The AP Tour
The Matches & Rocket Summer
House Of Blues Orlando
April 18, 2008Side Note:
Warning you that this will be all over the place, and I know I'm forgetting A LOT, my brain is still mush.
Around 1 in the afternoon, I met up with Gen and Brittney at the House Of Blues. I haven't seen Brittney in five months, it was awesome to have her around again. We went to lunch at HOB so we could do the pass the line deal for the concert. Unfortunately there was about 15 people already in front of us. It was Gen's b-day so she was wearing a cute princess crown and a beauty queen banner thing, I forget what they are called. But it said Miss Birthday Girl, it was the smartest thing she's ever worn. We got so much attention from the right people lol..
This concert was my gift to Gen for her Birthday. And the whole day was about making it an awesome birthday for her. We hung out in the line for two hours and taking turns to walk around, and check out the musicians walking around. Gen and Brittney came back from the car saying a guy was singing in the parking lot jumping rope and the girl behind us asked what he looked like. As soon as her and I both heard short hair and muscular, we go in unison "Jon". Gen and Britt were like, "Amie you should go out there!" and the girl behind us boyfriend was telling her the same thing, and I was like Okay and asked the girl if she wanted to go with. She was really nice, she was young but a sweet girl. We were talking on our way to the parking lot, and I was telling her I've only been a fan of The Matches for two years, and she was like, Girl you're a fan it doesn't matter for how long. That was awesome, cause I feel that way but I know many music fans think you're not a fan unless you've been around since the bands beginning. Which is ridiculous. Anywho she was telling me about a few of the past shows she's gone to. She was at House Of Blues for just The Matches as well.. So we are across the street from the parking lot and you can hear Jon singing at the top of his lungs. He was jump roping while listening to his i-pod. Jon seriously has a nice bod, he was shirtless and all sweaty. I was like *drool*. Nina (the fan that went with me) did most the talking. I think I said like three words, I felt bad that we interrupted his work out. I wasn't planning to talk to him, I just wanted to stroll by lol. But Nina and I were doing a jump rope walk being dorks lol, and he took his earphones out when he saw us, he gave us a smile, and was like "Hey." It was a little awkward, but it's okay he was lookin damn good haha...
So back in line losing my mind, two of the other bands that I completely can't stand kept coming out and getting the Scene kids all frantic. I love the scene kids who act like teenie boppers. One minute they are full angst/attitude and the next thing they are squealing at the top of their lungs at the sight of a band member, it just shows that their big fakes. But whatever, that's teenagers for ya. Whatever the trend is at the moment, is what they follow... We kept thinking it was kind of lame how much attention one of the bands kept needing. Like dude, why do you need to keep coming out? It got annoying.. So Brittney talked to a security guy, and when he saw Gen wearing her crown and Miss Birthday Girl banner he became are new best friend haha. He gave us access to the VIP entrance and we ended up with front row.
Now, I didn't want front row, because I knew how insane it gets in the pit. But the girls didn't believe me. They do now lol.. We basically died like twelve times within four bands performances. Our new best friend got his fellow security guys to rescue us. They literally pulled us up out of the pit. I'm shocked any man could pick my ass up lol. TJ (new best friend) gave us special passes and took us in the VIP balcony and let me tell you the view from there is AMAZING! I wish I could see all my shows from there.
Anywho, I'm jumping ahead. There was five bands at this show. The first two weren't the best in my opinion.. I thought the first opening act; Forever The Sickest Kids, were pretty good. I might have enjoyed it more if I wasn't being beaten up in the pit.. Second Opening act, Sunny Sound, who I call the Cave Man band.. SUCKED ASS! Totally not my style of music and the lead singer, the fucker had to jump into the crowd and cause chaos x10. Thanks asshole. Yeah, I wasn't having a good time at all. It got so bad I had to put Gen in front of me and I had to block her from everyone. Britt was next to me which meant we both got pushed out of the front row. But we were scared Gen who's so tiny would pretty much die lol. So, I took on the brutality of the teenage assholes who mosh/push/punch in the pit. I got punched in the head twice. I got elbowed in the ribs and back too many times to count. And was squeezed like a grape about a trillion times. I have bruises all over me. I don't see how people find being in the pit at a rock show fun, and how do you actually enjoy the show? If I just wanted to dance and listen to the music I'd do that somewhere else, that has no cover charge. I pay to SEE the show. Anywho, yeah I would have left within the first band if the girls were willing to leave.
So FINALLY The Matches start setting up their stage. First I noticed Matt come out to put his drums together. Then Jon lookin damn good in all white, was setting up his pedals and stuff for his guitar. I only saw Justin for a brief moment, he didn't stay out on the stage long. Once they were pretty close to starting, I saw Shawn. I leaned into Gen and was like, "I spy with my little eye, Shawn Harris, Walking Sex." haha. He looked so damn good, then I was like, "Oh God, he's wearing a vest!" it's like my biggest weakness when it comes to him, he looks so good in a vest. He's hot all together but yeah that just adds to it... So they start the show with Salty Eyes. Which was awesome as expected. And I didn't care who was pushing/hitting me, during this band I was locked on the stage. My eyes didn't leave them. I refused to let the asshoels around me ruin this moment I've waited for, for two years.. I'm so glad I was that close to watch them, cause Gen was awesome enough to take my phone and take photos. I couldn't do it myself, I had to block her from the insanity.. Anywho after Salty Eyes, they played Chain Me Free I believe. Actually I can't remember the order of the songs. But they performed; Salty Eyes, Chain Me Free, Papercut Skin, Wake The Sun, Sick Little Suicide, and two new ones that for some reason I'm blanking on. I was a little bummed that Clumsy Heart and Shoot Me In The Smile didn't get on the set list. The set was seriously short. But it was kick ass. Jon is mind blowing on that guitar, and he has this sexy little swagger when he plays. I love his hip action haha. I'm so not into Jon any other time, except when he's got the guitar strapped on and is performing in true rockstar mode.. Shawn was made of awesome, he sounded great, and I mean GREAT, looked amazing, and got his dance on, I love his leg action haha.. Shawn came in front of us a few times and I screamed my head off. I sang loud and proud to every song. And loved that Jon noticed and locked eyes with me multiple times while we screamed the words to each other. Britt and I think he remembered me from the parking lot. lol. We got pulled out of the pit during the last song, so by the time we got to the balcony they were saying goodbye. I went into a pout, I couldn't believe it was already over and it was so short! *sigh*.
I so have to see them again. They are amazing and I thought I was crazy about them before, now I'm like ridiculously loving them.. Gen is now totally into them. She was digging them for the past two weeks after I shared some music/videos/pics. I love the fact she's loving them so much now, and she said she's definitely going to see them any time they come here. YAY!
So as All Time Low is on stage, which btw, everyone in that place was mad crazy for and we were like, I don't get it. lol. And their set was way too long. Britt was wandering around talking to people she knew and when she came back, I asked her if any of my band were at the Merch Table. She didn't know but she went to go check for me, isn't she awesome? So she comes back and goes, "Yeah, the one with a hat is there." Gen and I look at each other with bugged out eyes. And are like, "AH we gotta go." So her and I went, and yup indeed it's Shawn Harris. Oh btw, Gen and I have shared custody of the man. lol. Anywho, so he was checking out FTSK merch and once he put down a shirt I pounced, "Shawn?" he looks over. I smile, "Could I get a picture with you?" He goes, "Yeah!" and wraps his arm around me, the man is freakin tall! And we get our photo, then I asked him if Gen could have one too, he was totally cool with that, I take their photo and then, Gen goes, "Can I shake your hand?" Lmao, and he gives her a strange look but shakes it, and I'm laughing, and then he went to pull on the banner to read it and he goes, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" and immediately goes into give her a hug without asking it was so cute how he did it. And then I was like, What about me? And then he gave me a hug. I could have died, one he smells good, like a man, not like too much cologne, but that sexy musk man scent. His hug like envelopes me and I just totally wanted to die. haha, I know I'm being silly. Shoot me! Then I tell him, "I was in the front row just for you guys. I never go in the pit, I almost died, and I'll never do that again, but you guys were totally worth it. You kick ass." And he was like all smiles and goes, "Cool, thanks!" with his cute smile, others may call creepy haha.. Anywho then I asked him, "Are you guys going to do your post show performance tonight?" He was like, "I don't know. We can't do it around here. But maybe in the parking lot." I was like, "Cool, hope I see you out there." He nods with a smile. Btw, he leaned into me to put his cheek to mine, so my mouth is right at his ear so he could hear EVERYTHING I said, which again I wanted to die. lol.. We say goodbye and then walked away. As Gen and I finally get down into the balcony where we know we can't be seen, we did the whole, OMG! shake off and then returned to Brittney. haha, it's okay to have a five second teenie moment in private. But don't bring the teenie moment into the public, this rule should be embedded into every person's brain. lol.
So the girls danced and sang their asses off during The Rocket Summer. Who they wanted to see, I find the music and show to be fun live. But I can't get into them any other time.. I'm just glad they enjoyed their band. My favorite part of their show was when in the middle of one of their own songs Bryce through a little The Killers in there, "I've got soul, but I'm not a solider.." it put a huge smile on my face. :)
So after the show Gen got pulled away from us by TJ. She got the digits, you go gurl! haha. And while she was away, Britt and I got approached by this random guy (Pete), who was cute but it was just completely random and I don't think Brittney was amused, but I was. I found him funny, but I amuse easily. He talked with us for about five minutes, and I found out he was a year younger than me, so that's awesome. I always feel old at shows like this, it's good to know I wasn't alone haha.. We figured that out when the topic of Nirvana came up and Britt was lost and he was like, "It's a generation gap" and in my brain I was thinking, Dude I'm sure I'm older than you. And I said something like you guys are more likely to be the same age, than you to me. And that's when he goes, "1978." I was like, "Seriously? You're a year younger than me!" and we went into that whole thing and talked about our birthdays. Yeah are convo was totally random and all over the place, and I just kept thinking, I hope Shawn isn't in the parking lot singing while I'm wasting my time here. I know totally uncool of me, but whatever. Though if I saw the guy again I'd talk to him, he seems fun. I ended up motioning to Gen, "Parking Lot!" lol, and she immediately cut her convo off with TJ and he said goodbye to us all and we headed for the parking lot.. No sign of any bands. So, we walked over to the restroom when the girls were in there I was watching the crowd. I noticed lots of flashes going off around Virgin Megastore so we headed over there. It of course wasn't either of our bands. So we went back to the buses. After some time passes, hanging around feeling stupid, and keep seeing other bands. We walked away from the bus to go help one of the opening bands who spilled all their merch in the middle of the street, though by the time we got to them they had it under control (I must say some fans are assholes, a group of fans were sitting on the curb just a foot away and they didn't move to help). Jon appears, he came off the bus for like 15 seconds and I gasp, and was like, "Jon" and Gen goes, "Really? Where?" and then I was like, "DAMN, he went back on the bus." I knew as soon as we walked away from the bus someone would emerge lol.. So we went back to the bus and maybe two minutes later, Jon came back out. I got a photo with him, Gen got one, and I asked him about the post show performance, and he said, "Probably not tonight." so *sniff* As I suspected there was no parking lot performance. Damn Disney and their damn rules. Anywho, so we stuck around listening to Jon talk to this group of fans that monopolized his time. Found out that Shawn wasn't going to appear, because he was on the bus sculpting a head out of clay lol. I love how artistic that man is. I loved that Jon gave one of the fans shit for acting like there was only two members in the band. THANK YOU JON! I hate when fans do that. Sure my favorite is Shawn, but I would have been thrilled to meet any of them. I was kind of hoping to meet all of them, but I wasn't surprised I never saw Matt or Justin anywhere off stage. They aren't as touchable lol.
So we call it a night. The girls came to crash at my house. We got home around 1 am. Britt pretty much hit the pillow as she stepped into the door lol, poor thing has jet lag. Gen and I stayed up watching Dazed and Confused. This morning as they took turns getting ready we chatted it up as usual. Random fun convos seem to always happen with us lol.
So, there was good times and there was bad. But all in all it was a damn good night. I haven't had that much fun in a long time.. I wish I remembered all our hilarious moments. There was plenty. But as I mentioned before, my brain is mush.Pictures:
They are cell phone photos so yeah they aren't the best quality.
Shawn coming to our side..