My concert highlight of 2018

I have been to a few concerts so far in 2018, and they have all been great. They have all been entertaining, fun, rocking, and most importantly loud. So loud that I wondered if I would need a hearing test after them.

Yep, it is safe to say that while I have a rather eclectic taste in music—everything from classical to electronica—if I am at a live music event it is most likely going to involve a lot of guitars, a lot of drumming, and a healthy dose of screaming.

But my highlight so far in 2018 has been a concert by American rock band Rise Against. This event was held in February at the Margaret Court Arena in the Melbourne Tennis Centre.

I had never seen these guys live before, so I was not really sure what to expect. All I knew was that their studio albums were full of crunchy, catchy and rocking songs from start to finish every single time.

It was a perfect summer evening, and I took the train into Jolimont station, before walking down past the MCG and towards the Tennis Centre. I quickly realised mine was not the only concert going on that night, as I passed signage for both Evanescence and Roger Waters. The night air was sure to be full of musical notes that night.

I took up my seat to the left of the stage (I’m not much for standing these days), and waited in anticipation as the support acts did their thing. Then, it was time for the main event. The band was relentless from start to finish, and I can honestly say the concert blew my expectations out of the water. It was definitely the sort of night that could lead one to needing a hearing test at the end of it.

And the best part? Rise Against is a band that is certainly known for its political and humanitarian concerns, and it was a comment by them at the end of the night that was undoubtedly the highlight. In light of plenty of insensitive comments by the individual the stadium is named after, they suggested it should be renamed the Rise Against Arena. Their suggestion was met with a wave of applause.

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