So when Mary invited me to the NKOTB - Back Street Boys (NKOTBSB) concert, I figured I was destined to get some great stories. Soccer moms throwing their bras onstage...'80's hairdos in full display...the possibilities were limitless. I would walk in feeling slightly superior knowing that I was never silly enough to follow these manufactured boy bands. I have grown-up taste in music. Neil Diamond counts, right?
Much to my surprise, instead of a notebook full of snarky observations, I wound up having a GREAT time. First, I was impressed that when we arrived, we didn't have to go up the stairs. When I am charge of tickets, stairs are always involved. But when Mary buys NKOTB tickets, only floor seats within spitting distance of Joey McIntyre will do. Second, the crowd was hilarious. I saw a cute little twenty-some girl with her boyfriend and assumed this was a new relationship, and the guy was trying to make the new girl happy. Turns out, the guy was a huge Backstreet Boys fan. Who knew? Shout-out to Ben & Kara!
It was pure, unadulterated joy coupled with big giant $15 Mango daiquiris. The bands danced, sang, and charmed their way into my hardened heart. It was the kind of fun you don't even expect to have once you're a card-carrying adult.
Thank you again, Mary, for reminding me that I need to keep my mind open to trying new things and not discount other people's passions. I'm 100% in for the July concert at the United Center! I'm also 100% in for adding Joey McIntrye to "my list." You know. The list. If my husband gets to put Nicole Kidman on his list, then I get Boston Joe out of NKOTB. Yummy.
|Hi, this next song is for Marianne, my dream girl from Chicago.|