In my last post I described how seeing Eddie Vedder with my husband was so cool because he is such a big fan. To be truthful, I also like Vedder so it wasn’t like I was sacrificing anything going to that concert. However, taking my daughter and her two friends to see The Jonas Brothers Sunday night was absolutely an act of sheer love for my daughter. Nothing against The Jonas Brothers, I think they’re really talented and I even like their new songs – but I knew that there would be thousands of loud screaming girls. Boy, was I right.
The night began with me almost taking them to wrong venue. I thought the concert was at Charter One Pavillion dowtown along the lakefront. Just before I drove away the father of one of the girls I was taking ran to my car to tell me it was at The First Midwest Bank Amplitheatre in Tinley Park. Okay, so both venues are named after banks - I have an excuse to be confused!
Once we got to our seats I offered many times to go get the girls something to eat or anything else they needed – not just to be nice, but to get away from the screaming crowd. Honestly, I’ve been to many concerts and none – including Metallica and Def Leppard – were anywhere near this decibel level. It wasn’t The Jonas Brothers being too loud, it was the screaming girls in the audience. I was pleased to discover a “parents tent”. But it was empty. I walked a bit further and found where the parents were – in line for beer!
My only real complaint of the night was that there were not enough people working the merchandise booths. There easily could have been double the booths and quadruple the workers so the huge lines would have moved a bit quicker. The long wait to get out of the parking lot was expected with a sold out show, but the the late night construction on I-57 caught me off guard. Our trip home was excruciatingly long.
The Jonas Brothers and their opening acts put on a great show. The best part of the night: The audience could text messages to appear on the huge jumbotrons. My daughter Jeri texted “Bark If You Like Joe Jonas“. Hearing 30,000+ people bark on her orders was priceless!