Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Bamboozled

I wanted to do a post on Bamboozle because really, it is my favorite weekend of the year. Bamboozle is a two-day alternative/emo/punk/metal concert/festival/thingee held in the parking lot of Giants Stadium each May. It started as a much smaller festival in Asbury Park and has progressed to a huge event.

The crowd at Bamboozle.

Last year was the first time I went, and that was really only because Jared Leto was going to be there with his band, 30 Seconds to Mars. And well, he's hot. It was so much fun and I found so many new little bands that I would never have heard of if not for the concert. This year, My Chemical Romance was headlining Saturday night and Linkin Park was headlining Sunday night, so there was no way I was missing it. If I couldnt find a babysitter, I was prepared to sell Princess to the gypsies if need be.

PatsyDarling and me, drunk at noon.

So Saturday started out great, with me, Patsy, and Diddy doing what we do best - sitting in the parking lot drinking. Hub went into the concert early by himself while we stayed and drank till we could barely stand. By then it was about noon or so and we headed inside to see some bands and continue the drinking. The truth is, I dont remember much about Saturday's shows other than seeing MC Hammer (and no, I dont remember if he was wearing the hammer pants) and pushing my way up front to see MCR. I had a whole list of bands I wanted to see, including times and which stages they were on (yep, Im a dork) and I know I referred to said list often because I do remember my friends mocking me about it. But the only way I know I saw some of the bands is because I posted it on twitter. Said by me on Sunday: "Oh, I did see Paramore, and I see from my twitter posting that they were good!"

Me at Bamboozle. Very drunk.

My Chemical Romance was good - not the best I have seen them. In fact I guess it was the worst I have seen them since the other times have been kickass and this time, despite my love for Gerard Way and my excessive alcohol intake, I knew his voice just didnt sound great. But I was standing on Frank Iero's side of the stage and he's so purty, it made it all worthwhile. I think he is overtaking Gerard as my dirtyboycrush of the moment.

Frank Iero = total hotness

Sunday started off in a similar way to Saturday - we met up with my cousin in the parking lot and she shared her vodka with us. What a nice family I have. However, I remember a lot more about Sunday. We saw some of my favorite bands - Armor for Sleep, Circa Survive, Brand New, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Thrice, From First To Last, and Taking Back Sunday. I also saw Halifax who I've never seen before and they were really good. Linkin Park was awesome. This was the first time I have seen them even though I have loved them for yeeeaarrsss, and I wasnt disappointed. I actually think Chester's voice is better live than on cd.

All in all, good times. However...my body ached for days afterwards from the two solid days of standing and walking and mosh-pitting. So now we're considering the Virgin Festival in Baltimore in August, but we're wondering if our old, decrepid bodies can take it. What a drag it is getting old.

9 comments:

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Hopefully you didn't have to sell Princess to the gypsies, and you found a sitter.

Linda said...

Hello! Came over by way of Jen-Luc's blog as he left a message on my blog that I wasn't the only one who had been to an MCR concert recently. I took my daughter and two of her friends to see them last Tuesday at The DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The highlight of the night was that my daughter got to meet Frank Iero in person after the concert and give him some of the artwork she had done for the band. I wrote a fairly long post about it and then yesterday I wrote a follow-up post regarding Circa Survive who had opened for them as Muse still had the dreaded food poisoning that had caused My Chem to cancel so many concerts.

I'm now seriously considering going to the Projekt Revolution concert in August when My Chem is teaming up with Linkin Park, Taking Back Sunday, HIM, and a whole lot of other bands. I'll admit that I'm a bit old for these things but there's just something about Gerard ... and besides, I've liked Linkin Park for years! What's a girl to do??

Bob-kat said...

Sounds like a cool couple of days! I love Linkin' Park too - they are on my list to see!

Vixen said...

Awesome! Looks like alot of fun!

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