Sound Destruction

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Back in the day, hubby was a fan of metal and hair bands and was even himself a drummer in a hair band. I myself was more of a pop-'80s fan in high school, but I eventually joined the scene and ranks of trashy, tramped-out hair band groupies. Anyway, when hubby recently heard Stryper was touring again, he waxed nostalgic. And though I was never a Stryper fan myself, preferring my taste in male rockers look less pretty than me, I joined him on his very long trip down memory lane this weekend to North Carolina.

Waiting to be let in the theater Saturday night, I thought I was in the twilight zone. Hubby and I had been making bets on whether the crowd would be primarily metal heads or Jesus freaks. The latter prevailed. Big time. "Well the best thing about Stryper is they use their God-given talents for the Lord Our Savior Jesus Christ" was just one example of a barrage of similar comments I was surrounded by. Knowing my penchant for snark, hubby begged me to behave and I did, but it was really challenging. I have no problem with faith but this over the top stuff just drives me batty.

The band looked like aged posers clinging to their hay day by their fingernails as did most of the audience. And let me tell you, when they played "To Hell With The Devil" and the crowd went wild, I went hysterical (though to his credit, Michael Sweet hasn't lost one bit of his voice and range). When the band did their traditional bible throwing, I was again grateful hubby insisted on back row seats so we could make a quick get away before the show-ending 10 minute prayer. I was also grateful because it turned out the guy who sat next to me was in the same boat I was, so we rolled eyes together. A lot. And eventually hubby joined us. I guess you could say misery loves company.


Blogger Mike V. said...

I would have given a weeks pay to have been in that audience.

Hair metal, on loan from God.
What a concept.. :)

1:31 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Christian popular music has been funny to me. I get very moved by hymns in or out of church and I listen to Messiah all year long, not just at Christmas. Religious songs by popular artists like Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke or Bob Dylan get me. The Amy Grants and Strypers of this world, though...I'm rolling my eyes with you not at you.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous JJ said...

I would've been absolutely miserable at that show. To me, rock n' roll just seems to fit naturally with booze, drugs, and sex.

3:18 PM  
Blogger dddragon said...

You and I would've had alot of fun together trying NOT to misbehave!

5:16 PM  
Blogger AP3 said...

Go hair bands, go!

5:46 PM  
Blogger A Christian Prophet said...

Will the second coming of Jesus Christ be announced in the blogosphere? See Holy Inheritance blog:

6:27 PM  
Blogger strider said...

don't let her fool you...

she says...
" preferring my taste in male rockers look less pretty than me"

we went to see def leppard (i think) a few years back and she freaked when she saw mark slaughter of the (crap) band slaughter walk by us. she litteraly ran after him to say hi.

all i can say is at least she did find her way to some better stuff than she was listening to at the time.

nothing better than ozzy in his prime solo stuff.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

No, no, no Strider. It wasn't Def Leppard. It was Dokken, Slaughter, Cinderella & Poisin at the PNC Arts Center. But, yes you're right, I did see Mark Slaughter and being as how he was standing at end of our ROW, I did make my way (okay rather quickly) over to meet him. But you didn't tell them that he actually greeted me and we had a conversation! Oh alright, he was a cutie. Now, if you really wanted to embarrass me and call me a hypocrite, you should have mentioned how I was gaga for Adrienne Vandenberg (guitarist for Whitesnake) back in the day. His hair, his moves *sigh* now he was purrrrty.

8:11 AM  
Blogger MoxieGrrrl said...

Mark Slaughter was so CUTE!

He looked short though. Being 5'11" never gave me many options ;/

9:23 PM  

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