Me and my daughters father, my boyfriend I guess, because we're not married, went to see Killswitch Engage last week in Helsinki. The gig was awesome though I was a little bit embarrassed by the teenagers hopping around in they mosh-pits yelling stupid stuff like "play paranoid". Behind me there was a group of black girls, sitting next to a huge obviously Finnish skin-head-type-of-guy - their lips we're moving at the same time, whispering the same words. They probably didn't even realize with whom they were sitting with.
Nowadays the world is filled with anger and hate. You are criticized by your looks, skin-color, religion - people hate you for what you are and for what you are not. You are judged even by the type of music you listen to. Still there's a difference between being judged by your religion than by your music taste (well, the obvious difference is that they don't' kill you if you like Rihanna better than Pearl Jam - but if you love Rihanna more than Jesus, you just might die) - inside a religious group you have rules you have to obey, or they will kick you out, you become a sinner or something like that, but inside that genre of music you listen to, you are not judged by anything. You are always welcome in to a Justin Bieber - fan club whether you are a muslim or an asian - you are loved no matter what, just because you love Justin Bieber.
I've seen a lot of gigs, lot of festivals and shows - crowded with people of all sorts. They dance together, they sing together, they drink, laugh and love together, they hold hands and smile, smile and smile. There's no hate in that. There's no judgement. There's only that amazing moment, when 10 000 fans sing the same lyrics, shout in out to the universe, you can feel the energy around you - you are privileged to be apart of all that. People unite, people become one.