It was one of those opportunities that made me race to Facebook for a status update: I was going to see Against Me! for a second time in my concert-going career. After seeing the band for the first time in 2002, it was nice to see some familiar faces at their latest show. Against Me! has the unique ability to bring together fans of all ages. This time I was sandwiched between the sweaty fans and the equally perspired band. I realized that the younger version of myself would have truly enjoyed the show amidst the fans in the pit, but last night’s show proved to me that, as I get older, my place is front and center for such an electrifying performance.
I couldn’t have been more excited for the band’s first song “Pints of Guinness Make You Strong” as it pumped up the crowd and set the tone for the concert. Part of my role for Sunday night’s show was to take pictures to capture the performance. While trying to get THE shot, I found it difficult to set up my camera; I felt as though I was experiencing an earthquake with all of the excitement. Songs like “Turn Those Clapping Hands into Angry Balled Fists” and “I Was A Teenage Anarchist” further perpetrated the enthusiasm felt by everyone in attendance.
A poignant moment during the show came at the end when the band left the stage after about an hour of performing. In the band’s absence, the crowd broke out in a rendition of “We Laugh At Danger and Break All The Rules”. This was doubly moving because not only did it reinforce the fact that the crowd consisted of die-hard fans, but after hearing their fans’ tribute, Against Me!’s Andrew Seward, James Bowman, Tom Gabel and Jay Weinberg returned to the stage in awe of the coolness of the moment.
**To the chick in front of me (the only person in the entire room who didn’t move at all), I have a message for you: if you’re not there to have fun, go home!