Alexis Aaby: I'm on fire for a 'little band' called Skillet
Last Tuesday, as some of you may know, this little band called Skillet came down to Rochester for a concert at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds.
OK, not so much "little" as "world famous."
When I got to high school, my music choices changed dramatically; I stashed my Kellie Pickler CDs in favor of My Chemical Romance, swapped out Taylor Swift for Florence and The Machine, and started treating hard rock like a new friend that understood me like no one I had ever met. Believe it or not, most people don’t believe me to be the type of person to listen to classic rock, hard rock, and heavy metal. I wonder why…
Somewhere along the way, one of my friends was listening to this song that I hadn’t heard before, but that I immediately loved. I asked her the name of the song, and added all of their music to my playlist. The song was "Stars," by Skillet. If you don’t know anything about Skillet, the basics are that they are a Christian rock band formed in Tennessee, and their second concert back in the U.S. after being in Europe this year was in Rochester.
I don’t remember how we got on the topic, but I actually ended up discussing Skillet with the family minister at my church, who was looking into a concert they were doing right here in Rochester. I looked up the ticket prices online, and to my surprise, the early-bird tickets (which released the following week) were only $20. That’s pretty good for such a famous band! I bought my ticket the first day they were available, and ended up going to the concert with a few friends and some of their family members.
The only other concert I’ve been to in my life was Kellie Pickler when I was still a tween, so this was a whole new thing for me. I’m a legal adult now, and I found myself standing less than 10 feet from the stage at the performance of one of my favorite bands. Granted, a few of us ended up moving back to the stands because of the noise, and there were a few times where someone taller than me decided to stand right in front of me, but for the first bit, it was a stellar experience.
I went to said rock concert with my plaid Hogwarts button up tied over the waistband of my pastel purple shorts, and wearing a pink Blackheart bow in my hair. I’m not really the type of person who likes large crowds, nor the type of person who actually gets involved in any genre of music in a public setting. I don’t dance, and even clapping my hands at waist level was more participation than one would normally get out of me.
But the overall event was more fun than I’ve had in a long time, and if I get another chance, 10/10 I would love to go to another one of their concerts. Because, after all, life is all about trying new experiences.