If you recall from my All Played Out review, I luuurve lists. So lucky for me, the Carmcats street team decided to do our own blog tour for the book. And guess what?! It has more lists.
And guess what else?! The topic I was assigned is something I’ve actually kept a running list of in my head since I was about 10 years old: excellent concerts that are worth the crazy ticket price.
(This list is in alphabetical order because just narrowing it down to 5 is hard enough without ranking them.)
All I really need to say here is, “#BowDown, bitches.”
But I’ll go on, because I never pass up the chance to talk about Queen Bey. Okay, so we know she lip syncs during some parts. But you know what? She fucking deserves it! Either she’s singing for Mr. President in freezing temperatures, or on stage doing everything but backflips. You try keeping your vocal chords warm and steady under conditions like those.
A Beyonce concert is truly a show. Entertaining on every level. To me, a concert needs to be more than just music. It needs to be an experience, and Beyonce truly is.
2. Billy Joel
So I haven’t actually seen Billy Joel, but he’s at the top of my “to see” list. Basically, I imagine it would be a lot like an Elton John concert but with even more upbeat songs. And it would remind me of seeing Movin’ Out, which was amazing. See the Elton John section below for why the comparison is a really good thing.
3. Bruce Springsteen
Once again, one of the biggest selling points for me here is the amount of “show” surrounding the music.
And not only is The Boss still extremely good looking for his age, he’s also extremely in shape. A Springsteen concert basically consists of Bruce simultaneously singing, playing the guitar, running back and forth across the stage, and crowdsurfing for 4 hours. He’s 65, people.
God, this concert was so much fun. I had to leave early (the boring adults I was with wanted to beat traffic), so I didn’t get to hear Pink Cadillac, which is one of my favorites. Luckily, my mom also regrets leaving early and is going to go to another tour with me.
Also, Rolling Stone has him at #1 on their own list.
4. Elton John
On the surface, Elton is the complete opposite of Beyonce. Beyonce has an entire band/orchestra, a team of backup singers, another team of backup dancers, and special guest. An Elton John concert is a not-young man, sitting at a piano. Sounds boring, right? Nope. Elton John was one of the most energetic concerts I’ve ever been to. The amount of energy and charisma he can exude just sitting and playing the piano, and the emotion in it all, was astonishing.
And if you think he’s all about Lion King and ballads, go listen to Crocodile Rock. So. Much. Fun.
5. Lady Gaga
Because let’s be real: who knows what kind of crazy shit you’ll end up seeing.
About All Played Out:
First person in her family to go to college? CHECK.
Straight A’s? CHECK.
On track to graduate early? CHECK.
Social life? …..yeah, about that….
With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay… Scratch that. She knows she hasn’t had the full college experience).
So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a “to do” list of normal college activities.
Item #1? Hook up with a jock.
Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it’s impossible to get hurt… again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.
Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she’s never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he’s willing to take the chance when it’s more than just a game.
Together they will have to decide if what they have is just part of the experiment or a chance at something real.
About Cora Carmack:
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.