Anyone who follows me on any social media will know who I got to see in concert, and anyone who really knows me understands how much of dream come true it was for me. If the suspense is killing you by now, I’ll let you in on the secret: it was Usher!
I think I fell in love with Usher when I was about 10 years old or so, and I’m talking total fan girl. Everyone has their major celebrity crush and Usher has always been mine and I love his music. I’ve always wanted to see him in concert but as he never comes to Albuquerque, I’ve never had the opportunity. I knew before I even left for France that he was going to have a Paris concert while I was there, and it felt like fate. I was almost positive I wouldn’t miss this concert for the world.
In February I started looking for tickets, and had trouble finding them, and then I realized he had rescheduled the concert for March 11th, and when I finally found the ticketmaster site that sold the tickets, I was so excited. The problem was that the ticket I wanted was €85, and I didn’t have much spare money, but my wonderful little sister offered to buy the ticket for me as a gift! How sweet is that?! I tried to find someone to take along with me, and had a couple of people interested, but when they heard the price they decided against it, which I completely understood. I wasn’t going to miss this concert for the world, so I got the ticket and decided to go alone and proud!
The unfortunate thing was that a friend and I had a presentation on the Greek Financial Crisis the next morning in our European Union class, and we hadn’t even started it before it was time for me to go to the concert! We decided to split it half and half, and I accepted that I would be pulling an all-nighter to finish it.
I got ready and headed over to Parc de la Villette, which is a large, modern park in the 19th arrondissement, and it is really cool. There are many cool sculptures, many music related places, (philharmonic, symphony, and concert spaces) Le Zenith, which is where my concert was, and a huge science museum. The metro ride was easy because I live in the 19th as well, so it was very close.
I got to Le Zenith and took my spot in line to get my fanny pack searched and ticket checked. I went back another day to take pictures of the venue during the day, so I’ll post those photos here too, just to show what it looks like.
It is a pretty small venue, so I think any seat is a good seat, and mine was wonderful! I was off to the side of the stage but I had a great angle, and in person, it felt very close as far as concerts go. I bought a T-Shirt right away, and when I got to my seat I was in heaven. I didn’t care that I was alone, I was just so happy knowing what I was about to see.
The opening act was Nico & Vinz, who sing that song “Am I Wrong”; that was the only song I knew by them at the time, but their act was really fun and entertaining and I found their music to be really upbeat and positive. One of them spoke French which was fun for the crowd, and I felt very happy watching them. In an effort to save phone battery for Usher, I only got one good photo, and one video.
After they were done, I waited impatiently for Usher to come out, and I was already feeling emotional! I got someone to take my picture, even though she looked at my like I was a total weirdo, and didn’t get the “Usher” screen in the back, but oh well! I tried to get a good selfie but felt weird.
Finally, the lights went out, and the music started. When he came out, I was so happy, and I think I cried. I’m not going to try to go into details of what all he sang and the whole thing, but he was truly amazing. His voice was amazing in person, he was so cute and funny, he brought his two boys out to dance with him during “Yeah” and he made me fall even more in love with him than ever. I took more pictures and videos than I ever do at concerts, but I don’t regret it because I’ve watched them all over 5 times already! I stood the whole time and didn’t care that the people behind me wanted to sit haha, who sits at a concert like that anyway? I screamed like a little girl the whole night, especially when he said “je t’aime mon cherie” saying I love you to me.. I mean, the crowd. I’ll post some of the best pictures I got, and some of my favorite videos :)
His encore song was “Without You” and it was a great finale, but I was devastated knowing it was almost over. When he finished I sat back in my seat and just geeked out for a few minutes while I caught my breath. I was so sad he stopped and wanted him to come back out. I finally accepted that he wasn’t coming back and made my way out. As I was walking to the metro I called my mom to tell her how amazing it was, and how happy I felt.
I got home around 11 and had to get started on my presentation about Greece, but I couldn’t really concentrate. I watched all my videos, listened to the entire confessions album, rested, and then finally worked on the project. I stayed up pretty much all night, and worked as hard as I was capable of to finish it. I wasn’t thrilled with the final result but was ready to go try to BS my way to a good grade.
We presented at the end of class, and my partner’s part took the whole rest of the class, so we didn’t even get to my part! I had to present it the next week! Stayed up all night for nothing, but I wouldn’t have traded that night for the world.
Even though I was alone, this was probably my best night in Paris, and arguably one of the best nights of my life. A lifelong dream came true in my dream city, and it was amazing.
Here’s the videos I promised :)