I immediately thought I'm not going to win. I never win anything. But I decided to try anyway so I went onto the website http://www.globalcitizen.org and signed up. I began to learn that this was more than some concert at a park (Central Park).
Global Citizen is a place to learn about the issues effecting our world. They believe:
"That every person has a part to play in writing the story of the end of extreme poverty."They give a person who signs up points for tweeting and sharing the articles on FaceBook. They also give you points for signing petitions. I did all this to receive 27 points and put my name in the drawing for concert tickets. Then in the 3rd week of August I found out I won two tickets to see The Black Keys, The Foo Fighters, and Neil Young with Crazy Horse (YAY ME!) I ran around screaming "I WON!"
So on September 29, 2012 I entered Central Park with 60,000 people ready to rock out for a good cause.
The festival had it's celebrities, which included Olivia Wilde & Selena Gomez, they came out and talked about the different causes Global Citizen are working on. I would like to say everyone listened to all the horrible and good things happening in the world, but they didn't. Instead people used this time to check their phone, have conversations, find the bathrooms and do anything but listen. It broke my heart, but at the same time I knew all those people were there for the music.
The best moment came when Dave had the audience sing Hero with him. 60,000 people singing at the top of their lungs brought chills to my body. They sang a lot of their hits that I happen to love. I couldn't help but tear up when they sang "Walk," which has become my personal anthem. They ended the night with the song "Everlong"just like they have ended every concert I've seen them at. Yes my heart broke when they got off the stage. I'm sorry but they spoiled me the last time I saw them by singing for three hours.
Next to hit the stage was Neil Young with Crazy Horse. I'm not going to lie I was ready to leave at this point. I was tired (not a good idea to go to a concert after dancing all night at a wedding), but I stayed for three songs and was impressed how they can still rock at their age.
I made it out of Central Park exhausted and very impressed with the event. I hope Global Citizen puts on more events like this.
*All pictures were taken by Maria E. Monteiro*