Wanna know something sad about me?
In all my 23 years of life, I have never once been to a concert.
But, that changed last night.
As a hormonal, “not-sure-if-I’m-goth-or-emo-or-just-a-normal” middle schooler, I was introduced to a few hard rock and darker bands by friends. Evanescence was definitely my favorite. Then, from friends and siblings, I was introduced to Three Days Grace in highschool, but didn’t really begin to like them until my freshman year of college. That was also the year I found Air 1 Radio.
Justin loves that type of music, so when our friend Garrett found out Three Days Grace was going to perform in Salt Lake City, Justin immediately bought tickets. I was excited. I actually knew a few songs of this band and it would be my first concert.
Justin and Garrett took me to Salt City Burger in Sandy. They had gone to this burger joint many, many, many times during their mission and thought it was one of the best burger places ever. Justin said he was just about as excited to go to Salt City Burger as the Three Days Grace concert.
I will tell you–I completely understand why he said that! It was delicious! They have huge burgers and they actually mix bacon within their ground beef!! They also have a topping/filling bar so you can put your own sauces and vegetables. I did not like how you had to pay extra for cheese on your burger. Their onion rings were very good and fresh with their own batter. And oh my goodness. The shake was to die for! Justin and I split a large chocolate peanut butter shake and that was plenty for the both of us.
When we got to the concert, the line wrapped around the block! As we walked down the line, we could definitely see a lot of goths…like wearing full-fledged goth outfits–almost costume-like. We hadn’t seen those since high school! Then, a security guy came down, warning everyone to have their tickets and IDs out. We looked at the tickets–it was at a 21+ venue. Now, Justin is 24, Garrett is 24 and I’m 23. Over 21+, but I didn’t have my wallet with me. The boys did, but I had no ID. What if I didn’t look 21? I hurried and brought up my BYU account page on my iPhone, which has a picture, name, and birthday and hoped that they would accept that. When we got to the front of the line, they let Justin right in without checking his ID–we claim it’s his awesome sideburns that make him look older. But, they wanted to see an ID for me. So, apparently, I don’t look 21 even though I’m 23! But, they let me through! Whew!
The venue was indoors–kind of a bar-esque lounge. It was very interesting to be in that kind of atmosphere for the first time. I was very thirsty, but all we could see was alcoholic drinks or very expensive water bottles. Thankfully, they had canisters of tap water for free! Whew!
The opening band was called Otherwise. For the most part, I didn’t really like them–they were a bit too hardcore rock for me. I even had to go out the the stairwell during one of their songs due to the amount of cussing they had.
I was very happy when Three Days Grace finally came out. I recognized a few of their songs from the radio. But, to be honest, I only have 5 of their songs. Garrett and Justin rocked out and sang to almost all the songs.
Finally, there was a song I recognized, “I Hate Everything About You.” I was able to rock on with the rest and sing the lyrics. It was quite a fun experience and guess what!?! I didn’t even get a headache! We left a little early because the lead singer brought out a friend of his and they started doing a very explicit cover with cuss words happening a lot. So, we booked it out of there.
But, I am very glad I was able to go to my first ever concert!