So this was the day of the show, what we planned this whole trip around since May. We got up bright and early at 6:30 and were on our way to the venue by 7:30. We arrived at 8:00 AM, which was 11 hours before doors and 12.5 hours before the show started. Are we insane, yes, do I care, no. It's just what we do. Going to see one of our favorite bands is just an all-day event for me and Jessica. But we weren't the craziest, because we then met Kellie-Anne who had driven from Tennessee and had been there since 6:45 AM. We waited outside until 11:00 when they opened up so we could go inside and spend money in the gift shop. When you spend $15 you get to wait inside the venue in the "pass the line" line. Long story short, we ended up being 5th and 6th in line instead of 2nd and 3rd. YES IT'S A BIG DEAL. But certain people don't deserve to be included in my recap any further. Well...I will say it's pretty crappy when you wait 12 hours in line, and 5 minutes before doors open, someone lets their friends cut with them. ANYWAY. We had brought books, sudoku puzzles and our journals to keep us busy but we everything back in my car before noon because we were afraid that security wouldn't let us in and out later. The hours still passed fairly quickly and we met some cool people in line. It was sooo cold in there. I wore shorts, expecting to be sitting outside in 100 degree weather all day, but instead I froze my ass off.
They were going to let us in an hour early, at 6, but changed their minds because there weren't enough people outside in the regular line...or something like that. A little before 7 they herded us downstairs and our single file line became a cluster-f. When they finally opened the doors, it was all a blur. I've never been around so many crazed fans. Stupid stuff happened but I ended up squeezing in on the barricade next to Jessica. We literally had the best spots in the house. We hadn't seen the girls who ended up next to us AT ALL all day...pretty weird...they must have gotten there at like 5, at the earliest. We had to wait almost an hour and a half for the show to begin. Waiting inside at the stage has got to be the most excruciating part of the whole experience.
The band finally came out to the song Reunited and it Feels So Good. Pretty fitting? They opened with I Woke Up In A Car, which was perfect for the beginning of the show. Next was Space. It was so incredible when the entire crowd screamed "HEY!" during the chorus. Straw Dog was another big favorite of the night. Me and the Moon was amazing. I was so excited to see Watch the Sky live, since it has been my favorite Something Corporate song ever since the first time I heard it. Walking By and Cavanaugh Park were beautiful. Andrew screwed up the lyrics to Drunk Girl, which was hilarious. I had just been thinking "what if he messed up like he did on the Live at the Ventura DVD?" Ha. The Astronaut is another one of my favorite songs, and one of my favorite performances of the night. Hurricane was awesome. The crowd, and the band, were just so into it. iF U C Jordan was the "last" song. I had been looking forward to joining at least a thousand other people in screaming "Fuck you Jordan!" all night (and for the past 7-ish years). I knew they always did an encore so I wasn't too upset when they left the stage.
Andrew came back out and did his little spiel about Konstantine and then played it. It was so special. I never thought I would see it live. It was (kinda still is) one of my favorite songs in junior high and I just listened to it alllll the time. It was just so great and felt so nostalgic to hear it in person. 4 song encore! Next was Forget December and then Down. They finished with Punk Rock Princess, and I promptly started bawling, even more so when they left the stage. I can't really explain why that last song really did it for me. I was just really taking it all in.
Bleary-eyed and on a high from the show, we met back up with Kellie-Anne and waited to buy merch. I allotted myself $75 but only bought the tour shirt. Which I am in love with...I should have bought two because I'm gonna wear it all the darn time. We went outside and joined the line that was waiting to meet the band. I think we had to wait about 45 minutes before Andrew came out. At first the security guy said no pictures, then that pictures could only be taken while he signed stuff, then all the rules were just kind of out the window before he got to us. He wrote out "live the life you're given..." out for Kellie-Anne (which she then got tattooed!) and signed me and Jessica's ticket stubs, and took pictures with us. We then all parted ways and Jessica and I spent the next 2 hours gushing over the positive things of the night and bitching about stupid people. Around 2 AM we finally went to bed with smiles on our faces...(/cheeseball)
So, we had a really great time. I never thought I would get a chance to see Something Corporate live. It was the best show I have ever been to...yes, better than any Brand New show I've been to...even last year's Halloween show (which totally ruled). I think it was the first show that Jessica and I went to where one of us hadn't already seen the band so it was a really cool experience. It was nice to meet and stay in touch with new people and...yeah. What a good day.
PICTURES FROM DAY 2