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Concerts Are My Addiction

November 23, 2011 · Posted in reviews · 16 Comments 

Everyone is addicted to something. Whether you admit it or not, there is something in your life that you choose to use, do, or watch at an excessive amount. This could be good or bad obviously depending on what it is. For example, if you’re addicted to sunflower seeds then it’s obviously much better than being addicted to cigarettes. I know, thank you captain obvious. I say that to say this: I am addicted to concerts.

It’s the ultimate rush for a huge music fan. I recently went to the “Watch the Throne” tour in Boston and I went through my usual routine before a concert. It’s that feeling of excitement, but at the same time it still doesn’t hit you. You go through the months, weeks, and days to the concert knowing that you’re going, but it’s still not FULLY hitting you. When people ask you if you’re going, you say “yes” with excitement (and in a sort of braggadocious manner) but still don’t have that rush of excitement.

Now, I’ve been to numerous concerts in the last three years. I’ve pretty much seen anybody that I would want to see. I’ve rapped with Crooked I, was part of history at Yankee Stadium with Jay-Z and Eminem, and was at Lil Wayne’s first show on tour after getting out of prison. That was all in this past year. I’ve been front row for Drake, Nicki, Luda, Banks, and Slaughterhouse. I got to see Dr. Dre perform last year in Yankee Stadium and I’ve seen Jay-Z six times. With all the money I’ve spent on those tickets, I felt as if that paragraph was necessary. Sorry for being that guy.

It’s the day of the concert. You wake up and the first thing on your mind is what you will be doing tonight. The experience you will have and all the possible scenarios of what the show may be. Whether you have class, work, or even just the day off, you’re still thinking about that show. But once again, still no butterflies in the stomach, chill down your spine, but you’re starting to fiend for it a little bit more. Hours seem like days, minutes like hours, but it still hasn’t hit you. What will it take to give you that rush that you are expecting? Well isn’t it obvious what the answer to this question is?

You’re on the road, heading to the venue. The whole ride you’re playing you’re favorite album by that artist. Rapping or singing every lyric and building up the excitement for the night. It starts to hit you a little bit. At one point the music gets turned down and everyone starts giving their opinion on what songs will be performed. Will there be any special guests? What song will they come out to? How long will they perform for? Questions flying around, predictions being made, and that excitement starting to build up even more.

You get to the venue and park. I call this part of the night the “longest chain lift in the world.” I call it that because it’s like you’re on a roller coaster. Sitting in your seats waiting for the show to start is like the way up before the big drop on a coaster. You start getting a little anxious. You’re legs don’t stop moving and you run every time you go to the bathroom or buy drinks just in case the show starts while you’re gone. Conversation at this point is very minimal. You just wait.

All of a sudden the lights go out. You’re stomach drops and you fly out of your seat. It’s show time. The intro starts and so does the screaming, the singing, the rapping in unison amongst all the fans. It FINALLY hits you. You’re heart is pounding and if you’re like me then you are jumping with your hands up yelling every lyric you know. All of a sudden the strangers around you become friends. Dapping everyone up for no reason. To witness some of your favorite songs by one of your favorite artists being performed live is a whole different level of excitement and awe. Even in seeing Jay six times, the rush never gets old.

There’s just something about being a part of the crowd. It’s like when the Power Rangers would go from individuals to form a Megazord. I know, I’m a geek. What I’m saying is, everyone in the crowd comes together to form one voice. Sometimes I just look around in the crowd and see that I’m not alone. Everyone in there is feeling the same level of euphoria that I am. I say all of that to say this: Concerts, you are my drug.

“One nation, under God”

I always grade a show on how bad my voice is at the end. If I have no voice, then it was a 10. That means I was screaming the lyrics to every song and I was satisfied with the set. That happens most of the time. I felt like I wanted to share this with you guys, because I know there are many of you out there that are like me. We’d love to hear your favorite concert experiences and what you felt during them. Who was your favorite person to see and when?

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16 Responses to “Concerts Are My Addiction”

  1. RS on November 23rd, 2011 7:35 am

    I’ve got Eminem and Lil wayne in Sydney Australia in less than 2 weeks! 50,000+ people and those two on stage together.

    Gona be the highlight if my life.


  2. 2Kings on November 23rd, 2011 7:46 am

    Summer last year, Eminem at the Frauenfeld Open air in Switzerland =)


  3. 2Kings on November 23rd, 2011 7:48 am

    even i missed jay-z the day after, it was awesome..


  4. Areeb Shahjahan on November 23rd, 2011 7:51 am

    I’m about to watch the Eminem + Lil Wayne show in Sydney!! It’s gonna be a smash! I’ve never seen Slim before! I hope he does more old songs like SSLP and MMLP than his new recovery shit :)


  5. DefSky on November 23rd, 2011 9:12 am

    Glow in the dark tour was on another level… I will never forget that night!!!


  6. xavo on November 23rd, 2011 9:37 am

    i caught the Eminem + Jay Z concert in Detroit, floor level. That floor was like a giant crazy party: drinks, people freestyling, dance battles, fighting, throwing up, and even, yea im serious i saw 2 people pass out with their eyes rolled back right in front of me and i feared/loved it. Oh yea and there’s the music. B.o.B. opened and there were numerous of guests Jeezy, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, D12 and others. HOV sounded greater than i expected because he used a live band instead of a back up track so he sounded crisp and clear. The sound system was the loudest i have ever heard and the bass literally shook your organs. Then the epic entrance of the god amongst men arrived and you can imagine what a Detroit crowd witnessing Eminem in concert would be like. Another epic performance and probably the highlight of my life besides smashing the senior homecoming queen in her car my junior year…nah scratch that, fuckin SHADY!!!!


  7. MosDef on November 23rd, 2011 9:39 am

    Just watched kendrick this past friday at the music box and im going to watch the throne in staples center!! i feel you my brother! lol


  8. UK on November 23rd, 2011 1:16 pm

    I got tickets to J Cole Today in London!!!!


  9. Carlos on November 23rd, 2011 3:40 pm

    When i saw chris brown, it was just surreal. i was screaming before he even came out because of the announced special guests: tyga, t-pain, and kelly rowland. my fav part of the show was the ending cause chris b performed beautiful people while rocking suits that lit up. i swear it was like a light show.


  10. John Doe!!! on November 23rd, 2011 4:22 pm

    Jay z in Manchester last year= LEGENDARY, Drake also performed. Jigga man is the best Live performer i have seen. The only artist im finna see now is LUPE.


  11. 2.0boyz on November 23rd, 2011 4:35 pm

    Single best concert for me was Jay nd Em yankee stadium. after that I gota put slaughterhouse highline ballroom then joell jay electronica nd the crazy guests that showed up there at highline as well. then first row luda killing it for 3 hours straight


  12. TONe on November 23rd, 2011 5:22 pm

    Ive actually only been to 3, two rick ross’ and J. Cole and i have to say COLE world was awsome!!!! U can say pretty much went to church when that man came out and performed! It was a shock to me that the 1st song he performed happened to be my favorite verse of his which is “looking for trouble”. Just the whole experience was beautiful. It makes the album more special to me =)


  13. verbst on November 23rd, 2011 10:21 pm

    Since there’s not much stuff goin’ on in Czech Republic I can only say I was twice on Ice Cube. And that was insane!
    (Okay, the first one was better but that as because I like the Raw Footage more than I am the West.)
    He had a special appearance on the first one by MethodMan! :) And he was accompanied by WC of course.

    Sadly I missed Game last year, because I’ve shattered my ankle.

    I kinda envy you americans all the concerts and the possibility to go.
    But it seems like there will be more “stars” coming to my country. YAY.


  14. S_key_bell_numbre36 on November 23rd, 2011 10:26 pm

    J. Cole in Albuquerque…Tiny venue, monster sound, walked out to “Looking for Trouble” and just ripped the shit out of New Mexico!


  15. spanish on November 23rd, 2011 11:32 pm

    MethodMan & Redman in Granada, Spain… EPIC, also performed Sick Jacken


  16. aaron on November 24th, 2011 2:06 am

    I saw eminem is Osheaga in monteal. Best night of my life. Basically an eminems greatest hits concert and then some. he did everything. 2 hour set. best time ever


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