So last Sunday I went to Vancouver to see Imagine Dragons and it was amazing!
Though the events that happened before the concert were exciting too.
We woke up early so we could get the 9:00 ferry (Since it was the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend the ferries were busy) but my mom said that she wasn't feeling well. Though she knew how important this was to me (This concert was my sister's birthday gift to me) so she came anyway. Once on the ferry my mom slowly got worse. She spiked a fever, had bad abdominal cramps, and couldn't get warm at all.
When we got off the ferry my mom said that she couldn't go with me and that she would need to stay at the hotel we were in. So once at the hotel she called my uncle and asked if my little cousin, Caleb would like to go in her place. After a bit of thinking and talking to his parents he said he would go (It's his first concert too).
Though I still had a few hours to burn so I went exploring on my own while my mom laid in bed. I went around our entire block so I could find it again and then started wandering to see what was around. After finding a mall with nothing but clothing and a Disney Store in it with nothing appealing to me I came back to the hotel to check on my mom. She then asked if I could find a grocery store with diet ginger ale. Around then I found a map of the area which labeled some stores so I went to go find her ginger ale...
First store I tried (on the way back to the hotel the first time) was sold out... the second I couldn't find any way to get to because I was on an over head and couldn't see any way to get down... the third one... had diet ginger ale! So I bought it and went back to the hotel and put it in the fridge for my mom.
I still had a few more hours to burn before the concert so I went exploring again, seeing some malls on the map I had. The first one was the one I already explored, the second I found a parkade but no entrance and the third.. was completely closed! So then I noticed that I was running out of time and went back to the hotel. I had about an hour to burn still so I watched some TV until it was almost time to meet my cousins... Once it was almost 6 (the concert started at 7:30 and the doors opened at 6:30) I headed down to wait for my cousins at the front of the hotel. Now, normally when going to a concert I like to be where the line up is about half an hour early so the merch line isn't to long but my cousins didn't get there until about 6:20... and Caleb had yet to have anything to eat (he had money of his own though and a phone just in case we had to call his parents (he never used it during the concert
So we got to the merch table and I got a shirt and then I asked what Caleb wanted and he wanted the $90 sweatshirt XD He decided against it though because it was to much and didn't want anything else so he didn't get anything...
We then found our seats which were quite good (Thanks sis!) and we had about half an hour to burn before the concert started. About 10 minutes pass and Caleb asked me if he could get something to eat so we left the seat and got him some kettle corn and a Dr. Pepper.
Once the concert started there were 2 guest bands. K. Flay and Grouplove.
K. Flay wasn't to bad. Some of her songs were catchy and her duet with Dan Reynolds (Lead singer of Imagine Dragons) was really good!
Grouplove though... I'm not a fan. The lead male singer couldn't hit high notes at all. His voice constantly cracked and just didn't sound all that great. The female singer was a lot better though. They were also the only band that swore at all which made them feel out of place compared to K. Flay and Imagine Dragons since both of them didn't swear at all. You could hear and see the passion they had but to me they were just trying to hard.
But then came the main event! Imagine Dragons opened with a really cool movie thing and then opened with I Don't Know Why and it was awesome! The light show was amazing, the movie parts were really cool and interesting, the singing was amazing, and just everything!
At one point they got off the main stage and made their way through the crowd to a smaller stage to do a few songs and Dan stole some kid's hat XD They wore it throughout the time they were on the smaller stage and signed it and got it back to the kid.
The first song they played on the smaller stage was a tribute to Tom Petty. They played a cover of Stand My Ground which was supper cool.
They also had smoke machines, bubble machines, confetti cannons and at one point giant balloons rained down from the crowd and to the stage.
The only draw back to the experience was that me and Caleb had a line of teenage girls (because of coarse
) who STOOD UP
nearly the entire time (Like really? Sit down!)! So it was hard to see at some points but that was really the only draw back when the main show began.
Over all it was an amazing experience and I would go again!
After the show we met up with Caleb's parents and we decided to go to McDonald's (bad idea) and it was packed! We dedicated ourselves by that point though... There were so many numbers on the waiting list that not all the numbers could be displayed. Though, strangely after awhile (we waited half an hour) they stopped calling numbers and only displayed the Now Serving
numbers... My cousin Richard (Caleb's dad) soon went up to the counter and apparently our order was there the entire time... They just stopped calling out the numbers for some reason...
So we got our meals and parted ways at the hotel (Caleb had a good time).
The next day my mom was still sick so we left as soon as we were ready and got onto the ferry home.
My mom dropped me off at home while she went to the hospital to get diagnosed and some pain killers for the cramping.
A few days passed and it turns out that my mom contracted some food-born illness which was why I didn't get sick.
She's doing better now though
She was quite the trouper throughout the entire trip despite being so sick