I said I’d write about the Def Leppard/Journey concert, so, well, here I go.
Both bands were relatively hard to understand, evenÂ during the songs I knew (a whopping 2, by the way).Â I don’t like 80’s music (I mean that not as an all-inclusive term for music from the 80’s, so I’ll have to just assume you all know what I mean; there are some 80’s country songs I like), but I do like Def Leppard a little, and I like that one song by Journey (“Don’t Stop Believin'”).Â As far as entertainment value, the concert was pretty “bleh.”Â There were a few points during Def Leppard’s performance that were cool, where they actually did a little showmanship and some pyrotechnics, and the guitar solo of the national anthem at the beginning of Journey’s performance was a good show of talent.Â
Their screen thing in the back was crap.Â This was the second concert I’ve been to in the New Orleans Arena, and for the other one, Kenny Chesney, he had three screens in the back, all of which were being used efficiently to show him (for those not-so-close to the stage) or some entertaining video/visual effectsÂ at the same time.Â Throughout most of Def Leppard/Journey, the screen was just like a Windows Media Player or iTunes visualization video.
But, of course, I didn’t actually go to the concert for the music; I went for the company.Â Tanager and I kept “text messaging” each other throughout the concert with ridiculous messages, which made the concert a lot better :D.Â AshleyÂ text messagedÂ me for real (she called first, but neither Becca nor I could hear her)Â to find out where we were and she came to visit us during the stage setup between the two bands.
Neither band took the stage with the other band for some cool duet thing.Â Â NeitherÂ really interacted with the crowd (not that they could’ve interacted with us anyway, up in the nosebleeds).Â Neither did anything really cool either, besides some pyrotechnics that I’ve already mentioned.Â I think Kenny Chesney just spoiled meÂ :|.Â I mean, I hate to compare, but he got Uncle Kracker and Dierks Bentley on stage with him, he popped up in the middle of the crowd for his first song and then rode above the crowd to the stage, he did the whole slapping-hands with the people by theÂ stage thing, he gave some little girl a signed guitar (how awesome of him was that?), and he was just all over the place; he looked like he was having the time of his life.Â It was really amazing to watch, and so entertaining.Â Plus…I could actually understand him.Â Maybe that’s all just characteristic of country concerts though.Â The only rock concert I’ve ever been to that was really amazing was Alter Bridge, and Skillet was pretty decent too.Â All of the country performances I’ve seen were great.
I got some videos and pictures of the concert, but I haven’t uploaded any of them.Â I need to pick out what I’m going to upload first.
All in all, I don’t think anything will ever beat that Kenny Chesney concert.Â That one guy put on a better show that Def Leppard and Journey combined to the same size audience (or at least close; the turnout might have been a little high for Kenny Chesney), which I guess is why I compared the two concerts so much.