I Am Gary Hampton.


Progression.
July 23, 2011, 12:18 pm
Filed under: Blogs, Concerts, Music

What a week!

For the past nine days I’ve felt like a new person. Well, I’ve felt like the old me, which has been lost for so long it feels new.

Last weekend I spent some time reconnecting with old friends. I hung out with Rory and Garth in Garth’s back yard as they planned out their new patio, visited my sister’s for some much needed family time, then went to the beach with Rory, Adam and Perla. After heading back to Toronto for a couple of days I was off to New York with my old roommate/current coworker Ethan. Sony had flown us out for their Holiday Preview Event to get a first look at some of the new games and hardware coming out later this year/early next year. I had to stay an extra night due to my British Citizenship and the Canadian Consulate not being open on Wednesday afternoons, but with some help from Alicia I was able to get a spot in an amazing hostel and spent that extra night meeting people from all over the world and making new friends. My flight home was delayed multiple times, but eventually I got home and went back to the office yesterday in time to shoot an interview with Taking Back Sunday.

One of my most read posts on this site was the one I made when I found out the original Taking Back Sunday line-up was reforming, and to a part of that interview was really special for me. John Nolan is one of my heroes when it comes to song writing and to see how incredible humble he is, as if he either doesn’t know or won’t accept how good he is, was great. The interview went really well, and I’m so happy to share it with Brian. Interviewing bands is almost always enjoyable, but when it’s a true and genuine fan talking to an honestly happy band it makes it so much better. Later on that night (last night) was the show, and I met up with a bunch of Stroud kids to spend the night with. Almost the exact same group was at the TBS show about 8 years ago, so it was a cool throw back to old times. Adam and I made our way right up to the front, almost against the barricade.

There’s no way I can explain how much fun that show was. Not only did the band play so well, you could tell they were genuinely enjoying themselves again. I spent the night singing along and flailing my limbs with good people. There were many highlights, including their version of Straylight Run’s ‘Existentialism on Prom Night’, but my absolute favorite moment was Adam Lazzara sitting on the stage directly in front of me as they played ‘Ghost Man on Third’. I never thought I would get to see that song live and it was beyond incredible. Such a moment for me.

Overall, an incredible show and a great way to end the week.

This week has been absolutely incredible, and not just because of the great things that have happened. I barely remember what it’s like to feel this happy, this confident and assured. I’ve spent the past week trying to drop some bad habits and reconnect with old friends, the people who actually care about me and want to see me happy and see me succeed. I’m glad they’re still around, and hope this time I won’t take that for granted.

-gh

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