Approaching the end of 2008. I was kind of dreading New Year's eve. It sounds strange, but it is just a holiday that I do not enjoy. It's always the same. You end up at someone's house or a party, and you try really hard to have fun, but its always mediocre. Of course there have been a few highlights over the years: my secret crush danced with me on the last song at the stake new year's party when I was twelve, being relieved when the world didn't end as we entered the millennium, cops lining all of my 15 year-old friends in front of the house because we were shooting off fireworks, and other random memories associated with new year's. Still, the holiday usually leaves me unsatisfied. I had come to the conclusion that New Year's Eve, like St. Patrick's Day, is a holiday that can only be thoroughly enjoyed by those who drink alcohol excessively. Because I am not included in this category, why try?? This year, I was determined not to participate in any traditional New Year's Eve festivities. No parties. No friends. No fireworks. No YSA dances. Maybe even no Martinelli's. I decided the only way I could really enjoy entering the new year was to stay home and have a LOST marathon. I was immovable in this decision to have a self-indulgent, anti-social holiday, and was not about to change my mind...
My little little brother, Skyler, informed me that one of our favorite local bands was playing at the Fiesta Bowl Block party on New Year's. This left me scratching my head. I really like this band and wanted to see them, but what could be more typical of a new year's celebration than a block party with a bunch of crazy drunk ASU students everywhere? I wasn't convinced. Sky told me about some other good bands that would be playing that night, but I was still unmoved. "Oh yeah, and STYX is headlining on the main stage," he said. All of my previous convictions were suddenly meaningless. I was going to the Fiesta Bowl Block Party to see Styx.
This is the first act we saw play at the block party. This guy is Carvin Jones, a famous guitarist from Phoenix. He played with some serious style.
This is Skyler being a dorky fan.
After that, we went to the "Hottest College Bands" stage, and we saw a band called What Laura Says. Sky and I have seen them open for Dear and the Headlights a couple of times. They played a fun set, including an awesome cover of The Beatles' "I Want You." Awesome.
After that, we went back to the main stage and watched the band that opened for Styx. I would rather not talk about them. They were really lame and did not deserve the honor of opening for such a legendary band. There were cool fireworks though, which compensated for the lame performance. I also caught a T-shirt, which was kind of funny.
This empty stage was enough to get me excited . Check the huge drum set and the stacks of Marshall amps!!!
So these guys are definitely in their 50s and 60s. So insane.
The keyboardist is basically my new hero. He was like Beethoven reborn as a rock star.
Yeah, he is singing on top of his keyboard. So tight.
Pretty blurry, but this was a really great moment.
Confetti, fireworks, and styx. I cannot think of a better way to usher in the New Year.
COME SAIL AWAY!!!
Skyler got his face melted.
Basically, it was the best New Year's Eve of my life. I'm not sure if any other New Year's will ever top this experience. My last hour of 2008 and my first hour of 2009 was spent with some of my greatest rock heroes jamming so hard! I can't get over it! Basically all my dreams have come true, and I have a feeling 2009 is going to be a great year. It got off to a great start.