When this line up and venue was announced, I was super excited. Why? An all ages venue with my daughter’s two favorite bands on the bill. Sign us up! I have dreamed of taking Sydney to her first rock show for years now. I am ahead of the curve. But the mother kept saying, “Not yet”. She is wise. But finally, she knew the time was right. The bands were right. And of course, the mother would attend herself. I win. I really really win.
So I secured some 15th or so row seats. No pit for me tonight. We got to the show decently early as I wanted to see Device headline on the second stage. But no dice. Apparently, they canceled the tour due to the lead singer’s baby complications. No worries. So we walked the grounds and showed Sydney the ropes. She quickly gravitated over to a booth and started shopping. She quickly found a necklace she had to have in between all the various other rock goodies.
First up for Sydney was Halestorm. This was probably the one she was looking the most forward to coming in since they are newer to her. We asked Sydney what song she wanted to hear most and she said “Rock Show”. Well, they never played it. They did the 2 other times I saw them this year but not tonight. Its a festival show so you get that fast set. They were on and off in 40 minutes. Bummer. I think she enjoyed them a lot though as she knew about every song and it was her first experience seeing a band live that she enjoys. I was glad to show her a solid female rock star. Live your dream, dear.
As the sun started to set, the stage kept growing as the bill got bigger. Next up was Volbeat. They were who I came to see. First time seeing them for me. I have really gotten into them over the course of the summer. Something about the combination of metal, rock, county, and random Johnny Cash references get me going. And man, these guys delivered. So many great songs. So loud. Just the strongest guitars you have heard in a concert. Ever? Maybe. Really solid. However, I dealt when part way through the set Sydney said she needed a drink. I think she was hesitant to ask because she knew I was having fun but I used my sprinting skills to make it out to concessions and back within 1/2 a song with the biggest Sprite you could ask for. All good. The funniest line was when they asked if you wanted to hear their “crappy radio song” and they played “Still Counting”. Hilarious. These guys are from Denmark, but they are more American than many. He was drinking JD out of the bottle in between songs and loves his Americana.
Sydney was constantly distracted with anything weird going on. Why are their blown up gloves being bounced around?
Finally, it was time for Avenged. This has been Sydney’s 1st metal band. She had a crush on M. Shadows in his younger years after watching the music videos. However, he grew his hair long for this album/tour and it was not good for Sydney. Kim didn’t like it either. Bummer. At one point, he joked with the guitar player about his hair and said it looked like crap. Sydney loved that as she felt like she called it. The concert was starting to take its toll on this 10 year old by this point. The yawning began. But would quickly get pushed aside when the next upbeat song she liked would start up. She was waiting for “Seize The Day” but it never came. Bummer. She felt like she was cursed. Her favorite songs skipped by both bands. Sorry, honey. The stage was cool with the “King” decorating the background. Sydney acquired a t-shirt of him just like that. Great memory. I think the magnitude of the show, lights, crowd, and the flames got her pretty excited.
All in all, that was one of the shows I will never forget. Being there with Kim and taking Sydney to her first concert. Kim got to tell Sydney how she took Daddy to his first rock concert. She created the monster way back then. Maybe I will have a date to more shows in the future now. Or a rock star daughter!