Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Taking Back Sunday & Caught in a Generational Gap

I am 25 years old and I feel like I am caught in the middle of a culture gap. I went to the Taking Back Sunday/Jimmy Eat World concert last night at the E Center. I think I have already come to terms with the idea that at 25 I am going to be one of the oldest people at most of the shows I go to, but last night added a new element to my level of concert discomfort.

Back in the 70s and 80s, playing a ballad at a concert resulted in a swaying crowd and raised lighters. In the 90s (my glory days) concerts were stripped down and rockers rebelled against many of these rituals. However, as I found out last night, a new generation has come of age.

Near the end of Taking Back Sunday's set, screamo heart throbs Adam Lazzaro and Fred Mascherino played an acoustic version of their ballad, "New American Classic." Little lights started glowing all around me. They weren't coming from lighters, but rather from hundreds of cell phones. Arms were raised and white, green, blue, and pink screens swayed in the darkened theatre.

It was such an emotional experience that, I like totally wanted to text message of all of my friends right then!!! I am just searching for the right emoticon to express how I am feeling right now.

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