Don't get me wrong...I've been enjoying the 10-day festival since the first one in 1984 and I have the original plastic beer pitcher and a Franklin Hill Musikfest wine bottle to prove it. I just never felt the need to go to any of the big named acts, until this year.
Back in March when I heard two of my all time favorites, Pat Benatar and Blondie, were appearing together I just knew I had to go. I purchased our tickets online on March 27 and was like an anxious kid waiting four months for Christmas.
This show was worth every penny! If you had told me 30 years ago that these two powerhouses would still be belting out tunes in 2009, I wouldn't have believed you, but they both were as strong as ever. As soon as Pat hit the stage I was transformed back to a 20-something and that feeling continued when it was Deborah Harry's turn.
Both groups have about a zillion #1 hits between them so every song performed was like hearing from an old friend. I did find it interesting that Pat Benatar won't sing one famous line in "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" - I guess as a married mother of two she just prefers the crowd sing "before I put another notch in my lipstick case" and we were happy to do so.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Blondie closed the show with an unspoken tribute to the late Michael Jackson by singing a cover of "Don't Stop'Till You Get Enough". Keep singing, Debbie...I'll never get enough.
Did you see the show?