Seeing Your Favorite Band Live

Imagine you have a dream, that keeps you hostage for several years. You would do anything to get one step closer... What was the band you saw live?

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Imagine you have a dream. Like a real one that keeps you hostage for several years. You would do anything to get one step closer. I've been obsessed with Linkin Park since high school, I basically loved all their songs, I loved playing them loud in my earphones while doing paper out job early in the morning, I spent tons of money to recharge my Sony Walkman batteries while listening to neverending "In The End". I could not explain the processes taking place in my head, but something was definitely going on, making me forget about reality, giving me energy and self belief. My Mormon parents did not let me listen to Linkin Park... Bad influence and "inappropriate language" were their main arguments, but I did not give a sh-t. Listening to my favorite band's CDs behind their backs made it more desirable and thrilling. In the middle of fall semester I heard that my fav band is coming to my town! I had no doubts I should be there in front rows, cheering for my favorite band, but how? I don't have enough money, I don't have a ride, I don't have excuse to be absent in the evening... So many "I don'ts"! My friend's dad picked us up from school, handling me usual Starbucks Latte that I manage to finish before I get home. He saw me unusually quiet and I told him the reason why. Several days later he called my parents and told about sleepover party for kids and that I am invited. I did not understand what was going on. When our family van arrived to his driveway I still had no idea. Now imagine my feelings when I found out my friend's dad had two tickets and we had something like 20 minutes to get ready and go for a live show! I could barely see the stage from the back. But just knowing I am breathing the same air as my favorite band, being surrounded by people who share my feelings made me tipsy. There was unknown band singing before the show, I was already exhausted. Then I heard chords. "I know them" -I thought. I could not believe that was real. The quality of the sound was awesome, the energy was all over. One song was coming after another. I recalled that day as "seeing my dream's face". Shouting favorite songs along with other fans and favorite band made that experience unforgettable... Washington state, 2000.

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    mTmtremonti
    Not really that big of a Linkin Park fan, but I can relate to this. I had almost the same experience going to my first concert (Alter Bridge!). Nothing compares to the feeling of seeing you're favorite band live.
    ASJerrell
    I would have done ANYTHING to see AB when One Day Remains was it. I love Blackbird and III too, but that album meant the world to me. They always played 21+ bar shows around here, and I was like 17. Lol So I missed this moment! Lol Haven't had quite a favorite band or band as influential to me in a long time.
    dakielster
    I remember when I used to like Linkin Park too . . . until they released their last album . . . Dislikes come at me BRO!
    RetroGunslinger
    Yeah i was speechless when I first went to a gig. We were on holiday and driving home through dublin my dad just casually remarked "Ozzy Osbourne is playing here tonight". He then drove into the carpark at the venue and I remember panicking thinking we were gonna get arrested cause my mum and dad got out and said we were just gonna go inside and have a look even though we didnt have tickets. They my dad just produced them and I kinda just stood there in shock cause at that stage I was obsessed with Ozzy. Was a great gig aswell although the sound was pretty bad.
    rocknroll93
    see, im lucky my parents don't care. If I pay, I go. I saw Joe bonamassa last year when he came to melbourne, and going to see him again this year when he comes back. also pre-ordered his new CD yesterday, was shipped out today.
    Amaseng
    wildinferno2010 wrote: god your parents are just like mine. How i ****ing despise them. my friends all ****ing went to see machine head and now i have to ****ing listen to them talk about how ****ing awesome they ****ing were. And i wasn't ****ing there. Fuck.
    Ohhh I hate my parents, they feed me dinner and put a roof over my head, someone feel sorry for me!
    Human371
    Linkin Park never used "inappropriate" language prior to MTM. Imo, that was the only material worth listening to also.
    thebluechihua
    My heart is pounding just thinking that in two weeks I get to see Roger Waters perform "The Wall." Sure, its lacking the entire Pink Floyd group, but its still going to be amazing!
    x3ric
    First concert I went to was one of Howard Jones' last shows with Killswitch Engage. It was amazing.
    VOTS
    I have yet to grace the energy of System of a Down on a stage... Been waiting for this moment since I became a life-time fan, just before they went on a hiatus... But when that moment comes, I know I will be able to die happily...
    Faux
    Just saw Coheed and Cambria (one of my favorite bands of all time) for the first time ever on Tuesday. OMG!! I crowdsurfed to The Crowing. Unforgettable..
    Nakama
    I've seen my 3 favourite bands (System, Avenged, and Chili Peppers) My life is complete.
    K.i.S.A.
    Saw HURT live 2 days ago. All time favorite band. Played a small bar with about 100 people. Was the greatest and most intimate show I've ever seen. Still can't believe it happened.
    Elite Ghost
    i want to see buckethead really bad live, he's my all time favorite. for the past year i've listened to pretty much nothing but him haha
    K!!LsWiTcH
    DaveHammett18 wrote: I've been fan of Metallica since i was a kid and 2 years ago I went to a concert I remember i was shaking and almost cried when they played Fade to Black... Best day of my life. Unless the Metallica concert i'm going on august is better.
    if by better you mean equally or more expensive, then yes it will be
    Eclectic Lizard
    I would give my limbs to see Metallica, Witchfinder General or Bruce Springsteen (Playing Backstreets) But I did manage to see Mastodon, Ghost and Opeth though!
    pokerhappy
    Huh, I wasn't aware UG sponsored 7th grade English writing assignments on their website.
    BVBKilljoy
    My first and only concert was Black Veil Brides last March, They're my favourite band by far and I could not believe that I was in the same room as them and I was practically at the front. It was amazing!
    Linkerman
    Saw Coldplay here in Portugal a couple weeks ago. It was, by far, the best live show i've ever seen. The energy, the fireworks, the sense of togetherness and sharing the experience with a football stadium full of people... Plus, the LED bracelets (Xylobands) that everyone gets at the entrance make everything even more amazing. The feeling of looking around and seeing thousands of Xylobands glowing in the dark ... It really made me breathless. And i had stopped listening to Coldplay right after "X&Y", which i think is far from what the band is capable of doing, and i hated "Viva La Vida...", so i wasn't even planning on going to the gig. I hadn't even listened to "Mylo Xyloto" yet! But my dad works in a bank, and the bank has a private box in the stadium (with free food and drinks, leather seats, carpet floors...), so when my dad got 2 free tickets and asked me if i wanted to go, i promptly accepted. Since my brother didn't want to go (he hates Coldplay ), i took with me a friend who wanted to see them but hadn't bought a ticket because it would be a stretch spending that money. So we went, with 2 free tickets worth more than 190, ate and drank to our hearts' content (without spending a single cent!), and experienced a live show that surpassed every expectation. Some say that Coldplay are the best live act. I used to doubt it, but now i fully agree. If you have the chance, attend a gig even if you're not a fan of their music. It's worth it.
    wildinferno2010
    god your parents are just like mine. How i ****ing despise them. my friends all ****ing went to see machine head and now i have to ****ing listen to them talk about how ****ing awesome they ****ing were. And i wasn't ****ing there. Fuck.
    gareno
    This is actually a quite sweet and delicately written piece here. i love Linkin Park too! gonna see them in september can't wait!
    Sam Rulez D00d
    Bought VIP tickets to see Underoath on the Illuminato[u]r. It was so unreal to be talking face to face with such iconic figures. Best day of my life. Also didn't hurt to have letlive and Stray from the Path open for them! haha
    dannecticut
    My first show was Powerman 5000 with Static-X and Dope. Powerman covered Radiohead's 'Creep' for their encore as silver confetti rained down on 1000 people all sweaty and exhausted from moshing all night. Soul sold.
    Darthkp
    corrie_911 wrote: unfortunately, john frusciante already left the RHCP, so i'm outta luck.
    I know. I will probably still go see a RHCP concert someday, but I will always know that it wouldn't be the same without Froosh.
    Smokinjoerules1
    First band I went to see live was "Live Wire" and AC/DC tribute band when I was 14, was incredible cos they sounded EXACTLY like AC/DC even down to the vocalists actual voice :') I saw my favourite act Joe Bonamassa live a few years ago and then again the other year, was ace both times.
    DaveHammett18
    I've been fan of Metallica since i was a kid and 2 years ago I went to a concert I remember i was shaking and almost cried when they played Fade to Black... Best day of my life. Unless the Metallica concert i'm going on august is better.
    Danjo's Guitar
    I'm going to see RHCP in October, but it is too bad John's not with them. The one group that I would do anything to see would unfortunately be impossible, because Randy Rhoads is dead. But Blizzard of Ozz would be it.
    Xomar
    Saw Van Halen back in March. I'm still on cloud 9 about that one.
    PancakesOfPunk
    lately i've been obsessed with the offspring, now they're coming to my country, but my parents don't allow me to go... can't wait until i'm old enough for myself to decide.
    BTKA
    In the past week and next coming week I would have seen Thin Lizzy, GnR, Slash, Halestorm and every band playing DOWNLOAD Festival UK! PS also saw Alterbridge last year at Wembley, yes the gig they videoed and made into a DVD. Sweeeeet
    JablesMB
    VOTS wrote: I have yet to grace the energy of System of a Down on a stage... Been waiting for this moment since I became a life-time fan, just before they went on a hiatus... But when that moment comes, I know I will be able to die happily...
    I got obsessed with them around the same time. Never got to see them live until last may they came to vegas, greatest night of my life
    the_modfather
    ASJerrell wrote: I would have done ANYTHING to see AB when One Day Remains was it. I love Blackbird and III too, but that album meant the world to me. They always played 21+ bar shows around here, and I was like 17. Lol So I missed this moment! Lol Haven't had quite a favorite band or band as influential to me in a long time.
    Same. Managed to see them on their AB3 arena tour but I didn't like it as much as I should have because it wasn't intimate. Luckily saw Myles with Slash and I preferred that. Always prefer smaller gigs with my favourites. Apart from monumental sized bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden, they're best for arenas. Black Stone Cherry are always a killer band to see live
    Mind_Reader7
    On my 18th birthday, Arch Enemy (one of my favourite bands at the time) came to my city, but I couldn't see them, because it takes about a week to get an 18+ ID card, and it was an 18+ venue. I got to see Amon Amarth (first concert ever) a few weeks later.
    Weaponxclaws
    My first show was Megadeth on their Gigantour. I was in a band where I was influenced by Megadeth, Iron Maiden, and Van Halen and my bandmates were influenced by Children of Bodom and In Flames and got me into those bands as well. The lineup? High on Fire Job For A Cowboy Children of Bodom In Flames Megadeth HELL YES, Mesa Arizona 2008
    metallimaiden90
    Iron Maiden came to India back in 2009 but their gig was a couple of days before the start of my exams and in a different city as well. I was 12 and absolutely obsessed with them but I could not see how my parents would ever let me go. But after a little convincing, they agreed and I actually went for the concert. Easily the best day of my life.
    6-String_Madman
    Seeing Lamb Of God live a few years back was one of the greatest moments in my life. Manila, 2010.
    Miyagi84
    Got to see Valient Thorr, BTBAM, and Mastodon in the same show, and was five feet away from Brent Hinds the entire concert.... not to mention five feet away while he did the solo to the Czar... Just sick. I was headbanging so hard that my neck hurt for an entire month. Richmond, VA 2010
    Macejko
    Saw Metallica two weeks ago in Prague. I will never forget that feeling when Lars walked out from the backstage, greeted us with raise of his hand and then Hit the Lights !!! Was kind of sad when it was over but be sure that it wasnt my last tallica concert
    tume
    Yeah nice article! I remember when i saw COB for first time live from the front row.. Must have been one of the best moments of my life! Really can't imagine better feeling than the one you have when they finally enter the stage.
    jonern
    Metallica's coming to town this week, as well as Ozzy & Friends. Can't wait.
    henrihell
    Metallica, in excactly two weeks (on the minute) they open the gate... And Maiden's been seen quite a few times, next time gonna get them vip tickets to get to the front row!