Midweek Queen Fun

We headed up to Los Angeles to see Queen. First, a little backstory.

We used to watch American Idol every week. We both fell off our chairs over Adam Lambert. He didn't win, I think because he was too gay for America, but you may remember him. He looks a little like Elvis Presley, don't you think? And he did a pretty good impression of the King.

Adam is now touring with Queen, a British rock band from the 70s and 80s. Never heard of them? I bet you know some of their music, We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions. I loved their sound. CLICK ME

Queen's lead singer, Freddy Mercury, who you can see on the YouTube video, had an incredible voice. Sadly, he passed away and Queen was history. But when lead guitarist Brian May saw Lambert, he got the idea to reincarnate the band. Here is Lambert today with Queen.

When we saw that Queen + Adam Lambert was going to be at the Hollywood Bowl, we knew we had to go. The Hollywood Bowl is a magical place and holds many, many memories for us. We used to go every year to the two-days long Playboy Jazz Festival.

Ah, the memories. I could bore you to tears with the many stories. Miles Davis, Stevie Ray Vaughn followed by Nina Simone (what a disaster that was), Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock; the list goes on...but I guess you had to be there. The Playboy Jazz Festival still goes on, but we gave it up when we moved to the Central Coast and now we're too old for that marathon event. Besides, they tell me the music has changed. It's a lot of rap stuff now. It sells, I suppose. There's not too many straight-up jazz aficionados out there today. We're a dying breed. I don't even know many of the names on this year's lineup. But I know a few!

But I digress. Anyway, our fellow funster friends, Alan and Cheryl, who live in Los Angeles, went with us. But first we had to navigate the legendary LA Freeways to get there. If you have a smartphone you know what the red means.

This is not us, so it is obviously Cheryl and Alan.

Here is us. We had dinner at the Tam O'Shanter. A real throwback joint.

Once we were ensconced in our seats, we could kick back and people-watch.

When darkness sets in and the stage lights come on, I don't know, it's just magical. It was a beautiful evening.

Thanks to jumbo-trons, you could see every detail. The lighting director did an incredible job. Amazingly, he/she was able to transform an 18,000 seat outdoor venue into a cozy place, with lasers lighting up the trees behind us.

The next morning, we got up early to play golf. JJ doesn't play but he's a great caddy.

After a much-needed nap we had dinner at Tony's at the Pier in Redondo Beach.

It's a long way from Los Angeles in rush hour traffic, but we were on the way to see their son play at a little club. He's a very talented musician and it was very special to see him perform.

After the drive home, this is what I am doing today. And maybe tomorrow, too.