Rock Concert Experience: Athlete Essay

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The talented musical band, Athlete, performed a spectacular show at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Athlete, a South London group, is comprised of Carey Willets (bass player), Joel Pott (vocals and guitar), Steve Roberts (drums), and Tim Wanstall (keyboard). The band's genre is mainly experimental indie rock associated with the 8th beat of rock and roll. Most of their musical instruments they play are influenced by the African American culture such as the guitar, drums and bass. Originating from London, Athlete was very popular with the BBC radio station. During 2002, they signed with Regal Recordings where BBC praised Athlete's first single, "Westside," as the Record of the Week. "Several months later, 'You Got Style' went Top 40 and opening dates with other songs such as Mansun, the Polyphonic Spree, Electric Soft Parade, and Simian" followed into the next year with great popularity (Athlete). Also during 2003, they gained great success in releasing their debut album called Vehicles and Animals. Although they were famous in the United States, they remained on top in London when their second album, "Tourist, which released in 2005 went to number one on the UK charts" (Wikipedia). Overall, some of the biggest influences in their music career are "Flaming Lips and Neil Young who achived a balance between a grand sound and a lyrical intimacy" (Athlete). These artists also reflect a rock genre associated with an upbeat rhythm.Lively, Ecstatic and Exhilarating are the words I can describe the Athlete concert that took place in the gigantic arena center in Dallas, Texas. Walking up to the door of the rock concert to hand the doorman my tickets and identification, he marks my hands with X's to verify that I am under 21 since there is a restaurant/bar located near the concert stage. My accompanying friend, Chris, gets a wristband verifying that he is older than 21. Near the stage where Athlete's helpers are setting up the stage with all of their instruments and power chords, a group of police officers nearby are regulating many college students to make sure they have their ID's for alcoholic beverages and to prevent any theft of sales merchandise at the concert. After we pass the security guards, we head up the ramps to our section of seats. As we are walking, I notice many different people that are present at this concert. Most people look like they are between their teen years and their late twenties. Walking along the hallway, the population seems like there are only few groups of people, but as I enter into the stadium for the first time, there seems to be hundreds upon hundreds of people. I look around the entire arena in awe as we climb the stairs to our seats.Suddenly, the lights turn off, spotlights flash, and a loud applause arises from Athlete's fans right near the stage. A wall of sound comes closer and closer, thundering up towards the front. Some band mates come out from backstage, and the whole crowd stands up, yelling,...

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