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October 26, 2009

Monster Jam!!?

So a friend of mine is obsessed with Monster Jam so I decided to look it up and see what the heck it's all about.

I drive a very small car (and I drive it very nervously), so the idea of anyone being able to drive around in a big monster truck is scary enough to me... Definitely doesn't sound like something I'd call "entertainment", but I gave it a shot and looked up a few videos on YouTube. Wow. That is some crazy shit right there.

I still wouldn't consider myself a fan, but I do have a new found respect for those drivers. And as a fairly artistic person, I do think that those trucks look pretty cool. (And the names are kinda cute, almost like Roller Derby names.)

But then there's the darker side of Monster Jam... This past January, at an event in Tacoma, WA a 6-year-old spectator was killed when he was hit by a piece of debris. The driver was quoted There have only been seven fatal incidents over the past 35 years (the last before this being almost 17 years ago) but it's still creepy and scary to think about it.

And I have to wonder what kind of an environmental impact these sorts of events have... Monster trucks probably leave monster "footprints", no?

I probably won't have the guts to go see any live competitions, so I think I'll just stay home and watch the monster truck episode of Phineas and Ferb with my kid and pretend I'm there. But for those of you who are interested in checking out some tire-spinning, gear-grinding, clutch-burning, back-firing, paint-trading, red-lining, over-heating, throttle-stomping truck driving fun... here ya go!
11/13 - 11/14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico: Tingley Coliseum Tickets
1/9 in Atlanta, Georgia: Georgia Dome Tickets
1/15 - 1/16 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Bradley Center Tickets
1/29 - 1/30 in Greenville, South Carolina: Bi-Lo Center Tickets
2/6 in Tampa, Florida: Raymond James Stadium Tickets
2/19 - 2/21 in Worcester, Massachusetts DCU Center Tickets
3/27 in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sam Boyd Stadium Tickets

(The above is partial list, go here for more dates.)
Correction: There aren't any Tsongas Arena tickets for Monster Jam. I have no idea how I did that. I suck at life. The only Massachusetts shows are actually at the DCU Center in Worcester. Sorry for any inconvenience! But I don't know... if you had your heart set on going to Lowell, MA the closet thing you can get is a ticket to see Dashboard Confessional. That's almost the same thing right? Heh.

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