Thankfully I Forgot the Tickets

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It’s become sort of a family tradition for my dad and I to go see Springsteen whenever his tour brings him through Denver. The last time was in April of 2009 when the Big Man was still with us. Through a series of unfortunate events, we lost our seats and ended up with GA floor tickets. If you’ve never been to a Springsteen show, the process for floor admission (should you so choose) is an interesting one.

You see, if you have floor seats, you can opt in for the wristband lottery. Where you show up a few hours early, get a wristband with a number on it, and then stand around for the rest of the afternoon with a few hundred other people until official looking people with megaphones show up and start shouting instructions at you. The reason you’re putting yourself through this is for the chance at a spot in the pit, which holds a limited amount of people. Everyone with a wristband has an equal chance of making it in the pit, and even if you don’t make it, you still end up with a pretty sweet view. They determine who goes by having a member of the crowd draw a number. That number is the starting point, and X amount of people (in our case 499) after that person get to go in the pit. If you’re in that group of numbers, you’re in for a real treat.

In 2009, we arrived early and thus received low numbers (89 & 90). We naturally blame this for not making it into the pit that year. “It’s better to get a number in the middle,” my dad says. We had a great time anyway.

Cut to 2012 and another chance to see The Boss. Of course we had to try for the pit again, so I bought GA tickets the second they went on sale. My dad flew out from Illinois to stay for two whole days and we did our father-daughter music nerd thing. The day of the show we were strategizing our wristband approach. I had to get some work done in the morning, so the plan was to grab a late lunch and then head down to the Pepsi Center after. What wasn’t part of the plan was forgetting the tickets at home.

No big deal, it cost us about an hour, but as a result we ended up getting low 400s instead of low 200s and that meant we made it to the front of the pit. Fuck. Yes.

“It’s because you forgot the tickets!” my dad exclaimed. Damn straight.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every time I see Springsteen I swear it’s the greatest concert I’ve been to, but I really mean it this time. I was a little worried about the absence of Clarence, but these guys play with even more heart after the loss of their bandmate. We didn’t get the best set list, but we got an epic version of “E Street Shuffle” and I have a newfound love for “Human Touch.” Thanks Boss.

Vampire Weekend – Live at Red Rocks

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Great show, chill crowd, perfect weather. I was pleasantly surprised to see a Springsteen cover make its way into the set. Not as good as the original though. 😉

Animal vs. Jay Weinberg

I noticed something awfully familiar the other day when I was watching some Springsteen videos with Jay Weinberg. The dude plays drums just like Animal from The Muppets. Awesome.

Anachronistic music, gotta love it

Music and film can be the most wonderful of pairs. Sometimes it may not make sense chronologically, but damn if there aren’t some films where the mismatched eras combine into something awesome. Here are some of my favorites.

5. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid

C’mon, how could you not love Burt Bacharach’s deliciously 1960s musical accompaniment to one of the coolest westerns ever made? Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head may be what comes to mind for most, but it’s the South American getaway music that gets my cool sensors tingling.

4. The Sting

Yea yea, another George Roy Hill film. This time around he uses Scott Joplin’s turn of the century ragtime music to evoke the 1930s gangster era, and it does so gloriously.

3. Moulin Rouge!

It feels a little weird to include a musical on a list like this, because it’s just the nature of the genre to have anachronistic music. But screw it, I love Moulin Rouge. The whole film is just spectacular, but the first time we’re introduced to the Moulin Rouge still stands as one of the most engrossing film moments I’ve ever experienced.

2. Baby It’s You

The third film from indy marvel John Sayles may be a tad uneven and melodramatic, but damn if it doesn’t have one hell of a character introduction. The Sheik’s entrance to the beat of Bruce Springsteen’s It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City just oozes cool and speaks to the timeless voice of the boss himself. We couldn’t find a video clip online, so here’s a rockin’ live version from 1975.

1. Inglorious Basterds

I’m not sure there’s anyone else out there with the ability to combine such randomly awesome music with brilliant images the way Tarantino does. The first time I saw this scene I almost couldn’t believe my eyes and ears..David Bowie..Nazis..pure genius.

The most fun you'll ever have at a concert

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the Pepsi Center.

Not only is the Boss one of the best showmen, but his charisma with his band mates just radiates from the stage and completely energizes the crowd. I’m not sure how many more tours these guys have in them, Clarence is 67 and can barely walk because of his hip, so I felt very fortunate to get to see this amazing show with my dad for my birthday.

Bruce Springsteen at the Pepsi Center

Bruce Springsteen at the Pepsi Center

Bruce Springsteen at the Pepsi Center