Stage Front: Inspiring Passion
KROQ’s annual concert, Weenie Roast Y Fiesta, had an amazing lineup this year including: Coldplay, Incubus, The Offspring, The Dirty Heads, Silversun Pickups, Pennywise, AWOLNATION, Grouplove, Of Monsters and Men and Walk the Moon. It was hands down one of the best concerts I have ever been to. Besides the talented bands that composed the lineup, one of the reasons this concert was so memorable is because I was stage front. Standing only a few feet away from Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin, while the audience sings along “look at the stars, look how they shine for you” was truly magical. In the pit you are engulfed in the excitement of the audience and can feel the energy from the band. It is as if you are performing along side these talented musicians… like you are a part of the concert. I think concerts can motivate the laziest of people. It is inspiring to watch musicians because the passion they have for their music becomes very evident and is almost contagious. Not to say that I’m inspired to pick up a guitar and start a band of my own after every concert I attend (although, it is embarrassing to admit, that is one of my hidden dreams). Music can inspire people to follow their dreams and to watch musicians pursue their passion nspires the emersion of other people’s passions.
My favorite performance of the entire concert was Coldplay’s cover of the Beastie Boys song “(You Gotta) Fight for your Right (to Party)”. This song was not only memorable but also emotional because one of the members from the Beastie Boys, MCA, died of cancer just two days earlier. The song opened in the darkness with Chris Martin on the piano. When the lyrics began the mood of the audience changed from excited to pure admiration. The crowd shouted along to the chorus “you gotta fight for your right to party” in memory of MCA; in celebration of a great musician. The tribute brought tears to many eyes in the audience, including my own. The performance was more touching and commemorating than any eulogy I’ve ever heard. Music has the ability to express emotion where words fail. A good concert has the ability to inspire passion and provoke emotions. Weenie Roast 2012 was definitely a life changing concert.