Yep, and that date is with my 7-year-old daughter Eva.
Thursday night, August 20th at the Austin Music Hall, the legends Blondie and Pat Benatar headline with special guests The Donnas! It's a girl rock explosion!
And I mean seriously, Debby Harry was my first love, straight up, hands down, Debby Harry was the first woman I really fell for. I was probably 5 or 6-years-old when I first heard Blondie, and when I saw them on the TV well, yeah, I was pre-pubescent, but I was still tripping out hard for Ms. Debby Harry. She blew my mind from day 1.
In fact, back in those days, my sister and I actually had a lesbian babysitter. I knew she was a lesbian back then even. Back probably before I knew what a lesbian was, but I could tell she liked girls. She had super short hair, wore baseball shirts and was one of the coolest people I had ever met. She was so down with me and my sister, and actually embraced my love for music whole heartedly. I remember when she told me that her heroes were Debby Harry and Pat Benatar. Me being a die hard Kiss and Alice Cooper fan at the time found this to be really cool, cuz I mean, the girl loved music and so did I. So we spent hours hipping each other to stuff we liked. Never mind that at the moment I had not heard of Pat Benatar, I was totally down to learn as I trusted my babysitters opinion to the fullest.
Ah, those were the days. Said babysitter later joined the Air Force, I have no idea what happened after that.
Anyway, oh yeah, I remember playing the first Peter Criss solo record for her. Not the one he made while still with Kiss, when they all made "solo" albums, but the one he came out with just after leaving the band. "You Better Run," was my favorite song on that album, and at the time, the same song had been recorded by Pat Benatar, and later became a single.
I played it for her and was like "THIS IS MY FAVORITE SONG EVER CHECK IT OUT!" And she floored me when she played Pat Benatar's version of the same jam. I was flabbergasted to find out that both Peter Criss and Pat Benatar were singing songs THAT THEY DID NOT WRITE!
Which was only half as painful as when I found out that motherfucking Kiss had recorded Diane Warren songs. Yeah, I knew the music business was a complete lie before I hit the double digits (and crazily didn't realize that my favorite song of all time, "Hangin' on the Telephone," was not written by Blondie).
Anyway yeah, the music business sucks, but this concert doesn't. Hope to see you there!
GET YOUR TICKETS HERE AND MEET EVA AND I IN THE BALCONY!