Post Concert Depression (also known as PCD): The undetermined period of time following a Backstreet Boys concert in which a fan experiences deep internal sadness, FOMO, and similar symptoms included but not limited to the ones found in this post.
You might be suffering from Post Concert Depression if you are experiencing or have experienced the following:
1. Watching Your Concert Videos On An Endless Stream.
Did Brian look at you 15 seconds in? Let’s watch one more time..just to check.
Someone asked about your concert? WHIP OUT THE PHOTOS!
Feeling sad? Um, of course you do… PCD, duh. WATCH. THOSE. VIDEOS. REPEATEDLY.
Does it make you feel better or worse? You’re not entirely sure, but it is what it is and you don’t need to feel right now – you just need to relive. Over and over.
2. Talking About Your Concert Experience With ANYONE Who Will Listen.
Remember those people who asked about your concert and you immediately threw all the media in their faces? They don’t know the depths of PCD. They didn’t know they were asking for ALL the details. They didn’t know they’d have to back away slowly from your office door because you can’t stop talking about how GOOD they sounded or the afterparty you had the best time at, even if you wanted to.
Oh, and a fellow fan asking about an experience? Well, do you have a few hours?
3. Trying To Shift Your Whole Life To Catch Another Date.
Just like someone digging through a junk drawer desperately trying to find a lighter for a candle when your electricity goes out, those suffering from PCD will go over every tour date and city after their initial / last show, trying to find one they can dump their lives out for for a little light in what feels like the deep darkness.
Turning life upside down to make another concert date while suffering from PCD includes, but is not limited to: planning a “family vacation” that your family doesn’t know is near a venue where the Backstreet Boys are playing, spending money set aside for other things that are suddenly less important, calling out sick (because duh, you are), not even remembering that you bought tickets until it’s too late (oops?), and more! Consult a physician if symptoms persist.
Or your bank. For a loan.
4. Snapping At People Because You’re Concert-Sad.
Refer to #2. As it turns out, if someone DOESN’T want to talk about the concert or the Backstreet Boys or your magical experience, they could get their head bitten off for breaking you out of your reverie. HOW DARE THEY, RIGHT? Why can’t your children just feed themselves? Why won’t they just let you wallow? So rude. Damn.
(If you’re here trying to diagnose your fan-friend or family member, we suggest you sing along with them to their favorite song quickly until they cry it all out. Kind of like sweating out a fever.)
5. Making Hypothetical Plans For Future Events That Don’t Exist…Yet.
It’ll be ok. It’ll be fine. FINE. They have a few open months between this month and this month where they could potentially have something that you might want to go to. There will surely be a 2nd leg. Oh, what about the cruise? The cruise. The cruise. Yes. What about promo for that album they might release, but is most made up? We should look up flights for New York or California maybe. Just to see.
If that entire paragraph sounds like something you’ve talked yourself through before, then you’ve definitely suffered from Post Concert Depression. Hug a fellow fan, talk them through it….
….Or come to a support meeting. They just so happen to take place in multiple cities in venues where the Backstreet Boys are playing before, during and after the concert. Convenient, right?
See you there!