Drive all night
“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share
with someone else when you’re uncool.”
—Lester Bangs, Almost Famous
Almost Famous has been my favourite movie for years. In some ways, it's a good way to explain how I feel about music and shows, why I sometimes (okay, quite often) travel to see certain bands, and why I've seen a few bands 20+ times. We (the 'crazy' fans) are here because of the music. We generally don't care about being front row to be seen by the artist, but rather because it brings us closer to the music. We travel and we experience things because of this music. Sometimes our experiences are amazing and sometimes they're not so—but they are things unique to us. We meet like-minded people. We're the happiest when we're on the go for our favourite shows, running on pure adrenaline with voices running low.
So that said, when Needtobreathe—a band I had already seen 21 times and have liked for seven years—announced an across Canada tour for the first time ever with a stop in my own town and neighbouring provinces, I didn't even think twice. I'll attend a modest three shows, I thought. A little less than normal amounts of sleep, and 13.5 hours of driving in four days was totally worth it.