Using a platform to spread love message
It dawned onme thisweek that, as a radio announcer on amusic station, I should probably actually talk about music every now and then.
But you won’t get a boring, old-school ‘music review’ fromme like they used to do back in the day. Yawn. There’s a million different ways you can see an artist in concert or listen to theirmusic for free now. Reviews of concerts that have just been in NZ are almost redundantwhen you have social media. You’ve already seen it in your story or newsfeed, right?
But here’s a concert review that says nothing about the music.
Last week Iwent to the Imagine Dragons concert at Spark Arena in Auckland. On aMonday night. Who has a concert on aMonday? I drove back to Tauranga after it too. Tuesday was a loooong day!
They’re from Vegas and their show is ‘all ages’… thus there were a lot of parents taking their eight to 14-year-old children to their first concert. Jeez that’s a good people watch— 13-year-old Molly going nuts and screaming, crying like she’s in pain she’s so excited. Mum dancing a little too vigorously next to her, but still trying to not appear uncool because Molly has talked to her before the concert about how she is (and is not) allowed to act as to not embarrass Molly in front of thousands of strangers she’ll never see again!
Oh and Dad? He’s either doing the awkward dad-shuffle to every single song because he legitimately has never heard of this band before but was convinced to come along bymum… or, he’s literally sitting down on his phone checking Facebook and wishing he was somewhere else (true story, saw it happening. Lame one dad, it’s not the Wiggles mate).
The lead singer stopped the show at one point and talked about depression and anxiety and seeing a therapist and getting help. He also talked about the school shootings in the States. Both of those topics are social issues that transcend age and gender.
What a great recognition of the social platform he has and using that platform to spread amessage of love and acceptance of how you feel.
If Imagine Dragons ever come back, or you’re overseas and get the chance, buy a ticket. You won’t regret it! Oh and the music is freakin’ brilliant too btw! (that’s enough of that music chat though ).
■ Will Johnston is host of The Hits 95FM Day Show. Live and local from 9am-3pm, every weekday in the Bay of Plenty.
Imagine Dragons used their platform for messages of love.