May 23, 2016

We Went Out Last Nightt

Sometime between the 7th and 8th grades, I fell in love with country music. It was the year 2001 to be exact and I was addicted to the CMT Top 20 Countdown.

Kenny Chesney's "Don't Happen Twice" was the song that made me fall in love with country music, and subsequently with him. I was obsessed with every single song he wrote. Naturally, I really wanted to see him perform but it just never really happened. I always had some sort of graduation, someone's wedding, summer vacation plans, etc.

It's been killing me! I've seen the Goo Goo Dolls (my all-time favorite band) three times, even met them once, but Kenny? Nope. It just hasn't been in the cards. For 16 years, it hasn't been in the cards. Until Thursday night.

Earlier this year, as I've done every year, I looked up his tour dates to see what my chances were and saw that he was playing in Columbia, MD, about an hour outside DC, in May. I kept it on my calendar, knowing that The Pilot wouldn't know his schedule until a few weeks before. When The Pilot finally got his schedule, I knew I had to buy tickets. They were more than I wanted to spend and I went back and forth on it for a few days, and then decided that a 16-year dream is worth spending some money on.

Can I just tell you that when I heard the opening chords to "Beer in Mexico" and he walked out on stage, I actually started crying? The last time I cried at a concert was when I was 13 and saw BBMak. I think I was channelling that same 13-year-old girl energy on Thursday night.

His show was awesome. It was one of the best concerts I've ever gone to and The Pilot and I had the most amazing night!

He played every song I could have hoped him to, including our wedding song, "Anything But Mine," which was amazing! It was like being at our wedding all over again, except with Kenny Chesney actually there (and, you know, 20,000 other people). 

I put seeing Kenny Chesney on my 30 Before 30 list because, after 16 years of dying to see him, it just needed to happen. I was actually really nervous that he would be terrible live and I would be disappointed, but that couldn't have been further from reality. He put on an awesome show and we had an awesome night and I'm already hoping he gets some time off in August when he's in the area again!

Best part? The Pilot was supposed to leave for 4 days the next morning, and ended up having his schedule changed so our Thursday night date night, turned into a nice, unexpected weekend together and it was perfect!

Are there any artists/bands that you've been dying to see that you haven't had the chance?
Who is your all-time favorite band or artist?
Are you a Kenny Chesney fan? Have you seen him perform?

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