Of course I love going to concerts. What isn’t there to love about going to see an artist you adore and respect perform in the flesh? Singing along to every single word and being surrounded by like-minded people who share your epic enthusiasm…it can be an other worldly experience. And while I do love myself a huge stadium-sized spectacular, I tend to find that the more intimate the venue, the more I get out of the concert.
And back on July 15, 2006 when I was still a rambunctious college student, I got the chance to see my favorite singer, P!nk, perform at the legendary Philadelphia Electric Factory. Now, as anyone that spends any significant amount of time around me can tell you, I could very well be labeled P!nk’s #1 crazy loco fan, so obviously I had an absolute ball during the show.
But I got to really show my true fan-dom colors right after she finished her encore. I watched as she put her mic onto the stand. She waved to the screaming audience (I was the loudest, I’m sure of it). She then bent over and proceeded to peel a piece of paper off the stage.
THE. SET. LIST. You could see the audience freeze. Our mouths all gaping, we watched as she balled the piece of paper up and launched it into the air over our heads. Our hands ejected from our sockets and shot above us. And by some miracle of the world, I was one of two hands to grab it.
The other belonged to someone I will fondly refer to as MY ARCH ENEMY. And as my eyes fell and met those of MY ARCH ENEMY, a battle of strength and wits was underway. Fire burned in both of our pupils and our hands clenched hard enough to nearly rip the very precious prize we were fighting over. But no one will get between me and any P!nk memorabilia, so with a twist of my wrist and a quick jerk, MY ARCH ENEMY relinquished her cursed grasp and I clasped onto my winnings with the strength of an eagle’s talons…Please share my glorious moment with me and observe the fruits of my labor…
I know I’m not the only person out there who has been in this position! Have you ever scored some awesome live concert bounty? Do you have it hung up on your wall all music nerdy like I do?!