#1/30: My 100th Concert

(Or Why I'm Glad I'm a List Person)



I've always loved music and tagged along to a handful of concerts with my parents as a kid (I don't remember them though so they get no love on my list). My love of music really developed when I was a teenager, especially after I met Ben when I was 18. In the early days of our friendship we quickly bonded over mutual love for our favorite bands and traveled to see them as often as we could. I never intended to end up going to 100 concerts, but it just sort of happened over time.

I started keeping a list of them all about 5 years ago, and thank goodness I did! I don't think I could go back now and remember every single one of them. About a year ago I knew I was getting close to #100, but I wasn't quite there yet so I just kept going to concerts and didn't really think about which number they were on the list.  In December I went to New York to see Brand New (who are now dead to me), which ultimately resulted in Daisygate. When I got home I realized I hadn't updated my concert spreadsheet in a while and had a moment of panic when I miscounted and thought that that debacle had been my 100th. It turned out to only be #98 - close call.

I had hoped #100 would be something really epic, like Neutral Milk Hotel (#99) or Saosin w/ Anthony Green (#101). I even skipped a show I wasn't really into going to because it would have made for a lame #100. We had already bought tickets for several shows in May, one of which was Portugal. The Man, and so it happened that 1-0-0 wasn't super epic and it wasn't super lame. But it was super fun!


Now some numbers for you data dorks (like me):

  • The bands I have seen the most are:
    • Brand New (10)
    • The Fall of Troy (8)
    • Dave Matthews Band (8). 
  • 90 of my (now 102) concerts were with Ben.
  • I've seen 4 10-Year-Anniversary Tours (in other news, I'm old):
    • New Found Glory - Self-titled
    • Thursday - Full Collapse
    • Coheed and Cambria - Second Stage Turbine Blade
    • Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends
  • I've seen shows at 36 different venues. My most-frequented venue, by far, is The NorVa in Norfolk, VA at 34 times.
  • I've seen shows in 8 different states (and whatever D.C. is?):
    • Virginia (77)
    • Florida (10) 
    • North Carolina (8)
    • Pennsylvania (2)
    • New York (1)
    • Maryland (1)
    • Connecticut (1) 
    • D.C. (2)
  • Yearly Breakdown: 
    • 2002 - 1
    • 2003 - 3
    • 2004 - 1
    • 2005 - 6
    • 2006 - 19
    • 2007 - 22
    • 2008 - 5
    • 2009 - 10
    • 2010 - 9
    • 2011 - 11
    • 2012 - 6
    • 2013 - 5
    • 2014 (so far) - 4
  • I've averaged .7 shows/month, or 2 shows/3 months for the last 12 years
  • My best streak is 3 shows in a row (in 3 different cities 3-5 hours away from each other).
  • I once saw 4 shows in 9 days (2 back-to-back one weekend, 2 back-to-back the next weekend) in 3 different cities all 3-4 hours away from each other. 

What crazy hobbies do you have?!

8 comments :

  1. This is really cool! And impressive! I think I can count on both of my hands how many concerts I've been to - that needs to change! DMB is on my bucket list, they come to Chicago every 4th of July but I'm always stuck working, boo.

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  2. Um, this is an epic list! You are inspiring me to get to more shows. I used to love brand new when I was younger, though I admit I have no idea what the whole daisygate thing is! You would probably be ashamed but I think the last concert I went to was in 2010!

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  3. This is everything. When you find yourself in NC, if you want a show buddy COUNT ME IN ! Please tell me you saw TBS play Tell All Your Friends in its entirety - with original lineup. That show pretty much changed my life.

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  4. That is crazy! I avoid concerts like the plague at this age, I'm not good in crowds. BUT I will be seeing Bruno Mars in July and Fleetwood Mac in October.

    I wish I kept a spreadsheet of all the people I've seen because I forget a lot of them in my early 20s/late teens until someone reminds me.

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  5. Damn, girl!!!!!!! I'm blown away! I don't think I've ever done/gone to that much of anything! haha

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  6. So. I want to go to a show with you. Because you go to ALL THE BEST ONES apparently!

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  7. Holy shit! You're a concert going machine. Good for you :). Best and worst concert?

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  8. I totally LOVE going to concerts, and I wish I kept track of mine like you do! (I just have one masterlist of all the bands I've ever seen and how many times.) Congrats on hitting#100!

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