The Gaslight Anthem

by agoodnow

Last evening I went to see my favorite band play at Radio City Music Hall. 

The Gaslight Anthem.

I’m not going to get into how amazing the show was.  I wouldn’t do it justice.  What I will do is talk about the lead singer and his take on playing Radio City Music Hall. 

“We played in a lot of basements.  I cannot put into words what it means for us to be here.”

His name is Brian Fallon and he seemed to have a real grasp as to how far the band had come.  An appreciation for the band’s roots.  It was refreshing to see.  

Radio City is a good place to watch a show.  Not as intimate as other venues, but you have plenty of space because of the assigned seating.  Maybe it is a sign that I’m getting old (28 isn’t old, is it?), but the idea of being crammed into a small space with thousands of sweaty people just doesn’t have the same appeal that it did 8 years ago.

My seat was amazing.  Second row.  Center right.  It was the closest I have ever been to the stage for a concert I wanted to be at.  The person I bought the ticket from said that he only wanted face value for the ticket.  He said it was good karma.  Well buddy, I wish you 70 virgins in heaven worth of karma.

Here is a link to a YouTube clip from last night.  You can see me in the second row – middle right if you look hard enough.

Yesterday was a good day.

In other news:

I got home from my business trip on Tuesday night and had an email from the editor of an online magazine.   They liked the writing samples I sent about a week ago and asked me to submit some story ideas.  I did and he liked all five of them.  It was cool to work with an editor who wanted to tweak my ideas a little bit to make my ideas better.  It had a component of intellectual stimulation to it that I think I otherwise lack in day to day activities.

So I’m excited to start writing for the magazine.  I think that is pretty cool.