Last night, I attended AP Tour 2009 in Houston, TX (alone sadly) at Warehouse. Here’s how it all went down.
I got up to the venue at about 3:30pm, and not even 3 minutes of waiting I made 6 new friends. They even let me cut in the very front of the line with them. I was extremely grateful to them because the line(s) were Extremely long
(Photo By: Brandon Sloter)
The lines were literally wrapping around the building. It was 1500 kids in total (A Sold Out Show), with some of them with their parents (LAME). And things got crazy before we even got through the doors.
While the people who had their tickets in hand (which was the side I was on [—> fto the right of the picture.. You can even see me! I have a white bandana hanging out of my back pocket and I’m holding a poster in my hand at the very front of the line]) and had been waiting there for hours, the people waiting at the box office window to get their tickets (that would be to the left of the picture [LAMES]) were trying to get in first, which we were considering unfair. It was getting kinda hectic, we were cursing each other out, and parents were so shocked like they couldn’t believe what they were hearing (that’s a Houston rock scene crowd, folks, so it should’ve been expected). The security guards were getting annoyed because we were getting so rowdy (and that people [mainly parents that were on the left] kept coming up to them and complaining). We even started chanting “Let Us In” on the right and it was pretty funny. After talking to one of the guards myself, I had informed my team that we were gonna get to go in first. We cheered for like 5 seconds, then when it got quiet, we all busted out laughing. It was great.
Finally, they were letting us in (at about 5:45p). The Maine was having their signing, but everybody was trying to get to the front row, so they were completely ignored by half of the crowd (sorry, guys!). I had made it to front row with Mari (one of the cool mexican chicks I met outside) and her brother, Juan. They were trying to kick him out for running when they told him to stop, so we put him on a little disguise (that actually worked). It was his first concert, and he got so nervous that he vomited on the floor. We had to put a poster over it so we didn’t have to step in it (Sorry again, guys). I sat my purse on top of my feet (I didn’t want it on the floor) so I didn’t have to hold it the entire time and I could take pictures, thinking it would be safe. BAD MOVE! Morer details in a moment.
The first band that performed first was a group called Drive A from Los Angelos, and they were pretty good. They were very punk-ish, but were really good!
3OH!3 came out next (they had to play an EARLY SHOW because they had to catch a flight to LA right after they got done performing) and the crowd went berserk! Okay, around this time, the crowd started to REALLY shove. People were trying to get closer, leading to the crowd shifting and swaying roughly, and crushing us in the front. My sides such beatings. I was holding on the barricade for my dear life, as was everyone else at the very front. Then when we tried to push back, they would just push harder, making things worse for everyone.
This was when putting the purse on the floor became a BAD MOVE.
The 3OH!3 performance amazing, but it was hard to enjoy most of it, considering all the crap going on in the crowd. Everybody was going crazy, and by the end of 3OH!3’s performance, I had been so beaten up that I was on the brink of fighting these girls next to me (I had started yelling at them and stuff, I apologized though).
The security guards had said earlier that if people in the front were feeling crushed to let them know so they could pull us out of there. I was really about al my stuff in my purse (my AP mag was in there!), so I had to dive down and get it from under about three people’s feet. Then to make things worse, after I got my purse, I couldn’t get back up, because people were still pushing and were not noticing I was trapped under a sea of people. It took about 3 minuted for them to finally let me up. At that point I couldn’t take it anymore. Dozens of people had gotten pulled out before, so I wasn’t so lonely. I got one of the security guards, he grabbed me by my belt loops, I wrapped my arms around him neck tight, and he pulled me the HELL outta there. (Thanks security guy!) Once I got out of there, I checked my bag, and I my heart was crushed when I saw that my AP Magazine had been completely TRASHED. My feelings were so hurt. I threw it away, and am going to buy a new tomorrow. >_<
Afterwards, I went to the bar and got (a nicely sized cup of) water ($1) (which never tasted so good until that moment). A Rocket to the Moon had took the stage by then, but before I went back to work and enjoying the show, I went over to the merch tables and bought a few things. I bought a 3OH!3 Dog Tag necklace ($5), a rubber bracelet from the Maine’s booth for Celeste ($5), and 3 buttons from the Family Force 5 booth ($3).
Funny thing about that is, TOFUPUP (FF5’s merch girl) was rude to meONCE AGAIN! She was pretty rude to me at Skeletour (even when I COMPLIMENTED HER!!!) and there she was again, acting like she had a problem with me. I did my best not to curse her out, and just went on with enjoying the show.
To TofuPup: I’ve tried to be nice to you TWICE already, and you came at me wrong AGAIN… I don’t know at all what your ”beef” is with me, Little Miss Vegetarian, but as far as I’m concerned, That’s STIKE 2! for you!
One more strike, and I’mma curse yo’ @$$ OUT! Believe that, Honey!
Anyway, I digress. Back to the show.
So after yet another rude encounter with the merch girl, I went up on the balcony (next to the other bar), got into the usual spot I go to on the balcony, and went back to partying. ARTTM was great. I wouldn’t mind seeing them live again sometime soon, fer sure. ^_^
Next up was Hit the Lights. And boy did these boys have energy. It was SOOO hard to catch good pictures of them, because (just like 3OH!3) they were ALL OVER THE PLACE! They covered that entire stage, jumping around and going crazy! But they were very impressive, and i wouldn’t mind seeing them live again either. Great Job, guys! ^_^
Right after them, my boys FAMILY FORCE 5 hit the stage. It had been 8 months since I last seen them, and although I had talked to them earlier in the day, instead of a friend, I felt like a Super Fan all over again when they started playing. I had never been so happy to see anybody like I was when they came out. I can actually say I enjoyed the feeling. The crowd was going bonkers and their performance was definitely the highlight of the night. The only reason it was so hard to catch pictures of them was because I was so excited and partying so hard, that I was struggling to calm down for a few moments to take their pictures! HAHA!!! They did AMAZING though, and of course I can’t wait to see them live again soon. ^_^
By the way, boys, I totally dig the outfits y’all were wearing (it was the outfits they wore in AP Magazine [The suits]!)
Last, but definitely not least, my boys The MAINE took the stage. And BOY did they take us out with a bang! They had kept the party going, and although everybody was hot and tired, we were all still jumping around and partying on. It was great. John O’ had the girls SWOONING! It was so great to see. They ended the show off just right. And just like everyone else, I expect to see them REALLY soon as well! HAHA! ^_^
After the show, everybody was waiting for the bands to come out. They came out before the show came out, but it was obvious that the crowd wanted so much more. The Maine and Nick (lead vocals of A Rocket To the Moon) had came out to hang with everybody. People were shouting for them to come here and there and everywhere else. It was crazy. These teeny-bopper groupies were even trying to get John O’ and the others to let them on the bus. Idiot girls.
I talked to John, Garrett (who I apologized to for calling him Kennedy [I didn’t notice the tat on his arm right away![), Pat, and Kennedy before I went home. It was good to know that they still remembered me. John even said my name correctly! It was almost like an honor. HAHA! John O’ and I talked for quite a while, and it was funny to throw our friendship (and my friendship with FF5) in the teeny-bopper groupies’ faces. I enjoyed it. HAHA!
All in all, Sunday was AWESOM-O 3000! I’m extremely sore all over my body right now (I’m not use to being the fan anymore), and I’m in terrible need of a massage, but I’m still glad everything went so well. I realized that if the bands aren’t playing in the Studio at Warehouse, DO NOT be in the front row, and to stick with being on the balcony. I realized that as much as i enjoy playing the role of the fan, being the friend is a helluva lot better (HAHA!).
Lastly, I realized that I want to continue pursuing music. Photography’s fun and all, but that can always be my side thing. I enjoy being in the crowd, but I love being on the stage in front of that crowd more, touring with friends, and all of the craziness that comes with the life. So expect to hear a lot more about Killer Baltimore in my blogs, ‘kay?
Well, I have DEFINITELY said enough for the day, so I’m going to stop now. ‘Til the next blog, kiddos!