[Slowhand] concert audience

Jeff Elliott jnt.elliott at comcast.net
Thu May 15 17:59:27 EDT 2008

Mel's comment about the "girl" who had the lungs that could belt out "oh,
Eric, I love youuuuu," reminded me of a Fleetwood Mac (unfortunately, post
Peter Green Mac. I'm not THAT old-be quiet Delta Nick) concert I attended
many moons ago. Someone kept yelling out, "I love you Stevie!" I didn't
remember much about the show other than the goon who wouldn't quit yelling
out his amorous feelings for Ms Nicks until a few years ago when I was back
home relating the story to some friends when my running mate smacked me in
the head and said, "You ass. That was YOU!"

As I now recall, I distinctly remember I was "on" a pint of Southern
Comfort. Those days, thankfully, are well behind me.

So I guess, I was once one of those idiots who paid the money to be "heard"
at the show. I think I've since learned to behave myself.



From: Mel Boss [mailto:darmel at sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 1:18 PM
To: slowhand at planet-torque.com
Subject: [Slowhand] concert audience

I've been pretty lucky considering the number of concerts I've attended. No
one's barfed on me, spilled a beer on me or tried to kill me - yet. For the
most part, the people around me have been quite civil. The
concert-going-inebriates are a pitiful lot for the most part - I don't
understand the logic of going to a program and then getting so wasted that
you won't remember it the following morning (on $8-beers to boot). I
preferred the days when the concert-air was thick, and contact-highs were
inescapable... Here's a story somewhat humorous and pathetic - that I'll
bet Rick Batty remembers. He and I met along the highway, where Rts80 and
680 join, enroute to Sacto for a Clapton show (Pilgrim Tour). Rick got in my
car, a little black Lotus, and we continued on to ArcoArena. We got seated
early on the floor about 20 rows from the stage and settled in with cold
beers to enjoy what would prove to be a memorable show in that Clapton
played his cherry-Gibson for most of the first-half. A "girl" behind us all
through the first half of the show would scream out intermittently at the
top of her lungs, "Oh, Eric I love youuuu." I have no idea what she was on,
but whatever it was should be avoided at any cost. At one point, near
absolute frustration, Rick leaned over to me commenting, "If Lauren were
here, she'd tell her to shutthefuckup..."


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