Friday, December 5, 2008

By The Numbers: Front Row Edition

Imagine attending more than 700 concerts in your lifetime. Earlier this week, I learned that’s what my friend Cindy’s boyfriend Jason has done (733, to be exact) – which got me to thinking about my own love affair with live music.

Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing more than 50 concerts, a dozen of which have been my beloved Ricky Martin. Here are some of my most memorable live music moments, enjoyed with and without the opposite sex, By The Numbers:

Number of concerts attended with significant others: 4
Number of Maroon 5 concerts that figured prominently in reconciling with an ex: 1
Number of ‘farewell’ concerts attended of performers who later toured again: 2
Number of times I ended up within the first 20 rows despite having a nosebleed section ticket: 1 (Tina Turner, June 2000)
Number of times I saw Ricky Martin during his 2007 Black and White tour: 4
Number of miles flown to see Ricky perform in Puerto Rico: 3,206

Worth The Trip: Ricky Martin sizzles during his Black and White tour, San Juan, August 2007

I’ve been fortunate enough to see Ricky and some of my other favorite performers (e.g. Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band and Tina Turner) multiple times. The band I most want to see but haven't yet -- U2.

Jason has seen U2 five times. I look forward to catching up with him on that front – and, of course, to whenever Ricky hits the concert circuit again.


Lee said...

Hi Melissa,
I read with great interest about your Ricky Martin concerts. I too was in PR & was probably sitting not far from you. Amazing concerts , amazing performer. I came to concerts late in life and Ricky has become my passion. I saw 14 of his B&W concerts last year. I miss him as he takes his sabatical & gets aquainted with his baby boys.
Best Wishes from another Ricky fan . Come visit more of us a TSARM . It's a place run by & for Ricky fans.


Melissa said...

Hi Lee--

Couldn't agree with you more about Ricky, and I'm missing him too as he takes time off to focus on parenthood.

PS, I'm a longtime TSARM fan and member too! :-)