My very first concert was Poison/Warrant in Missoula, MT. It was during midterm week my junior year in high school, and I had to sit in the principal’s office and convince him that I had worked with all my teachers to schedule my tests around the trip to Missoula. He told me that taking time from school for a concert would detract from my education, but that it was up to me. I was to think long and hard about the consequences of going to a concert instead of taking midterms with the rest of my classmates.
I thought about it. For the entire five seconds it took me to walk out of his office. It was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. I went with my friend Amy, and the trip was “chaperoned” by her mom. If I remember correctly, Amy’s boobs got her floor seats, while I stayed in the nosebleeds with a few of my Missoula friends. My buddy Dan W met up with us after the concert. Bel-Air Motel, room 222… Not sure how I remember that.
Rest in peace, Jani Lane, and thanks for the memories.