As I left the EW offices last night and headed down Broadway towards the Nokia Theatre, I was a bit anxious that, at all of 25 years of age, my presence at the Breaking Dawn Concert Series would severely skew the median attendee age. Silly me. I forgot someone had to bring all those teenagers. And so, along with a gaggle of girls, a few boys, and many eager (and a few not so eager) parents, I crammed into the lower level of the intimate black-veiled concert space. All around me girls sporting Twilight-themed tees (“I Hate Driving Slow,” “The Forbidden Fruit Tastes the Sweetest,” “Team Cullen”) held animated discussions about the hidden symbolism of the saga’s covers, which team they pledge allegiance to, and who that darn Jacob should imprint on. At various moments, for no discernible reasons, chants of “Ed-ward, Ed-ward,” began pulsing through the crowd. (Sorry Team Jacob, you all should have stepped it up a bit.) As the theater’s large chandeliers finally began to dim and a ruby red spotlight was cast on the long book cover banners dangling above the stage, I regretted not stopping to buy earplugs to dampen the piercing screams.

Our host for the evening was former America’s Next Top Model contestant and current MTV VJ Kim Stolz, who warmed up the crowd by asking several screech-inducing questions (thanks, Kim), before bringing out Stephenie Meyer playlist MVP (and proud Team Edward member), Blue October‘s Justin Furstenfeld. Meyer, who can’t write without listening to music, first heard the band while penning New Moon and was blown away by how their song “Hate Me” so summed up Edward’s emotional state (more on that to come). With just a guitar in hand, the alt-rocker played a three-song set of some of the band’s tunes. Meyer herself then took the stage for a reader-submitted Q&A session with Stolz. A few tidbits gleaned from the sesh: Meyer cries frequently while writing, she enjoys reading her books again, her favorite moments in the series include the tent scene, the meadow scene, chapter three of New Moon, and Bella running into Edward in Volterra; if it hadn’t been for Edward’s return, Jacob would have won Bella’s heart through a “slow escalation of physicality;” and one of the craziest plot recommendations she received was to kill Renee. (Check out our Stephenie Meyer interview for more author factoids and Twilight tidbits.)

To close the show, Furstenfeld joined Meyer on stage to play three of the band’s songs featured on her playlists, including “Sound of Pulling Heaven Down,” “Overweight,” and the highly anticipated “Hate Me.” If a movie version of New Moon is ever made (fingers crossed), this song will surely be Edward’s anthem as he tries to do what he thinks is right by abandoning poor Bella. Take a look at these ridiculously on-point lyrics:

Hate me today
Hate me tomorrow
Hate me for all the things I didn’t do for you

Hate me in ways
Yeah ways hard to swallow
Hate me so you can finally see what’s good for you

Wow, is all I can say.

All in all, the concert was the perfect warm-up to my midnight Barnes & Noble run (are you as tired as I am?). I’ll now leave you all to your shiny new copies of Breaking Dawn. But before I do, did any of you catch the concert (live or streaming on — and we’re aware there were a few technical glitches, but we’re working to fix them for next time)? Or are you going to attend one of the other shows in Chicago, Los Angeles, or Seattle? If you saw the show, what was your favorite part? Are you now inspired to pick up a copy of Blue October’s Foiled and add it to your personal playlist? Please spill.

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