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.
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.
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?