Concert Survival Tips?

So after going back and forth for the past couple of months on “do I go, do I not” I finally realized to take the advice the band has for the young at heart, because soon I will be older and I’ve got to make it work. I pulled the trigger on a ticket to the Tears for Fears and Hall and Oates concert at American Airlines Center in Dallas in July.

Now, I will say I have a bit of apprehension still but I think I can make it work. In an effort to save money and reduce sound pressure levels I opted for balcony seating. I’ll definitely be taking my musicians’ earplugs with me to wear as I’m sure it will be loud and I have super-sensitive hearing (seriously, don’t you dare try to talk shit about me when I’m anywhere close, I will hear you even if you’re just whispering in the ear of someone right next to you!). My big thing is how to deal with the crowd? I know it will be a sellout crowd so I just don’t know how I’ll be able to handle it.

Of course, I’ve been in venues with large crowds (most notably Texas Motor Speedway; which I’ll be there again in the next couple of weeks) and handled it OK with minimizing eye, physical and verbal contact with others and largely keep to myself but I just don’t know if that will be possible in such closed quarters as a basketball arena (at least TMS is a 1.5 mile track so it’s more dispersed). Whatever the case, I know to just keep to myself, avoid interaction and enjoy the music.

As long as I can do that, I think I’ll be just fine. Again, much to the chagrin of my fellow spectrumites, I do really wish I was neurotypical. It would be much easier to enjoy these kinds of things if I was.

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To Go or Not to Go???

That, my friends, is the question.

So in July, my favorite band will be playing at American Airlines center in Dallas (not too far from where I live). I’ve always said seeing my favorite band live is not one of the things I can do without (come on, I’m talking to you!) but there are a couple of things that are just really bothering me.

For one, I don’t do well with concerts. I just don’t. They’re too people-y for me typically. As an autistic and an introvert I just don’t do well with large crowds, and you know as well as I do a musical group on the caliber of Tears for Fears is going to be a sellout crowd, no matter how big the venue.

For two, they’re not touring alone. For whatever reason, they teamed up with Hall & Oates for their US tour this year. I don’t see how that’s going to work. TFF and H&O couldn’t be any more different musically or lyrically. Synthpop with heavy, dark, even emo lyrics vs. easy listening light-hearted lyrics? Yeah, I don’t get that either.

So you see my dilemma. I might not ever get a chance to see Tears for Fears live, but I have to say Hall and Oates, well, as Roland put it, “these are the things I can do without.” Do I want to suffer through H&O just to see TFF or do I want to skip this one and risk me not ever getting the opportunity again?

(sings) I can’t stand this indecision…