Jan. 27th, 2017

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January 27, 2017 Describe the best concert you ever attended.

Pink Floyd, June 20, 1994, Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri.

The local radio station that everyone listened to is US-97. They offered a "party package" which included lunch and free drinks at Cartoons, a local restaurant and bar, tickets to the concert, and a bus ride to and from the venue for $97. Cathy and I tried to enlist all our friends to go, but they said they didn't have the money, couldn't get off work, whatever. A woman I worked with at Herr Doktor's office told me that a group of her friends were going - Cathy and I were more than welcome to hang with them.

This was a band Cathy and I had loved for twenty years; we were freshmen in high school, 14 years old, when Dark Side of the Moon was released. We were beyond excited, and created a count down calendar. I told Cindy, my coworker, and we made another one for the office. It was given a place of honor in the front office reception area and we had a little ceremony each morning when we marked off a day.

The day tickets went on sale, Herr Doktor called me into his office and asked me to close the door. He said he loved the band as much as I did and my excitement was beyond entertaining. He handed me a bank envelope and said it would be his honor and privilege to buy my and Cathy's tickets.

The day finally arrived, we met our party at Cartoons, found a bank of seats at the back of the bus and generally made a nuisance of ourselves for the entire drive to KC. We'd smuggled alcohol in our purses, and several of the guys had pre-rolled joints in cigarette packages. At one point, the bus driver, Gordo, pulled over to the side of the road and yelled at us. It felt just like when we were in high school on a field trip...

Arrowhead Stadium: The Floyd took the stage, opening with Astronomy Domine. They played for two hours straight, took a thirty minute break, came back out and played another two hours, plus two encores, finishing with Run Like Hell.

It was everything I had imagined, I couldn't have asked for more, unless Cathy and I had been allowed on stage.


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