Tipsy mums and Rock and Roll dads
Last night the band finished their set and ran to a smaller stage out in the audience to do a few songs. Behind the stage a couple started to kiss and the crowd went wild. That’s when I started to look around me and notice the vast range in Coldplay’s audience. They have the groupies up the front in homemade t-shirts and sneakers, the boys who stand and rock their heads and then there are the ‘others’. Ladies and Gents I would like to offer this blog as a tribute to all those tipsy mums and rock and roll dads in the Coldplay audience.
After much time spent on tour watching the band, I have developed a new way to view the gig, through the eyes of the audience. Now I spend much of my time watching people’s reactions and dancing to the songs whilst the band plays. I adore watching the escape that Coldplay creates for many. You know the story, all the kids are at your parents and you and your partner get a night out to let your hair down like you did before the school runs. I’m talking about the rock and roll dads and tipsy mums, I adore you! The dads all slamming your fists in the air and allowing Coldplay to take you into a trance like state where you can rock your head without your teenage son moaning! I enjoy even more watching the ‘tipsy mums’. You know the type. I’ve been one myself. Your partner buys you a ticket, you stand screaming lyrics to the songs into their face and dance around them with the help of a white wine or two. He stands smiling at key points when he knows he needs to, purely to keep you happy. The rest of the time they stand with a blank expression on their face, exchanging looks at the other blokes in the same position as them. Their eyes say it all;
‘Look what I have to take home in the car later!’
‘At least your missus isn’t screaming Guy’s name like she’s 16’
But I love it. Ladies letting it loose like they did to Bay City Rollers all those years ago. Even cracking out a mum two-step, knowing it’s been too long since you danced you forgot how to, or holding back because you feel past the age of jumping up and down and rocking out. I say let it all go. You are a delight to watch and I love watching you all!!
Tipsy mums and rock and roll dads you are an inspiration to us all and I can imagine a real driver in why a band would create beautiful songs for you to sing to in your pinot grigio haze. Keep us all happy and whatever you came from let it go, tonight is your night to be a tipsy mum and rock and roll dad, embrace it!