UF presents The All-American Rejects for free

The University of Florida held another spectacular event this past Friday, November 5 at Flavet Field. The best part of it all is that it was free and open to the public. If you were to read the following lyrics, would you automatically guess who it’s by?

“I’ll keep you my dirty little secret (dirty little secret) don’t tell anyone, or you’ll be just another regret (just another regret, hope that you can keep it) my dirty little secret”

YES. You’ve guessed it; I won’t keep it my dirty my little secret (see what I did there). The Student Government Productions did it again and brought another great band this fall semester to our beautiful campus. One of the biggest rock bands of the 2000s, The All-American Rejects, were here at Gainesville and performed to hundreds of people. I was lucky enough to be in the crowd and interview a hardcore fan, too!

Stephanie Dhuman, 24, is a masters student here at UF, and she made sure to take time off of her busy schedule to go see her all-time favorite high school band perform. If you missed this experience, I’m sorry, but read the interview below that I had with Dhuman, so you could imagine how the concert was like based off of her experience.

Q. How did you hear about The All-American Rejects coming to UF?

A. I saw the event on Facebook and a few of my friends said they were interested in it, and I remembered how much I liked them in high school so I clicked the “interested” button.

Q. What was your favorite part of the concert? 

A. When they played “Move Along” at the end because everyone was jumping and screaming. It was really cool to see everyone jamming out to a throwback together. There were hundreds of people there.

Q. Did you go alone or with friends? How was the interaction?

A. I went with one friend. We didn’t really talk to anyone else. Everyone seemed to be in their own world and in their own little groups, but it seemed that they were having fun all together.

Q. What were your emotions/feelings during the concert?

A. I had like all the feels from high school. Really reminiscent of the end of middle school and high school years, and it just brought me back to that moment. I didn’t think that was going to happen but it did.

Q. On a scale of 1 to All-American Rejects, how would you rate the concert and why? 

A. All American Rejects! They were definitely in their moment and having a lot of fun up on that stage.

Q. Describe the concert in one word

A. I want to say high school, but that would be two words. Maybe, throwback. It was a lot of fun, but it was definitely a throwback of years ago.

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Fans singing along to “Move Along” at Flavet Field. It was the penultimate song and everyone jumped up and down and  waved their hands non-stop. Photo by: Carmen Arce