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Arena Rock: Turn it up!

Last weekend I traveled back in time to see 1980s mega stars Poison and Motley Crue perform at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. These two groups can still put on an awesome rock and roll show and whip the audience into a music fueled frenzy. I thought Poison was much better (as they are closer to my radio pre-sets) than the Crue. I would see Poison again, but probably pass on another Motley Crue show.
25 years of Poison
I didn’t see either band in their glory years and that got me thinking about other bands/musical acts I regret never seeing during their glory years. The list:

1. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Full Moon Fever is my all-time favorite album and forever associated with what my high school buddies call the “Summer of Friese.”

2. Guns and Roses. I had a chance to see GnR as they were imploding in 1992 in Cincinnati, but I couldn’t convince my girlfriend at the time that we should buy tickets on a last minute whim and hope Axel Rose would actually take the stage. He did, hours late, but we were not in attendance.

3. Pink Floyd. In the Spring before the “Summer of Friese” I was asked at the last minute to road trip to Madison for the Pink Floyd show at Camp Randall. I turned that down for reasons that I don’t remember.

4. Madonna. Lady Gaga regularly reminds me of how much I enjoy singing along to Madonna tunes. I imagine her live shows in the 80s and 90s were incredible.

I have a few other bands on my list but you might start to giggle at my eclectic taste in music.

I am fortunate that I did see a few top bands, Van Halen, Paul Simon, the Who, and U2, live.

How about you? Which concerts are your all time favorites? Or who do you forget never seeing live?

Happy Fourth of July and I hope you are having a great summer.


By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.