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#71 - Freakers Ball w/ Marilyn Manson
When: Friday October 31, 2033
Where: Smirnoff Music Center - Dallas, TX
Opening Acts: Staind, Sevendust, Jibe, Element Eighty
Special Notes: It was the last day of the month, which meant that Steph worked until 9:00 and with it being Halloween, a Friday night AND a concert like this happening, I wasn't about to sit home. I didn't have a ticket but went down anyways and bought a pit ticket from a 'ticket broker' for $70. It cost $120 face value! Sweet! By the time I'd gotten there, I'd missed the first few bands but caught the very last song of some band, never found out which one it was. Oh well. I walked around and did a little people watching. Not only was it a Marilyn Manson concert but it was Halloween so plenty of people were dressed in all sorts of costumes. I went ahead and went down to the pit and caught all of Staind's act. It was pretty good but they're way to chilled-out and I'm still not sure what the hell they were doing opening up for Marilyn. But I'd pushed my way up to the front and finally was 2nd behind the rail. Damn, that front spot is hard to come by unless you start out there! Marilyn put on a great show as always. He was his usual (or would that be unusual) self and definitely knows how to get a crowd rowdy. I took a camera and after I'd gotten all the pictures on the roll, I toughed it out a few more songs and decided for as much as I liked Marilyn, the crowd wasn't worth it. So I pushed my way out and went to the Icehouse, which I was cool enough to manage my way into. It's good to know people! I watched most of the rest of the show in there but left a but early to beat the traffic. It been a long day and there was some Taco Bueno with my name on it but overall it was an awesome concert!

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Staind
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Marilyn Manson

#72 - Duran Duran
When: Monday November 24, 2003
Where: Majestic Theater - Dallas, TX
Opening Acts: None
Special Notes: Steph was really excited to go to this show as Duran Duran was one of her favorite bands when she was growing up. Plus, we had really good seats and were right in front of John Taylor, Steph's favorite. There was on opening band so it was just 1 1/2 hours of Duran Duran. They played some of their newer stuff but also played a bunch of their old stuff. And they finally played Reflex! About time. One thing I'll never forget is they were charging $40 for a program. And that didn't even include dinner and a movie before they bent you over. This was the first concert we went to with our digital camera and came out with some good pictures and cool videos. A few samples are below.

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#73 - Janes Addiction
When: Friday December 19, 2003
Where: Nextstage - Grand Prairie, TX
Opening Acts: The Crystal Method & Others
Special Notes: This concert came in the middle of a stressful time for us. We had closed on our new house just before Thanksgiving and had been working non-stop on the place before we moved in. So, it was a nice break to take a Saturday night off and get out. We got there and went down to our seats and watch The Crystal Method who were already playing. We didn't watch any of the other bands and don't really remember who else was there. We went out, got something to drink and went outside to smoke. We ended up either outside or on the side aisles talking and talking and talking through most of the concert since we'd barely seen each other due to all the work on the house. But from outside, we heard them start on 'Jane Says' and we made our way inside. It ended up being the last song they played so security was lax at this point so we made our way down to the pit. At the end, Perry Ferrell made his way over to our side and I ended up getting a high five from him. And I did manage to get a few pictures, though they didn't come out so great. Even though we barely saw any of the actual show, this was one of the best concerts we've been too. And thanks, once again, to 102.1 The Edge for FREE tickets!

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The band's farewell

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Perry Ferrell

#74 - A Perfect Circle
When: Tuesday May 25, 2004
Where: Nokia Live (formerly Nextstage) - Grand Prairie, TX
Opening Acts: Burning Brides
Special Notes:
I won a pair of tickets from The Eagle and little did I know this would be the last thing I would win from the before they changed format to EASY LISTENING?!?!?!? Whose the genius behind these decisions, Arnie Grape? Anyway, it was a Tuesday night so we got out there when we could but we had already seen Burning Brides before and, not that they weren't good, but we weren't going to rush. We got there and they were already finished playing their set so we hung around and waited for A Perfect Circle to play. We were a little ways up but still had really good seats, especially for free. They came on and played a great show. They sound a lot like Tool, of course, since Maynard is in both bands but APC has a little softer side to them, which can be cool. They sounded great and the light show was very cool but we were both tired and ready to go and beat traffic so we left a little early. But, all in all, it was a great show. And for the last time, thanks to the 97.1 The Eagle for FREE tickets!

#75 - Velvet Revolver
When:  Saturday June 19, 2004
Where: Granada Theater - Dallas, TX
Opening Acts: Living Things
Special Notes:
We wanted to go to this show but when they went on sale, the money river was dry (no cash flow) so it was up to me to win them off the radio. Like there was ever a doubt! There was almost a problem with me picking up the tickets but I got it ironed out and we were on our way. It was a sold out show at the Granada Theater which is an old movie theater turned into a concert venue and has a capacity of about 1,200 which makes for an intimate show. We got there just as they were letting people in the theater so we got in line and filed into the theater. We weren't worried about seeing the opening band so we hung out in the balcony, talked a while, went out side to smoke & just hung out. When Living Things finished their set, I made my way down to the pit while Stephanie hung back a bit. Since her new boob job, we've agreed that she won't go into the pit anymore but I can. In fact, she wants me to so I can try to get good pictures, drumsticks or guitar picks. It doesn't happen every show but it's always worth a shot! I weaseled my way up and up and by the end of the show, I was center stage behind some fat kid. But there was no security pit at all so I was still able to reach out and touch the stage. They sounded great and played some songs from the Contraband, Velvet Revolver's new album, as well as a few Guns 'N' Roses songs (Mr. Brownstone, It's So Easy, I Used To Love Her) and some Stone Temple Pilots tunes (Crackerman, Sex Type Thing). The absolute highlight of the show was during the second encore when Slash and Duff were sitting on the speakers at the front of the stage, about 3 feet from me. I yelled out, 'SLASH, YOU FUCKING ROCK!!!' He looked up, kinda smiled and nodded his head. That was pretty cool but when the song was over, he walked to the edge of the stage, bent over and handed his guitar pick directly to me. Lil' ol me?!?!?!? Click for a larger image  Click for a larger image I don't have to tell you everyone around me was like, 'Awwww, you suck!" I got some great pictures, Slash's guitar pick and some great memories from this concert. Thanks to Steph for letting me do my thing while she did hers and, of course, thanks once again to 102.1 The Edge for FREE tickets! Read a copy of the review in The Dallas Morning News.

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#76 - Ozzfest
When: Thursday August 25, 2004
Where: Smirnoff Music Center - Dallas, TX
Main Stage: Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Slayer, Dimmu Borgya, Superjoint Ritual, Black Label Society
Second Stage: Slipknot, Hatebreed, Lamb Of God, Rotationg, Atreyu, Bleeding Through, Lancuna Coil, Every Time I Die, UnEarth, God Forbid Special Notes: We weren't planning on going to Ozzfest this year but I ended up winning (what a shock!) tickets off the radio so we decided to take 1/2 a day off work and head-out to the party. The tickets came with a meet & greet with Slipknot. I'm not a huge fan of them; actually, I'm not even a small fan of them but they do have one song being played on the radio that I like, Duality. Also, my niece is a huge Slipknot fan, otherwise known as Maggots, and I thought it'd be cool to get her a CD autographed and let that be her Christmas present. So, we got to Smirnoff, walked around a bit, headed over to the Icehouse to make sure we could get in later (of course we did!) and then headed to the M&G. We met the group & headed over to the 2nd stage area when it was time. There was a small tent set up with tables and after a few minutes, all nine of the guys in the band came out in their full gear including masks. Now, it was in the high 90s that day and even though I was wearing shorts and no shirt, I was sweating like a prostitute in church so I have NO idea how these guys didn't instantly pass-out in their long, black outfits and masks. We happened to be standing in the right spot at the right time and ended up being the very first in line to get autographs. We'd brought two CD inserts for them to sign and we also got two 8x10 black & white promo pictures that they all signed. Click for a larger image  Click for a larger image Very cool! The only thing is none of the guys said a word; nothing, zip, zilch, nada. They just signed and passed the picture to the next guy but if I was in their position, I don't know if I'd have been to happy about it all either. Regardless, we got both CD inserts signed as well as the promo pictures. One Christmas present down! We headed to the Icehouse to cool off a bit and we ended up staying there the rest of the entire day. We were both so hot, it just wasn't worth it to us to go out into the heat and deal with a couple of thousand drunk morons. So, we sat in the Icehouse, chilled out and enjoyed the concert on the CC TVs they have. Although we didn't really see any of the show, we had a great time none-the-less and of course, thanks to 102.1 The Edge for more FREE tickets!

#77 - Korn, Linkin Park, Snooop Dog
When: Friday August 20, 2004
Where: Smirnoff Music Center - Dallas, TX
Opening Acts: None, that I know of
Special Notes:
We did go to this concert but we didn't actually watch any of the show. None. Nada. We had planned beforehand to hook up with some friends that we used to work with that we saw at the Velvet Revolver concert. Well, actually, we saw them after the show at the beer store on the way home but that's beside the point. We met them when we got there and then spent the entire show sitting in the Icehouse, chatting it up about old memories from The Olive Garden and what's been going on with all of us since then. Before the show even ended, we left to go hang-out over at their place. I dunno how the show was but we had a great time!

#78 - Freakers Ball w/ Velvet Revolver
When: Sunday October 24, 2004
Where: Smirnoff Music Center - Dallas, TX
Opening Acts: Damage Plan, Drowning Pool, Breaking Benjamin, Riddlin Kids, The Donnas, Bowling For Soup,
Special Notes: Steph was supposed to work the night of this concert (SUPPOSED to; ended up - nope) so I invited a friend of mine, Will, from Oklahoma to come down & go with me. Because he's like my brother, I won't go in to the all the headaches and aggravation that came along with that invite. Anyway, after all the delays, we finally got there and then we sat in the Icehouse for probably an hour while we waited on Will's hamburger and then for him to eat it. We finally got down to the pit right before Damage Plan came on. They sounded great and put on a great show and should've had a good career in front of them but, little did we know then, 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott's life would soon be cut short. After Damage Plan, Drowning Pool was up. This was the first time I had seen them live and they put on a great show. Next up - Velvet Revolver.  As before, they put on a great show and played pretty much all their hits as well as some from Guns & Roses and Stone Temple Pilots. Despite all the frustrations, this was a great concert.

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'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott
08/20/1966 - 12/08/04

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#79 - Queens of the Stone Age
When: Wednesday March 15, 2005
Where: Gypsy Tea Room, Deep Ellum - Dallas, TX
Opening Acts: Throw Rug
Special Notes:  Steph didn't want to go so I ended up going by myself. I got there & waited around a bit and then the guys came out. All of them were VERY cool. I got them to sign the Lollapalooza and got the lead singer, Josh Homme, to sign a pic I took of him at Lollapalooza. But, of course, my camera didn't want to work so I didn't get any pictures with them. I left before the show started because I wasn't really in the mood to hang out. Once again, thanks to 102.1 The Edge for FREE tickets and the meet 'n' greet pass.

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#80 - Edgefest
When: Sunday April 24, 2005
Where: Smirnoff Music Center - Dallas, TX
Acts:  Sum 41, Billy Idol, Jimmy Eat World, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Breaking Benjamin, Crossfade, Alterbridge, Unwritten Law, The Exies, Skindred, Trust Company, Theory of a Dead Man,
Special Notes: Steph and I ended up getting there late in the afternoon and went straight to The Icehouse to hang out. Papa Roach was having a signing session so I went and waited in line. I got to meet all the guys and got them to sign the drumstick I got from Edgefest 11. Pretty cool! We went down and watched a bit of Chevelle & Jimmy Eat World then it was back to The Icehouse for a while. But just a short while because it was back to the pit to watch Billy Idol. Man, what a great show! He played all his big hits and sounded as great as ever. Once again, thanks to 102.1 for FREE tickets!

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