The Oregon Stencil Sticker
There is little more nostalgic than one’s first concert. When I was 13, I saw Cheap Trick at the Arizona State Fair. I swooned over Robin Zander and caught a guitar pick that Rick Nielsen had thrown. I carried that guitar pick everywhere. As a matter of fact, over 30 years and dozens of Cheap Trick concerts later, I still carry a Cheap Trick guitar pick in my wallet everywhere. My current concert love is Griffin House. I’ve been lucky enough to see him perform in San Diego, Phoenix, and Denver.
When Chris unveiled his newest sticker, the discussion behind the inspiration quickly led to a discussion of all of our concert experiences and what an impact live music has had in each of our lives.
For Chris, his first concert was Shaun Cassidy at Chicago Fest. His favorite live concert of all time was Grateful Dead at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton Ontario in 1992, followed by seeing Rush in the Roll Your Bones Tour. Jef’s concert experience started with Huey Lewis and the News followed by BB King, although Phish at Big Cypress will always be his most prized concert experience.
While we each carry different musical taste, we each remember one thing from our concert history; seeing the stage back and side lined with road cases stenciled with the band name. Although functional, used to transport instruments and equipment, they are an iconic reminder of the bands you’ve seen and loved.
This was exactly Chris’ inspiration of this sticker. Reminiscent of the stencil you see on roadie cases at concerts, it is a gold stencil of the word “Oregon” on a green, rectangular sticker. Oregon is the place we all love and where our hearts are. This sticker, like the stencil on a road case, is an iconic reminder of what we love. Oregon.
We all want to hear from you. What was your first concert, your favorite concert, your most memorable?
Until next time,