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Turning Heads Linkup – My Rock Concert Experience



I CANT TELL YOU HOW MUCH FUN I HAD AT THIS CONCERT. ( but I will, as it is a blog, after all! )

It was 1984, I was 16, and one of my favorite bands was playing at Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena. This was the first time I saw Journey, with Steve Perry at front and center. So, needless to say, the Def Leppard/Journey Concert brought me back, when we went to see them play this weekend at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte.

I was curious to see the various age groups and wonder who the fans were of these two awesome bands. I am and always will be a rocker chic.


Selfie time before the concert!

What I Wore

We first went to Wooden Vine in Uptown, a  fancy wine bar with great food and an extensive wine list before heading to the concert. Hubby and I enjoyed a glass and some appetizers, and met some other ladies at the bar who were also going to the concert.

So, what to wear. Well, you know I am not a big fan of black on myself, with my fair skin and light hair. It is hard for me to beleive that I used to wear all black, as color is much more flattering on me.

Regardless, it was a rock concert after all! I do remember in Music School, my Eurythmics teacher coming up to me, on a day I wore black leggings and a Metallica Tee, to express “how much more lovely I would look in pastels!” I had laughed to myself, putting on this textured black shell, thinking what would she think? !

I knew I would be wearing my Old Navy jeans, again, lets state the obvious. They are called ROCKSTAR 24/7 jeans. It was only aprapo!  

Since the shell had a chiffon floral texture, I decided to forgo a necklace and wear my dramatic jeweled red tassel earrings. I loved the long style and the knotted section of the earring. I’ll let them make the statement! As I haven’t been to a stadium in years, I wondered about the shoes I should wear, they needed to be a bit sexy, but comfort was key too. My metallic silver Jambu sandals  should do the trick.  I knew I would be standing part of the night, as this girl doesn’t just move in her seat! I didn’t just stand part of the night. I stood and danced for almost the whole concert! I was so thankful I wore my metallic Jambu shoes as they saved my feet and legs and i was able to rock out to the music! 


The stadium was packed, a full house, sold out. It was just so cool to be there and see the amount of people and electric vibe in the air. First up was Def Leppard, and they were so amazing. Joe Elliot, lead singer of DL sounded great, as did the rest of the band, not missing a step in the tunes of my generation.

I want to show you some rocker fan moves you might know if you are a fan and attend concerts- These were all used by me at this concert 🙂 

  1. The Rocker Hand Sign. I used this sign much of the night as I moved to the music and showed my appreciation for the band
  2.  Arm and Fist move- Ball your hand into a fist and move your arm to the beat- as your arm is in the air. 
  3. Headbanging- (Its not painful at all). Preferrably with medium to long hair, move your head up and down, flipping your hair . ( I was able to get in a couple of headbangs with Def Leppard)
  4. Dance to the music- just freely move as you would to rock tunes. I did for hours.
  5. The Ballad Lighter effect- or in this day and age the cell phone flashlight. Sway back and forth with your lighter/cell and move it to the beat of the music. I was laughing as the cell phone light just IS NOT the same as a stadium full of lighters ( back in the day)

. i would say back in the days of MTV, I really was interested in rock. There used to be a late night show, in the mid 80s called “Headbanger’s Ball” where the popular hair bands of the day would perform. I think this is when I fully embraced my long hair too. I was proud of my “headbanger status” and the hair that went with it.

Def Leppard

I am a huge fan of both of these bands and they did not dissapoint. Ive been a fan of Def Leppard since I was 16. Some of my favorites of DL of the night was when they played Foolin, ( love that!) Love Bites, Pour Some Sugar on Me, Rock of Ages, and my favorite for the finale, “Photograph.” “The Thunder God”, or DL’s Drummer, Rick Allen, gave an incredible drum solo. Fans probably know, Allen has one arm due to a car accident years before. 

I remember Def Leppard, and have a specific memory of the tune, “Photograph’. My brother had his friend from down the street up to our house to hang out, in the basement, and listen to music. I had a big crush on “Chip, a tall, athletic guy, we used to play tons of sports with in the neighborhood. I was a serious tomboy!  I remember all of us listening to this tune back then!

Rock of Ages and Photograph were the encores of the night, so awesome!

I thought for sure I was going to lose my voice and be unable to move come Sunday, but I am alright, it was worth it! I think I “woo-ed” so much that night, I thought I would spontaneuously “woo” and do the “rock sign” in my sleep! 

Sense of Freedom

Before I talk about Journey, I have to say last night I felt so free! It is one of the those times where you want to bottle that feeling. I am not inhibited when it comes to concerts. Part of the night, i felt I was the only one in my section standing up and dancing- or rockin out. The guy in the aisle beside me “fist bumped” me after the concert! I will always totally and freely get into music and not worry about looking weird in any way. There were plenty of ladies around me that were sitting in their chairs with their arms crossed! I just can’t do that! Music has always been a sense of freedom for me, and thats how I choose to express myself. I “let my hair down”!

on the way to the concert in my new grey tortoise shades 😉 #carselfie  Can’t wait! 

I always choose to wear a color near my face if I wear black. The red earrings do not make it look as stark against my fair skin.


So, as I mentioned i saw Journey once before as a teenager, with Steve Perry as lead vocal. Last night, Arnel Pineda, was lead vocal for Journey and if you closed your eyes, you might think it was Steve Perry! Amazing! I had head him on Good Morning America, and the tone is nearly the same- plus he hits the high notes ! What a gig he has had. He got the job after singing lead as a Journey Cover Band, when the actual members had heard him and needed to see him. Wouldn’t that be crazy, that would have been like me playing in Stevie ray Vaughns Band?

I am one to sing alot in the car. So, when “Don’t stop Beleivin” ” comes on the radio– Ill be singing! They started with one of my favorites- Seperate Ways, Any Way You Want it, and so many other great tunes. in between, Neil Schon, prolific guitarist for Journey, gave an electrifiying solo.. As a guitarist, I always appreciated his skills.

Faithfully, is another favorite song of mine, which tells a story about being on the road, and how hard it is to be a professional musician when you are apart from your family.


Hubby bought me a concert tee at the end of the show, and I look forward to wearing it on the blog this summer. This concert really brought me back to the 80s and my love for rock music. And even though my doc probably wouldn’t have approved me standing- dancing for hours, sometimes you just have to say the %$#@ with it!

I knew it would take physical therapy dry needling this week and resting two days to feel better,  , but it was worth it.

This is one memory I will always have.

Metal-lic shoes by Jambu- Thank Goodness I wore these shoes! 

My black shell has a chiffon texture

I had to throw my hair up later in a ponytail. It was so hot! At least you could see the red tassel earrings this way!

Favorite Def Leppard Album-1983

Favorite Journey Album- also 1983 Frontier

Favorite songs of mine. Photograph Def Leppard- love this tune!..Im outta love…

Seperate Ways- Journey.   ( I never get tired of hearing this tune!)

Def Leppard Video

Journey video

I miss the days of rock. It was a time in the 80s that had such an impact on me, and I would listen to music all of the time.  Hope you enjoyed this post!

I have enjoyed hearing a bit from you last week on your love for these bands.

Are you a Journey or a Def Leppard Fan? Who are your Heros of Rock? What would you wear to a rock concert in the summer?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments! 


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  • Kristin McMillan
    Posted at 13:04h, 27 July Reply

    Sorry I missed this until now, Jess. You looked PERFECT for the show, and good for you to get into it!! We may not be 17 anymore and we may have health concerns, but darn it, we’re still young rockers at heart! I’m finding that the shows may wipe me out for a few days afterwards (or not, just depends), but for those wonderful couple of hours during the concert, I’m in heaven and don’t notice a bit! We’re catching as many of the guitar gods as we can: just saw Ritchie Blackmore (alas, pretty far gone but still a legend!) and will take in Generation Axe (Steve Vai et al.) later in the fall. Hope you’ve been at those guitars of your own! Rock on and have fun. xoxox

  • Nawm D. Gerr
    Posted at 17:31h, 27 June Reply

    Love both these bands. Love your blog, you look great!

  • Wendy
    Posted at 22:56h, 14 June Reply

    Jess, you look great. Sent you a DM in IG. What color is that lipstick and who makes it? Looks great on you… great post

  • Nailil
    Posted at 18:56h, 14 June Reply

    How fun. I love your outfit, from the sandals to the earrings.

    Xx, Nailil

  • thestylesplash
    Posted at 18:31h, 14 June Reply

    Sounds like an amazing concert Jess! There’s nothing better a great rock concert, best feeling in the world! It’s been way too long since I went to one. Fab outfit, I love the long red tassel earrings!

    Emma xxx

  • Deasy
    Posted at 10:18h, 14 June Reply

    Wow, looks like you had an amazing time! I would love to have gone to a Journey concert <3 Loving your pop of color earrings!


  • cheriejamesp
    Posted at 19:12h, 13 June Reply

    Jess, you look soooooo cool, I especially love your red statement earrings, they just make the look! Looks like you had a wonderful time. XOXOXO


  • Kelsey Bang
    Posted at 19:03h, 13 June Reply

    two of my favorite bands growing up! what a dream concert!


  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    Posted at 11:38h, 13 June Reply

    Such a great concert outfit! I would have LOVED to go to that concert!!!

  • Chrissy
    Posted at 06:16h, 13 June Reply

    This is such a fabulous post. I love to sing and thinking about someone performing in a cover band and then one day getting picked up is crazy. I love your outfit…so fitting for the concern or anywhere really. Those long red earrings are gorgeous and how fabulous that you made Jambu look even cooler. Wonderful look and post. 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:48h, 13 June Reply

      Thank you Chrissy! I know right? I couldn’t imagine what that feels like, a dream?! Yes, Jambu was my saving grace or I dont know if I could have danced like i did! xx

  • Suzy Turner
    Posted at 05:55h, 13 June Reply

    You look gorgeous, Jess! And it certainly sounds like you had an amazing time. I love all the rock music from the 80s too – it was one of the best eras for rock, right?!
    Suzy xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:47h, 13 June Reply

      Thanks Suzy! Yes, the hair bands/rock bands were my favorite. I apparently missed Bon Jovi when he was here, would like to see that band! xx

  • Laura
    Posted at 20:52h, 12 June Reply

    This looks like so much fun! Love your outfit and those fab statement earrings!

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 18:53h, 12 June Reply

    What a blast! These same bands are playing here soon and I would have actually liked to have gone. I wasn’t a huge fan of Journey when they were popular but they bring back so many memories for me now I’ve really learned to appreciate their music more.

    Loved reading about your experience and the fact that you dance and let go. I could never understand people not wanting to groove along to the music.


  • Elle
    Posted at 18:38h, 12 June Reply

    What a fabulous look you are wearing. I love you in black especially when you wear the red earrings. That was a very smart styling tip. I am so used to seeing you in color that I was surprised to see you and black.

    You wear it beautifully of course. I am so glad that you went to the concert and enjoyed yourself. I am equally glad that you rested and now feel better now !

  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 16:10h, 12 June Reply

    What a fun post—you clearly had a great time at that concert and your enthusiasm is contagious! Love your long red tassel earrings too—I need a pair of those in my life!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  • Meagan Brandon
    Posted at 16:03h, 12 June Reply

    Ahhh, what an awesome concert! You lucky duck! Glad you had a blast and I love the pop of red you added to your outfit with those fab earrings.


  • Darlene Messinger
    Posted at 13:30h, 12 June Reply

    Jess, I LOVE your rocker look. Of course, you made the look current with red tassel earrings and that adorable bag!! What a fun night! Brings back memories! Thanks for sharing.
    xx Darlene

  • Joi Smith
    Posted at 12:22h, 12 June Reply

    You look INCREDIBLE Jess- LOVE this look!!!

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 12:11h, 12 June Reply

    Looks like you had a fab time Jess and you are rocking that look, I love the earrings 🙂

  • Ashley
    Posted at 12:09h, 12 June Reply

    I love your concert look, lady- such a super fun outfit for a concert!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • mummabstylish
    Posted at 12:05h, 12 June Reply

    Sounds like you had such fun! & you certainly look the part Jess, I love the earrings. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  • Deborah Stinedurf
    Posted at 10:34h, 12 June Reply

    You look all kinds of fabulous Jess! I love the Leppard…we’ve seen them many times and they never ever disappoint!

  • Jennie
    Posted at 09:56h, 12 June Reply

    Sounds like a blast, Jess! You are rockin your rocker chick look! Love the long tassel earrings with your pretty black shell. Each of those songs bring back such fond memories and I can still sing every word. So glad you had a fabulous time!

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 09:27h, 12 June Reply

    Oh Jess, you looked sooo concert CUTE! I love the earrings, I would’ve been so excited I couldn’t stand it! Music from this generation, ours, was soooo much better. So glad you got to do this.

  • Shauna
    Posted at 09:14h, 12 June Reply

    Now this looks like a TRUE rock concert! Love your statement earrings…they are the perfect piece of baubles for a night like that!!



  • Elise
    Posted at 09:11h, 12 June Reply

    I would have loved this show!! You look is perfect for a concert, those earrings are amazing!

    xx, Elise

  • cassidl
    Posted at 09:06h, 12 June Reply

    you do Rocker Babe really well, love the look Jess and what a fun time. Our rock star boys ensure I get to see many a great concert but it never stops being exciting does it. Don’t forget Thursday and A Labour of Fashion ( I know you won’t but I love having you link up)

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 09:04h, 12 June Reply

    Oh Jess, I love this look on you! It is perfect for a Journey concert and those earrings are freaking spectacular! It looks like you had so much fun! I have not been to a concert in years and think I may need to change that soon! Thanks so much for sharing your concert experience.


  • Tatiana MoskatovaTatiana
    Posted at 08:53h, 12 June Reply

    I love your outfit, Jess! It is exactly what I would wear for a rock concert! I like the combination of your earrings and a bag!


  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:37h, 12 June Reply

    What a fabulous time you had!! And i had to laugh at the photo with the people in it—most of them are in our age group or older!!
    I always think that our taste in music doesn’t seem to change as much as other things. I will hear people my age still listening to the music from their youth!!

  • Amy
    Posted at 08:16h, 12 June Reply

    I’m glad you had so much fun at the concert! You wore the perfect outfit for a rock concert. You look amazing! One of my favorite outfits of yours!

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 06:50h, 12 June Reply

    Oh now I cannot wait until we go in August! I know I’ll be standing, singing, and dancing all night! I’m already worried about what I’ll be wearing on my feet! My husband saw Journey a few years back and loved the new guy – he really does sound so much like Steve Perry which is so crazy! That almost never happens but I am so glad it did because I love Journey’s music. I have loved Def Leppard since day one, lol, I was 16 too. We just can’t wait and reading your post just gets me more excited, I know it will be a great show! And what’s with the women sitting all night with their arms crossed? That is crazy!!!!
    You looked like a gorgeous rocker chick!

  • pamelagreer
    Posted at 06:17h, 12 June Reply

    What fun! I used to listen to music all the time too and go see bands every weekend!

  • Maureen
    Posted at 06:05h, 12 June Reply

    Rock on sista! Lol 😂 It sounds like SO much fun and I am glad you had a great time. You are looking good in your effortlessly chic outfit! The red earring are a nice touch to add color against your black top.

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • Mary, The Pouting Pensioner
    Posted at 04:53h, 12 June Reply

    Jess I LOVED this post, from your pitch-perfect outfit and right on down to the concert “moves” tuition! Journey and Def Leppard were my son’s teenage period so I’m slightly familiar with them but so much more with Metallica, who I’ve never stopped liking. My son was forever playing out the intro to Enter Sandman on his guitar up in his room. We even named our cats of the time Hetfield and Ulrick! Hugs and thanks for the memories!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:53h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you Mary! I am glad you noticed the rocker hand signs etc! Glad you enjoyed it, as I have fun writing it after the concert. I love Metallica too, and saw them in concert years ago. With teaching guitar, I am a fan of Enter Sandman, as I had students too, that wanted to learn it. Love that your cats are named after the band mates! 🙂 xx

  • Laurie
    Posted at 04:45h, 12 June Reply

    Go You! Fashionista rock chic! xx

  • Jill James
    Posted at 02:52h, 12 June Reply

    Great outfit for the concert, the red earrings just add that point of interest. Sounds like a great rock concert, so glad it was all you hoped. Many thanks for Turning Heads Tuesday, Jess. xx

  • awayfromtheblue
    Posted at 02:13h, 12 June Reply

    I love your statement earrings, and that sounds like such a fun concert to go to! It’s been years since I went to one, haha! I was pregnant for the last one!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that you are having a great start to your week 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 02:11h, 12 June Reply

    Perfect outfit for a rock concert Jess! Deff Leopard was played over and over by my son who loves playing the electric guitar. So glad you had a good time xx

  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:04h, 12 June Reply

    Oh this brings me back! I love rock music too! I know exactly how you telt, we have been to a few unforgetable concerts the past year. That video brings back memories. Of Journey that is. And isn t it fantastic that days after the concert you wake up every morning with a song from the concert in your head! Great outfit for a concert too! Have to get back for the linkup. It s not open yet!

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