21 April 2014

Ticked Off The Bucket List - Seeing Fall Out Boy


Date: 22nd March 2014
Goal: See Fall Out Boy in concert 

If you've been familiar with my blog for a while or know me in person (Rachel, I'm looking at you) then you'll be well aware of my love for Fall Out Boy. They've been my favourite band for about 7, maybe 8 years now and ever since I first heard Thnks Fr Th Mmrs on a Pop Party CD, I've dreamt about seeing them live and actually seeing Patrick Stump in the flesh. The thought of going to one of their concerts was always a far-fetched dream that I never really expected to come true for a number of reasons: firstly, it's pretty rare that Fall Out Boy will come to the UK, especially Scotland and secondly, I've always had a fear of crowds and new places. I guess this all kinda changed on the 27th of December last year: I was sitting in Costa, reading Nothing by Janne Teller (I'd just been to Waterstones) when I got a text through from my friend, Beka. She was telling me that Fall Out Boy were going to be playing in Glasgow in March 2014 and that, even though it's pretty daunting, tickets were only £30 and she thought we should go. It was slightly terrifying, to be honest. Even though I had been dreaming of it for 7 years, I was completely unprepared for it to actually happen. I texted her back saying that I didn't have the money and that I wasn't sure about going. What the hell was I thinking!? I'm unbelievably happy to say that I changed my mind after an hour of mulling it over and a few months later, I found myself at a Fall Out Boy gig.

I think it's safe to say that Fall Out Boy are my all-time favourite band (The Beatles being a close second) because, even though I haven't loved them for my whole life and I fell out of love with them for a short period of time in 2010, they mean more to me than any other band ever has. Every song they've ever sung is like, engraved into my brain and I can tell you the story of how the band was formed, the members' birthdays and favourite colours, and the car Patrick Stump used to drive. Sad? Yeah... Do I care? Not in the slightest. I'm sure that, as you were reading that, you were thinking of a band or singer that you have a similar relationship with. For me, that band is Fall Out Boy. I feel so incredibly lucky to have been given the chance to see them live and I can't describe how relieved I am that I changed my mind and agreed to go with Beka.

The gig was perfect. It was in the Hydro which is seriously one of the most impressive buildings I've been in and, being a sucker for architecture, is probably one of my favourite places. We had amazing seats (level 2, door K, block 211, row D, seat 171); mine being right next to the stairs with a perfectly clear view of the main stage (not that I stayed seated for more than 5 minutes) and an even better (bloody insane) view of the B stage (pictured above). The atmosphere was electric; it was like everyone was united and just utterly in love with the band. Everyone was singing and clapping and anywhere you looked, everyone was smiling. I can't describe how amazing that feeling is. Their set-list was flawless, the staging was flawless and their performance was flawless (that word isn't used enough). It couldn't have been better in any way, shape or form, and I still can't quite believe that I was part of it.

Right, now for some notable bits! To be honest, the full gig was just one massive notable bit, but for the purpose of this post, I'll pick out some highlights.
  • I bruised my hand. I didn't actually think this was possible but, as we were fighting through the crowd at the merch stand, I looked at the palm of my hand and saw a whopping great big bruise. During Save Rock & Roll, Patrick told us all to clap and if you know the song, you'll know that clapping is a big part of it. I didn't have time to put my phone in my pocket so I essentially just smashed it into the palm of my hand for 4 minutes. Obviously I was going to be left with a bruise, what was I expecting? I kinda liked it, to be honest...it was a weird, yet nice, reminder. :'D
  • We bought merch from a shady guy outside the venue. Official merchandise was extortionate so, even though we wanted to support the band and the venue, we decided to buy t.shirts from one of the counterfeit guys outside. I got a massive FOB shirt for £10 that stank of cigarettes and I practically lived in it for about a fortnight (disgusting, I know). I love it to pieces. ♥
  • During Death Valley, I looked over at the guy across the stairs. He was there with his girlfriend and I'd seen them a couple of times throughout the gig but as I looked over at that moment, he looked over and we caught eye-contact for a second. It sounds weird, but it was kind of amazing. Going back to what I said earlier, it felt like everyone was united, like one huge community, and catching eye-contact with this stranger in the middle of Death Valley reminded me of that. He looked so insanely happy. It was a little thing, but I loved it. 
  • The support bands. Oh the support bands... I'm actually going to do another post all about one of the supports because seeing them ticked another thing off my bucket list. The supports were The Pretty Reckless and New Politics and they were both amazing. The Pretty Reckless really aren't my kind of music but I appreciated it all the same. New Politics, however, are one of my favourite bands and seeing them live was incredible. Full New Politics post coming soon! :D
It all feels very surreal... I never thought I would be able to get over my fear of crowds - the mere thought of huge concerts like FOB used to terrify me - but I managed. I'm really proud of myself. :3 Fall Out Boy are my all-time favourite band and I feel so lucky to have been able to see them live. That gig sparked off something, though... I do believe I've been bitten by the gig-bug. (Another post which is coming soon will show that!) 

Have you been to any amazing concerts? If you could see any band or artist live, who would it be?
Lots of love, Cat
xxx

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You can see the last 'Ticked Off The Bucket List' post HERE! It tells the story of my first time busking.

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9 comments

  1. Buzz, buzz, buzz, dark was a hole where something was, dark was a hole where something was. DUNUNUNU DUNUNUNUNU NUNU! That was my fave, remember. ;) The Disloyal Order of The Water Buffalo... Or something like that.

    SO proud of you, Kit-Cat! You're facing so many of your fears! I still can't imagine going to a concert - it scares me just thinking about it! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! xD

    Ahem, why isn't #selfieguy in your most notable bits? >.>

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    1. Ohhhh my goodness, The Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes!! I'm coming apart at the seams, pitching myself into other people's dreams and buzz, buzz, buzz...doc, there's a hole where something was... Amazing! XD

      Aww thank you, Rocky, that means a lot. :') I'm sure you'll feel better about concerts one day!

      Selfie guy was at McBusted, not Fall Out Boy - I'd never leave that out, trust me! There may or may not be a full post coming which is dedicated to selfie-guy... :'D

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  2. I've got mixed opinions on concerts. I study Music as one of my GCSE's and I love listening to music. I've been to a few concerts and I've really enjoyed them, but I suffer from hypersensitivity. My form of hypersensitivity means that some noises physically hurt, like shouting or someone saying ssh, and also, massive amounts of noise at once - which happens at concerts. So although I enjoy going, I find it terrifying too.

    I have been to a few concerts before now. I've seen McFly and I've been to three concerts where it has been a mixture of artists like Lawson, The Vamps and Robbie Williams. Seeing McFly was by far the best I've been to though.
    Great post :)

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    1. Ohh I'm sorry to hear that. :( At least you can still go to some concerts though, and maybe it'll get better over time? xx

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    2. Yeah and it is fortunate I can still go to some, I wouldn't have missed McFly for the world. I hope it does get better over time, it's one of those things that has gotten a lot worse in the past few months. We've been suggested something by a doctor which will hopefully make it better though :) xx

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    3. I wouldn't miss McFly for the world if I were you either! I've seen McBusted live, but I'd love to see just McFly too. ^_^
      Aw that's good! xx

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  3. That sounds amazing, and well done for facing your fears. It seems like you've faced so many this year, seeing as you went busking as well! And you're right, that is such a good view. :D

    Lorde is doing ONE show in London in June and I really want to go but I can't get tickets. Cimorelli is too, and I can't go to either. They're a bit like FOB in the way that it's pretty rare for them to come here seeing as they're based in America. :(

    Glad you had a good time! :D xx

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    1. Aww thank you, Amber! I'm kinda making a point of trying to face my fears - I can get on buses easily now when I used to be terrified of all public transport. ^_^
      That sucks. :( I'm sure you'll see both Cimorelli and Lorde at some point in the future! xx

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    2. Me too (blog post coming on that sometime this year) I hate buses too, so never use them. Ever. >.< xx

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