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Parents strive to find a common interest with their children.
Terry Armstrong, 50, found a bond with his daughter Moira, 21, through their mutual love for classic rock. It not only fueled a lasting bond and saw over 280 acts (and it’s not over), it also spawned a book.
Released next week “Aerosmith to ZZ Top: A Dad & Daughter’s Rock & Roll Journey,” which chronicles many of their concert accounts, but also delves into their life and relationship and how music relates to those memories.
Terry Armstrong grew up in Warren, graduated from LaBrae High School and Kent State University, and has worked as a teacher, principal, superintendent and administrator in several area school districts. He is currently the Treasurer / CFO of the local Boardman Schools and lives in Howland with his wife, Kim.
He grew up with rock music from the 70s and 80s. His mother was only 14 when she gave birth, and his eventual stepfather was the same age.
“Having young parents, I listened to a lot of classic rock” Armstrong said. “Dad really hooked me up. … They were so young, it was almost like a big brother, big sister relationship.
Moira, a Howland High School graduate who will be in her final year at Kent State majoring in English and American history, has heard a lot of music from her parents – classic rock from daddy and everything from ’80s pop to her mom’s country – but it was rehearsing for a dance recital featuring music by Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson that ignited her passion.
This dance training came in handy a few years later when Moira and other girls were able to dance on stage with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for “Dancing in the dark” during a concert in 2012 at the Penn State University Arena.
“The first time we saw Bruce Springsteen definitely stand out,” she said. “The first time you see an artist, it’s so exciting. “
Another early favorite was Styx and REO Speedwagon at the 2013 Ohio State Fair.
“Being very close to the stage and feeling the drums, it was incredible”, she said.
They also walked away with a set of drumsticks that were thrown into the crowd, one of the many keepsakes they collected along the way. Cheap Trick bassist Tom Peterssen gave them earplugs when he saw them sitting directly in front of a speaker wall. They had their picture taken with Cheap Trick, Steve Van Zandt and Joan Jett of the E Street Band (who also autographed a pair of black Converse tennis shoes for Moira).
They traveled to Florida to attend a concert and saw 59 members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame perform live. While rock bands dominate, they have also seen Tony Bennett, Dolly Parton, Cher and several inductees into the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame. Terry introduced Moira to many acts of her time, but she introduced her father to contemporary acts like The Tallest Man on Earth.
“We are fortunate to live in the Mahoning Valley”, said Terry. “We’ve got some stuff here, and you can also drive close by and see a lot of different bands.”
The idea for the book was inspired by “The promise of reading” Alice Ozma’s memoirs of how her father read to her every night and the books they shared. Moira said her mother bought the book for them.
“It reminded us a lot of our relationship” she said.
With so many gigs, trying to remember everything would be difficult for most people, but Moira kept a spreadsheet with a color code of all the shows they saw, when and where they saw them and which ones. acts have been inducted into different music-related halls of fame.
“I thought my wife was the most organized person I have ever met” said Terry. “Then when we started this process, Moira pulls out this spreadsheet. “
Moira, who has also published a chapbook of her poetry, said it was initially strange trying to write together.
“I write a lot as a student in English and as a creative writer, and it’s not something that is a collaborative process” she said. “Not because he’s my dad, but just having another person in my creative process wasn’t something I had never done before. I was a little nervous about it, but I think we worked really well together… I also learned a lot from his chapters.
Terry added, “I have had so much fun with Moira since she was born. It was so much fun writing it down and reliving it, especially during the pandemic when we couldn’t go to the shows. “
The last gig they saw was Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden in New York in January 2020. They don’t know what the next gig will be. Terry is hoping to attend the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland on October 30 (the 2021 Foo Fighters inductees are on his concert list), but he can’t wait to see something sooner.
Moira is more worried about returning to concert halls after more than a year of isolation. But once she’s ready, she won’t wait for the to-do list to make her comeback.
“I don’t have super defined ideas” she said. “I am open to everything around me. If it’s someone I know I love or a band I can’t wait to see I think it’s going to be special. Over a year is the longest we’ve spent between shows.