: Metallica, Judas Priest and Spinal Tap.


Heidi the Hick said...

Biddie, my heart goes out to you. I high tailed it outta the school last night and sat in the car listening to tunes until they all came out. Then we got the Jetta stuck in the mud. Good times.

No wonder you don't like going out...all those fans stopping you. Does get tiresome...

CindyDianne said...

See how sheltered I am? I thought throwing the horns was a display of being a University of Texas fan! They are the Longhorns, don't ya know. That's the only horns I am familiar with.

Of course, I am not their biggest fan, so I don't throw those horns either!


Heidi the Hick said...

See, Cindy, we just don't have enough longhorns up here in Ontariariario. Poor us!

The Adult in Question said...

Oh the Peppers. I know how much it hurts. Some day and with my luck we could touch/meet/get near the Kiedis.

P.S. Blogger Beta Blows.

dilling said...

Bob Dylan is looking a bit like the love child of Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings these days...
We didn't make any concerts this year either...except my friend's choral christmas recital...brutal.
Michael HAS seen RHCP long ago, in their rocket ride to the top...can't recall just now which tour.
and Heidi???? I went beta...sorry. I went bonkers being a silent observer to the blogs around me...i had to be able to open my loud mouth, so to speak.

Heidi the Hick said...

KC, what ever you do to get that luck, keep up the good work. It's only a matter of time....

And blogger doesn't blow. It sux.

Dilling- This is awesome: Bob Dylan is looking a bit like the love child of Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings these days...

As for the switch, no apologizing! I'm still a reader!
Loud mouth all you want!

coffeypot said...

I see, now. It's not new, though. It is the symble of the Univ. of Texas "Long Horns." They do the hand thing and yell "Hook'em Horns."

Heidi the Hick said...

See, we all learn something new every day!

her indoors said...

hey guess who is coming to sheffield next year David Cassidy yeah will i go an see him mmmm will have to count me cash an see

Balloon Pirate said...

I suppose it wouldn't be nice for me to tell you I saw RHCP in a small club twenty years ago as the guest of an older gay man who had a crush on me?

Also, my kid's school music's better than yours. Sorry, but it is. They rocked.


Heidi the Hick said...

Indoors- Yay!!!!! I expect a full report on the show!

Pirate- Yup, jealous. I didn't even know who they were that long ago. I'd like a full report on that too.

Dude, I totally believe you that your kids' school rocks harder than my son's school...

cara winsor hehir said...

"...a lexus on fire...." i can't barely write it, it is so funny. worthy of it's own horn throw. i've seen dylan, years ago i don't know enough of the man to appreciate it, i think... i saw willie earlier this year, and kristopherson is playing here tomorrow night. i'll miss it. he is my hero. so sad.

CopySix said...

Fairly sad, but I don't see any future concert dates at the former Barrie Molson Centre venue as this is being redeveloped.