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Day three of ‘Roo concludes with Cooper show

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Alice Cooper playing in That Tent on Day 3.

I found myself on a music high leaving That Tent at 2 a.m. after watching a 63-year-old Alice Cooper jam on stage to some of the best classic rock at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Being raised on vinyl records of all the greats like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Journey and Bob Seger, I fell in love with Alice Cooper at an early age. I consider him to be one of the artists that jump-started other popular genres we have now such as alternative, punk and metal. How can you not respect a guy like that?

The crowd for Alice became massive, and for once being short had its advantages. After much begging and finding my way in front of all the tall people, I found my way in the fourth row. I could see Alice’s face paint, and apparently he was up to his old tricks.

Alice and his doll.

Recently I read an article that the first 20 rows would find themselves covered in blood. Thankfully, Alice didn’t bite the heads off of anything, and I came away blood free. However, he did come out with a gigantic snake, a life-sized doll and what looked to be a massive zombie.

For such an old man, he could definitely rock. Lots of people in the crowd were older, and an older man beside me started to cry during one of his slower songs. Alice had a larger fan base than I anticipated.

Toward the end of the set, he threw his dancing cane off stage, and I had my hand but a bigger guy took it away. Being little in the pit doesn’t always have the best advantages.

Before Alice’s performance, the Red Hot Chili Peppers came on at 10:00 on the main stage. I’ve always like the Chili Peppers, but I am no die-hard fan by any means. They did play two of my favorites “Dani California” and “Californication” which made my evening even more incredible.

For me there was a music lull before the evening really began, so the same friend that dragged me out to see Yelawolf made me go watch Puscifer. Of all the songs to play before an alternative rock show, salsa music continued to blare through the That Tent speakers before they performed at 5 p.m. Puscifer didn’t come on stage until 5:30, making them a half an hour late.

I never like waiting on music, and I am sure I am not the only one. While this band was totally unfamiliar to me, I know one of their

The Alice Cooper looking zombie.

members is from Tool, who I liked in the past. Puscifer didn’t leave the best impression. I even fell asleep on the grass during the set. Perhaps I should start listening to Puscifer on nights I feel restless.

Today is going to be rainy day at the Roo. While my community needs rain in the worst way, no one likes a muddy farm with 80,000 plus people. The fourth day is always my least favorite, but I have to go hear the Beach Boys. For me, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity considering I don’t know how many more tours this oldies band is going to have.

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Music mania

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"Music is what feelings sound like."

 

I never really thought of music as the ultimate time capsule until I started listening to a song today that took me back to a day that I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise. Strangely enough I did not even care too much for music until I entered high school.

I was born and raised on classic rock. From the Rolling Stones to Journey to Pink Floyd, that’s all I really remember listening to when I was younger because that is the only thing my parents really listened to on a daily basis. I remember liking crappy pop songs that never lasted, and that was as far as my musical tastes went. However, that quickly changed the older I got.

I have gone through so many genres of music since I learned to appreciate the words and guitar strums coming out of my i-pod speakers. Alternative, screamo, techno, electronic, Christian, classic rock, country, New Age, rap, and I have even tried out folk, jazz, and a hint of the blues. I have gone through several, and I am sure there is more that I never even heard of or tried.

I am what you can call an eclectic listener of music. My iTunes ranges from AC/DC to Casting Crowns to Lady Antebellum to Enya. Perhaps my tastes are crazy, but I cannot just stick with one genre of music to listen to.

My music changes with my mood or a period of time in my life. I have gone from being determined that blink-182 would become a band again to wishing I lived in the 80’s so I could have seen the real Journey not to mention The Eagles and Bob Seger.  Music makes people feel. It has that magical way of doing so.

Within three or four minutes, the words and melodies can make our mood soar so high that it make us want to roll down our car window on that perfect sunny day as we sing oh so terribly along with it (unless you can actually sing, then I guess you would sing oh so wonderfully). Or the words sung can tug at our heartstrings and make our insides ache as it feels like the artist wrote that song just for us and the terrible day we are having.

Music is powerful tool. More importantly, music can impact our lives and memories. As much as I listen to every day, I never realized the impact it made until I realize I can time stamp some many moments of my life with albums and songs. What kind of impact as music made in your life?