For some, the 80’s  were the best times in their lives. Others only retain bad memories- but for music some good bands came out of the 80’s and are still producing music today. Two of those bands are still touring and bringing in the crowds, they are Journey and Pat Benatar.

I will be honest, I can’t remember the 80’s to much as I don’t think I really got into music until the 90’s, but I do remember the songs of the era, and as Pat Benatar said last night one of her songs was the first video played on that “music channel called MTV”, I do remember seeing that and thinking wow, what an accomplishment to be the first rock video played. Now I don’t think MTV has videos, let alone music for that matter all you see on there is teenage pregnancy, and awkward moments, along with stupid stuff that makes you want to change the channel. They have certainly gotten away from what’s important, the music, but I digress and should get off my soap box now and continue on with the review.

Traveling from Illinois to Indiana can be a chore sometimes, as things always seem to happen on I-70 from time to time, I was able to leave work an hour early, and the place that I won the tickets from, (yes this was another free concert) called to say they would have the tickets at Will Call for me, and I need not to worry about getting there early. Good deal right? Wrong! I-70 decided to have a major traffic jam a good 50 miles out of Indianapolis, there was no way we were going to make it on time, after taking matters into my own hands, we went through the ditch and headed to Indianapolis on 40, which took us a bit longer, but we made it thirty minutes after start time, and only missing LoverBoy who was the opening act, granted they only played for thirty minutes, but still no worries. My friend Cheri Hargis went with me, as I won two tickets, and she is a huge Pat Benatar fan, only seemed fitting.

We took our seats, which for free seats, weren’t to shabby:

We had full view of the stage as well as one huge screen on the left side, so over all seats were pretty good. No more did we get set down, the lights went out, and Pat Benatar came on stage.

I must say, she looked fabulous. Sporting red hair color, and long leather jacket, she started out singing “All Fired Up” and it was awesome, she sounded just like she did years ago, nothing changed. Yes, she might have gotten older, and at one point during the show said “this is the part where we sit down because we are old” true, but by dang it she can belt out the hits, and her husband Neil Giraldo can rock that guitar. Benatar’s set list consisted of hit after hit:

  1. All Fired UP
  2. Invisible
  3. Promises in the Dark
  4. We Belong
  5. You Better Run
  6. Hit me with your Best Shot
  7. Love is a Battlefield

Encore:

  1. Let’s stay together
  2. Heartbreaker/Ring of Fire

The crowd loved it, she sounded so good and I have never had the opportunity to see her live, and I’m glad I did, and being free made it even better.  Pat played for roughly an hour or so, possibly a little more which was just enough time to showcase all the hits, and Neil Giraldo on the guitar, Pat and him are the perfect match, they did take the time to sit down and talk a bit about when they started and why they haven’t stopped.

Which was special as they are just normal folks, who have been singing and making music for well over twenty years, it was something I’m glad I was able to be a part of.

Journey was up next and they didn’t disappoint either they did set up the stage with their  emblem:

Which was pretty cool looking no doubt, they do have a new singer, and honestly if I didn’t know he was a new singer, I would have thought he was the lead singer all along, his name is “Arnel Pineda” and he sounds just like he’s been there lead singer since day one, sounds exactly like Steve Perry’s voice. He has a great stage presence and knows how to interact with the crowd, even at one point accepting a beer from a lady in the front row, and even though he didn’t drink it, kindly set it down by the speakers at the edge of the stage. Overall he belted out the hits, old favorites, and new songs with ease.

Journey sang roughly eighteen songs, in the order listed below:

  1. Anyway you want it
  2. Never walk away
  3. Ask the lonely
  4. Only the Young
  5. Chain Reaction
  6. Send her my Love
  7. Faithfully
  8. The Star Spangled Banner (guitar solo jam)
  9. Stone in Love
  10. Lights
  11. City of Hope (new song from new album)
  12. Wheel in the sky
  13. Escape
  14. Be good to yourself
  15. Open Arms
  16. Don’t stop believing
  17. Separate Ways (worlds apart)
  18. Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin

The highlight of the show for me was the guitar solo by “Neal Schon”, oh my gosh it was beyond epic, he played the Star Spangled Banner and it was amazing, everyone was on their feet, it was moving to say the least, and I think the photo below says it all.

So amazed by this solo, and the whole show actually, it was a great 80’s night had by all.

The Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis is a great venue for concerts, sports, and other events. It’s huge, the seats were comfortable, and it’s spaced out just enough were you don’t feel like you are being crowded when you go to get a drink, or hit the restroom, there is enough room for everyone, it’s centrally located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, with parking all around and plenty of places to choose to eat, or walk too. Overall a great venue to visit.

The concert was awesome, there aren’t any other words to use to describe it. It was a fun 80’s flashback of hits, memories, and good times. I do remember seeing Pat Benatar for the first time years ago on MTV, but as things change, those that once ruled the 80’s are still ruling in the future with great hits, and awesome performances. God Bless the 80’s!!

Concert goer, Network Engineer, Midwest dweller.
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Thursday, August 9th, 2012 at 8:37 am.
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