I've gone to a lot of live music this year, a lot. Actually I go to a lot of live music every year and I never seem to get tired of it. You'd think after 5+ years of running into venues last minute, getting nasty looks from die-hard fans that just want you out of the way, getting elbowed in the general admission pit, pushed around in the photo pit, horrible lighting, and even the occasional horrible show that I'd want to throw in the towel. It's glamorous, yes... there's no two ways about it; but it's also lots of work for no pay (quite literally), hard and exhausting. Then again, you find bonds of friendship with those in the "trenches" see new music nearly every week, have the best seat in the house (at least for the first three songs) and come away with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Just like anything else, it's all in how you look at the balance.
Last night at Key Arena (Seattle, WA) with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis I just had fun. It was all about being a part of the experience. I have seen them perform many times before but any hometown group that's been gone on a long tour and has an especially tight relationship with the fans... it's a powerful experience to see them "come home again". That's what I got out of last night's performance and it was spectacular.