So here’s something… I’m old enough now that bands I idolised in my youth are doing reunion tours. I’m that old lady who’s arranging a special trip to Sydney to see one of those bands play live this week.
I’ll be flying Air New Zealand, staying at a hotel, wearing comfy shoes and keeping all my tickets and travel confirmations in one of those travel wallet thingys. Did I mention that I spent some time researching to ensure we got a great deal on the hotel that includes free breakfast, high speed internet and a room upgrade? Or that I have pre-booked parking at the airport? I am VERY rock and roll, being spontaneous, living on the edge and all that.
Were I young and it were a new hip new band I’d be flying Jetstar on borrowed money, crashing on someone’s couch and planning on getting as little sleep as possible so as to make the most of my trip. Also, I would probably not using the word “hip” when I mean “cool”.
As it stands, I am very much looking forward to some downtime at the hotel, and mostly looking forward to the concert. Don’t freak out that I’m not planning a huge array of activities when I hit Sydney – I’ve been there sixteen times (just checked my passport), so this isn’t exactly new territory for me.
The band I’m going to see, by the way, is Pulp. I saw them play the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland a thirteen years ago, and I interviewed Jarvis Cocker in Sydney a few years back – lovely man, very tall with large hands. That’s really all I remember about the interview as I was genuinely star struck.
I am so flippin’ excited about seeing this band play again. If any band can make me feel nineteen again, it’s Pulp.
Which bands define your youth? And if you’re still enjoying your youth (you lucky sod), who do you think will stir this sort of nostalgia for you in years to come?