Our seating was front right, although we had our fingers crossed for front and center, that was given to the wounded in action soldiers. We decided that they definitely deserved it and came to peace with our slightly to the right, 15 ft. from the stage seats. But even getting to that point was a bit tricky--as spouses of deployed soldiers, we had rights to the VIP area, but with thousands of soldiers deployed from our base, there were still lots of people to maneuver through. **Here's the first rule in concert etiquette.** There are no such things as lines--it is every person for themselves! Although some women didn't quite agree--and we were beginning to wonder if a fight was going to break out. Once a redneck, always a redneck...even in Hawaii where no one even knows what a redneck is!
So, once our seats --or i should really being saying, "plot of grass" was secure with blankets and chairs, we were able to relax and enjoy the show. Six of us went--Hillary, Kim, Renee, Christy and Lyndsay. We had a t-shirt making party a couple of nights before, so we were all matching in our most AWESOME concert attire! Thanks to Kim's catchy slogan, the back of our shirts were lyrics from Montgomery Gentry with a twist--" My Husband's Something to be Proud Of". We actually did catch quite a bit of attention and everyone wanted to know where they could get one. So..future mental note, make extras to sell--drunk people would pay anything for a cool shirt!
Opening for the concert was a 17 year old girl from Texas, Katie Rae Davis. She was pretty good, but mostly played cover songs from artists like Little Big Town and Willie Nelson. Next was an Alternative band, called Bowling for Soup. They were also good--sounded almost identical to Blink 182 and they were hilarious. I think we all enjoyed the times they were talking to the crowd more than the times they were actually playing songs. After that it was finally time to bring out the big guns--Montgomery Gentry came out strong singing "daddy won't sell the farm". I don't think we stopped jumping and screaming the entire time. They played all their best hits, even our shirt song "Something to be Proud Of". This was so exciting we pushed our way to the front, ripped our shirts off (don't worry we were prepared for this with undershirts!) and held them up like signs for the band to see. Which they did see, we were spotlighted and pointed at by Eddie Montgomery himself--we are famous! That was definitely the highlight of the night! Then the show ended with a very appropriate "Gone"--then we went home and crashed for our early Sunday mornings.
So it was a wonderful night with the ladies--wish they had more events like that on the island!
My Cool T-Shirt
The Girls and Private Pickle
Bowling for Soup