Friday, March 15, 2013

Got Green Blogfest 2.0 - I was an Irish Band Groupie.

Today is Mark Koopman's Got Green Blogfest 2.0!

What Irish story will you be sharing today?

Click on the link above to read all the great stories!

Here's mine...


This is more of a magical Irish journey story than a St. Patrick’s story. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s more interesting than corned beef.

Many years ago, shortly after high school, my girlfriend and I went on a grand adventure.

We went to see this cool band at a local theater and opening for them was a new band from Ireland. We had never heard of them but their music was awesome and it didn’t hurt that they were pretty cute.

After the show a few of them came out to the bar to have a drink or two. My girlfriend, who is much braver than I, went up to them to tell them how much we enjoyed the show.

The conversation continued, over beer, and they told us about their tour dates and asked if we would be interested in seeing them play again.

Needless to say…we did. First stop was a club in NYC, which was a blast. By the way, drinking Guinness with real Irish men, it’s a sporting event.

After we recovered, we realized that we were having a great time and decided to really follow the band around. We took time off from work and packed the car.

We followed them to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia. We ate with them, drank with them (a lot), and even stayed in the same hotels. We became groupies / roadies. We were on the guest list at each event and had our own VIP passes.

We had to go home after Virginia and they traveled to the West Coast for more tour dates. We were only able to see them in PA and NY a few more times before they headed home to Ireland and we never saw them in person again.

For us, it was an amazing adventure, a trip of a lifetime. One I will never forget about but, to be honest, I don’t recall too many of the details anymore.
I blame the Guinness.  :)

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. 

Well, I can, cause every word is true!

Have a great St. Patrick's Day!


  1. You left out a key point - what was the name of the band? Or did too much Guinness wipe out that fact?

  2. I have those types of memories, too. Shame we can't remember everything but, hey, that's part of what made them so fun ;)

  3. Oh how fun!! Is the band still around? Be funny if you were groupies for U2.

  4. Sounds like a fun way to pass some time and create some wonderful memories:) Happy St. Pat's Day to you!

  5. Hi Heather,

    I would most assuredly blame it on the Guinness :) Guinness is definitely an acquired taste. I think it tastes like burnt toast soaked in water. Yuck.

    Have a peaceful weekend.


  6. Alex - I didn't name the band to protect the innocent! Thanks for coming.

    randi lee - True. Now I know to write it all down. :)

    L. Diane - The band is no longer together. I wish it had been U2 but no such luck.

    M. J. - It truly was. Thank you!

    klahanie - It is an acquired taste, that is for sure. Don't try to eat and drink it either!

    Thanks so much for the comments!


  7. I was thinking the payoff was going to be U2 as well.

    No worries, though, you can still blame the Guinness :)

    'Howdy' from the blog hop!

  8. Brilliant story - loved it and yes, while Guinness is good for you (as they said) it's horrible for the hangovers :)

    Cheers for a fun, true story :)

  9. What a "Guinness" post (get it? Genius? Play on words kind of ..yeah ...). Glad that you participated! :)

  10. Ah, that would be fun to be a groupie for a while :)


  11. Now THAT's and Irish story! :D

  12. Mark Means - Hello! Thanks for coming. I wish it had been U2 but no such luck!

    Mark K. - Thanks so much. Thanks for hosting such a fun HOP!

    David - Thank you. I'm glad you liked it!

    Donna - It truly was.

    Melissa - Thank you! It was great fun while it lasted!

    Thanks for coming everyone!

  13. Wow, you were a roadie! That gives you a ton of cool points. Plus you drank Guinness with Irish men. Even more! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Too funny! I can totally see you as a groupie! ;)

  15. Sounds like a great adventure! You definitely should share some songs or the name of the band :)

  16. Oh, no, you can't leave it like that, you have to either do a follow up blog or just go on and crank out a full novel. If you can't remember the deets, all the more fun cooking up new ones. :D


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