some of you may remember THIS post from 2009 when Dinners and myself went to see the specials.
well last night it was time for the boy’s first ever gig, and who better for him to see than The Specials?
up, washed and dressed, and ready to go.
some a bit more eager than his dad. if that was possible.
managed to get to notts arena, sort the boy out with a t and a badge, sort his dad out with a pint (or three) and hang about for the rest of the #sfrcollective.
looked nice those hot dogs. tasted nice too.
nearly as big as the boy himself! told the boy i would try and snaffle him one of those posters, but every time i tried a member of security came past. and after they’d all already gone. grrr…
turned out the rest of rent a mob were already inside the gig, so it seemed the chance to meet them had passed. oh well, into the arena we go then. second support band, By The Rivers were on. not overly fussed. Ben told me later that Stone Foundation were very good. i always manage to miss the good supports.
“it’s loud!” said the boy.
“you aint heard nowt yet fella” was the reply…..
they finished, the lights came up, and after some furious tweeting along wandered Ben, Carl and Fiona! 3 twitter friends finally made flesh. and like the complete set of arses we are, not one of us took a photo!
as they were setting the stage up, someone must have caught a bass string cos there was a ‘kerdung’ and a thundering through the floor. “what was that?” asked the boy. “THAT, well, i told you it was going to get loud yes? well, that was the bass guitar”. he seemed to get even happier!
thirsty stuff this gig going. pint of Liffy Water? the apple doesn’t fall far.
time to show off purchases. HIS choice of T-shirt. i’d have gone for a “date” one, but hey, his decision.
gotta have a badge too. (i got nowt. wasn’t about me last night)
and then…. AND THEN! THE SPECIALS hit the stage!
“why must you record my phone calls?”
just when you think things can’t get any better, some random bloke walks past and hands the boy a sheet of paper. “here you go young man”ah, ANOTHER flyer for some after show party or what not…
NO! NO WAY HAVE YOU JUST BEEN GIVEN THAT! JAMMY LITTLE SOD!
i tried my damndest at Leeds to get one of those! and at most gigs i have been to. he gets one at his first?
ben & carl seem to be enjoying it. (white glasses, red shirt)
ah, thats a better one. just
i have to admit, my facade of manliness left me completely as they played Monkey Man. this is a song the boy grew to love as a toddler in the days of the old analogue Sky channel P-Rock. firstly the Reel Big Fish version, but as he grew older, he admitted The Specials version was his favourite. so to be skanking and singing along to it, with him, at his very first gig, well, dad kinda lost it for a moment!
all good things come to an end though, and that was true of last night. a rousing version of You’re Wondering Now and lights up. quick wave and shout to the #sfrcollective and we’re out of there.
a safe and steady journey home, calling at some services to empty the tank, then up to the enemy’s mums to collect the hound, then a Maccy D’s and home to bed.
up this morning and ooh, wonder what the boy might put on? ha ha, bingo.
and what does he want to listen to? yup. ah, my boy!
the only question yet to answer from last night….
“who we going to see next dad?”