Honestly, I was worried I’d cry throughout the entire show.
But somehow, I only wept three times during the concert of the year. And, yes, I’m prepared make that declaration now, just seven months into 2016.
LCD Soundsystem put on the best show in Colorado in these last 216 days and no one is going to top it in the next 149.
I cried exactly when you’d expect someone to cry during an LCD Soundsystem set. Like the stereotypical 28-year-old child that I am, I spilled joy- and grief-driven tears over “Someone Great,” “All My Friends” and “New York I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down.”
I might have made it through the latter — a love-hate ode to the city I grew up around and later lived in — if someone hadn’t leaned over to tell me that her friend used to sing it to her when she was sad in New York. I mean, come on.
This band tends to get to a lot of people in this way. James Murphy has a knack for writing songs that sucker punch you right in the heart while you’re dancing. He did it for years, and we loved it because it was cathartic.
Then the band went and called it quits in 2011 with an emotional blow-out of a concert, only to return five years later. We never thought we’d see them again, and now here they are, on stages around the world, bouncing around under an enormous disco ball.
So, if I was the only person crying at Red Rocks last night, I’d be shocked. I’d be a little horrified that not one other person felt the same things I felt — that no one else is a little bit heartbroken when Murphy sings “You spent the first five years trying to get with the plan / And the next five years trying to be with your friends again.”
I’m just going to assume we all felt that — that we were all that real live emotional teenager crying at the “last” LCD Soundsystem show.
That’s the whole point, right?
Thanks for feeling it with me, Denver. And good luck coping with the fact that nothing else is going to live up to it.