Tonawanda News


July 14, 2013

MUSIC NOTES: Rain, roll 'n roll make for a muddy mess

Tonawanda News — There are few things I love more than live music, and there are few things I hate more than rain. Over the past week the two have collided, and gave me pause to think about all of the concert experiences I have had that were ruined by rain.

The cancellation of the Puddle of Mudd show provided an opportunity for me to cover the Counting Crows at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. I had interviewed the bands lead singer, Adam Duritz, for the Niagara Gazette and the publicist offered me tickets to see the show. Once POM was cancelled, I took her up on the offer.

Now the Counting Crows fall into an odd category of bands that I have really wanted to see but things never seemed to work out. On their first U.S tour I had tickets to a show that was cancelled, and every other time they came around I had to cover another show or I had plans that couldn’t be changed.

The opportunity to finally see a band on my “bucket list” doesn’t happen very often anymore, and so I was really psyched to be able to attend the performance in Buffalo. Of course anyone that attended the show will tell you it was a wet mess, and inasmuch as hearing “Rain King” during a rain storm was cool, my “parade” was rained on.

Honestly, it was the worst rain I have ever endured for a concert. There have been sporadic rain storms at other shows I have attended, like the time it rained during “Love Reign O’er Me” at a concert by The Who, but then ceased.

Perhaps the most famous rainstorm at an outdoor show occurred at the first Woodstock. Anyone that I have ever spoken to who attended the show said it was just a gigantic mess. There are plenty of pictures of concertgoers happily rolling around in the mud, but that is a romanticized version of what must have been a pretty gross experience.

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