By ELIZABETH GARONE
89 Def Cougars assembled and ready for Friday's show.
Full disclosure. Growing up in the '80s, I was not a big Def Leppard fan and never even considered going to one of their concerts.
But two-and-a-half decades later came the irresistible bait: the ticket plus a pre-party at a gorgeous Alameda home with alcohol and catered food and 88 other moms like me, chartered buses for the ride to the show and back, and a T-shirt emblazoned with "Def Cougar" across the chest, all for a mere fifty-five bucks.
I was in, big fan or not.
Last September's word-of-mouth event attracted 47 East Bay moms; this year's event, 89 -- plus a waiting list. "Clearly the band still has it," co-organizer Karin Fox, an Alameda real estate agent, told me. This was Fox's fifth Def Leppard concert.
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As you may have already heard, a couple of days ago, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine told musicradar.com that he was "hoping that whatever is in the White House next year is a Republican" (he knows politicians aren't robots right? Surely that should be a "whoever," not a "whatever"?) and gave his own rather bizarre opinions of all of this year's G.O.P. presidential candidates.
Blame it on Halloween, we s'pose, but this is quite a week for artists performing as other artists here in S.F. Obvs there's that iPort-wet-dream of a garage/punk show Friday at Brick and Mortar, but here's another, possibly way stranger happening: Tomorrow night at SFMOMA, the performance artist Ann Magnuson -- best known as an NYC club girl, member of '80s weirdo rock band Bongwater, and purveyor of strange characters -- is doing an exploration of "the rock star as witch doctor, myth maker, and ritual sacrifice." This will involve some sort of live show where she'll play David Bowie, performing his early '70s songs in a "tribute cabaret."
Later, we assume, the ever-cagey Magnuson will also "embody" (?) Jobriath, the first openly gay glam rocker. And it gets better: "The performance also will incorporate dreams, Jung, human sacrifice, Aztec shamanism, and all things dark, bloody, and beautiful," according to its website. Which, whoa! Arty types assuming the Bowie pose ain't nothing new, of course, but this iteration sounds interesting.More »