Us­ing a plat­form to spread love mes­sage

Bay News - - Front Page - Will Johnston

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.

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