Between 1979 and 1983 I experienced the absolute best times of my life except for marrying Christi and the births of our children. Those were the years I was at the University of Texas. Austin was only about 400,000 people then and six street wasn't anything like what it is today although the transition was in full swing.
There were a lot of great music venues. I certainly didn't realize at the time how good we had it. The concerts that came through were incredible. I saw so many awesome bands that I can't even remember how many concerts I attended.
I do remember one in particular. It was Van Halen. David Lee Roth was the front man during this period for Van Halen. This was just plain and simple rock and roll and we loved every minute of seeing them live. I remember the guy next to me standing in his chair and falling over backwards landing on his head only to be carried out by police. I remember the smoke that filled the arena – both legal and illegal. I can still hear David Lee Roth screaming "I forgot the f''ing words Man."
Last night I saw Van Halen again. The crowd looked a little different than it did 30 years ago. We all looked quite a few years older. Most of the guys had gotten a little bigger around the edges. The girls were fully dressed. There was no smoke. Instead of lighters throughout the concert everyone around me was filming the show with their cell phones.
Watching Eddie Van Halen play a guitar solo is truly incredible. At 56ish he still has the same musical talent that made you scream for hours when I say him initially. His brother still rocks on the drums and his son is pretty amazing on the bass. I was a little disappointed in David Lee Roth but let's face it I'm not the same guy I was 30 years ago either.
Seeing Van Halen brought back some really great memories of those four (4) years I spent in Austin. Although life is very good, it's just not like it was in 1982.
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