The Time Flava Flav and I Matched

This past weekend was the rock station I work for’s big summer concert. The show was amazing and many exciting things happened. In no particular order they were:

1.) I got to stand on stage as Walk the Moon performed. They were so awesome. I was blown away. Sometimes a band is great on the recording and sketchy at best live, NOT the case here. These guys were perfection. Tons of energy, just having fun and sounding great. They put on a really impressive show. Here are a few pictures:

I recorded a few videos too. Here’s “I Can Lift a Car.” I know, it’s shot vertically and that’s annoying. I apologize. I was overly excited.

After the set, we got to meet Nicholas from the band. He couldn’t have been nicer. We talked about where the band was off to next, the new album, and other things that down to earth people talk about. I’ll admit, I was literally fangirling out as we talked to him. I don’t really know why, he was probably my age or a year older, super low-key, yet I was freaking out. I love the band, so I was really excited to meet him. They had a drive and then an early morning flight so they could get back for a few shows in LA and then a tour with Neon Trees. Good stuff. Here’s the pic:

Thing number 2 that was cool and exciting was seeing AWOLNATION. I’ve become a HUGE fan of this band recently, and seeing them perform live furthered this love. They put on an amazing live show. The lead singer, Aaron, has one of the coolest voices.

I got to meet him too, which was awesome. He was a really good guy. He had just gotten offstage, but was very nice and stopped to talk and take pictures. I’ve been going to these concerts since I was a kid, and if I REALLY like a band I’m always scared that my opinion of them will change after seeing them live. Luckily, my opinion of AWOLNATION and Walk the Moon only got better after seeing them live. I’ve been listening to both bands all day. AWOL’s song “Kill Your Heroes” is one of my new favorites. Definitely check it out. I absolutely love the line: “Never let your fear decide your fate.”

Oh, in case you didn’t get the memo, the “skinny arm” pose is now out. The “prom pose” which I’m doing in the above picture is the new trend. Write it down. You’re welcome. I’ve got your back. Also, this will be the picture on our “Save the Date” card, so you’re getting a sneak preview. Yes, port-a-potties in the background and all. Here’s the band doing “Sail”  live. Contrary to popular belief, that’s actually not me cooing, “I loveeee him!” at the beginning. Although I can be heard talking to someone about when food will be served. I’m shameless. Anyway, the video/audio aren’t the best, but this performance was awesome so I’m posting it anyway. And you get to hear someone ramble on about the location of a person named Josh, so that’s kind of fun.

3.) The third interesting and exciting thing that happened was this: Flava Flav was at the show with Public Enemy. And we matched. Completely. I can’t be sure of how this happened, especially since the colors in question were purple and bright yellow. But I think I feel good about it. Especially since they generated this reaction: I start to walk over to ask Mr. Flav for a picture. He spots my ensemble and grabs my  arm and pulls me in for a kiss on the cheek. “We match!” he exclaims with glee. I nod and tell him I like his shoes. “We match,” he repeats and then says, “You’re my next wife!” And that was all I needed to know. We chatted for a few more minutes and he was super friendly and nice. Life was complete. So maybe this is actually my “Save the Date”, I’ll let you know. But either way, that happened and it was awesome.

All in all, it was an awesome day. Random and unexpected, and definitely awesome.

Lastly, when a band I love starts playing my favorite song I always lapse into a momentary panic. Oh my God, should I be recording it so I can enjoy it later? Should I savor the moment and put my phone away and just drink it all in? Should I just take pictures? WHAT DO I DO!? How do I get maximum enjoyment from hearing my favorite song live? I used this show to experiment with that theory, and I think I’ve realized that videotaping songs you love actually is a great idea. Sure, it’s annoying to have your hand be all shaky as you’re trying to watch, but in the end it’s worth it. When you get home three hours later and the adrenaline rush is over and then you can watch this awesome video of your favorite song THAT YOU WERE THERE TO SEE! Yeah, worth it. Do it. I’m glad I did.

Also, please tell me I’m not alone with this fangirl thing. Who would you fangirl out over? Is there anyone you’d want to meet but are afraid to because you don’t want to have your impression of the band/artist negatively impacted?

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  1. Oh my gosh the photo of you with Flava Flav is priceless! How many people can have that as photographic evidence? Sounds like a blast- I used to intern at a radio station and it was so much fun

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