It’s no secret that I love music especially live music. I attended my first concert at the age of 8 on New Years Eve and I hate admitting it but it was a Backstreet Boys show. Not exactly rock but my tastes would evolve as I got older. The night I met Judd we sat in our dorm hallway talking about where we were from, our classes and the finals we were dreading when we stumbled upon a similar love: music. We both discovered we had attended the same Rush concert in Orlando in 2008 both our first Rush show. Thus started our relationship bond, a love for music and going concerts.
He was a trooper our first year of dating by going to see Death Cab for Cutie and Minus The Bear with me both of which he seemed to enjoy. When Rush announced their 2013 Clockwork Angels tour, my dad bought us all tickets to go. Our second Rush concert and first big show together as a couple. It happened to fall in the spring and also a day after Judd planned on proposing. I joked that he’d probably propose at the show and he led me to believe we had a way to go before he proposed and it was settled. Until the day before when out of nowhere he got down on his knee and asked the big question. The following day with my sparkling new engagement ring, we attended the Rush show together and rocked out!
We don’t like all of the same artists and that’s okay. For instance, he’s an Iron Maiden fan and I am rather repulsed by their music. But I have pop tendencies like Taylor Swift but I couldn’t pay him to go with me to see her! But we both appreciate a good show. Each of us has a concert bucket list full of bands and artists we want to see. Rush was a shared interest and so was Pearl Jam. We recently had the opportunity to see Pearl Jam in Jacksonville, FL in an epic evening filled with grudge , sleep deprivation and lost voices. A big show for Judd but one I absolutely loved throughout. (I mean come on, Eddie Vedder?! He’s pretty cute!)
Last October we saw that Def Leopard was coming to town but didn’t jump on tickets until the Monday before. We got $35 seats that were in a great place in the arena and the show was amazing! A spontaneous concert and worth every penny! Foreigner opened for them and much to my surprise I knew every single song…singing ensued! Concerts are like date nights to us. We plan outfits to wear weeks prior: for Rush it was a vest with patches, concert shirt, jeans and red Chuck Taylors. Judd wore his Rush baseball jersey, jeans and black Chucks. We went with a more 80s hair metal look for Def Leopard: I worse my vest again and crimped my hair as Judd rocked a sleeveless shirt and washed-out jeans. Pictures are always a must! Clearly we take our concert outfits very seriously!
Last spring we saw Rush’s R40 tour, a farewell tour of sorts and one that was emotional for all attendees. They played a wedding song of ours and I couldn’t help but get emotional. I live for this-great music attached to everlasting memories in life. I love that we are able to share a love of good music and concerts. It’s definitely an investment to us. When you’re raised on good music or discover it early enough you get the opportunity to see a lot of great artists and their incredible tours. I am hopeful one day we can include our future kids in on shows. Start ’em young and harvest their passion for amazing music.
As I like to say: the couple that rocks together, stays together!