The One Where I Still Loved Lifehouse As Much As I Did When I Was 15.
Three days after getting home from all my Maroon 5 shows, I was on the road again. Sleep when I die…
This time, it was for a band that I’ve loved since I was 15: Lifehouse.
I found out about this show after a heads up from my friend David. At this point the show had already been on-sale for awhile, so by the time I got my hands on tickets, the closest available was third row. As long as I got to see them, I was good sitting anywhere. (And after a week of general admission m5 shows, I was happy for a reserved seat. #TeamElderly)
The morning of the show, I worked a half day at the library, then hit the road to head to Modesto. I wandered around downtown for a bit but let’s face it…there’s not much to do in Modesto. I sat around the venue reading. There was a VIP option that included a meet and greet before the show, and 10 minutes before it was supposed to begin I decided…I deserve to go. So I walked right into the venue and went. #IDoWhatIWant
Although I dislike Modesto, I did like this venue a lot…
There were appetizers and such during a reception before the meet and greet. I didn’t want to focus on food. I just wanted Lifehouse! (After the m&g I did eat this vegan little sandwich guy they had and I should have shoved some into my face before hand because OMG delicious.)
They soon started letting us into the room where the band was, a few groups at a time. When I walked into the room, they looked up and past the people who were currently talking to them and saw me walk into the room. They all got huge smiles and starting waving happily at me. Pretty sure my face had a ridiculously large smile as I waved back. (And sorry to the people that were trying to talk to the band at that time, cause they were all looking at me…)
When it was my turn I walked into open arms for hugs. I yelled “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” at Bryce right before I hugged him, because it happened to be his birthday. It’s an amazing feeling knowing that even though you haven’t talked to your band face to face in a few years, that they still remember and appreciate you.
“On the drive here I realized that I’ve been a fan of this band for half my life. I was 15 when I first started listening, and I’m going to be 30 in a few weeks!”
“You’re THIRTY?!” Bryce said. Evil look from me. You’re not a spring chicken yourself, dude. Haha.
Jason had a better reaction and smiled really big, “Half your life! We’re growing up together!” (I was 16 and he was 19 the first time I saw Lifehouse live, so we are literally growing up together.)
They thanked me for coming and I just said, “Of course!” and we started talking about something else when the photographer came up behind me and was all, “Uh you need to turn around and take your photo now…” Bryce just gave me a look and apologized. Being rushed is no fun. 😦
Doors opened shortly after, and I went to find my seat. There were two openers who totally underwhelmed me, and I sat twirling my thumbs. The first two rows of people didn’t even stand for half of the show, and that wass just as super annoying as the openers. But hey, better view for me in the third row, so thanks losers!
Every time I see this band, I swear they are better than before. I could watch them every night for the rest of my life and still not get enough shows.
After the show I was standing around outside with David and his two friends he brought chatting. One of the guys that put on the show came out and handed me an autographed poster from the evening. Aaand thank you very much!
We ran into Jason as he was leaving, who smelled like he had been enjoying a beer or two (celebrating Bryce’s birthday the right way!) and he smooshed his face against mine while hugging me goodbye. I turned 15 again. Ha. He’s still so pretty and perfect and the man of my dreams…
Needless to say, I pretty much drove home on a Lifehouse high. 10 days until I see them again, and I can hardly wait!