For those about to rock...!!

Trip Start Dec 16, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Nigel & Narinder's

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I know some of you have been wondering where the hell I've been since I haven't had an entry in a while.  I'm close to Palmerston North, about an hour and a half north of Wellington, staying with my friends Nigel & Narinder.

I arrived on January 26 in Shanon and was greeted by everyone, their 9 year old daughter, Isabel, included.  It was close to 8pm, so we all drove to Palmerston North, Palmy, for short, and had some dinner before heading back to their place to catch up.

I first met them all on New Year's eve with Brianna.  Nigel and I have a friend named Mary in common back in the states, and she set me up with these guys.

That evening Nigel asked me if I liked AC/DC.  Being a child of the 80s, how could I not?  He revealed to me that since his wife did not, he'd be taking me to the concert in Wellington on Thursday the 28th.  SWEET!!

I was totally psyched, while Narinder breathed a sigh of relief.

On that Thursday afternoon, Nigel and I drove to Wellington and parked at the stadium early so we could be close to the exit in order to get out first after the concert was over.

We then walked into the city and, after having some lunch along the water, toured some art galleries.  Both Nigel and Narinder are teaches who work with special needs kids at one of New Zealand's top high schools, but Nigel's passion is art.  He is a gifted and inspired sculptor and painter, with a long list of accomplishments, including having been commissioned to do a piece for someone in Ronald Reagan's Cabinet when he was in his early 20s.

We toured many of the galleries which specialized in sculpture, because Nigel is about to make a comeback after a long break.

The showtime was drawing near, so we headed back to the stadium and got to our seats, which were in the nosebleeds, but had a good view of the front of the stage.  Plus, the stadium is not as momentous as some venues in the states, so the seats were fine.

After a few songs by one of the first opening act, some people showed up and told us we wre in their seats.  Nigel and I showed them our tickets to prove we were in row N.  But, the pointed to the tickets and said we were in row NN.  Where the hell was that?  In the parking lot?

NO.  Row NN was the FIRST ROW OF SEATS off the stadium floor!!  We were basically ON THE FIELD with an amazing view of the stage.  THESE WERE AWESOME SEATS!!  That would have been the worst mistake of the century!  Well, maybe not that bad, but you know what I mean.

AC/DC came on strong and hammered the audience with their signature sound.  It didn't let up for two hours, mixing up the set with songs from their new album and some of the classics. They ended the night with For Those About to Rock...  accompanied by canons and followed by fireworks. I had never seen AC/DC as a kid, so this was an amazing way to celebrate their return to the stage after a 13 year absence.  Especially since it was in a country different than mine.

Thanks for a great evening of reliving my youth, Nigel.
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