As I am wont to do from time to time, I got all dolled up and hit the local Hard Rock this past Saturday for a Girls Night Out and an awesome concert. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy was the headliner and the trip was especially fun this time around as a friend of mine hooked me and and another pal up with tickets to the VIP Suite. While the outing was a blast (and left me slightly worse for wear the next day), I have to confess the audience demographics left me a bit confused.
You see, I’d expected to be a midlife crisis-aged female swimming in a sea of screaming twenty-year olds dressed in a variety of black concert T-shirts. As it turns out, the screaming twenty-year olds were few and far between, we midlife folks making up at least eighty percent of the crowd.
I mean, I know Slash has history. (Original guitarist for Guns ‘N Roses for those of you not familiar with the rock genre.) But no way would I put him on the grandpa rocker tour! The guy’s got a set of guns better than I’ve seen on most twenty year olds!
Sorry, I digress. Awesome biceps do that to me…
The event made me think back to several other concerts I’ve been to this year. Matchbox Twenty had a mostly midlife demographic and they were at the Hard Rock as well. The Red Hot Chili Peppers pulled in a “half young things / half mom and dads” crowd, but then they were at a major concert arena. Nickelback’s turn out was about the same.
So, when did things change? Maybe I’ve got the old days stored all wrong in my memory, but I remember rock concerts with only a sprinkling of people over the age of forty. Or was it just that, in the narrow focus of my youth, that’s all I noticed? Maybe the younger crowd can’t afford the tickets anymore? (God knows, they’re CRAZY expensive these days.) Maybe the younger crowd isn’t of the concern going variety? Anyone want to clue me in?
Kim ClearyJuly 15, 2013 at 8:56 am
Maybe 20 years ago, most middle aged people stayed home – or went to dinner dances and bingo! But the people who are middle aged now refuse to give up rock and have no intention of acting old :p
Marianna HeuslerJuly 15, 2013 at 12:42 pm
I’m impressed that you went to a Slash concert! My guess is that the younger crowd are all chasing Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift – but then again, what do I know? The last concert I went to was Barry Manilow.
RhennaJuly 15, 2013 at 3:04 pm
Hey, don’t cut Barry short. He played a major arena tour earlier this year. I think he sold out! LOL
Jackie KingJuly 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm
I agree with Kim. Sounds like you had fun!
CJ BurrightJuly 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm
Maybe our generation just appreciates rock more…plus, it wasn’t like you were at a One Direction concert. Long, long ago in the age of Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync, I took my step-daughter to a 98 Degrees concert. Had a blast and I admit, I was looking more at the pretty singing boys on stage than the other concert goers.
susanJuly 15, 2013 at 6:03 pm
Maybe the younger crowd doesn’t like going to a casino for a concert. Or maybe they thought SLASH was a movie instead of a rockin’ dude.
As long as you had a great time, it doesn’t really matter. 😉
Susan JaymesJuly 15, 2013 at 6:20 pm
Maybe twenty years ago our kind of rock was too loud for our parents. Frankly I didn’t get to my first concert until I was in my thirties. Kids now days go for a different kind of rock I think and you are right. The tickets are so expensive. I’m glad you had a great time.
Kim RichaJuly 15, 2013 at 7:22 pm
I think 20 years ago (when we were in our 20’s) “middle age” folks were going to concerts and seeing their favorite bands from when they were 20. And so the cycle goes.
However, I went to see Kid Rock twice last year, (the best concert ever) and about half the crowd were younger, with their parents.
Rhenna, you and I, we will be in our 60’s and still going to see Slash and Kid Rock, and enjoying every minute of it!
RhennaJuly 15, 2013 at 7:24 pm
You got that right! I refuse to be “old”.
Karen McFarlandJuly 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm
Rock on Rhenna! Way to score great tickets! Sorry to hear about the morning after. Bummer. Well, I don’t know if my opinion matters, but I’ve been attending concerts for forty years now, from Bread to U2 and everything in-between. I love them. The last person I saw was Paul McCartney. He puts on a show like no other. Definitely worth every penny. Talk about an audience. There was a couple that sat right in front of us with a little baby with earplugs and an older woman in a wheelchair who said she was in her mid-seventies at the end of the isle. Quite a spread. 🙂
Gretchen WingJuly 18, 2013 at 10:22 am
I think Susan’s right–ticket prices have a lot to do with it. Not much discretionary income among the 20somethings. I love Kid Rock’s idea of having a lottery for free tickets right up there in the front row. But good for you for gettin on out there, girl. Makes my head hurt just thinking about those speakers. 🙂
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