Over the past year, I have noticed many special moments at shows from the vantage point of the coat check. Life changing special moments that all of us are a part of either by choice or by the impromptu let’s get hitched bomb, the PROPOSAL. This year of 2014, the hitch bomb ( and yes you heard hitch bomb, here first on CMC) was being used in full effect. In fact, I was at a show about 3 weeks ago, and the band took a talk break after the 5th song, and proceeded to announce that a certain person in the audience wanted to ask a certain person in the audience to get married. This particular show the lead singer, called out to the guy, and like a sports caster giving the play by play called the dude out, dude proposed, girl responded, and then the lead singer comments…”how about a kiss to your future husband?! AHHHHH.. and for those of us who couldn’t see anything cause the room was dark and set for show… no spot light on the couple so the play by play was all we could go by. The comment from the lead singer at the end… was the open mouth and insert foot moment, that left the entire room uncomfortable, it felt forced and awkward, and the band proceeded onto the next song like no big deal. It’s like someone asking you how are you doing, and before you can answer they start talking about themselves. But, for guys who go down this questionable path to matrimony, and want a public display of affection and announcement these are just one of the pitfalls I have witnessed. And no rejections thus far, that would be really something to write about.
One time, I had a guy come up to me at coat check and ask me if I could get him to talk to the band backstage. And the usual, No, came out. He seemed desperate in a way, and proceeded to tell share that he was going to be asking his girlfriend to marry him and that they had met at this bands show.. blah blah blah.. and my heart went out to the dude. In these cases, you pick and choose if you want to help or offer advice. I decided to throw this dog a bone, that got him talking to a crew member for the band. I told him it’s not guaranteed but there maybe hope that they will help you out. And folks, low and behold before their special favorite song , the band actually got the couple on stage. And another hitch bomb exploded properly because the band was super cool. The audience was totally apart of the collective moment, the couple engaged, and another successful coat check shift/show/life moment witnessed by moi.
Now, folks this was not no sold out area show with an $80-$150.00 ticket price to get in, it was more of $20-30 ticket with an emerging band that may grace the 2am Carson Daly show caliber of band, or just a popular local band. So, don’t go assuming that your major headlining touring acts are going to entertain the request to drop a hitch bomb. It’s always 50/50…
Music and Love, the love of music the memories that a song can bring you back to a memory is powerful stuff. And the lengths a person will go to declare love, and wanting to spend the rest of their lives with you also, powerful stuff. So to those folks out there.. who are on their path to marriage, and the idea of a hitch bomb is totally your style.. go for it, but have realistic ideas on the show, and a backup plan.
Until Next Time