Walk this way!

i went to see Aerosmith last night. They played in our small city, at an outdoor venue.

Let me start by saying it was awesome. They rocked. The weather was perfect. It was fun, fun, fun.

Honestly, I will admit I have never been much of a concert person. They are loud, crowded and smelly. And the line ups for beer and bathrooms? Brutal. Why pay to drink inconveniently when you could just sit at home drinking and listen to music. Old thoughts. They seemed reasonable. Silly.

Last night was so different. I went prepared for anything. Sometimes I get overwhelmed in crowds. The sensory overload becomes too much. We drove, I had ear plugs. I was ready But none of that was needed! I had a fantastic time.

We started in our seats. Close, with a good view. But after a few songs they opened the floor to everyone. The crowd was very small. I was uncertain, but I asked my husband to come down to the floor with me- it seemed crazy not to get as close as possible. And we could always go back to our seats. He is a good sport. A small threat from me that I could go alone and he was willing to join me. It’s nice to know he cares. 😊 He is a great guy. 

So we did! And people were great. It was laid back and we got really close to the stage. It was so much more fun there. And the crowds really didn’t bother me. The open air venue was perfect. The night was beautifu.

I could complain that everyone around me seemed to be smoking- cigarettes and weed. Sad, but true. But whatever. We were outside and I just ignored it all.

I had a great time. I loved every song. I remember everything. I danced (well, shifted around) and didn’t feel self conscious. I felt free.

Another sober experience that could only have been diminished with booze. 

Stillness and peace.

Anne

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20 thoughts on “Walk this way!

  1. I laughed when I read “why pay to drink inconveniently when you could just sit at home…..” Ain’t that the truth. The old truth. Weren’t that the truth?

  2. It’s sounds like a great night, except for the booze and smoke but then again I guess that’s the bulk of aerosmiths dynamic/audience 🙂 So pleased you enjoyed yourself and how thoughtful of your husband too.

  3. It’s very nice to have sober experience that while drinking would have never happened. Big Yay to you experiencing the fullness of life. You are an inspiration Anne!!!

  4. You brought back memories. I was first introduced to Aerosmith when I lived in the USA as a teen. I’m now back in my home country Australia. And, like you guys, trying to have a ‘Permanent Vacation’ from booze! Boom-tish! Sorry. Could not help myself. L

  5. I can so understand how you feel about large concerts. You are always so crowded in with drunk or stoned people and the restroom is always so disgusting!. The artist is always so far away you need binoculars. And of course there is the issue of getting a very expensive drink!! Yikes!! So glad you had a great time.

  6. Aerosmith!!!! I taught my kids about them and they love them too (actually, they love all classic rock). I never went to many concerts either. I didn’t go mainly because I couldn’t drink because if I drank I would have to pee and I didn’t want to stand in those ridiculous lines!!!

    How stupid was THAT?

    So glad you had a great time.

    Sherry

  7. Woo! Rockchick! Gigs so much better sober I’d say. No queuing for a million hours so you could buy as many drinks as you could carry….and then missing most of the set!

  8. Sounds like you had a great time. It’s amazing how many experiences we can’t actually remember properly because we were drinking! Much better to be fully present to enjoy the experience. A x

  9. I am remembering a lot more things now that I don’t drink!
    I think being in the pit area is the best to get into feeling of the band!
    xo
    Wendy

  10. Sounds like a great experience. I have attended sporting events where I have not had a drink and it is way better. You spend all that money on booze, miss critical parts of the game, and then you don’t remember a thing.

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