7.17.2013

i think i am getting too old for concerts

So, as I mentioned yesterday, Brad and I have tickets to the Postal Service concert tonight.  While I am so pumped to see the show, there is a part of me that is dreading the 8pm start time. This grandma is usually sprawled out on the couch by that time in her PJs counting down the seconds for an appropriate time to go to bed.  Silver lining though - I sprung for seats!!! Winning. This lead me to think about all the reasons why I may be getting too old to enjoy live shows for the bands I love.


1) Standing room only is hard.
Does anyone else's back and knees get sore after about an hour of standing?!  I will take a concert in the park with a blankie and some chairs thank you very much. 

2) The start times are way past my bedtime.
But no, really, why do you insist on having your start time be 9pm for the headliner, only to then come on 25 mins late? Are you kidding me?! Ain't nobody got time for that. Plus, you have just made me stand an extra 25 mins, we already know my back and knees can't handle that. 



3) The 21 and over sections are getting smaller and smaller. 
I went to the Macklemore concert in Portland a few months ago. No joke there were tweens getting dropped off by their parents on the side of the venue. Then our group had to stand in the wayyyy back where the tiny 21 and over section was so we didn't get mauled by children.  Really, your parents let you listen to this music?! There are curse words. 



4) The music is really loud. 
One of the Allen Stone concerts I went to, I was super close to the stage, but was right next to a speaker.  My ears were still ringing the next morning. Hey Allen, would you mind turning it down just a tad? I would appreciate it. 




5) Cellphones have taken the place of lighters. 
That's weird. Also, don't get me started on cell phones at concerts. Let me break some news to you, honey, you're never going to look at that blurry piece of sheet photo again.  And that video you just took, you won't be able to tell what song it is tomorrow. PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY.

Sign me up to see Chicago, maybe some Barry Manilow or something.


But no really, I won't give up my live music, just yet.  However, I may start being more selective in the concerts I attend. 






Cheers, 

<3 BB

15 comments

Melinda Ott said...

I feel your pain...I've quit concerts for the most part. However, I was never a huge concert fan, so I don't really miss them.

Lauren said...

I love them but hate them for all these reasons. The band has to be REALLY worth it!

Meg {henninglove} said...

oh my gosh my husband and i went to a country concert back at the end of may and we left before the concert ended and we left at 10:30 because we had work the next day. i woke up feeling as though i was drunk even though i didn't have a drink of alcohol at all. i definitely felt we are getting too old for it as well, sad realization

Emmett Katherine said...

standing for a whole concert is really hard, i don't think I could do it anymore! I don't go to many concert any more either but there are a few musicians I'd see regardless of if it was standing room only if they came to town!

Em K

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Kasey Lynne said...

This grandma can't hang anymore, so I just don't go. Unless if it's the weekend, and then I go crazy! ;D

Kayla Moothart said...

This made me laugh! Love it!

Kaylin said...

this is hilarious. My favorite part. Nice flip phone. But really you and I feel the same way. I usually have to be pretty 'lubed' (Beered) up to enjoy myself, and goodness it MUST be a weekend :)

OrangeMew said...

There is no way I am standing for a concert- I am too old for that. I don't mind paying and having to bring my own chair or blanket, just let me not stand, please...

Laura Ann said...

Ugh! Standing room is my nemesis.

Tiana said...

I know you're completely serious, but this made me smile! Only because I feel the EXACT same way! I don't think its a getting old thing – its just about knowing whats comfortable ;)

xx,
tiana of l'esthetique

JumpingJE said...

Shoulda been at the FREE 99 concert a few weeks back at the swoosh HQ!

Rachel Sedaker said...

Agh, this made me laugh. But really, there comes a point that the music is so loud you can't hear it. That is a problem. I'm pretty sold on outdoor concerts now, and a concert that ends before bed time would be great.

MacKensie said...

When I visit Portland we're seeing some live music and we're turning it up to 11. We're straight up pretending we're those 16 year olds sneaking smirnoff and cigarettes. We might even crowd surf and we're DEFINITELY moshing because that's how I roll. We'll have plenty of time to sleep when we're dead (and the next morning when we sleep in til 3pm).

Ophelia Yan said...

I missed a good chunk of The Postal Service concert last night because it was so early! I'm used to my 8pm concerts, with headliners going on at 10:30pm, so when I got there at 9:15, they had already started their set!

Standing room is the best--people are WAY more into the shows and there's room for dancing!

Suzannah Hamlin Stanley said...

Very well-put. I totally agree!!! I haven't been to many concerts in the past few years, but I prefer the ones where I can sit (in the balcony at the Crystal... best!) and I HATE when the band I wanna see doesn't go on until past my bedtime! I take my sleep seriously, man! No shame in being "too old"--or too balanced, healthy, responsible, good things!