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2006-12-10 - 4:02 a.m.

concert happenings (front row center)



what we have here are a couple (at least) of entries from the last month in the RealTime blog after a weekend of concerts and whatever I had to say about concerts was incomplete (must be why I cut and pasted the words in the babble files, right?) but I want the brief blog to remain brief and so I bring the thoughts here and see what remains to be written...

and into the nights of concerts we go now...

the concert tonight (Brand New and Dashboard Confessional) ended shortly after 10pm because there were only two bands (I am seriously spoiled and feel quite unsatisfied with just two bands now)... and while I am on the subject of dissatisfaction with bands who take advantage of commercial success, I'll mention that the venue, UCF Arena, needs better management...

I showed up an hour and a half before the doors were supposed to open and there may have been 500 people in line ahead of me, if that much, and the doors didn't open until 45 minutes after the time stamped on the tickets and during that time, hundreds of people snuck up ahead of the line by then and the venue staff were inept at dealing with line cutting and... in fact, I shall devote an entire paragraph, no, more, as much as it takes to the subject and beyond...

why are people so afraid of letting go
do they really think they can't trust themselves?
what of all the good books they say they know
is it all just empty words on dusty shelves?

why are you afraid to live your life?
how can just spectating be enough?
there is so much more to experience
why do you empower your fear so much?
why are you afraid of touch?

there out on the floor with the music all around
how can you ignore the energy?
there out on the floor is so much more than sight and sound
where is your sensuality?

I can feel you pressing against me
why do you ignore your own body?

to be continued...


first, back to the venue, they allow way too many people to cut into line... second, that made it very unfair to those who showed up early and played fair and waited in line because they limited the floor to the first 1500 people who entered by giving pink wrist bands out... third, they could not stop hundreds from jumping the barriers they set up to keep those who did not have pink wrist bands off the floor... so anyone who respected the rules tonight had crappy seats, crappy views, crappy sound, and a low energy experience...

for those who don't mind that, fine, but for those like me, it would have sucked if I didn't talk my way into getting a pink wristband off someone who really did not want to be on the floor in the first place but was ushered out there unprepared for what a concert floor is like... the kid was happy to give away his wristband with the words, "sure, take it, I almost got killed out there"...

you're so full of aggression
you say you pray to love
yet you worship the power
of a bullet, bomb, or shove

and you let no one near you
and you act like you're cool
and you think no one can see
you're afraid
hypocrites and fools


oh, are you still here?...

yes, well then... I was acting all prissy and complaining, wasn't I?... don't mind the counterpoint of the rhymes, they don't mean a thing, after all... so finally, the bouncers could not handle catching the crowd surfers and Chris, lead singer for Dashboard Confessional actually asked the crowd to stop surfing because he saw a few people go down head first because the bouncers were not prepared to not catch them... kudos to the House of Blues as the best concert venue in the area for crowds and bands that attract moshers and crowd surfers...

the crazy thing is that they didn't do the wristband thing for the Panic at the Disco concert and that crowd is typically (and was) a lot wilder than the Dashboard Confessional crowd (maybe they are not as inept as they appeared tonight and realized that the Panic crowd would have overrun the weak security staff they have... they really do not handle concerts well at this venue... it is, after all, a school with extreme growing pains and, in fact, a gymnasium in a plastic tree southern farm town... maybe it'll grow and mature someday)...

so the concert was not as great as it might have been if I was out front throughout the first band because Brand New is one of my favorite bands these days and having to miss the energy on the floor and part of the show because I was scrounging around and negotiating for a pink wrist band... I enjoy Dashboard Confessional, but I really went to see Brand New (just as I'd have gone to really see Say Anything when they opened for Dashboard at the last concert they played in town... Precious and Dreamer got to that concert without me cuz, well, Precious didn't need me for a ride and I was still working nights... or like I went to see Spill Canvas when they opened for Mae... often I go to see the opening bands because I am not nearly as attracted to bands who've supposedly made it because too many take advantage of their commercial success by playing bigger venues and shorter sets and ultimately lose touch with their audience)...

but it wasn't all bad news... I did squirm my way to the front for Dashboard Confessional and while the crowd was quite tame, there were some good people sharing the space, which made the experience much more fun... one of these days when I get a grown up computer I'll be able to upload the pictures from my phone and we'll see how they came out...

one very happy note was that I got several remarks about my shirt from Meg and Dia fans (they were Brand New fans... it seems that Dashboard confessional fans may be a younger more transient fad oriented group, which is another drawback of commercial success)... now if we can only get Meg and Dia (and other great, but still low budget artists) to swing through Florida (one big drawback of living in Florida is that it is not an easy stop to add to a tour because it's almost a thousand miles from the usual tour route and that's an expense small bands can't cover with just a concert or two down here)... and maybe the sense I get that Florida (and the south in general) is still way behind many other areas in organizing concert tours is actually the way it is... seems that's an opportunity I ought to look into...

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