October 18, 2006

NEVER TOO OLD TO ROCK & ROLL

Here's how Qwest Field (the football stadium where the Seahawks play) looked on September 24 of this year:

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(In a charity auction to benefit a local food bank, Scott had won a couple of VIP passes to the Seahawks game that included a tour of the field. He and Allegra had a Dad and Daughter Day.)

Qwest Field didn't look anything like that when Scott and I went there last night, though. Imagine all of that playing field covered with a floor. And on that floor, thousands of white chairs. At one end of the field, a 6-story stage, with a thrust (that's a theatre term for a runway) coming down the entirety of the field. Tons of lighting, electronics, sound equipment. Hundreds of security staff in bright yellow jackets, and hundreds more ushers in bright turquoise jackets. And, although this was nighttime and the sun wasn't shining as in the September 24 photo, we were thankful that it was not raining. (And what are the odds of that, on October 17 in Seattle?)

No VIP passes this time. The view from our assigned seats in the 300 level:

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This picture, taken before sundown when we first arrived at the stadium, shows you the stage. Add to the litany of "I don't like crowds, I don't like noise" that I also don't like heights. We took it upon ourselves to sit further down -- still in the 300 level -- in seats that were less vertiginous.

On our way to the stadium, we had to leave a little early so that we could each get us one of these.

This concert wasn't on my calendar, or I'd have included it in my list of events in my previous entry. Scott has been asking me for months about whether I wanted to go or not. I didn't want him to get tickets; I don't like crowds, I don't like noise. I know how cold we felt at Safeco Field (across the street from Qwest) at the last Mariners game in September, and that was a day game and a month ago -- I didn't want to sit in the stands and shiver through a concert. Not even for Mick Jagger.

Scott ended up with tickets. And once he had them, I wasn't going to let him go to the concert with anyone else!

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Here I am, bundled up against the cold, and having a great time! (The tickets read: No cameras/rec devices -- but of course everyone was using their camera phones last night.) What to wear to a Stones concert? A full set of long underwear, a turtleneck, a sweater, jeans, two pairs of socks, a hat, insulated gloves, a jacket.

Mick came out wearing a burgundy blazer with sequins on the lapels, over a burgundy button-front shirt. After the first song ("Jumpin' Jack Flash"), he took off the blazer; during the second song ("I Know It's Only Rock'n'Roll") he unbuttoned the shirt. Over the course of the next few songs, he eventually removed the shirt; he wore a black T-shirt with sequins underneath. He wore black pants -- I remember reading in the fashion issue of the New Yorker two years ago an article about Mick buying pants for his concerts. The pants have to withstand hours of dancing and cannot bag. They have to be tight enough to look sexy. Mick is a very fussy shopper; the New Yorker reporter got quite a lengthy article out of the story of Mick trying on many pairs of pants.

Keith Richards came out wearing a yellow trench coat and a white headband that probably was intended to have a retro-60's hippie-ish look to it but in fact only looked like a bandage. Keith sang two numbers solo (Ron Wood accompanying on guitar and Charlie Watts playing drums): "You Got the Silver," and "Little T&A." Keith said, "I'm very glad to be here tonight. Of course, I'm very glad to be anywhere." At one point, between the two songs, when he was addressing the audience, he kind of spaced out, then said, "Oh, yes, the show. You'll have to excuse me; I've been brain damaged."

Other than when he was backstage during Keith's solos, Mick skipped and danced about the stage, looking as thin and energetic as ever. Keith, on the other hand, was often far bent over his guitar, or dropped to his knees. (I really wondered if this was part of his performance, or if he was having trouble staying upright.)

The first concert I ever went to was the Rolling Stones in 1975 when they played the Seattle Center Coliseum -- a tiny venue, compared to Qwest Field. The Bigger Bang tour in 2006 might be the last concert I ever go to -- I still don't like crowds or noise. Back in the seventies, the Stones never did encores. That changed in the eighties. Last night the Stones performed "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Satisfaction" for their encore -- plenty of sparkly and loud fireworks for the last number. In all, a very satisfying show. I'm glad I went.

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You might be wondering where the knitting news is. Yes, I've been knitting. I've been very diligently working on something that will be a gift, so I'm not blogging about it because I don't want to spoil the surprise.

I also discovered the Red Sweater Knitalong -- and promptly joined in. Yes, I always want to join every Knitalong that comes along . . . but this one I can really justify. Really.

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I have the Salina sweater in process in Rage colored Rowan Felted Tweed -- you last saw some of this work in process in this blog entry. I found out recently that the Vintage Style book that has the pattern for Salina has gone out of print.

Some months ago I also started the Chelsea's Heart Gansey in red British Breeds Guernsey wool, intending it as a Dulaan project, but I'm having second thoughts about it.

More about both of these projects later. Must get back to work, now, and then get ready for the Guild meeeting tonight.

To see some knitting projects, though, visit Terri's blog and check out her completed socks in my favorite colorway! And Jewel's blog for an awesome tea cozy.

Posted by Karen at October 18, 2006 01:38 PM
Comments

Hey! Cool coincidence :) I'm making Salina in "Sigh" (I think? darker purpley-color) and I am in Seattle too! Anyway, can't wait to see your finished sweater. - Liz

Posted by: Liz at October 18, 2006 04:53 PM

Heh - the radio trivia question as I was driving home last night was "What local Seattle company closed down to allow all its employees to attend the Rolling Stones concert?" I really wanted to call in and say "Two Swans Yarn!" :)

Apparently it was Red Mill.

Posted by: Sarah at October 19, 2006 11:22 AM

Reminds me of the time I went to a Pink Floyd concert (I'm not a rock concert girl either). Somehow BC Place stadium got hotboxed and I ended up having to go home and make some custard to feel better.

I'm so happy I just bought Vintage Style. Salina is gorgeous!

Posted by: Angela at October 19, 2006 01:07 PM

I believe the Salinis model is a former wife of
Mick Jagger.

Posted by: Scott at October 20, 2006 03:30 PM

Yeah, she does sort of have that Bianca Jagger look to her, doesn't she?

Posted by: Karen at October 21, 2006 09:50 AM

Hi Karen!

Hope you got my email awhile back, been having problems with my isp. Sounds like you are out and about having fun! I'm trying to get back into blogging, but am shopping around for another blog, probably a website too. Just got back from a knitting retreat with Nancy Bush. Wonderful experience.

TTFN!

~Heather

Posted by: Knittnchick at October 24, 2006 03:40 AM