Everybody (who’s grown up) Wants Some…
One of my favorite things to do is to talk with others, learn more about people’s passions and share their stories. A few weeks ago I was asked by a friend of mine who does video production, Bobby Pallotta of Beyond the Eye DV, if I’d be willing to interview some guys on Saturday night who were performing for a tribute band show the Hawthorn Theater. The Portland media world is small, and he and I have worked together in the past. He was familiar with my
broadcast background. Bobby was going to film all three bands – Sonic Temple (The Cult), Unchained (Van Halen), and Poison’us (Poison). He was going to capture concert footage and wanted to intermingle it with interviews. Since I have friends in a few of the performing bands, I was going to be at the show anyway, so I said yes.
I do love the tribute band scene. It may seem cliche, trying to relive some sort of youth to music that has carried on through the many decades, but I can’t help it. It makes me happy to hear the music, feel the crowd, admire the gumption a fella like Brad Halleck has to even attempt portraying Eddie Van Halen, and soak up the energy of nostalgia’s belonging. It’s kind of cool in a way to swept up in a time and place, as a grown adult with some sense and wisdom, without youth’s effects of too much alcohol and recklessness to destroy the opportunity. Everybody (who’s now grown up) wants some, I want some too….
I appreciated the chance to interview all three bands and even the fans. Everyone is having such a great time, including the boys in the bands who have a chance, if even for a night, to rock the socks and bras off those aspiring throwbacks in the crowd like me. (watch interviews below!)