I was there among Jim's closest friends, too! (I was in your section, just to your right.) I stayed until the end and it was worth it. You missed some legends singing their greatest hits. I hope you went upstairs and viewed the collection of guitars and historical items. The only thing that would have made my evening perfect was if Jim Irsay hadn't sung and I had met you, my favorite local author!
Oh wow! That is an all-star lineup. James made it sound like a glorified garage jam session but that’s serious talent you’ve listed.
Sounds like a nightmare to me. Going out. People. Expensive beer. Beer (I’m a cosmo’s gal). Old white billionaire showing off. Parking and walking. Nah, give me a day of no people, no going anywhere, no doing anything and I’m a happy camper. Hey, I turned 66 today. I don’t need “fun” to have fun, lol.
Looks like it was pretty awesome. Stephen Stills, John Mellencamp, Mike Mills from R.E.M? I'd actually pay money to see that!
I was there too. Not only did they have the instruments (40+ guitars: Paul McCartney, Kurt Cobain, Prince, Johnny Cash, David Gilmour, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia; Beatles drum kit, Elton John's piano,....), you could see his collection of Americana, including JFK's rocking chair, letters from Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Declaration of Independence, Kerouac's 119' typed 'On the Road' scroll, Stallone's original Rocky manuscript, Muhammad Ali's champion belt and robe, Jackie Robinson's bat,... It went on and on. Pretty amazing collection.
I've been hit or miss reading your columns lately due to travel and summer. The title of this was so intriguing that I took the time to at least start in and I'm glad I did.
It was very entertaining and I could almost imagine myself on your entire journey from ticket acquisition to leaving early. If there are Substack awards for best column, I would definitely submit this one.
Free is my favorite price point!
Sorry your kids have to make the day up. During the teacher's strike here in Mesa,Az a couple of years back (before pandemic so before distance learning) the kids were off for 2 weeks and they did not have to make a day up because, come to find out there is a built in 3 weeks extra. Why??? It's Mesa, Az., we don't get snow like I did going to school in Cincinnati, so just why are those 3 extra weeks in the schedule? Glad I am done, my youngest graduated last year and is taking a year off then going to NAU. I did figure out something that happened the day he graduated, I now have no idea what day of the week or the date is, and I am seriously liking this LOL
Must have been the weekend of free concerts. My son's girlfriend had an extra ticket to a Night Ranger concert because someone bailed out at the last minute so he went instead. I'd never heard of the group, but he said they were great, had VIP seats right up front, photos with the band, etc. My son is all about freebies so I think he loved every minute of it, even if the band guys were almost as old as MrP and I are. The killer was the tickets were $250 each and that was for an oldies band. Good grief, hate to think what the current groups can and do charge.
I was a little concerned we were headed for Indecent Proposal territory with that title, the concert story was a good outcome, lol.