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2021 Summer Concerts Are Instant COVID Relief

Summer Concerts Are Back!

I took my 15-year-old son to see Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer during their Hella-Mega Summer 2021 Concert Tour in Miami, and I have to say it was instant relief from COVID-19. If you have to get vaccinated twice, wear two masks or get 8 to 10 of your friends to pitch in for a suite in order to feel safe enough to take someone (especially one of your kids) to see an outdoor concert, DO IT! It will instantly make you feel like not only life is getting back to some sort of normal but that you’re actually living your life again.

A Love For Rock ‘n’ Roll

So, my 16-year-old son and I actually have a lot in common when it comes to musical tastes. Now I’m not saying that I like very much of the newer music that he enjoys, but I will tell you this- he enjoys a large amount of the kick ass rock ‘n’ roll that I grew up on. He enjoys seeing the older guys play as much as me.

We both enjoy bands like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Queen, the Eagles, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Green Day but seeing those bands are getting exceedingly harder as we both get older. The loss of so many major rockers from my time like Freddie Mercury, John Lennon and John Bonham has made it impossible for us both to see those original band.

If you consider the recent losses of Neil Peart, Glenn Frey, Tom Petty, and Eddie Van Halen it’s become even harder for me to go to a concert with my son where we both know the words to most of the songs. That’s why getting out to one of the big summer tours and making plans to see more concerts next year is such a great idea. Maybe now you can understand why I refer to it as ‘instant COVID relief’.

Weezer

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After the warm up band, the show opened with Weezer who both my son and I agreed we only knew a couple of their songs. Surprisingly, they were really good and we both agreed they could have easily headlined their own show. They sang hits like ‘Beverley Hills’, ‘Say it Ain’t So and ‘Island in the Sun’ . Weezer also sang ‘Buddy Holly’ which mentions Buddy Holly and Mary Tyler Moore. It was funny, I asked my son if he knew who Buddy Holly or Mary Tyler Moore was, and he thought Holly was a tight end in the NFL and had no clue about Moore.

I explained to him who Holly and Moore were and had my own cool teaching moment. They also performed a cover of Toto’s ‘Africa’ . That song is special to me because my wife and I honeymooned in Africa and Toto was one of my favorites growing up. My son also knows and likes the song, which made the cover even more cool.

Fall Out Boy

Then Fall Out Boy hit the stage and my son was in heaven. They’re a band that’s more from his time than mine and he knew every song and all the words. I actually knew several of their songs as well so it was incredible to see those guys live. A few hit’s that Fall Out Boy played were ‘Dance, Dance’, ‘This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race’, ‘The Phoenix’ and ‘Sugar were Going Down’.

They also sang the mega hit ‘Centuries’ and flat out crushed it live. When they first sang the chorus my son and I were both singing out loud together. This was such a cool dad moment and not to be taken for granted. Those moments are so few and far between and they get lesser and lesser as your kids grow up and move on.

Fall Out Boy also sings ‘Uma Thurman’ that features the chorus line: “dance like Uma Thurman’ from Pulp Fiction.” Unlike Buddy Holly and Mary Tyler Moore, my son understands this reference. It’s actually another commonality for us both because we have watched Pulp Fiction together and are both Quentin Tarantino fans.

Green Day

Lastly, Green Day hit the stage singing smash hits like ‘When I Come Around’, ‘Holiday’, ‘American Idiot’, ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’, ’21 Guns’ and (my favorite) ‘Basket Case’. It was out-of-control with mosh pits all over the VIP floor section. Everybody was jumping and singing and the entire audience seemed to be holding up their phones with the flashlight on (crazy how we used to hold up cigarette lighters). Then the rain came pouring down as Billy Joe sang “here comes the rain comes again, falling from the stars“ during ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’.

Up to that point it was very hot and humid, but then the rain came down on us wile the band played on and Billy Joe told the crowd we were the ‘best crowd of the tour so far’ (yeah I know that say it everywhere but we totally felt it). I’m not the biggest Green Day, Fall Out Boy or Weezer fan, but the overall experience reminded me of my youth, my love for music, my love for summer concerts and family.

How can you put a price on that? You can’t. You simply have to grab those moments when you can regardless of what’s going on in the world. Excuses come and go, and so do experiences. Billie Joe said it best during their final encore song ‘Good Riddance’… “I hope you had the time of your life“. 

So, grab a hold of those events (and summer concerts!), experiences and moment when you can! Sing along to the music because it’s the best medicine your mind, body and soul can ever have.

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Marc Serota
Marc Serota
As a Portrait photographer Marc Serota has lensed iconic athletes and celebrities for CORBIS and GETTY as well as major brands such as Sports Illustrated, ESPN, the NBA, NHL and the NFL. Serota is a renowned award winning photographer having logged 25+ years with news agencies such as REUTERS, Getty Images, The Associated Press and UPI shooting the biggest entertainment, news and sports stories from the early 1990’s to the present. Marc has covered numerous Super Bowls, Olympic games, NHL Stanley Cup’s, NASCAR races, ATP and PGA events. Visit Marc's website: marcserota.com
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