Papa Roach..stole the show but when does that NOT happen?
Hello everyone, I'm finally back and let me tell you, the boys did not let me down. I've come to just expect them to blow the crowd out of their minds and they did again..but I'll get to that in a moment.
So, we were invited to the sound check by Saving Abel..we got there early and watched the roadies set up. I happened to walk by the production office and saw the tour manager, so I stuck my head in to say hi and interrupted a meeting he was having with Jerry..woopsie..lol..I apologized later when I saw Jerry and he said not to worry about it, so I didn't. So anyway, seems some of the bands had gone out to play golf, I don't know who..but that according to the security guys. If they were, they're braver than me cause it was cold!
So, while waiting around for the Buckcherry meet and greet to be over, Corey, my son and I, we're hanging around out back and who walks by but THE Rev. My son is grabbing my arm and going "Mom, that's the Rev, mom, mom..", lol..so I called out.."Hey Jimmy, do you have a minute?" he came right over and was really sweet, just the nicest guy. He admired Corey's deathbat tat and took a pic with him. Then he sort of joked around with my younger son when he said "You're a good drummer!". I was impressed with him and the guys from Saving Abel. These guys are just so down to earth and cool. On to the music though.
So, the first band was Saving Abel and they had very little stage area to work with, but the did a great job. In Gods Eyes, New Tattoo, 18 Days, Addicted.. couple more..the crowd participated and seemed happy.
So....in between the set up I was hanging out backstage with Liam and the guys came out to stretch and warm up at the back of the stage. Liam called out to Jacoby who said "Hey little dude!" and Liam was happy. There was a moment when Jacoby knelt down and gave a kiss and a hug to Jagger..I don't know how to describe it..it was beautiful and enigmatic..and just wholly something that you felt like you shouldn't see but couldn't look away..just gorgeous..
Anyway..the guys took the stage with Angels and Insects..the pit went wild and there was some movement from the sides, but the crowd was typical. I was stage left with Liam, watching from the side and I'm embarrassed to say I lost track of the songs order. They did A&I, To Be Loved, Lifeline, Hollwood Whore(which the crowd went nuts for..Jacoby went down like he does in the video and then crawled across the stage..so hot)., Forever, GAWM, Scars, Broken Home and Last Resort..I think that was the whole list. They did not do Change or Die.
Jacoby did his out in the crowd thing after challenging the crowd to get off their asses. He was mobbed worse than I've seen before, couldn't see him at all in the crowd until he ended up balancing on the very edge- sort of straddling the bar on top of the wall. The crowd got really worked up after that and he had them eating out of his hand. All the guys looked fab..I have about 50 or 60 really great shots but I have to get them set up and then I'll show them to you. There is one of Tobin that is just...omg..I'll let you know..
Oh..and to let you know..if you look at the dates and you start with this date as BuckCherry headlining..they and A7X trade off. A7x was insane. The majority of the crowd was there for them and they've changed their look. They've all grown out their hair..Syn looks a little like sonic the hedgehog in a good way, Zackys hair is wicked long and Johnny has grown up. The Rev still looks like the Rev and Matt is letting his hair grow too. All in all, a nice presentation. I did not get to see BC at all, they didn't come out of their dressing room all day except for the meet and greet which was very closed..
I cannot wait to see the guys again, this show is amazing!