Ten years ago I may have had a little obsession. These things happen in high school.
While most of my friends salivated over actors and boy bands, I was half crazy for the Deftones.
Especially the lead singer, Chino.
And so, it was ten years ago that my friend Joel got tickets and backstage passes to their concert in Toronto. For li'l 17 year old me, that was....huge.
Now, let me explain something....
This was me ten years ago. You can't really tell, but I was small. Skinny. Weak. All legs and not much else.
But at this concert, I pummeled my way through the massive crowd. Squeezed past the huge dudes, had my hair pulled and face clawed at by the goth chicks, and pretty much got kicked everywhere. But I pushed and fought til I got to the front.
The whole concert, I stood right in front of Chino. Awestruck in such a way that I hardly noticed all the people beating at me from behind, or how the guard rails dug deeply into my hip bones.
After the concert, I was a mess. Sweaty, frizzy, gross. But I pulled my hair back, took a few breaths and went to meet my favourite band.
The pictures didn't turn out. Meeting them all was a blur of excitement. But the crazy Cloud 9 I was on afterward was worth it all.
Even worth the head to toe bruises and gashes I later realized I had.
I haven't been able to see them again since, for one reason or another.
But now... ten years later, they're back again. And this time with another of my all-time favourite bands, Alice In Chains (I'll explain that one another time, perhaps).
In September, 27 year-old Kris will probably see them with different eyes than 17 year-old Kris. But knowing me, there's bound to be a bruise or two.
And now my concert schedule's coming together. Tegan & Sara in July. Deftones and Alice in Chains in Sept. Now if only Tool would bring their tour just a liiiiittle bit east.... then this girl would be very, very happy.
Have a good weekend, kids! I'm Toronto-bound 'n junk....