Lessons learned at the Muse concert

My fabulous sister took me to see Muse for my birthday last night. It was a stellar show, and visually stunning. Amazing effects, laser lights, and great camera work shown on huge LED displays. It was like you were watching a concert video mixed on the fly--amazing!

Concerts are also great for people watching. Writers are always looking for material, people. You've been warned.

  • Arriving on time is not being on time. Give yourself time to a) hit monstrous e-Center traffic and b) enjoy the pre-show. (The Silversun Pickups were quite good. How many things do we miss in life because we are running behind?)

  • Dress appropriately. Light-up equalizer shirt guy? Full-out nerdiness that was much appreciated. Base player in the aforementioned band? Fantastic red dress. Blonde fighting the crowds in general admission? Leave the miniskirt and heels at home...and don't ask the tech guys to watch your ginormous purse. If it won't fit in your pocket, you don't need it.

  • You may think it's cool that your dad is taking you to a concert, but keep in mind you will have to stand next to him. All night. While he does what he considers dancing.

  • And while we're on the topic of dancing, by all means do so with reckless abandon. But if you are unfortunately situated underneath an aisle spotlight, the entire arena will be watching you. And laughing. And gathering video for YouTube.

  • You paid good money to see these people live. So why are you watching it through a tiny viewfinder? Give up trying to take pitiful pictures and videos with your cell phone. Besides, if you are jumping up and down, that video is going to make you sea sick.

  • It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye...filled with confetti!

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