Two weeks ago I wrote a blog post about The Hu, a Mongolian folk metal band formed in 2016. I had never heard of the group until three days before I wrote the post, but thanks to a comment from Clive at Take It Easy, I gave a listen to their music, and I liked what I heard.
After I wrote the post, my youngest son, Pat, told me that he was a fan of their music. I mentioned to him that as part of reading about The Hu, I discovered that they were going to be in town at the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion for a concert in about 10 days, along with Megadeth, Five Finger Death Punch (5FDP), and Fire From the Gods. He suggested we go to the concert, and while I was a little hesitant at first, we decided to go.
I didn’t know any of the other bands, all of whom were heavy metal. In fact, in another strange coincidence, another blogger, Ray V at Mitigating Chaos, had left a comment on my post about The Hu, saying they made 5FDP look like a girly pop band. I had to look up what 5FDP stood for, and then lo and behold, 10 days later I’m watching them perform live in concert.
Heavy metal is not a music genre I listen to, but I had become impressed by watching videos of The Hu, so I was excited for the concert.
I have to admit, I was a bit out of my element. There was a lot of black clothing, and a lot of tattoos. But they were all into the music, and you can’t ask for more when at a concert. And there were people of all ages, from people who appeared to be about my age (old), down to grade-school age children.
I also have to admit, I think I heard the f*** word more in one night than I had probably heard in the past 50 years – and that was from the performers! It seemed as if the f*** word was a key part of every song played by 5FDP. And most of the audience was chanting the word along with the performers.
My take on the concert was that the music itself was quite good since the guitarists and drummers were phenomenal. However, I could have done without the lyrics, at least the few words I could understand.
Overall, my son and I had a great time. There aren’t many things better than a live outdoor concert on a perfect summer night. I also got to step out of my comfort zone, and it was well worth it.
Here’s a clip I found on YouTube of The Hu performing at this concert:
This is not the first time that something I wrote about on my blog led to a real-world connection, and I’m sure it won’t be the last…