I thought I knew what I was getting when I stumbled into the Target Center last night. It was an arena show and it was sure to be over the top and completely fake. I didn’t care. I had a good friend by my side, a few shots of Fireball starting to take over, and a smile on my face.
Macklemore seems to be one of those performers where either you love him or you hate him. There’s really no inbetween. I’m one of those people that loves him. Usually I’m the first one to shoot down a super popular musician. I typically don’t like them because I don’t feel they are honest and they are just in it for the money. I feel like when you reach a certain point of fame, your integrity goes down the toilet. Something is different when it comes to Macklemore. Honestly, he can do no wrong in my mind. I think he has a great voice for what he does, he’s attractive, his lyrics tend to be relatable for me, and, after seeing him live for the first time last night, I felt that he still has that integrity that most people in his shoes would have lost by now. Some people think he’s the worst thing to ever happen to the music industry and I respect that but I will disagree with you until the sun comes up.
As soon as the music started, it’s like I forgot where I was. I was so excited to finally be seeing Macklemore + Ryan Lewis live and just truly couldn’t believe it was finally happening. If you know me, you know that I don’t dance. It’s not for me and it always just feels awkward. Something was different about last night and my friend and I danced around like we were in the privacy of our own homes. I don’t know what came over me or why I felt the need to act like an idiot but the music was fun and I was truly happy about everything as I stood there and screamed along to some of my favorite guilty pleasures.
Macklemore seemed to play every single song that I wanted him to play. He played a bit of the old, some of the new, and actually played my favorite song Arrows which features Fences (my future husband… okay, he’s married with a child but he’s this gorgeous and super talented singer songwriter that has collaborated with Macklemore a few times now.). Macklemore snuck a few hit songs into the middle of his set which, at first, I thought was strange, but made ended up making sense. He just has too many bangers to save them all for the end.
Sure, it was obvious that some of the music was tracked and usually this is a huge turn off for me but, because I was expecting it, I didn’t really care. Why does Macklemore get to get away with this when I bash metal bands that do this? Because it’s expected. It’s an arena show… that’s what happens. Even with the tracking, the show still felt real. What Macklemore said in between songs about his love for Minneapolis seemed genuine. He seemed genuine. I mean, come on, the first song he played when he took the stage was Light Tunnels which is basically a song about him feeling a bit uncomfortable with his over night fame. The fact that Macklemore walked out to this song was a great way to start and really did make him seem real. It almost made him feel like a real person… a friend. So yeah, he tracked, but that didn’t ruin the night for me.
The last song Macklemore + Ryan Lewis played was Downtown. I absolutely love this song because it’s a feel good jam that you can’t help but sing along to. Another reason I adore this song is because it features the singer of Foxy Shazam. The last time I saw Eric Nally, the singer, was with Foxy Shazam at the House of Bricks over ten years ago. I remember watching him eat cigarettes on stage and thinking, damn, this guy is crazy. Years have passed and he has stopped eating cigarettes but he was still just as crazy as he ran all over the stage. Just hearing that voice and seeing Eric on stage took me right back to the days of frequenting The House of Bricks in Des Moines, Iowa. I wasn’t expecting this wall of nostalgia to hit me like it did but it was just the icing on the cake for a great night of live music.
So maybe I don’t remember everything from last night. What I do remember is drinking a little too much, dancing like a complete fool with a good friend, and having the time of my damn life.
What did you do last night?
Venue: Target Center
Sausage Fest Meter- Even Split
Average Age of the Crowd- It Was All Over The Board
Crowd Surfers- 1- Macklemore
Stage Divers- None
Broken Bones- None
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None
Celebrity Sightings- None
Overall Score- 10 out of 10
Show on Deck- Royal Canoe