I’d like to start off by saying that seeing Arctic Monkeys was a big deal to me. A beautiful dream come true. I consider them one of the first bands I fell in love with (before The Strokes). After all these years spent admiring them via youtube I finally got to see them up close. I’m tearing up now because I am so overwhelmed, I love them so much. Their music makes me all kinds of happy. O’Malley and Jamie are beautiful rock stars. Alex is handsome, incredible, just…amazing. He sounded absolutely perfect live, better than on their albums. I was in awe. Then there was Matt, oh boy. No other human being makes me feel the way he does. Seeing him in person was unreal. I love him. He’s my number one. Sexy as hell in person. A fucking animal. They put on a powerful show.
We left for Toronto at 1 pm, which meant we would be there by 3. As we were heading to the venue there was horrible traffic so my dad dropped Gaby and I off to walk the rest of the way (4 blocks). Once we arrived we met up with my cousin and waited in line. I was surprised at how many people were there already, so all hopes of getting front row died. Our friend Kenia showed up and joined us in line. We sat and talked, always on guard for a monkey sighting. Any time someone raised their voice or turned towards the buses my heart exploded. So many false alarms, TOO MANY ALEX TURNER LOOK-A-LIKES. The dudes from The Vaccines were chillin’ outside the venue and at one point I heard the bassist say to a fan, “yeah they’re roaming around, they’ll be here soon…” I thought oh okay, that OBVIOUSLY means my monkeys will show up and greet their fans. No. Le sigh. We took turns getting food at the grocery store behind the venue. I got me some cold chicken nuggets and omg they were so great. Even though I doubt I was eating real meat since it was a lunchable. ANYWHO, a radio station showed up (The Edge) and they talked to everyone in line and took pictures. They haven’t uploaded them to their site yet but I will post the picture of us as soon as they do.
It was cool to recognize some people from the Julian show Gaby and I went to (at the same venue a year ago). A lot of Strokes fans were there, obviously. There was a truck blasting AM and then some Arcade Fire. OHOHOH there were 2 dudes arguing at the end of the street at one point. I’m not sure why, I think it had something to do with one of them trying to get people to sell their tickets. It was pretty intense; they seemed like they were ready to throw punches but only ended up yelling at each other. They were grown men by the way. Not that exciting but it kept us entertained for a few minutes. Everyone was getting really pumped up at it came close to 8, when the doors would open. When it was finally time to go in, everyone walked in an orderly manner through the gates but booked it to the stage as soon as they were in. My GOD, I almost got trampled. A large dude was running full speed at me and knocked the wind out of me, though I didn’t fall. The front row was already formed so we started the second row. The two people in front of me, a girl and a guy, were tiny. There was a small gap between them which would eventually become my happy place. We were in front of Mr. O’Malley, only slightly to the left. I had a good diagonal view. My cousin was right behind me, my friend Kenia on her right, and Gaby was a few people over to the right of Kenia, near the center of the crowd aka the death zone. I’ll get into that a little later….
Nine o’clock rolled around and The Vaccines were about to come on. I listened in on a few people’s conversations in the crowd while waiting oh so patiently for the show to start. Some girls knew nothing about AM, others were only interested in the vaccines, but some people were really awesome. I didn’t really mind the people who I was surrounded by. They didn’t seem too wild, but were ready to dance. Right on. The Vaccines took the stage and did a fantastic job. They were able to pump up the crowd and seemed really happy to be there. When their set ended, the crowd heated up, getting tighter and tighter. All elbow room vanished as the people from the back pushed forwards. Typical, all of the dickheads began to start commotion. Many people were getting pulled before AM even got on stage. The center of the crowd was really messy. I was worried because I knew gaby was in that area, but all I could see were tall guys pushing everyone around. That is where I stood during the Julian show, and I got beaten up. Not fun at all. I despise people who push at concerts. It doesn’t make sense. Just….dance or jump. Why ruin other people’s experience? It’s such a distraction, trying to enjoy the music while not being able to breathe and hold your spot. I felt awful; I was hoping that gaby wasn’t getting completely squished. The security guards were on top of things. As soon as someone from the crowd asked them to get rid of an obnoxious bro, they had them out in a jiffy. There was one girl, who the hell knows what kind of drugs she was on, who decided it would be a good idea to head butt, pull people’s hair, and do other crazy shit to everyone in the crowd. WHY. She was a few rows behind me, with her back to the stage pushing her way to the front. For a good 20 minutes, security tried to get her out but she was so stubborn and kept hiding. I forget whether or not she was taken out before AM went on, but I remember when she was lifted out, the crowd cheered. It’s a shame that every time she was taken out, she would just make her way back to the front. I really wish they would’ve just kicked her out of the venue, along with all of the other people who started fights. There was a lot more violence than I expected. Thank god I was at the side where the crowd seemed to be a tad mellower.
Lights dimmed; it was time. A rush of excitement from the people behind me managed to push me forward, presenting me with a spot on the barrier. I gripped that baby like my life depended on it. My first time feeling a barrier…I felt so proud. All of my nerves and worries about being tossed around in the crowd no longer existed. I was comfortable even though the crowd behind me was going crazy. I was constantly getting elbowed.
The boys walked on stage to a roaring mass of people. My oh my, they looked flawless. I think matt walked on last, that’s when I lost my shit. I just stared. He was so much more handsome in person I wanted to cry MY FACE WAS MELTING. HONESTLY, JUST LOOKING AT HIM PICK UP THOSE DRUMSTICKS POSSESSED ME. What an animal. There was a smile glued to my face the whole show. I hope he saw me staring. We made eye contact briefly throughout a few of there songs. Siiiiiiiiiiiiigh.
Here’s the setlist:
This House Is A Circus
Still Take You Home
Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Brick by Brick
If You Were There, Beware
Do Me A Favour
The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala
The View From The Afternoon
When The Sun Goes Down
I WAS SO EXCITED THAT THEY OPENED WITH LIBRARY PICTURES. IT WAS PERFECT. It was followed by Brianstorm, omg. The lights were insane and matt’s drumming was fucking stellar. The crowd was really feeling it. I danced my ass of, I was in shock that I was witnessing such a masterpiece live. Everything was Monkeys and nothing hurt. Holy hell, when they started playing Pretty Visitors I swear I became pregnant with rainbows. THAT IS MY SHIT. MATT. ALEX. NICK. JAMIE. A FUCKING PLUS. EVERYTHING SOUNDED BETTER LIVE THAN RECORDED. DO ME A FAVOUR WAS BLOODY SEXY. CORNERSTONE WAS SO CHILL AND PRETTY. AW. ALEX IS SUCH A DAPPER BRO. HE KEPT SINGING “TORONTOOOO” AND AT ONE POINT HE ASKED US TO GIVE MATT HELDERS A ROUND OF APPLAUSE AND I WAS LIKE LOL I’LL GIVE YOU MY VIRGINITY. OH OH IF YOU WERE THERE, BEWARE. ARE THERE EVEN WORDS? NO. MOVING ON. THEY WERE LIKE LOL BYE THAT’S IT AFTER THE HELLCAT SPANGLED SHALALALA (WHICH WAS AAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMMAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZIIIIIINNNNNG) BUT THEY WERE OBVIOUSLY GOING TO COME BACK FOR AN ENCORE BECAUSE MATT KNEW I HAD TO HEAR THREE MORE OF MY FAVOURITE JAMS. THEY CAME BACK WITH LOTS OF ENERGY AND WENT OUT WITH A BANG. I WAS SO SATISFIED.
Once the show ended, it took awhile for Kenia and I to find Gaby, but once we did we got in line for merch. They were selling a Matt shirt, oh my god. I wanted it so badly SO BADLY. But they only had XL left (I WAS SO PISSED). So I ended up getting this:
I love it, but it’s HUGE. I’m going to have to cut it because it fits like a dress. AND IT’S A LADIES MEDIUM. So afterwards we went outside to a fenced off area where we would wait for the band. To my surprise, there were only about twenty people there. We got our cameras and things to be signed ready. I was prepared. Man, I couldn’t wait! I was so excited. I brought my live at the Apollo dvd case to get signed. We waited patiently…no one but security guards seemed to be exiting the building. As each minute seemed to pass, I knew I was getting closer and closer to meeting them. My heart kept fluttering with joy. They had to walk out any minute now, come on………Suddenly, the crowd ran to the other side of the bus. We followed, hoping that what we were waiting for was finally about to come true. Unfortunately, it was a false alarm. Back to waiting, and waiting, until the crowd thinned to very few people. A man and his girlfriend came up to the area and began screaming at one of the security guards, saying that he didn’t appreciate being assaulted while waiting for a taxi. Gaby and I thought he was crazy and annoying until we looked at the security and looked back at each other. Oh my god, that’s the douchebag security guard who let a large amount of people but in front of the people who were in the front of the line at the Julian show. HE DESERVED TO BE YELLED AT. We couldn’t believe it was him. Ha. So even more time goes by, and we are in so much pain. My back was throbbing, legs were destroyed, and we were thirsty as fuck. One of the girls still waiting along with us asks ass face security dude when they were coming out. He had the nerve to smirk and say, “to be honest with you, they already left.”
SO YOU WATCHED US WAIT HERE IN PAIN ONLY TO TELL US NOW THAT THEY LEFT RIGHT AFTER THE SHOW? ARE. YOU. FUCKING. KIDDING. ME? THANKS TO YOU, THE TRANSPORTATION THAT WE WERE SUPPOSED TO TAKE HOME WAS NO LONGER AVAILABLE, AND WE HAD TO CALL MY DAD TO PICK US UP. HE WASN’T A HAPPY CAMPER. DOWNTOWN TORONTO IS NOT SAFE FOR 2 TIRED GIRLS TO BE EARLY IN THE MORNING WHEN ALL THE DRUNK MEN ARE LEAVING THE CLUBS MMM’KAY? FUCK YOU, SECURITY GUARD. KARMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don’t want to dwell on the fact that I didn’t meet them because everything else was so perfect. I am very sad though. Especially after hearing about fans meeting them at the past few shows. I automatically assumed I would get my chance. Silly me. I can’t explain how much I wanted to meet matt. The others, too, but I admire matt with everything in me. I just wanted to exchange smiles.
Overall, I had an amazing time. Every opportunity that I get to see them live, from now on, I will take. God bless Arctic Monkeys.