First of all before I get into my long winded recap of what happened I have to say HEY to everyone I met/bumped into/spilled something on/stepped on or talked to at the concert. You all were fantastic and also the event staff who hooked us up, security, and the EMS folk who kept us all alive I wish MORE concert venues could have people like you around.. Now onto my post :)
Well August 7th 2007 was the day Projekt Revolution finally made it to Atlanta, GA. I feel like I've been waiting an eternity for the tour to get here but that is what I get for buying tickets in May for a concert taking place in August.
The concert officially started at 12:45pm with Madina Lake kicking things off on the Revolution stage (the smaller of the two). We didn't actually arrive at the show until 2:00pm (fashionably late) and Project 9-6-1 was outside giving away BBQ sandwiches which was a nice touch since we all know how expensive food is at those events. Once we went through security and had our tickets checked we walked around the HiFi Buys Amphitheater for a bit to get ourselves used to the setup. We had to make a quick stop to get our armbands that identify us as Pit ticket holders and saw a few people already lining up to make sure they were in the front row of the pit.
Once we started walking around we met/saw tons of people wearing gear to show their support for the various bands and more than a few people showing off their ink and modifications. It was nearly 100 degrees outside and felt like it was 120 degrees with a fog alert in place so I guess we had no real business being out in that weather but we showed up anyway to represent. On the way to the smaller stage we passed dozens of people perched on any and every object you can think of trying to rest and gulp down some water.
A few people at some of the stands selling water/soda/food offered us free bottles of water which was great and after a few minutes in the heat GREATLY appreciated. By the time we made it to the Revolution stage Saosin was finishing up their performance and while the crowd was milling around trying to make up its mind about where to go we were able to get right in front of the stage to see.. Drum roll someone? MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE!!!!
At around 3:20pm Kitty came out onto the stage and sat her beautiful self down in front of the drums while we all cheered our heads off. Then Steve and Lyn-Z came out (the crowd cheered some more) when last, but never least, Jimmy Urine took over the stage and we all just lost it. Initially I was a little bit upset that we left our cell phones/camera in the car because the event staff/security were allowing them but when things got going I was kind of glad I did.
Once the music started we all started jumping around, shoving into each other, and just having fun. It was our first show of the day so you know how you have to set the theme so we were a bit wild. Lots of moshing going on and crowd surfing so it was nice not to have to worry about my phone getting demolished. Especially because there some not so tiny people getting dropped. Why huge people think the crowd is going to be able to carry them for any distance is beyond me.
My girl took her turn with the crowd, made it the point where security caught her, and got a free bottle of water for her troubles :). A bunch of guys from the crowd periodically got cold water and splashed and/or shared which I was grateful for because, like I said, it was hot as shit out there. All sorts of things found their way on stage, A pair of Phat Farm Shoes were my favorite, shirts, condoms, bottles, you name it we threw it. Plus there were the fun condom balloons floating around or being popped but that is part of the MSI charm.
The best IMO was when someone's cell phone ended up on stage, a daddy got called, and yeah.. It was great. Jimmy jumped into the crowd at one point…
and Lyn-Z went crowd surfing which was AMAZING. Got to grope me some MSI. All in all that was great and I found some footage someone got when Jimmy jumped into the crowd.. You might not be able to see my lil' brown hand because, sorry to say, I was aiming kind of low.
Pretty much all of the bands were available after they were done performing to meet folk and sign autographs. Because the event staff/security were awesome we were able to leave for a bit to get our cameras and grab a snack from the car before heading back in. Since we were initially held up because we had to go get up close and almost personal with MSI and then got our phones/cameras we didn't get to the Main Stage until Julien-K was almost done with their set. It sucked especially since I would have made more of an effort to hustle if I hadn't forgotten that except for MCR and LP the other performers were only on stage for 30-40 minutes.
One thing I was happy about was that even though we didn't stand around waiting to be let in and all that jazz we were still able to get to the very front of the pit crowd. The people in the pit weren't the evil bastards that can be found in some places. There were plenty of guys and gals that were happy to stand with other people who wanted to have a good time.
Placebo went on after Julien-K and there were some initial equipment malfunctions which were a shame. Kind of took away from my momentum which is hard to do in the pit. But I think they came back alright and when they were done I got to see HIM. They performed my favorite, Vampire Heart, and I jumped around like a maniac but that is what I do sometimes.
At this point I need to interject the one thing I didn't like about the event.
Now pretty much every band was available after their set to meet and greet the fans, sign autographs, or at least say 'hey'. Usually if you didn't waste time you could eyeball the person you wanted to see then run back to the stage before you missed much of anything. The only exception was Linkin' Park because they went on last so they had to meet the fans beforehand. There was a big old song and dance of getting a pass by showing ID, a print out of your selection through LP Underground, giving a pint of blood, signing over your unborn child, and stuff like that before being told the meeting point where LP security would hurry us off to meet Linkin' Park.
All this took place while Taking Back Sunday was performing.
Now I'm not trying to trivialize a chance to meet Linkin Park but when I realized what time it would take place I was a little sad. I've heard that Taking Back Sunday puts on a great show and even though I knew I would be able to see pictures/video of the show later thanks to friends and fans that kind of defeated the point of me seeing them live. I guess I was mainly nervous about the M&G with Linkin' Park because it was so controlled that I wasn't sure I would be able to dip out without having LP Security beat me down ;p
Moving right along ;p
My Chemical Romance went on the stage at LAST and I was all excited. I didn't get as wild as I wanted to because for the first time I really noticed some of the younger fans who were there with their parents which surprised me. I was so nervous about knocking into some little person that I was afraid to really get really wild. Even though Gerard was pretty much giving us our moshing orders it wasn't like MSI or anything. Maybe we weren't so crazy because we were in doors in a more controlled environment (no smoking, bottles, you get the point) and there were the younger fans there as opposed to older people who are able to hold their own. We did a little bit and it would have been fun but I just saw worried people and.. Yeah..
While I'm thinking about it there was next to no crowd surfing at the Main Stage at least until MCR went on to perform which disappointed me a little BUT I shouldn't be a hypocrite since I didn't exactly volunteer to change all that but.. Yeah.. I could say more about MCR because they put on a great show, with the effects, set up, song list, stage presence, dousing me and the other folk in the crowd with Frank's Gatorade, AND they performed "You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison" but honestly by then I was a bit dehydrated by then and exhausted from the highs and lows which come with meeting folk you admire, screaming, and getting your ass beat in the pit.
By the time Linkin' Park came on I was almost dead but we made it through most of the show. The group in the pit was different since a lot of the younger fans left and MCR fans so it was more hardcore LP fans being wild. They played a nice selection of older and newer hits for which I was grateful for and Mike & Brad looked absolutely edible. We left before they finished so we could get out of the lot before things got too wild plus we were starving, thirsty, and did I mention exhausted?
Now that I"m home and had a day to recover I am SO happy I got to attend, meet wonderful people, and get my behind beat in the pit. I hope that I can get to the shows in DC and Denver because it would be great to visit some friends and see all the performers live AGAIN with friends of mine in those areas. Check out my new Projekt Revolution Album and the Videos I am uploading thanks to the folk who hooked me up with this footage because the stuff I took with m camera phone was universally crappy.