Our wonderful neighbors invited us to a fantastic concert on Saturday night at the enormous Minnesota Vikings stadium in Minneapolis. George Strait, Chris Stapleton, and Little Big Town played as a huge triple act in front of over 50K fans. The stadium was filled to the rafters!
It was the second big stadium concert we’ve done in that many weeks. A few weeks ago, we also went with some great friends to see Mick Jagger lead The Rolling Stones. Both concerts had big crowds and both had been delayed more than a year because of the pandemic.
I’m more familiar with the Stones than Strait, but loved hearing them both. Going to concerts now – with time on my hands in early retirement – allows me to really learn in-depth about the artists we are going go to see.
About a week before a show, I will look up the set list they are using on their tour on Spotify and start listening to all the songs. Concerts always include some new or obscure songs you don’t know real well. For popular songs, theres a website called ‘SongFacts’ gives you the story behind songs you already knew. I’ll also look for a couple videos on YouTube that track the artists’ careers. I really try to ‘tune in’ in advance.
By the time I go to the concert live, I feel more like an ‘insider’. I also usually have a handful of new songs I like that I can put on my ‘favorites’ list to listen to going forward. The newfound familiarity with different artists becomes the legacy of going to the concert – and a source of entertainment going forward. I feel like I’m getting a lot more for my money, because concerts aren’t cheap these days!
Has retirement deepened your engagement into / enjoyment of events that you go to?
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