Have you ever experienced an overload of every sense at once? Well, live concerts can almost take you there. I went to Lubbock to see a Pearl Jam concert in the fall of 2000, and it was truly a festival of sensory overloads. This memorable two hour experience was thrilling and unique at the same time. My body felt as if they stimulated it in every area to its complete capacity.
As the lights dimmed and quickly went out, the place started to rumble with excitement. Pearl Jam started with a real hard rocker which just sent everyone into a frenzy. The stage seemed to breathe mist and smoke as the band played their electrifying set of songs. The level of sound was astronomical. The decibel level was on the threshold of pain. The music roared through the streets for miles, outside the coliseum. Every time the bass drum was struck, I could feel the repercussion in the organs within my chest. It even made my teeth chatter. The concrete floor beneath me seemed to move with the beat of each song. This professional act put off a vibe of intensity and perfection which lingered in the air.
The number of people was enormous. I had to actually become one with the people next to me. The crowd refused to allow any personal space. We were all packed in there liked caged wildcats. I had to move as the crowd allowed or insisted. Everything was done as a group. There were no individuals here. It was only one group of crazed fans fighting for that one glimpse of their favorite band. The crowd would shift as the set continued on. This only allowed me to move closer to the front. As you can tell, I was packed in until the end.
Your sight was not left out either. Plenty of pyrotechnics kept your eyes filled with colorful wonder as the music played on. The effects also included a machine which caused bubbles to fall from the top of the building like a light spring rain upon the chanting fans. The bubbles fluttered down to the hungry hands of the crowd. The stage