Thursday, February 21, 2013

Musical Chairs (Edit - It Gets Worse!)

9500 miles. Over 40 hours of travel. And I get to know of the Def Leppard & Poison Rock of Ages concert thats happening a stones throw away, just before the show starts. Argh!!! - my Facebook status message from August 2012. 


Im not one to post too much on social media but I tend to make the occasional exception. 6 months ago, I was sitting at a restaurant in St Louis on a lovely Saturday evening when I noticed a bunch of people walking by who seemed to have stepped straight out of the 80's. Long wild hair extensions, totally retro body hugging shirts and leopard print pants constituted the rather unusual dress code for the evening. I then found out that they were all heading to the Def Leppard concert that was happening right down the street and circumstances had dictated that I would not know about the show until right then. Now Im not the biggest Def Leppard fan in the world but there was a time back in 2003 when I used to listen to their music a lot back in my hostel and Im sure the concert wouldve been quite the experience but it wasnt to be. Resigning myself to my fate, I decided that from then on, I would do my bit of research before travelling and come hell or high water I would attend a concert if it was by one of my preferred artists.


Fate it seems takes some perverse pleasure in toying around with me when it comes to the diabolical combination of music concerts and travel. Im going to miss the Norah Jones concert thats happening in Bangalore next month because here I am, back in the US of A after yet another 9000+ mile trip. You can stop laughing now, yes I want to go for the Norah Jones concert and yes, I didnt want to attend any of the other concerts that have come our way over the years. Stop shaking your head in disbelief, yes, I pick a Norah Jones concert over a Metallica one anyday.


It gets worse of course. There's an Elton John concert at the nearby stadium thats happening one week after I leave from here though as some sort of consolation, a Kid Rock concert is happening here in Memphis next week. But on second thoughts, missing Norah Jones & Elton John and being given an option of Kid Rock is actually pouring a truck load of salt with more than a sprinkling of pepper on my wounds. One word seems to sum it all up - Argh!!


Edit - Added on the 2nd of March - Well what do you know, it gets worse than worse. I was driving around Memphis listening to the radio when I hear the RJ talking about a Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel concert that is happening right here in Memphis on the day that I am flying back to India. Simon & Garfunkel. Double argh!!

13 comments:

Neil said...

A 1001 apologies Anony. I was cleaning up the comments sections of my blog and removing the spam messages that had crept in and I accidentally deleted your comment along with the others. Ive tried but there seems to be no way for me to retrieve your comment. Complete accident.

Neil said...

I would have loved to attend a Shaan concert. Tanha Dil is one of my favourite songs.

I think it is human nature to be biased, its something that we just cant avoid. Anyways from a third party perspective, I would say that, as bad as the whole experience was for you, in the end it worked out in your best interests. I believe that if any person is that shallow, then they deserve to be out of their partners life and headed on a one way ticket to Loserville.

Anonymous said...

I am glad tht comment got deleted... :D I ws so upset coz of all tht at the moment tht I cudn't help...It was a good accident... ;) :)

Cleared my UCF 2day and on cloud nine again

-Anony

P.S.: Jaare hat natkhat na ched mohe... :D

Neil said...

Phew! I thought I lost my newest reader just like that.

For some reason my blog seems to be attracting a ton of spam comments these days and I have to keep deleting them everyday. And yours accidentally got mixed with that.

Nefertiti said...

@neil
too many spam comments? price you pay to be famous and popular. and kid rock is ok. though i still love def leppard as much as i did back in school! some things don't change and classics never go out of style.

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Neil said...

I think Jack Johnson and Dave Mathews Band will remain eternal favourites of mine.

And yes there is a price to pay for popularity. Ive been doing so for the last 20+ years....

Anonymous said...

One of the ways to get traffic is comment on other good bloggers blog ;)

-Anony

P.S.: I will try and fix you...

Neil said...

Anony,

Your optimism is refreshing. Countless people have tried and not succeeded. Hell, Ive tried and Ive not succeeded.

Anonymous said...

ha ha ha....edit :P so lazy to write a new post??? :) Waiting for your next post...Churn the grey matter :D

-Anony

P.S.: Don't be fallin' in love as she is walking away...

Neil said...

There is a lot of stuff to write about but I just cant seem to find the time. Work here is exhausting!

Btw is that a Zac Brown & Alan Jackson reference? If it is, you truly listen to a wide range of music. Or its multiple people commenting on my blog with each one putting a line from their favourite song!

Anonymous said...

Work..aah! Yup thts zac brown..and i do listen to wide range of music..whatever sounds good to me... i listen to it.. :D

Will be waiting for the next post though... :)

-Anony

P.S.: Tere bina jiya jaaye na...bin tere..tere bin...saajnaaa...

Neil said...

Well I must say, the Zac Brown song is really good. I had listened to Zac Brown once upon a time but given my goldfish memory, it was destined to be lost forever until I stumbled upon it on account of your post. Thanks Anony.