Bet you’re wondering what I said “yes” to, right? A hard rock concert. Now, I’m cheating a little, because Robbie asked me to go to said hard rock concert with him, and I would do just about anything if Robbie asked me to do it… However, left to my own devices, a hard rock concert is not on my short list.
We went to the Carnival of Madness, featuring 10 Years, Sevendust, Puddle of Mudd, Chevelle, and Shinedown.
The venue was pretty awesome– the new Raleigh Amphitheater, right downtown in front of the shimmer wall.
But, notice that there is no shade, anywhere. Also note that it was 113 degrees (that’s regular temperature, not heat index temperature) on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. when the concert started. It was hot. Each band noted the hot, with varying degrees of colorful adjectives. But the consensus was that it was hot. We survived.
Robbie has declared me uncool because I liked Puddle of Mudd the best out of the opening acts. Apparently they are way too mainstream for me to like and then get cool points. So, since I am not allowed to claim Puddle of Mudd as my favorite (even though they were), I declare Sevendust my acceptably cool favorite of the opening acts, mostly because the drummer (Morgan Rose) can do the metal scream like I have never heard in my life. Also, their bassist (Vince Hornsby) was a total performer and kept blowing kisses and pointing at the audience and stuff.
Shinedown was awesome. Not sure if it was because they had all the cool effects– I guess that was part of it. But, they were also really good performers. Exciting moment of the night? Brent Smith, lead singer, came down in the audience and stood right in front of Robbie and me. Both of us were too stunned to take pictures. But it happened– promise.
So, the moral of this story? Go ahead, say “yes” to something you normally wouldn’t. You’ll get a new experience out of it and you might even have some fun in the process!