There is something special about a date where you know you need to carb load as much as you can at dinner for your big run the next day, and you are going to see your current favorite band in one night. I think I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face or take the extra spring out of my step even if I wanted to.
We went to dinner before the concert at one of the greatest restaurants in Arizona, Oregano’s. It’s some seriously amazing Italian food, and there’s always at least a 30 minute wait despite the fact they’ve opened like 5 new ones in the East Valley just this year. Seriously the best place to carb load!
Not to mention portions are huge, so if you’re feeling cheap a $12 dish will definitely feed two, often with leftovers. Our favorite is Alfredo the Dark- Alfredo with some polano pepper in it for a slight kick. Whatever you do, get the chicken on top of it. It’s to die for!
After dinner we blasted the Imagine Dragon’s album in the car as we psyched ourselves up to head to the Marquee theater in Tempe. It was seriously hard to contain myself at this point and there were likely some giddy squeals as we walked to pick up our tickets. Frisking me twice didn’t even get me down!
Brace yourself, it was hard not to take pictures since every song had cool lighting and effects to help with their overall feel and album message. I hope you can get even a small idea of how sweet each song was visually as well as audibly, even though all photography happened on phones, with an ever-moving lead singer, and a whole lot of dancing was going on!
There is just something about live music that you can never experience in the recorded versions. We had such an amazing time at this concert and are excited we’ll get to tell our kids someday that we went to the very first headlining concert of this band I have no doubt will be completely legen……wait for it…..dary in the future.
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