On November 13, 2010, R&B’s present and future performed in Las Vegas, NV at the Mandalay Bay for Usher’s OMG Tour. New vocalist Miguel, with the success of his “All I Want is You” single, warmed up the audience. But Trey Songz, aggressive sex pop hits from his new album: Passion, Pain, & Pleasure, made the crowd start to sizzle. The talent demonstrated in the opening acts got the audience hyped up for the main attraction…Usher! This concert gave the audience the ability to take it back to 1997 with songs “You Make me Wanna” and “Nice and Slow.” Songs like “Lil Freak” and “DJ got us Falling in Love” keeps the audience in the present and of course, dancing.
I remember running outside, screaming at the top of my lungs, just being so excited to finally fulfill my dreams of going to see Justin Bieber perform. The concert was months away, and I couldn’t wait. We both did some research and found out all of the songs that would be playing, so that we could memorize them all. Then our tickets came in the mail. I couldn’t believe how close we were to the stage.
Inside the arena, the excitement of all the fans could be felt. People were talking about how much they liked the bands that would be performing, and many were amazed to be there because it was their first concert. Many other people also seemed to be doing the “pre-concert ritual” which is seen at many concerts, and that is getting as much beer in them as possible. Everyone seemed to be having a good time preparing for the concert ahead. The arena was separated into two different sections; the reserved seating section which goes all along the arena and then the general admission section which is all along the floor of the arena closest to the stage.
We head out to go pick up Ty and Sydney at their hotel and then we are off the Harpoon Harrys for the paint party. We arrive at the party exactly on time and are horrified when we get there. It looks like millions of people and a lot of them was older then we were: the guy at the booth said it was only high school graduates not college graduates too. We stand in line forever and finally get close enough so that we can see the stage in hopes that we would get more paint splattered on us. The music blasts on and everyone starts dancing and at first it was fun but then it got even more crowded.
Everyone was dancing and having a great time. Although it was early, the crowd was already loud, drunk and crazy. As Soulwork finished their last set, I could feel the entire room move closer and closer to the stage. At last it was time for Boston’s best funk band, Who’s the Fat Guy?, to take center stage. After a minute or so of setting up, the first notes rang out through the room.
There were too many conversations between people in the room that it seemed like a mumbled mess. I walked up, handed my ticket to the lady in navy blue shirt and pants, and heard the distinctive loud beeps from the machine with the red light scanning my ticket. After that, I was... ... middle of paper ... ...ated off of them and into the crowd. They threw water on us from their bottles, had a few lucky winners join them on stage for two songs and were overall humble. They brought their tan, beach bum looking friends on the stage to spray silly string all over the crowd.
It was a perfect fit with the happy family that the rave scene was trying to create. There is a tangible energy that goes along with dancing to extremely loud beats with hundreds of other people. Raves are a shared experience. A sense of unity often develops among ravers, in which, personal creeds, race, gender, age, sexual preference and everything else that our society places so much emphasis on simply fades into the background. At a rave when everyone is dancing you experience a feeling of collective organism and I think people that have had this experience view the world differently afterwards.
We were finally here, standing at the front row of the back section at a One Direction concert watching our idols do what they love. We'd already lost out voices and I was pretty sure I had a sweat puddle around me but I was bursting with happiness we had gone from not having any tickets at all and now we were here experiencing a night I will remember forever.
He jumps up from his seat and smoke surrounds him, a blue spot light is turned on and exposes him on stage. The audience is ecstatic; the piano begins to die down for Paul to introduce the guest and the show.) Paul: Have you ever hated something so much you wish you could banish it into room 101? Well my guest for tonight has the chance to, let’s welcome a world famous entertainer and song writer staring in films such as gold member and fighting temptations and having smash hits such as street lovin’ and ghetto princess ladies and gentlemen a big round of applause for Haille! (Audience clap and whistle loudly, Haille comes out from a yellow and purple door and greets Paul with a kiss on the cheek) Haille: Hi there Paul how you doing?
Our adventure ended at the theme park of theme parks, Universal studios. This was where some of the greatest movies ever were turned into real life and thrown into and amusement park. When we arrived we were greeted by tons of other high schools, because universal was hosting “Grad Bash” where the park is filled with other high school students from all over on their senior trips. Everything was crowded because of grad bash, but that didn’t stop me from having fun. The first ride I got on was the “Rip Red Rocket” I got dropped and thrown through colorful loops as a song I selected played through the back of my rollercoaster seat.