Mid December, my bestie and I went to my favorite band’s tour. Issues is a band I’ve adored for years now, and this was my third time seeing them. The first time I saw them was when I went to Warped Tour on a whim after I had fallen in love with them only a few weeks earlier. The second time I went to see them was when I was in Chicago. I had VIP tickets and met the whole band. They were very sweet and I loved hugging them. 😍
This time around, we bought our tickets kind of late, so the VIP tickets to meet them were already sold out. So to make up for it, we bought VIP seating instead. At this particular venue, I had assumed the VIP seating would be on the balcony overlooking the rail, because that’s how I noticed it was in Chicago when I had last seen them. I wanted VIP seating this time around because I didn’t want to be near any mosh pits this time. I just wanted to vibe to the music and have a chill night eating good food. To our surprise, the seating was actually much different than we imagined. It was almost floor level, but still raised. Just not on a balcony. The seating was behind the lighting and sound board which was really cool, so it was as if we were getting a backstage view while watching the show. The food menus were really fancy and they lit up when you opened them, the same way a refrigerator does. 💡 The lady that escorted us to our seats let us know that we can come in and out of the VIP section as we please. So throughout the night, we would go to the main floor where everyone else was, and then whenever we wanted some chill time, we’d just go back to our section. For food, we ordered disco fries and these delicious nachos. The food was amazing and way more delicious than I had expected. After not eating the entire day up until then I scarfed. that. food. dooooooooooooown.
Some other bands performed before Issues, and they were all interesting to say the least. When Issues came on stage, the songs I was most excited to hear were the following from their latest album Beautiful Oblivion: Tapping Out, Without You, Rain, Get it Right, and Find Forever. They performed some of their older songs that I love as well, including Never Lose Your Flames, Hero and Stingray Affliction. The whole night was a vibe. Seeing everyone crowd surfing and having the time of their lives. My best friend had never been to a rock concert like this one, and I’m glad she enjoyed the experience as much as she did. Issues’ newest music isn’t as hardcore as a lot of their older music, but I still love it. I love how they mix rock and R&B together so seamlessly. I must admit, it was weird not seeing Michael on stage this time. The last time I saw them perform and got to meet them, he was still in the band. AJ does a great job of doing the screaming vocals on the old songs though. I was shocked, but he was phenomenal. I do miss Michael a lot though. 😭 I look forward to seeing Issues again sometime in the near future. Until then, if you’ve never heard of them, I would highly suggest checking out their music. Tyler Carter’s voice is to die for.