Well, funny you should ask! I just read a list in the paper of all of the groups that are making it into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame this year--in a virtual ceremony, of course. And my favorite is on the list--finally!
Flash back to 1994. I had just had our 4th child the previous year. I took every opportunity my husband gave me, to sneak out to drive--well-- anywhere, to get a bit of peace and quiet. I came home and was sitting in the driveway, dancing in my seat, as he watched me from the window. When I got in the house he asked me, "What were you listening to?" I told him I didn't know the band, but the song's chorus was, "You bring me closer to God." My husband's eyebrows raised. "You're not getting religion on me, are you?" I laughed. "You've obviously never heard it." When I learned the band's name, I had to run out and buy the CD, The Downward Spiral. The song was Closer and the band is Nine Inch Nails.
From then on, I was a huge NIN fan! The band is fronted by Trent Reznor, with various other musicians playing with him. He doesn't tour very often. But my husband and I, along with two of our sons, saw him in concert a few years ago at one of the huge outdoor theaters in the Chicago-land area, and his warm-up band was Soundgarden. I'm so glad I got to see Chris Cornell before his untimely demise. What a voice he had, with such passion. But NIN is what we were there to see, and we were all on our feet dancing by the end of the first song!
Then last year, my third son, who had gone with us that other time, told me that Trent was coming to play an intimate show at a small music palace near the lakefront downtown. He played at the Aragon, which I didn't realize had no seats--so it was essentially, a huge mosh pit. My son asked me if I wanted to go with him, because one of the 3 shows was on his actual birthday. "Hells yeah!" The tickets were very expensive, so he only got two tickets, which I paid him back for. Then he had to ask his boss at his job he'd only been at a few months, if he could have the day off to go to the NIN show downtown--to be sure that traffic wouldn't make us late for the show. His boss just looked at him. He explained that it was his birthday. The boss stared. He said, "I'm going with my mom." The boss nodded and approved his day off.
We got there so early that there were only a few people in-between us and the stage. We milled about, sipping water, until the show started. There were two warm-up bands. But when Trent Reznor stepped onto the stage everyone pushed forward, until we could almost touch him. Wow! My son, who is much taller than me, told me I wasn't the only person with gray hair in the crowd--but maybe the only female in the crowd with gray hair. I didn't care! I was too busy fan-girl-ing all over the place. We both danced all of the way through the FANTASTIC show! We both bought tee shirts with the date on the back, to commemorate our great time, and to cement a memory that only he and I share.
Yes, some of our other kids like industrial or heavy metal also. The other son who went with us to the first NIN show, has also gone with his brother and my husband to see Tool, which my husband used to play for them all of the time. And since he turned them on to the German heavy metal band Rammstein, the three of them have seen them multiple times already, and plan to any time they're in the states. But I don't go with them. My favorite band for over 25 years has been NIN.
And now you know what I don't listen to music when I write. I have to be able to hear the voices of the characters talking in my mind, and I can't possibly listen to NIN unless it's at ear-splitting volume!
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