Enjoying some Beignets with Sal!
October 31st had arrived, but we still had all day long before Halloween night. I had agreed to meet with Sal at the French Quarter at 11.45. I tried to leave with sufficient time, but it ended up not being enough because I could not find where to park! I did endless turns until I found what I thought would be a good spot where I could park my car (later I learned that it wasn’t 10 ft away from the crosswalk with a $40 ticket).
Sal had met a couple of long time friends and we all went to have a coffee and beignets to the famed Café Du Monde.
I loved the taste! No wonder it was super crowded. They had too much sugar glass on top though! You will know what I am talking about when Sal posts his pictures! Then we went to the French Market and did some shopping. I got myself a couple of small paintings of New Orleans and a cool Bourbon St. license plate. I also bought a nice KISS T-shirt for the concert at night. We did some French Quarter touring also. By 6 PM, I wanted to go back to the hostel and take a little nap before the concert! I wanted to be 100% for the night!
Sal shopping at The French Market
I had agreed to meet with Sal at his hotel by 7.30 PM so we could get a taxi to the Voodoo Fest, since we knew parking would be close to impossible. Unfortunately it was getting a little late before Sal could make it back to the hotel, so I took a cab by myself since I did not want to miss KISS! Sal texted me saying he’d be there a little later.
Soon it was 9:00 and the lights were turned off for KISS. I felt a little of that excitement of the first time I saw them live. I bought myself a hot dog while I waited. Then we saw on the screens that KISS was coming to the stage and a bit later we could hear the mythical KISS introduction with Gene’s voice: “Alright New Orleans!!! You wanted the best! You got the best! The hottest band in the world! KISS!”
With Sal at the Plaza de Armas
They opened with "Deuce". Wow, I was watching KISS live again after 11 years! The make-up does miracles! I liked the set because they did many classics they hadn’t played in a long time like “She”, “Hotter than hell” and “100,000 years”. The show was very similar to their “Alive!” album but obviously with inserts from more recent albums.
I liked the way their new song “Modern day Delilah” sounded. The show included everything they are famous for; fireworks, blood and fire spitting, breaking guitars ala Peter Townshend and much more. Many people may think (and they may be right) that KISS is just a trademark and that Gene and Paul are just greedy businessmen, but let me tell you that they do care for their audience during concerts! You DO get what you paid for! For a moment I felt like I went back in time to my teens. Paul said something during the concert that I really liked: “If you came here to hear about global warming or famine, you are at the wrong f’n place! We are tired of bands preaching when they should be rockin’! I’ll tell you what we wanna do tonight New Orleans!!! We want to escape from all that! We wanna rock n’ roll all nite and party everyday!”. I totally agree with that! I didn’t pay a ticket to be in a conference about any topic! I paid to be entertained.
Getting ready for the concert!
Take that Mr. Bono!
I like this shot of Paul on screen
The concert was over and I was truly satisfied, but one thing wasn’t right! I still hadn’t heard back from Sal! I thought he would be at the Fest somewhere so I texted him but didn’t get an answer (text messaging was a problem throughout the night! It seems that too many people was trying to text or call from the same place and msgs were being delayed, it had happened to me before). I called him and he told me that he made it to the Fest, but his cell phone’s battery died so he had to come back to the hotel or we wouldn’t be able to meet anywhere anyway. We agreed to meet at Frenchman, a famous bar street in New Orleans second only to the famous (or infamous) Bourbon St. I tried to take a cab to the place but none would stop! And I thought that parking was the problem! I finally got a cab that I had to share with 3 thrashy people who were going to the French Qt.
too. The taxi couldn’t make it to Frenchman since the traffic was just ridiculous so he dropped us somewhere in the Qt. near to Bourbon. I called Sal again and we agreed to meet somewhere at Bourbon. He was trying to get a cab with not much success. I got inside one of the many bars of Bourbon to hear some live rock music. Sal texted me saying that he was finally in Bourbon and Bienville St. I tried to go there as soon as I could, and when I got there I texted him, since it was impossible to try to meet with all those people there. By the way I haven’t described what I saw at Bourbon. It was a show that Dante could have described as hell haha. Thousands of people in funny, scary and some even blatantly blasphemous customs, most of them drunk or high and behaving in weird manners that cannot be described. I had been there for Mardi Gras, but for some reason this time it seemed a bit more all over the place for me.
Rock and roll all nite! One of the best songs of the night
Anyway, many things came to my mind while watching all that crowd at Bourbon St. It was getting late and me and Sal could not communicate, so I thought it would be better to head back to the hostel. I finally got Sal’s msgs when I was already back, so I explained him that I was sorry that we weren’t more lucky that night and that I wished we would meet again soon. It was so great to had met him at least for the first part of the day!
It was a fantastic show!
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