Well, actually I was smiling for a while
because it was another concert night at the Mountain Winery and we were going to see Melissa Etheridge and Pat Benatar.
Melissa Etheridge was first out and she put on a great show. She is very talented and there are many of her songs that I like but don’t listen to very often.
I love when I get a shot like this where it’s like she’s looking straight at me. We weren’t sitting that close but I have a pretty good camera.
There was an intermission between the two bands while the stage was rearranged and then the lights went down. A voice came over the loudspeaker and said it was a “Smartphone free concert. No cell phones, tablets, picture taking or video recording during the performance.” WHAT THE HECK?
Now you know if you’ve been following my blog at all that we go to a lot of concerts and I’m definitely a picture taker. Not to sell or profit off of by any means, just to add to my concert scrapbook album for our own enjoyment and memory keeping.
We have been lucky to have seen some pretty great performers and since a few of them have passed away (Prince, Tom Petty)
or said they are not touring anymore (Bob Seger, Adele, Elton John), having the pictures from the shows we’ve seen is even more special.
All of the previous shows have been good ones until last night. It wasn’t even just the fact that we couldn’t take pictures. There were a few songs they did that I was not familiar with and at one point they sent the rest of the band away and sang a couple sitting down in chairs which is not a bad thing necessarily but they used some pre-recorded music for a bit of that. Really? That’s almost as bad as lip synching I think. They even tried to do a slow version of “Treat Me Right” and it just didn’t get me.
You know of course there were people who were taking pictures anyway and I admit I tried to get a few myself.