What does every 25 year old want for their birthday? Maybe an engagement ring, student loans paid off, their own apartment? All of those things are hard when your single and underpaid, so I settled for some Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas tickets for their Future Now Tour. I love them both, I have seen Demi twice (okay maybe three times) before this show and I saw Nick perform at the Boston Pops rehearsal. So why not, right? Most of Demi’s fans must be in their 20’s by now, right? Wrong. I was so wrong.
By the way, none of my friends could go with me (or they didn’t want to) so I brought my mother who is in her 50’s. I knew immediately that she probably wouldn’t be a huge fan but she is the saint who has gone to seven Backstreet Boys concerts with me, so I figured she was prepared. About a month before the concert I also made her a mix CD of their songs. Yes, I am that old. I think making mix CDs is acceptable.
So my mother and I both took half days from work to get into the city early to grab dinner, talk about life, catch up, great plan. All a great plan.
As we ate we talked about people I went to high school with, one of her favorite pass times is asking me about different former peers and then me bringing up their Facebook pages for her to see them now. The only thing was the the restaurant/bar was filling up with tweens and then it really hit me, I will be one of the oldest people at the concert and my mother, will probably be the oldest.
So let’s jump forward to walking up the steps to get to our seats, that’s basically when the chaos ensues.
1. Didn’t anyone teach these kids manners? They are shoving me and I have no where to go! (Just one of the signs that I was old for the crowd).
2. “$40 for a shirt?” Mom “Kelli you just told me you were broke, I won’t believe you if you can waste $40 on a shirt of Demi’s face”
3. She’s right, but it’s Demi, I will think about it more. I need to look like I fit in though.
-We get to our seats almost immediately, no way we are spending $20 on food, you won’t trick us with that!
4. Wow our seats are better than I thought! I can’t wait to see Demi.
Mike Posner the opening act comes out promptly at 7:30, so far so good.
5. Mike Posner, please just sing ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’.
6. Sings along with Mike Posner to ‘Bow Chica Wow Wow’ knowing that all these youngins have no idea what it’s like to be “three shots deep”.
7. ‘Cooler Than Me’ comes on and you dance and sing to it. Mom “I know this one!” Me “Yeah it came out when I was a senior in high school!” Mom “Oh I didn’t realize it was that old”, sick burn mom.
8. ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’ comes on and all is well with the world.
The lights then came up for a small intermission. My mom and I sit there, chit chat, wait for Nick Jonas to take the stage.
The lights go down, there’s one spotlight and there he is! Nick Jonas himself.
9. My God he is the only man who can rock skinny jeans with zippers!
10. Is it weird that I am older than him?
11. ‘Champagne Problems’ plays, none of these kids know what its like to drink your problems away! Yeah relatable to the adults in the audience! Adults meaning me and the parents chaperoning their young child, and the three women behind me who let me know that they were 28, solidarity ladies.
12. Nick Jonas will take Justin Timberlakes place nicely, he can hit those high notes!
Nick walks off stage and the stadium goes black again, it can only mean one thing.
14. Wow Demi, your outfit is very revealing and there are a lot of little kids in the audience.
15. Whatever! Teach ’em to love their bodies girl, you do you.
16. My feet are hurting, I am not weak though, I will not sit down.
17. Oh my God she is singing ‘Fix A Heart’!
18. Demi just sang, she would “take it deep”, I think I am blushing.
19. -During Nick and Demi’s duet of ‘Close’- This is great and all but why wouldn’t they sing ‘Avalanche’?
20. This crowd is so loud, I can’t stop screaming either though.
21. My poor mother.
22. She’s doing it, ‘Skyscraper’, here it is!
23. Demi you’ve come such a long way!
24. Girls, ‘Cool For The Summer’ will make way more sense to you when you’re in college.
25. I am going to resist that shirt when we walk by the merch table for the last time.
What did I learn from this concert? Concerts are the best, it doesn’t matter you age, race, gender, or anything! Concerts are the best.
I know you’re all wondering, I didn’t end up buying the shirt because sometimes a full tank of gas is more important than a concert shirt you’ll only wear to bed or the gym.
So now I sit here at my desk at work, exhausted because I am usually in bed by 10 but smiling because I saw Demi and Nick, spent time with my mom, and took a shit ton of pictures to relive my experience.
If you have a chance, go to the show, well worth it.