Last Friday night, my husband and I enjoyed a very cool evening out to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers in concert. We scored great tickets—on the floor, 11th row, in the dead center. I could hit myself for not bringing a camera. Duh.
The Peppers put on a great show. And while most of the time my eyes were fixed on the more gorgeous than ever Anthony Kiedis (can you believe he’s 45?), I couldn’t help but notice the tweens and teens with their parents sitting around us. One dad sitting next to us was with his 12-year old son.
I went to another concert this year where I noticed the same type of crowd. My sister and I went to see Aerosmith. She got us great seats that were super close. (She took the picture on the right.) Oh, and Motley Crue opened the show and we watched them from the side of the stage! Don’t worry—I remained composed. I am a married mother-of-two you know. But, I digress… While Aerosmith performed, a young teenage girl (maybe 15 years old) sitting in the first row held up a sign that said, “Kiss Me, Steven.” Her mom and dad stood by with the camera ready. Sure enough, Mr. Tyler gave the girl a sweet peck on the cheek.
So what do you think about parents taking kids to rock shows? I think it’s great. In my opinion, I hope I’ll find ways to connect with my kids when they hit the tween and teen years. I want to be “the cool mom.” One of the moms who rock. And I think most moms would agree. Am I wrong?
Other moms may think rock concerts aren’t the place for kids under the age of 18. Loud music and large crowds of drinking, smoking, sometimes crazy fans are bad influences. I respect that. And obviously, I have standards, too. Will I take my 12-year-old son to see Marilyn Manson? No way. Will I take him to see Dave Matthews? Heck yeah.
After the Red Hot Chili Peppers finished and the lights came on, I overheard the dad sitting next to us ask his son, “So, what did you think?” The boy, still staring at the stage with a glazed smile on this face responded, “That was awesome.”
P.S. I remembering going to a Paul McCartney concert with my mom, dad, younger sister, and grandma. He performed at the same venue we went to on Friday. I was 12 years old.