Local 40-something workplace colleague, Ben, says he hasn’t been this excited since the release of Naked Gun 3.

The Gen-X coworker has today put his infamous Drazic-style eyebrow ring back in, and is furiously googling roller blade outlets within walking distance of his leaf inner-outer suburban enclave.

With primary-school-age twins at home and a 2006 Holden Statesmen in the drive-way, life now longer throws ‘a big night’ at Ben that often.

Aside from the occasional second-marriage-bucks-party and maybe a Christmas party that he can’t leave early from because it’s on a boat, Ben is fully commited to the dad-life.

Or as he calls it, ‘babysitting’ – which is a weird but very Gen-X way to describe raising your own children.

However, tonight, there’s going to be an exception to the rule. Because Ben and one his mates from indoor cricket have got two standing tickets to Rob Thomas at Margaret Court Arena.

Rob Thomas is an American singer, songwriter and musician, best known as the lead singer of rock band Matchbox Twenty. After twenty years dominating the charts with his four-piece post-grunge-pop-rock powerhouse, Thomas has also recorded and performed as a solo artist, with “Lonely No More” released in 2005 becoming his biggest solo chart success. Thomas received three Grammy Awards for co-writing and singing on the 1999 hit “Smooth” by Santana.

Rob Thomas is also a God for members of Generation X, or anyone who are old enough to remember watching the Berlin Wall come down but young enough to not really know what the moment represented.

Ben is 100% one of these guys. So much so that he even contemplated re-frosting his tips for the first time since The Offspring came to town in 1997.

“This is going to be so dope” says Ben.



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