Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Long Haired RedNeck Rides Again

David Allan Coe came to play a concert at a local venue located in Ramona and I had strong feelings that this would be my one and only chance to see this legend of country music live.  Little did I know what we were in for.  My lovely bride Kim agreed to go with me and I truly owe her for this one.

No chairs. Had to stand from 7:00 to 11:30 drinking overpriced beer and listening to two insanely bad warm up bands. The first was a metal head banger group and the second a hard metal country group. I guess they were country 'cause the lead guy was wearing a cowboy hat. The only positive thing about either of them was they were so loud and the sound system so lousy you couldn't make any sense out of anything they did.

DAC is somewhere in his mid to late 70's now and is but a shadow of his former Country Outlaw persona.  He had to be helped on to the stage by two people and he had to sit on a stool the entire time.  He was wearing a blond wig with hair down past his waist and his voice was nothing like in his younger days . . . in fact, I never would have recognized his voice at all.

On a positive note, the highlights of the evening were two fights where the bouncer dudes got to wale on a bunch of drunks and haul them out feet first.  Place was full of bikers, punks, skin heads, white supremacists, Nazi's and a very few old folks like us who mistakenly thought they had come to see DAC do his old stuff.  He only did about three of his good old songs and mainly did covers of other artists plus everything he has written for Kid Rock which is quite a few.

All in all it was a pretty fun adventure. Luckily we don't have to that again anytime soon.

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