Monday, February 26, 2007

A Long Post About My "Way" Cool Weekend

So I didn't run away with Gerard Way after the My Chemical Romance concert. But this was still a phenomenal weekend.

Saturday, my sister K and I went to Hoboken to see the Lemonheads. The venue (Maxwell's) was so tiny, it was great. There wasn't a separate door for the band to come in or out, so after the show they had to walk through the crowd to get out. Of course, we ran over and walked next to Evan Dando (total hottie lead singer) and I rubbed his arm. I love touching famous people. They were really good in concert. The last time I saw them was back in the early 90's in their heyday and this was so different. Last time, it was a much larger club and we were right up at the stage and when they came on, the crowd surge was so strong that we all fell down (meaning, like 100 people fell, it was crazy and great). This time, it was mellow and the crowd was exceedingly tame. K and I were the only ones jumping around and I kept daring her to knock the lady next to her down, but she wouldn't. Still good times, nonetheless.

Then came Sunday. My beloved My Chemical Romance in concert in Philly. Rise Against opened and they were really good. The funny thing to me about them was that the portrayed themselves as badass anarchists with their stage set and songs. So the lead singer is making a little speech about Iraq and I am expecting a big anarchist statement. But all he said was "Its time to bring the troops home." Wow, you went out on a ledge with that statement, you wild man.

When we got to the arena, we were probably 25 people back from the stage. I was like, this is doable, I can see and I am pretty close. It was probably 25 people or so deep behind us, so we were mid-crowd. Then My Chem came on and there was of course the crowd surge and we just went with it and ended up maybe 15 people back. Then all these little mosh pits kept opening up all over, and the crowd was really rowdy and kept pushing forward and back. So every time the crowd pushed forward, we did too (and then refused to budge when they tried pushing us backward) and we ended up about 5 people back from the stage. We ended up so close to the stage.

The concert was divided into 2 halves. The first half, they did all songs from the new cd, The Black Parade. They were in black and white makeup and those marching band uniforms they wear. I believe they played every song from The Black Parade cd. It was phenomenal. Every song sounded great and they put on such an amazing show. Then, they took a 5 minute break and came back and did all songs from their previous cd, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. They took the makeup off, which was good because I got to see Gerard's pretty face. He looks great with black hair again (vs. the blonde he had for a while there). During this portion of the set, the crowd got even rowdier because the music is more aggressive. I got kicked in the head once by a crowd surfer but it wasn't so bad. And it was totally worth it to get kicked in the head to be so close to the stage.

I think I converted K into a real My Chem fan, if not by her own choice then by the fact that she was trapped in the car with me for many, many hours as we drove through the snow and ice and sleet to get to and from Philly so she pretty much had to listen to me go on and on with all my very useful and highly interesting My Chem trivia. Plus, she said they put on a great show, that Gerard is a great front man, and I think she is digging on his brother Mikey, the bassist. I will convert you all, one by one if necessary. Patsy, you are next.


Patsy Darling said...

I will not listen to My Chemical Romance propaganda. I will not be brain-washed. If I went I could have gotten you closer than 5 deep. I know that much.

Southern Sweetheart said...

Sounds like a blast!!! I'm glad you had such a good time - its times like that that you will remember forever.

JM said...

I'm SO jealous, The Lemonheads AND My Chemical Romance in one weekend? Sounds like a good time. Keep up the crusade, because MCR is one of those groups that doesn't immediately WOW some people, but it sooner or later it will win you over.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

That sounds like one good weekend!

Bob-kat said...

Wow! Sounds like you had a fantastic time. I am so not jr=ealous that you have seen MCR adn I couldn't get tickets ove rhere (grrr!). See - I don't need brainwashing - it's already been done!

I'm off to a gig tomorrow - seeing Ash. Hopefully it'll be good n loud!

Naynayfazz said...

Hi, I found your blog from The Babbling. I am from NJ too, Red Bank to be exact.I will defintely be back soon to read your blog.

I used to LOVE the Lemonheads, btw. Is Evan Dando still cute after all of these years? I saw Duncan Sheik at Maxwell's last April. That place is a friggin shoebox! :)

Naynayfazz said...

I meant to write The Babbling Brooke. Sorry! ha ha