Do you have a favorite band? A band that you can listen to on repeat forever and not get tired of their music? That's how I feel about The Killers. Since they came out in 2004, I've been obsessed. Hot Fuss was the very first CD I played in the car on my very first drive by myself. I put Sam's Town on repeat while driving to and from college after breaking up with my longtime boyfriend. Sawdust was all I listened to at my campus security job. Day and Age gave me my favorite song of all time, A Dustland Fairytale. And Battle Born was not only the soundtrack for a good chunk of my time in Florida, but it also gave me another tattoo.
Yeah, I'm kinda into them.
But see, despite me loving the band, I have only had the pleasure of seeing them in concert once. My friend Kris and I went during our senior year of college (we're ancient), and then again to see Brandon Flowers on his first solo tour. Ever since then, I haven't had a concert buddy to go see them with, so I've stayed home.
Because it's been 5 years since the band came out with a new album, they haven't really done a full tour. When I heard they were playing the 104.5 Birthday Show, I groaned. I do many things on my own, but I've never been to a music festival. Fortunately, the music gods heard my complaints, and The Killers added a show at the Borgata for the night before the festival. I waited for tickets to go on sale, ordered one, and booked a Greyhound down to Atlantic City.
After running the Mini 10K, I got back to Queens as quickly as possible to take a shower, and to walk and feed Cookie. I got ready and rushed back into the city to catch my bus out of the Port Authority Bus Station, which might be the worst place on Earth. I barely made it on the bus on time, but I finally settled in with my mac and cheese and we took off for the 2 hour ride to AC.
When we got to Atlantic City, I got a Lyft to the Borgata. I wanted to do some sight seeing and check out the boardwalk, but my real goal was to get as close to the stage as possible for the concert. After Vegas, I was all gambled out anyway. I wasn't sure if there was any kind of VIP section, so my goal was to get in line around 4:30. First I stopped at a little cafe in the Borgata for this big greasy Italian sandwich. The post-race hunger was real.
I ate and made my way over to the Event Center...where I learned all the VIP wristbands had been given out that morning. Major bummer, but I sat down in the lobby and decided that I would just be behind the VIP people.
It was...kind of a long wait. I was first in line until they opened the doors at 6:30, so I did a lot of people watching. Fortunately, casinos are very good spots to watch people and showgirls as they walk by.
At 6:30, they took down the ropes and let us go up to...wait on another line. I decided against getting a t-shirt (I already have enough, and I'm waiting for new designs), and talked to the security guard. She told me the plan was to have the show be over at 10:45, which I hoped would give me enough time to get back to the bus station for my 11:15 bus. Finally, they opened the doors and let us in. I ran ahead and found myself in the 3rd row!
If you've ever been to a concert with an opening band, you know once you get into the venue, your wait has just begun. I made friends with the ladies in front of me (also huge Killers fans), who told me they were going to the festival the next day. At about 8:00, Public Access T.V. took the stage. I thought they were really good! I always feel bad for opening acts, because the crowd doesn't really know them, and I'd wager 99% of the crowd just wanted The Killers to come on. You can check out more about them at their official site!
After Public Access T.V., we had another 30 minute wait. Finally, after a long day of waiting, I got to see my favorite band from as close as I possibly could!
Almost halfway through the set, we got to hear a new song - Run for Cover. I love this song, and I can't wait until the new album comes out in September.
Seeing any band is great, but there's something about the energy when you're up close to the stage. I saw Springsteen play in Florida, and it didn't feel the same sitting in the 200s. If you've never been in the pit/standing area, I highly recommend upgrading your next concert ticket to that level. Ronnie threw his drumstick and the guy 2 rows behind me ended up getting it off the floor - so close!
The encore ended right on time for me to go catch my bus, so I booked it out of the Borgata and into a Lyft to the station. Once I got there, the lovely folks at Greyhound told me I was bumped from my bus to make room for casino travelers, so I would have to walk to Resorts to wait for the 12:00 bus. Let's just say, I won't be taking Greyhound for anything ever again. A few others who were bumped walked with me to Resorts, where we waited. After driving around to other casinos, we finally left Atlantic City at 1:00 a.m., making it back to the Port Authority at 3:00. I was too tired to do anything else, so I got on the subway, then took a cab back to my house. Finally, at 4:00 a.m., I was home. An insanely long day, but so worth it to see my favorite band, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Maybe this time without Greyhound.
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