Big Time Rush with a side of One Direction

We hit the road to Nashville at 4:30 p.m. last Wednesday (after work and school) on the way to see Big Time Rush at Bridgestone Arena. My daughter, Riley, could barely contain her excitement: She bounced and sang the whole two-hour drive. And the night was unbelievable. Amazing. Every adjective that means incredible.

This was her first teenybopper show, and like her mother before her, she caught boy-band-itis, a condition resulting from exposure to cute boys singing catchy pop music with lyrics that make every girl feel like she’s The One. (See video below for a case study.)

Because I wanted a written record of this night (you would, too, if your kid was born deaf and you once wondered if she’d ever hear music, much less learn to love it), I live-tweeted the concert, until I got so into it that I forgot about it! (For those who don’t know, Big Time Rush is band and a TV show on Nickelodeon.)

And the more I listened to and watched One Direction, the opening act, the better I liked them. They’re five dudes from the UK who were finalists on “X-Factor” in 2010. Their album Up All Night is out today – I listened to the stream on AOL last week (OK, every day since Thursday) and really enjoyed the tunes. Here’s a clip of their performance on Today.

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While Riley warmed up to One Direction after two or three songs, by the end of the British boys’ set, she was definitely ready for the main act.

She’d waited for this since right after Christmas, a whole two months, which to a 10-year-old is a lifetime. When she found out they were coming to Nashville, she left a hot pink Post-It note with the details on my nightstand. The first time I checked for tickets, the show was sold out. The pink Post-It showed up again. I checked again … and success! She was thrilled, even when I told her we wouldn’t be up close. She didn’t care. She was going to see Big Time Rush!

That is … until James, Kendall, Carlos, and Logan made their way out into the crowd about midway through the show. When she realized they wouldn’t be coming to our seats? Major letdown, as evidenced by the following tweet and photo (notice the tear-stained face).

She rallied, though, when the boys sang Superstar and The City Is Ours. She was out of her seat, tears dried, faster than you can say “Bieber who?” She danced. I danced. She laughed at me. I laughed at myself. And we loved it!

As for the music? Boy-band pop isn’t for everyone, and that’s OK. I like it, though, and while they’re never going to win any Grammys, Big Time Rush put on a great show, they sounded good, and they interacted well with the crowd. We came away with another boy-band favorite: One Direction, who, by the way, recently won a Brit Award (a Grammy equivalent in the UK). And we shared something special, something just for the two of us.

The next day:

Now she’s begging to go see BTR again when they’re in Alabama in July. Looks like it’s time to start the Boy-Band Fund and prepare our voices for another case of boy-band-itis.

27 Responses to Big Time Rush with a side of One Direction
  1. mimsy
    March 13, 2012 | 12:31 am

    That was fun. I clicked on the video and my son yelled Turn that down! Big Time Rush has a cute show; it makes me think of The Monkees. One Direction is going to be the musical guest on SNL. I don’t know if Riley can stay up that late.

    • Tiffani
      March 13, 2012 | 9:12 pm

      BTR is a bit reminiscent of The Monkees. I would definitely let her stay up to watch … if only we had cable! haha Surely it will be on YouTube soon after. ;-)

  2. Ri
    March 13, 2012 | 8:17 am

    Ahaha – the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, huh? :) Your live tweets were priceless! So glad y’all can share “boy-band-itis”. <3

    • Tiffani
      March 13, 2012 | 9:15 pm

      Thanks, Ri! An experience I’ll never forget.

  3. Mari
    March 13, 2012 | 8:47 am

    Love this! I can’t wait to take my kids to concerts, you are an awesome mom for sure. Such an important lesson to pass to your kids, this love of music. Grammar tests be damned (says the editor, lol).

    • Tiffani
      March 13, 2012 | 9:43 pm

      Mari, thankfully, she’s doing well in that subject, so no real harm! LOL It’s so fun to share this with her.

  4. The Laundress
    March 14, 2012 | 9:01 pm

    We saw BTR over the summer. Loved them. So did my daughter.

    Looking to go this summer again…Hopefully.

    • Tiffani
      March 14, 2012 | 9:50 pm

      Yep! They put on a great show. Hope we can go back, too. :-)

  5. Kim @ This Belle Rocks
    April 1, 2012 | 10:22 pm

    Awww….too cute! I understand her frustration at the boys not coming to your seats. I *still* feel that letdown sometimes!

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