On Saturday night, we went to see Bruce Springsteen at the FNB stadium. Um, ja, NEVER doing that again! I’m just way too old for all that effort & hassle.
In my 20’s I did my fair share of big stadium concerts, literally went to almost every international act that came to SA in the early 90’s when we were just coming out of sanctions and isolation and it was fabulous. Some of my best memories of my early 20’s were rocking out at these concerts. But now in my 40’s? Its just not as much fun as I remembered it to be. Actually, it was a massive antic climax, but let me explain.
Walter and I don’t really have a support system in terms of baby sitters, so an adults only outing is a rare thing for us and we were really looking forward to Saturday as it would be our first adults only outing in almost 3 months! We left early, determined to make the most of the day, with a lunch before park ‘n ride to the stadium. The lunch landed up being the best part of the entire day, really!
Here is just a bulleted version of what annoyed the hell out of me that day:
- park ‘n ride stops seriously far away from the stadium, fine on the way in, horrendous on the way out when charging through the pouring rain in wet, squidgy takkies.
- FNB stadium staff seemed poorly briefed: first they couldn’t locate the key to open the gate, so we only entered the stadium an hour after we should have
- Computicket tickets were not scanning and no one seemed to know where to direct us, we landed up being sent from one turnstile to the next in an attempt to gain entry, eventually after walking to 6 different turnstiles, a stadium employee sent us to the Computicket stand to get our tickets stamped so we could finally gain entry.
- No outside bathroom facilities, so while everyone started arriving from 14h30, we had to wait more than 2 hours before having access to toilets.
- The only alcoholic beverages on sale were Castle Beer and Strawberry flavoured Brutal Fruit, who even drinks that???
I didn’t enjoy the opening act, way too blues rock for me. And then we had to wait an eternity for Springsteen to start due to some technical issue on the stage. So the show only started at around 9pm! Baring in mind we’d left home at midday, it had already been a long day, most of which was spent standing around waiting for locked gates to be opened or running between turnstile entry points trying to get our tickets scanned.
Springsteen was amazing. And I am very glad to be able to say I’ve seen him live. For a 64 year old, his energy and passion for his music blew me away and The E Street Band were phenomenal. Even the pelting rain didn’t stop them from performing, coming right out onto a lowered version of the stage to perform and get soaking wet along with the rest of the stadium.
Even the first hour of the rain didn’t dampen my spirits. We had bought rainproof adult ponchos on the way in and this was quite a novelty for me, having a good giggle at us sitting there huddled under our ponchos. But after an hour of pelting rain, my feet were freezing and my ass was wet and all I wanted to do was go home and we landed up leaving at 23h00 about an hour before the concert ended.
In the end it landed up being a very long day, it was awesome to see Springsteen, he is a phenomenal performer but seriously, I think I’m just way to old and set in my ways to bother with a big stadium concert ever again!
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