Hug A Drummer: My Vegas Jackpot
I decided earlier this year, with the 20th anniversary of the Self-Titled, that this was going to be the best summer ever. I looked at dates and purchased pit tickets for Vegas as my second show (I saw them in Chicago for my first ever meet and greet, but that's another story of pure bliss). Now, going into the Vegas show I prepared myself with no expectations.
The show was going to be another heart pounding, loud singing and crowd jumping good time. I was also looking forward to meeting some awesome people whom I had found on Twitter and Facebook. I mean, finding these people is like a dream come true. It wasn't til the very last minute that I found out Lauren and Adam were going to Vegas, too. I met them at the Chicago show and had the most amazing connection. When you meet those kinds of people you grasp onto them and enjoy the ride.
The day of the show, I patiently watched the clock getting closer to show time. I had butterflies in my stomach all day. I remember the cab ride felt like forever until it dropped us off at the Hard Rock. We met up with Lauren and Adam by the entrance. Then, I had the pleasure of meeting Lizette and Janelle for the first time. Talk about amazing, right? I mean the power of social media bringing all of us together. That's when out of the corner of my eye Brad appeared in the distance. I could not believe it. Instinctively, I took out my phone cause I was like, “No way. I have to get a picture cause no one will believe me that I saw Brad in the casino.” I snapped a few quickly in case he was to just walk away, but he didn't.
He started to walk over to Lizette for conversation. I froze and looked at Lauren like OMG. She stood there all cool and collected as I was dying and said to me, “C’mon. Let’s go talk to him and ask for a picture.” Right then I heard "Lose Yourself" by Eminem play in my head. I threw my phone at my husband and followed Lauren's lead.
Brad has very kind eyes and is soft spoken. We made casual conversation and I was delighted that he called me by my screen name Karebear. It’s those little things that make you love the band even more. He was so nice to pose for a picture with me as I looked like a no chill fangirl. My husband documented my whole experience talking to Brad and by the look on my face I can tell I was in the moment. Thank you, Brad. I was so elated that night cause I got to hug a drummer AGAIN - the best drummer ever! Vegas did not disappoint. I hit the Third Eye Blind jackpot.
When I say your music has filled my heart for 20 years, that is an understatement. I look forward to being front and center for the new stuff and my heart has plenty of room left.