Tales from the Tour: A Rocking Start

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 at 7:40 PM
Tales from the Tour: A Rocking Start by Kimberly Firestine
Tales from the Tour aims to capture the highlights (and lowlights) of attending concerts, or following a band.

When I graduated high school in 2010, I had no idea what my next step was. I didn’t prepare to go to college. I didn’t have any plans to work. For all intent and purposes, I was “futureless.” The following October, I got a job at a gym in a hotel. It was minimum wage, part time and about as agonizing as could be. I was stuck there for a year until I was offered a full-time position elsewhere with better pay, so I ditched the hotel and went into my new job with an open mind.

The problem with that job was that it stuck me at a dead end. I thought I was never going to get out of there. While I did grow to become close friends with some of my coworkers — some I still talk to today — I could never shake the feeling of needing to get out. It was in 2012 when I took up my first opportunity to do so. Ed Sheeran had announced his first US headlining tour and I decided to make a trip to Philadelphia to see the show. It was a weekend of being independent and I couldn’t stand the thought of never feeling that again.

The following November was when I caught the travel bug. I returned to Philadelphia to see Taking Back Sunday on the 10-year anniversary tour for their album “Tell All Your Friends.” They played two shows at The Electric Factory and an acoustic show in the basement of First Unitarian Church, and it was a weekend I will never forget. After that tour, I spent the next two years traveling up and down the east coast and as far west as Chicago — a 12 hour drive from my hometown — seeing my favorite artists.

The goal of “Tales from the Tour” is to share experiences, tips and tricks for following a tour or taking road trips to concerts for the next few issues of The Spectator.

You can share your experiences in traveling and seeing shows with us at ae.spectator@gmail.com.

Kimberly Firestine is the Senior Staff Writer for The Spectator.

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