Do you remember your first "real" rock concert?

It could have been at the fair, the Gorge, a sweaty, beer-stained club, no matter. The first time you ever experience the raw electricity of a rock-'n-roll crowd, the pulsing of the bass as it vibrates your very core, the shrillness of a screaming electric guitar, you are hooked.

Tonight (August 25th) I get to share that experience with my 16 year-old son, Drew, as we head down to Ridgefield, WA (a suburb of Vancouver) to see my all-time favorite band the Black Crowes.

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Mind you, I have seen the Crowes live well over 50 times (I quit counting) and have even met them backstage on two separate occasions but this feels different. Getting to take my boy, who was born 15 years after the release of the band's classic album "$hake Your Moneymaker", is the circle becoming complete.

Drew has had no choice but to be raised around the Brothers Robinson's (lead singer Chris and guitarist Rich) since day one so I could understand if he was burnt out on them but he is not. In fact, he is a huge fan of much of the 90's-era rock that I grew up with. Metallica. Red Hot Chili Peppers. Nirvana. Foo Fighters. He loves it and so do I. A bonus for us is that a current band with a retro vibe, Dirty Honey will be opening up the show!


To make it extra special, I splurged and bought the VIP package that comes with a backstage Meet & Greet before the concert and a professional photo with the band (I will post in the forthcoming days) even though they charged a king's ransom!

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TSM/Todd Lyons

The Crowes our touring in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their first LP and some of the early reviews look to be awesome. The stage has a working bar on it and the show, apparently, kicks off with a woman dropping a coin in a jukebox after the house lights have dimmed. Over the monitors, the blues classic by Elmore James also titled "Shake Your Money Maker" emanates. Then, Rich's gritty guitar opening of the album's lead track, "Twice As Hard" begins -- and the crowd goes wild as will I!

And I get to relive my youth with my son and, hopefully, make a lasting memory with him.

Long-live rock and roll!  \m/  \m/

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