Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Jailbreak from the Straight Life


In 1976, the legendary Bon Scott wrote a song titled, "Jailbreak" which was featured on the album Dirty Deeds Done Dirt cheap by AC/DC.  I recently learned that Scott regarded this single as one of his best songs ever written because of the metaphor the song uses for life. According to Clint Walker, who wrote a biography on this legendary musician, the term jail was being used as a blunt metaphor for the "straight life." For those of you who follow my blog, you know my life has been a bit off the "straight life" path for a while now and things have been quite crooked. But crooked in a good way. The past nine months have been a roller coaster ride, moving to Scotland, starting a new job, and especially in the past 2 months. Spain, Ireland, Portugal, and Morocco, life has been so adventurous recently. And the past 36 hours was definitely a jailbreak from my day to day life in the burgh.  Now some of you may remember back in March I traveled with my friend Lynsey to Dublin to celebrate St. Patrick's day. While there, I met a crazy german joker who introduced himself as Shaggy Shamrock. Some of you jokingly call him Sven, and others refer to him Rawlf, but I like to simply call him the German. Since Dublin, the German and I have kept in touch and discovered that we have a lot in common, one being our passion for music. And not just music, but rock and roll.  I like to think I am pretty educated on the topic of music. I grew up in a household with 6 jukeboxes playing songs from all eras; thanks to my dad! So when the German told me about this AC/DC Live at River Plate show in London, a world premier event, I knew I had to enter to try and win tickets to the show.  So I entered and as luck would have it, I won! Of the thousands of people who entered to try to win tickets, this American girl won.


I got the email last Wednesday, and let me tell you, I don't think I have been that excited in quite some time. But not just because I would get to see AC/DC in one of the greatest venue's off all time, the Hammersmith Apollo in London, but because I was able to share this experience with a true die hard AC/DC fan. So just 72 hours after returning from Morocco, I returned to the airport and hopped a flight to London for the premier show Friday night.  And as I walked out of the gate, and saw the German standing there with a sign he made with my name on it, I knew at that moment I was in for one crazy 36 hour trip.
After a quick drop and go of my bag at the hotel, we headed to a pub right around the corner of the Apollo to meet some other die hard AC/DC fans. There were Italians, Germans, Australians, Scotts, Irish- people representing from all parts of the world. There was even a girl who had flown in that morning from Canada just to see the world premier. Before I knew it, we were heading to the theatre where fans packed the outside of the Apollo trying to get a glimpse of the rock legends themselves. The atmosphere was electric, and I was loving every minute of it. 

Then into the theatre we went where the band came on stage to introduce the film, after a quick message from their friend Ozzy Osbourne. The next two hours were spent rocking out to the Live at River Plate show. It was awesome! The Angus Young solo which was 15 minutes of him sleighing the guitar was some of the best talent I have ever seen by a musician. I was honored to be in the same room as him. Before I knew it, the show was over, so it was time to reunite with more fans for a night out on the town. 

The German had decided that he would plan our Saturday's itinerary, and I wasn't allowed to know any details of the plan. Even though I spent a lot of time nagging to find out any information I could get, he wouldn't speak a word of what I was in store for. This drove me a bit crazy, but I was pretty impressed he could keep the secret. Finally on Saturday morning, he got out the ipod and started playing Bohemian Rhapsody.  I have another rock and roll love affair with the band Queen, specifically the legendary Freddy Mercury, and as Freddy belted out, I was presented with a print out of two tickets to the musical We Will Rock You. I have seen a lot of musicals in my day, but this by far was the best, and I would see it again in a minute. If any readers out there are traveling through London and looking for a musical, see this one. It's like being at a rock concert.
After the musical we spent some time wandering the streets of Soho where we stumbled upon a few vintage music stores. Then we found the best hater blockers in the city!

We even took a rickshaw ride through the district, checking out chinatown,  until grabbing some drinks and heading to a local park to just sit, enjoy the weather, and people watch. It was a fabulous day.

 Unfortunately as the sun started to set, I knew I had to be up at 3:45am to catch a night bus to make it all the way to London Gatwick, so I could make it back to the Burgh for work today. As we said our goodbyes, in the early hours of the morning, I was sad to see the whirlwind end, but am ready for the 18th of May when the German will be visiting the Burgh. Top weekend in London, no doubt about it!
 Until next time, I will see you on the internet. 

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