I can’t believe that I managed to pass my teen years without as much experiencing the thrill of a boy band crush. This also meant that I was never able to experience the excitement of a boy band concert with hundreds of my peers, screaming and frothing at the mouth at my unattainable love interest. I was determined to experience that rite of passage before I moved into my 4th decade and when I heard that Macy’s was hosting a free concert for We the Kings at their Westfarms store I knew this was my chance to finally be one of these hysterically screaming girls.
We all converged on the Junior’s department at the Westfarms Macy’s last Saturday to partake in this rite of passage. Some of the girls were waiting on line, I hear as early as 9 AM. I waltzed in at 1:30 pm, half hour before the advertised start time of the show and of course, even with my big “I am with the press” camera I was relegated to the furthest sideline.
So there I was behind the velvet rope with the other girlies in my tailored trousers, red platform heels and snake print blouse looking more like a parent than a fan. This is what I wore.
This is what they wore: Keds, Converse and I am sure American Rag, Guess?, Rampage, XOXO and Jessica Simpson all of which are brands available in Macy’s Junior’s department.
And then for a short while, I began to feel like this guy.
But the minute band members, Travis Clark, Hunter Thomsen, Danny Duncan and Coley O’Toole came into full view on the down escalator, the crowd erupted into frantic shrieks and “I love you’s” and I forgot my age. Cell phones were hoisted over heads, seemingly almost in choreographed unison as everyone tried to capture the smiling faces of the members as they made their way to the stage.
If you are not familiar with the band, We The Kings is a rock, pop band from Bradenton, Florida. Their first album, was released in 2007 and sold 250,000 copies in the US. Their second album, Smile Kid (released 2009) included their top 40 single We’ll Be A Dream (featuring X Factor’s Demi Lovato). The band recently wrapped up a worldwide tour with Canada’s Simple Plan and they are currently part of Macy’s MyStyleLab tour.
The set was pretty tight. I recognized a few of the last songs that they did. I didn’t know enough of the words to sing along with the other girlies, but I enjoyed the set. I didn’t partake in the screaming or anything (maybe if my shoes were more comfortable and not to mention practical), but I had finally experience it, a boy band concert. I finally have that story to tell.
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Photocredit: Yours truly!