I was spontaneous this week. Well, as spontaneous as it gets with three kids. I went to see a gig in London with only 9 days notice. I know that is hardly drop of a hat behaviour, in fact the only drop of a hat behaviour I regularly partake in is Syd’s hilarious attempts to lose all the hats out the side of the pushchair… But 9 days to organise tickets, childcare, money, transport and frankly to not give myself a panic attack, is actually exceptionally spontaneous for me these days. Normally events are on the calendar months in advance, and childcare has been precision arranged, and I have plenty or time to think about what to wear/how to get there. On this occasion I had 2 minutes notice before tickets went on sale Monday last week, decided it was too last minute for me, then bought some tickets anyway and hoped I could get everything else to fall into place!
So why this unusually swift behaviour from me? Two words. Green Day. In fact, five words – Green Day at Brixton Academy. My favourite band, at a brilliant and small for them venue. Too good to miss, and I thank my loved ones for stepping in to look after Syd so I could bunk off to non- mum world for a night.
I had to travel on my own, although I was meeting some fellow long term fans there. And actually spending 3 hours each way in my own gave me a chance to finally do some reading- I read a whole book, such a treat, haven’t managed any reading so far in the school holidays!
The gig itself was simply epic, rammed and sweaty! I have loved this band for 20 years, half my life. Green Day played Dookie, the first album I bought of theirs, from beginning to end, as well as plenty more from their vast catalogue. I got right up the front, and lasted there for about an hour and a half before having to admit that I can no longer manage a whole gig of overheating and being shoved about in the pit. I retreated to the bar, and watched the rest from a safe distance. Must be getting old….
My last Green Day gig was an arena show at the Emirates back in June, it was awesome, but I had forgotten how loud a crowd is at a smaller indoor show. They chants of ‘Hey Ho, Let’s Go’, sung along to Blitzkrieg Bop during the obligatory Drunk Bunny’s appearance, could have blown the bleedin’ roof off! And that set the tone for the evening, the crowd belted out songs alongside their heroes, me included. I love the total immersion of a gig like this, no thoughts outside of the moment, no feeling like it – total joy!
Tonight will see me watching their Reading performance live on telly, and cursing myself for being too financially practical to have bought tickets for it! There will be a next time tho, there is always a next time with this band….