The stairs up to our balcony seats seemed never-ending (who told me that heels were a good idea?!), and the seats themselves were made solely for people under 5 feet (my legs didn't fit & so they bashed into the seats in front me for the entirety of the concert, causing bruises and swelling) - but dammit, it was worth it.
And then there was The National.
The last time I saw them was their NXNE show at Yonge-Dundas Square, and I ended up spending the last half of it waiting in a brutally long bathroom line-up.
So this was an improvement - no fighting crowds, no grabby people, and no lines.
Yeah, I'm that person.
And then, during the encore... a surprise guest.
Really, this could only happen at a show I was at - Hayden came on stage and joined for a couple of songs. Considering how much I fangirl over Daughter and The National as it is, adding another one of my favourites is almost excessive, in the best way possible.
That's a stage I'd like to be on.
They closed the night off, as always, with Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks. The whole place sings along (again, sorry if my singing ruined anyone's videos), and it's a pretty darn good ending to an amazing show.
And since I've shared my fairly terrible photos with you, you may want to check out my friend Steve's photos as well - he caught some unbelievable ones. He was right in the middle of the action and apparently got a hug from Matt Berninger after holding him up as he ran around the crowd during Mr. November. Give 'em a gander.
Seems only right to end this post with someone's else's video of the song, from the same show: