**Editor’s Note: Gretchen/Gretch/G is our 12-year old friend who probably experiences more concerts than the two of us combined! We’ve been trying to get her to write a CV post for ages, but this is the show she felt most inspired to write about. Thank you for sharing your experience, G! -Alicia & Rachel**
By Gretchen Pfluger
I woke up at 2am to get ready for the 5 Seconds of Summer concert at the Today Show. There was a lot of prepping to do. I had to put on some make up, change into some concert ready clothes, apply my Etsy 5SOS tattoos, and of course pack my stuffed banana (real fans know what banana cam is).
I left my house with one of my best friends, Julia D., at 3am to get to Manhattan. When we got there around 4 o’clock, there was already a line in the VIP area, but I knew I wouldn’t be too far back on the line since it was so early. My friends, Rachel and Ally, were the other two recipients of our extra tickets and met us soon after. Once we got inside the gated area, we felt so special. We felt loved and so lucky. But we ended up in the back area of the VIP corral. *sigh* Ok, we are still in the VIP area. I told myself. Deep breaths.
Hyperventilating time. Because we were there before the show started, we got to see 5SOS do a soundcheck at 6:30am. They played “She Looks So Perfect”, “Don’t Stop” and “Amnesia.” It didn’t sound perfectly amazing but hello I am 20 feet away from them and Calum was totally looking at me while he was singing. It wasn’t for that long though. When they played Amnesia, I started crying. I really didn’t think that any of the boys would notice my puffed out crying face, but they did. Michael looked at me for a bit and smiled. I thought that this would make me feel better but I still kept crying because he noticed me. Luke noticed but he kind of chuckled at it and looked away.
It took another hour and half before the concert started. I can go on and on about how much I loved them and how awesome they were but honestly you probably already know that even if they didn’t sound good, I would not complain. They are my life. Their music is so inspiring and amazing.
The actual concert was very short and I will probably never see them up close like this again. They are going to hit it really big soon and I have never been to a meet and greet in New York City. I will never be able to tell them how much they mean to me and that’s why I am sad. When will I have my moment with them? When will I get to tell them that their music has got me through tough times? They are no longer my little secret.
Julia, do you agree? YUP