I want to tell you the story of the first concert I ever went to. So let's go all the way back to 2006. I was ten years old and in fifth grade. This was before I ever had braces, wore makeup or colored my hair. This is entirely my Uncle's fault. He was the one who discovered this band. He really liked them and went to see them a couple of months prior. Well after a few more times of going off and doing things with him and listening to that band's CD; I hit free fall. From late June to early November; I went from zero to a hundred real quick. It was like I was having some form of a religious experience. I was completely obsessed.
So being the amazing uncle he is, he surprised me with Panic At The Disco tickets! I was stoaked! When November 10th had finally arrived; I was ready to go. I was in my favorite Panic! At the Disco shirt and a white Panic! hoodie that I practically lived in. So my uncle, my grandmother and I loaded up the car and headed to North Carolina. They were performing at the Cricket Arena which later on became known as Bojangles Coliseum. This was Panic!'s second tour they ever headlined. The Nothing Rhymes With Circus Tour! Everything about this tour was fantastic. From the dancers, to the set, the costumes, the wonderful drumline and of course their killer cover of 'Killer Queen' by Queen.
Now, if you've ever been to a concert you know the excitement leading up to it. You know the high you are on during and after; and then there is the concert depression. Where you wish you can rewind and live it over again. I've wanted to relive that exact moment so many times. That night changed me. Now back then my family would say that this entire Panic! obsession was a phase. Yet, I have still been in this phase for nine years and still going strong! I have not grown out of Panic!. I have grown with them.
'A Fever You Can't Sweat Out turned ten years old in September. There is not a single album that impacted my life more. My family has since then realized that there is no growing out of it. I will always be a Panic! fan and I'm glad that my family enjoys them almost as much as I do.
Here's to many more albums, concerts, memories and spending all mine and my parents money on merch.