If We Were Having Coffee: Concerts


If we were having coffee, I’d tell you how much I love Sade. I’ve been a fan of hers for as long as I’ve listened to music. Sade was pretty intense for a 6 year old, but I didn’t care. I loved her. I remember I thought she sounded like she was out of breath all the time. I certainly didn’t get meaning of her mostly sad songs. But whatever, young K. Renae P. was going to sing Smooth Operator as if her life depended on it. I was in high school before I realized the song wasn’t about an actual phone operator who was pretty cool.



If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about finally being able to see Sade in concert 2011. I’d tell you I bought 2 tickets the day they went on sale. I didn’t even have anyone to go with me at the time. I just knew I wanted to see her live so I purchased two tickets, I’d find somebody to go with me later. I sat on the floor on like the 6th row. I sang every song like I wrote them myself. I made fast friends with people in the audience because we shared a love of her music. It was an amazing night.


While we chatted, I’d admit to you that Sade was not my favorite concert of all time. That honor belonged to Prince. I saw his Musicology tour in 2004, and it was the absolute best thing I’d ever seen in my whole entire life. That man knows how to put on a show. I was in an arena, but somehow Prince made it feel like we were in a small club. A.Maze.Zing! Seeing him live was one of the best experience I had the pleasure to enjoy.

RIP :(

It’s such a shame our friendship had to end… 


While we sipped delicious java, I’d tell you that my surprising third favorite concert was not a musical act but Joan Rivers. Yeah, I know. I can’t believe it either. I only went to the comedy concert because the tickets were free, and there were 2 drink tickets for “beverages” in it for me. I laughed from the moment that woman walked on stage until the moment she said goodnight. Rivers said things that were hilarious, insightful, and wildly-wildly-WILDLY inappropriate.

Joan Rivers

I had no clue she was that… funny. I loved it. I’m not sure if she was just ‘on’ that night or what. She told offensive jokes, belittled us (the audience), threw stuff all over the stage*, and made fun of our southern city. We gave her a very enthusiastic standing ovation when she walked off the stage. That woman you saw on TV was nothing compared to the comedian on stage.


*She threw the fake plants all over the stage because she said she was better than *^#@!$^ fake plants. Plus, she said she was mad because we-the-audience would gasp before we laughed at her jokes. We-the-audience didn’t realize she was so raunchy!


If we were having coffee, what would you tell me were your favorite concerts?




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29 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee: Concerts

  1. My one and only Prince concert was back in 2004 too. It was my favorite concert ever. I love me some Prince and he did not disappoint. I would love to see him again in concert one day.

  2. You might not believe this but I’ve never been to a live concert for any of my favourite artists! I would have loved to have seen Sade. She is fantastic! Thanks for sharing a cuppa and looking forward to meeting up again soon. 😊

  3. I too love that song, and always laughed so much while watching Joan Rivers on the Fashion Police show. I loved that she said what I was thinking but would never give voice too, though not all her thoughts she had were mine hahaha. Thanks for sharing coffee 🙂

  4. You had terrific taste as a 6 year old. I’d never heard Sade before but loved the song you included. My first concert was the Beatles in England and they were shocked at how we went wild. It was the beginning of their career and I remember them making eye contact ( I was at the front) and they were genuinely amazed at all these screaming girls!

  5. Thank you for coffee!! My favourite concert was Die Toten Hosen, Heimspiel in Düsseldorf, 2005. They’re always good live, but that one had so much energy in it! And their fans are the kindest bunch. You’d expect pogo dancing etc at punkrock concerts but for punks, this was really civil. Years ago, a fan was crushed to death during a concert, and from then on, most have been looking out for other fans and making sure nobody got hurt. I was there with my little sister (we were 18 and 16) and it got really late for us and we still had to catch the last train home. At the train station, a few drunks started hassling us but about 5 DTH fans stepped up and around us and told the drunks to not pick fights with girls and pretty much escorted us to the train and stayed until we were safely on it. I mean, I could have defended myself, but faith in humanity was definitely restored!!

    My second favourite concert was Robbie Williams in 2003. I know, I know. But it wasn’t his performance that I rate so highly, it was actually his opening act. Which was none other than Duran Duran!! They put in a full concert before Robbie came on stage and half the stadium had cleared out again after Duran Duran!!

  6. Eurythmics – Annie Lennox, swoon-worthy. We had nose-bleed seats so we took binoculars! … k.d. lang at a jazz festival – that woman loves performing in bare feet! 🙂

  7. I am entirely jealous that you got to see Prince! I would love to see him in concert.

    I think my favorite concert was a Dropkick Murphys/Mahones concert at House of Blues. But my favorite shows are variety acts in the small venues here in New Orleans. Sometimes they’re just magic enough and just small enough that they make me feel as though I’m in another time and place entirely, and that’s a lot of fun. 🙂

  8. I find that when you see a performer in person, it is so much better than seeing them on television or elsewhere. When they perform for their fans, they really are at their best. I haven’t been to a lot of concerts and probably won’t go again. I find it difficult to move in crowds and all so I probably won’t do it again. And where I live, no one comes, or at least not anyone I would want to put myself through all the discomfort for. It does remind me of one concert, or rather two, that I attended back around 2006. I have always loved Rod Stewart and I read that he was going to be performing two concerts within driving distance from me. Well, each was about a two hour drive from me but for Rod, that was doable. My daughter said she wanted to go with me so on the day that tickets went on sale, I was ready online for tickets at one location as I knew they would sell out within minutes. My daugher’s boyfriend was online for tickets at the other location. We figured one of us would get tickets and the other wouldn’t. Well, we both got tickets! So we had to decide which one we would go to. We decided to go to the first one in San Jose and sell the ones in Sacramento which was for a concert two weeks after the one in San Jose. Long story short, we both loved the one is San Jose so much that we decided to keep the tickets for the Sacramento location too! So we saw Rod Stewart twice in two weeks. Both fantastic shows. Wonderful seats for one and not great seats for the other but we still had a super time! He really puts on a show that is not to be missed and the audiences are great, too, which adds to the experience.

    • Was this the concert where Stewart was singing his hits or was it one where he was singing the jazzy songs?

      ***Warning: Rambly***
      I’ve never enjoyed concerts where I had to stand around. I’ll only buy floor tickets if it is a seated concert. I must admit that I love taking a road trip for a concert. I’m a couple hours from Dallas and a few hours from New Orleans, and I have family and friends in both areas so I love visiting to see a concert or show.

      I guess I love concerts so much because my Daddy would take me to concerts back when I was little and he still loved going. We’d get all dressed up and see a show. We mostly see movies now. He says concerts are too expensive today, and he is a really, really cheap old dude ♥. I miss going to concerts with him.

      • He did all of his own songs in the concert we went to. I can’t remember the name of the tour. Somewhere I have a t shirt I bought with all of the tour dates on it. I’ll have to dig it out but yeah, it was all of his songs.

    • Corina, I agree that seeing performers live on stage is much better than television. The same goes for actors as well, though. I rediscovered my love for theatre about 5 years ago and since then my favourite performance was by Martin Freeman in Richard III last July. I knew he was good but live and only about 4 rows (and eye-level) in front of you?? He gave me serious chills during a few scenes. Absolutely amazing performance.

  9. Joan Rivers raunchy? I would have never guessed that.
    My list of favorite concerts is short and limited, but they all include performances from our kids. High school musicals and band concerts. For me they are far more entertaining and enjoyable. Of course though I get to point and brag… “See that one right there, that’s my son/daughter!”
    Thanks for the coffee!

    • You are so welcome. Yes, Rivers was very raunchy on stage. I had no clue. It was clear most people in the audience didn’t know it either. It was a challenge to our delicate, mostly Baptist sensibilities… We ate it up!

      I love kids’ concerts too. I must admit that I’m partial to my nieces and nephews concerts. I personally think they perform the best. I’m not saying that b/c I’m auntie. I’m saying it because it’s true. 😉

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