Thanks to a photo contest put on by IPFW’s newspaper, The Communicator, I won two tickets to the Godsmack, Staind, and Halestorm concert at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The contest was to take a photo of yourself reading this newspaper in a strange place. I submitted a few great pictures that my sister helped me capture.
That picture was the best one out of the group, I thought, and apparently the staff did as well. It took a few days to pick a winner, and there were not too many submissions by other people. I was looking through other submissions and, without trying to be biased, thought mine was most strange or outrageous I guess you could say as well! I went to pick up my tickets and I was so excited!
I asked my good friend Alex to come with me to this concert. This was one of a few concerts that I have been to. My last concert I went to was a Styx concert in Muncie back in 2010 I believe. That was awesome, but this concert definitely topped that one.
Our seats were located on the side of the stage, but there was room elsewhere, so we moved to get a better view. This concert was LOUD! It wouldn’t be a rock concert otherwise would it? I think not! I could feel the bass hitting me the whole night. It was quite awesome to say the least. I could not hear as well after the concert! It quickly wore off the next day…I think.
The first band to perform was called Brook Royal. I think this band was added at last minute. Nonetheless, they were pretty good. All they were was a warm up for the heavier bands to come!
The next band was Hailstorm. I was excited to hear them because they have a rock chick as a lead singer. She has some killer vocals! There were a few songs I was looking forward to hearing and sure enough all of them were performed. They started out playing one of their latest songs “Love Bites”. Let me tell you, this was one freaky chick! I don’t know how many other women have been a successful lead singer. She loves performing.
The next band to perform was the band I was looking forward to most, because it is one of my most favorite bands: Staind. I know most of their songs and love how they play. They can rock pretty hard at times, and other songs, they know how to take it easy. It was pretty cool to see these guys in person. The lighting that Staind use was phenomenal! All of the lighting throughout the night was sweet.
One of Staind’s heavier material: Eyes Wide Open
One of my favorite songs by Staind: Outside
The last band of the night was probably the band the majority of people wanted to see most: Godsmack. This may sound like a Christian rock band, but believe me, it is far from that. It was the heaviest band of the night. I knew a lot of their songs from the radio. They had the most radical entrance of all of the bands.
There were people of all ages at the concert. Many old guys. Wait, let me re-phrase that…Many drunk old guys. There were some characters around us buying beer after beer. It was scary knowing that some of them were probably driving home that night. While waiting to use the restroom this random guy came up to us and was just talking nonsense. We both gave him a high-five and then he left. It was the funniest thing of the night and was a “you had to be there” moment. The whole concert was simply awesome. At one point I caught myself thinking about the rockstar’s life and how it’s all a big party for them. Well, certain rockstars anyway. How cool would it be to live as a rockstar!? This was the best concert I have ever been to! I will certainly remember this forever.
#96 is now crossed off of my 101 Things to Do Before You Graduate!