I mean, the parts where I felt like shit for a big chunk of the day were not great, but all in all? Amazing day.
I woke up entirely too early (after staying out late the night before) to watch Bayern Munich, as I do every Saturday. What a stressful game that was! Okay, so, as classy as I am, I was maybe more than a little hungover while I was watching, but I swear - I felt so nauseous every time Düsseldorf scored, to the point that I kept coming close to turning the game off and going to throw up. Then Bayern would equalize and I would feel better. And then, of all players to score the winner, it's Jerome Boateng. I'll take it though, since now we're 20 points clear of Dortmund on the table. That's amazing.
Immediately after that match I changed into my TFC gear and headed down to their home opener. I forgot that it was also Comic Con this weekend, so Union Station was almost exclusively cosplayers and soccer fans. That was kind of sweet.
So, yeah, I was still feeling pretty crappy at the match but I got some overpriced chicken tenders that made everything better. As did my kick-ass seat in the supporters section right next to where the players entered from.
There was a tribute to Torsten Frings before the match, and he was there, and then walked off the field like 15 feet from me, and I got a little emotional because I really miss him. He wasn't with the team long, really, but honestly? Despite how terrible last season was, he was an amazing captain and did incredible things for the team, and he's so loved by the supporters. Ugh, Torsten, why did you have to retire?
Anyway, the match was awesome. Toronto FC looks so much better this year! I mean, even last week against Vancouver, we lost but it wasn't as bad of a loss as like, all of last year. And this time they actually won! Against Kansas City! 2:1! It's so obvious from watching what Robert Earnshaw (I MEAN DUH HE SCORED BOTH GOALS), Danny Califf (hellooooooo new eye candy) and John Bostock have already brought to the club.
I'm really excited about this season.
After the game I went back home and about an hour and a half later had to leave to meet Cat to go see Finch.
I've probably not written about Finch in this journal in AT LEAST five years, maybe more, since I actually don't think I've seen them since 2006 or 2007, so, yeah. But, I love them. That is, I love their first album. Like it's probably one of my favourite albums EVER. It's just amazing, which I think has a lot to do with why I and everyone else was so disappointed in the second one. Because I gave it a shot again not that long ago and it's actually not bad, it's just... What It Is To Burn is flawless, there was no topping that, y'know? Anyway, this tour they're doing is the What It Is To Burn 10th Anniversary Tour.
That album's actually like 11 years old, but shh.
I've been really bummed that other bands I like have done 10th anniversary shows/tours for their fan-favourite albums lately and they've never come here. Taking Back Sunday did it last year (Tell All Your Friends is another of my favourites), MxPx did a few 10th anniversary gigs for Life In General a few years back (actually... that must've been a 15th anniversary. Anyway). I always wanted to go. They never came here, but Finch did.
So, yeah, it was like a perfect show. They played the album all the way through from start to finish, which is perfect because it's a great album and this way I hear EVERYTHING I wanted to. The best part was when they did Project Mayhem and Cat had NO idea what was going on... apparently her copy of the album doesn't have it. I kept insisting it was on the album and I know it well, she was insisting it wasn't. We compared track listings on our iPods. She doesn't have it. I do.
They did one little interruption, where after they did Ender (all thirteen and a half arduous minutes of it... that song is AMAZING for about five minutes and then it's just repeated noise, but it's the last song before the "bonus" track, which is also the title track, so it works). Then they did a few songs off the second album, one from the EP they released before WITB, and then ended with What It Is To Burn, which I'm pretty sure they've ended every set with since it came out.
That song, like, basically has its own fanbase. I honestly feel like there was a time where even if you didn't like Finch, if you were at all involved in the "scene," you liked What It Is To Burn. That's the song the crowd basically exploded to when I last saw Finch at Bamboozle. Honestly, I've seen MUCH heavier bands than Finch, but I've never seen a pit like the one that erupted for What It Is To Burn. I lost a watch in a Finch pit years ago. I almost dislocated my shoulder at Bamboozle.
Finch were also the first band I crowdsurfed to, ten and a half years ago. I was kind of tempted to last night to make them the last (I'm too old for that shit) but I think I'm glad I didn't. Again, too old. And the crowd, being roughly my age, seemed a little more subdued. There was still crowd surfing, and everyone was really excited, but there was a maturity to it, I guess? People were feeling nostalgic. The energy in the crowd was a different kind of amazing. It's a really powerful feeling to be in a room with hundreds of people who feel the same way about this album that you do, and to hear the whole thing played live, and to share that with all those people. It just doesn't happen at a 'normal' show where you have your factions of people who prefer certain songs or a certain era of a band. Everyone there was there for that album. Every single song meant something to everyone. It was so powerful.
It also felt a bit like a closure, since I'm probably never going to see Finch again. Hell, when I saw them at Bamboozle, that was a reunion. They'd already broken up, got back together, released an EP and I'm pretty sure they were done again before this tour. In any case, I treated last night like a sort of farewell to them, and to that era, but never really that album, because it still means so much to me. I'm just really really happy that I got to see it played in full.
And let me tell you, they actually sound amazing live. Like, the Sound Academy usually has really shitty sound, but they sounded PERFECT there.
It was just so good to feel 17 again.