As a fan of music, I keep a simply motto in mind for all shows – what if this is it? Bands break-up all the time, people are met with unfortunate accidents, or other obligations outweigh the commitment to the band. Not all artists choose to embark on farewell tours; or if they do, they don’t always stop in Detroit. Imagine being in the stadium the last time Led Zeppelin took the stage, seeing Morrison in his prime, or witnessing Randy Rhodes playing with Ozzy.
I will never get to see Dimebag Darrell, Cliff Burton, or Kurt Cobain play. I did get to see Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie exchange verbal jabs on-stage, witness Ronnie Radke’s fan tirade, and was told that Osama Bin Laden had been killed on my birthday by Perry Farrell. I was able to live these experiences not at the expense of other milestones and events, but in conjunction with them. I’ve traveled and extra four hours round-trip to see a band that played locally on a night of an exam, spent four nights in Canada when one of my favorite bands called it quits, and have been to every Warped Tour since 2002 (except 2003 – but I did go twice in 2010).
Music is what I love, as is introducing this love to others. In seeing nearly 400 bands, the most frequent of this bunch is:
– 8x: alexisonfire & Killswitch Engage
– 7x: Every Time I Die & Underoath
– 6x: Coheed and Cambria, Shinedown
– 5x: As I Lay Dying, Avenged Sevenfold, Chevelle, Chiodos, The Devil Wears Prada, Emery, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster, Parkway Drive, Pierce the Veil, Seether, Silverstein, Stone Temple Pilots, and Story of the Year