i was on the verge of breaking down, then you came around.
It’s been two years since I last saw The Maine do a show here in Manila. I miss them terribly, that’s why I was really excited when they released You Are OK this year, because that means they’ll be back on tour, yay!
When PULP announced that they’re taking The Maine back to Manila, I was pretty sure I jumped and screamed with excitement! I mean, I’ve seen them a couple of times before, but there’s something with them that makes me want to see them every time they go here in Manila, It wasn’t all because of their charm, but their music, of course.
It was during the first half of the year when they announced that they’re going back on tour. My sister and I were actually the first ones to get a ticket, because it’s cheaper when you buy in advance and you’ll be able to secure a meet and greet pass! Now, we wait.
Apparently, when you’re getting older, your excitement is not the same when you were younger. We went to the venue at around 4:00 (show starts at 8:00) because the meet and greet will be around 6:00. When we were younger, we usually go to the venue 12 hours before the show so we can line up early and get the best spot (near the barricade). Now, we enjoy being at the back of the theater, seeing the stage in full view, more open space to dance and jump around, and you won’t get squished!
I don’t know why, but every The Maine concert completely becomes a reunion for me and my friends. It’s also like that one event where you see familiar people, and it’s fun to see how these people look different from the last time you saw them. Anyway, 4/6 of my concert buddy friends were there, and we’re all very different from the kids we were used to be back then. We now have great jobs, and one of us is in med school! But, the love for The Maine is still the same, maybe even stronger.
It was 6:00 PM when the Meet and Greet line initiated, and we were really excited when the boys went out the stage and gave us hellos and warm hugs! Like I said in the earlier blog, they don’t allow their fans to pay for meet and greet tickets, because why would you even pay money to meet human beings right? So they do this thing as much as they can.
People were freaking out when the counter started, and I was freaking out too because I feel like they’re about to sing Slip The Noose first! And they did! And I was really happy because they were wearing their all-white suit and it’s the first time Manila saw them fully-geared up like that!!! do you feel how excited i am writing this right now lol)
As usual, they sound lovely, and I was all smiling and dancing and jumping with my friends the whole show. I just enjoyed the whole time and dropped my phone. Though I did put my phone on voice memo so I can listen to it after and reminisce how the show went. What I really like about going to concerts is the experience, being with my friends and singing these songs with them that we used to sing when we were younger, and broke and didn’t know where or what our lives would be after school.
Somehow, The Maine reminded me how to be alive again. Thank you. I am OK.