Are you taking your kids to see NKOTBSB? What old bands do you want to see?

The News Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys (aka NKOTBSB) are coming to Atlanta tomorrow, and I am wondering what moms are heading to see them and if they will be bringing their daughters?

My sister-in-law saw the NKOTB in recent years and took my niece with her. They loved it.

Since my brother got his new heart two years ago they have been able to do a little more and seeing favorite old groups is high on their list. They saw Def Leppard last weekend without their kids but are planning to take the kids to see Huey Lewis and the News. (I think that’s a really great one to see with kids. There is nothing bad going on there.)

They were talking about going to Journey and I was so jealous! I would love to see Journey.

You’re never quite sure how kids will react in concerts. It might be too much stimulation. Too loud or too many people. I would think the outdoor shows would be easier on kids – less loud and less intense.

The first concert I ever went to was Earth Wind and Fire. My grandfather was the accountant for Turtle Records on Memorial Drive and he was given the tickets. Clearly my 50-year-old grandfather wasn’t going so he gave them to us.

The whole scene scared the heck the out of me. I was probably only 6 and it was so loud. They would turn off all the lights in the whole arena (I guess it would have been the Omni back then) for certain parts and that was scary too. I asked to leave after like two songs.

So what old bands or current bands do you want to see? Which shows would you want to share with your kids? Do you think old bands are more appropriate and less risque than newer acts?

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DB

June 21st, 2011
6:19 am

We have never been big concert people, even when we were in college. I think my husband took my daughter to see Backstreet Boys about 10 years ago, but that was about it, and he still winches when he thinks about it! We went to see The Police when they were in town a couple of years ago, and I enjoyed that, but otherwise, I don’t really like the crowds all that much.

Tom Haynes

June 21st, 2011
7:46 am

I have been a HUGE New Kids On The Block fan since the 80’s. When I heard they and the Backstreet Boys were touring together it was a dream come true. If only NSYNC would join the lineup… Either way, I will be there!

motherjanegoose

June 21st, 2011
7:52 am

Since I did not even know what the letters stood for when I first read them, I can answer NO…haha!
Not a concert person myself but that is just me. Maybe you’ll have more takers on this topic than yesterday, even though I would think swimming lessons is more important than a concert: I am probably wrong!

JJ

June 21st, 2011
8:20 am

I used to be a HUGE concert goer. I’ve seen just about every big “classic” group there is, from Journey, to Elton John to The Who, Clapton, Seeger, The Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers, etc.

And Yes I have seen NKOTB. I took my step-daughter. I’ve never seen Back street boys, but took my daughter to ‘Nsync twice.

I personally believe, that children under the age of 12 should NOT be at a concert. They are just too young, it’s very loud, and they are up just way to late. However, I have friends who refuse to hire babysitters, and take their kids everywhere. They flew up to NYC a few years back to see Cream, when their oldest was 5.

newblogger

June 21st, 2011
8:21 am

Bon Jovi, Bon Jovi and Bon Jovi. My favorite group hands down. I’ve seen them three times and would go back tomorrow. I was a teenager in the ’80s so those bands are high on the list for me (saw Night Ranger, Huey Lewis). I love concerts. I’ve been to lots of concerts at “The Fred” in PTC (some good, some not). The outside concerts are a lot more fun to me. I’ve taken my kids too and they liked it as well. My older son was not that in to concerts and only went because I asked. My younger son loves music and will ask to go. We saw Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato in the last couple of years. (I know…it was a phase.) We are really looking forward to seeing the American Idol concert later this summer but not NTOTBSB. Their big years were in between the times my boys would have liked them. One was too old, one too young.

Jimmy Page

June 21st, 2011
8:34 am

Mother Jane Goose graduated high school around 1978, the height of Led Zeppelin, Ted Nugent and the Stones when they were really nasty. Why does it not surprise me that woman is not into concerts. She probably liked disco and Abba and enjoys B98.5 driving around in a mini van.

DB

June 21st, 2011
8:42 am

@Jimmy Page: LOTS of people liked disco in the 70’s . . . it was like doing the twist in the 50’s and 60’s! And MJG doesn’t drive a minivan. :-) I, on the other hand, do!

Lady Strange

June 21st, 2011
8:44 am

Not my style of music, nor does my son listen to it. I’m more of an 80’s metal/rock person but I enjoy other types of music. I didn’t really go to concerts until the 90’s, my first one was KISS in 1996. Wish I’d been able to go to concerts in the 80’s but my dad wouldn’t allow it.

JJ

June 21st, 2011
8:45 am

I never got to see Led Zeppelin :((, but I LOVE their music. I’m a classic rock & roll girl. My iPod is loaded with music from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s….not so much 80’s….and definately nothing since the 90’s….LOL

motherjanegoose

June 21st, 2011
8:49 am

@ Jimmy, thank for you interest :)…

MJG graduated HS in 1977 and since I lived on a 400 acre farm that was several hours away from any place that would book a concert…it was not happening for me.

I have never owned a mini van and do not even like to rent them but again that is me!

FYI…I did date someone, in HS, who now has his own band and performs all over the area where we grew up. I have not heard his band but remember he loved his guitar.

My husband does not have musical bone in his body…hahaha!

Janice

June 21st, 2011
8:51 am

I’d gladly go see Journey if Steve Perry returned as the lead singer. The lead signer they have now from the Philippines is ok, but he’s no Steve Perry.

Unfortunately concerts have become a luxury item. No extra funds for the tickets. I’d love to see Keith Urban later this year but tickets were too pricey.

The Big Bopper

June 21st, 2011
9:01 am

ZZZZZzzzzz….

JJ

June 21st, 2011
9:06 am

My very first concert was The Osmonds, at the tender age of 12.

motherjanegoose

June 21st, 2011
9:09 am

DB…thanks for clarifying….disco….see you tomorrow for lunch.

I am usually listening to AM 750, in the car or CDs. I am more of a classical and jazz person now.

Of course, I love children’s songs and write them too. I have my own mini concert each day I work with children…singing and wiggling with up to 100 at a time…that scratches the music itch quite well!
Most days, I would rather be directing one hundred 2-6 year olds or adults who are interested in the same group of children.

Always, I would rather be in the room above than at a concert with mayhem. I get enough of that at the airport.

Becky

June 21st, 2011
9:16 am

Have no interest in seeing the NKOTB…Like JJ, back in the day, I went o many concerts…AC/DC, Pink Floyd, The Eagles (3 times), Bad Compaony, Peter, Paul & Mary..I’ve seen Hank Jr several times, Willie Nelson, Brooks and Dunn..The best concert(s) that I have ever seen though were Rod Stewart and Tina Turner..My list could go on and on..

When my neices were younger, I took them to see Brittney Spears and Back Street Boys..They had a great time, me not so much, but it was worth it for them to have fun..

@Jimmy Page..Ha, I have two older brothers that did go to a Zepplin concert in the 70’s..They left during the middle of the show as they said it sucked..And what is so wrong with disco, Abba and B98.5? At the time, I enjoyed disco, still like Abba and sometimes listen to B98.5..No, I don’t have a minin van..You don’t have to drive a mini van to listen to 98.5..The vice president of my company is 63, drives a Mercedes convertible and a Acura SUV, she listens to B98.5..

Becky

June 21st, 2011
9:18 am

@JJ..I saw the Osmonds when I was 8..Downtown Atlanta at the Omni..

JJ

June 21st, 2011
9:31 am

Becky – I saw them in Denver, CO, in 1971….LOL.

I don’t listen to the radio anymore. I have all my music on my iPhone. I sold my iPod last week. I take my phone with me everywhere I go, I have ear buds, and a wireless transmitter for the car. I also have a very nice docking station for the iPhone, and it’s portable. So I don’t listen to the crap they play on the radio, nor do I have to be subjected to those stupid commericals!!!!

And I will NEVER drive a mini van!!!!!

Jimmy Page

June 21st, 2011
9:33 am

If I were to take my kids to see NKOTB, I would run a garden hose from my car exhaust into the compartment and start the engine. My kids have been given a musical education in order to decipher and appreciate the difference between good music, good musicians and garbage. With a musical education children as they enter teenage years will yearn to go to concerts hands down.

So Mother Jane Goose, continue to expand your horizon on classical music – “The Three B’s”, Stravinsky was the music of choice for the Russian Revolution (Oh no, Commie music – my goodness! You are listening to Communist music!!!) and understand my children are aware the music of Wagner is still not performed in Israel to this day; very controversial. Be careful of that classical music, you might not approve!

Belle

June 21st, 2011
9:34 am

Went to lots of concerts in the 80’s (Ratt, Motley Crue, Kiss (3 times), ACDC, the list goes on). I just don’t care for the crowds anymore.

Denise

June 21st, 2011
10:05 am

I try to see New Edition every time they are at the Fox. I don’t like the Civic Center. I’ve never been to Chastain but the tickets are usually higher than the Fox and I don’t like to be outside that much. Now, I AM sad that I am missing (have missed?) Frankie Beverly and Maze at Chastain. I know I had/have a conflict on the concert date. I’d go anywhere to see them.

motherjanegoose

June 21st, 2011
10:07 am

@ Jimmy…your musical expertise is WAY over my head. I am a big enough person to acknowledge my limited knowledge on this subject ( for those who claim I act like I know everything) and bow out now. Enjoy the blog as you can keep things moving. I am off to move with the children….have fun!

FYI…If you can predict what your children will yearn for, when they are teens, I applaud you as you are brilliant. Mine often surprised me!

Marianna

June 21st, 2011
11:07 am

Music Nazis are everywhere–even the comment page for NKOTBSB! It’s music Mr. Page and who determines what is GOOD is the listener. While all of your slogans/propaganda/accepted musical artists are impressive, one wonders if that is exactly why you are indoctrinating your children instead of letting their musical experience develop naturally. You’re trying to impress someone.
I was one of the mothers who took her children to see the Backstreet Boys years ago-loved every minute. A child of the 60s myself, I also took them to Paul McCartney, Simon and Garfunkle, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, Sting and many others who have toured over the last decade. I’ll be driving down to Atlanta to join them in the NKOTBSB concert. Good FUN is always a good thing!

JJ

June 21st, 2011
11:15 am

Music is ALWAYS on in my home, unless we are watching tv.

Becky

June 21st, 2011
11:29 am

I agree with others, if you like it & I don’t, does that mean that I have bad taste in music? I try to give my two all genre’s of music to listen to so that they can decide what they like..Right now the boy’s favorite song is “Sleeping Sun” by Nightwish..Ever heard of that one Jimmy Page? Not a (I would think) a typical song for an 8 yr. old..The girl is starting to listen to Diana Krall..Again, not a typical sound that most 8 yr olds tend to listen to..

JJ

June 21st, 2011
11:53 am

I believe all children should be exposed to all kinds of music all their lives. When my daughter was little, she would fall asleep to classical music. While she prefers the “top 40″ now, she can belt out a Supremes song with the best of them….

Kat

June 21st, 2011
1:00 pm

I think that exposing children to different types of music and foods is extremely beneficial. Children should not be kept away from things that the parents don’t like, unless it is something harmful.

Becky

June 21st, 2011
2:37 pm

@Kat..Me too..I have a coworker that tells me that we spoil our two, because we give them options for food..Her son is 5 and will only eat pizza, chicken nuggets, hot dogs and mac & cheese..These are things that my two very seldom eat..They are more into crab legs, shrimp, fish (talipia), any veggie.. One thing that they will tell you is that just because my Nanny does’t like it, doesn’t mean that we don’t like it..Trust me, they eat a lot of things that I don’t like..

fk

June 21st, 2011
7:49 pm

We still go to concerts and still have lots of fun. We have seen some awesome shows. My first concert was The Doobie Bros at 16. Have seen Springsteen, The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Styx, Hall & Oates and Jackson Browne a few times apiece and so many others. Saw Elton John @ Madison Square Garden – great night. We saw the Beach Boys at the beach – a lot of fun! About 12 years ago, we took our then 8 y/o to a Buffett concert at Lakewood. He has little recollection of the show itself, but can recall the night vividly. Anything and everything can be a learning experience.

djm_NC

June 21st, 2011
8:33 pm

i graduate in 1971 and i love concerts and always have. i have gotten to where i dont really like the crowds. i just went to see kris kristofferson a couple of weeks ago…was going to see ARS but its a work night..shows my age lol..back in the day it being a work night wouldnt have even been thought of :)…ive seen almost everyone at least once that i want to see…there are a couple i still have missed. i was going to take my daughter to a blondie concert several years ago-it would have been her first concert-but the venue only allowed 18 and over because they sold beer and wine…kinda made me mad-especially when i got there and there were lots who no way were 18. anyway-3 girlfriends and i went and had a blast.

i do think its a good mom blog topic-its always a question as to when a kid is old enough to go to a concert and so much depends on who the concert is.

i grew up in atlanta and lived for years in pensacola, new orleans and boston and texas-back in the good old hippie days-and concerts were cheap and plentiful! i can understand MJG-where i live now the kids have to go far to see a concert. my daughter has only been to 1 and my 28 yo son has been to none! bless their hearts :)

Wayne

June 22nd, 2011
9:33 am

@djm_NC: we say Kris Kristofferon at a small venue here in CT. He was sick as a dog (cold) but what a performance. Just him, his harmonica and guitar. I have to laugh because I took a picture of him and in true digital camera fashion, he moved his head to blow his nose as the flash went off (like 5 seconds after I pressed the button!). He muttered “why would you take a picture of an old man blowing his nose!?”

Wayne

June 22nd, 2011
9:33 am

djm_NC

June 23rd, 2011
5:54 am

wow wayne,,,he had a cold when i saw him too!! i have a pic of him blowing his nose lmao!! i have a new camera and was trying to figure it out…i had 4th row seats and it was so packed i finally just went to the back and my super duper zoom took some of the best pics ive ever seen. did you know the cute guy on the light board is his son? when i first saw him before the concert started it was like a flash back..he looks just like his dad! i was also at a small venue…he had his guitar and harp…that was it. he stood there and played for an hour-took a break then played for another hour and a half..great performer…very witty!

Spring

June 23rd, 2011
9:35 am

Did not take the kids, but me and a friend went and it was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!