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My first rock concert

I knew today was the 15th of June....it is after all, my dad's birthday, but it just occurred to me when I heard the newscaster say, "..on today, June 15th..." I thought, "wow, 23 years ago I attended my very first rock concert."

Back in the mid-80's I was (and still am, actually) a big, BIG fan of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Her fourth album, Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth had been released and I knew the lyrics by heart in no time. Joan had appeared live on MTV as part of MTV's New Year's Eve show. It was the first time I had seen her on TV (aside from the very few times MTV actually showed her videos) and the first time she and the blackhearts played Live Television. At the end of her set, she said, "See you on the road" or something like that....and I, of course, wished that I would indeed see her in concert.

I'm not sure when I found out about Joan's 15 June concert in San Antonio, but I asked my parents if I could go. And I was elated when they agreed and ordered tickets to the concert. My entire family went even though I was the only Joan Jett fan in the family. It was my dad's 44th birthday and he was giving me a gift....what a great dad! It was the most awesome experience of my life. I got to see my "idol" in person. The concert was awesome. I wasn't sitting really close. I think we were in, like, the 26th row or something, but it was great. She sang all my favorite songs and a song, that I'm sure if my parents had recognized a word, would have had a cow. (Most Joan fans would know what I'm talking about....the song was Star, Star)

It really was one of the best days of my life. My dad (and my family) loved me enough to sit through a concert that he didn't want to really be at, on his 44th birthday.

Happy Birthday, Dad & Happy Father's Day!!


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