Friday, January 11, 2008

in the begining

When I was about 8, I fancied a young musician named Micheal Jackson, as most girls back then did. I swear to God on a stack of Bibles I wanted so badly to marry him..When his hair was caught on fire from doing a Pepsi commercail, I about lost it. I was sure my knight in shining armor was about to die before my eye.

When I hit 9ish I became overly obsessed with Prince. I mean I lived and breathed purple and Prince. I had purple carpeting in my bedroom...I was sure THEN this would be the man I would marry...

Well all these years later and I still love him...I mean I have his symbol tattooed on my person. So that means something...

The summer I was about to turn 12 I sort of left my love for pop music along side the curb and I became a lover of what we all now refer to as "hair bands"...I loved Poison, Warrent, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi...all of them...and seen them all in concert a few times..

I know some of you may not understand or frankly give a rats ass why I am so taken with Def Leppard. Honestly there is no good reason. Its just one of those things. Anyone who has known me any length of time knows that I live and breathe this band.

For a few years while I was getting married and birthing kids and shit, I did not get into them as I had been in the past, because frankly, I didn't give a shit cause I was a young married chick and then had a few babies and the last thing on my mind was music. SO I missed a lot of years of going to see them live.

My first Def Leppard concert was nearly 20 years ago...Nov of 1988. After that day, I have never been the same.

Since that first concert I have seen them more times then I can even count. Albeit I did miss a good 6 year of shows, I still had went to alot..

The last 4 years I have been on the fast track to making up for lost time..

I have a lot of nice memories of Def Leppard music. Whether it being roller skating to Love Bites with my boyfriend, making out in the kiddie rink with whomever I felt like while hearing Hysteria...

My, encounter at the tender age of 13, I insisted to my boyfriend I put on my Def Leppard tape, as this would get things rocking and rolling...

I must say, I was right on the money with that one..just in case u pervs were wondering.

When I was in high school, back in 1991, one of the guitar players in the band died of an overdose of drugs and booze..I can remember my school counselor coming to get me and breaking the news to me, as most anyone who knew me at all knew I would be devastated. And I was...I went home early that day..and I went in my room and gazed at all my posters and pictures on my wall..wondering what was going to happen now..

I was heartbroken...

As the years went on, I always had a fond love for the band...Anytime a new cd came out, I was there buying it, or anytime I happen to hear tunes on the radio I turned it up nice and loud and would think to myself...God I love these men..they sure know how to put a boot in your ass full of rock and roll.

not that I condone the use of boots in asses, but u get the point.

A few years ago I started hitting the concert scene again...and when I say hit it, I mean HIT it.

I follow them where I can. As far as the hubby and the greenbacks allow me. I have been privileged enough to have seen them, meet them get autographs and just chat it up with some of them...

And its just like I am living a dream...To hear them call u by name...(after they ask of course, not like they remember my name, soon though..)

Its like every minute of dreaming and fantasizing about them my whole life has finally paid off...and it feels good..

I am now going to share with u some photos from the last 3 shows I have been too, each show took place in a different state...

These ones here are from the 2006 tour I drove to Fargo, North Dakota to see them this day, I was in the front right next to the stage, in fact, I was touching the stage thru most of the show, hoping someone would step on my hand..

That is me standing at the stage, I know its a horrid pic of myself, but you'll have that.

Thats me and my mom before the show...we are hopelessly looking like retards.

This is Viv getting on the tour bus after I got a pic with him and he signed my ticket..and a couple hugs.

This is me and him...I know...this is what happens when u let your mother be in charge of the up most important photo of your life.

This is me showing off my ticket he signed...

So that was Fargo..

Moving Forward to the summer of 2007 Tour...This was in Detroit, Michigan.

This is me and my old chum Jill/Halfmexican Momma..she went along on the jaunt with me.

So that is a wrap up of the Detroit show...Now we are moving to the Labor Day show of 2007 in St Paul, Minnesota.

That is my mom and the moonlight..

So there are some pics and whatnot from my endless journeys of traveling to the ends of the Earth for these five men...

I know some of you don't understand, or don't give a rats ass...But its just something I enjoy.

Some people like going on expensive lavish vacations, some people like buying wacky tabacy and whisky, some like spending money on sex toys or lingerie, some like to spend money on hookers and escorts..

Me, I just spend it following a band I have loved since I was a youngin.

This summer/fall if they add a third leg to the world tour, I will be taking The Boy to his first Lepp show. It will be 20 years after my first Lepp show and it will be three generations attending it.

Its gonna be a sweet day for me when it happens...

So there ya go....a little wrap up if u will of my latest Lepp adventures...

And trust me, there will be more, because there will be a next time.

Dont forget us, and we wont forget you-Joe Elliott after EVER Lepp show I have been to the last few years.

Amen and can I get a HELL YEAH bitches..

ok, maybe not..

At least I am not talking about High School Musical right?


Foster Communications said...

You give "groupie" a good name.

Flip Flop Momma said...

aww shucks;)

1 plus twins said...

man you doing so well not mentioning high school musical and then you just had to throw it in there at the end. lol

i really hope you get to take your son, that will be so cool not only for you but for him also!!

Flip Flop Momma said...

well, ya no, I cant leaveout HSM, I just cant;)

I am so gonna try, rumors are they are adding a 3rd leg to the tour;)

Working Mom said...

You know, it's so cool to find someone as obsessed with Def Leppard as I am. Everyone that knows me knows of my love for Joe. For you see, he was the man I was suppose to one ever told him though, damn.

Flip Flop Momma said...

Working Mom,
I was suppose to marry Sav the bass player, no one ever told him either..

Cheeky said...

How you feel about them I feel about Bon Jovi and Yes....I am going in March! Counting the days in fact......

Katie said...

I love me some Def. Not as much as you of course.

Avery Gray said...

Hey, I likes me some Def Leppard, too! Not near the extent you do, but I'm glad you're having a blast with it! Maybe when my boy's a little older, I can hit the concert scene again. The last one we saw--The Wiggles. Ugh.

Flip Flop Momma said...

My Mom wants to go see Bon JOvi, she has floor seats in the 6th row..But I just aint feeling it..

Well, there is always room for Lepp fans , but I dont expect everyone to be crazy like me..ha

Ohh last year my 4 year old wanted to see the wiggles, but I wasnt sure I could sit thru it, even if the blue wiggle is hot;)

Cheeky said...

I will go with her - I have sucky tix!

Packof2 said...

I'll bet you wanted to kill your mom when that pic turned out like that!

I do love the Deff:)

metalmom said...

I like Def Leppard too,(not with a fiery, burning passion as you do, but I understand it)

Three generations at a concert is unf*cking believable! I can't wait until the day it is my boys and I with their kids in a mosh pit!!

Patti said...

You get a Hell Yeah from me! I think it's majorly cool that The Boy will get to go with you and you Mom!

Thanks for the kind comments about Maddie.

Choppzs said...

Umm, yah, I love the group and all,but you top me big time! lol

Flip Flop Momma said...

unfortunatley I think I am "required" 2 go...sonofabitch

u have nO idea..I was pissed when I saw it..oh well..there will be other chances;)

I knew u would understand;)

I am looking forward to my boy coming w/us..three generations of lepp lovers in one row..hell yeah.

He begged me to let him go to the one in MI, but I just aint that good of a mom;)

Hope maddie is better now..

well, I think I have most people topped when it comes to this;)

Groovy Mom said...

Wow, I didn't know Def Leppard was still around. They're looking pretty good, like they're breathing and all. I didn't see any walkers. Ha! Ha! Fun pics! Thanks for sharing.

Flip Flop Momma said...

Groovy MOm,
ha, nope no walkers..not yet...but they are only in their 40 and 50's so give em a lil more time;)

themuttprincess said...

I guess I don't see anything wrong with you travelling and stuff to see them...... ;)

Flip Flop Momma said...

well thanks, IM glad u think so;)

Neurotic1 said...

All I can say is thank goodness for Big Wheel back in the day to keep your addiction of music alive :)

Flip Flop Momma said...

yeah, thats for sure...My very first record I ever bought I got at Big Wheel and it was POison's Open and and say AHH...the full cover before they banned it..wish I had the sonofabitch now, might be worth some dough..

all my tapes I bought at Wrights Pharmacy where Rite Aide is;)

Michael Manning said...

Bossy: I love this post, especially ..."I had purple carpeting in my bedroom" LMAO! This is a great band for sure. Pamela DeBarnes better watch out! :D

Flip Flop Momma said...

thanks...but who the heck is Pamela?

Cliff said...

Yep, that's wierd. After all of that and you don't seem to have been permanently scarred. Good for you.

Fantastagirl said...

I think you should take your son as well - what an exeperience.

Flip Flop Momma said...

nope, no permanant far;)

im sure as heck gonna try:)

Scarlet said...

From Michael Jackson to Rick Savage? You've done good!

mrs. parker said...

Geez they should send you guys free tickets, you are like a walking add for them. Although I had the light purple BonJovi Poster in my room full size- I never got "into" hair bands- I went pop and rap. My hubby and I were just strolling down memory lane on iTunes with New Edition and Bobby Brown. Each to his own- at least you get to do something you LOVE! Props to you for that!!

Flip Flop Momma said...

I know...thats two BIG steps *orward huh?

I uese to LOVE Bobby Brown...I mean he was the shit back in 89;)

CMB said...

Brings back so many memories! So handsome still to this day. You are a true fan.

Flip Flop Momma said...

they still got it dont they?

yum yum..

The Egel Nest said...

I LOVED looking at your Lep pics :)

I would totally rock out with you...someday sis!


The Egel Nest

Flip Flop Momma said...

and I would totally let u rock out w/me too;)