Remember when bustier came back into fashion and kids with mohawks and nose rings made fun of girls who walked around the mall with enormous black bows in their hair? Do you remember Voguing and wearing automotive decorations as jewelry? If you don’t remember any of those things, perhaps you’ll remember a time when long johns became outerwear and unshaven young men dreaded their hair and did not shower for days at a stretch.
There is a certain comfort in the past. No matter if an experience was good or bad there is security in looking back on a certain time and knowing that it is something that you survived, learned from and could survive again, if the need should ever arise. Memories of certain times in your life have soundtracks of their own. For people who grew up in the eighties, synthesizer enhanced dance music evokes memories of perms, hair mousse, shoulder pads and coke addled conservative politics. For people who grew up in the nineties grunge music brings up images of naked anti-fur posters, feminist poets and Ecstasy infused rave parties. This fall, two legends from the past, The Foo Fighters and Madonna will come to the Moda Center.
The Foo Fighters
The Foo Fighters is a band that was formed by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, after the death of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain. Mr. Grohl has proven to be the only consistent member of the band since its inception in 1984. The music they play is not just grunge, but “post grunge,” which Wikipedia describes as, “a derivative of grunge, using the sounds and aesthetic of grunge, but with a more commercially accessible tone.
The band has been nothing if not commercially successful. They have won ten Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year in 2014, for their song Something from Nothing. They are one of the few alternative rock bands to have repeatedly made the Billboard Hot 100.
Contrary to popular sterotype the members of this grunge band are not that grungy, their backstage rider requires that their hosts provide new underwear and tube socks, wherever they may perform.
The Foo Fighters go on stage at 7:00 p.m. on September 14 and ticket prices range from $30.00 to $327.00.
If you prefer the danceable to the introspective, fear not. Madonna will bring her “Rebel Heart Tour” to Moda on the Saturday, October 17. The tour marks Ms. Ciccone’s 33rd year in the public eye. The concert features several of the 57-year-old diva’s new songs including a ditty called, Bitch, I’m Madonna. Although the tour includes such opening acts as Amy Schumer and Diplo, no opening act is currently announced for the Portland show.
Mid-life has not slowed the enterprising “Queen of Pop.” Not only will she sing and dance her way across the stage of the arena, she will do so while scantily ensconced in costumes designed by some of the world top designers including Alessandro Michele for Gucci and Alexander Wang.
The singer has gone though many incarnations in her long career, from pop dance star to actress, to sex kitten, to spiritual guru and back to sex kitten again. She is considered to be the most influential female musical artists of all time. She is the recipient of multiple MTV awards and has the most number-one hits on all combined Billboard charts. She managed to achieve all of this while giving birth to two children and romancing the likes of Warren Beatty, Dennis Rodman and Sean Penn.
Madonna goes onstage at 7:30 p.m. on the 17th of October, tickets range from $40.00 to $5500.00.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.