Matchbox Twenty, INXS and me.

Last night the husband and I went to the Matchbox Twenty concert. This was an anniversary present – well, the actual present was their latest CD and the tickets fell out when I opened the CD case…not sure how they got in there but I was happy to take them 😉

We enjoyed a delicious meal at the restaurant at the Entertainment Centre before joining the other 13 500 concert goers standing at the doors waiting for them to open.

We had great seats and had a fairly good view that was only slightly obscured by two ladies two rows in front who thought that a concert was the right time to perfect their BIG hair skills and created bouffants so wide and high I wondered if they were hiding some illegal filming apparatus in there. Anyway, we managed to still see around them for the best part.

Matchbox Twenty were supported by INXS with new frontman Ciaran Gribbin. From the minute they walked on stage, they were awesome. INXS was one of my favourite bands, growing up, so it was great to see them live and find that I still knew most of the lyrics to their songs, to the delight of those to the left, right, behind and in front of me. Yes, those years spent in my room with a hairbrush and tape deck blasting finally paid off, which was nice.

After being sufficiently ‘warmed up’ by INXS, it was time for the main act. I must confess to a little infatuation with Rob Thomas and the lead guitar dude Kyle Cook, so I was somewhat excited to be in the same room as them, breathing the same air….*sigh*…but I digress.

The music was superb. Rob Thomas’ voice is as good live as it is recorded and the talent of the band members was simply extraordinary.

One of the things I loved was what Rob Thomas said at the very beginning. He did all the usual, ‘it’s great to be in Brisbane, thank you for having us, thank you for coming blah, blah, blah’ and then he said something else.

He said, “Thank you for spending your money to come here and for giving up your time, because you can’t get that back. We are going to celebrate life tonight. We are going to sing, dance, laugh, cry and everything in between. And we are going to ALL leave here tonight knowing we CELEBRATED LIFE!”

And you know what? We did. For those few hours I didn’t think of work once, I didn’t think about any of my friend’s problems, we pretended my husband doesn’t have RA, I didn’t think about my children’s stresses at the moment. We sang our hearts out, danced and allowed ourselves to get swept away on the tide of entertainment.

And it was fantastic.

We have not been to a concert since we saw Sting (another one of my infatuations) 16 years ago. I had forgotten how much fun it is. To get lost in another world, to be free to sing, shout and act like you haven’t a care in the world.

There is value in escapism. We all need a little time away from reality. Does it mean all the problems go away? Of course not, but for me anyway, it rejuvenates and reinvigorates. It gives us a break, almost like hitting the pause button on life.

And that, my friends, is so very good for the soul.

When was the last time you truly let the world slide away and just thoroughly enjoyed yourself?

6 thoughts on “Matchbox Twenty, INXS and me.

  1. I briefly lived in Southern California in ’85. I was staying with friends one weekend in Newport Beach, and INXS was playing a smallish venue, promoting The Swing. I’d been a fan of Shabooh Shoobah in college, and talked my friends into going (they’d never heard of them). They burned the house down! One of my favorite concert memories.

    You’re right, you need to get away once in a while. Glad you did. I”m going to a concert…soon. Thanks for talking me into it. 🙂


    • I wasn’t sure how many of you in the northern hemisphere would know who INXS was as I’m not up with how much they toured back in their hayday, so it was very cool to read your comment! So glad you loved their concert 🙂
      And yes – get yourself to a concert and I want to hear all about it!


  2. Ian and I went to see Jersey Boys at QPAC in July. We NEVER, EVER go to anything like that. We stayed in Brissy over night and we also had a fantastic time. We stayed out late (something we haven’t done for at least 13 years!!) and checked out the night life. Yes, we forgot about everything at home and enjoyed each others company. It was sad to go back home but we felt refreshed doing something out of the ordinary. Great music too!!


    • How wonderful! Good on you. And I can totally relate – the next day I felt all ‘anti-climaxed’…was well worth it though! Next time you want to go out, I’m happy to come babysit!


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