Thursday July 26th was the night for the Bellamy Brother’s concert which was held at the Sandy City Amphitheater, in Sandy Utah. My husband and some friends and I went out to see the classic country artists. What was a very exciting night, turned into sheer disappointment at the hands of Mother Nature. I was so excited that was all I thought about all day long. They have been my favorite band now for numerous years, even though they have been around since about the time I was born. I would do just about anything to see them perform. Drive near or far, pay or not, I have to see them if they are in town and I have a way there.
The day had been nearly perfect, the perfect outfit, the perfect company, and heck even the perfect hairdo. That in itself was quite the accomplishment. We get to the venue, and there is nowhere to park. So we had to park a little distance away, but the walk was worth it. The weather wasn’t stifling like it had been and there was even a cool little breeze. It was perfect. We stop and get our snack’s and park ourselves on the grass where we had general admission. Not too bad, a comfortable seat, and a great view of the stage. The crowd wasn’t exactly what you would expect at a country concert, but we were all there to have a good time, and it looked as though a good time would be had by all.
The first band hit the stage and right off I have to say that most of the people were not impressed. The were somewhat of a new band, and no one knew who they were. They sounded okay enough, except for the fact that they had taken previous songs, and changed the lyrics. They stayed around for a while to sell their new C.D. and sign some autographs, but their table was pretty much a ghost town.
Then the moment I had been awaiting since clear back in March when I found out they were coming, The Bellamy Brothers made their way to the stage. They started off with a couple of cute little jokes, thanked the crowd, and started belting some of their greatest hits. We too got a little treat as they sang a couple of songs from their new album. They have a new release of a song called “I’ve got a drug problem.” It was a great song and not quite what you would expect. You have to hear it for yourself. I myself, being a longtime fan absolutely loved it!
There were some people dancing, singing (including myself),and having a great time.
Lightening had started about a half hour into their set, and the concert announcers came on stage and said that there was little to no threat of precipitation. And they played on. I was in heaven. And then it happened. This torrential downpour started and people started to leave. I decided I wasn’t leaving until they made me. I had come to see them play and that was my entire intention. So I sat there getting wet, and happy as a pig the day after surviving slaughter. They finished playing their seventh song, and then concert promoters were on stage telling us “Folk’s, due to the rain me must say goodnight.” I immediately was so not happy. Other’s around us didn’t seem too happy either. They said they would play us out, but I think they were pushed off stage, because they didn’t finish the song that they just started. Maybe it was due to the fact that people continued to stand and watch them perform even after being told to leave.
As we were leaving the rain got worse, and by the time we reached our car, it was like someone turned on a faucet. As we made our way home driving through the streets it was a little scary. You could barely see the lines, and there was probably shin deep water covering the streets. We made it but it was a slow journey. Friday, I watched and waited, even checking their website to see if they would be sticking around to somehow compensate for us buying tickets to the show and only being able to see half of it. I know it wasn’t The Bellamy Brother’s fault, and I know they will return. I am sad that I didn’t get to see the entire show, but glad that I saw what I did. Mother nature on the other hand is all to blame, and it’s lucky for her she doesn’t have a bank account. I would be getting a refund for the dirty little trick she played on us. As far as Sandy City is concerned, thanks for bringing them to our fine state, can the disappointed fans please get some compensation? I’m sure plenty of us would have gladly stayed and got a free summer shower to go along with our concert, and all that we ask is that we are given something for only getting part of the show, after all isn’t it the ticket promoters for the concerts that put in their ad “rain or shine?” It rained and the fan’s are not shining. See you next time around boy’s you still rock!