For my 16th birthday I was given Linkin Park concert tickets. Linkin Park is a rock band that I listen to frequently, days on end.
The concert was in the summer at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. On the way to the concert there was a ton of annoying traffic. I was so excited and I just wanted to be at the concert. I was yelling at the traffic to move along. It took almost 2 hours to get there. You can imagine how impatient I was. I was practically jumping up and down in my seat. I could not sit still.
When we got there the parking lot was filled with tons of people. Long lines, of course. Many people wore Linkin Park shirts and were really dressed up fancy. I was even dressed up nice just in case I met one of my favorite bands.
I spotted Linkin Park’s tour bus while we were walking up to the venue and took some shots on my phone.
When we finally got to our seats, I was shocked. We were in the 20th row and the stage was so close. I have never been so close to a stage at a concert in my life. At other concerts we have been to we were so far away from the performers. Not this concert. This was going to be different.
The opening act was 30 Seconds to Mars (one of my favorite bands) and some other band I can’t even recall the name of. 30 Seconds to Mars put on an excellent show. They performed their songs “Hurricane”, “Conquistador”, “Kings & Queens”, “From Yesterday”, “The Kill”, and “Beautiful Lie”. At one point they threw huge bouncy balls into the crowd and the crowd was just hitting them back and forth. They were huge balls of all colors. Pink. Green. Blue. They shot confetti into the air and the crowd was literally going insane. The lead singer Jared Leto would come off of the stage and run through the crowd. I was so close to him that I could literally touch his hand.
Linkin Park was called onto the stage and let me tell you this: the crowd went insane. Everyone was screaming at the top of their lungs. People were applauding and some even got on their friends’ shoulders. When they came out, the whole audience was getting even louder. I was screaming, too, but you wouldn’t be able to hear me over everyone else.
The band played a lot of their well-known songs like “Bleed it Out”, “Numb”, “Crawl”, etc. The concert was really loud and everyone was singing. I was singing. The lead singer jumped around a lot. I cannot tell you how many times. I got tired just watching him. The concert ended around 11:00 p.m. They didn’t come on until 8. I was extremely exhausted after we left but it was all worth it.
This was an unforgettable experience and I promise that I will never forget about it. It was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. Who can forget the experience of seeing one of their favorite artists/bands live?