Hey dudes! So as some of ye may know, I went to Warped tour in Mountain View on Thursday. It was totally awesome, and the day didn't go terribly wrong, even if it was my first. I didn't get stuck in a port-a-potty, or lose my loaded wallet. There were lots of bathrooms at the Shoreline (real, flush-capable ones), and I didn't lose anything, thankfully. The weather was nice, and there was bit of wind, so the crowds weren't so hot. Basically, the weather was a godsend!
So this is how my day went. Kim, my sis (Diehardroxx), and I were nervous as hell the day before Warped, so we couldn't sleep. We were awake almost all night, and I couldn't convince my brain to fall asleep, even if I knew I'd need it for the following day (and I was so right! =) ) we awoke at like 6:15, and dressed as well as ate and did our hair, hoping that it'd stay put fer the rest of the days fer pictures. Luckily, it did its job fer the most part. =)
We were set to leave at 9am, but my mom wanted to leave at 10:30am. I knew it was an insane time, but we finally settled on 9:30. (the actual show started at 11am) she'd decided to tag along with us just the day before, and was totally clueless about what Warped was gonna be like. She thought Warped was gonna be really small, and that there weren't going to be a lot of bands playing. Boy, was she wrong.
By the time we got dropped off, it was a little bit of 10:30am, and fuck, the lines were LONG! We had to cross a whole other street, because the line was so long, it had to be split in half. The whole time I was like 'I told you!' to my mom, who was really surprised at the crowd. People were coming up with their iPods trying to get us to buy their CDs. Some of them were really nice, giving us a listen, and it was hard to say no. but I did, eventually. To ALL of them. I mean, I didn't hear all their music, and couldn't buy their CD b/c of one song. But others were total asses. Like this guy from Valencia. I'd warmed up to the band after I heard that they were part of what went down in Philly with the cops, but FUCK. The guy (IDK who he was) was trying to convince me to buy the CD, and since Kim is totally not use to all of this, she got nervous and stood still and stiff, silent and unable to reply. Then he noticed Kim as he was talking and he was all like "So, she's not even acknowledging me, I'm not a human being, I'm a robot". But he said it in a loud voice, as if to command everyone's attention, and let them know we didn't want to buy his CD. There's going to have to be a lot of convincing for me to ever like them again. He was being such an ass! =( I know that he wanted to sell CDs and stuff, but he came off like such a jerk. =(
While in line, Kim and I saw Garrett, Kennedy, and Pat walking around, announcing that they were playing the Hurley stage at 11:15 am. We didn't say anything, b/c fuck, we were scared and nervous! =) They were gorgeous, all dressed in tank tops (except Pat) and Kenny and Gerr in sunglasses. They passed us and went towards the end of the line. Then they came back and I worked up the nerve to ask them for a picture. I walked through the crowd of people walking to the back of the line, and said "Hey guys!"
They all turned around to look at me, and Garrett's mouth was in an 'O'. "Can I have a picture?"
"Uh," Pat said, looking around instead of at me, and just by uttering that word, I knew that he'd say no, and looked down. "We're running late right now, but we can hang out after the show."
I felt really bad and stupid, knowing that everyone in line was looking at me. "OK," I said, smiling. It wasn't their fault after all, and it would be selfish to hold them back. "Can I have a hug?"
"Sure!" Pat said, and leaned over for a hug. I saw his pretty face up-close, his eyes wandering. I hugged him, and he was really skinny (uh, duh, Jack! All the scene boys are like that! =P) I was planning on asking Garrett for a hug, but as soon as I broke away, he and Pat hurried along. (Kennedy had already left)
Coming back to the line, I knew that some people were looking at me. Some stupid "tuffie-wuffie (that sounds weird, I know! But there's no other way to describe them!) metal heads behind me laughed, probably at my rejection. Kim told me that I looked really chill, and not all stalker-ish with Pat. Whatever. It was cool hugging Pat! =)
'Fuck!' I muttered. It was already 11am, and the line wasn't budging. Eventually we did get in, but there were only like 5 minutes before the Maine was set to play! Curse whomever scheduled them to play so early!
We went to the guys selling the schedules to know at what tine the bands were playing, but came to a dead halt when we saw This Providence (minus one, Gavin wasn't there!)! they were handing out small papers that announced that they were playing the Kia Kevin Says Stage at 5:55 PM. (I wonder, if them being a Christian band, had chosen the number =) )
I asked David if I could have a picture with him, and he said "Sure!" he has the world's cutest cheeks! And the most stunning eyes! OMFGZ. 0_o He towered over me, and his cute hair (which had recently been dyed and cut according to his Twitter) got in my eyes. Hehehe =) but he looked so cute!
I knew that Steph (http://lifelesslove.user.buzznet.com ) loves David, so I made a sing fer him to hold.
I asked David if he'd mind holding this and me taking a picture, and he studied the poster for a little bit and said that it was OK.
This is how the pic came out. I think he looked super cute, with a little bit of attitude. =)
I also know that Jenny (http://jdang.user.buzznet.com ) loves This Prov, and had brought brownies to one of their acoustic shows, so I made this poster for David to hold up.
I told him that she said hi, and asked him if he remembered the girl who came to their Pittsburgh acoustic show and brought them brownies, and he was all like "Oh, yeah!". So the pic came out looking like this, with David's attitude in full force! =)
OMFGZ, IDK how he could have said yes to everything! He's so nice! =)
I walked over to Dan, after he'd finished up a convo w/ some fans and asked fera picture. He looked awfully cute in his small washed pink shirt, and his big retro glasses reminded me of a cop! Hehehe =)
Then I took a pic of Kim and Dan, and she said that she was jealous that Dan came out smiling in my pic and not in hers. I still think it's a cute pic!
We hurried over to the actual amphitheater, thinking that we'd found the Maine. But it wasn't; it was the Hurley.com and the Smartpunk stage, not the Hurley Stage! The big dumbo that I was, I hadn't seen the map at the back of the schedule or that the Maine had changed their time to 11:30am 'till then. But I had no way of knowing looking at the Hurley.com stage, since the backdrop just had the Hurley logo. Gah! =( My mom said she'd wait for us at one of the seats of the amphitheater.
So Kim and I hurried off, until we found the Maine at the Hurley stage. They were already really late into their set, and I knew that we'd missed most of it. =( I was really upset, because I LOVE THE MAINE!!!! And I'd gone to see them, specifically. But we did catch some songs, but the only one I can remember is the last one, "Girls Do What They Want." The whole time, John O' was singing barefoot. I love seeing the Maine. They make me really happy, and I love them live!
At one point, John O' was talking about some kids who had jumped the fence to get into Warped, and how none of them had been caught, except for one. He was saying that if he jumped the fence and the security guards got Garrett, he'd leave him there and bail. Everyone laughed at John O's joke, and Garrett came with a slow reply, ellipses indicating long pauses: "Yeah, kids, don't go jumping fences...Or big guys will...fucking rip your face off." Hehehe =) Gerr's so cute.
These are some pix of their live set. Not the best, but we'd gotten there late, so we didn't have a good spot. =/
When they hit their last song, I told Kim to go see Trey, whom John had pointed out during the show. Everyone had looked in Trey's direction, whom was standing inside the barricades of the Microphone for Youth tent, where the techs were at. Everyone waved at him. At first I thought I hadn't gotten him, but if ye look closely enough, ye can see Trey, with the CSWS sign!
We got over to where Trey was standing, until I built up the nerve to ask him fer a pic. He's gorgeous, BTW, and my main (no pun intended!) reason for going to Warped at all. Knowing that he'd be there killed me, and I had to go knowing otherwise that I'd never meet him).
When we posed fer the pic, his crazy blond hair got in my eyes, hehehe =) It poked them, and I brushed it away. It looks awesome! I love it! =) <3
Then, like the creepy stalkers that we are, Kim took these pix of Trey watching the Maine =)
We made our way back into the crowd, as Moose and Aaron LB were packing up. These are the only two shots we got, b/c, apparently, they didn't wanna be photographed. Hehehe =) Some girl called out Aaron's name, and he looked up, but when he saw her camera, he said "Nu-uh!", laughed, and ducked out of view. Hehehe =) Wish I'd asked when I'd see the new Aaron's Answers!
We watched the crowd disperse as we waited to watch Sing It Loud. I just got into them a lil bit ago, but they're a good band. Some stupid guys who were waiting fer Gallows to come on kept mocking and complaining about the Maine and Sing it Loud. They were saying stupid stuff like "All I see is prepubescent girls!" or laughing at the boys. Yuck. Ppl like that are like that disgust me =(
Sing It Loud set (not in order)
•· Bite Your Lip
•· No One can Touch Us
•· Come Around
•· Best Beating Heart
•· Don't Save Me
These are just the songs that I remember, and these are some of the pix of their set.
It was an awesome set, and the boys were great, and the shirtless Nate Flynn got the crowd riled up. Pat was talking about having a hang over, and about their stop at Fresno completely sucking. He was saying that 'Frisco was making him so happy and that we were great! He also made a mini speech about what Warped is all about, and how some bands don't embrace it. He was talking about how metal heads made fun of pops, and pops made fun of punks fer their Mohawks. It was deep =) and got those dumb boys to shut up =)
After their set, we hit the tents. We went to the This Prov tent, and bought a white V-neck. Andy was behind the tent, and I asked him fer a pic. He said yeah, and this is it! OMFGZ! He had his shirt off =)
He was complaining about an itch he couldn't scratch on his back, and made his way back into the tent. Where his merch guy confirmed that it was a mosquito bite. Poor Andy! =(
Then we went to the Maine/This Century tent (IDK Pat was their A&R!) and bought their CD. I got this pic w/ Joel from This Century. He was so nice! He told me to step into the tent.
I wanted to get a Maine shirt, but they didn't carry any in my size =(
Then Kim and I made our way to the Sing It Loud tent, after I remembered Pat Brown saying that he'd be there after the show. And sure enough, the sweaty Pat was there. I asked fer a pic, and here are the 2 tries.
The back of his shirt was wet with sweat & I loved the funny glasses. Hehehe =) This is Kim's pic with him.
I guess we were lucky b/c right after he took pix w/ us, he left. We bought a black SIL shirt and got a free poster! =)
We went to the bathroom with my mom, whom joined us after the Sing It Loud show. I saw Gavin, but he was going into the bathroom when we came out. We went to the amphitheater and ate lunch. When I finished, I needed to use the bathroom (since I hadn't used it before).
As I was coming back, I saw Chris Miller, the sound tech fer the Maine, and freaked (closet freak out!). He was climbing up the stairs of the amphitheater, having exited out the backstage door of the amphitheater.
"Hey, Chris!" I said. "Can I take a picture with ye?"
"Sure," he replied. I lead him back down a few rows to where Kim sat so she could take the pic. In turn, I took a pic of her w/ him. He looked specially hot that day. I loved his beanie and his hair!
After we finished up, we got in line to see Hit The Lights, who were playing the right Smart Punk stage side in a few, while Black Tide were playing the last few minutes of their set on the left side, on the Hurley.com stage.
I walked down and say Eric 'Halvo' Halvorsen from ARTTM watching them! OMG! =) But I couldn't signal him to come out so that we could talk and take a pic (fer someone who doesn't know I LOVE HALVO! I met him @ the AP tour, but Id love to meet him again! =( ) I prayed that he'd come out, but he didn't. I was pretty upset. =P
Hit the Lights setlist:
•· Stay Out
•· Breathe In
•· Save Your Breath
•· Body Bag
•· Cry Your Eyes Out
•· Count It!
•· Drop the Girl
•· Back Breaker
They were really good (again, I saw them @ the AP tour!) and Kim and I were right in the front of Dave, the guitarist. He's so cute, in a teddy bear kinda way. Nick touched my arm! =) Kim also touched his lower arm, which she said was really sweaty! Hehehe =)
LURKER ALERT! We caught Austin from FTSK watching HTL play by the sidelines, with that permanent PO'd expression on his face! Hehehe =)
After their set, we hit the Maine tent again, hoping to catch the boys. But, unfortunately, we weren't destined to meet them =( instead, I got Ryan from This Century (looking awfully cute!) whom agreed to take a pic w/ me. I love his expression! Hehehe =) I love his nose, BTW!
We went to the main stage to catch We the Kings.... There were boatloads of ppl! =) everyone was so impatient fer them to come out, but started cheering when Hunter and Trav came out. OMFG, I love DanDan! He rocks on drums, and so does Drew on guitar! They played Kim's fave song* and Trav was complaining about a hole in his pants near his crotch. I thought he was kidding, but it was true! It was covered by his guitar, though.
We the Kings setlist:
- Secret Valentine
- All Again For You*
- A cover song by Jimmy Eat World
- Skyway Avenue
- The new song
I tried to take a vid of them playing their new song, but a lot of ppl were crowd surfing, and it was impossible! =( I got hit like once, but I learned to help the crowd surfers, or I'd get hurt. So remember: Help or ye'll Yelp! =) Trav did this funny thing that he said that he hated Hunt and that Hunt hated him, but they loved each other and that's what being in a band is all about 0-o Hehehe =)
I also thought it was hilarious when Trav asked the crowd, "Who believes in God?" only a few low screams served as a response. Then he asked "Who believes in We the Kings?" And everyone started screaming! Hehehe =)
Fer the pic, we got lots of Trav. I wanted more DanDan, but couldn't really see him. =(
We also got these blurry pix or Rian Dawson and Jack Barakat from All Time Low when they joined the boys onstage, after Trav told everyone in the crowd to give All Time Low the finger as they walked by. =)
Then Trav went to the WTK tent after the set, but the line was ginormous! So we just snuck these shots of him before the merch guy closed the side of the tent that he'd left open.
We went to the Maine tent (fer the like 4th time! Hehehe =) Insane, I know!) But didn't see the boys at all. And then, out of nowhere, came Kennedy! Some girl is talking to him and we patiently wait until they're done, but we do sneak these pix of him meanwhile. She'd given him a bracelet, so that's what he was putting on.
Then I asked him fer a pic and he was like "OK!" His eyes are so beautiful! OMFG! =) Amazing! And his smile...These are the pix!
I apologized fer bumping his head @ the AP tour stop in SF, and he said that it was fine. (OMFG! Closet freak out!) And that I shouldn't worry about it. Never the less, I'll never forgive myself. We said thanks, and Kenny said, "No, thank you!" Aww! =)
We were walking to the Ernie Ball stage to see Aiden, when we ran into Andy from This Prov again! I said, "Sorry to bother ye, but can we take another pic?" He agreed. Apparently Andy isn't too happy w/ a shirt on! Hehehe =)
Out of luck, we walked by the AP tent where Hit the Lights was signing. There was practically no line, so the girl at the tent gave us an AP Warped program pictured below, and I flipped it open to find a small pic and article on Hit the Lights. Everyone else was getting their shoes or the laminated cover signed, but the Sharpie didn't stick and smudged on the cover.
Kim snuck these pix while HTL signed, while the chick at the tent screamed "No pictures!" to some other girl. Kim was inconspicuous and we didn't get caught! Hehehe =)
Everyone at the table was really nice and Nick and Omar were talking about making an invention or something. Hehehe =) Well, Omar was sitting at the very end of the table, and started humping it, making it shake violently. Hehehe =) Everyone was like "Omar, stop!" and he was like "I'm sorry, I can't!"
We went to get my mom from the amphitheater, so that we could go and see Aiden. She sat at the bench near the stage, and Kim and I were lucky enough to end up pretty close to the Ernie Ball stage. Aiden didn't have a very big crowd. Despite the fact, they were amazing! wiL's energy radiated off into me. His eyes are stunning, yet empty. There was so much passion there. I loved seeing them play. They played some songs that I didn't know from their new album, but I loved being able to be so close to the band.
•· Last Sunrise
•· Let the Right One In
We didn't see their whole set, because we went to see There for Tomorrow a little bit before Aiden's set ended. TFT were playing in the amphitheater at the SmartPunk stage.
When we got there, P.O.S. was playing the Hurley.com stage, and I hated it. Hehehe =) It was bad. I totally didn't like it.
Meanwhile...LURKER ALERT! We saw Austin Bello from Forever the Sickest Kids watching P.O.S. perform with a Sharpie in his mouth, and Maika Maile from There for Tomorrow. They looked really concentrated and kinda-but-not-really into it. In the Maika pic, the redheaded kid on the side is Caleb Turman (OMFGZ! 0_o I know!) who was also watching, but just for a few seconds.
Right before TFT started, we saw Dirk Mai, Garrett, and John O' coming out from backstage. I wanted to go and get them to take a picture so bad, but I knew that I'd loose my spot for TFT if I did. So I didn't. Plus, they had food, and I didn't want to bother them. I regretted it (a little bit) later, b/c I didn't get to meet any of them. =(
We were lucky enough to come a few minutes before their set started, because we ended up basically in front of Christian Climer. (OMFGZ! =P *drools*) and Maika. I love Christian's new hair, BTW! =) he's really energetic and it was hard to get a good still pic of him. =) poor Maika! =( the sun came out during their set and was hitting him really hard in the face, making him sweat like crazy. I loved their set, although his voice was kinda drowned out by the guitars!
There For Tomorrow setlist
•· A little Faster
Oh, and Christian showed off a ginormous rip in his pants. You could see he was wearing really really tiny bright red boxers, that probably only reached the end of his jean pockets. Hehehe =) didn't get a pic of it, tho! I suck! =P
We left their set early, about halfway through, to go and see This Providence at the Kia Kevin Says Stage. We were lucky, BTW! =) Later on the place was packed, and we were right on the end of the front row, in front of Gavin.
While they were setting up, we heard All Time Low all the way from the main stage! =) We heard "Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don't)", "Dear Maria, Count Me In", and "Break Your Little Heart".
LURKER ALERT! While they were setting up, Aaron Gillespie was walking around the stage! =)
We also saw Gerr and Pat Kirch walking near the back of the stage, but couldn't take a pic of Gerr. Here are some blurry ones of Pat Kirch, though! =)
This Providence setlist
•· That Girl's A Trick
•· My Beautiful Rescue
•· Playing the Villan
•· Waste Myself (one of my faves!)
BTW, Pat brown joined them onstage for "Waste Myself" and Dan said that they were doing Denny's w/ Sing It Loud that night (I couldn't go, though! =( ) then he gave Dan a long hug before he left.
This Prov rocked. They're really great live. =) I think David kinda recognized us, because he kinda stopped onstage and looked our way (I swear he was looking at us!) for a little bit, mouth agape. (We'd waved at him twice, and did the pictures!) He did some mean head banging, BTW! =) poor Gavin! He was so red!
We rushed next door to catch the last 2 songs of VersaEmerge on the Ernie Ball stage. I love Sierra and her voice! She looked beautiful, and got the crowd all crazy. I was dying to see VE forever!
Then we went to the Maine tent again, but no luck. =( We went to the Innerpartysystem tent and were surprised to see Dave from Hit th Lights filling in for the merch guy. We asked him for a picture and he did this really weird thing! Hehehe =) we tried 2 times with him (for me) in the first pic he's doing this weird muscle thing, and I told him to do the same thing in the next pic, so that I could put my hand on his muscle. But he said "I'm sorry, I don't have any muscles!" so weird, right? =)
Then I asked Kim if she wanted a pic and she got all nervous. She was kind of reluctant, but then Dave grabbed her in a hug and said "C'mere, you!" He's so cute and playful. She was so embarrassed! Hehehe =)
We went to the Hurley.com stage to see FTSK @ 7:45PM. Breathe Carolina, which I don't like =P was playing the SmartPunk stage. Kim and I were sitting around, since we were a bit exhausted.
Later, we went to the other side of the amphitheater where FTSK was gonna play. It was packed, and we had to be in seats, but I loved what I saw of their set. They had a really good audience, loving and cheering them along. =)
Forever the Sickest Kids setlist:
•· Hey Brittany
•· My Worste Nightmare
•· She Likes
They came out practically jumping and got the crowd all riled up. Jonathan looked really into it, and all of them looked really animated. =) then Jonathan started talking about a dream catcher that was projected on the roof.
Unfortunately, we had to leave (OMFG, I know! So unfair!) During their third song. We were getting out and we were gonna give the Maine tent another try, when we ran into Nate Flynn from Sing it Loud.
I couldn't remember his name at all (Mean, I know! =( ) but I just said "Hey!" and he turned around, ASAP! I asked him fer a pic, and he said yeah. I told him that their set was great and he laughed and said thanks. I was all sweaty and fucked up (since it WAS the end of the day) but he was so nice!
We had to leave early and I was bummed about not being able to see all of the Maine, or All Time Low who were playing at the same time as There For Tomorrow, or 3OH!3 (who were going to play at 8:15 PM), or all of the bands that I'd wanted to take pictures with, like FTSK, Aiden, Craig Owens from Chiodos, or Aaron Gillespie from Underoath and the Almost, but I really seriously loved Warped. I got a pretty mean sunburn running over my nose and cheeks but it wasn't all that bad. =)
Warped rocked! Hope that I can come next year!
BTW, David Blaise is even cuter in person, if that's even possible! =)