This adventure started with my cousin calling me and asking if I wanted to be backstage for a Howard Jones concert… Before he could say anything else I had already exclaimed – Yes! He proceeded to inform me that his company would be handling the sound mix for the venue and he would have unprecedented access to the show. I couldn’t wait.
Now, in case you don’t know, I’m an uber HoJo fan. I have liked him since his first single, have been a member of his fan club all these years, have just about every piece of vinyl and silicon he has ever released on 4 different continents and I’ve dragged significant others to every show that he’s brought to my home town within a radius of a 100 miles. So yeah, I like his music…
The icing on the cake of course would be spending time with Louie and his family. We often joke that we should have been brothers and our wives got to see that while we were together. Louie is a Sound Engineer and has as much an appreciation for music as I do. Having both been musicians and DJs, we’ve got enough of a background to be music whores. I’m still jealous that he does it for a living and when he got his gig at Pandora I really became envious.
Louie and I are pretty laid back and I was looking forward to taking some time off and just hanging out. Karen of course was looking forward to a road trip and possible culinary adventures. We made our way up to Sunnyvale to my cousin’s house, windows down – music turned up.
We had a great time throughout the weekend and the concert was fabulous. Being backstage was a real treat. We knocked off two more of our TripleD destinations and in the process had some great food. I also got to trade some more music and play old school video games on the Santa Cruz boardwalk. I was nice to be a bit nostalgic and remember the time Luis and I had spent together as teens and 20 year olds.
I don’t think he’ll ever live down here again but I have my fingers crossed. Who knows what the future holds – right? For now I can console myself with future invitations to more concerts and possible meet-ups with some of my favorite bands and artists.