Shafik, me, Minaz and Faiza.
Minaz, Faiza and Shafik all grew up in Nairobi, Kenya before moving to Canada. In the past when they've hung out, they'll talk about people from "back home" and the conversation continues with me flipping my neck back and forth through their hurried chatter. I tease Minaz all the time about being an immigrant when we hang out as a family. She'll know about all kinds of fruits and meals that my parents liked to eat in Africa. Mom, Dad and Minaz will talk animatedly about Africa. I attempt to keep up while I avoid trying weird looking fruits that my Mom has found at the local African/Indian grocery. I'm pretty sure no one was going to try to take fresh produce into the SkyDome so I knew I was in for a great night!
Our lovely benefactor with one of his many rock and roll stank faces!
Shafik shows no mercy!
We entered the Dome and arrived at our great seats!
We sat in the front row of this section.
I really didn't have any expectations for opening act Kid Rock. Truthfully, I was looking forward to him singing "Picture" (preferably live and on key) and that would have been enough for me.
Kid Rock was ELECTRIC! He has so much energy and charm and even though I couldn't make out a lot of what he was singing at times, he had me pumped! His band was fantastic! We were all impressed! He sang (very well), played a great version of "Everyday People" on piano along with drums, guitar AND deejayed! We were off to a great start!
Shannon Curfman whose voice filled up the Dome. She was incredible! A couple songs later, a shirtless Kid Rock said good night to a crowd who were on their feet.
While waiting for Bon Jovi to come out, the immigrants started with their chit chat catching up about the other immigrants they knew. Minaz and I talked with a group of Korean students who had received tickets as a thank you for volunteering at the Toronto Green Community. (If you want to learn more about TGC, Minaz does a great job of showcasing them here.)
Minaz and the Koreans.
Back to the concert...the lights went down, everyone was screaming, flashes were going off everywhere and we feasted our eyes on this...
Who needs a dog?
I'll leave you with some more pictures from the night and will say that even though Richie Sambora chewed the same piece of gum throughout the night and whilst singing, he was great as the lead on "Lay Your Hands On Me" and redeemed himself (a very tiny bit) in my eyes. Jon was amazing and adorable and you'd never know he was 48 years young with a torn calf muscle by the way he danced and sang and smiled that gorgeous smile. Ending the night with "Living on a Prayer" was bliss! Thank you for a great night Karim!