Hair Bands and Stadium Shows… My First Concert
By Melissa Walker, Author of Violet in Private
My older brother Johnny took me to my first big stadium concert when I was 11 years old. It was Poison's Open Up and Say Ahhh… tour, and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" was my ballad of choice when I thought about how sad I was that Scott Dzierlenga didn't notice me in class. This was 6th grade—1989—and Brett Michaels was perhaps the hottest hair band member ever. Obviously, this was also pre-"Rock of Love." Oh, Brett, what happened?
Anyway, here's what I remember about the show: 1. The girls in front of me were screaming so loudly that I couldn't hear the songs that well, 2. A total of four—four—pairs of panties ended up on stage, 3. My brother bought me a black t-shirt with neon-green lettering that is still in my drawer (it makes a great nightshirt).
It was a mixed experience. I learned that I like smaller venues when I want to see a band I love, but I also learned that stadium rock can really, well, ROCK. And did I listen to "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" while writing the Violet books? Does Brett Michaels still have a crazy head of hair? Heck, yeah!
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