Today I need to have a courageous conversation with a loved one. Philadelphia, I love you and we need to talk. There are inappropriate times to chant E-A-G-L-E-S. A concert 3 months after the Super Bowl is one of those times.
Let’s talk. Last night, Sam and I saw Keb’ Mo’ in concert. I’ve wanted to see him perform live for many years and this was my first opportunity. He’s a great musician and he puts on a good show. I prefer him without his full band, and his first couple of songs were just him and his drummer so I was thrilled. I wanted to hear his cover of Dylan’s The Times They Are a changin’, but no luck for me.
Between songs, there were a few people who felt like it was ok to yell at the stage. At first it was words of encouragement (he didn’t need them, he commands the stage like a pro), then it devolved into a weird conversation when Keb decided to respond.
Dude in crowd: “You go this Keb!”
Keb’ Mo’: “Thanks man. I hope I do.”
Dude in crowd: “Oh you do!”
Then it got weird and obnoxious. Someone decided to yell out, “Go Eagles!” That gets the biggest reaction from the crowd of the night. Keb’ Mo’ responds with, “oh yeah. Go Eagles! (chuckles) I need to tell you a secret. I don’t know much about sports.” He then starts his next song. During that song a man wearing an Eagles jersey walks up and throws his Eagles hat on the stage.
The crowd roared and I cringed. The classy and super talented musician, now takes off his fedora and puts on the cap for a 15 seconds. He is a hell of a showman, because he gave the crowd what they wanted. People loved him for it. He then he took it off, set it on the front of the stage and continued with the concert.
Between songs, people tried to get the E-A-G-L-E-S chat going a few other times but it it did not catch on. However, the yelling at the stage continued. At one point, someone tried to diffuse the football chants by starting a K-E-B-M-O chant, but it did not take.
Philadelphia, I love you. You know that I do, but football had nothing to do with the concert. The musician you came to see told you that he was not interested in your team. Just listen to the music. I like that this great town is full of weirdos. I love Philadelphia passion, but it was poorly weilded last night.
The Super Bowl was on 2/4/2018. That concert was on 5/18/2018. It’s cool to be proud, but check it a little bit.