12.21.2012

Journey/Loverboy/Night Ranger concert

Two weeks ago, on a Monday at noon, I drove two and a half hours to Bellingham. I met two friends after they got off work and we drove to Vancouver, BC for the Journey concert. But not before we were detained by Canadian customs!
 
See, my friend's dad passed away this summer. When she cleaned out his room at the nursing home she put everything in the trunk of her car, not really knowing what to do with it, and not emotionally ready to sort through it all. Among her own clothes, food, and other random stuff she had in the backseat, there were a bunch of framed photos that her aunt gave her at Thanksgiving. When the border patrol agent asked her what it was, she said, "Oh, just pictures and junk." Um, wrong answer! Everyone knows you can't be vague when talking to customs! Now we look suspicious! He asked her to pop her trunk. He took a peek and asked her if she was moving to Canada. She laughed. He told her to pull over and go into the customs building. Oops!
 
When we got in, they asked us a million questions and told us to wait while they searched her car. My friends were fa-reaking out. I wasn't happy, but I wasn't scared. We didn't do anything wrong. The worst they could do was deny us entry to Canada. We'd miss out on the concert, but what can ya do? They called us back up to the counter and continued to question my friend about her dad's stuff. Since we had the concert tickets, our story was a likely one and we were allowed in, but not before a lecture about how bad it looks to have all of a person's belongings in the car, crossing the border. We were a security risk. Who knew? The moral of the story is don't keep a bunch of crap in your car. The weirdest thing is, she went to a concert up there two months earlier, with the same stuff in her car and they didn't bat an eye. Hmmm… After a little bit of traffic we finally made it to the show.


Night Ranger opened. I only know one song and didn't recognize anything else. The lead singer is also from Damn Yankees and when they sang a few of that band's songs, I was bummed they didn't include High Enough. I love that one! The drummer kicked off their finale with Sister Christian. It was pretty awesome.

 


Next up was Loverboy. I didn't know that they were a Canadian band. I also didn't know that the singer was the guy who sings with Ann Wilson on the song Almost Paradise from Footloose. I love that song too! Anyway, the crowd was so INTO this band. I only knew two songs.

 




Finally, it was time for the main event. I seriously love Journey. I loved them waaay before it was cool to like them and I love many more songs than Don't Stop Believing. Don't get me wrong, it's a great song, but there are so many better ones. I also love Steve Perry. Mostly because BASEketball was a favorite movie growing up and my brother, sister, and I used to just say his name all the time.
 


But Steve Perry hasn't been with the band since the mid-90s. Arnel Pineda took over in 2007 and they've been successfully touring ever since. And I loved him! I was totally blown away by his vocals and his energy! I was sure that I heard he was in his 30s from a documentary I saw a few years ago, but he's 45 years old! He was awesome and the set was great. Every single song felt like the encore. I knew at least every other song, which was kind of nice. I was able to rest my voice between the power ballads I was singing screaming along with.















And my favorite...



It was such a great show and I will definitely see Journey again! Hopefully they'll tour the US soon. We made it through American customs in a flash and got back to my friend's house at 1:00am. I slept on the couch until 7:30am, grabbed some McDonald's breakfast, and drove home in my pjs. What a whirlwind!
 

9 comments:

Jen said...

I love that you go to all these concerts. I wish I could. I used to be such a concert going fool.

Jo said...

I hate being stopped by the cops ... even if I didn't do anything wrong I feel guilty on the spot.

Glad you had a great time at the concert though!

Karen Peterson said...

What a great night. I'm glad the Canadians didn't throw you in jail!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I freaking love Journey.

I didn't know that the Loverboy singer sang on that duet. Very interesting. I love that song.

I heard Sister Christian on the drive in this morning.

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

You go to more concerts than anyone I know! Jealous.

Oh Canadians, calm it down a little! Lol...

MiMi said...

Oh what a suck fest at the border!
Awesome concert though!

Kimberlee Van Der Wall said...

WOW what an awesome concert - so many memories!! hehe "you're motorinnnn... what's your price for flight!" But I'm sorry, Journey is not the same without Steve perry :/

Bobbie said...

Sounds like a great concert!! Those were all my favorites when I was a teenager!!

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

I love Journey!! They have great songs!! I am always amazed/ jealous of all the cool concerts you go to!!