Growing Up


“Pardon me, but I have some growing up to do.”

I remember that introduction by Peter Gabriel like it was yesterday.

I last saw Peter in concert back in 2003, in Toronto, the North American leg of his ‘Growing Up Tour’ in full swing.

The last concert I attended.

Until now.

Our 13-year old cornered me (after mom’s clever deflection) holding her IPad like it was a sacred scroll, a gleam of want in her eye. The band ‘Fall Out Boy’, her absolute favorite, just announced a 2017 concert tour, with a stop in Toronto.

Who is this Fall Out Boy, you ask?

Good question.

They sing the song ‘Uma Thurman’.

Now you know as much as I do.

The words ‘are you kidding, you’re not grown up enough’ resounded in my head, but I held back, opting to listen patiently to a well-rehearsed argument. I left her with a firm ‘I don’t think so‘, to which she promptly replied, ‘tickets go on sale in two days’.

Thanks for the deflection mom.

The decision was left with me.

Not grown up enough.

I considered the expression, what it meant.

And it got me thinking.

I’ve grown older since my last Peter Gabriel concert, fourteen years ago.

But I’ve not grown up.

Not yet.

And that’s okay.

In the words of Walt,

Within an hour of hearing this outlandish request –and, having had the foresight to tap into my American Express card’s ‘Membership has its Privileges’ option, I ordered a pair of pre-sale tickets, two days in advance of the general ticket release date. Great floor seats.

We’re going to see Fall Out Boy, at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.

I guess both of us still have some growing up to do.

Until next time,

Five things you might (not) hear me say at a Fall Out Boy concert,

“The drums could be louder.”

“What’s with all the phones, doesn’t anyone hold up lighters anymore?”

“Hey, pass that sh*t this way.”

“Wow, only $65 for a t-shirt, that’s a bargain.”

“Did you know they’re all classically trained musicians?”



25 thoughts on “Growing Up

  1. I think you will enjoy Fall Out Boy, Mike. They have great song titles like, “This Ain’t a Scene It’s an Arms Race.” “Centuries,” is a good tune. My favorite is “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark.” Have fun!

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    1. They do have good songs, I know I’ll enjoy the concert. I have until October, by that time, I’ll be well acquainted with their music. My daughter may regret her decision! Cheers Susan!


      1. I see your point. I find some of his tunes catchy so yeah, I might sing along… much like Rihanna, I suppose. I don’t like her but she has a couple of songs I like. 😆 Sometimes, we need to separate the music from the musician. ☺

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      2. I agree, there was a time where the performance mattered, but now, if the tune is catchy, I don’t care who sings it. I recently heard a song on the radio I liked, It Ain’t Me, by Selena Gomez, great song. Cheers Anne!

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  2. In the immortal words of the Bard of the Caribbean, “I’m growing older but not up
    My metabolic rate is pleasantly stuck, So let the winds of change blow over my head
    I’d rather die while I’m living than live while I’m dead” Hopefully death is not a requirement to attending a Fall Out Boy concert.

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    1. Great quote! I’m sure I’ll survive Fall Out Boy, but because I haven’t been to a concert since 2003, I figured I needed a warm up before October, so I’m going to see Jimmy Buffett’s ‘I Don’t Know Tour’ in August. Scratching one item off my bucket list with that one. Cheers!

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