Not quite Metal, but I saw Evanescence play down in London last weekend, and after 15 years of waiting to see them live, it was god damn amazing. Live music hits me a lot more than just plugging in a set of headphones or speakers, but I was a little shocked by the fact that I, no word of a lie, cried during several of their older songs, because that's what Evanescence was to me, i.e. the music that got me through the moments where I felt sad. I'm so glad I finally saw them, but it was the first gig I had to "come down" from, which was interesting.
Back on the Metal note, I get to go see Skálmöld in Manchester in two weeks, for the second time since I saw them at Eistnaflug in Iceland last year. They've been my favourite band now for close to two years, and you have no idea how glad I am that I spent 12 days in Iceland almost entirely to see them (I've wanted to visit Iceland for years now, and honestly didn't want to leave, but Skálmöld was the major incentive to go last year). I hugged the keyboardist, Gunnar Ben, when an Icelandic person I met and I went to see Auðn playing that afternoon (they were talking about random stuff, apparently just catching up, and all of a sudden I recognised who he was and couldn't help myself), and during a minor breakdown I had due to the "crowds" after Max and Igor Cavalera had finished playing, the bass guitarist of Skálmöld, Snæbjörn Ragnarsson, checked in with the friend I had flown over with to make sure I was okay. I messaged the band on Facebook about a week later after getting back to the UK, just to say thank you, not expecting a reply, and they wrote back, individually (Gunnar even said he remembered the hug, lol). Not only do I get to see a band I really enjoy, but I get to see a band I know really seems to care about their fans.
Two bands, and quite expensive for me, but so damn worth it!