Boomers: Come Alive!
Gen X-ers Julie Wiskirchen and Mary Ladd chat about the Journey, Peter Frampton, John Waite extravaganza on June 30, 2001. They decided to see the show at Camden's Tweeter Center and take in a weekend of Philadelphia Freedom. On the Saturday before the show, they visited the Edgar Allan Poe House and National Museum in north Philly (because they are writers and former English Majors and obsessed with the homes of other people who also lived lives of literary futility and/or poverty). They then went to the infamously strange Mutter Museum of Medical Oddities. During the concert, they couldn't get these experiences out of their heads.
[Julie] I'm trying to decide if there are more Edgar Allan Poe songs about being buried alive or more Journey songs about being lonely on tour?
[Mary] Edgar Allan Poe didn't write songs...that we know
[Julie] The smell of wine and cheap perfume, or was it a dead body because someone was buried in the wall.
[Mary] You make me wish I wanna die but then I realize I'm already dead and buried in somebody's wine cellar lovin' touchin' squeezin' a cask of Amontillado.
[Julie] When the lights go down in the city, and a shadow of a black cat with a noose around its neck shines on the wall...
[Mary] Highway run under the midnight
sun...the raven flies round and round my chamber door.
[Julie] It was really a drag to see that he shops at Mothercare for his concert outfits.
[Mary] Is this the latest trend in Boomer-ware? Like loose-fitting jeans?
[Julie] And to not be allowed to even stand up to get a better view.
[Mary] The "Down in Front" Wars surrounding us
were pretty exciting. I noticed the beefy bouncers using savvy
psychological techniques on the gang next to us. "I'm not telling
you you can't stand up. I'm just talking about being courteous."
But truth be told, isn't it the responsibility of the front line to get
the complacent turkeys up on the lawn to stand up?
[Mary] When I last saw Journey back in the 80s, I was in my late-teens and the crowd was an average of 20-year olds. They were much more fun back then. One guy came up and shook me, screaming "Isn't this a fucking great show?" We also successfully rushed the stage, as an Arena-unit, thanks to the persistence of the groupie contingent harassing the bouncers up front. Now that I'm in my 30s, these 40 year-olds are much more sedate. Unless I'm at a Jimmy Buffett concert where I am body slammed to the ground by an out-of-control conga line. To think the money I spent on crappy binoculars could have been funneled into better seats. You can't clap and hold binoculars at the same time....the binoculars fall in your lap! I should have built a binocular apparatus such as that nerdy kid had in Sixteen Candles. Then I would have been able to register my approval at the intervals between numbers from back where I significantly added to the general horde by one iota.
[Julie] Sometimes binoculars come with a cord for your neck, if you pay more than $10. John Waite was very gracious, thanking the 125 early-arriving people that were sitting there watching him...which was significantly more than saw him at Six Flags.
[Mary] He's very polite. That's sexy.
[Julie] He's British...
they have good manners. I missed Missing You. I was in the beer
line. That was unfortunate.
[Julie] I tried; I spent $28 on beer! I coulda had a half barrel!
[Mary] John Waite sang some Babys' songs: "Isn't It Time" and "Head First"...
[Julie] Yes, and "Back on My Feet Again".
[Mary] I liked "Fly", personally. Would be happy never to hear "When I See You Smile" ever again. When I see you smile....I see the back of your skull....oh yeah...because your skin has decomposed. It's like a ray of light...that ray of light shining through your eye socket.
[Julie] Something different about me: I like "When
I See You Smile". It helps me face the world. John would have rocked
harder if he still had that Ozzy bassist, Phil
Soussan in the band.
[Julie] Peter Frampton needs to get over the voice box
thing. He was like a 3 year old. Isn't he sick of it after all these years?
It served its purpose in "Show Me the Way", but give it a rest,
[Mary] He did have a strange look in his eye although he seemed to have showman skills. But sandwiched between John Waite and Journey...it felt like filler. I know John Waite songs and most of the Journey songs...I knew 2 Frampton songs.
[Julie] I think the whole world just knows 2 Frampton songs.
[Mary] To what do we attribute the proliferation of Buffett t-shirt representation? Ever since the aforementioned body slam at the last Buffett show, I wouldn't have thought this type of show would appeal to the violent parrot heads.
[Julie] I guess both Buffett and Journey fill this age
demographic with warm fuzzy nostalgia. "The
Friends of Frampton" were out in force and he acknowledged them.
Its nice to see a celeb who appreciates his legion. If
I could turn back time, I wouldn't have poked out that black cat's eye.
[Julie] Let's talk about Journey now. They covered all the basics: "Only the Young", "Stone in Love", "Send Her My Love", "Lights", "Open Arms", "Don't Stop Believin'", "Faithfully", "Wheel in the Sky", "Be Good To Yourself", "Anyway You Want It" and "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'".
[Julie] The wheel in the sky keeps on descending. It's got a sharp blade. Honestly, I can't get away from it and don't know where I'll be tomorrow.
[Mary] You needed so much more...than
I could give. We had no cure for TB back then. Annabell Lee, my love...roses
never fade...but you did because you had the walking death.
[Mary] Jimi Hendrix....who can match thee? So describe cock rock, please.
[Julie] My theory is that having a big electric guitar
does not equal having a big dick, yet some losers think it does and they
stand on stage with their guitar in front of them, like they're all that.
[Mary] I can't defend Mr. Schon because I don't know him personally, but maybe the Schon persona had a little to do with my theory of Schon/Cain contrast. Good cop/bad cop.
[Julie] Jonathan Cain seems like a nice boy you could take home to mom. He's the "lovin' touchin' squeezin'" type, whereas Schon is the "get down on your knees, any way you want it - that's the way I need it" type.
[Mary] What about the Steve Perry impersonator, Steve Augeri...besides
his physical ability to also do Kenny G impersonations?
[Mary] I think his keeping so close to Steve-ness was a good thing, tour-gross wise. But some of the love he's been getting belongs to Steve. I mean, some people are easily confused. Even after Elvis has been dead for 20 years, people, such as ourselves, still attend his concerts and cheer at a big TV screen. You can fake out some of the people some of the time, but it takes a really good Ben Franklin impersonator to fool me.
[Julie] You would think Steve A. would want to put his
own stamp on the material. But at least he can hit all the notes. On the
lawn, where you can't see, you can easily tell yourself it's the real
Steve. He had a lot of energy and tight pants. (I'm talking about Steve
#2, not Ben Franklin...who had a lot of energy, baggy pants, and gout).
The 4th of July fireworks
were a nice freebie.
[Julie] Cheesesteak rock. But I'm still left with the question: what are the lovin' things?
[Mary] What...are...the lovin' things?
[Julie] I don't mind it, in moderation. It's community.
I feel collective lovin' touchin' and squeezin' during those moments.
[Julie] ...and ludicrous solo videos set in medieval times. You're cynical. I think its been too long since you've had the lovin' things.
[Mary] Well honestly, my last lovin' things did not involve sing-a-longs, I can tell you that. There was no singing-a-longing. I do sing along, on occasion...I just don't like to be told to do it.
[Julie] The concert and the 24 oz beers made me feel as if I was stone in love. It was the perfect summer show: three bands with hits...all the feel-good anthems, the nostolgia of seeing a woman with a comb in her back pocket, remembering when I was the girl with the comb in my back pocket, saving my allowance to buy "Escape" at Camelot Records.
[Mary] My first job was at Camelot Records. I think the show was a great energy rush. Good for this poe-ette to get outside.
[Julie] There was a good mix of all the hits and new stuff...not
new stuff at the expense of old hits.
[Julie] Don't stop believin' that people's hearts can
beat when they've been axed and are buried under your floorboards.
[Julie] Only the young can be married by Poe and then get TB and die.
[Mary] As I'm bricking your drunken ass into this wall, I have one piece of advice for you while you die a slow death: Be good to yourself...because nobody else will.
[Julie] The girl can't help it, she's been bricked up in the wall.
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