With the Minnesota State Fair just around the corner, it seems rather timely to take a walk down memory lane – back to the early eighties. But let’s get things straight; I’m not proud of all the choices I made back in my youth. Don’t judge my music tastes on this one, because I actually bought a ticket to hear Air Supply at the Grand Stand. The only reason I even ‘fess up to this embarrassing fact is that the story is too good not to share. Believe it or not, it’s one of my most vivid State Fair memories.
If you were there (go ahead and admit it!), you’ll know just which concert I’m referring to. My friends and I found ourselves sitting in the midst of hundreds of young teenie bopper girls. They were screaming and cheering for this sappy, syrupy love song-saturated duo from the moment they entered the stage.
It was only two or three songs into the set when lead singer Russell Hitchcock stepped out onto the ledge in front of one of the oversized speakers at the edge of the stage – just when a throbbing base line pumped through it. Russell, in roughly five-inch heels, lost his footing and went flying off the stage. Really. There he was lying on the cement about 10 feet below.
The band finished the tune and then the second half of the duo came to the microphone and announced (in his very Australian accent), “I’m sorry Russell has fallen off the stage, I cannot go on.”
That was it, concert over. Teenage girls crying into their t-shirts as the ambulance pulled away.
Thankfully, Russell came out of it with no more than a broken bone. And we have a humorous memory of days gone by at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
I know you’re probably all nostalgic for a little Air Supply now. No doubt this one is a favorite of yours.
That’s one of my more interesting fair memories. What about you?