19 July 2010

Carus's first concert

The Justin Bieber concert last Wednesday was great!

I took the day off work so we could head to the concert early and try to win some backstage passes or floor seats from a local radio station, and so we could find our seats well before the show started.  We rode the Max train so we wouldn't have to deal with traffic and parking and such and we were greated at the Max station by fellow Justin Bieber fans going to the concert.  These girls (probably around 14) were very sweet to Carus and offered her high fives for getting to go to the concert.
Unfortunately there were way too many girls also trying to get better seats or backstage passes that Carus didn't have much of a chance and ended up giving up before she got knocked around too much.  Those girls (and one of the girls mother's) were so pushy, it's kinda sad. I had to resist the urge to smack one as she tried really hard to just walk over Carus. She probably would have too, if I hadn't have been there to stop her.

Carus decided that was enough and ended up getting a picture taken with Justin Bieber instead!   Okay, okay - it is a cardboard cut out. BUT she has a chance to win it! The Rose Garden (where the concert was held) was using it as a promotion and took their own pictures of all that posed with the cutout.  They posted those pictures on their Facebook profile, if you tag yourself in the photo (I tagged me since Carus doesn't have a profile) you are entered to win the cutout. Carus says when she wins it, it will be going up on her wall.   Her picture is here.
A pre-show interview - sorry it's sideways...

After that we went and stood in line, luckily near the front of the line and in the shade.  It was a very warm day!  After doors were open we found something to eat for dinner and headed to our seats to wait for the concert. 

Now, because I got sssssssssooooooooooo many pictures I will direct you to my Facebook album HERE or Flickr HERE

Opening act was The Stunners and they were good.  Then Jessica Jarrell, Sean Kingston and a guy he brought along that I didn't catch the name of - too much screaming...

There were a couple intermissions, and one last one before Justin came on stage.  During that last intermission, we went out to get some water.  Lots of people were in lines for food, water, and the restrooms when all of the sudden there was screaming from those that stayed in their seats - and then a mad rush from everyone in line back to their seats.  They thought Justin had come on stage. 

What happened was they put up a countdown on the big screens and the girls got excited that there were only 15 minutes until he came on stage.

After that, every few minutes the sounds of chatting and laughing would be broken by screams that would build.  It was like one would look up see that there were 9 minutes left (or 5 or 4 or...) and start screaming in excitement and it would spread to the other girls quickly. I found it hilarious.

Wanna see Justin come on stage? Wanna hear the screaming?  The screaming isn't as loud as it was in person - but I do warn ya to turn down/off the sound if you can't handle girl-y screams.

His show was great, even with all the screaming.  We were singing along. Carus was dancing and screaming and enjoying the show with the many other girls there. I loved being able to see her that excited and enjoying herself that much.  At one point, she leaned over and said/screamed "THIS IS THE BEST DAY EVER!!!!!" and hugged me so tightly.

It was a great show, and even though we left the house at 2 pm and didn't get home until 12:15 am.  And food was mondo expensive. And there were lots and lots of screaming. And some rude, pushy girls (thankfully more nice girls than rude girls). And I didn't sleep well because I kept waking up to the echoes of the songs and the screaming, and still had to get up early for work. I would gladly do it again. I had fun. More importantly, she had fun.  I got to take her to her first concert, just one more first for her that I got to be part of.

A post show interview - sorry I don't know how to rotate the videos.

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