Concerts; a source of enjoyment and a good time

By Melissa Steven
October 28, 2005

Everyone has a particular passion in life, something that makes them so happy and gives them something to look forward to. For me, it’s seeing my favorite bands in concert.

Most people see me as a nice, quiet and polite girl, but get me into a concert and I am the complete opposite. I do not go to them like every week, but I save my money and wait for those six or seven shows a year that I live for. This past year was a sad one because I only got to go to about three concerts. This past month, though, I did get to see the Foo Fighters perform with Weezer.

This was the first time I got to see the Foo Fighters live. I had already seen Weezer, and so I was looking forward to this concert very much. The great thing about concerts is how everyone there is in such a great mood. You get down to the stadiums a couple of hours early and start tailgating, and you meet up with your friends and even make some new ones with the people partying in the car next to you. Everyone just wants to have a good time, and you feed off one another’s energy.

When we got to the parking lot, it was cold and rainy, but no one cared; we were there to have a good time and so that’s what we did. This was my first concert also being 21, so I took full advantage of the fact that I could finally buy beer inside the Wachovia Center.

First, Weezer went on and they were incredible. They got the crowd so pumped up that I was almost exhausted from jumping up and down and singing by the time the Foo Fighters took the stage.

After that 30-minute wait for the Foo Fighters to go on, it was finally time. The curtain rose on the stage and the first strum of the guitar was heard. Everyone went insane, including me.

I don’t know about you, but I am obsessed with the lead singer, Dave Grohl. Talk about talent, because he has so much. No one was in their chair as soon as they started playing. They were electrifying; you couldn’t stand still because you were almost forced into getting into the music.

The best part of the whole show was when Grohl put one spotlight on himself and the other on his wife in the crowd and sang “Everlong” to her. If you’re a fan of the Foo Fighters, you know that this is one of their greatest songs as well as their most romantic. He started out singing it with just him playing the guitar, and then the band sounded in at the end to make it sound very epic and just awesome. You couldn’t help but feel touched by such an amazing performance.

It is acceptable at concerts to let yourself go and get a little crazy. You have no excuse not to. Scream as loud as you want, dance however you care to and make friends with people who you will never see again.

The Foo Fighters did just that. Singing every lyric to every song left me with no voice the next day, but it was well worth it.

Posted to the web by Tim Hague

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