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Monday, September 26, 2011

In which I grope Rick Springfield

Got your attention didn't I?

For those handful of people who actually read my blog, you are aware that on Saturday night I was going to see Rick Springfield in concert. Don't judge, people, don't judge. I love his music. There I said it. I am not ashamed to admit it.

When I feel depressed or need a pick me up. I root around the CD's I carry in my car to find his greatest hits, pop it in the CD player and rock out! I know all the words to his songs and proudly admit it.

The last time I saw Rick Springfield in concert was when I was in my early twenties. That was a long long time ago. I saw him a few times and he was great in concert. He knows how to play to an audience.

So when I saw he was coming to Harrah's Cherokee Casino, about 25 minutes from where we live, I was all over that. Luckily, Harrah's knows a hardcore gambler when they see one and offered me free tickets and a free room because they are so nice. That or else they know as a gambler, I will come and enjoy the freebies and blow a wad of cash on the slots.

I love slots. I think my problem is that I am easily amused. Give me lights, bells, whistles and bonuses and I am in hog freaking heaven. Maybe I should take up knitting or something.

Anyway after an early dinner, Tom headed off to the poker room and I headed off to the room but then got distracted by the bells, lights and found a slot machine and played for a while. Since I am writing this post, it is obvious I didn't hit the jackpot and have to go back to work. Boo!

After losing my money, I went back up to room and decided not to get all dressed up because I wasn't even sure how the concert would be. I mean in 20 years, he might have come out with a walker and bored me to death. So I headed off. I knew I was going to the right place since all I saw walking toward the event center was a bunch of middle-aged women dressed like 20 year olds. It was not pretty folks, not pretty at all.

I got there just in time. Since Tom refused to go with me, I had an empty seat next to me. I looked around and I had 2 dead heads next to me and then some other women around me. There were men and older persons around. And when I say older I mean like in their 70's and 80's because I am almost 50 and Rick Springfield is 62.

A damn good looking 62. When he came out I was amazed at how good he actually looked. I couldn't believe that on stage was a man ready for early social security benefits. When he did come out the crowd went crazy. The others just sat there.

He sang a few of his new songs and I danced in my seat a little but was not really into it quite just yet. There were four women in front of me who stood up so I had to stand up. There were two women next to me who I knew would start dancing soon because they were already screaming when Rick came out.

When he broke some of the old classics, the crowd went crazy. That included me as well. We started dancing and singing and just having fun. It was good to be around people who were also inclined to dance around as well.

I have to say that for an old guy, Rick rocks. His voice was just like it was 20 something years ago and he knows how to put on a show. I also think he has come to terms that he plays casinos and cruise lines. He mocked the fact that he knew many of the people there had no freaking idea who he was. He joked about his age.

At the beginning of the show he encouraged the people in the front to come closer to the stage. I think it scared some of the non-Rick fans but soon I saw them rocking too so all was well.

I have to say that I had a freaking blast. The girls next to me came closer and we all danced and sang and screamed. I danced for about an hour straight and paid for it the next day.

I have been known to get a little crazy at concerts. I remember knocking down, I mean nudging, a few people to get to the front of the stage of a Bruce Springsteen concert in Costa Rica. And okay, maybe it's not a good thing when (hypothetically) you go to a Rolling Stones concert with your sister and years later her friend comes up to you and says OMG I remember you because you were totally out of control. Whatever, dude.

Anyway, when Rick sang Human Touch, he came out into the audience but not just the front rows but all the way up to the rafters.

This is where I ACCIDENTALLY groped Rick Springfield. He was all over the concert hall and decided to come down the my aisle. Because there were deadheads in the aisle he could easily maneuver down the row. But because I was standing up dancing and the girls next to me were as well, he jumped up on the chairs to come down the row. He had his hand out and grabbed mine and wobbled.

Now as any concerned citizen would do when someone stumbles I put my other hand out and accidentally touched his bum. Accidentally. I saved him from falling and possibly breaking his bones or cracking his head. I know many of you are like you are such a slutty groupie but that is not the case. I don't make it a habit of groping old men. The only old man I grope is my hubby, thank you very much.

Overall, I had the best time! By the time he sang Jessie's Girl as the last song, I think the whole place was standing up and dancing. I was even surprised he did an encore and sang two additional songs. I felt 20 again during the show. Of course, after I left and had to go find Tom, my back was already hurting, my feet hurt and I was sore. Oh how very sad it is getting old.

But if at 62, Rick can do this several times a week, I should suck it up. I cannot wait until he comes back to Cherokee again. I will be there with bells on! I would so see him again.

After the concert, I went to have a drink with Tom and I did tell him about how I tried to save Rick's life. He bought none of it. He was actually NOT surprised. WTF? I mean really, if I were going to really grope a guy it would be a young guy like Colin Farrell, hello!

I was just so glad I was able to go out for a Girl Night's Out. I say Girl because it was just me. But luckily, all the girls' at the concert were willing to dance and sing with just about any old gal there. That rocks.

Yes, I am sure many of you are mocking me at this moment but I say I am not ashamed at having a blast at Rick's concert! I wonder if Shaun or David Cassidy will ever tour again?

6 comments:

  1. I was there in the balcony and he was awesome to say the least. You said it girl when you mentioned a damn good looking 62 year old. I know lots of 40 year old men who can't hold a candle to him. What a wonderful experience and a great person he must be. Thanks for your blog!!!!

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  2. I refuse to let you see Shaun or David Cassidy in concert. Rick Springfield is passable, but those two are absolutely off limits to you.

    So glad you copped a feel and had such a great time!

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  3. Check Rick's website regularly for concert dates- www.rickspringfield.com
    He plays about 100 shows a year and may play somewhere else near you that you could go. I "rediscovered" him in Nov. 2008 and have been to about 18 shows since (MN., WI., IL., IN.). He's addicting!!

    Oh and David Cassidy still performs playing theaters and casinos too. Shaun however doesn't. He sticks to producing TV & films.

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  4. You go Girl! So glad you had a blast!

    Btw, I have to admit, I wouldn't go to a concert, or a movie for that matter by myself, so my hats off to you!

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  5. I, too, was at the show and although I have been a lifelong fan, had not seen him in a while. The man ROCKS and he's freakin' gorgeous, too, regardless of his age. I will go to each and every show I possibly can from now on...it was awesome!

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  6. OMG, I love Rick too! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. I was chuckling here in silence reading your adventure.

    Like Migdalia said very brave of you to go to a concert alone...

    Great post! LOL at WTF? I mean really, if I were going to really grope a guy it would be a young guy like Colin Farrell, hello!

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