• Don't Stop Listening To Rock & Roll...

    23 apr 2012, 23:12

    Saturday night was AMAZING!! I've been waiting and waiting for this show ever since the Pioneer album came out. Obsessed doesn't even cover it. I haven't loved an album from start to finish in a very very long time. I had a lot of high expectations for this show. I wanted it to be perfect musically. I loved the album so much I'd be crushed if live it didn't hold up. The Maine were at their best and I would love to relive that night over and over.

    So first, Arkells come out. They're awesome, check them out if you haven't heard them. I was hoping John O' Callaghan (lead singer of The Maine) was going to come out and sing "On Paper" with them, since he did it in Texas. But, he didn't come out, *pout*. I was so bummed. But I did enjoy the song anyway, it's probably my favorite song on the album. Which btw, was sold for five bucks at the show. So glad I didn't buy it online for 12. PLUS got a free EP with it, that had the song with John on it. SCORE.

    Back to the show, Arkells end up doing a cover by Hall & Oats. It was so much fun. My friend and I were singing and being silly, it was like flashback to childhood for us lol. Then they had Kennedy & Jared (Guitarist for The Maine) come out and play with them on "Agent Zero" That was fun, it was obvious Kennedy was loving it.

    After Arkells it was Lydia. Who I never was a fan of. Pretty much the whole band separated. Leighton and Craig are the only ones left, plus a bunch of Aussie boys who joined them. The sound is different, but I still can't really get into them. But I won't mind taking the hot guitarist home with me lol.. I ended up watching Patrick (drummer of The Maine) standing side stage enjoying the show, he's always supported Lydia. I sometimes wonder if bands support because they like the music or because they are friends.. Anywho, the music was just too mellow for me, and to be honest all the new songs sound exactly the same. I actually got really tired and lost all my energy through this set. I will point out no matter if I can't get into an opening band, I never show disrespect. It's a huge pet peeve of mine when I go to a show and people are being rude to a band. There will be fans of that band in the audience, so stay respectful.

    Finally The Maine come out, and immediately I had a rush of adrenaline. My friend and I both agree, out of all the times we've seen them, this is by far the best show they have ever done. I think it has a lot to do with them having freedom. There is no label telling them what to do right now. The album was created on their own and this tour is coming out of their own pockets. The energy onstage was completely different then their past tours. They sounded freakin' awesome. They did an hour and forty-five minute set which had me in bliss. I screamed, sang loud, and moved to the music. Loved every second of the show. Even the in between dialog, which with those boys is always entertaining. I recorded the whole set, except one song when I had to switch out the battery. But it was a song I've heard a million times before. So no big. I just loved hearing Pioneer live, and some of the oldies that I actually never got to see live because it was before they really were known. They also changed those old songs up to make them more fresh which was nice.

    I left the show on a high, and I wish I was able to go to Tampa last night to see them again. But, money put a stop to that thought. Oh well, maybe next time. I'm definitely happy with having just the one night. If my soul could sing out, it would be doing so right now.. We didn't bother staying to meet the band. Only ones we haven't met before was Pat and John. And as much as I want to meet them, I just can't stand dealing with the fans, so we opted to just skip it. Stay on the concert high and not let anyone bring it down.

    Here's a video from the show, to see the rest of the concert go over to my youtube channel! :)

    Also thought, I'd share one of the vids I took of the Arkells

  • Pics & Vid of Maroon 5 Concert.

    6 sep 2011, 03:42

    Thought I'd share a video from the Maroon 5 concert (Tampa, FL 8/31/11). All of them are up at my youtube, so feel free to check them out. :-)

    I took lots of pics of all the bands that played that night. Matt Nathanson, Maroon 5, and Train. You can check them out at my LJ.

  • I Recommend, Austin Gibbs!

    18 sep 2010, 13:56

    I don't do this (recommending) at all here. But I tend to recommend bands to my friends all the time. Today I just felt I needed to share my opinion. There's a new artist I feel people will love no matter your genre taste. Please check out Austin Gibbs. I enjoyed the music prior to seeing him live but after seeing him live I realized I LOVED his music. I can't get enough, I just wish there was a full length album. The EP's are just a tease.

    Here's a video I took of him performing the song that hooked me to begin with. "I Like The Ones"

    I hope you enjoy Austin's music as much as I do. :)

  • Music Meme 2010

    20 maj 2010, 00:10

    I did this two years ago. My list changed quite a bit since then. So I decided to kill some time and fill the meme out again. :)

    Rules are, you answer the questions by going through your Top 50 Artists on Last.Fm

    1. how did you get into 29 (The Maine)?
    I honestly can't remember. I think it was one of the bands recommended to me through here and I ended up loving them.

    2. what was the first song you ever heard by 22 (We the Kings)?
    "Check Yes Juliet"

    3. what’s your favorite lyric by 33 (Eisley)?
    Don't have a favorite lyric. I suck at remembering lyrics.

    4. what is your favorite album by 49 (Bon Jovi)?
    Crossroads cause it has all their awesome hit songs. :)

    5. how many albums by 13 do you own (The Matches)?

    6. what is your favorite song by 50 (The Cars)?
    Wow, I love so many songs from them. I guess "Why Can't I Have You"

    7. is there a song by 39 that makes you sad (Plain White T's)?
    Not really

    8. what is your favorite album by 15 (Simon Dawes)?
    What No One Hears

    9. what is your favorite song by 5 (The Kooks)?
    "Ooh La"

    10. is there a song by 6 that makes you happy (Phantom Planet)?
    I <3 this band so I have a trillion fave songs. I listen to "Knowitall", "All Over Again", "1st Things 1st" the most so I guess those are my top three faves. I'm still hoping some day they'll come back together.

    11. what is your favorite album by 40 (She & Him)?
    Volume One.

    12. what is your favorite song by 10 (The Academy Is...)?
    This question is so not fair. I love them too much to have just one song. "Checkmarks" is the song that made me a fan, so I'll stick with that one.

    13. what is a good memory you have involving 30 (Incubus)?
    No real memories. Just me enjoying the music.

    14. what is your favorite song by 38 (The Rolling Stones)?
    Wowzers. How? really? Ugh. Just to name a few, "Paint It Black", "Sympathy for the Devil", "Sister Morphine", "Wild Horses". I could seriously go on and on.

    15. is there a song by 19 that makes you happy (Def Leppard)?
    "Pour Some Sugar on Me"

    16. how many times have you seen 25 live (Radiohead)?
    Big Zero. :(

    17. what is the first song you ever heard by 23 (The Redwalls)?

    18. what is your favorite album by 11 (Brighten)?
    I guess Kings Vs Queen. But my favorite song isn't on there lol. I love "We Are Birds".

    19. who is a favorite member of 1 (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)?
    You can't make me choose between Peter or Robert!!!! I adore them both lol.

    20. have you ever seen 14 live (Jack's Mannequin)?
    yes. only once. It was a great show.

    21. what is a good memory involving 27 (Copeland)?
    Really whenever I think of them now. I think of my friend Tonia. We both really loved them at the same time. I haven't really listened to them in awhile. But I remember how many times we both said "I'm so loving Copeland right now!" lol.

    22. what is your favorite song by 16 (Coconut Records)?
    "Minding My Own Business"

    23. what is the first song you ever heard by 47 (George Harrison)?
    I can't remember it had to be one of The Beatle songs he wrote. Probably "Something". but I can't remember that far back.

    24. what is your favorite album by 18 (Mute Math)?
    I love them both. You can't make me choose. lol.

    25. what is your favorite song by 21 (A Rocket to the Moon)?
    Hands down "Dakota" I love singing along.

    26. what is the first song you ever heard by 26 (Motion City Soundtrack)?
    "Time Turned Fragile"

    27. what is your favorite album by 3 (Rooney)?
    Self-Titled. I was pretty disappointed with the second album. :( But I look forward to the third album. From what I've heard, it's old Rooney. YAY!

    28. what is your favorite song by 2 (The Beatles)?
    Love them. No way do I have just one fave song.. And it changes often.. Today my favorite song is, "I'm Only Sleeping"

    29. what was the first song you ever heard by 32 (Weezer)?
    "Buddy Holly"

    30. what is your favorite song by 8 (The White Stripes)?
    "The Hardest Button to Button"

    31. how many times have you seen 17 live (Muse)?
    zero. but I still have hope that someday I will.

    32. is there a song by 44 that makes you happy (The Cab)?
    pretty much all their songs.

    33. what is your favorite album by 12 (Forever the Sickest Kids)?
    I still love, Underdog Alma Mater. I can listen to that album from start to finish over and over.

    34. what is the worst song by 45 (The Animals)?
    I'm sure there is one. I just can't think of it.

    35. what was the first song you ever heard by 34 (Ben Lee)?
    I don't remember

    36. what is your favorite album by 48 (Arctic Monkeys)?
    Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

    37. how many times have you seen 42 live (Duran Duran)?
    only once. It was so much fun.

    38. what is your favorite song by 36 (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers)?
    Argh. I love so many. Though I do tend to listen to "Breakdown" over and over.

    39. what was the first song you ever heard by 28 (Everybody Else)?
    "Faker". It hooked me immediately.

    40. what is your favorite album by 7 (Maroon 5)?
    Songs About Jane.

    41. is there a song by 31 (The Black Keys) that makes you happy?
    Probably, just can't think of it at the moment.

    42. what is your favorite album by 41 (Violent Femmes)?
    don't really have a favorite album. Just favorite songs.

    43. what is your favorite song by 24 (The All-American Rejects)?
    I haven't listened to them in months. "straight jacket feeling" used to be my fave.

    44. what is a good memory you have involving 46 (The Stills)?
    Seeing them with my friends at our fave indie record store Park Ave CD's. They did an acoustic set and then did a signing. My friends and I were hanging by the signing just looking at cds and books and trying to figure what we were going to do next and the band pretty much included themselves into the convo. It was funny, and pretty awesome.

    45. what is your favorite song by 35 (I Am Kloot)?
    "From Your Favorite Sky"

    46. is there a song by 9 (Paul McCartney) that makes you happy?
    omg, Paul makes me happy period. lol. And I change my favorite song daily.

    47. what is your favorite album by 4 (30 Seconds to Mars)?
    This Is War is amazing. But at the same time I think I'll always love A Beautiful Lie. Can't I just love all three? lol.

    48. who is a favorite member of 37 (Butch Walker)?
    Well he's a solo artist who changes his band constantly. I just love Butch. amazing song writer.

    49. what is the first song you ever heard by 43 (Cobra Starship)?
    Snakes on a Plane

    50. how many albums do you own by 20 (Boys Like Girls)?
  • Classic Rock?

    4 maj 2010, 23:35

    When did 80's music become Classic Rock? I feel depressed now. lol.
    Soon I'll be Vintage at this rate.
  • Shuffle

    21 dec 2009, 01:49

    Wow it's been over a year since I posted. And what do I choose to post after a year? Yes, another music meme.

    - Put your music player on shuffle, and put down the first 40 tracks it plays.
    - You can repeat artists.
    - You CANNOT repeat songs.


    1. ? and the Mysterians - 96 Tears
    2. The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows
    3. Jeff Buckley - Eternal Life
    4. Dashboard Confessional - Where There's Gold
    5. A Rocket to the Moon - Just Another One
    6. nevershoutnever - shegotstyle (demo)
    7. Mercy Mercedes - Dr. Huxtable
    8. The Maine - Pour Some Sugar On Me
    9. Sleeping at Last - Careful Hands
    10. The Cab - This City Is Contagious
    11. Tim Vanhamel - Until I Find You
    12. Dashboard Confessional - Fever Dreams
    13. Incubus - Warning
    14. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - High-Low
    15. Mute Math - Armistice
    16. Rooney - Pin Me To The Wall (I Don't Think So)
    17. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Stop
    18. The Pigeon Detectives - Love You For A Day (Hate You Forever)
    19. The Doors - The Crystal Ship
    20. The Maine - The Way We Talk
    21. Fleetwood Mac - Edge of Seventeen
    22. The Lives of Famous Men - Annie Taylor
    23. The Kinks - Strangers
    24. Paramore - Misguided Ghosts
    25. There for Tomorrow - Stories
    26. Butch Walker - Going Back/Going Home
    27. 30 Seconds to Mars - The Kill
    28. Holiday Parade - Driving Away
    29. The Courteeners - Acrylic
    30. Brighten - Ready When You Are
    31. Over It - Siren On The 101
    32. Farewell - September Brought The Fall
    33. Jason Mraz - Wordplay
    34. Spirtualized - Borrowed Your Gun
    35. Green River Ordinance - Outside
    36. A Rocket to the Moon - Dakota
    37. Death Cab for Cutie - The Sound Of Settling
    38. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Whatever Happened To My Rock & Roll
    39. Paul McCartney - Silly Love Songs
    40.The Takeover UK - Running With The Wasters


    1. Which song do you prefer, #1 or #40?

    2. Have you ever listened to #12 continuously on repeat?

    3. What album is #26 from?
    Sycamore Meadows

    4. What do you think about the artist who did #15?
    I like their music. Would really like to see them live.

    5. Is #19 one of your favorite songs?
    By them yes. It's a goodie.

    6. Who does #38 remind you of?
    Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. Mainly because those are two influences of the band.

    7. Does #20 have better lyrics or music?
    It's a tie. I can't choose. I love them for both.

    8. Do any of your friends like #3?

    9. Is #33 from a movie soundtrack?
    I don't think so

    10. Is #18 overplayed on the radio?

    11. What does #21 remind you of?
    A few things actually. Reminds me of a friend of mine. And it also makes me think of the movie School of Rock.

    12. Which song do you prefer, #5 or #22?
    5, I heart The Maine

    13. What album is #17 from?
    Take Them On, On Your Own

    14. When did you first hear #39?
    When I was a child.

    15. When did you first hear #7?
    A year ago.

    16. What genre is #8?
    I hate labeling.. I guess their Pop Rock?

    17. Do any of your friends like #14?
    Very few, but at least one.

    18. What color does #4 remind you of?

    19. Have you ever blasted #11 on your stereo?
    Nope. It's not really one to blast.

    20. What genre is #37?
    indie rock. Or geek rock, which ever. :)

    21. Can you play #13 on any instrument?

    22. What is your favorite lyric from #30?
    If I die tonight I want your name written on my grave.

    23. What is your favorite lyric from #23?
    There's random lines from this song I like. So here's one;
    'This love of life makes me weak at my knees.'

    24. Would you recommend #24 to your friends?
    Yes, I have turned a few friends into Paramore fans. :)

    25. Is #2 a good song to dance to?
    Hmm, not really. Unless you do some hippy dance. lol.

    26. Do you ever hear #16 on the radio?
    Nope. And never will.

    27. Is #32 more of a “nighttime” or “daytime” song?
    It's a whatever time.

    28. Does #36 have any special meaning to you?
    Not really. I just love the band to death.

    29. Do any of your friends like #31?
    No, I don't think any of my friends know who they are.

    30. Is #25 a fast or slow song?
    slow that turns to fast.

    31. Is #35 a happy or sad song?
    I guess sad

    32. What is one of your favorite lyrics from #9?
    I don't have a fave

    33. Is #34 better to listen to alone or with friends?
    Alone I guess.

    34. When did you first hear #27?
    While listening to the album for the first time. I heard A Beautiful Lie and was obsessed with the song, So I got the album, and then found myself loving The Kill even more. It became my favorite track off the album.

    35. Name 3 other songs by the artist who did #29.
    Aftershow, Kings of the New Road, Not Nineteen Forever

    36. Do you know all the words to #6?

    37. Does #28 have better lyrics or music?
    Lyrics. I love the lyrics to this one.

    38. What album is #10 from?
    Whisper War
  • Music Meme

    24 okt 2008, 21:47

    I was bored so I filled this long ass meme out.. I saw it being posted on a few of your journals. So I'm joining in..

    Rules are, you answer the questions by going through your Top 50 Artists on Last.Fm

    Unfortunately this wasn't as fun as it could have been if I had a more up to date list. I don't listen to music on my comp as much as I use to so all my charts are behind in my music taste.

    1. how did you get into 29 (The Stills)?
    I honestly don't remember. I know the first song I heard by them was "Still In Love Song".

    2. what was the first song you ever heard by 22 (I Am Kloot)?
    "From Your Favorite Sky"

    3. what’s your favorite lyric by 33 (Butch Walker)?
    Don't have a favorite lyric. I suck at remembering lyrics. I have favorite songs though lol.

    4. what is your favorite album by 49 (Jesus and Mary Chain)?
    21 Singles.. Get all the good songs on one album. ;)

    5. how many albums by 13 do you own (The Redwalls)?
    Two. I heard some of the third and didn't like it. Pretty much gave up on them all together to be honest.

    6. what is your favorite song by 50 (The Raconteurs)?
    It changes often, right now it's, "You Don't Understand Me".

    7. is there a song by 39 that makes you sad (The Juliana Theory)?
    I haven't listened to them in like a year. I don't even remember what songs I like at this point.

    8. what is your favorite album by 15 (Copeland)?
    Eat, Sleep, Repeat.

    9. what is your favorite song by 5 (Phantom Planet)?
    Good Lord, I <3 this band so I have a trillion fave songs. I listen to "Knowitall", "All Over Again", "1st Things 1st" the most so I guess those are my top three faves.

    10. is there a song by 6 that makes you happy (Maroon 5)?
    Pretty much all their songs.

    11. what is your favorite album by 40 (Kill Hannah)?
    To be honest I don't listen to them very much. I liked one song and now I'm over it.

    12. what is your favorite song by 10 (The Matches)?
    It changes often.. At the moment "Point Me Towards The Morning" is my favorite.

    13. what is a good memory you have involving 30 (George Harrison)?
    Hmm.. I can't think of one. How sad. He's apart of my every day pretty much, so to pulling out one memory is difficult.

    14. what is your favorite song by 38 (Big City Rock)?
    "All Of The Above"

    15. is there a song by 19 that makes you happy (Eisley)?
    "Trolley Wood"

    16. how many times have you seen 25 live (Plain White T's)?

    17. what is the first song you ever heard by 23 (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)?
    "Free Fallin". Saw the music video on MTV and ended up loving Tom ever since

    18. what is your favorite album by 11 (Coconut Records)?
    The only one he has lol.

    19. who is a favorite member of 1 (BRMC)?
    You can't make me choose between Peter or Robert!!!! I adore them both lol.

    20. have you ever seen 14 live (Radiohead)?
    no. :(

    21. what is a good memory involving 27 (Violent Femmes)?
    Strangely movies/tv always pop into mind. Add It Up being sung by Ethan Hawke in the movie Reality Bites.. Or Claire Danes dancing to Blister In The Sun in an episode of My So-Called Life. Those two always pop in my brain when those two songs come on. *shrugs*/

    22. what is your favorite song by 16 (The All-American Rejects)?
    "Straight Jacket Feeling"

    23. what is the first song you ever heard by 47 (As Tall As Lions)?
    I can't remember.. Maybe "Be Here Now".

    24. what is your favorite album by 18 (The Black Keys)?
    Rubber Factory

    25. what is your favorite song by 21 (The Academy Is...)?
    ARGH, this is so hard. Um, I pretty much love all three albums from start to finish. Soo, I don't know if I can pick one song. I'll say, "Checkmarks" because it's the song that made me a fan.

    26. what is the first song you ever heard by 26 (The Rolling Stones)?
    I can't remember that far back.. I've been listening to them since my childhood.

    27. what is your favorite album by 3 (Rooney)?
    Self-Titled. I was pretty disappointed with the second album. :(

    28. what is your favorite song by 2 (The Beatles)?
    HA Right, as if I have just one. And it changes often.. Today my favorite song is, "Get Back"

    29. what was the first song you ever heard by 32 (Bon Jovi)?
    "You Give Love A Bad Name" MTV introduced me to them, and I haven't stopped watching/listening since.

    30. what is your favorite song by 8 (30STM)?
    The Kill

    31. how many times have you seen 17 live (Everybody Else)?
    zero. Breaks my heart. :(

    32. is there a song by 44 that makes you happy (Elvis Costello)?
    of course, a lot of his songs do. I can't name one off the top of my head lol.. I listen to about four tracks over and over lately.

    33. what is your favorite album by 12 (Def Leppard)?
    Rock Of Ages

    34. what is the worst song by 45 (Depeche Mode)?
    hmm, can't think of one.

    35. what was the first song you ever heard by 34 (Boys Like Girls)?
    I believe it was "Dance Hall Drug"

    36. what is your favorite album by 48 (Tony Lucca)?
    Strong Words, Softly Spoken

    37. how many times have you seen 42 live (Nada Surf)?

    38. what is your favorite song by 36 (The Films)?
    Strange Hands.

    39. what was the first song you ever heard by 28 (Duran Duran)?

    40. what is your favorite album by 7 (The White Stripes)?

    41. is there a song by 31 (The Animals) that makes you happy?
    Probably, "It's My Life"

    42. what is your favorite album by 41 (Paul McCartney)?
    Memory Almost Full

    43. what is your favorite song by 24 (Ben Lee)?
    Dirty Mind

    44. what is a good memory you have involving 46 (Ramones)?
    back in jr high a group of us were waiting in a classroom and one of the guys started humming "I Wanna Be Sedated" and like on que we all started singing then busted out laughing. It was a good moment.

    45. what is your favorite song by 35 (The Cars)?
    Why Can't I Have You

    46. is there a song by 9 (Simon Dawes) that makes you happy?
    Behind The Bleachers

    47. what is your favorite album by 4 (The Kooks)?
    I love both albums.

    48. who is a favorite member of 37 (The Doors)?
    Jim of course.

    49. what is the first song you ever heard by 43 (Arctic Monkeys)?
    I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor

    50. how many albums do you own by 20 (Jack's Mannequin)?
    One. I wasn't impressed with the second.
  • The Matches - My Concert Review/Encounter.

    20 apr 2008, 01:43

    The AP Tour
    The Matches & Rocket Summer
    House Of Blues Orlando
    April 18, 2008

    Side 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 <3


    Shawn coming to our side..
  • If every simple song I wrote to you, Would take your breath away, I'd write it all..

    17 okt 2007, 15:26

    I forgot to post this here, so i'm doing it now.. I saw Plain White T's on Oct 6, 2007..

    his past Saturday I went up to Valdosta, GA to spend the day with my best friend Angie. We then went over to Wild Adventures to see the Plain White T's in concert. The show was pretty good, unfortunately it was seriously short. I'd say 45 minutes. They have two albums the show should have been a lot longer. I don't think I've ever left a concert at 9:30 before. We weren't too far from the stage but since there was so many empty rows we kept moving closer and closer to the stage through out the concert. By the end of the show we were front row. They sang a lot of good songs, a few of my favorites were forgotten but it's okay. Most my photos didn't come out, but I got a good batch of nice shots I guess, and I got three videos. I'm glad I went up there to see them and even more got to see Angie.

    First two videos were recorded off the big screen since there was so many teens in front of me with their hands up. So glad they had screens on both sides of the stage.

    So Damn Clever



    I took many photos, I'm just posting three, my favorites and they were when I finally was front row. And yeah you can tell who my favorite is, Tim (and a side crush on Dave) lol. I'm weak for guitarist.

  • Attention, Attention, may I have all your eyes and ears to the front of the room if…

    17 okt 2007, 15:12

    AH! Last night was freakin awesome!!.. Brittney and I got to the House Of Blues two hours pre-show. We ended up going to Virgin Megastore so she could give them some flyers for an upcoming show. When we used the glass elevator to go upstairs we could see into the backstage of HOB where The Academy Is... tour bus was and Brittney spotted someone and asked me who it was when I looked it was Adam Siska bass player for TAI, he was talking to someone but that someone was behind the bus so we didn't see who it was.. When we left Virgin Megastore to go to House Of Blues I noticed William Beckett (lead singer of TAI and my fave) was standing outside the backstage doors and just said good bye to some fanboy. He stood there by himself for a few moments and I so badly wanted to just walk up to him. But I chickened out, maybe if I had a camera to hide behind I would have gone but thanks to the fucked up rules of HOB's there's no cameras.. *sigh* (Later in the night Brittney then realized that William was my fave and she basically freaked out and was upset I didn't get to meet him. She's such a good friend lol. She was going on and on about how she would have made it easier for me to talk to him and stuff. Maybe next time) I wish I would have went to talk to him anyway, oh well.. I had met Andy "the butcher" (drummer) a few years ago and he was having a bad night and it kind of ruined my love for him, so I guess I sorta worry the same will happen with William.
    We then went to the HOB office (upstairs in HOB) to talk about promotion. It was fun watching all the little TAI teens who stood in line eye balling us going in and out of the VIP doors haha. We heard sound check from someone but where we were there was no view of the stage. We waited for ever to talk to the manager, when she finally came she was very nice to Brittney and ended up taking flyer's from her, we don't think they actually handed them out. Which is rude, don't take a limited resource and not use it assholes. We finally get in line, it's not that bad, it turns out the show wasn't close to being sold out. I felt bad, and kind of odd that TAI didn't sell out when usually they always do at least here. But even though I felt bad for them, I was enjoying the space.

    Britt and I talked for a few minutes to pass the time then we sat down in line and played Uno. She's always prepared to have entertainment, gotta love the girl. At one point one of the HOB security walked up and asked to be dealt in, it was funny. But he had to go back to work.. The card game actually sped up the waiting time. After three games it was time to go into the HOB. When we got in we grabbed bar stools and went to the banister closest to the pit. We weren't getting in the pit, not with TAI fans lol. I've been in a mosh once and never want to return.

    First opening act was Sherwood. I knew of them, and a few songs. But not enough to be excited. When they came on, Britt and I both agree that the lead singer has a very smooth and pretty voice. And the keyboardist was entertaining. Think Napoleon Dynamite trying to be a rockstar, that was him. He was crazy and so awesome. I'd totally see them again just to watch him haha. But really they were good. Some members need to lighten up, and have a little fun. The crowd was like zombies during this set, I guess no one knew who they were. The music was good and the sound system was perfect. Just a slight touch of feedback from time to time.

    Second opening act was Rocket Summer. This was Brittney's band. she's seen them a lot of times and actually is on friendly terms with Bryce (lead singer) and his wife. What I love about Britt is, she's like me, even if you know a band you never speak about it with strangers nor over step your bounds of friendship with them (ie: try to get backstage, get on the guest list at every show, etc). We both have seen the ugliness that some fans have done once becoming friends with a band. I'm glad she and I both have the same view on the whole thing.. Anyway, I never heard the music of Rocket Summer, only knew of them because of Brittney. I was so glad they opened for TAI because if they didn't I never would have gotten to see the show lol.. We switched seats so Britt could have full view of the stage, her seat had a big ass headed girl blocking half the stage. The music was pretty good, I think I could like this band. I know I wouldn't mind seeing them again because of their energy and fun attitudes on stage. I enjoyed their show. It was only 20 minutes and Britt was upset, she felt empty. I felt bad for her.. A member of Sherwood and some other guy came out at one point and played trumpet on one of their songs. That was awesome.

    Third opening act was Armor For Sleep. Okay I'm going to ask those who are fans to not read the rest lol... I knew I didn't like them, I tried to listen to their music before and couldn't get into it. It just sounds way too much like the same song being repeated over and over. And the music is more like bad noise than actual music. Britt and I both didn't care for the band, and of course they had a 45 min set. I watched the moshing and the pathetic display of crowd surfing, most entertaining moment was watching this tiny teenage girl trying to crowd surf and she gets like two inches away from where she started and they just drop her. Like they saw her coming and moved haha. She tried it again and they just did it again. Then a few minutes later you see this dude going from the back to the front, the way crowd surfing should be, I'm guessing she was either on the side who wanted no crowd surfing or maybe a bunch of assholes who think girls should stay on their feet, who knows, least it entertained me.. When I don't like a band, I try to be respectful. As a music fan, I don't find the right to be an asshole towards a band or their fans just because I don't dig the music. So I sat there quietly, tried to watch the show and when it was boring me I'd watch the crowd. I don't think there was anyone around us who were into the band so at least I didn't have to bop my head to the "music" lol.
    As we waited for TAI one of the AFS guys came out and met the handicap fan who was in front of us, we found that sweet and very cool of him. The kid with the fan in the wheelchair was a big fan of AFS (he was getting into the show big time) and so when the band member came over to talk to them, you could tell he was just in awe, it was cute.

    And then, then, the night became amazing! Why? Because FINALLY I was seeing Santi come to life. I will admit that I suck at lyrics so I can't sing along to most songs. I only have the lyrics down to two songs on Santi and pretty much all the lyrics from Almost Here. But, I was still completely excited over the fact I was seeing the new album live. The stage set up was kick ass, a big The Academy Is.. banner behind the drums. The drums as all the TAI fans know light up. And they had special lighting behind the banner to do what I call Close Encounter lights (if you've seen the movie you know what I mean. Think space ship). Music starts, and slowly in the dark the band comes on, I noticed Mike first and then I saw Michael. My heart was pounding in my chest (and may I add you never would know it. Britt kept saying dance! aren't you excited?! Well I don't show my excitement at concerts like that, haven't for years. I sing along and tap my foot/head and get lost in the music and sometimes the band themselves). I couldn't wait to see the thin figure that could only be William Beckett, and then there he was. "Like a cold day in august.." they start the show with a great TAI song, 'Same Blood'.. I don't know why I couldn't sing along, I was, I think too excited that they were on stage and I was actually there watching.
    I sang loud and proud off and on during the show and snapped photos with my cell phone in hopes that at least one would be decent (if you know me, my camera is always with me, it's almost a security blanket, it was so hard to be at a concert and have no real camera). I couldn't stop smiling, a year was too long of a wait to see them again and as I expected they were even better now then they were a year ago. This band is one that always seems to grow in performance and music. I can't remember what songs were in what order and barely remember what songs were sang. I'm pretty sure almost every song from the first album was performed and a handful of the second album. It was a good mix of new and old. The energy was infectious and William like always mesmerized me. I seriously had moments I got sucked into the William zone. I wasn't moving I wasn't singing, I was staring him down getting lost. Ugh, that man has this presence about him on stage and he sucks me in every time.
    In between songs, The Butcher (Drummer) kept saying things that made me laugh. I loved his whole humming to the feedback, he's all "I'm in harmony with the feedback" it was hilarious. William turned and looked at him and said something I couldn't make out but his expression cracked me up.. There was a moment where Mike Carden (guitar) talked about I think Cobra Starship, I could barely hear what he was saying. But he was basically plugging his friends new album coming out soon. The way he was doing it was just humorous and Butcher had to put in his two cents to give Mike a hard time. It was great... I wanted to watch Michael Guy Chislett (Aussie guitarist, new member) badly but William kept taking my attention. It's hard having two fave members in a band lol. Especially when one demands attention. I loved every time the two would be next to each other playing off one another. At one point William got on his knees in front of Michael, yeah that was hot.. It was cool to see Michael get up on the drum set too, being all rock star lol.. So many moments that I can't remember ugh, I wish I had my camera!!! Basically it was a great night. I'm so glad I got to go see them, and Brittney ended up liking TAI so yay!
    My voice is all cutting in and out and my throat is on fire. I didn't even sing that much, I think my vocal chords are out of practice for concerts. Well, they better get ready because Maroon 5 is next week and I'm going to be singing to every song that night lol.