Warning: Non-wedding, kinda sentimental blog post headed your way.
Anyone from Nokomis Middle School can attest that Matchbox 20 has been my favorite band since I was 13 years old. I won’t do the math for you, but I’m more than twice that old now. I saw them in concert for the first time when I was 14, and I met the band members when I was 16 (see my picture with Rob Thomas below, and please ignore my awesome hair and do-rag). During my teenage years, I saw Matchbox probably 15 times, but when I started college, my financial priorities shifted, and I couldn't make it to any shows. At 19, I started working on my photography degree and since that time, I knew that more than anything I wanted to photograph my favorite band.
Ten years later, that dream came true when I was not only able to see Matchbox 20 in concert again, but I was able to photograph part of the concert in February at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. Crud! I told myself I wasn't going to let you know how old I am. Anyway, I am lucky enough to know the super-talented ISU photographer, Lyndsie Schlink, and she was more than willing to allow me to shoot on behalf of the college and secured a photo pass for me. Thank you x1000000, Lyndsie! It was an awesome experience that I'll never forget. Though, I have to admit, it was a challenge to juggle taking photos, singing along, not falling off the side of the stage and not getting too nervous when Kyle Cook moved close to where I was shooting. But enough talking, check out the slideshow below or view the full gallery here. (It also includes photos of Matchbox's opening act Phillip Phillips and my other favorite band, Scars on 45).
The concert was AMAZING, and having my camera in front of me for a portion of the show was undeniably one of the highlights of both my photographic career and concert-going experiences. Plus, I got to share the day with my wonderful husband, Hugh (that's us below at the concert). It was his first mb20 show, and I was so happy to have him share in something that had been such a big part of my life before we met. I think he had a pretty good time (I caught him singing pretty loud to a few of the songs). He even tracked down Matchbox's tour accountant, Teresa (@teresawelc) and gave her a photo of Rob and me from when we met on Oct. 6, 2000. She was super awesome and had Rob sign the photo for me!!! Thanks so much, Teresa, Hugh and Rob! The note says "Hey Alida, Who's that young guy? Rob Thomas" Pretty sweet, right? At least he didn't ask how long it's been since do-rags were cool...