Something incredible happened this weekend.
I don’t even feel like I can put a proper post together, partly because I only got five hours of sleep and partly because I still can’t believe it.
My sister and I saw Adam Ant live last night.
If you don’t know me well, you might think, “Oh, cool…I guess.”
It was beyond cool. Trust me. You may recall that Adam Ant was my Numero Uno back in the 80s. I wrote about my obsession here, in a post that even includes a picture of me dressed up as Adam Ant for Halloween 1983.
I never saw him in a live concert, though. Back then, wow, what I wouldn’t have given to see him live. I longingly watched his videos and the occasional live clip on MTV, just wishing.
Fast forward to this past Thursday. I found out that he was–HUH??–performing in Chicago. And it was sold out.
I didn’t even know he was touring in the States right now.
The idea that Adam Ant was coming to my city and I wasn’t going to be able to fulfill my dream of thirty years ago was a hard pill to swallow. But, life has a way of providing happy surprises. That’s where my sister comes in. She thought out of the box as usual and nabbed us tickets for his Wisconsin show.
We headed up to Milwaukee yesterday afternoon nice and early, so we could get in line and have a good shot at getting near the stage for the General Admission show. Before we’d find out if we were early enough, we had to wait outside for two hours. Luckily, the others who were there early were absolutely hysterical and we had a good time.
We were totally psyched when his tour bus pulled up. I even imagined that he was waving at us.
And then I heard from Busy Dad, who I adore. Busy Dad walked right by me at BlogHer ’11 in San Diego as I was waving at him. It was like I didn’t even exist. I gave him a really hard time for not waving back at me for a while, but now we wave at each other all the time on Twitter. It’s our thing. I think he was worried that Adam Ant was going to unseat him as my favorite wave-r.
And then one of our co-horts in line revealed her profession.
When they finally opened the doors to get to the box office, we picked up our tickets at will-call and got back in line to wait for the ballroom doors to open. When they did? I still can’t believe it:
The opening act, Brothers of Brazil, was really good. They were super-fun. I can’t say I wasn’t happy for them to finish their set though, because that meant one thing: Adam Ant would be on stage shortly.
It was so worth the wait. I can’t even tell you how exciting it was not only to see him in concert but to be about eight feet away from him for the majority of it. We could practically see his pores. I stayed in a weird state of giddyness, disbelief, and total bliss for the entire show. It was a dream come true.
I tried to get a few pictures with my cell phone but my phone camera is slow and frankly, he didn’t stop moving very often. I ended up with one pretty good shot:
And then? The unimaginable happened.
And then? “Goody Two Shoes” happened. (Although this was from last night’s show, I did not take this video because as I already mentioned, we were touching the stage. We were literally LIT’RALLY in front of the guitar player on the right.)
That performance resulted in another favorite tweet.
Yes, I totally know that I misspelled both “Courteney” and “Springsteen”. I was in a state of delirium at the time.
Anyway, Courteney Cox was famous for two things before she played Monica on “Friends”. One was her role as Alex P. Keaton’s girlfriend Lauren. The other was her appearance in a music video for a certain rock star from Jersey. In case you need a reminder of her work with The Boss, here you go:
We made the two-hour drive home and I fell into bed at 1 a.m.
I am still trying to process it all, really. The concert was awesome, and it was great to be able to share that experience with my sister. I will be walking on Cloud Nine for the foreseeable future. Good thing, because my feet are killing me.
It’s not from our show but basically the same. “Antmusic” and “Kings of the Wild Frontier” were our favorites last night. Check this out.