Some people claim that rock ‘n roll is dead. I disagree. Because yesterday morning, we stood in a line hundreds deep for Foo Fighters tickets. In the cold rain and wind. For three hours. For a concert that is ten months away.
We must really like you, Dave Grohl.
The Foo Fighters have long been one of my favorite bands. I saw them once before, in 2008, and that concert was one of the best I’ve been to. So when they announced a show in Portland next September – coincidentally, it’ll be on our second anniversary – I jumped at the chance to buy tickets.
And then I found out they were selling ’em old school. A special pre-sale at the Rose Quarter box office was being held Saturday, from 10-2. Be there or be square, as the cool kids used to say. Otherwise, tickets were going up for sale on December 5th.
“We should totally get up super early on a weekend and stand in line for tickets in the pouring rain for hours!” Tara said.
Maybe those weren’t her exact words, but they’re what I heard. Nevertheless, this was the Foo Fighters we were talking about. There was a certain charm in lining up for tix like they used to do before the internet. I decided it might actually be fun!
Umm…do I look like I’m having “fun”?!
Yeah, it poured on us. But only for the first hour. And then the sun came out. But the wind negated any warming effect that big, bright object in the sky was having.
And then, just for fun, it started raining again.
Fortunately, we were surrounded by a bunch of interesting people, all united for a common cause. And more importantly, all soaking wet. The phrase “misery loves company” should not be understated. We were cold and wet, sure – but so were they. The line seemed everlong (see what I did there?), but we were making slow and steady forward progress. We even had some free entertainment to help us pass the time.
In the end, the rain and wind and cold didn’t matter because we ended up with really good seats for the Foo Fighters concert next September 14. We’ll be much closer to the stage than we would have been if we’d waited until December 5 to buy our tickets.
Our friends thought we were fools for standing in the rain for hours. I say it was well worth a little soaking to see Dave bring it to Portland next year!
What do you think? Would you wait in line for hours to buy tickets for your favorite band?
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I believe you actually saw them on two previous occasions. Does the David Letterman show ring a bell?
That’s true – it may have been one song, but that was a great performance! Hey – maybe you and Mom should have waited in line with us for tickets of your own!
I dont think so! But I would have had an umbrella!
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Beatles, Led Zep and Doors forever !
I can’t argue with that. Three great bands!
I didn’t know the guys from Duck Dynasty were Foo Fighter fans?! Fan-duckin-tastic!
Ha. You quack me up.
“We’ll be much closer to the stage than we would have been if we’d waited until December 5 to buy our tickets.”
BRAVA, Mark! And totally agree with you….it was TOTALLY worth it!
“Would you wait in line for hours to buy tickets for your favorite band?”
Yes, I would, for someone like Barbra Streisand, Sting, Elton John, or Billy Joel. Absolutely!
I’d love it if Billy Joel did a West Coast tour. Are you listening, Piano Man???
I must be an old person, because no, I would not stand in the pouring rain to see anybody.
I don’t think that means you’re old so much as it means you’re sane!
I think it was worth it just to see the characters who came out for the line!
Agreed! We were living up to our “Keep Portland Weird” motto Saturday, that’s for sure.
YES! Saw them a couple years ago in in DC. BEST CONCERT EVER. Seriously. They played for over three hours and had high energy the entire time.
Everlong was also the song my husband and I walked down the aisle to. You’re gonna have a blast.
That’s awesome. And I think “Everlong” is the perfect song to walk down the aisle to! Very appropriate lyrics.
Ummmm, no. I would get preferential tickets from AMEX and be happy.
This just proves you’re probably smarter than I am. And DEFINITELY drier.