I’ve been to literally thousands of concerts.
Last night easily took the spot as the second best concert of my life (my first show, Slipknot, will always be number one).
Blink 182 is, and always will be, one of the most influential bands of my life. They came into my life when I was just getting started in this whole music world and have yet to go anywhere. I bawled my eyes out when Travis Barker was in a plane crash and barely survived. I thought it was all over. I was heartbroken when Tom DeLonge left the band to go off and chase aliens (no, I’m not kidding). I felt like my parents were divorcing all over again. I couldn’t imagine my life without this band.
I had never seen Blink 182 live before last night. All of these years of endless concerts and I just never had a chance. I was always out of town when they came near me or, when I lived in Des Moines, they didn’t come close enough for me to convince my parents to drive me. I never dwelled on it. For every Blink show I missed, I had 400 other shows I could go to. After seeing them last night, I regret every time I ever missed them but I think that’s what made last night so damn special. I finally got to see this band live last night and it was nothing short of life changing.
The night was a blur. I was more than lost in a world of nostalgia. I was surrounded by tens of thousands of people and could feel my body getting crushed by those around me but in my mind, it was just me in my bedroom at my dad’s house listening to these songs on my boombox while cutting up my Alternative Press magazines for pictures to staple to my wall.
I remember going absolutely crazy when they played their song “The Rock Show”. (Spoiler alert: the name of my blog is from that song. There’s a line in it that goes “I fell in love with the girl at the rock show”.) I remember tears running down my face when they played “Miss You” which was my breakup song when I broke up with my high school sweetheart. I remember looking to my right and seeing my friend from middle school that I hadn’t seen in probably ten years. I remember getting hit with a wall of emotions and reverting back to my teenage self as I jumped up and down to every beat and screamed every single word to every single song.
I wish I had more to say about last night but I truly just can’t find the words. I’m truly speechless (which is saying a lot if you know me).
Last night was nothing short of a religious experience for me.
Some people have church, I have concerts.
Venue: Xcel Energy Center
Sausage Fest Meter- 4 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 25
Crowd Surfers- Definitely Didn’t Pay Attention
Waldo’s Found- 4
Broken Bones- None Noticed
Spotted Flying Through The Crowd- Bodies, Toilet Paper, Inflatable Balls, Confetti, More Confetti, Even More Confetti
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None Noticed
Overall Score- 11 out of 10
Show on Deck- Alien Ant Farm/ Trapt/ Saliva/ Crazytown + More!