When We Had been Younger Pageant 2023: Here is What Occurred

Center faculty is not a simple time for anybody. Really, perhaps I am simply saying that to make myself really feel higher, and the typical pre-teen expertise for my fellow millennials was a flourishing social life with no braces or ill-fitting Abercrombie tops in sight.

I personally did not discover my stride till I met a giant group of like-minded ~weirdos~ in seventh grade, who had a ardour for emo music, skinny denims, black eyeliner, and outsized hoodies from Zumiez. I imply, what higher solution to categorical your angst than screaming alongside to Fall Out Boy in your good friend’s basement?!

I am fortunate sufficient to nonetheless be shut associates with two of those heathens, Abbie and Maggie. Right here we’re on the mall taking compulsory iMac selfies on the Apple retailer in 2008:

And this is one in sepia with our tongues out as a result of…duh:

Quick ahead 15 years (relationships got here and went, however again ache was right here to remain), we determined to tackle When We Had been Younger pageant in Las Vegas. Right here was the fateful lineup final weekend:

As somebody who practically acquired crushed by a crowd surfer in a mosh pit at Bamboozle pageant in 2008, I used to be positively nervous concerning the vibes main as much as the occasion. However my nerves have been relieved by waves of anticipatory nostalgia, and I used to be able to rock the fuck out with my besties. Here is a play-by-play of how the day went:


My brother’s pretty girlfriend Jess determined to sacrifice her sanity and include us to Vegas for the weekend. Right here she is with Abbie and Maggie consuming in our lodge room earlier than 11 a.m. The depth of this pregame would later be regretted:


We needed to snap a pic of the OG center faculty crew earlier than we headed out:


We handed by some valuable emo newlyweds as we wove by means of our lodge’s on line casino:


It was 92 levels out and the stroll to the pageant was means longer than we anticipated . However…


Sadly, there was no time to admire the surroundings since Movement Metropolis Soundtrack was enjoying and we needed to race to the stage. Every thing was certainly NOT alright as a result of we missed the primary half of the set, however they nonetheless bopped:


Subsequent up was…THE VERONICAS (of “Untouched” and “4ever” fame)!!!!!! They have been in all latex and scorching as fuck (actually and figuratively):


This was the right precursor to noneother than MICHELLE BRANCH:


These two have been actually having fun with it:


Yellowcard was once we began feeling the alcohol. I do not know if it was a very good feeling or a foul feeling, nevertheless it was actually a sense. IF I COULD FIND YOU NOW / THINGS WOULD GET BEEEEETTERRRRRRRRR .


We realized at round 3 p.m. that we had a two-hour interval the place we weren’t dying to see anybody, so we determined to take a break. That is when issues began to go downhill for a bit. I insisted we stroll a mile to get lunch at a pleasant lodge, not fairly conscious of how dire the group vibes have been. Let’s simply say the booze was hitting, the stomachs have been growling, and the faces have been obvious. See, Maggie? I am taking the L on this one! Anyway, right here we’re feigning smiles whereas wandering aimlessly by means of the Wynn:


After about 45 minutes of panic, we lastly discovered meals! Blessed, bank-breaking meals! Within the second, it was price each truffle fry:


By the grace of god, we one way or the other made it again into the pageant grounds for the second half of our units. Good Charlotte fortunately got here prepared with the hits and particular results. Hello Joel!


Easy Plan performed all of the deep cuts and albeit introduced us again to life, though it won’t appear that means from this pic:


Abbie and Maggie needed to get a great spot at blink-182, and I needed to see one in all my favorites (Say Something), so Jess and I break up up from them. Due to our media passes, we have been up shut and private with my Jewish pop-punk king, Max Bemis. The person certain is aware of how one can work a microphone stand:


Here is my compulsory dance break throughout their most well-known tune, “Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too:”


Lastly, it was time to move over to our final present: blink-182! For no matter purpose there was no media entrance, so Jess and I chilled behind the GA crowd whereas considering what we needed to eat once we acquired again to the lodge. I do know all the favored Blink-182 songs, however have by no means seen them in live performance or listened to them extensively. Due to this fact, I had no concept that their shtick was being kinda imply . They have been like, “Las Vegas has some of the world’s hottest women. Too bad they couldn’t make it tonight,” and we have been like “.” After which they talked quite a bit about Travis Barker’s alleged large penis that they name “the hammer” and made jokes about banging one another’s mothers. All in good enjoyable I assume ¯_(ツ)_/¯:

Jess and I dipped out early to beat the gang, however Abbie acquired this sick shot of the fireworks on the finish of their present:

And H/T to Matty Vogel for snapping this epic pic of the boys:


With just a few snack stops and anti-nausea meds to get us by means of the drive, we made it again to LA in a single piece the following day:

Regardless of my blisters, again ache, and exhaustion from the weekend,I am unable to cease smiling at any time when I give it some thought. Yeah, 2007 is likely to be lengthy gone, however emo won’t ever die.