My life changed in the best possible way on March 3rd, 2017.
My best friends had surprised me with Panic! at the Disco concert tickets for one of their tour stops in Baltimore at the MGM Theater. They surprised me in the fall. I thought I was dreaming. One of these amazing best friends introduced me to Panic! during my freshman year. She showed me the video of Brendon Urie, the lead singer, singing and playing the piano for an acoustic version of his song This Is Gospel. After watching this video, I knew I was completely obsessed. If you haven’t seen the music video, I absolutely recommend it.
WARNING: You may fall in love with Brendon Urie after watching this video. You’re welcome.
March 3rd arrived much faster than I expected. It was also perfect timing because it was the Friday night that began our spring break.
I had to sit through three classes that day, and all I could think about was what would be happening and where I would be later that evening. I was so excited! After classes were over, I went back to my on-campus apartment that I shared with my two best friends. We got ready to go, and got in the car to head to Baltimore. It felt so surreal! Also, you better believe we blasted Panic! at the Disco music the entire way.
Finally, we arrived at the MGM Theater in Baltimore. The parking garage was quite strange and had many weird entrances. Once we actually got inside the parking garage, it was like a maze with many dead-ends and floors. Once we got inside, we had to walk around the enormous casino that was in the middle of the building, because unfortunately, none of us were 21, yet. As we were walking, I began to freak out. I kept repeating, “I’m in the same building as Brendon Urie right now!” My best friends had to tell me to shut up after repeating that sentence over and over again.
I failed to mention earlier that my best friends had bought us VIP tickets! We got in the VIP line where we each received a tote bag with a t-shirt, mini vinyl-record, our VIP pass, and more. I couldn’t believe it. I was having the time of my life. We went into the theater, itself, and Saint Motel was performing as one of the openers. After they performed, MisterWives performed as the other opener. I became very antsy. I knew what was next. My best friends and I took at least one-hundred SnapChat selfies.
Soon, a count-down began on the stage which meant Brendon Urie was about to enter the stage. I began to shake with anxiety and excitement. The lights came up and there he was and he sang his opening song. I thought I was going to faint. I could not possibly believe that Brendon Urie was right there in front of me, and only about 50 yards away from where we were standing. Confetti was blasted into the crowd from the ceiling which made the experience feel even more magical. His voice in person was even more amazing live than it was on iTunes and Spotify. I still don’t know how he can possibly hit all of the high notes he does in almost every song. I kept looking at my two best friends and we shared great, big grins and screams of “Oh my God!!”
All of those hours spent listening to Brendon Urie’s songs had been put to perfect use. I never wanted to night to end. I didn’t know how I was ever so lucky to have best friends like the ones I have who would treat me to such a night/experience.
After the concert was over, I was still in a state of shock. I had just seen one of my favorite people in the world in person. I could not believe it. I tried to Tweet at him and tag him in an Instagram post, in the hopes he would notice. Who knows, maybe he did!
It took us about an hour-and-a-half to get out of the parking garage, but once we did we realized how hungry we were. Where do you go to eat after such an exciting night? McDonalds. Yeah it was about midnight when we went, but it turned out that everyone else who had been at the concert had the same idea. We ate our dinner, and headed back to school to spend the night before we all went home for spring break.
All of my adrenaline and excitement had drained my energy, and I fell asleep in the backseat of the car of the way home. Once I had to wake up to go inside, I made sure to tell everyone I knew over the phone and over social media that this night had been the absolute best night of my life. It had been, without a doubt. Now I have to come up with a surprise like this for my best friends as a form of repaying them.
My life changed forever when I went to my first concert for Panic! at the Disco. A dream come true fulfilled by Brendon Urie and my two best friends. I'll never forget a day that started with classes and ended with an unforgettable experience. @theEnd106 #WritingAssignment2160
— Elizabeth Finto (@eafinto) January 26, 2018