How old do you have to be before it is considered passe to stand at the front of a concert, staring wide eyed up at the band with adulation, completely caught up in the moment and waving your arms in the air with frantic abandon? I suspect the answer is "You're never too old", and even if there is a numerical limit attached to this conundrum, I shall not pay any attention to it!
Other Half and I went to see Keane last night and, as we said goodbye to Mother In Law who was babysitting, we joked that we would probably be the oldest ones down in the mosh pit. Yep... after my fifty minute wait to get through to ticket sales last year, in a fit of delayed teenage abandon, I plumped for standing tickets - it was either that or the sheer euphoria at hearing a human voice as opposed to a computer telling me I was 36th in the queue, that made me loose all sense of reason!
As we walked into the auditorium, once I'd gotten over my excitement at realising that we were only third row back from the stage, I took comfort in the fact that we appeared to be considerably younger than a number of fans and would even go as far to say that we fitted in! I also silently awarded myself some fashion kudos for the carefully chosen lace up boots over skinny jeans and two thin layers on the top half, one being for peeling off later! Before you think I am kidding myself that I can still "groupie" with the rest of them, please don't forget that due to a little thing called childbirth, I had to preplan a specific time to stop drinking water that afternoon and then squeeze in as many loo visits as possible before taking our place down at the front! I do know my limits people.
Keane.... what can I say? I love you!!! You were fantastic, talented and put on the most amazing live show I have ever seen. We were totally caught up in the euphoria of it and as Other Half wisely said later, if only you could bottle that feeling up and store it away, to be poured out later, a bit at a time, when you need it! The band clearly love playing live and I have never before seen that come across so much in a performance. Let it be stated for the record that lead vocalist Tom Chaplin was very easy on the eye and has officially knocked McDreamy off the top spot on my laminated Top Five!
Let it also be stated that that is my sole excuse for pushing my way forward to make hand contact with him when he got up on the barrier and leaned out into the audience! Tsk..... and me being nearly forty and all.... disgraceful behaviour! But I shan't be washing my hand for a while!