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I have a fabulous friend who I go to concerts, movies, lunch and coffees with. One morning I received a SMS from her when she was on holiday in London. The request was "Did I like Bruce Springsteen? Followed by "Could I please get tickets for his concert when he comes out in February"?
Now I’m not crazy about Bruce however you only live once. I managed to get tickets to a very large stadium in Melbourne for a concert on February 2nd 2017. One of the great benefits of being in a wheelchair is that I have a card called a Companion Card. This enables me to go out to just about anywhere, and if I have a friend (a carer as such) with me, I get a free ticket. Because essentially they are there to help me. Hence going out with a friend makes things, such as concerts very affordable as we pay for 1 ticket and get 2, then just split the cost.
We had great seats on the side, about halfway down the side of the stadium. Sadly there was an aisle next to us where people could go up and down from the floor area (as that was standing only), to the bar, toilets etc. The only bummer about the seats was the flood of people walking up and down to buy copious amount of alcohol consumed by people!! I could not keep my eyes off how much people were drinking, so much so that it took a while to tune into the concert. And I'm by no means an old fuddy duddy as yet! We eventually moved to another area, another perk of being in a wheelchair, as nobody said a thing to us.
I took my camera thinking I'd be able to get some great shots. I hid it in the bottom of my bag just in case I wasn't allowed to use it. That's exactly what happened when I got there. There were announcements saying no photos or filming allowed. How crazy as everyone has phones with both functions! I think it's because they film it, then sell it. Geez 1 T-shirt was $50!! What a rip off. Anyhow I snuck my camera out and managed to snap a few shots before I got told off...lol...they were going to confiscate my camera!! Not on my watch. I talked myself out of that situation.
Bruce was incredible. He and the band played non-stop for 3 hours. He'd be coming to the end of 1 song, and a roadie would be handing him another type of guitar for the next song so he could go straight into that one. I was sad that he didn't chat to the audience much, and that at 10.20 pm there were fireworks and that they walked off stage. There was no encore! Huh? However, it was great to get out and have some fun, and watch all the very drunk men and women afterwards. I even had 2 different men hit on me when I had my chair elevated to the height of about 160 cms. Good to know I've still got it..lol..even if they were so smashed they couldn't see the chair..ha ha.
I didn't realise I had my phone camera set on the wrong setting, (no I hadn't been drinking), so the last 2 shots are in very quick film mode rather than photos.
HUMAN NATURE CONCERT - FEBRUARY 4th 2017
I bought my Mum a ticket to see HN for Christmas as she'd told me she liked them. I have to say that IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS I HAVE EVER SEEN. They were so professional, interactive with the audience, beautiful voices, and funny. For those of you who don't know their story this is a quick summary. There are 4 Australian guys who formed a band 25 years ago. They now have shows in Vegas and have been there for I think 8 years. Their shows are sold out every night! They started the show with old songs from the jukebox era, and worked their way through time up to singing their new single. They then brought back the original boy ban songs and finished with some older songs again.
It was Mum's first ever concert! She loved it...wow what a slick show. I DIDN'T TAKE MY CAMERA AS I THOUGHT I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO USE IT. I SHOULD HAVE as nobody had any issues with cameras. So sadly I used my iPhone which isn't great for those kind of shots. Enjoy these :)
In a wheelchair permanently since early 2010 due to a disease called NMO. I am loving getting out and about in my wheels. My blogs capture my journey.