I live in a state where my options are pretty limited. However, I live a couple of hours from Massachusetts, where the options are a lot better and I should really take advantage of that.
I saw Three Days Grace, Shinedown, and POD in Lowell, MA on Wednesday night. This was my first show since I saw Papa Roach in summer 2009—so it had been a LONG time (was supposed to see Green Day in January but they cancelled their date in my state :()
I’ve been a HUGE Three Days Grace fan since their first album(saw them in 07 with Breaking Benjamin, Seether, & Red), so naturally I was pretty devastated when Adam left the band. Seeing them with Matt definitely wasn’t the same, but I give him credit for doing the best he could & putting on a fun show anyway. Since I know all of Three Days Grace’s songs, I was still having a hell of time belting out all of the words. It did seem weird hearing Matt introduce the songs—because they’re obviously not his songs. But whenever he said Three Days Grace, he did always make sure to gesture behind him to like, acknowledge that he was not really a part of Three Days Grace.
POD opened, and they were pretty great too. I only know a few of their songs, but I’ve always liked them. My favorite has definitely always been “Youth of the Nation”, and as they were playing it just sort of hit me what song was about and I wondered what they were going to do—I figured they’d end up either not playing it or doing something special with it. They did play it toward the end, and the brought a few little kids on the stage with them toward the middle of the song. It was pretty cute.
I thought Three Days Grace was the headliner, and I was surprised to find out that it was actually Shinedown. I’ll be the first to say that I am NOT a big Shinedown fan. I like all of their radio hits, but I’ve never been interested in them enough to download any of their albums or anything. Anyway, I was there for Three Days Grace(obviously Adam left the band after we had bought our tickets). Anyway, coming from someone who’s never loved Shinedown, they were FUCKING AMAZING. The singer sounded great, he was great at getting the audience into it…they had all of these cool lights and sound effects and everything. They exceeded my expectations in every way.
Anyway, so for this show we had two bands that I’ve always liked but never loved (POD and Shinedown) and one that I did love when they had their original singer. Despite this, the show was still wonderful. I just love the feeling of being at rock shows. There’s something so beautiful and unifying about being surrounded by people who are so lost in the world of rock music. It’s truly remarkable, and for that reason it really doesn’t matter if the band is someone you’re dying to see or not. Obviously it helps if it’s a band you’re totally in love with….but it doesn’t have to be that way.
I hope very much that I never go such a ridiculously long time without going to one again. The fact that I live in Maine really shouldn’t stop me when I’m so close to the Boston area, where a shitload of bands go. <3 Three Days GraceP.O.D.Shinedown