Recently we took our eldest, Mr T, to his very first proper rock concert.
It was debatable whether or not it was a good idea but we decided to give it a go. He loves the Red Hot Chili Peppers so when we heard they were coming to Auckland it was the perfect opportunity. What's the worst that could happen, right?
He's only 4 but had been asking to see a show with lights and music and every day he asked for a different RHCP song in the car. We flew up to Auckland half a day late (thanks Jetstar!) so ended up facing the event with a not well rested pre-shooler...
That night, we took the train in to Britomart and started to walk to the arena. with Mr T super excited and ready to go. We decided to miss the opening acts and save his energy (and attention span) for the Chillies. We got in and found our seats and waited for the show to start....
They opened with Mr T's favourite song "Can't Stop". He got up for a wee boogie and when they started the next song he settled back down in his seat. After a couple of songs he had a bit of an earmuff malfunction and it got too loud so he was taken out to the lobby for a quick earmuff re-adjustment before returning with an iceblock for the rest of the show .
He enjoyed a few more songs before starting to get a bit sleepy. It was a late show and a long day so he was pretty tired before the show even started. He eventually curled up in his seat a wee bit past the halfway mark and went to sleep for most of the rest of the show.
All in all he enjoyed the experience and it went about as well as we expected so we can't really complain. The biggest takeaway is if you're planning to do the same for your little rocker make sure you've got some well-fitting earmuffs and maybe a show that starts a little earlier in the evening but it's well worth doing and great memories for everyone!