I’m Too Old For This Sh*t!

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.

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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???

Elize & Sharon

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!

Image credit: Timeslive.co.za


  • Jenny

    February 4, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I really would’ve loved to see him but can not be arsed to go to the trouble of getting to the FNB stadium where every concert is a shambles. If it’s not in the kugel national park, I won’t go. Unless it’s Pearl Jam. Then I will crawl there on my bare hands and knees…

  • TJ

    February 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I was so tempted to go but so glad I didn’t. As much as I love the rain and getting soaked I just struggle with the crowds and incompetence of SA martials and officials.if it was at the Dome I may have dredged the crowds but most certainly not the FNB stadium. I find it appaling that you had no access to toilets and the drinks??? Really???

    I guess I really got too old for that kind of stuff a very long time ago – in my 20’s. Now I just enjoy theatre instead.

  • reluctantmom

    February 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I am also a bit over concerts. I go but only if I really really want to see the band – and then I want a seat to sit in. Arsing around on a field, is not my idea of a good time. With seats it doesn’t really matter what time you arrive, as you just go and sit, and then you do not have the be jostled by 9 year olds.

    I saw Simple Minds end of last year and they were brilliant, we had front row seats – purely by the luck of booking early.

    I really enjoyed Red Hot Chilli Peppers – they were brilliant, and I am not even a bit RHC fan.
    Linken Park was with out a doubt the best concert I have ever seen – loved them – on stage they are a phenomena!!

    But yes, waiting in queues, wet clothes, and the inevitable long walk home really takes the shine out of concerts.

  • Sue Stuart

    February 4, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I won’t even go back to Carnival City for a concert LOL! Too many cars, too many people, seriously dangerous lack of exits/tiny corridors. I think at this stage of my life, it’s either the Dome or Sun City 🙂 no matter how much I might like to see someone else at another venue!

  • twitter_Choffel

    February 4, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I’m not sure that your age has anything to do with this, so much as it has to do with the utter disinterest Big Concerts shows in every subsequent event it puts on at the FNB stadium – they never seem to have staff who know wtf they’re doing, scanners that work, bars or food vendors that are up to scratch for an international act and the ticket prices they’re charging you, and somehow they manage to get *worse* with every concert.

    Disgusting, really, and very very disappointing that this is happening at every concert they seem to put on.

    At least you got to see Springsteen, but at the price of those tickets and what you had to go through, whether you’re 16 or 60, it’s not value for money.

  • darylfaure

    February 4, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    We came to that same realistion a few years ago. I’ll leave the concerts to the youngsters now. A lovely dinner out is much more appealing and a lot less expensive.

  • acidicice (@acidicice)

    February 4, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I am afraid I have to agree. I had a similar feeling about the Bon Jovi concert. We had flawless entry, great toilet facilities in the stadium (inside) and no rain…but it just isn’t my thing. The performance and sound were great, I enjoyed listening to all the old tracks from the album I was most fond of…but meh. You bet your bottom dollar I’ll be front and centre at any Alanis concert if she ever ventures this way again, but other than that? Meh.

    • Sharon

      February 4, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      I love concerts at smaller venues. We went to OMD at Emperors Palace and that was amazing. I also went to see Dilana live at a small venue that probably only held a couple of hundred people which was also AMAZING. I’m just not cut out for the big stadium events and I think Big Concerts suck at those events anyway.

  • Elize

    February 4, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Lol! I said to Stian that was my first and my last big stadium concert. You forgot to mention the most hideous food we’ve ever had. Ack! That burger gave me nightmares! But I also loved Bruce Springsteen. While sitting in those cramped chairs I finally realized that Rugby games and big concerts are best enjoyed on the telly.

  • charliesbird

    February 6, 2014 at 11:05 am

    My 2 cents, next time get a seat, not the standing area. This rated as one of my best stage performances, and I didn’t get wet, sitting in a seat! We arrived at 19h00, caught some of the opening act, then settled in my chair for the show. I stood and bopped when I wanted to, not because I had to. Far more civilized!


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