May 20, 2018

I Love The 90s Concert


I Love The 90s Concert
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for May 20, 2018


On Friday, we headed to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester to get a CT scan on Luke's liver.  Here he  is with his hepatologist, Dr. Leise.   You may remember a year ago when we had a scare that Luke was going to need to get a heart and liver transplant.  Here's the post on that.  We were very happy to hear that the nodules on Luke's liver have shown no signs of growth since his last CT scan.   This means that we should be able to enjoy a drama free summer without worrying about any new health concerns.  We found out he's going to probably have his liver checked every 4 months indefinitely.  We always know that every day with good health is a blessing and we try to live each of those days to the fullest!

  
On Friday night, we connected with our good friends The Zitzewitzes to go to the "I Love The 90s" Concert at Mystic Lake Casino.  We were so excited to get our Hip Hop on!


The "I Love The 90s" concert features a bunch of awesome rappers from the 1990's.  This era was for me was after college and before kids.  It was a time in life when I loved to party and often times that involved dancing to the songs of the people who were performing.  Young MC opened the show.

  
Young MC may not be quite as young as he once was, but he sure still knows how to "Bust A Move".  I was very impressed with how his rhymes still flow with ease.  Although it was hard for me not to notice that this picture kind of looks like how I imagine he looks when he's going to the bathroom.


Next on stage was Tone Loc.  He had us bouncing to his classic tunes like "Funky Cold Medina" and "Wild Thing".  He sounds just as raspy as he did 20 years ago.  I loved it when he invited a bunch of ladies on the stage to dance with him and things just kept getting wilder the rest of the evening.


We danced and sang all night.  It was so much fun.  I was kind of impressed when I checked my Fitbit at the end of the night and had about 8000 more steps for the day then I usually do.  So I know my fat butt was moving!


Color Me Badd was great, but I noticed one of the lead singers wasn't dancing as much as he used to.  I guess we are all getting old and not in quite the same shape we were 20 years ago.  


They were still awesome to hear and I loved listening to their hits like "All 4 Love" and "I want to sex you up."  Good stuff.


Rob Base was one of my favorites back in the day.  Probably because I loved to rap back then and it was easy to switch his lyrics from Rob Base to Todd Swank.  Like "I want to rock right now, I'm Todd Swank and I came to get down!"  Classic.


I was so impressed with Salt-N-Pepa.  In my opinion, they stole the show and probably should have been the headlining act.  I had forgotten just how many hits these ladies have.  They were so good and we jammed along with them to "Push It" "Shoop" and "Let's Talk About Sex."  I didn't want their set to end!


I remember not too long ago when cameras were banned at concerts I'd go see at Mystic Lake Casino.  That doesn't appear to be the case any longer as there were cameras and phones everywhere!  I guess the Selfie era has really changed things.


Of course, when I found myself standing next to Tone Loc on stage, I had to get a Selfie of my own!  I just wish my arms were longer so my dang head wouldn't appear so big.  I also made a note to myself that when I take selfies, I need to change my expression.


Vanilla Ice was the headliner and he was awesome.  Unfortunately, he really only has the one hit song so he covers some others and spends a lot of time just getting the audience all pumped up and shouting back and forth to him.  By this time of the night, I was ready to get on stage and engage with the performers.


I had tried earlier in the evening to get on stage, but was unsuccessful.  I was able to make it happen during the final performance with Vanilla Ice and Tone Loc.  Unfortunately, this was as close as I could get to Mr. Ice as the security guard in front of me decided it was time to start clearing the stage.  I did have fun up there for the last 10 minutes of the show or so.


Vanilla Ice doesn't look anything like I remember him from the 90's, but he sure still attracts a crowd around him.  The ladies were loving him like crazy!


All in all, we had a fantastic time in our flashback to the nineties!!


Miss Sheri and I got really carried away with pictures and videos for this one.  I ended up with 600 different files and nearly 5GB worth of content!  I edited most of the videos together here and it's almost a half hour!  We hope you enjoy it!