I think every month I’m going start sharing a story from my life. It might be running related or it might not. Because I am more than just a runner after all! And because the more I think about it the more I realize that I do have quite a few interesting stories to share! The plan is to actually do this on the first of every month after this one time of sharing in the middle of the month, but we’ll see how that goes. 😉
So here we go!
Remember pre-Covid times? Back when we could stand in the middle of a large crowd of people without worrying about contracting a new, mysterious virus? Back when you didn’t have to wear a mask everywhere you went and didn’t have to freak out when people got too close yo you? Back when the phrase “I’ve been exposed by at least 17 different people” would raise a lot more questions. Ah memories.
This story takes place there, back in the very end of precedented times…
Now we need just a little more backstory before we get to the actual adventure; I’m from the St. Louis area, born and raised. I’ve lived in the Kansas City area for 8 years now, but to me, STL will always be my hometown. And My husband and I both still have a lot of family that live there.
So in early January of this year the NHL announced that they were going to be putting on a free outdoor Green Day “show” on Market Street right next to the Enterprise Center, which is the home stadium of the STL Blues, for the NHL all star game.
STL is our hometown, Green Day is my favorite band, AND I just so happened to be scheduled off of work that day?? Oh hell yes! We could definitely make that work!! I just had to convince Luke that it was worth it. 😂 I’m not sure if he actually thought it was, but he finally agreed that we could go and so our plans were set!
On Thursday, January 23rd after Luke and I both got off of work, we loaded up the truck, with all of our four dogs and all, and drove the five hours to his dad’s house. And that’s the best part about having family in the area! There was no need to stay at a hotel or camp out in the truck.
We stayed the night there and hung out with everyone on Friday which was an added bonus! We always have a good time when we get together! But on Saturday the 25th it was go time!
That morning we ate breakfast and hung out at Luke’s dad’s house until about noon. That’s when we left and drove into St. Louis, found the area in which we needed to be, then found a parking space. Which is never an easy task to do in the downtown area of a big city so we ended up parking a few blocks away and then we walked to the corrals where people were already lining up. Luke wasn’t convinced that we needed to be there that early, especially because it was January and freezing cold, but I’d definitely ended up being worth it! Well, I’m my opinion anyway.
As you can see in the photo above, we were pretty close to the front of the line! Obviously there were several different lines, but still. And the longer we waited the longer the lines got! More and more people just kept showing up and even though we ended up spending a looong time standing in the cold I’m very glad we lined up as early as we did!
At 3 pm they started letting people into the pit! Luckily we had no bags so we got through the medal detectors and security pretty quickly. And then we ran. We weren’t the only people who took off running and honestly everyone looked stiff and awkward after standing in the cold for so long, but we ended up securing our spot pretty close to the middle and the closest to any stage at any show I’ve ever been to. I was STOKED!
And then the waiting continued. While the crew was setting up the stage and getting everything ready I was able to point out several different people I knew from following Green Day for so long. That was pretty cool!!
But the waiting continued. In the freezing cold. At 5:00 when Green Day didn’t come out to the stage I was beginning to suspect that this whole thing was very poorly planned by the NHL and that the band wasn’t happy with what went down either, but I won’t get into all of that. A lot of it is just speculation anyway, but some things that happened during the actual All Star Game kinda proved something. To me at least. 😉
But anyway, Green Day finally came out a little before 5:30 and obviously the crowd went crazy. I was right outside of a circle of a small group of people who were getting really rowdy. Shoving people and what not. So I had to throw a few elbows but that didn’t ruin the experience for me. Although I did leave that pit feeling sore and a little bruised. 😂
My expectations were low because now I really new that this was mostly a publicity stunt for the NHL but whatever. Green Day ended up playing three songs. Four of you count the fact that they replayed “Fire, Ready, Aim,” because the crowd “wasn’t hyped enough”. But I think the NHL just needed more footage. And that was pretty much it. Bills Joe Armstrong said “see you in the summer” because they we’re supposed to tour this summer. Obviously they didn’t happen. If only we knew then what we know now. 😂
A lot of people were pissed that the show was so short but like I said, I personally think that was the NHL’s fault, not Green Day’s. And I was just stoked that I was THAT freaking close to them and actually got to see them at a “small show”. This was probably my only chance for that because tickets for small shows sell out ridiculously fast so I’m glad I jumped at this chance! Especially since it was the last thing like this we ended up doing because of the Rona. 😉
The fun didn’t stop there though! After the show we walked back to the truck, drove back to Luke’s dad’s, picked up our dogs, got all of our stuff, said our goodbyes, and the drove the 5 hours back home to Kansas. We got home around 1:30 in the morning and probably got to bed by around 2. Then I was up at 5:30 the next morning so I could go to work that Sunday.
So long story short, we drove 5 hours to see Green Day play 3 songs at a sketchy, free show put on by the NHL, and then drove 5 hours back home right after the show so Ashley could be at work by 6 am the next day. It was exhausting but totally worth it! 😂
Here’s a YouTube video of the full show if you’re interested! And a video of them performing during the actual All Star Game. Billie Joe said “fuck” on live TV and it was awesome. 😂 Whoever was attempting to censor the song tried their best, but Bille still managed to sneak one in. I also don’t think they were supposed to play America Idiot, but again, that’s just my speculation so I won’t go into it. 😉
Alrighty! That’s my random life story for the month! I should have another one for you on November 1st!