It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll But We Liked It!

Published April 17, 2013 by Maryanne


This memory was sparked via reading a blog about Record Store Day. The blogger was saying how it was not “rock ‘n’ roll” to get up early to stand in line to buy records.

Thankfully, waiting in line is a thing of the past for me. Ever since I’ve become a journalist, I’ve been on the guest list for almost every single concert I’ve been to for the last 17 years. It’s an amazing perk that comes with being a talented writer. I get entertainment for free, my name on the back of seats, backstage passes, etc.

Life is good and I am blessed not to wait on line.

However, reading the blog post about waiting in line on Record Store Day sparked some super fun memories … before I was a writer and I had no choice but to stand in line if I wanted good concert tickets.

This was around 1980, 1981, 1982, before scalpers really went berserk hogging up tickets and you actually had the opportunity to get good concert tickets if you were one of the first on line.Β  I was a teenager and I’d set the alarm clock and get up very early to stand in line to buy concert tickets with my younger sister, Kim. We’d get there before the box offices opened because people we always waiting.

In our area, North Jersey, there were two major places to wait for tickets. For the Capital Theater, in Passaic, New Jersey, you could go directly to the box office in Passaic. Or if you wanted to go to The Meadowlands Arena, you could go to the box office in the mall. This was before Ticket-tron or Ticket Master even existed.

Waiting in line sounds boring, but it wasn’t. We always had fun, sometimes just as much fun as the actual show. You never knew what kind of crazies you’d meet so early in the morning, but most of the time we met really cool people.

I once met the coolest girl while getting tickets for Blondie, we ended up going to clubs together until she died an untimely death.

One time two guys we didn’t know brought us these super big cookies for breakfast. Kim and I looked at each other and started cracking up. It was just so nice and so unexpected. We had the kind of fun that kids today wouldn’t understand or appreciate. All in the name of rock ‘n’ roll.

The funniest was the day Aerosmith tickets went on sale and I said we should walk to the mall because a snow storm was expected and I was afraid of driving in the snow. We got the tickets and Kim and I ended up walking home in a snowstorm. Even for teens who are often oblivious to bad weather,Β  this snowstorm was pretty dramatic.

We got so excited when we saw my mother’s boyfriend’s car. He pulled over and asked us if we wanted a lift.

We said, “NO!” in unison, sarcastically. Of course we wanted a lift!

But being funny, the boyfriend said, “Oh, alright” and drove away, leaving us in the snowstorm.

We were so mad! But it was hilarious. He was really a nice guy and wouldn’t do anything to hurt us kids. He probably figured we were young and having fun in the snow.

Not rock ‘n’ roll? Isn’t rock ‘n’ roll all about cute, young girls having fun and adventures? Aren’t WE the reason why guys start bands in the first place?

No, it’s TOTALLY rock in roll! And we had so much fun!Β 


14 comments on “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll But We Liked It!

    • That never happened to us, but I’m sure it happened to others. The worst experience, one time was getting there super early. Then at 10 a.m. the computers broke down and we had to wait. Other ticket places were still going. We got our tickets by noon, but not the good seats we usually got.

  • You did the right thing to wait in line. That is a lot better than having to sit in seats far away from stage. That is what happened to us the second time we saw Elvis. We literally had the worst seats in the house, since we had no seats behind us and we were very high a long way from the stage. Will never forget Elvis getting sick and asking a backup singer to sing a song so Elvis could rest. 4 months and 17 days later Elvis was dead.

    Surprising thing is that Elvis appeared two nights in a city of 50,000 people. He had told some people when he had been in the city back in the 50’s that he would never come back to Alexandria, since not many showed up back then. He was singing at a combination rodeo/wrestling arena that time. Must have been right before he hit it big.

    • Andrew, you’re so LUCKY to have seen Elvis, I don’t think it would matter if you had to listen from the toilet seats in the bathroom!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Great stories! So amazing, such history!!

      • We were fortunate to have seen Elvis in 1974 and 1977 at both his best and near the end of his life. The 1974 concert was outstanding, since it was only a year after Aloha Hawaii concert and he was in top form and don’t think he was in drugs too much or maybe not at all then. Place went crazy when he came out on stage singing C.C. Rider.

        Toilet seats in bathroom may have actually been better seats, since they were closer to the stage.

      • Yes, you were so lucky to see those two years! The best songs during that time frame, I feel.

        I used to work with a man who saw Elvis as the warm up act to Hank Snow — that was a great story. All the girls were screaming. He said, “What are they screaming about?” And it was for Elvis, of course.

        Ha-ha, I met some amazing people in bathrooms over the years, one being Yoko Ono πŸ™‚

      • Good to know Yoko Ono was nice to you and Linda. Beatles turned the music world upside down. Elvis was still big, but not as big after the British invasion. Even the Beach Boys adopted the scruffy look after the British invasion.

      • This was in the 1990s. She wrote a play about John Lennon. I think it was called Rockstar. She was sitting a few rows ahead of us too. It was a really good play. I like Yoko’s work. I love the Wedding album when she and John call each others name over and over for the whole side.

      • Yoko Ono is now 80 years old and I don’t think she ever remarried. She reportedly had never heard of the Beatles when she met John Lennon and was with him, when he was murdered at the Dakota Hotel in 1980. Can’t believe that was 33 years ago.

      • That is a drawback to being a celebrity. Reminds me of the baseball player who opened the door to his hotel room and girl shot him. It was depicted in The Natural. Stalkers are so dangerous, because you don’t know what they will do next. Jodi Arias was a stalker slashing the tires of Travis Alexander and peeping in his window, after they had broken up..

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