Monday, June 30, 2008
Guest Blog: Melissa Walker
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!
Thanks Melissa for including a blog/giveaway for our Stephanie Kuehnert week!Comment until THIS Saturday, Midnight EST time, to be entered for a chance to win Violet by Design by Melissa Walker. If you don't want to be entered, simply say so in your comment!