Have you ever had something unresolved in your life for many years, and you can’t quite shake it as long as it remains unresolved? Please allow me to tell you a quick story.
Back around Spring of ’91, when I was in high school, Guns N’ Roses got announced to play at my hometown arena (Richfield Coliseum) on June 4th, 1991. I was given the task of camping out to purchase four tickets for myself and 3 friends, which I was more than happy to do. I was lucky enough to get four 12th row seats on the floor, and we were good to go. Fast forward to just days before the concert, and my friend Shawn informed me that his parents were not going to allow him to go. Apparently, his parents did not think it would be a safe environment, and he was out of luck. Shawn was the only person I knew that was as big a fan of GN’R as I was, and I was devastated that he could not go. Obviously, he was not a fan of the decision either. I went to the show with other friends, had a great time, but I felt a cloud over the whole thing because Shawn wasn’t there. From that day forward, it became a mission of mine that if even a partial core of GN’R ever reformed, and came to our town, Shawn and I would be there, right up front, to make up for what we missed out on.
Fast forward to 2017, and the partial GN’R reunion. They were finally announced to play The Q Arena in Cleveland on October 26, 2017, and I sprung into action. Shawn and I are still in touch 26 years later, and we coordinated a plan to buy the elusive Pit tickets, to make sure we were up front together. Our plan worked, even though we spent more than we wanted to on the secondary market. We had to wait it out for longer than we ever imagined, but we finally get our chance in a few days.
Of course, I am more obsessed than ever to get us into the front row of the pit due to the extenuating circumstance, so I have been a nervous wreck. What if the ticket line we get into gets held up, and other lines go streaming down into the Pit before us? Scenarios like that have been flooding my brain, only because I want this to go right so we can have the best time possible. I do realize the frivolity of this compared to everything else going on in the world, but it is still very important to me. Patience is not my strong suit, but hopefully it will pay off this time.