I understood this was coming, scrolling through my Timehop and Facebook Memories, there it was. Evidence of what felt like dream. A performance. The first, and last one I went to in 2020.
It was at State Theater. Journal, From Ashes to New, and Frying pan. Ironically, Skillet was the first band I ever saw headline in my life. Crazy to think they were my last, in the meantime.
I remember joking about how the loaded theater was and that it was such a petri-dish considering this virus everybody was discussing. I even joked that I need to simply quarantine myself now. Hindsight being 20/20 (pun just somewhat intended) it was a dumb thing to joke about. However in all sincerity, I didn’t believe COVID-19 would end up being the monster that we know today.
I value that night now. I’m so grateful I got to witness an incredible minute when From Ashes to New brought kid after kid on phase to join in the rock and roll insanity. I think of those kids today, and all they’ve been through this last year. I’m particular this must have been their preferred memory of the year. I make certain they dealt with virtual knowing and missing their good friends. My heart breaks for them.
Frying pan, obviously, brought the house down. Skillet is one of those bands that feels like house to me. As I specified prior to they were the first band I ever saw headline. It remained in 2008 at New Life Church in Biddeford.
Two years later on they made the jump from Christian radio to mainstream. I saw them open for Puddle of Mudd and Shinedown at The Colisee in Lewiston and I truly felt like the crowd fell for them that night. Every program I have actually seen them in since then there’s always a big crowd singing along to every tune.
I long to see Frying pan again and all the other bands I like. I was heartbroken to see that Maine’s larger places (Darling’s Waterfront Structure, Thompson’s Point, and Maine Savings Pavilion) are likely not opening for programs this year. I comprehend, but for a live music buff like me, it’s still a frustration.
What show season 2021 will appear like, I have no hint. It might extremely well be absolutely nothing at all. It could be extremely small crowds, bubbles, drive-in theater programs. I have no concept. But I’ll hold on to hope that there will be something, no matter how small, masked, or socially far-off.
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