My Chemical Romance and Blink 182 Concert
About two weeks ago from the time I am writing this, which is 12:50 AM on the morning of Monday, October 10th, 2011, I crashed onto my matress after coming home from a function, which started at 7:00 PM in the evening of Sunday, October 2nd, 2011. I had just experienced four hours of a concert, all of them fun. As part of the “Design a logo for us” (the school newspaper) and win two tickets to a Blink-182/My Chemical Romance concert in Marysville in a contest” contest hosted by Voices from the Trail, I won two tickets to see the bands Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre. The second ticket went to my dad, who enjoyed the concert along with many other parents. When I got there, people of all ages and at least two colors were lined up to see these great rock bands perform, and I don’t blame them: the music was great. Even from a 40-minute-long line to buy $20 tee-shirts, the amphitheatre’s acoustics were solid, and the opening band (Matt and Kim, in case anyone knows who they are) sounded crystal-clear. Or at least their drums and guitar(s?) did. I came to my seat just in time to see the charismatic, clean-shaven, smooth-voiced and pink-haired lead singer of MCR come onstage and get the crowd riled up. He had a great stage presence and face. Real energetic guy. Not quite as dramatic, but equally charming, were the three members of Blink-182. Any show with a shirtless and tattooed-out drummer is generally good, and this one didn’t disappoint. That guy pounded his set like it was feeding time at the zoo, and the foreman is at those last few nails deciding whether he gets a dinner with his family or more time getting hit with monkey poo (the zoo is undergoing maintenance). But yeah, my dad’s a self-styled drumming aficionado, and he was really into it. The whole band really contributed to the atmosphere, bantering with the fans, making masturbation-related non-sequiturs, drinking lots of beer… It was just like this really fun party and I’m glad I went. Good people, good bands, good location. Would do again. Thanks, Voices from the Trail!