First, a housekeeping note:
Light posting over the next two days. When I agreed to take Kate to see her beloved Vans Warped Tour in Cleveland — the Detroit date came while she was at summer camp — I thought it was possible it would be an uncomfortable experience. I hadn’t planned on an epic heat wave, but oh, well. Summer — what are you going to do?
We leave in two hours. First stop: Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Then a nice air-conditioned hotel, then Blossom Music Center tomorrow. It’s a pretty cool setting — grassy swards and the like — and I’m finger-crossing that we have no sudden fierce thunderstorms, which this sort of weather breeds.
This will be the second of three summer concerts we have planned, and yes, I am the best mom ever. First was Matt & Kim in Detroit, tomorrow this, then next week, yet another date with Anarbor in Pontiac. This is the first headlining show for Anarbor, and they’re offering a special VIP-level ticket. It gets you in early for a meet ‘n’ greet with the band, a signed poster, the usual. The price for all this swag? Twenty bucks. I hear Bon Jovi had a similar pricing level on their last tour, closer to $1,500. I could pass this one off on Alan. It’s his turn and it’s on a night when he could go, but I feel as though Mike the guitarist and I are likethis (see above).
On the other hand? Pontiac.
Matt & Kim was a good show, very energetic. Their greeting to the crowd: How the fuck are you, Detroit?! It went on from there, with f-bombs, mf-bombs and the like dropped into every utterance. I told Kate that the use of profanity is a little like cooking with hot peppers. A little enhances everything and makes the flavors pop, but too much is simply numbing. Matt & Kim, a couple of ex-Pratt art students whom you’d think would know a thing or two about understatement and subtlety, showed very little in that regard. On the other hand, they hardly stand out. Enhance your vocabulary, rokkers.
So I’m taking my last few moments of calm to read more about the phone-hacking scandal. We have careers ending in disgrace and now, a body count. One thing missing, however — how difficult was this, and is it still possible to do? Does anyone know? And just to provide a perfect illustration of how paranoid thinking can always justify itself, the scandal has given fresh life to? Yes, the anti-vaccine crowd. The trail goes: Andrew Wakefield, the author of the original vaccine-autism link study, which has since been discredited, was attacked hard by Murdoch’s Times of London; James Murdoch sits on the board of GlaxoSmithKline, a British pharmaceutical company; ergo, the fix is in!!!!!!
Not the best mugshot ever, but a contender.
Gotta get dressed for the road. Rok on, all.