Concert Review: Hall & Oates, Tears For Fears, and New Kids on the Block

Hopefully, my boss isn’t reading this. If she is, she’ll know why I missed work for the past few days.

I went to two concerts in a row and now I’m deathly sick. Obviously I’m too old for this. But I have zero regrets because it was worth it.

Night 1: Hall & Oates with Tears for Fears

Two of my favourite bands in the same night? Heck yes!! I’ve honestly never been able to see either of these bands because the only times they’ve recently been in Toronto, they’ve played up in Casino Rama, and after almost dying in a tornado on my way to a show to see the Beach Boys play there in 2009, I am so over Casino Rama. Also, I’ve never had a car. Also, never known anyone who would want to drive up there with me to see them. But then, thankfully, they both decided to tour together!

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The night started with Tears for Fears. The band was great. They played all of my favourite songs except for Elemental, but that’s okay. Of course everyone went nuts for Shout and Mad World.

To be honest, I only became a fan of theirs after seeing this video and realizing it was filmed at the University of Toronto.

I just found this version students remade of the video, and it’s hilarious!

Anyways, a lot of their songs have really stuck with me through the year. The band was really into it and you could see they were having a good time on stage. Roland and Curt still have solid vocals. Funniest part was when they messed up the lyrics to one of the songs. It happens to the best!

Then it was time for Hall & Oates.

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They were great but they basically sang all my fave songs at the beginning and launched into saxophone medleys of their songs and I was a bit bored in the middle when they sang songs I wasn’t familiar with.

Still worth seeing them, though!

Night 2: New Kids on the Block

I will confess: when they announced the tour I wasn’t too keen on attending. I’ve seen them and I’ve seen them and I’ve seen them. Sure, they always put on a good show, but I’m starting to get NKOTB fatigue. But then my sister wanted tickets for her birthday, so we ended up going.

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Of course, it was worth it. Donnie Wahlberg standing on a flaming piano while singing Cover Girl was one of the best performances of that song I’ve ever seen!

My favourite part was the pure 80s medley of Stop It Girl and Popsicle. Those were the first few songs I remember listening to and it was great to hear them live!

The next day I woke up with a sore throat. I thought it was from the excessive screaming and headed into work, but halfway through the day realized it was a full on cold. I’ve been in bed ever since, nursing a nasty cold. Obviously people over the age of 30 shouldn’t go to two concerts in a row.

Does that mean I’ll never do it again? Of course not! It was definitely worth it.

Things I learned this week

Pineapple pizza was invented in southwestern Ontario.

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I had no idea! But #RIP Sam Panopoulos. Imagine being famous for creating the one type of pizza that everyone hates? Now that’s a legacy!

One year at my birthday party in elementary school, you know the kind where you invite the entire class, we bought 3 for 1 Pizza and they accidentally brought us 3 pineapple pizzas. We called them and they brought us 3 pepperoni pizzas. We tried to give them the pineapple pizzas, but they wouldn’t accept them back. So we were stuck with 6 pizzas, and nobody touched the pineapple ones.

The second thing I learned was that the saying New York Minute apparently originates from Toronto.

I’m still questioning that one. But the guy’s research is really impressive!

I ran into an online friend IRL

In this world of Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, I have a solid network of friends: My online friends, and my real life friends. My real life friends are the people I met in school. We go out for drinks and go dancing and moan about our lives together. My online friends discuss the Leafs and CFL football with me and like all my photos on Instagram.

Twenty years ago, I was heavily into Livejournal (oh my god, was that really 20 years ago??? I feel so old!). I made six really close friends who, after the death of LJ, followed me to my various online social networks and we’ve stayed friends ever since. They almost know me better than my current IRL friends, because they were there with me through school, bad boyfriends, and work dramas.

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This was totally us

Last weekend I was shopping with my mom and we decided to stop into Taco Bell for some grub. I walk right in and stopped dead in my tracks. Sitting inside was one of my old LJ friends! I now have her on Facebook and Instagram, where she likes all my photos and shares all my memes. I had never met her IRL before, and she doesn’t live in my area, so it was quite a surprise. I was hit with this confusion: do I go and say hi to her? Will she even recognize me from my selfies? She was with her family, and I was like, do they know how active she is online, or does she hide her online identity from them the way I hide mine?

Thankfully, as I was having a crisis, she called out my name and waved me over. We had tacos together and caught up. Yes, it was totally awkward. But it was still a pretty cool experience. I felt like I was meeting a celebrity. This was a person who I only knew through Instagram selfies and Facebook rants, and now I was meeting her in person and she was the exact same person online. Even weirder, she was with her husband and two children, and I felt like I knew them as well, because she posts so many pictures of them.

It’s definitely a small world. This isn’t the first time this has happened to me, either. Still, it was pretty cool and I’m glad I got to meet her. And it’s proof that Taco Bell brings everyone together.