I Found My People and Nothing Else Matters.
Float by the crowd that scatters
I found my people and nothing else matters
Bullhorns that feed back in stormy skies
No one listens but it's so hot when you try
I’ve been to a ton of concerts in my life. I’ve traveled to different states to see bands and it’s always a great time. However, this latest Third Eye Blind show was a whole new experience for me. It was my 7th time to see them and I traveled from Oklahoma to Vegas for the show.
First off, that’s the longest distance I’ve ever traveled for a concert. Granted, I ended up planning a vacation around the concert in Vegas, but nonetheless, it was one of the main reasons I went. Secondly, it was my husband’s first time to ever see Third Eye Blind live. I normally go with my sister. I was so incredibly excited to take my husband. He listens to me jabber on about the band non-stop and he always says he appreciates the music, but doesn’t really feel like he needs to see them live. Obviously, I disagreed with him and basically forced him into going with me.
I won’t lie and say that I wasn’t a little nervous to take him to the show. For one thing, I knew he wasn’t exactly thrilled about going. But I also know that he hates big crowds and is not a fan of standing in the same spot for 5 hours. Not to mention the fact that I’ve lusted over Stephan Jenkins forever and my husband is well aware of that…. awkward!
As the time approached for us to go to the concert, I coerced my husband into taking a few shots to “put him in a good mood” and to try to make the night as enjoyable as possible for him. We made our way over to the Hard Rock a few hours prior to the show so we could be front row for the concert. I could barely contain my excitement. Because, hello? VEGAS BABY! Not to mention, knowing I was going to see the boys in concert again just made my soul happy. As any 3EB fan will tell you, no matter how many times you see them live, the experience never dulls. I was so happy to have my husband there with me to see what I talk about all the time!
The other reason I was so excited for that night was because I finally got to meet a bunch of my fellow 3EB friends. By the powers of social media, I have connected with so many people who share a love for this band. I am privileged to be a part of 3EBLifestyle as well as other various Third Eye Blind groups. I love talking to these people online and sharing experiences with them. But most of them, I had never met in real life. I only knew them through Twitter and Facebook. When I first booked the trip to Vegas, I only knew of like one or two people from those groups who were going as well. But as it got closer to the show, more and more people said they were going to go. Even down to the day before, some of my 3eb friends were booking a last minute trip to Vegas. I was ecstatic! I had met a few people at shows over the last several years, but it was nothing like this.
So, as my husband and I made our way to the venue, I start running into people that I know from the various 3EB social media groups. Then as we got in line, I heard my name being yelled from across the room and I saw someone else I know from online. The pattern continued until we finally got into the venue. Suddenly, I am surrounded by a sea of fellow fans and friends! I finally got to meet everyone, and I was about to experience our favorite band with them. We all chatted before the show and laughed and joked. It was as if I’d known them for years.
Ocean Park Standoff played their set and then it was time for Silversun Pickups. Unfortunately, I could already see my husband losing interest. I was so worried that he was going to end up having a bad time. Then, after SSPU’s finished their set, it was time. It was what I had been waiting for the whole night. I was posted up on the rails and my husband was behind me. I remember turning to him a few times and smiling and asking him if he was ready? He politely smiled and nodded, even though I know he really wasn’t all that excited.
The lights go down and the music starts. The crowd was into it from the beginning. They were all singing along and dancing. You could hear the lyrics echoing through the entire place, and in that moment, we were all connected. It was pure magic. Every now and then I would turn around to check on my husband and oddly enough, he seemed to be enjoying himself. At one point during one of the songs, he said “Why do I know all of the words to this song?!” I even heard him sing the words out loud which DOES NOT normally happen.
And then, it happened, the moment I had been waiting for. About halfway through Wounded, as everyone in the crowd is singing along at the top of their lungs, he leans up to me and says, “Ok, I get it.” HE GOT IT! He finally understood why I continue to see Third Eye Blind live every chance I get. That moment that we all get during their shows, had finally hit him. He was singing along, jumping up and down and having a great time! I couldn’t believe it. I thought I was having the time of my life already, but that took the cake.
The show was incredible. I can’t describe the feeling of being front row, singing as loud as you can with so many people who love this band as much as I do. About a month before the show, I was given this lyric assignment. For a while, I didn’t know what I was going to write about. But that night, surrounded by friends singing and dancing together and watching my husband witness the band for the first time, I knew exactly what I was going to write about.