This concert left a sour taste in my mouth. It was at The Fox Theater in Pomona, which is another multi-tiered venue with the very stupid rule of limiting the number of people in the pit. No wristband, no entrance into the pit. Every time this happens to me, I am reminded I need to just buy a bunch of different colored wristbands so I don't have this problem anymore. There are so many things that make me angry about it - usually they half-fill the floor (if that), and the people down there drinking, talking during songs, and taking pictures do not deserve to be down there. Some people have class or a job and can't afford to sit around all day - why should that be the determining factor whether you get to be in the pit?
Middle Class Rut opened the show, and during their set I found out my friend and I would not be able to get down to the pit, so I was already quite angry and then I had to listen to this band's "music". They were like what I would expect to hear from my little brother and his friend who had just learned their instruments and just wanted to rock out and play them as hard as possible without any real rhythm or effort to be original.
(Really 30STM? This is who you picked to tour thru America with? Huge downgrade from Shiny Toy Guns/Neon Trees on the last tour)
I have been excited to see 30STM for a while now, mainly because I think their music translates very well to a concert setting (This Is War sounds like a live album already). Unfortunately, I was unable to enjoy their music to the fullest being surrounded by a super drunk guy who shouted "GOD LOVES YOU!" for an amazingly long time and people with floral patterned button up shirts (that were tucked in!)...so that was a a shame. Jared is quite the showman, coming out in sunglasses (I really think people will look back in 20 years and be like - why did I wear sunglasses indoors? That was douschy of me) and covering Bad Romance (THERE ARE OTHER SONGS TO COVER BESIDES LADY GAGA'S - note to bands in the scene). He was repeatedly telling us to jump and dance like a motherf*cker. I was actually quite annoyed by his constant pestering, but at the last song he told everyone who wanted to come down to the pit (wished he had done that 15 songs earlier) and I saw why he kept needing to say that. The crowd sucked. It was freakin' Kings & Queens and people were standing, literally not moving. Not even a head bob.
This is actually a trend I'm beginning to notice in LA, which really saddens me and dampens the concert experience. People are just too cool to dance, sing along, or have a connection with a band. The superficial attitude a lot of people have means it's weird to show emotion or mosh and it really sucks.
All in all, the experience did not live up to the $40 I spent.