When it comes to concerts, 2014 was kind of weird. In a cool way. A great way. I saw Bayside, NOFX and Taking Back Sunday live. Three bands I’ve been listening to for about a decade; two of which have never been to Sweden before. Sure, seeing them live eight years ago would have been cool, but honestly I think I somehow appreciated it even more now. It’s cool going to shows when you’re a little older and you’re not too caught up in being a fan; it’s not as much a competition as it is a pleasure. I like not being as overwhelmed by the fact that this or that bandmember is standing in front of me, or feeling like I’ve got to remember every word to every song or I’m not a “real” fan. You know what I mean?
Taking Back Sunday.
Sorry for the shitty iPhone photos, but in Sweden we’re hardly ever allowed to bring DSLR cameras to shows anymore. Not sure if that’s the case for most people in other countries too.
But those bands weren’t the best part of 2014. I finally got to see blink-182 live. A band I’ve been listening to for 15 years or so; three of my favorite people in the whole world. They have meant and still mean more to me than any other musicians out there. I went to London in August to see them perform at the Brixton Academy. As if that wasn’t enough I also met Travis Barker after the show. The brief encounter was over in seconds, but it was one of the most memorable moments of my life so far. At 25 I feel a little too old to wait for bands by their bus after shows but blink is my only exception. blink-182 life. For life.
Travis after the show.
2014 gave me a lot of awesome concert experiences. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2015 will bring.