Arizona Bucket list No. 71 – See the Gin Blossoms Live

… at the Arizona State Fair, no doubt!

It’s hard for me to think of any other definitive Arizona bands that we followed, growing up, except for Jimmy Eat World and the Refreshments. I don’t really like Jimmy Eat World, or the Refreshments, musically. Just my personal taste.
But, growing up, I was very into the Gin Blossoms. In junior high I knew all the lyrics to every single song on their 1992 break-out album, Another Miserable Experience.

So when my friend Allyson Bills invited me to see them at the Arizona State Fair this year, I couldn’t say no.

It’s actually a wonder I’ve never seen them in concert live before this year. Actually, I won tickets to their show at some out-of-the-way Northern Arizona casino, playing a bill with Everclear, earlier this year, but I couldn’t go. I had to give my tickets away.

So, when I finally saw them in 2017 after being a fan for like 25 years, it was well worth the wait. They did all my faves like “Hey, Jealousy,” “Found Out About You” and “Allison Road,” and some of their biggest hits like “Hear it From You” and “Follow You Down.” And a special highlight of the show was a Tom Petty cover, as an homage, since we lost his earlier this year.

All in all, the GB didn’t disappoint. Now, time to kick back with some Hendrick’s or Beefeater and try to forget those crappy $12 state fair beers I drank before the ferris wheel…

butter balls
This is what you eat at the AZ State Fair.
Robin Wilson, lead singer of the Gin Blossoms, at the Arizona State Fair, Oct. 2017.
Deep fried cheesecake state fair food
Deep-fried cheesecake with a total sweetie, Allyson Bills. AZ state fair Oct. 2017
Gin Blossoms power jam at AZ State Fair 2017

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