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Nature Rocks!

Joan Jett

Marty’s photo of the day #1895: Deb and I are back from our four-day Rock and Roll Road trip. We had so much fun mixing nature travel with music travel! For nature, we explored Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho and Antelope Island and Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area in Utah. For music, we saw Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, and Heart, outdoors at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City.

Since Deb and I are both self-employed, we work longer hours than most, and we hadn’t taken more than an occasional Sunday off for many months. Getting a break from the phones and computers was just what we needed. One thing that didn’t get any time off was my shutter-button-finger. During the four days, I shot approximately 1,700 nature and concert photos. You’ll see some of my favorites during the coming weeks, as my “photos of the day.”

Since our plan to see Joan Jett started this adventure, it’s fitting that my first post-trip photo of the day be of her. The performance order of the concert was Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, and Heart. And the reasoning for that was obvious: When Cheap Trick performed, the Amphitheatre was half-full, as people mingled about in the food court. As soon as Joan came on stage, everyone packed in and the party started!

Joan Jett put on an outstanding performance and looked younger than her years (but not as young as my wife, Deb, who reminded me the other day that she is one day younger than Joan).

One quick observation about the most dedicated of the women fans in the audience: It was easy to tell which act each preferred. Women wearing lacy outfits were Heart fans. Women wearing leather and studs were definitely Joan Jett fans. As for Cheap Trick, they were kind of the odd-group out—at least as far as the women were concerned. As Deb said to me, “Another group with a female lead vocalist would have fit the bill better than Cheap Trick.” We both agreed: The Pretenders would have been perfect and kept with the theme of all Rock and Roll Hall of Famers on the lineup.

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