I'm not sure that Jay or I have ever been "cool," but I'm quite certain that neither of us are "cool" now. We are getting old, and we aren't exactly hip. Fortunately, as our ability to be "cool" has decreased, so has our desire to be "cool."
It would seem that attending a rock concert would qualify as "cool." My parents never let me go to concerts when I was in high school, so I have only attended 2 in my entire life; I saw Donny Osmond when I was at BYU (I'm not even sure that counts), and Cocteau Twins after I had graduated from college.
On the other hand, Jay went to quite a few concerts in his "younger" days, most of which I would have loved to attend; Sting, R.E.M., OMD, Depeche Mode, Morrissey, The Ramones, Live, Concrete Blonde, The Cure, Weezer, INXS, Luscious Jackson, and Peter Gabriel, to name just a few. He even saved most of the ticket stubs!
However, Jay is a little too young to have attended a Police concert; he was only in 6th grade when they released their last album, Synchronicity, in 1983. (Jay says the closest thing he saw to a Police concert was in elementary school when the music teacher had the class sing "Every Breath You Take" while a few kids played a single chord on acoustic guitars.) I remember buying the album (on cassette tape) for my older brother for Christmas. What a great album. After that, Sting went solo and I became a huge fan.... I still am.
And now The Police have reunited for a world tour, including Phoenix this Monday night. Even though Jay and I both agreed it would be "cool" to go to the concert, we decided it probably wasn't "our thing," nor did we want to spend an insane amount of money for tickets.
But last night, just for kicks, Jay looked on eBay for tickets to the concert. We even bid on a couple of decent seats, but gave up when it topped $150 for the pair. I admit to feeling relieved when we didn't win. Then we noticed 2 tickets for sale with the "Buy it Now" option, for $29 total, and free shipping. The catch? The seats are directly behind the stage.
And then suddenly we said, "What the heck. That's hardly more than it would cost to go to a movie. Let's do it." So, we'll be at US Airways Center on Monday night along with 20,000+ other fans. For that price, we won't feel bad leaving if it's lame (doubtful) or if we feel too "uncool" to be there (probable).
On second thought, these guys are old enough to be our parents. Maybe it's not so "cool" after all.