It was a hot, sunny day, one of the few we’d had in a while. I’ll admit I arrived a bit late to Verizon (it was out of my hands) so I missed one of the bands I was dead set on seeing: Anti-Flag. It’s okay though, it didn’t ruin my day there.
The first band I ended up seeing was The Rocket Summer. Definitely not my favorite, but they’re not bad live. We were waiting for P.O.S. to come on right after. I had never really listened to his stuff before but he had the crowd so involved that it didn’t matter. His first song was done on stage, then he took a case for some of the equipment, walked into the audience, and stood on top of the case right there. At this point, he was about 8 feet away, if that. He ended up moving to where I was about 3 feet away from him. It was incredible.
About 1 song before P.O.S. was done, I ran off to get a good spot at Bayside. They were absolutely incredible. Anthony’s voice is just as good live as it is on CD. He threw a few Monster cans into the audience and one of them is currently resting on my dresser. They signed at 4 so I went over to their booth to get my shirt signed and talk with them.
I caught the last part of the Devil Wears Prada’s show, and once they were finished they called out, “Jesus Christ loves all of you!” which was followed by a loud roar of cheers.
I can’t remember when they were on but I know I caught part of Gallows, who were just as fantastic as I’d heard some say they would be.
3OH!3 I will say was not a good experience. There were so many people there that you literally could not move, it was like crawling up one another. I tried to crowdsurf out, but I didn’t make it, so I jiust pushed my way out. It helps to be a little smaller than the general public sometimes.
Bad Religion was hilarious and fantastic, but I was waiting anxiously the whole time for the next band: Flogging Molly. I’ve been chewed out by people saying that A Day To Remember, who was on at the same time, would have been a better choice, but I couldn’t disagree more. Flogging Molly kicked so much ass there was no comparison. I was up against the front rail for their set and at one point in time, Bob and I were singing to each other. (Bob plays the banjo and mandolin). After the show, Bob and Nathen (their bass player) came up to the front of the auidence and shook some hands. I talked to them a little about the show and Nathen’s hat, and got pictures with them both.
The day was so ridiculously good I can’t even begin to explain. This is just the tip of the iceburg.