Niagara Gazette — • BEST FRONTMAN: Yes, I know it is gender specific, but there was only one female headliner in the series. This one is a tough contest between Billy Idol and Bad Company’s Paul Rogers. Billy Idol had such amazing swagger it’s really hard not to award this to him, but Paul Rogers strutted around the stage like he owned the place. It’s close, but I have to give this one to Idol even though I am a longtime Paul Rogers fan.
• MOST CAFFEINATED CROWD: There were two shows where the line at Tim Horton’s was longer than the beer line. As surprising as this is, during Lynyrd Skynyrd’s show this year it was very cold for August and at one point the coffee line clearly was longer than the beer line. Nevertheless, Blue Rodeo brought the Canadians and their love of coffee, the line was ridiculously long all night. It is important to mention that Blue Rodeo’s wonderful performance required no caffeine to make it better.
• DANCING IN THE AISLES AWARD: One of my favorite things to see at a concert is people breaking out in random acts of dancing. Fans really got caught up in the moment at The Doobie Brothers, Chicago, and ZZ Top. Of the three, I have to give this one to The Doobie Brothers. It was a really fun show and the crowd was dancing all night.
• BEST SONG: The easy answer would be “Freebird” by Skynyrd, but seeing all those deceased members names scrolling behind them as the song played was a downer, even if it was a fitting tribute. There are two songs I distinctly remember being really great, Bad Company’s opening version of “Rock and Roll Fantasy,” and Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” I am going with Joan Jett because I spent the next week humming the song, and just thinking about it now is making me hum it again.