We’re finally settling back in after a great week in New York. As I sit back and read reviews, commentary and general press about the Rock Hall event, I just kind of giggle to myself about the wonder of it all. In the internet age, there are certainly a lot of opinions about every little thing. When you’re on the inside looking out, you realize just how misinformed almost all of the internet chatter really is. So and so is really an ungrateful asshole, no the other guy is, no the rock hall organization is, no the entire music industry is. What’s he got to complain about? He’s worth $20 million. The truth is, there’s a little bit of truth and a whole lot of mistruth and misunderstanding in all of it. In other words, don’t dare believe what you read on the internet and anything you say WILL come back to bite you. Tom would say, “You can’t win, no matter what you say. So why say anything?”
Judging from internet commentary, the general public seems incredibly negative. Our daughter was looking around at some chatter about the band last week online, and said “Wow, Cheap Trick fans sure are negative.” If you just read the message boards, that is what you would think. That’s why the band won’t even go there. Would you? It’s pretty sickening. Of course we know Cheap Trick also has a very loyal fan base who has stuck with them for a very long time, but people are very willing to tear people apart from the anonymity of their computer screens.
But honestly, when you sit back and think about all of it - Steve Miller’s rant in the press room, the Black Keys rebuttal, the jabs between the CT and their former bandmate, Gene Simmons’ rant about rap, NWA’s eloquent acceptance, but then bolting immediately after they received their award - there’s nothing to do but laugh. In most cases, I can see some valid points on both sides. It is good entertainment, as it should be. You experience what you make of it. Whether you want to take the opportunity to thank people who helped you along the way or use the platform to call out wrongs, it’s all ok. Everyone has a right to use the platform how they wish.
It’s rock n’ roll, and things should be shaken up and at least a little controversial. “It is all very Spinal Tap.” is what Tom said, and he’s right. That movie was so funny because it was so ridiculously real. As for me, I got lost in the hallways backstage looking for the exit. There were people everywhere but no one to tell me which direction to go. I was instructed to leave the building during the finale and be waiting on our ride out back. Of course I did, and we still had to wait nearly an hour to leave. In the end, all I could do was laugh at myself and everyone else there. Good times and great memories!
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