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Monday, April 10, 2017

April 2017 - #Atozchallenge - Heaven's it's H

H is for Huey Lewis and the News.

Huey Lewis is responsible for my concert addiction.  He doesn't know that of course, but back in 2006 I won tickets to one of his concerts through a radio station.  I wrote about that last year during the A to Z - R for Radio.

It was the first concert we had been to in many years and Huey Lewis really rocked.  He was so good, even Chicago, the other group playing that night, had him come out on stage with them.  His performance with them was the best part of their show, in my opinion.  My pictures, however, are not so good.  I even printed some of them in black and white to see if that would help.

Since that concert in 2006, we've seen Huey Lewis at least 4 times.  All the rest have been at the Mountain Winery, where we are able to get good seats near the stage.

In 2009 we saw them and our seats were pretty close, about the 5th row back!

Dwight Clark was in the audience and he went up on stage to sing "Hip to Be Square," which is a song that he and some of the other then 49-ers had sung back-up vocals on.  At the end of the show Huey says, "I'm Huey Lewis and you've just heard the News!"

A few years later, in 2013, we saw Huey again at the Winery.  This venue is such a good one that there are almost no bad seats in the house.  We were a little farther back this time, Section 11.  They were doing a special "Sports" tour, celebrating 30 years of their musical album of the same name.  Although the album I am working on is all about concerts and other stage shows we've seen, I like to incorporate other things besides music so for this layout I used papers from this We R Memories scrapbook pad called MVP.  

There was a sheet that looked like the sports section of the newspaper so I used that for the second page.  On it I was able to include a partial review of the show from Jason Debord of Rock Subculture.  He's got some great pictures but then again, he has press credentials!

Even though the songs aren't sports related, I used other embellishments on the layouts to give it that sporty feel.  I broke the set list up and put it on two separate pages because the first part of the concert was the whole Sports album, front to back, and the second half was other hits of theirs.

They did their typical ending where they all come to the front of the stage and pose together.  

We've seen them twice more, once in 2014 and again last year but those aren't scrapped yet and I have to get on to the letter "I" so they will have to wait.  Each of those years has a story and I can't do them justice by rushing.  

There's "H" and again I say it is Huey Lewis' fault that I am such a concert fanatic now because if he had had a bad performance that first time we saw him, I don't think we would have been in such a hurry to spend the money on another show.  After all, those tickets were free and Chicago was a disappointment so we (I) wouldn't have felt the pull.  

How about you?  Ever seen Huey Lewis?  Been to the Mountain Winery?  Go to concerts?  Share!

You can click over to the main A to Z Challenge page to see what other participants have come up with for this letter, and come back to see what I has for us!


  1. I'm all about music, classical, rock, country, and on and on !!! Music is a gift to the world. Great read for the 'h' ... <3 Blessings

    1. Thanks! Classical and opera are not ones I appreciate but the rest for sure!

  2. I always think of the movie "American Psycho" when I hear Huey Lewis and the News. I really enjoy the "Sports" album, especially the 25th anniversary edition.

    1. I didn't see American Psycho so I don't know about that. Sports is one of my favorites too.

  3. Huey Lewis had to put on a great show - he was always such a goofball in his videos that live would be 1000 times better!

    1. We were pleased with every show we saw except the last one. It was raining so he had to stop in the middle of the performance for a bit because it was an outdoor show. When he came back out he wanted to sing some new songs but we all wanted to hear his old ones, especially since it was a shortened show. Other than that, he is pretty funny on stage.

  4. I was never lucky enough to go to a concert of importance. I went to a couple outside but nothing to mention. Memories are so great to fall back on, aren't they?


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