Photo of Sevendust’s guitarist, Clint Lowery. He’s also kind of dreamy.
Photo of Sevendust’s guitarist, Clint Lowery. He’s also kind of dreamy.
I’m slacking on getting photo passes for concerts. In fact, our new kitty is using one of my old press passes as a toy. Slacking. Well, it’s more about deciding at the last minute to go to shows. Obviously, I need a plan for getting a last-minute photo pass.
Most places used to let people take backpacks, messenger bags, and big purses. It’s a bit different since the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. The place that we went to last night did not allow backpacks or even medium sized purses. It’s understandable.
I’m ok with not taking my purse but I did miss my camera. I probably could’ve taken it with me. My phone takes crappy pictures and doesn’t zoom worth a damn. Everyone else had great phones with awesome cameras. I could tell because everyone had their phones up taking fairly high quality pictures and videos.
So my boyfriend always sees someone he knows everywhere we go. Literally everywhere. Also, he has a friendly face and a great personality. So people want to be his friend. There was a music blogger that came up to him and talked about the bands and his blog. He even had a t-shirt. When the blogger moved on, I looked up his blog. It’s pretty good actually. Heres’s the link: The Rust Belt Chronicles.
My boyfriend asked me, “Did you ever get shirts made?” Yes, I did and haven’t done anything with them yet. Soon – when I’m done slacking.
Usually, I do not venture too far into the crowd. #1 Mosh Pits are not my thing. #2 Crowd surfers pop up from all over the place. However, I wanted to get closer to see Halestorm. Worst idea ever.
How could I know that we would get stuck by chicks with long hair and dudes that were 7 foot tall? The boyfriend and I are only 5’3″ and 5’5″. We don’t wear heels. I only thought ten times about tying two ponytails together and wrapping it up with my gum. I’m not always a mean girl but I was wearing a Kublai Khan shirt so I’m not the one to test by waving your ponytail around. Violence with bubblegum is not the way either. It was time to go buy band merch and a get a milkshake anyway.
Here are some pictures of the show. Note to self: Take your camera. Photo pass or not.
I know that we should not judge a book by its cover. I was reminded of this when I saw Jet Black Alley Cat. When I walked into the room, I had 3 questions: 1. Why are they all dressed like they’re auditioning for 70s porn? 2. Are they going to be weird? 3. Did someone put pheromones in the fog machine?
The answers to the questions 1. Maybe they just like to dress differently than most bands. 2. They were not weird. They were awesome. 3. Yes, definitely. So many pheromones in the air. Suddenly, everyone in the room is sexy.
The bottom line is that you won’t need booze or excessive pheromones to enjoy Jet Black Alley Cat – either live on their latest album, Motel.
You can buy all of their merch on their website. My coach was about to turn into a pumpkin so I missed my chance to do it in person.
My oldest kid wanted to see this band. She picked out the best seats. Her sister, Warped Tour Buddy Sophie, spent most of the time before the show trying to take a nap. I feel like I haven’t taught her anything about what to do at a concert.
The biggest disappointment of Warped Tour was not being able to find the line for the Sharptooth tent. Motionless in White played immediately after Sharptooth so the crowd . . . omg . . . . so many people.
Sharptooth kicked ass. Every time I turned to make sure my Warped Tour Buddy wasn’t getting trampled, I was drawn back to Sharptooth. Luckily, Warped Tour Buddy wasn’t even stepped on by the really drunk lady who was shamelessly flirting with some hot dude. You go drunk lady! She played a mean air guitar. So she has that going for her.
Kaiser Solzie noticed me! They played an amazing, energetic show on the stage by the Rehydration Station. It’s a very, large semi-captive thirsty audience.
The audience by the stage was a bit smaller. So, of course, they saw me taking pictures and wondering how I escaped from the parent tent.
If you get a chance to see Kaiser Solzie anywhere, go to their show and buy all of their merch. They are all really cool guys.
We didn’t catch the whole set of Kublai Khan. Warped Tour Buddy Sophie was getting overheated so we went to find some shaded place to sit and drink water.
Also, since we were only there a few minutes, I didn’t get any closer. It’s fine. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices for your Warped Tour Buddy.
Tatiana DeMaria owned the stage. She is also hilarious. My Warped Tour Buddy was sitting on the ground while we waited for Tatiana’s show to start. When she heard Tatiana, Warped Tour Buddy was mesmerized. WTB even stood in line to get her autograph. 1st autograph ever!
Check out her website.
P.S. Still #nofilters or anything fancy.
We went to Warped Tour in Cleveland on Wednesday. I took a lot of photos as usual. So I guess I’ll post them here. It would be too many for Instagram. There are a few photos over there if you want to check them out.
The first show that my Warped Tour buddies – Sophie & Lucas- and I saw was Doll Skin. They were pretty rockin’.
P.S. The only edit that I did on the photos was cropping. #nofilter
If I didn’t think so before the Mayhem Festival, I am positive now . . . . photographers are a@@holes. I include myself in this group, whether my fellow a@@hole photographers think so or not. My camera is not as big as some but I did my research and had good settings. Settings are half of the battle.
The other half of the battle is kneeling on cement and blocking elbows from other photographers. Next time, I’ll bring knee pads, elbow pads and maybe a helmet. Actually, I could dress up like my Roller Derby persona, Poka Hotness. That could be fun.
It was totally worth all of the pain to see Trivium, Korn and Avenged Sevenfold up close. Asking Alexandria was there also. However, I did not go into the photo pit for their show.
Lucas’ favorite band is Trivium. He was allowed to come into the photo pit for their first song. He was very pleased. I’m definitely on the way to earning the girlfriend of the year award. They put on a great show. It was my first time to see them in concert.
This was my second time to see Korn. I can honestly say, I love them. They put on a great live performance. I was trying not to be a fangirl and stare the whole time. I don’t think anyone heard me scream because I was keeping it all inside.
Since we were waiting in line, we missed most of Ice-T and Body Count. The last two songs were awesome. Hopefully, I’ll get to see them again.
I realize that I could have been an a@@hole photographer and pushed through the line. I could have said, “Look at me and how important I am.” It seemed like some bitchassness. I may be an a@@hole but I do not partake in bitchassness.
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