You don’t need to attend a concert to be a true fan

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bonoConcerts may be the crux of a true fan’s rock ‘n’ roll experience, but true fans don’t need to “prove” their loyalty by selling an arm and a leg to see their favorite band in concert.

As a dedicated follower of U2, R.E.M., the Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse, and a few high school punk rock bands, I admit I’ve never seen any of my idols live, but you can’t discredit my devotion. What do true fans do other than collect every album, make a dozen playlists with the singles of their favorite bands on each one, plaster their walls with posters and buy ugly tour T-shirts?

Not every fan can make the date or throw down a couple hundred bucks to see Bono, but that doesn’t undermine a fan’s passion. Time and money are real constraints. Not every fan can make it to see Lifehouse, but every fan buys as many Lifehouse albums and paraphernalia he can get his hands on. Not every fan will stand in the crowd to sing with John Rzeznik, but every fan will sing to any radio playing the Goo Goo Dolls.

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But singing to the radio is not the same as singing with Rzeznik live. Missing those concerts still cuts a gaping hole in the true fan’s rock experience, and if anyone claims to be devoted to a band, he’ll make every effort to attend that a concert.

Concert-goers should continue to fulfill that rock ‘n’ roll experience, and all other fans are challenged to prove their loyalty and, if need be, drive halfway across the continent just to see the Edge shred with his Herdim pick.

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