Blast from the Past

I went to my first concert when I was 12 years old. The year was 1987. The band was Honeymoon Suite. I went with my friend Jennifer. The venue was the open air theatre at Canada’s Wonderland and her father drove us there, then waited for us for the duration of the concert in the car. I didn’t really appreciate it at the time, but that was so sweet of him to do that. Thanks Jen’s dad!

If you’re not familiar with Honeymoon Suite, allow me to fill you in. They were a heavily mulleted soft rock band from the Niagara area that enjoyed quite a bit of popularity around these parts in the 1980s. They were known internationally as well. A few of their ditties can be found on movie soundtracks, including One Crazy Summer (with my personal favourite, What Does it Take) and the title track for Lethal Weapon. According to their Wikipedia entry, the TV show, Miami Vice also used a few of their songs in the series.

I hadn’t really given much thought to them over the past 20 years, but when a friend messaged me in the middle of last week, to ask me if I wanted to see them on Friday night, at a bar in our hometown, I was in.

When we arrived at the bar I became a bit apprehensive. The venue was skeezy. The floors in the bar were so sticky that my friend kept loosing her ballet flats, and the place smelled faintly of barf. The unfriendly glances from the other patrons made us feel uncomfortable so we tried to find a dark corner to hide in, but everywhere we tried to sit or stand seemed to be reserved or blocking a crucial exit. Welcome home ladies!

Eventually we found a comfortable spot to relax and waited for the main event. The opening act was a terrible country band that seemed to play forever, eliciting more apprehension as to whether or not this was the best use of our Friday evening. Then, after what seemed like an eternity, Honeymoon Suite took the stage, and I have to say, they were pretty awesome. It was worth the trouble after all.

The guys really haven’t aged much over the past few decades. Gravity has a little more control over their hair and they wear their pants a little looser, but otherwise they looked remarkably similar to their younger selves. In addition to looking good, they sounded fantastic. I’d forgotten how many catchy songs they sang.

Check out the bass player. He was rocking so hard he was molten!

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