Don't blame security - they have a job to do. The dudes we made friends were really nice. They said their job is to keep everyone safe and where they are supposed to be. As the one guy said "Trust me, I would rather not have to go into the pit to drag someone out by the neck but if they jump the barrier, that's my job".
I had never heard CB7 before and absolutely fell in love with them. That chick is sick! Her energy and talent was really refreshing. The 2nd band was good too, I knew one of their songs from the radio, but other than that I wasn't going nuts for them.
Now to Mars, Jared was really full on. This was my 5th time seeing him and he's been sick at most of the shows I've seen him at so it was nice to see him actually sing most of the set himself instead of just having the audience sing most of it. I don't know if Shannon is still feeling crappy, but he kinda looked miserable to me. I was on the gate right in front of his set and he was drenched from the beginning and just looked like he was working though it. I felt kinda bad for him. I was really screaming for Buddha hoping to have something from the first album played, but yeah that didn't happen. I never got to see them on tour for the first album so the only song I've heard them play from the old album is the acoustic cut up version of Capricorn, which they didn't even do that night. I'm not sure he really is listening for requests when he asks cause each time he asks what do people want to hear he plays bad romance and I don't hear anyone screaming that. who knows? so do they no longer do signing and pix unless you buy a golden ticket? the first time i saw them live was at TOC and I didn't have to pay a couple hundred bucks and I got their signatures. Are those days completely done? I just wonder if I ran into Jared randomly if he still gives autographs out. Anyone even know?
3 people had to be dragged out in front of me and that kinda of sucked, but i gotta ask, why would you go into the pit with no water? after cb7, there were people screaming at security that they needed water. it's a pit. it's sweaty and hot and you are going to dehydrate if you don't drink water or something at least. it's common sense. anyhow, off my tangent, i had a great time. i met some great new people that i hope to run into in the future. i met some people i hope to never have to stand next to again. i know it's a pit, but i am not an armrest and cannot support the weight of someone else's ass on my hip. (not kidding she rested it on my hip)I expect to be shoved, elbowed, my feet stepped on, and maybe a foot to the face by someone surfing, but there are just lines you don't cross, like using a stranger's body like a body pillow.
Didn't run into anyone from the boards, at least not that i know of, maybe one day.
Yes, the days of signing lines are over [sing it to the tune of the age of man is over, there we go] done, in the past, forget about it [italian NYC accent]. Yep, there was a signing line there in 07 TOC but the last of the signing lines happened spring of 2010 best that I know. Now one must pay $350+ to say hello/thank you/get a sig/a pic. We were the lucky ones.
-Met a couple cool ladies who helped me fix my hoody. I had a triad malfunction with my neon duct tape so they gave me some of theirs. Thanx
-Got 3rd row Shannon side despite getting to the show so late.
-NOTH full band!!! Jared killed a small piece of my heart when he played it acoustic in DC. Plz don't do that, I have a weak heart as is
-Being behind and in front of cool peeps in the pit. This can make or break even the best show.
-VOX POPULI. Shut up, shit's sweet live. Mostly Shannon's drumming during the 2nd half..dude murdered it. He still continues to amaze even all these shows in.
-Hanging out with some old/new ppl at the buses & having a good laugh at the people singing & cheering everytime someone came out of the gate. FYI to newbs in my experience being loud usually scares the band away...especially Letos, dude's are like deer. Ya gotta approach them slow, cam and quiet. Just sayin.
haha yes Vox Poopili is fun live. But I vowed long ago that if they would not play SIASL then I would not stomp stomp clap during Vox Populi and instead stand quietly in defiance. I have forgotten that vow twice now. I blame the margaritas.
I also might have some idea of why this show was different for you, a blast from the past. For one thing, the venue brings back great memories of the good ol' days with Mars and perhaps even more especially, the good times you had with your fellow Mars friends. It was great listening to you and B&G talk about the old concert (and the yellow line guy) and good memories are fun to relive. Also, you really perked up when we saw the flags and the skeletons being prepped. Jared never used the flag that was ready for him on the drum kit, though.
You know, you might have a point there. And I did perk up at the flags didn't I? Hahaa B&G and I were dying when that same security guard came out, yes indeed. Maybe all that was part of it. Maybe.
Happy they put on such a good show and you all had a fun night.
People used to go on and on after a gig and I just haven't lost the habit I reckon. I like to share my memories with everyone cause that's part of the fun. Thanks for reading and sharing it with me.
Well, back of the pit is ok. But yeah, barrier is over for me. I need room to be ME!
Holy crap - thanks for sharing your night now that you are rested up. You did get beat up didn't you? I completely agree that 3 steps forward is just dangerous. I felt a little bad for liking when he did it [3 times] cause as much as I enjoyed having the fresh space to breath, I knew the people up front were getting crushed. If you want to read about my "new mars" barrier experience that put me off the front forever, go to the Bender Arena DC april 23 2010 roll call thread. It's never good when one is hoping the show will be over soon please.
- one of the girls in the group behind us in line starts poking at one of my patches "excuse me, can you tell me what those symbols mean? I don't really follow this band but what the heck do these mean?" and I say "you mean the glyphs?" and she says "Yeah, whatever they are called, what ARE they?" so as she is taking a pic of my patches I explain the two possible meanings behind the glyphics and they all listen like I am telling ghost stores around the campfire - one of the girls says "Wow this just got really philosophical I had no idea these were so deep" then the first chick says "Okay so the band name. They won't answer that anymore right?? How did they get their name?" so I tell them about the professer and the paper, neither of which has been found... "cool cool, thank you so much" then ELDRITCH looks at me and says something like "You are like the keeper of Mars Lore" or maybe it was "You are the Mars Library" I forget.
It's Tuesday and I'm still grinning. I'm in my head and I am spinning.