The Kaiser Chiefs rocked, and I want to get that announcement out of the way because the portion of the crowd I was standing in seemed very confused by their short set. And I don’t watch television so I can’t talk about MTV’s coverage or NBC’s coverage or anyone’s coverage. I can tell you that I have a sunburn (I look a little like a pink racoon from where my sunglasses were) and that I can now say I’ve seen Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, and Stevie Wonder perform live. Yes.
I read the lineup of who was playing in Philadelphia and thought, “Man, that sucks, I’d rather see Coldplay or at least A-Ha and Lauryn Hill.” The idea of standing under an unforgiving July sun in the city of brotherly love on Independence Day weekend in order to see Keith Urban and the drippy Sarah McLachlan wasn’t particularly appealing. Regardless, May 31st my sister and I both read the headlines and decided, simultaneously that since we’d never been to Philadelphia we would take this opportunity and go.
As we were walking towards the show on Saturday, we were stopped by a man from a local paper who was considering doing a story on what people were wearing to the show. I dig it, there were a lot of ridiculously dressed people and by that I mean they were dressed to go clubbing, not to be standing in the sun all day. What had caught his attention were my sunshine yellow All-Stars. They are not particularly special in that they’re converse and you can go to any sort of punk show and see them in all colors and varieties and wonder if somehow they were part of the dress code. The reporter asked why I’d picked them. Honestly, I wear them to everything. These shoes have seen Red Chord, the Necromantix, A Life Once Lost and My Chemical Romance three times. I wear them until they rot off my feet and/or start reeking so badly that standing completely upright at 5'9" I can smell them.
While a photographer was getting shots of my shoes, we were asked a few questions. What brought us to Philly? (Live 8 and that we’d never been here before) Are we students? (Yes and No. I start grad school in the fall and Beth just graduated.) What do we think of the motives behind the show? (Awareness is a wonderful thing. Democracy is another wonderful thing. Please forgive my naivety here, but isn’t the point of representative democracy that we elect representatives and then tell them how we feel about things so they can take it into account when they make policy and discuss things with other world leaders?) Do we think it will work? (No. But, then I don’t trust a million people to leave a rock concert and go home and continue to contact members of the government and share their feelings about things.) I checked this morning, There were no pictures of my shoes.