Sunday, December 26, 2010

My HIM experience story from Matt Ducey

Well, I've been listening to HIM since 1998 (I was is first grade) and since I first heard "Wicked Game" from the "666 Ways to Love" album they were my favorite band. I thought it would be awesome to see them live. 11 years later I met my current girlfriend and we instantly clicked (we were both wearing heartagram shirts). It turns out HIM is her favorite band as well. Another year and a half later, HIM uploads "Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice" to their myspace a few days before release. We sat at the computer for hours listening to it over and over, and after about the fourth or fifth time I was thinking "hmmm....I'd have to say 'Ode to Solitude' is probably my favorite song" and  literally a second later she says "'Ode to Solitude' is my favorite song". A few months later, we go to Philadelphia to see our frist HIM concert ever and I wanted to make it even more memorable. Not like we wouldn't have remembered it anyway, but I wanted to propose to her. I love her and I know I want to be with her forever, so I knew I was making the right decision. We waited in line for 14 hours in 10 to 20 degree weather, chain smoking to keep warm, and the whole time I was planning what to say. When we finally get in the Electric Factory, it was HOT AS HELL! We were second row for the 3 warm up bands, Drive A, Domin, and We Are the Fallen, untill the people in front of us moved over and we snuk up to the front row. Right on time too, I was getting really dizzy...like i was about to pass out and die. I'm diabetic and I couldn't eat that day because I was too damn excited so my blood sugar was extremely low. But as soon as HIM came out I felt better. Linde, Mige, Gas and Burton walked out on stage and started playing "Saint Valentine" and Ville valo, fashionably late, walks on stage and says "Well hello". I felt like I was about to cry. I've been waiting over 12 years to see them. They went on to play "Heartkiller" followed by our favorite song on the album, "Ode to Solitude". I was so nervous I was like about to piss my pants. It took me untill the end of the second chorus to get the courage to ask her. I slowly leaned in and yelled "WILL YOU MARRY MEEEE?!" at first she turned around dramatically and stared at me, then she yelled "OBVIOUSLY!" Then we hugged and we continued to hold each other for the rest of the show. That concert meant so much to me that I still have the ticket in my wallet, where I plan to keep it until i die. It's true what they say: "you never forget your first HIM concert".

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