The AP Tour 4/1/09!
So, I finally got some time to blog about my experience at the AP tour on Wednesday! And I took pix with some guys from the Maine and A Rocket to the Moon (Kenny, Loren, Justin...*coughs*) My camera (the one I borrowed from my Photography class) ran out of battery during the Maine set, so I wasn't able to take pix of 3OH!3! Total bummer!
So....let's take it from the start.
Kim and I got out of school early (minimum day) and had time to fix ourselves up fer the show, doors were open at 6 o'clock and show started at six thirty. So we took care of our baby bro fer a lil bit until my mom came home and drove us to Fukumoto (a cool older family friend) to take us.
We waited a while until we were ready to leave and I was effing nervous b/c it took fer ever fer us to leave!
We drove through the bay bridge, and damn, it was packed! It was getting really close to 6 and I was scared that we wouldn't make it in time!
When we got closer to the venue, there were two long ass lines to get in. It was windy outside, but Kim and I left our sweaters in the car, b/c we knew itd be hot inside. We were literally the last ones in the line and were on the left side of the venue. But we saw Loren Brinton and Eric Halvorsen from A Rocket to the Moon playing on the fire escape, Halvo taking pix of Loren.
Those were the ones we took, and this is Halvo's from his blog.
So we made it inside the venue and Kim and I had decided that I'd be the one to go to the merch booth and she'd go inside, to try to get us a close spot near the stage. There was a very long line (ye should notice this trend) and I couldn't see anything in front of me. I thought the line was fer the merch, but it had actually been fer a Maine signing! I had no idea until I was nearly in the front and saw Garrett's lil hat. Then some woman came up behind some girls who were in line behind me, and said that that was the end of the line! Yay, I was so lucky.
I tried to take a pic of Garrett, but he kept sneezing, so there's only one where he appears really naustiated..
They signed a poster fer me and Pat signed my hand! Even after I showered it didn't come off since it was in permanent marker. I still have it and its Saturday!
I had taken me a long time to get to the Maine, and A Rocket to the Moon had started their set with "Dakota", so I knew I had to hurry up. I went over to the Maine's merch both and bought the peace sign shirt.
Kim came looking fer me and lost our very close spot b/c she was worried that I hadn't turned up in such a long time. Grr! We would have been so close!
Then I went to ARTTM's merch booth and bought the black lined paper V-neck. I tipped the guy (who bore a resemblance to Justin Richards and Nick Santino) a dollar so he'd give me an ARTTM poster. I was disappointed, b/c I'd been planning on buying this other ARTTM shirt, but they didn't have it at the merch stand anymore.
I went to the Hit the Lights and Fam 5 merch booths to buy the albums (each fer 5 bucks!) and hurried to the show.
We ended up really far, but fortunately we had a good quality camera and the zoom was great. I loved the ARTTM set, although not a lot of ppl in the audience were into it. Nick looked hot and sweaty, in a cute lil plaid shirt! And Halvo, with his mouth agape, was great. Loren was banging his his drums really hard (kind of reminded me of the Butcher) and Justin was awesome.
check out my photobucket ferall the pix!
- I'm Not Saying Goodbye
- Fear of Flying
- Just Another One
- If Only They Knew
During the set, Garrett Nickelsen walked by us. Kim freaked out and tried to take a pic but instead she took a pic of the floor. Hehehe =) He was making a really cute face, so that sucked! In the middle of one of the songs she went up to him and asked fer a pic and she took one with him but the zoom was on so it ended up looking like this....
On next were Hit the Lights. I didn't really know any of the band members, or a lot of their songs, so the set list is only made up of the songs I know from their latest album, "Skip school, start fights". They were pretty good, but their appearance didn't match up to their music. Looking at Nick Thompson, he looked more like he should be in Avenged Sevenfold. He really reminded me of M. Shadows (not like he sang like that. But overall, they were great. They got a bunch of ppl mosh pitting (though I didn't consider them mosh-pitting music).
It was really annoying b/c the camera was in danger at that time! I was scared it could get hurt or something. It was all b/c of some stupid boys that had started mosh ptting w/o a reason.
- Stay Out
- Breathe In
- Back Breaker
- Cry Your Eyes Out
- Count It!
- Drop the Girl
Family Force 5 was freaking amazing! They brought out the Family Force 5000 (it took like three guys to push it out!) Sol (the lead singer) AKA Soul Glow Activatur, was dancing all over the stage. He stood on his head on the drumset! Hehehe =)
He was awesome and kept everyone entertained. I loved it! The whole band was amazing and they got really into it, like they didn't have a care in the world. I didn't really know all of the songs either, so these are the only ones I know...
check out the rest of the pix on my photobucket!
- Party Foul
- Get Your Back Off the Wall
After them came the Maine! OMFG, John O' was dancing behind Garrett in a song, and he was always going over to him. He shook his ass when they sang "I Wanna Love You" and the whole crowd was cheering. All of them looked effing amazing and baby Nicko kept making cute faces onstage. The closest I was was to Kenny. I think I got some pretty good shots, but that's when my camera died. *Whimper whimper* A lot of chicks threw their bras onstage, and Halvo came running out to put a black lacy bra on John O'.
(chris the sound tech that was walking in anjd out of the stage when the bands were playing)
(Aaron [LB] the guitar tech!)
- Time To Go
- I Must Be Dreaming
- Girls Do What they Want
- Count 'Em 1, 2, 3
- The Way We Talk
- Into Your Arms
- I Wanna Love You (Akon cover)
- We All Roll Along
- Everything I Ask For
So my camera was dead when 3oh!3 came on and I wasn't able to take pix. I was so pissed, b/c I had been waiting to see them fer so long and now this???? Seriously! Nat came out wearing this blue Nikes shirt, which he later shed during the show. It was really nice though. =) But he had on this yellow wifebeater later, and Sean had on this cutoff sleeve black tiger shirt. They were the best of the night, in my opinion. Everyone was really into it. They sang "Colorado Sunrise", which is one of my fave songs! It was great!
Sean played w/ the bras and more went up onstage and Nat grabbed a bright pink bra that was ginormous to show to Sean. It wasn't mine! Hehehe =) Everyone was doing the '3OH!3' sign, and at one point, Nick Santino came out and sang a lyric, bouncing around stage w/ Nat.
This chick did a few 3Oh!3 pix, too, and the bras! Note, the big pink one!
- I'm Not Your Boyfriend
- I Can't Do It Alone
- Neatfreak 47
- Triple Outcome (New song!!!)
- Don't Trust Me
After the show, Kim and I went outside to the merch place. I wasn't planning on getting anymore merch, but I knew that was a hangout fer the bands. I saw Nick and went after him. I tried taking a pic w/ my camera, trying to get it to work, but it didn't. =/ Totes sucks!
But then I saw Garrett and I went w/ him. I asked a chick if she'd mind taking a pic w/ her camera and emailing it to me, and she said fine. Garrett made a heart w/ his hands, and he looked really cute. Unfortunately, I didn't get the email. Yet....
I then went to Halvo. He was trying to sell some CDs, and I asked another girl if shed be kind enough to take and email me the pic. I asked Halvo and he said sure and we took the pic. This is it!
Thnx Samantha! (that's the name that came up in the email)
He was selling the EP, and I got some 5 dollars up to buy it from him. (Who couldn't say no to Halvo!) I got a hug and Kim informed him that she and I were twins and he said we looked alike. She hugged him and we headed off.
I then went to where Loren was standing. I'd hugged him when I saw him coming out of the show, but then I asked him if he'd mind taking a pic (I asked another girl, Juicyanne) and he said sure. Justin was talking to some chicks, and I tapped him on the shoulder and ask him if he'd mind. He just smiled and turned around.
The three of us posed together, although I look quite shocked in the photo....
I then went back to Nick and asked another girl if she'd take a pic, and she was nice enough to say yes. She took a pic of me and Nick, even if I came out looking like a dumbo w/ my eyes closed! Hehehe =) The thing that kinda freaked me out was that Nick posed but he didn't speak.
Me and Kim went outside the venue and when we were walking outside, I saw Pat, Kenny, and Jared standing around just around the corner.
I took a pic with Jared first, and then Pat (although I didn't get the emails back yet)
Then I walked over to Kenny where a girl was taking a pic with him and her mom, I assume was behind the camera. I asked if she'd be kind enough to take a pic, and she said sure. I quickly wrote down my email while Kenny watched, and asked him fer a pic.
He said sure and was all smiles. When we were posing, I accidentally bumped my head to his cheek! I apologized and he said that it was alright.
Thnx fer emailing me the pic, Kymber!
I heard someone ask Kenny where John O' was and he said across the street. I jaywalked the street when John O' was insight, just go and meet him. He was surrounded by so many girls! When I was gonna cross the rest of it, I saw Kim and I thought she was waving me over, so I came back! I almost killed myself in traffic, just to see John O'! Hehehe.
Kim hadn't actually signaled fer me to come back, she later told me. But I had b/c I thought that was what she had meant!
I then crossed the street like a normal person would (in the pedestrian line) and asked another chick if shed take a pic of me and John O'. She said yes and I took it w/ him. He was really nice and stuff. He's so gorgeous up-close.
Told him thnx, and saw Aaron (LB) the techie for the Maine walking away. I wanted to take a pic w/ him too, but I was scared to call out his name, so I just went after him, but he'd gone into the bus. I then saw Chris the techie also for the Maine standing in front of the bus, and decided to go fer him.
He's so hot!
He was w/ Jared and had a cigarette in his hand. I think he thought I wanted Jared, though, b/c he moved away. I asked him if he'd take a pic, and he said sure. Max came and Chris offered him a smoke. We then went down the hill and asked the same girl to take a pic and she said yes.
When I walked away, one of the girls with the chick took a pic w/ Chris too.
The show was fun in all! Best one so far, b/c I liked all the bands that played.
If anyone has a pic of me w/ Garrett, Jared, or Pat, plz email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.