This past weekend while many PTHS students were enjoying the Blacklight Affair Homecoming festivities, I was driving three hours to Macomb (Western Illinois University) in order to see my favorite band All Time Low with one of my best friends. I wanted to get there really early, so we left Pontiac at 2 PM, (the doors opened at 7 with the show starting at 8), and we made very good time getting there around 4:30. While heading upstairs to the venue we were both thinking that we were the only ones there and even talking back and forth about how embarrassing it was that we’d have to sit outside the door for the next two and a half hours. As soon as we made it to the top of the stairs though we realized that we were far from the only people who had that idea. The line wasn’t ridiculously long or anything, but it was definitely a line. We sat at the end of the line and as it got longer and longer, we realized how close to the front we really were. Once everyone picked their tickets up at will call and got their bags checked, we were able to go in. We were originally at about the third row (all standing room) and I couldn’t believe how close we were. It’s not even that we were in the third row, but that there were literally no barricades or security between us and the stage like there are at most venues. It was surreal until the show started anticipating what it would be like to see them perform this close. Since we got in there around 7:00 and the show itself didn’t’ start until 8:00, Emily and I started talking to people around us and met some people who we got along really well with. They made room for us in the second row with them so now not only were we close but we were also within touching distance of the band. We were positioned right between Alex (lead singer) and Zack (bassist), and while I would have rather been between Alex and Jack (guitarist), I’m glad we were in the spot that we were because it allowed us to make friends with the people around us. Once the band came out I was still shocked by how close we were. They sounded amazing and played a mixture of new and old songs which was nice. They even let a boy from the audience play the drums with them on stage. The one thing that set this show so much above the Warped Tour show was being so close and being able to reach out and touch the band if they came near us. It was so much fun to watch the band, and it was really nice to meet such cool people who we could potentially meet up with again at future shows. All in all, even though a lot of people gave me a hard time about missing Homecoming, I wouldn’t change my decision for anything after having so much fun at the show. While I wish the show and Homecoming had occurred on different days, I was given an opportunity to see my favorite band with one of my best friends and I couldn’t pass that up.