TWO-FOR TUESDAY

OK. So I know I usually stick to Autism related posts, but today I would like to try a different format. I am doing a review of two concerts I saw over the course of a week (three if you count the one at The Still in Timonium). The first one is SMASH MOUTH.

On Saturday, August 25th, 2018, I saw Smash Mouth at the Maryland State Fair. The show was supposed to start at 7:30. The band went on at 7:35. So right off the bat, only 5 minutes after the posted showtime is GREAT! They opened with an instrumental called DEFECTOR. From there they segued into CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF YOU BABY. They played ALL of their best songs! Of course, ALL STAR was played last. I while this may seem “mean” or like a “dick move” I actually appreciate what Smash Mouth did. Instead of playing their best song first and risking half the audience leaving after the 1st song, they make the audience stay the entire show to hear their most well-known song. However, for me, ALL STAR actually wasn’t the best song of the night. To me, the best song was THEN THE MORNING COMES. “Why that song?” you ask? Well it’s because I actually got onstage with Smash Mouth during that song. That was an INCREDIBLE experience–it was very surreal–and one I will not forget in a hurry…if ever! Plus I filmed it and put it on YouTube so I can prove this actually happened. (Link below). While the show was great, if I had one critique, it’s that the show seemed to end very quickly.  The concert lasted an hour and 15-20 minutes start to finish. BUT having said that, the band packed A LOT into that short amount of time, so I really don’t have a complaint with the duration. For me, and I am sure a lot of kids from my generation-mid 90s to early 2000s-I kinda grew up listening  to SMASH MOUTH, particularly the ASTROLOUNGE CD, since most of my favorite SM songs were on it, including All Star. So all in all, it was a great night and getting onstage with the band made a kick-ass night even better!

 

The next show I wanna review also happened at the Maryland State Fair. This one took place on September 1, 2018. I saw JEFFERSON STARSHIP at the State Fair. Of course, this band formed in the 1960s as JEFFERSON AIRPLANE. And yes, this is the same Jefferson Airplane that played Woodstock. Maybe you know them thanks to their song White Rabbit. So there is one surviving member of the band still playing with them, named David Freidberg. He is 80 years old and still rocking! Of course, a lot of the old hippie generation were there. I was front and center. This is the 3rd time I have seen them, and they never cease to put on a great show! This show lasted a little longer than Smash Mouth. I think it’s because they have more songs than Smash Mouth. Anyway, they played a lot of old songs and only 2 or 3 songs I didn’t know. Noticeably missing from their set was the song RUNAWAY. Apart from that, they played everything I can think of. (Videos from the show are up on my YouTube page).

So All Star readers, feel free to “Feed Your Head” and comment on my concert reviews and tell me if you like this new format or if I should stick to Autism posts. Thanks!

 

-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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