Music has always been a huge part of my life. Growing up I would always sing along to every song on the radio. I couldn’t get enough of it. To this day, I love music. I wouldn’t be able to live if I didn’t have it. One of the best parts about music is the artist who are passionate about it. I’m not talking about the bubblegum pop artist who are literally molded into stars because they want to be rich and famous. I’m talking about people who write and sing songs because it’s what they love to do. Seeing them perform and put on a great show is amazing. it’s even better when you go an see your favorite band live. I’ve been to a handful of country and classic rock shows. As a kid my dad would carry me on my shoulders when we went to go see Molly Hatchet.
When I was 16 I went to NYC for three days and two nights. I was on top of the world. I had always wanted to go to NYC and I was going on my own at 16! Well, not on my own, but it was with a trip with my high school. It was day two of our trip. I was already on cloud nine since the night before I had went to a Yankee’s game. Day Two was kicking off with a trip to the Today Show. Back before my parents got cable, I would watch the Today show with my mom. I was excited (just like with everything else) to go. Well, it just so happens that we were lucky enough to be going during the concert series. The artist to perform was Fall Out Boy. I was beyond words of feeling. I had been listening to Fall Out Boy for years, I couldn’t wait to see them live. Especially since I knew I didn’t have a chance when I lived in West Virginia. Some people might say that it wasn’t a ‘real’ concert but it was still real to me and it meant a lot to me.
What made it so great was because Fall Out Boy was one of my favorite bands. I used to sit around in school with my best friend Normonique talking about them. I remember getting overly excited whenever they would release a new single. I actually had a wall dedicated to Fall Out Boy posters in my room. They were still performing live, and I was still surrounded by other Fall Out Boy fans. They were more amazing live than I could have imagined. Patrick Stump seemed to hit every note perfectly that day. Being that it was a concert series they played about 5 of their big recent hits. I remember singing along to every song and jumping up and down like crazy. Even though I knew it was going to be a short set, I left wanting more, but I also just saw one of my favorite bands live and I felt like I was on cloud nine. It was amazing.
Most of my favorite bands do not come around my area. I guess that’s why the Fall Out Boy experience was one of my favorites. It is something that I will never forget, and I wish I could experience it again. Only better. I’m still young, so I know that I will have plenty of time to go to lots of concerts and see lots of amazing people. I want to be sweaty and loud in the crowd. Be pushed around and singing along to one of the best nights of my life. When a band means so much to you, there’s nothing more than wanting to see them in person. You realize that they are more than just a band, more than the songs they write. They are people who can help you, and bring you joy into your life and bring people together. The Fall Out Boy was my favorite concert experience. No, it wasn’t because it was the best concert I have been to, but it meant something to me. This was a band that I loved and looked up too. It was memorable and that’s why it’s my favorite experience.