This past two weeks has been the holiday break of rock shows, and it all started with Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding Concert. After winning a contest to perform at the Dodge Theatre with Alice Cooper, my extremely talented little brother scored me a backstage pass to join in the VIP fun. I can't express how cool it was back there! Here's Sky and I chilling backstage in the realm of the rockers. I've never felt cooler wearing a lanyard.
There were seriously 80s rockers and performers walking around right and left. Here's a picture that I took of the band with the bassist of Megadeth. TJ (in the plaid) is completely starstruck. He can't even take his eyes off him for the picture.
Brian watching the show from side-stage.
The finale with Alice Cooper, a myriad of 80s rockers, and fake snow everywhere.
The finale of the concert with Alice and friends. A few people visible in this pic: Alice Cooper, Singer from Nitro, Dee Snider from Twisted Sister, singer from Warrant, and many others. Lita Ford is on the stage somewhere as well. Oh, and who's THAT?!? How did I get on the stage during the finale???
You butter believe it!
The boys with Dee Snider from Twisted Sister right after he performed.
"WE'RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT!!!"
Group shot with Alice Cooper.
Being backstage with Alice Cooper and all the 80s rockers was very much like Wayne's World. Alice even sat down and discussed the history of Phoenix with us in his dressing room. I tried to play it cool, but we were undeniably starstruck. . . "We're not Worthy!!!!"
This was such a crazy night. There's nothing better than hearing Alice Cooper's grundgy "School's Out" live right after I finished my finals. School's out FOREVER!!! (I wish). The whole show was so fun and the Buskin' Cuffs (my lil' brother's band) did awesome as well. They got a huge applause, signed autographs, and even got a blurb in a review of the concert in the Phoenix New Times. "Proof is in the Pudding winners Buskin Cuffs, who are all under 18, were better than most of the acts on stage." Here's a vid of the boys rockin' the Dodge Theatre. . .
While I was home I basically got to see all of my favorite local bands: What Laura Says, Black Carl, Kinch, Dear and the Headlights, and Miniature Tigers. I couldn't have asked for a better Christmas present from my hometown sweethearts.
And Finally. . .
On New Year's Eve I returned to the Fiesta Bowl Block party where I saw Styx as the world welcomed 2009. This year, I experienced the Doobie Brothers! This is what the New Year looked like down at the block party on Mill Ave. . .
My mom even came so that Skyler could be escorted into the 21+ areas by a legal guardian.
What an rockin' break that was. What an amazing year it has been. I've done so many things I never even dreamed were possible. Now I'm just stoked to see what Twenty-Ten has in store.
2010! Let's do it AGAIN!!!!