Monday, August 31, 2009

Little Man Rocks Depeche Mode

I used to work for the Dallas Observer, a weekly newspaper here in Dallas, and Music and Entertainment was my one of my categories. Needless to say, I never stood in line at a club or bought a concert ticket. Ever. Or bought a drink. Ever. It was fantastic! When I left that job a few years ago, losing that perk was probably one of the hardest parts about leaving the company. Sure, I still know people and can call in a favor here and there. But people come and go and the further I get from that job, the fewer connections I have.

So I was very excited that I scored tickets for Saturday night's Depeche Mode concert at Starplex/Smirnoff/ Center (whatever they're calling it this year).

Due to my previous connections, Little Man has been to many a show: Barney, The Wiggles, Dora the Explorer, Ringling Bros./Barnum & Baily Circus, the Rodeo, etc. Every kids show that came through town we would go. It's not like there was high demand for Dora tickets around my office...

But this was his first REAL rock concert and he was pumped. He had me spike his hair up so "he looked cool" and help him pick out an outfit. He thought he was really cool when we got there and he was one of about 5 kids we saw out of a crowd of 15,000 or so people. His first reaction when the show started was that it was loud. Really loud. But he got used to the noise level and soon got into the scene, standing on his seat, pumping his fists in the air and singing along to the songs.

Fuzzy photos taken on my Blackberry!

They played his favorite song, Personal Jesus, in the finale so he left happy. I've seen this band many times so the fun for me was watching it through his eyes. He kept looking behind us out int the crowd - he was amazed at how many people were there. And on one of the last songs, when the lead singer had the whole crowd waving their hands over their heads, back and forth - he had the biggest smile on his face because it was so new to him to see a sea of people all having the same experience through music.

I hope it's a night he'll never forget!