Thursday, September 8, 2011

...the girl at the rock show...

Oh yes. I bet some of you noticed I wasn't here last night and that's because I am awesome and was at yet another concert. And it kicked my ass because I didn't get home until 2:30 am, couldn't fall asleep because I was overtired but dozed off around 4:30 am only to wake up a 6. Got the kids up, Olivia to school, Jack to my mom's and then I was off to work.

Muther fracking rockstar.

Anyways. So Kate and I went to see the Honda Civic Tour when it came to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota and the headliners were Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance. The bonus was that we had Matt & Kim as the opener band it was their first night on the tour in addition to being their first show in an arena setting.

Admittedly, I only know a few Matt & Kim songs but from what I have heard I can say I'm interested. But after seeing them pretty much kill it live? More than interested. They were lively, they were fun and they obviously enjoy what they do.
 Highly energetic live show isn't really giving it due justice.
 After Matt & Kim came My Chemical Romance fresh from the firing of their drummer a few days ago and off of their own tour this Spring. I will say I am very glad that my first MCR concert was in April at First Avenue (despite it being so incredibly fucking hot in there that I thought I was going to pass out from exhaustion and dehydration) because they were amazing at that show. They played an almost two hour set after having fantastic openers, they did an insane justice to their already great music and it solidified me as a fan.
 This show was good... but it was lacking. None of the band members were energetic and it felt like they limped through this performance which was only an hour long. They mostly played songs off their latest CD but of their entire set, only two of the songs really kicked ass. One was most definitely "Planetary (GO!)" because it was fast and loud, the crowd was into it, and it felt like that was going to be the momentum they need to get the show moving. Sadly, it wouldn't happen and the other song that was the highlight of their set was Gerard's solo of "Cancer" which is just a great song anyways for his voice, but to have it as the last of their set was kind of great.

I was super disappointed to not hear "Mama" because it's probably my favorite song of theirs. But they of course did "Black Parade" but I thought they could have kicked ass more on that. Also- I don't know if there was a delay between the sound and the screens, but at a few times I wondered if Gerard was really singing live or if they were using backing vocals.
 After MCR there was quite a bit of time until Blink 182, the headliners, came on. We made friends with our friends in the row before. Cameron on the left and Sons of Anarchy dude on the right.
 They were awesome and I'll be emailing them pictures because their phones were being useless whores.
 And you know I can't go anywhere without trouble. This show I was seated to a rather heavy man and his scary looking girlfriend. Nothing really spectacular there other than the fact they both smelled so incredibly horrid that I felt like my lungs were going to burst. I had to keep turning towards Kate to huff in oxygen because this man's body odor was depriving me of it. And he was dripping with sweat. Every time he would move his head it would feel like a sprinkler was getting me. It was disgusting. I'm not a fan of disgusting people. So here's a picture Kate took of me and my disgusting friend.
 But then YAY Blink182 came on. No lie, Blink 182 makes me feel like I am 16 again riding the god damn city bus to Dairy Queen for work. Or sitting in front of my locker waiting for the home room bell listening to my Discman. Fucking old school yo.
 I love Tom. FYI. I would do dirty things to that guy. MMMMM.

But they played an amazing set. If you lived under a rock and had no idea they have been on hiatus for awhile doing their own projects for a few years.... you would never know it. They sounded great, they had great stage chemistry still and despite obviously gaining a bit of weight and looking their age.. they are all still incredibly swoon worthy.
They played a few new songs but mostly killed all of the fan favorites from pretty much every album.

 They played for an hour and a half I believe, so it was a really full set. The encore though? Best encore I have seen in quite sometime. I don't care what anyone says but I doubt many would disagree with me, but Travis Barker is the best drummer our generation has. Hands down, no question. So during the encore when him and his drum kit literally went above the crowd? The entire arena went insane. I am loving this picture because you can see the drum sticks as only a blur.
 Confetti! The disadvantage to having ample boobs is that confetti gets stuck in your boobs and you don't know it until you try to shower.
 It was such a great show and I am so glad I got to go. It already makes me itch for my next concert and though I had hoped to see Foo Fighters next week it's just not going to happen. *sad face*

What isn't sad is being away from disgusting guy and his girlfriend. Oh, I should mention they both fucking fell asleep during Blink's set and I can't even believe that. So I obviously got a picture of them sleeping. Seriously. I had been up since 4:30 that morning and this was taken around 11 pm, so don't tell me about being tired.
So yes. Good show.
Kate and I had a lovely time and despite being sisters in law, we're a great date. I even let her touch my ass though she swears it was an accident. *suuuuuure it was, Kate*

So. Tomorrow is my Dear Sara post so if you have questions of any kind for me, email me at sarastrand9438(at)hotmail(dot)com. No questions are off limits (as someone emailed to ask that) so fire away bitches. Also, if you want to see other pictures from this concert, friend me on Facebook. Or be a loser.


Cherie said...

I'm going to see them next weekend! Looking forward to it. Glad you enjoyed yourself!

Cherie @ Refractions

Anonymous said...

I've always wanted to go to a show with confetti. We must do this sometime :) Looks like you had a great night though!!! And made some nice new friends ;)

Ruth said...

That show is playing in Des Moines tonight. I wanted to take my daughter but couldn't afford it. If it were later in the month...
Maybe next time.

Julie H said...

How can you fall asleep at a rock concert? So weird!?!?

Unknown said...

I wish I could have seen this tour. It sounds amazing!

____j said...

I'm so jealous you got to see Blink 182!

Steff said...

I was at a Flogging Molly concert a couple months ago in a super small venue and some dude was just sitting in a chair sleeping! I couldn't believe it haha

Looks like a great concert and you had tons of fun!!!

Dana said...

I don't really like Blink or MCR but I would have gone to see Matt and Kim if I knew they would be there! I live 6 miles from the Xcel. Check out this Matt and Kim video! You'll love it.

Lena B, Actually said...

New follower! #600! I feel so special!

Blink 182 was my first concert... (along with Primus & Mighty Mighty Bosstones)... I was 18! lol So they remind me of being young too!

Looks like you had a GREAT time! Jealous!