Thursday, December 27, 2012

'Say It Like You Mean It'

I'll admit that The Starting Line wasn't extremely influential for me in my high school years, though I was introduced to them at that time with their breakout song "Best of Me." That being said, it didn't mean my excitement to finally see them again at the Electric Factory last night was any different than anyone else's. And on top of it, I got to see my boyfriend and his band, The Wonder Years, open for them.

The Wonder Years perform at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Photo by Ashley Campbell/Times Herald Staff.

I'm not going to sit here and give a review of the show because that's not what I was there to do. I was there to enjoy myself and the people I was with while we watched our friends open for a band that influenced some of them to do what they're today. And to see a band I grew up listening to one last time as they celebrated the 10th Anniversary of their debut album Say It Like You Mean It.

I've honestly never seen some of those people as happy as they were last night, with wide grins on their faces as they bounced around and sang along with every song. And The Starting Line seemed to be just as happy, with vocalist/bassist Kenny Vasoli proclaiming his love for Philly and moving goofily around the stage.

The Starting Line performs at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Photo by Ashley Campbell/Times Herald Staff.

If I could back to last night I would, if only for the mere happiness I experienced from everyone else's beaming faces. But it seriously ruled to see The Starting Line performing again, especially since their music and energetic performance puts me in the best mood all on its own.

Besides, I got to experience it all from backstage which isn't something everyone gets to do and that was an awesome experience all in itself.


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