As Andrew and company took the stage, the crowd out on that field in San Diego gained this power that I couldn't really describe. It was beautiful. Going into Bruised, the entire audience was jumping together. By La La Lie, I had my arms up in the air next to people I never met singing at the top of our lungs. I looked around and saw a ton of smiles. I really had to soak it in. Here's all these people that don't know each other but they're willing to pay money to get real close together and trade sweat with their neighbors? On top of that, all these people, who God knows most would never sing in public, are singing out to a song, together.
Inside MFEO, Andrew said something that really dug into me. From a very calm and reassured voice he sang, "The world would look like this... Yeah John, the world would look like this". Immediately I had this whole slew of emotions fill me. My first thought was, "Crap, Andrew is calling out John from the grave!?". I think Andrew might be the only person I would be comfortable saying something like that. He was right though.
There seems to me that there are a lot of "big" bands out there that want to change the world. Tom Delonge is probably the most vocal one in our little scene right now. Last night I wish Mr. Delonge was out there on that field watching Andrew talk, sing and live. I know Tom wants to change the world. He always says his latest album will do that or something. I don't want to come down on Tom, but I have the Start the Machine DVD and I can show anyone that this is fact. Andrew, however, doesn't need to say shit. He does it. He changes people. He is probably one of the best role models out there now for young adults. I'm always happy to say I'm a Jack's fan.
So that's all the mushy guy love I have for Andrew and my wishes that maybe Tom will one day see Mr. McMahon and learn something. The two are very similar I think. Both had amazing bands. Both started side projects around the same time. Both had incredible trials (Tom with his back disk plate and Andrew with Cancer). They're two very passionate frontmen. The difference is in the grace and humbleness that Andrew's projects have presented. Also how Andrew presents himself. He tells the facts and blows up nothing. That's the way I like it and I hope that never changes.
There's another side of last night though that I feel I need to touch on as a member here at ap.net. A few days ago I saw something on here about the Final Riot Tour. Last night, infact, was Paramore's show. With that came Paramores fans. I remember seeing a lot of talk on here about how Paramore's fans are, for the most part, comprised of an army of 13 year-old, braty, bitchy, I-got-daddy's-credit-card-and-came-here little girls. That said, I don't want to say every paramore fan is like that but damn, I have never seen attitude at a show like I did this one. In between songs when Jack's Mannequin was playing a girl in a paramore shirt turned around and yelled to the crowed "STOP PUSHING! IT'S JUST JACK'S MANNEQUIN!". Just Jack's Mannequin huh? Andrew McMahon has now been making music for over a decade and obviously has a fan base enough to push you around and make you feel uncomfortable. To belittle a band just because they are not the headliner is stupid and ignorant.
Sadly, I can't say that was the only offence I felt at this show from Paramore fans. Once Jack's Mannequin was finishing up I felt some hands pressing against the bottom of my shirt. In the front of a show like this you might get that every now and then but this felt a little too deliberate. I looked back at a couple girls that were wearing, again, paramore shirts. Something seemed to be up but I didn't think to much about it. After Andrew left the stage, my friends and I made our way out of the crowd. As I came out, one of my friends asked me to turn around. To our surprise, all of us had multiple pieces of gum stuck to our shirts and shorts. At this point I'm pretty pissed. I have no idea why someone would have motivation to deface our clothing. It's rediclous really. I'm not writing this saying "All Paramore fans are gum-chewing, thread-ruining, estrogen overdriven sluts" but there are obviously a good pool of not-so-nice peolpe who like this band. So here's some advice.
If you go to Paramore's Final Riot Tour this summer keep this in mind: Don't wear your favorite Something Corporate shirt that is now out of print. Chosing this option may result in spending a half-hour with said shirt, scrubbing gum out of the cloth. Also, be prepared to be offened if you're there for Jack's, Phantom Planet, or Paper Route. On top of all that though, have fun. You'll probably up to your neck in little girls, but the dudes I could see around me were all smiles. I even made a couple friends who are on this site.
I really hope you didn't read all that. I didn't realize I wrote that much. Dang.
PS: Just a fair warning because I didn't get one at the door, Paramore's lights are badass but may induce siezures. I came pretty close to one.
Lately, I've been listening to a lot of the "old stuff". Things that probably most would be ashamed of. I revisited NSYNC's Celebrity recently and really fell back in love with it. I actually really want to do a cover of "The Two of Us". Maybe make an acoustic version or something. Who knows.
Right Now I'm listening to Fall Out Boy's first album: For the Hot Topic kids, no, not TTTYG and for the teenies, not FUCT. I'm talking EOWYG; there's something you don't see abbreviated every day. But there are a few gems on this record.
Today I set up a date for my college orientation. Part of me is kinda stoked but at the same time I feel like I'm slowly betraying my dream of playing music. I want to play music. I don't want to go to college. Right now it seems like San Diego has fallen away from making varied music. I think Stephen Christian was right when he said our scene hasn't really been pumping it out like it used to. Every person I talk to around here just wants to play hardcore. I don't have anything against hardcore but I don't think I could do it. I mean come on I started this off with Nsync. Yeah, couldn't do hardcore.
So since this is my first one here lets get something straight. I'm going to be honest here. What I say is just what's up. I'm not being "emo". I'm not being an attention whore. Don't be stupid. You don't have to read this.