Random thoughts on most things from A. M. Craig.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Collective Soul

A couple weeks ago my friend Bryce called and asked what I was doing right then.

"Well, I should be doing homework, but what did you have in mind?"

A concert he said. Did I want to go to the Collective Soul show at the Energy Sollutions Arena in about 30 minutes? How could I refuse?

It was a corporate event for Novell. I guess they do this every year, with a band and their customers from all over. It was great. I would have been the coolest guy at school if this show were in 1994. He said a comedian was opening, he didn't remember who. Turns out it was Frank Caliendo, the recently famed impersonator of Frank TV. He was hysterical. Through his set, he impersonated President Bush, Dick Cheney, Bill Clinton, Charles Barkley, Bill Walton, Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Kermit, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, and others (I can't remember them all. My favorite part was when he layed down on the stage and did his stand up...laying down. He held up his hand and did his comedy with his hand like a puppet, for much longer than anyone expected him to.

Then the main show. Collective Soul still rocks like their first hit album debuted yesterday. I felt old, because at least one of the girls there had hardly heard of them, much less was she familiar with their music. I, on the other hand, was singing along to every song. They probably thought I was a die-hard fan, because I looked up some the Wikipedia entry on Collective Soul from my phone, and spouted off a few facts. It's cheating, I know, but I wasn't doing to to try to look like a know-it-all fan. I just genuinely wanted to know more about the guys we were watching.

As you may have noticed, I compulsively try to record everything in my life. I hadn't brought a camera of my own, so I borrowed Bryce's. Hope you like what we got.


Abby said...

It seems like you are always doing last-minute, random fun things. Way to make everyone else's lives look boring.

Did they play "All Around Me?" I used to love that song.

Optimistic. said...

I saw Collective Soul a couple of years ago in Park City under similar circumstances. Man, those guys are awesome live.

stacey said...

Collective Soul reminds me of HS and Emily M. and going to her time share at the resort. Good times. :) I love how spontaneous you are. Lap it up while you can.

Angela said...

Looks like fun. Collective Soul always reminds me of Emily M, too. Tell Bryce I said hi, even though he never remembers me when I see him.