I was determined to get awesome seats to this show. The thing about seeing them so much is that it's not really enough for me to just be there anymore. They were playing at a big amphitheater, and I didn't want to be in the back. I wanted to be CLOSE. Sadly, this wasn't really in the cards. I'm on a major budget right now, and close seats are $$. I had birthday money I'd been tucking away for something special, and I was fully prepared to use it on amazing seats, but the husband talked me out of it. We ended up with tickets toward the back of the amphitheater, and I was a little bummed, but, honestly, just glad the tight budget allowed for tickets at all. YAY INCUBUS!
Pretty much the worst picture ever
As we were walking up to the venue, a local radio station was having a ticket promo giveaway, so I wandered over to their booth to see what I would have to do to get better tickets. Unfortunately they were only upgrading lawn seats, and, thankfully, we weren't that far back, so we turned to go browse the merch booth and grab a drink before the show started.
Right as I turned around I heard, "Jessica Love!" It was one of my friends from sorority; I haven't seen her since I graduated! I wasn't too surprised to see her there...I know she's a bit of a concert hoor like I am. In fact, I brought her with me to a Linkin Park show at the Roxy back in '01. We were right there in the pit and got out butts kicked, and we stuck around after and got pictures with the band...it was so much fun. Anyway, it was so good to see her and meet her boyfriend and say hello.
Anyway, the husband and I went up to our seats and they weren't so bad. Pretty far up, but we had a nice clear view of the stage and we were right in the middle. The band opened with Privilege, and I just started rocking out like a mofo. I was just happy to be there, you know? I felt bad for fretting about our tickets, I was just so happy to be seeing my very favorite band again. (Although, going to Incubus shows hasn't been the same since bff moved to the east coast. Incubus is one of the things that was always our thing, and I feel like I'm cheating on her when I go to a show with someone else.)
Well, about three songs into the show, my friend texted me. There were two empty seats next to her in the Orchestra. She said she would smuggle us down there if we wanted. Um...yeah! I grabbed the husband and we ran down there, and a few songs later, this was our view.
I was KICKING MYSELF because the husband and I had quite the conversation about bringing my camera with us. I finally decided to leave it in the car because we were so far away I wouldn't get any good pictures, but HOLY CATS imagine the shots I could have gotten with my 12x optical zoom from this close! UGH. Luckily my phone takes okay pictures, but still. THE PICTURES I COULD HAVE TAKEN. Woe.
So, WHEEE, everything worked out! I stayed in budget and still got awesome seats to see my favorite band for the 13th time. And, again, this brings me back to the fact that all good things in my life spring from my sorority. Love, love, love.
Brandon and Mike acoustic
For the Incubus fans out there, here's the set list from the show:
Wish You Were Here
A Crow Left of the Murder
Talk Shows on Mute
A Certain Shade of Green
In the Company of Wolves
Love Hurts (acoustic)
Nice To Know You
I always make playlists of my favorite concerts, so here's the playlist on Spotify if you guys want to check it out. I wished this show wasn't all "hits" (with the exception of the opening song and the stuff from the new album), but it was fun to hear the new stuff live. I'm really enjoying their new album, If Not Now, When?