Friday, November 02, 2007

Ross King and Cyndi Lauper

Can you believe it?

The concert is now one week away!

Next Friday we will gather for THE Ross King Concert at the Palace in Downtown Bryan.

Everyone in the whole world is invited.

Go here if you're clueless.

We are all incredibly excited about this shin-dig.

So excited, that for the next 7 days I'm going to write SOMETHING that has SOMETHING to do with this know, to get us all hyped up and ecstatic about next Friday night.

This could get ridiculous, I'm well aware...

First...I'm just going to write about concerts in general.

My first concert I ever went to (besides a corny, boy singing cousins group who did a "performance" at our church one Sunday night) was a Cyndi Lauper concert.

Cyndi Lauper

Man, I loved her.

And still do, in an odd, I can't understand why sort of way.

She-Bop, He-Bop, a We Bop...I bop a loo she-bop


Girls just want to have fun...Time Aft-a Time...I used to lock myself in my room and lip sync to these songs.

My mom took me to this concert on a SCHOOL night when I was in elementary school. How cool was that? We ratted our hair up, maybe even sprayed it a color...put on our denim skirts, leggings and colored socks...drove to Houston and watched Cyndi fly through the air, out across the whole audience in a TRASH CAN.

I didn't dream it.

It was real.

Now, I'm not sure if you can expect Cyndi Lauper sort of showmanship from Ross...but this concert will be good...and you can wear your hair flat...something I wasn't doing when my neighbor friend came by my house the morning after the Cyndi Lauper concert. She and I always walked to school together. However, I was NOT going to school after such a late, wild and crazy, trash can levitating sort of night. I opened up the front door...and that neighbor girl just stared at me...her jaw dropped...and then I hair was sticking up and I had gone to bed with a bucket load of mascara on my I looked like I just walked out of a scary movie.

"I'm not going to school today," I said.

"What happened to you?" my neighbor girl asked.

"I went to a concert."

Then I shut the door and watched her walk down the road to school by herself. I knew she was wishing her hair was sticking up and she had black all over her face...and that she was getting to stay home instead of go to school.

I had never felt cooler in my life.

I will never forget that moment.

What was the first concert you ever went to? Anyone else remember?

We can either talk about that...

Or we can mock these videos.


BHG & Co. said...

Where'd you get that second video? The beginning of it could be a Taco Bell commercial, you know, the horrors of the burger lamp... thinking "outside the bun" and everything.

Anyway... I can remember many concerts (before we had children - we were concert-going crazies), but growing up, I remember two concerts during my early high school years.

One was Poison/David Lee Roth and the other was Dokken/Aerosmith. At one point David Lee Roth was lowered from the ceiling of Reunion Arena in a boxing ring about 3 rows from where we were sitting.

I also bragged about Aerosmith's "Permanent Vacation" tour for a long time afterward.

Fast-forwarding a few years, I think my first Christian concert was Michael W. Smith.

Guess who opend for him... DC Talk!

That's right... the now creative, musical icons opened for "Smitty" when they were a rap group. And not only a rap group, an 80's rap group.

OH yeah, these 3 who "loved rap music" (always had and they always will?) were "ha-ha-heaven-bound" and I was there as they introduced themselves to Christian music... opening for "Friends are friends forever".

I guess there are not a whole lot of stories to be told from those early episodes, but there you have it. From DLR to MWS, my early concert experiences.

Kari said...


Thanks for the memories! I laughed out loud! I loved/love Cyndi Lauper. In fact, I own her greatest hits entitled 12 Deadly Cyns!!! It rocks! :)

OK, confession time, I own the movie Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! ON DVD!! Oh Yeah! It is one of my all time favorite!

Be honest..... who did you want to be?

Helen Hunt


Sarah Jessica Parker????

Oh good times! Thanks for the reminiscing!

I think maybe we need to have a night of 80s movies, outfits and dancing!!! What do ya think!?! ;)

Looking forward to next Friday night!

The Kramer Family said...

NKOTB (New Kids On The Block)

Hangin' Tough! Isn't that sad????

I wore the black felt hat and everything with buttons all over it. My favorite NKOTB was Donnie Wallburg, Marky Mark's bro. He was rough around the edges and dangerous. Prrrrr. (Jason told me to put the purring comment:) He is sitting right next to me getting a kick out of this!)

You got the right stuff. Baby!

Please don't go girl.

They were major trend-setters. On tha real yo!

The Kramer Family said...

I just thought of the worst concert that I've been to..... pre-salvation.

Limp Bizkit and Korn (with a backward 'K'). Let me just say 'Whoooo Nelly!' I steered clear of the mosh pit and managed to walk away without any bodily injuries.

Even I was scared at this one!

I needed Jesus to save me from this life of rebel concerts and make me turn from my wicked ways.

Most people don't know this crazy fact about me, but I LOVE(D) hardcore rock music. I'm glad that followers of Jesus are making this style of music so that I can enjoy it instead of cringing at some of the lyrics.

Maybe Ross King will have a mosh pit at his concert. And I can see Hayden starting it.

Kathryn, Michael & Alex said...

Sadly my first concert was George Strait when I was sixteen.

But I LOVED Cyndi Lauper. We always punked our hair up and wore bracelets up to our elbows. long will the concert last? I have a wedding shower at 7:00, but would love to see if I could come late.

Mindi said...

OK, Heather, I think this is really the "show your age" concert. My first concert? I saw Motley Crue (with the new cool band Whitesnake opening for them). I LOVED Whitesnake's new song: "Is This Love." Oooohh . . . loved all those Monster Ballads!! (even still have the CD)

I, too, rocked out to Cindy Lauper and can still sing just like her ("the phone rings ... in the middle of the night ... ). I wore neon clothes and plastic jewelry and had BIG hair!! Anyone else have the king cobra sides sprayed stiff with Stiff Stuff and Ausse Sprunch Spray??

I saw Huey Lewis and News . . . but that was only a couple of years ago and he was all washed up and playing at Cynthia Mitchell. Strangely (and proabably sadly), I still knew EVERY word to nearly every song!!

And Lindsey - I also liked the NKOTB!! I can still play "I'll Be Loving You Forever" on the piano. (I just learned it so I could be cool playing it on the piano in the high school band hall after school.)

Garratts said...

Mike and I saw Rob Base and Vanilla Ice at The Texas Hall of Fame.

I was on Mikes shoulders the whole time because it was so crowded you couldn't even move. It was histarical.

A fraternity brought them here when we were in college for a fund raiser.

It was when he wasn't even cool anymore but it was probably the best concert ever.

And Bill I think I was at that same MWS and DC Talk concert.

Bev Brandon said...

Humble Heather, I just love it that you don’t stay curved in on yourself but push through to lay down your life for others…lose your life for the sake of Christ…you live losing your life….so where did that comment come from? my heart...sorry i won't see you for Christmas but Brookie will on their road trip to College Station including Living you lots---enjoy every minute of Ross King...can't wait to hear...

Grandma said...

Show your age?!? Ha! It is to laugh!

My first concert was Grand Funk Railroad. Poppi Hendrick and I were still in high school. We wore matching lavender corduroy bell bottoms and body hugging lavender shirts with big collars. And as the concert really started heating up, I got very concerned because I kept smelling hair burning. Yep. The Evil Weed - right there in Jones Hall, Houston!

The song that we loved was "Mama Told Me Not To Come."

And you think Cyndi Lauper and Motley Crew were a long time ago!

Grandma said...

Follow up. Shortly after the Grand Funk Railroad (and another concert experience - Creedence Clearwater Revival), Christian music began to really come alive.

The first Christian concert we went to was Love Song. The highlight of the night was about a 7 minute drum solo - one of the great worship experiences of my life.

I don't remember wearing anything lavender.

Hendrick Family said...

Bill and Ashley...

I think I was at the same concert as well.

I LOVED DC talk, even though they were highly controversial at the time. I remember people not really being behind two white guys and black guy singing rap music about Jesus.

Then, we got to the concert and DC Talk was so awesome and talked about the Lord between every song. Michael W. Smith was super boring and just sang at his piano. I don't think he ever spoke one word. I thought it was ridiculous.


Sarah Jessica Parker wins hands down. I still love her.

Ashley only...

I still love Vanilla Ice.


I love Huey Lewis and my hair was PERFECT for the 80's. It was ENORMOUS.


I can't imagine our Popi and Grandma at a concert where there was pot. It made me love you guys even more than I already do.


I will ask Ross and Staci about how long the concert will go. But, you should still plan to come by our house later that night!


Jennifer Bacak said...

It cracks me up to read all these concerts y'all went to!
My first concert was Petra. I can give you a highlight of the Christian music of the 80's concerts, but it might not be as exciting.
I'm pretty sure every concert I've ever been to, I've ridden there on a church bus or van, so I have no cool concert stories. Only church bus stories.

Heslip Twins said...

The first concert I remember going to was Richard Marx, the Repeat Offender tour at SFA in Nacogdoches! I went with my sister when I was in the fourth or fifth grade!!!

The second concert I remember was New Kids on the Block in teh sixth grade! I was so in love with Jordan Knight. My room was wallpapered with posters and pictures from all those teen magazines. I lived and breathed's kind of sad looking back on that!

Every slumber party we had (and there were 10 of us girls in a group all through school), we watched Girls Just Want to Have Fun! I love that movie! We should get together and watch it!


Kari said...

Oh my!!!

I had forgotten about the slumber parties! But you are so right Kelly! We would watch Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, 16 Candles and Pretty in Pink! Do any of y'all remember Fire With Fire. That became a huge hit as well!

Oh the memories!!!

I was like Jenn and couldn't attend concerts, but I had my walls plastered with Poison and movie stars!

I think my first concert was Chicago and Beach Boys when I was in 11th grade. I remember when I was in 3rd or 4th grade and begging my parents to let me go see Michael Jackson in Denver. We lived 5 1/2 hours away and my friend and I had everything planned like taking the bus, staying with my aunt, etc.. but it didn't fly, I can't imagine why!?!

Patrick said...

I remember watching a video of Cyndi Lauper flying through the air in a trash can when I was a kid, but I can't remember the song.

I thought it was I Drove All Night, but for some reason I now think it was for Money Changes Everything.

But yes, nothing beats the awesomeness of Cyndi Lauper flying in a trash can. You did NOT dream it.