The past four nights have been nothing short of amazing.
I got to see one of my favorite bands play two albums a night for four nights at a good old fashioned rock club.
Each night was just as good, if not better, than the last.
It was night after night of reliving my youth. I heard songs that took me back to 10 years ago. I heard songs that took me back to last week. That’s the great thing about bands like Alkaline Trio. They are always relevant.
The first time I saw Alkaline Trio was in Portland, Oregon at the Roseland Ballroom. I decided I wanted to spend a week with my cousin out there so my dad bought me a plane ticket and off I went. My cousin had NO idea what she had gotten herself into. One of the shows I took her to was Alkaline Trio, Death By Stereo, and Rise Against at a beautiful ballroom. After seeing them live, a life-long obsession ensued. I’ve seen Alkaline Trio a couple times since, but at big venues such as The Rave in Milwaukee or First Avenue in Minneapolis.
Being able to see such a “legendary” band in such an intimate setting is something that words can not describe. Matt Skiba was within arms length of me. Matt Skiba. (Yes, I went complete fan girl all four nights over him.) Things like that do not happen everywhere. Some of the other shows they are playing on this tour are at venues that hold 900 people. Here, you’re lucky to fit 450 people in The Triple Rock Social Club.
There was not a boring night during this stint. I feel bad for people who only got a ticket for one night. Each night left you wanting more. It didn’t matter how tired I was or how sore my legs and back were, I didn’t want it to end. It didn’t matter if I knew the album or not. Everything, every night, was amazing.
Having a day job made these four days some of the longest days ever. Add to getting sick the other day (hence the no post for night three; sleep quickly became the most important thing in my life aside from the shows and work), it’s been a long week. People think I’m crazy for spending $150+ on going to see the same band for four nights in a row. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m crazy, but you can’t put a price tag on experiences like this. There will never be another chance for me to see Alkaline Trio play those 8 albums over 4 nights at The Triple Rock.
Line Up (for the final night)
Sausage Fest Meter- 8 out of 10
Crowd Surfers- 5
Broken Bones- None
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None, but there should have been 4
Found in the Pit- 1 broken pair of glasses