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#61 - Edgefest 11
When: Saturday June 1, 2002
Where: Smirnoff Music Center Dallas, TX
Opening Acts: Nickelback, Default, Papa Roach, Jerry Cantrell, Lit, Unwritten Law, Goldfinger, Trik Turner
Special Notes: We knew we were going to be there all day so we didn't worry about getting there right on time. We missed Trik Turner all together but did hear Unwritten Law & Goldfinger as we were walking around but didn't sit to watch. We had pit tickets so we were in and out of the pit all day. We hung out most of the time at The Icehouse, a club they have there, and met one of our old friends, Chad, that we used to work with at the Olive Garden where Steph and I met. We went down and caught the last of Lit. They were great and the last song they played was My Own Worst Enemy and the crowd was jumping! It was pretty cool especially for us being down in the pit. But next up was Jerry Cantrell and we didn't miss a minute of it. We were center stage about 20' back; just about the best viewing in the house! He played some new songs as well as some Alice In Chains classics. Excellent performance! Up next - Papa Roach. We hung in the back for a while but when Steph went to the bathroom, I just couldn't take it any longer and pushed my way up in the mix. I ended up center stage right behind the person on the gate (I guess you could say 2nd row but there's not much row organization in the pit). I have always liked Papa Roach's songs but never been a big fan. But after that, whew, what a show. The lead singer came down right the front and was less than 2' from me. Dude, it was pretty freaking cool! At the end, they were going off and the drummer threw out some drumsticks and guess who caught one? No, not the fat chick behind me. ME! Yep, it was pretty damn cool. It was a struggle to keep up with it the rest of the day but trust me, I managed. We waited out watching Default in The Icehouse since we saw them at Bronco Bowl a while back opening up for Nickelback, who was coming up next. We did go out during Nickelback and watched a few songs from center stage 2nd from the rail but the crowd was really pushy (Tired and bitchy from being there all day maybe?), especially just for Nickelback, so we made our way back out and listened to the rest of the show from The Icehouse. Excellent show, excellent day, excellent concert experience all together. Thumbs up! And, once again, thanks to 102.1 The Edge for the FREE pit passes!

#62 - Tool
When: Tuesday July 23, 2002
Where: Fort Worth Convention Center Fort Worth, TX
Opening Acts: Tomahawk
Special Notes: We had pretty good seats as it was but we saw a friend of ours who works security and he got us passes to get on the floor. Thanks, Canyon! Tomahawk was...well...interesting. But Tool was great! Maynard was in great form but, for some reason, he ended up in black bra & panties. Well, at least they matched. At one point it started 'raining' down red, metallic confetti squares. It was cool as hell! Thanks once again to The Edge for FREE tickets! 

#63 - Gin Blossoms, Soul Asylum, 7 Mary 3, Sponge
When: Friday August 23, 2002
Where: Bronco Bowl Dallas, TX
Opening Acts: All about the same
Special Notes: Steph had to work late so I went with our friends, Travis & Vanessa. The Bronco Bowl holds about 7,400 people; there were probably about 1000-1500 people there. It was a pretty sad turnout. Security? What security? They pretty much let everyone go where they wanted, even the floor, which by the way had chair seating. Sure this isn't a Jewel concert? All the bands were pretty good but Soul Asylum gave me a freaking headache and I never thought they were going to stop playing. I mean, damn! The Gin Blossoms sounded really good but are to light and poppy for me, sorry. But they did have a lot of good songs. Once again, thanks to 102.1 The Edge for FREE tickets!

#64 - The Who
When: Saturday September 21, 2002
Where: American Airlines Center Dallas, TX
Opening Acts: Counting Crows
Special Notes: My sister, Melinda, knows people at her job and got us into the Dr. Pepper suite at the AA Center. It's down under the seats right next to the Dallas Stars locker rooms. She had 3 extra tickets so she invited me, Stephanie and our friend, Vanessa, to go with us. Counting Crows is her favorite band so that worked out pretty well! We sat up and watched the Counting Crows then went down to the suite. It was free food, free alcohol, flat-screen TVs on the wall. Well, when The Who came on, Vanessa and I hung back while it cleared out, including Stephanie and Melinda, and we pretty much had the run of the suite for almost 2 hours. We did go out and see The Who for just a minute but would you take control of the suite for a while if you could? Yea, me too. We had a blast chilling out, watching the TVs, talking to our host, Rebecca (who was really cool as well) and, not to mention, getting quite toasted. We had a blast that night. Thanks Melinda for the FREE tickets!

#65 - George Carlin
When: Tuesday December 31, 2002
Where: Majestic Theater Dallas, TX
Opening Acts: Dunno, didn't see him
Special Notes: Steph had to work until 9:00 (collections for ya') and the show started at 9:45 so we had to rush from Bedford to get to downtown Dallas. We missed the opener (and who cares?) but George was great! He was his usual raunchy self. He did about 50% new material, 50% old. We laughed our asses off and our New Years Eve was not over yet; read on. Oh, and thanks to the 102.1 The Edge for FREE tickets!

#66 - Flickerstick
When: Tuesday December 31, 2002
Where: Trees - Deep Ellum Dallas, TX
Opening Acts: Dunno, we were watching George Carlin
Special Notes: We got there late (obviously) but Flickerstick had only just started as we got there. We had to stand in the back but it didn't really matter, Trees isn't that big and they sounded great. But it was very hot and smoky in there and I had to get some air at one point. All in all, a great show and a great New Years Eve. Once again, thanks to the 102.1 The Edge for FREE tickets!

#67 - Audioslave
When: Wednesday March 12, 2003
Where: Trees - Bronco Bowl Dallas, TX
Opening Acts: Burning Brides
Special Notes: Wow! What else is there to say? I won tickets & passes for a meet & greet with the band and we were so psyched to go, I went and got a CD that day so we could have something for them to sign. We were planning on getting the CD anyways. We got there early and managed to make our spot on the front rail, stage right. The Burning Brides opened up and they make a hell of a lot of music for only 3 people. And the female bass player is damn hot too! Dunno if they'll ever make it big but they do have it together. Audioslave was awesome! Very high energy, plenty loud, played a hell of a show. After the show, we met up the the guy we had to meet and waited around. First to come out was Tom Morello, the guitarist.  He was very cool and commented that he liked my Bullwinkle shirt. Chris Cornell and Tim Commerford, the bassist, came out together a few minutes later. We got to shake hands and meet with both of them. Tim even said he remembered Steph from the concert because he was standing right in front of us and said he got pumped up from watching her rock & enjoy the concert. The drummer, Brad Wilk, didn't come out for some reason but still, this was one hell of a concert experience! We got some great pics of the concert, some great pics with the guys and got my CD cover signed.And once again, thanks to 102.1 The Edge for more FREE tickets AND passes to meet the guys.

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Us w/ Tom Morello of Audioslave
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Us w/ Chris Cornell of Audioslave

#68 - Pearl Jam
When: Monday June 9, 2003
Where: Smirnoff Music Center Dallas, TX
Opening Acts: Idlewild
Special Notes: We got there ASAP and found our seats. We were stage right in the front section and actually had really good seats. Idlewild is from Scotland (I think) and they were really good; a lot better than I expected. Pearl Jam came on and sounded great. They always sound pretty much like they do on their CDs. We had a really good time but couldn't stick around after since it was a Monday nite and we do have to work.

#69 - Ozzfest
When: Sunday June 29, 2003
Where: Smirnoff Music Center Dallas, TX
Opening Acts: Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, Chevelle
Special Notes: We skipped all the opening bands on the side stage and didn't get there until about 3:00.  We walked around, looked through all the shops and Steph ended up getting a white (soon to be painted black) cowboy hat. I do admit, she looked pretty cool. After a while some friends of ours, Melissa & Nathan, arrived and we hooked up, though they did have seats in a totally different sectiont than ours. As soon as they got there, Chevelle came on. They sounded really good, not much of a show though. Next was Marilyn Manson. What can I say, he was in usual form and put on a great show with two really hot girls on stage dancing. :o) After Marilyn, Disturbed took the stage and rocked the damn house down. The lead singer really gets the crowd into it. After they were off, we met back up the Melissa & Nathan and headed over to the Icehouse. We had a drink and chilled out in there until Korn was about to come on and we made our way back to our seats and this time, we snuck them up to our seats with us since ours were slightly better. We'd never seen Korn before and they were awesome! Four thumbs up from our corner. After Korn, we went and bought our t-shirts and stuff. Back to our seats to watch Ozzy and, of course, he was great as usual, throwing buckets of water on everyone, jumping up and down, turning the sprinklers on over the front pit section. Ozzy is still a great showman, despite being pretty much brain dead. When Ozzy did his first encore, we went ahead and went over the the Icehouse so we could get some seats. We ended up getting a good table in the front room and before you knew it, we were surrounded by guys from Pantera and David Draiman, the lead singer of Disturbed. We talked a minute, shook his hand and got a picture with him.  Click for a larger image Needless to say, that was the perfect finale to a great day at Ozzfest! Thanks to 97.1 The Eagle and 93.3 The Bone for FREE tickets!

#70 - Lollapalooza
When: Friday August 8, 2003
Where: Smirnoff Music Center Dallas, TX
Opening Acts:
Janes Addiction, Audioslave, Incubus, Queens of the Stone Age, The Donnas
Special Notes
: I had to work the morning of Lollapalooza but got off early & went home to relax a bit. We were going w/ some friends of our, Melissa & Nathan, who also went to Ozzfest with us. They arrived at our place (a bit late but we won't talk about that) and we were on our way. We totally missed The Distillers but arrived in the middle of The Donnas' set so we made our way down to the pit and watched the remainder of their performance. Not to bad and definitely very hot! The weather or The Donnas? Both! After The Donnas, we walked around and checked out all the booths and stuff. We totally skipped Jurassic 5's set but none of us were really wanting to watch it anyways. We went to the Icehouse, had a drink or two and then made our way back down into the pit to watch Queens of the Stone Age. They're a lot harder than I expected but they were really good. Some weird albino cowboy w/ red hair came out and sang a few songs with them; still don't know who he was. After that, it was back to the Icehouse for a few minutes to cool off. Then back to the pit to get ready for Incubus. We weren't really worried about seeing Incubus but Audioslave was up after them and we wanted to make sure we had a good spot. We started out in the back of the pack when Incubus started but by the time they finished their set, we were 2nd from the rail. Way to push Steph! Incubus was a lot better than I expected. Near the end of their set, I went out to get some water. As I was walking back up into the pit area, they were walking offstage and all of the sudden, a drumstick came flying my way. Thanks to being at the right place at the right time, I walked away with a pretty cool souvenir from Incubus. Back up to the front to wait on Audioslave. If you couldn't have figured out by now, it was rather hot down there: Dallas, TX in August, mid-afternoon, with hundreds of sweaty, smelly people shoulder to shoulder. It was quite a lovely experience. But FINALLY Audioslave came on and put on a fucking awesome show, starting out with Gasoline. We were stage left again, right in front of Tim Commerford, and Steph ended up getting a spot on the front rail. His foot pedals kept cutting out and he was getting pissed. This time we knew all the songs and were singing word-for-word along with Chris. They did a cover of the White Stripes' 7 Nation Army and it rocked; I wouldn't have thought about it but it worked great. The last song they did was Choise and Chris saw that we were singing every word and were into it so he came down and put the mic right in front of us to sing the chorus. Take about awesome! After that, we were totally exhausted, no thanks to the heat, so we made our way back to the Icehouse, got a great booth and watched Jane's Addiction on CC TV. Perry Ferrell was wearing some sort of shiny, blue suit with a sliver jock strap looking item. What freak but he does put on a good show. We left a bit before they finished to beat traffic and then got a bite to eat at Snookies, a bar near our place. This was an awesome concert and we got to see some great bands. But it really sucked that I only had a few pictures to take: two of Audioslave and one of Queens of the Stone Age.

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Queens of the Stone Age

#70 1/2 - Blue Man Group
When: Wednesday August 13, 2003
Where: Nextstage Grand Prairie, TX
Opening Acts:
Tracy Bonham, Venus Hum
Special Notes
: I really didn't plan on listing this in my concerts but I did list a few comedy shows and this is definitely more of a concert. Plus, and most importantly, I wrote a review of the show for dallasconcerts.net. Here is a link to my review on their site or, if they end up scraping it, I saved a special copy for my very own.

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