Sunday, October 18, 2009

In Which I Attend my Very First Concert

(...and proceed to totally fangirl out on you. My apologies.)

Some of you may be aware that I like Snow Patrol. A lot. Not only do I think their music is great, but I think that Gary Lightbody is a brilliant lyricist.

Hallo, Gary, thanks for the brilliant lyrics. I like your shirt.

Also, he's Irish; what's not to like? So you can imagine my excitement at not only going to my very first concert, but seeing my very favorite band for said very first concert. Plain White Ts opened for them, and they were good (although, honestly, "Hey there, Delilah, if I hear this song one more time, I will have to bang my head into the dashboard and I'll bleed, you know it's true. So overplayed are you, are you..."), but I thought, hrm, maybe concerts aren't so awesome after all.

But then these guys came on:

Oh, hey guys. Nice job! Seriously. Especially you on the piano, and the drummers.

And it was. so. awesome. I'm pretty sure I had a ridiculous, idiotic grin on my face the entire time. Now I get the appeal of live shows. Plus, the lead singer was hilarious. He probably could have said anything in his accent and we (the audience, which was awesomely diverse, including a seventy-something-year-old couple near us--Old Couple, you are Impossibly Cool and made my night) would have loved it, but he was seriously funny.

(Example: someone threw something on stage and he picked it up. "It's...an inhaler. So this means that whoever threw this, when I chase you down, you aren't going to be able to outrun me." Further example: "San Diego is a very sexy city. You're all beautiful. I think it's because you play outside, and you swim in the ocean, and you live in the sun. In Ireland it [freaking] rains all the time. So we have to start bands." YAY IRELAND FOR RAINING ALL THE TIME. I owe you one, you beautiful country you.)

He was very charismatic onstage. The whole band looked like they really enjoyed what they were doing, which, when you think about how many times they've played those songs, says something.

Hey look! There's me! And my cute sister. And Wonderful Lauren, who made the whole thing possible. Yay Lauren for buying too many tickets!

The company was great. Lauren and I had a great talk that proved we think Way Too Much about Snow Patrol, and we got to analyze lyrics and CD themes together and talk about how brilliant they are. While everyone around us just went ahead and had another beer.

So, all in all, a rousing success.

No, Snow Patrol, San Diego (hearts) YOU!

And, just for kicks, here's a little clip. So. Good. Fortunately you can't hear me singing along. Now I'm going to go plot how I can be famous so that someday I'll get to meet them and gush about their music and they will be like, "Who is this tiny girl and why does she talk so fast and please can we leave now?"

21 comments:

Natalie Whipple said...

So much fun! I'm still pretending I was there...

Wasn't it great when he did that thing? Ya know. Remember? Yeah, it was HILARIOUS. Wow.

Sigh, so awesome.

Stephanie L. McGee said...

So glad you had fun. Live concerts are enjoyable if it's a band you like.

T. Anne said...

I'm glad you had a blast. Thanks for sharing!

CMOM Productions said...

*sigh* I love concerts! I'm so glad you had an good experience!

Mariah Irvin said...

Amazing! Hopefully I'll meet them someday, or at least go to Ireland to fully thank the country for providing us with beautiful music!

CKHB said...

Ah, I remember my first concert... GNR & Metallica, with Faith No More opening. Metallica played for over four hours. Yeah, baby.

Sadly, my computer is currently refusing to play videos, so I'll have to come back another time to check out the clip...

Lily Cate said...

Ah, my first concert was The Smashing Pumpkins in 199...6? Yeah, I think that's right, I was barely 16. But nothing beat seeing Neil Young at Alpine Valley the next summer.

Maya / מיה said...

I LOVE live concerts!! In fact, I even love them when I don't even love the band before I go... I just saw Suzanne Vega perform in Israel and now I love her. My husband and I try to go to a few concerts each year (and we're really cheap in our normal life, honestly).

Elaine 'still writing' Smith said...

I'd go to watch band consisting of a geezer playing spoons, while his friends add the melody by blowing through combs wrapped in paper!

Live music takes good music towards the sublime and lets you share it with others too.

Anissa said...

I'm so jealous! Sounds like an awesome time. :)

Shelli said...

i didnt realize this was your first concert!

Dominique said...

I'm glad you had fun.

And that's for posting the quotes from the concert. I literally began to laugh out loud.

Liam said...

*MAJOR JEALOUSY* But still, lucky you! Glad you had fun. Now I have to to go hunt for a ride/money for a concert.
Crap.

Kasie West said...

I love Snow Patrol. So much jealous over here.

jessjordan said...

Oh Snow Patrol, Snow Patrol, how I love thee ... I saw them a little over a year ago in Orlando, and they were so awesome. I don't know if they do it at every concert, but they pulled some random audience girl onto the stage to sing along with Fire to the Third Bar, and it was so cool. And I was totally jealous. Even though I would've passed out if it'd actually been me, and if I hadn't, I would've sounded like a dying frog.

Also awesome in concert? The Fray. And Butch Walker. And Anna Nalick.

Man, I love concerts!

DavidaY said...

So thrilled for you. Sounds like it was awesome.

candicekennington said...

I think live concerts are so inspiring. I actually came home and started writing my first book after a concert my husband took me to for my birthday. Glad you had so much fun!

Stephanie Perkins said...

HURRAH!! I'm so happy your first show was so fantastic.

Also, he does NOT look like a Gary. What were his parents thinking? I don't believe that's his real name. No way. He's way too cute to be a Gary.

LaurenHoya said...

Ah, I love the shout-out! I'll send you my videos when I get them online (provided that you can't hear me singing). So glad we all got to go together! Let's make it a ritual, okay?

Kiersten White said...

Lauren--Yes, absolutely!! I'm already wishing I could hit another of their concerts before this tour is over. Ah well.

Whirlochre said...

Did your trio of enthusiasts mob the stage?