Backstage with Baldy
Augusta – May 1st
I worry about you guys sometimes.
As I’ve mentioned before, I watch you during the shows, whether I’m out amidst the mayhem, or up on stage looking out over it.
Last night in Augusta I was noticing a couple of guys in the corner of the balcony near the stage. They were clearly into things, throwing their heads back singing along and throwing their arms up in the air.
I was just nervous that their enthusiasm was going to carry them over the railing and down onto the floor, which fortunately never happened.
I’m not sure if they had some liquid encouragement to ratchet up their enjoyment of the show, but I’ve definitely seen my share of that over the years, including these first few shows of 2013.
So this little write-up is just to remind you all to come out to the show and have a great time, but if you’re going to wash down the music with some adult beverages, try and keep it in check and don’t hurt yourself or anyone else.
I’m not trying to sound judgmental here, because I did my share of pre-show cocktailing way back when.
I used to swing the booze hammer pretty hard back in my concert going days, and it didn’t always have a happy ending.
I once went missing for a brief period of time at an Ozzy Osbourne show at the Spokane Coliseum back in 1986 or 1987.
Somehow my friends succeeded in finding me on the floor of a men’s room stall midway through Blue Oyster Cult’s opening set, and I managed to regain my senses enough to make it back into the arena in time to catch Ozzy’s show.
What do I remember about that show? Ummm…it was in the 80’s?
A couple of years later there was an incident at a Cinderella/David Lee Roth show in Seattle. I won’t go into the details of that one, other than to say that it can be summed up with one word: janitor.
So suffice it to say, I speak from experience when I say that managing your intake is important on many levels, one of which is maintaining enough of your faculties to actually remember the show you paid good money to come and see.
I’m all for blowing off some steam and rocking out, just be safe and don’t leave the janitor anything to do beyond sweeping up cups.