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Concert memories
This was something I thought of doing recently.
Here's a small memory (or two or more) from every concert I've attended.

Heart ~ Ribfest in Vinoy Park, St. Pete, FL (November 10, 2012)
This was my first concert. I just remember being blown away by Ann's voice, it was so powerful. It was also the first time I got to experience the feeling, the AMAZING feeling that is a concert. My mom wanted me to wear a sweater since it was cold but it just ended up sitting on my lawn chair I brought. I also remember leaving with my dad during the band's cover of "Black Dog" and the last person I saw on stage was Nancy Wilson. I think somewhere in the back of my mind, I thought it would be cool to be the one up on a stage like that.

Yes ~ Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL (April 2, 2013)
We ended up meeting up with my dad's good friend Timmy during the intermission. He came all the way from Orlando to be at the show. I also remember being blown away and completely mesmerized by Steve Howe's guitar solo in "Starship Trooper". Just... WOW.

Heart w/Jason Bonham ~ The Amp in Tampa, FL (June 18, 2013)
The show was the day before Ann's Birthday, so I made a sign for me. We were waaaaay in the back of the Amp so I doubt she ever saw it, but I tried. My dad held up his lighter in front of it to help illuminate, but that didn't help. My dad even helped me give it to a roadie of theirs after the show. To this day, I still don't know if she ever saw it, but I'd like to think she did. Then, afterwards we hung around the backstage area and I saw Craig Bartock standing near the fence there just looking at me.

Cheap Trick ~ Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL (October 4, 2013)
My dad urged me to go down front and take some pictures from down there. I was nervous but I went down there anyhow and not a single security person stopped me. I was literally standing in front of the ******** stage right in front of Tom Petersson.
I didn't get any good pictures in the end. xD

Pat Benatar ~ Taste of Pinellas in St. Pete, FL (May 9, 2014)

A time I don't like to think about since s**t hit the fan with my dad afterwards, but Pat can still sing! I was awestruck when she sang "Hell is For Children".

Ringo Starr ~ Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL (October 23, 2014)
I won the tickets for the show. :]
And during one of the Santana songs, Ringo left the stage and the rest of the All-Starr Band went nuts! "Boss is gone, let's go CRAAAAAZEEEE!"

ZZ Top & Jeff Beck ~ The Amp in Tampa, FL (May 7, 2015)
I was wearing my Jimi Hendrix and much to my surprise ZZ Top played "Foxy Lady". O.O

Rush ~ Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL (May 24, 2015)
Well, let's see. My dad won the tickets on my Birthday, then he called the station to tell them it was my Birthday and how special the concert was going to be for the two of us. On Friday, we got a call saying that we didn't win the guitar prize pack but we got meet-n-greets. We ended up meeting the ladies who got the whole thing including meet-n-greets, so it turns out someone on the crew may have given them to us. I met Alex and Geddy and didn't pass out. There was even a cute guy with a South American accent standing in front of me in line.
Aaaand, I nearly dropped the camera when some "firecracker" went off on stage during "Far Cry" because it scared the crap out of me.

Duran Duran ~ The Amp in Tampa, FL (April 2, 2016)
It rained all day and prompted Simon to call Florida "the Land of Sunshine! And a little bit of rain." I had waited to see them for a long time and the wait was worth it! They played "New Moon On Monday" and I went nuts. I'm also pretty sure I was the only one in my area who knew all the lyrics to "Notorious".

Bad Company & Joe Walsh ~ The Amp in Tampa, FL (May 28, 2016)
Some lady sitting next to us handed me her bracelet during Joe's set and told me to make music with it like an instrument. I was confused but I did as I was instructed.

Tesla, REO Speedwagon, Def Leppard ~ The Amp in Tampa, FL (August 15, 2016)
My dad and I sang along to "Signs" together and he told me later that he wished he would have filmed me. He hadn't seen me that happy in a long long time. He also won me those tickets since he knew how much I liked Tesla. He's a real pain but I have the best father out there.

The Australian Pink Floyd ~ Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL (August 26, 2016)
I cried once or twice during their set, they were THAT good. It may have also had something to do with the little Syd Barrett montage at the beginning of their set. Maybe.

Zebra ~ Largo Cultural Center in Largo, FL (October 22, 2016)

At the time it was the closest I had ever been to the stage (trumped by the next show however). I saw someone I knew from MovieStop in the audience and he even went up front to the stage a few times during the show. I sang along to everything I knew, which of course was all of it. Then after the concert, the band stayed around to sign stuff and take pictures! So, I jumped in line for that. I was my usual super-anxious self but Randy Jackson made me feel welcome. So, it was worth it. I took a picture with three of my idols and I didn't look too terrible in the photo, so, yeah it was worth it.

Sabaton, Battle Beast, Leaves' Eyes ~ The Orpheum in Tampa, FL (May 20, 2017)
THE BEST FRIGGIN' CONCERT I'VE EVER BEEN TO!
So, this was on my Birthday actually. My brother and I waited for three hours in the escalating Florida heat while wearing black t-shirts. THAT was worth it. We were first in after the VIP people. I snagged a spot on the right side of the stage so I had a good view of Thorsten, Joona, and Chris. :]
We rocked out together, Justin and I.
I fell in love with a Finnish guitarist by the name of Joona Bjorkroth. He even looked at me a few times and smiled at me. I don't know how I'm alive right now.
I've been obsessed with Battle Beast ever since.
Oh yeah and Sabaton.
They RULED!
I had never had that much fun at a concert ever.

Iron Maiden & Ghost ~ Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL (June 11, 2017)

Both Ghost and Iron Maiden were totally awesome! I had a lot of fun during the day before the show since I got to hang out with my brother and his friend Jesse, who is an amazing person. :]
I also discovered my new favorite Iron Maiden song is "Blood Brothers".

Plus, on the way over we got to listen to Metal all the time! m/

Upcoming shows

Coldplay - It's gonna rule. Been a fan of them since I was 9 - I'm 23. It's time.

Jack Russell's "Great White" - It should be fun since I like Jack, but honestly I had thought it was actually Great White when I saw the thing about the show. There will be acoustic stuff in the set, I think, but it should be fun.

TESLA by themselves. It's gonna be epic for sure.

Kamelot, Delain, Battle Beast - ...

I GET TO SEE BATTLE BEAST AGAIN, HOLY HELL! (Familiar Hell) I will not be able to handle myself until then... which is a whole damn year away.
*still excited*

SamWeiki
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