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Friday, June 23, 2017

April 2017 - #Atozchallenge - Verifiably V

Okay folks, here it is...the last letter in the A to Z Challenge that I skipped.

V is for Van Halen!  We had pretty good seats for this one, on the floor in the first row of the second section.  We were afraid that we weren't going to get a chance to see them because after the tour started they cancelled a bunch of their shows because they said they overbooked themselves.  Of course there was speculation of fighting between them and/or drugs as per usual.   Fortunately, our show was not one of the ones that was cancelled.  

Kool and the Gang were the opening act and they got the crowd off to a good start.

There was a big screen behind the stage and Van Halen used it extensively.  Having the images on the screen like that makes it easier for me to get some great shots.

Eddie may be getting older but he can still play a mean guitar.

I must admit that although there are a lot of songs I like, I was not a very big Van Halen fan in my younger days.  To be honest, I don't even know if I can tell the difference between the songs that David Lee Roth sings from the ones that Sammy Hagar sings.  Given that, I thought they put on a pretty good show.  My husband, being a bigger fan, was a little disappointed.  I know that we both were not thrilled with the little tidbits that David Lee Roth put out there about his old girlfriends and his dog.  Sing the songs, don't give me your personal history.  He did his twirling of the microphone and some leg kicking but I don't think he was nearly as acrobatic -- but he is getting older!

A huge cloud of red and black confetti spread over the crowd and I managed to get a few pieces to include here.  I included a shot of the area seating and marked where our seats were in this layout.  

There were also two reviews of the show in the local papers and I have included those with the scrapbook as well.

So, there it is.  I can finally say I really finished the A to Z Challenge.  Looking back on it now, I realized that I had originally intended to tell a bit more about my scrapbooking process and explain different techniques I used and the supplies, etc.  However, as I got farther and farther into it, I realized that I didn't leave myself enough time to do that and the pages that I had done a while ago I could not remember the different names of paper styles, etc.

I also realized that I TAKE A LOT OF PICTURES AT CONCERTS!  I have come to the conclusion that I don't need to keep every single picture I take and that I need to be more selective and edit them before I print them.  I was getting free prints from Shutterfly because my son worked for them and that was one of his perks.  Since he doesn't take pictures he let me have them.  I had a lot of pictures printed that way.  Now that he no longer works there, I have been trying to take advantage of their sales and giveaways and be more careful about the pictures I have printed.  I'll still take a lot of pictures at the concerts because you never know when something special is going to happen, but I don't have to keep them all!

Now it's time to start thinking about what I can do for next year's A to Z!  Hope you have enjoyed reliving my concerts with me.  Love to hear any comments!  

Even though the challenge is over now, you can still click over to the main A to Z Challenge page to see what other participants have come up with for this letter if you are so inclined.


  1. How fun you captured some confetti to include in your spread. And I think it's particularly appropriate to end with. Congratulations on the "official" completion of the A-to-Z challenge. That was quite the undertaking and I think you did a fabulous job. Looking forward to what you come up with for next year, and in the meantime, happy concerting.

    1. Thanks Deborah! I am giving next year some careful thought. At least I have gotten 26 more concerts in my book now, though I am still sadly behind in that regard. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Well, congratulations on finally finishing the Challenge.

    Sounds like it was a great show. Van Halen has really become a family affair, hasn't it?

    1. Thanks, John. Yes and they all seemed to get along! Glad I can truly say I finished!


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