Saturday Music Memories – A Trip Down Memory Lane!

WOW! I just stumbled across this post I did last June! I was on fire that morning. Enjoy the trip down memory lane..

I literally don’t where to start this morning. I went to the hit movie “Rock of Ages” with my wife last night, and it was an incredible experience. I tried to convince her to see it again at the late show, but no luck! We plan to see the musical when it comes to Edmonton this November, and I can’t wait.

I was a clean-cut kid who grew up in the 1980’s, but I loved rock music (and still love it do this day). Many people make fun of 1980’s rock and all the legendary characters that make it up. But do a little exercise for me this morning.

Head over to the website www.pollstar.com and search some classic bands from the 1980’s. Many of them are still touring! Some have had line-up changes, some band members have passed away, and others have gained a little weight, and/or lost a little hair. Some disappeared altogether, and then reappeared only because performing is all they know how to do (and the pay cheque does not hurt either)

But my favourite bands like Def Leppard and Bon Jovi continue to amaze me with their popularity to this day. The cool part is they never left, never conformed to popular trends, and have both been doing it their way for well over 30 years now. That is truly an accomplishment in the ultra-competitive music industry.

If you go to a concert today for one of these bands, children of the 80’s fans are going to the shows now, and a whole new generation is being introduced to the music we loved growing up.

I still remember like yesterday:

  • My first Bon Jovi show in 1989 sitting in the 2nd row on the floor just being in awe
  • The first time a friend played the entire Hysteria album by Def Leppard for me, and being hooked ever since
  • The first time I heard a note uttered by Steve Perry from Journey, and Lou Gramm from Foreigner, and knowing that I just heard two of the purest voices of our generation
  • Hearing Slash strike the first note on his guitar on Sweet Child of Mine for the first time, and knowing that song was going to mean something for many people for generations to come
  • Hearing the piano kick in for the first time on Sister Christian and literally getting shivers up my spine
  • Watching a friend perform “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” in a karaoke booth at the local festival in front of a large audience and doing very well
  • “Car singing” with my best friend countless times and actually imagining we were in those bands! I think I was Richie, and he was Jon!

I will stop there because this list could be several pages long!

The biggest take-a-way of this message is this music bridges the generations, and is still very popular today for many reasons. I think one of the biggest reasons is it takes people back to a very happy time in their lives; simpler times of going to concerts, having fun, and not having a care in the world. Whatever was going on in my life at the time (even to this day) is put on hold during a concert and I just take it all in.

Every other band sounds the same today, and the unique characters of the 1980’s still burn brightly today for the most part. Sure we could have done without Brett Michael’s “Rock of Love Bus”, but you know what I mean!

Trying to narrow it down to one memory today is a very difficult task. I have to go with listening to the 33 inch album single on my record player of  Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” over and over again in 1987. The music was fun, their energy was incredible, and the song still gets the same reaction from fans to this day. There is a reason this video has nearly 32 million views!

Have a great weekend everyone.

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About Tim Mushey

Dynamic and energized sales rep, mentor and leader since 1999. This blog will be about sales, social networking, personal branding, leadership, music and having some laughs! Don’t be surprised if I mix it up on occasion, and talk about something totally different! I thrive on being part of successful, forward thinking teams. I am ready to go from the moment my feet hit the floor each morning, with the expectation that new adventures will be coming my way. It is rare that there isn't a smile on my face, as I take it all in, and have some fun along the way!

Posted on August 3, 2013, in Saturday Music Memories and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Along with all of the weekday blogs you’ve now become an upbeat part of saturda’s w/your music “memories” 🙂 🙂

    • Thanks Mike! Well music is a big part of my life, and I figured Saturday was a nice time to kick back and chat about it a bit. Glad you are enjoying it. Hope you are well, and thanks again for taking the time to comment. Have a great weekend 🙂

  2. I enjoy rock also Tim, but my stars are from a few prior decades than yours. I did get to see the Beatles and Rolling Stones along with many other top bands and still love the music today. Have a great Saturday!

    • Hey Tina! Thanks for stopping by. Well truth be told, I have followed some music from the 60’s and I love the 70’s as well. I have had the good fortune of seeing the Stones live twice which was a real pleasure! Enjoy the rest of your weekend…

  3. Moosh, thanks for the Saturday afternoon “Flashback”. I think next Saturday you should share a photo of you with your Big Hair look! That is if you are a true Def & Bon Jovi fan! Happy Saturday and keep up the music post as they are one of my favorites. I guess I just love flashing back to simpler times! As they say, Rock On!

    • Bruce… You are welcome! You are not going to believe me, but I never had a mullet! Seriously…. Yep the simpler times were wonderful for sure. What are your go to bands?

  4. What? Bon Jovi and Def leppard are popular??

    80s music is funny, glad my Dad exposed me to it in small doses but they definitely conformed to the popular trends of cheesy hair, awful make up, spandex and silly love ballads.

    It was good music, light, fluffy, simple but I prefer today’s more thought provoking tunes – Lol 🙂

    Keep on keepin on!

    • Ahh come on Cara! You probably don’t believe it, but Bon Jovi and Def Leppard are still having very lucrative careers. Many of the other 80’s bands, not so much. There are many bands that I love today, but so many of them are just trying to “make a number 1 hit”, and don’t write from the heart. I could go on and on about who I love today, but I will leave that for another post. Thanks for taking the time to comment and enjoy the rest of your day!

  5. Thanks for the trip! All that hair made me wonder how hair salons survived the loss of the perm revenue generated by bands in the 80’s.

    • More than welcome Susan! I had a blast writing this one. There was a lot of perm revenue in the ’80’s wasn’t there.

      Enjoy the rest of your long weekend..

  6. I’d also like to request some Fly to the Angels by Slaughter! Please.

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