For most people, going to their first concert is a big moment in the life. For me? not so much. Most people get to see someone they love for their first concert. Me? not so much.
Picture it: Boston Ma, summer, 1989. Lil Maz was growing up, and as an 11 year old I thought I was old enough to stay home alone. Unfortunately for me, my uncle and mu aunt didn’t agree with me. You see, at the time my mom and I were living with my uncle and aunt, and they were douche bags. Apparently I was old enough to deliver newspapers during a blizzard, but not old enough to stay alone in the precious home.
Anywho, during the summer of 1989, Boston’s Oldies 103.3 was hosting its annual Free Summer Concert Series downtown. I think back then the concerts took place at Faneuil Hall, but I don’t remember for sure. My mother was freaking out, because one of the acts that year was one of her all-time favorites: Chubby Checker.
Having no idea who Chubby Checker was, I said I’d stay home and read (I was really going to watch tv though). My uncle said no, I had to go with them because I didn’t have a key to the house. I wisely pointed out this didn’t matter, since I didn’t plan on leaving the house.
He didn’t believe me for some reason, and said I had to go with them. To her credit, my aunt sweetened the pot when she said we’d go have Mexican food after the concert. I”m not one to turn down a good Mexican meal, so I agreed to go to the Chubby Checker show.
The area around the concert was jam-packed with people, and it wasn’t easy to find a spot to enjoy the show. We finally found an okay spot way in the back where you could sort of see the stage. This being the middle of summer, it was freaking hot. So my aunt told my uncle to go get everyone something to drink, and she drafted me to help.
As we made our way through the sea of people, my uncle got stopped by a guy in a Domino’s Pizza uniform. The man said “Care for some free pizza compliments of Domino’s?” My uncle has never turnd down something that’s free, so he said yes, and the man handed two pizzas to him. We then got some drinks, and headed back to my mom and aunt.
I’ve never seen a man or a woman so damn happy to hear about free pizza. This must have been a life long dream for my aunt or something. Anyways, about halfway through her slice of Domino’s pizza, my aunt says “This is wonderful, because now we don’t have to go eat after the concert.”
Wait, what did you say?!?! Yup, she flip-flopped on the Mexican food offer. I figured the concert was going to last at least 90 minutes, and it was still an hour away from showtime. So to me the pizza was a snack.
And what do I remember about the Chubby Checker show? Nada. I was too pissed to even care about an old guy twisting away on stage. Not only was my first concert someone I didn’t care to see, but I also got screwed out of my chicken tostadas.