Wheee!!!! After two weeks of waiting for a credit card to buy tickets, I finally got them on Tuesday.
I didn't care too much for Black Cards before. I really don't like ska, but once I actually listened to Black Cards songs, I realized it was more of an undertone and good music is good music. I didn't want to like Black Cards just because Pete was in it.
Today Cal Poly is observing Cesar Chavez Day, so I was good with staying out late last night.
According to my schedule for this quarter, my last class on Wednesdays ends at 3:50 PM. On Monday, prof let us go before 3 PM, but I guess that was just because it was syllabus day and we ended up getting out a few minutes after. I really wanted to get there early to get in line and get to the front. I checked online just to see if there was traffic on the way, and there was just a patch of yellow by like Crenshaw. It was almost 90 degrees yesterday (today it's 93, feels like 97), so I was really sweaty and took a shower when I got home. On top of getting out late and taking a shower, I was out of gas, so another few minutes wasted. Internet told me that the El Rey Theatre was "art deco" so before I was considering dressing up or something, but it was so hot and I wanted to be comfortable. I ended up wearing my Clan "Caged" tee and jeans. I never wear makeup anyway, so at least my look was consistent.
I ended up getting on the 60 a few minutes before 6 PM (when doors open!!). It was nice and open for twelve minutes until we drove into Los Angeles. There was horrible traffic. We were barely moving. Even the La Brea exit was gross. When we go to Wilshire, the traffic was gone and I paid $10 (ten! D:) for parking. We got there at 7 PM.
When we got inside the show was in between sets. We were standing by stage right and found we could not see at all. The girl behind us said Bad Rabbits just finished. Then it suddenly clicked. Pete is stage left!!
We went over to stage left, where they were even more tall people (I stand no more than 5'2" with my shoes on, people!). The drink the girl next to me had smelled like nail polish :/ Most people were dressed up, but whatever.
The only real concert experience I've ever had is when I saw FOB in 2009, a stadium. The bass was so loud, I could barely breathe when XV went. Even though I made faces at his dorkiness, XV was still pretty enjoyable. I crept forward every time people in front of me moved a little sideways. When the Black Cards banner? came down, I WHOOOO!!!d loudly by myself and people laughed (not in a mean way, great crowd). I wonder if anyone in BC heard me. When they were testing "Pete's vocal" I realized I was really going to see him again.
Screamed when Black Cards came out!! I remember they played "Beating In My Chest", "Dominoes", "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Fame", "Summer Nights", "Tiffany" or something, well I can't remember everything, but "Club Called Heaven" was last. I can't remember which song, but I think Bebe was singing at me. The people behind me were like a foot away and most people were there for Travie so I might've been the only one singing of some people near me. I threw up a spade near the end of one song as it was ending, but she went over to stage right. I'm so awkward and I don't know how to dance, so I tried to move a little, but I was so shy I ended up going back to just standing and singing. Screamed after each song. :)
When Black Cards finished, I remembered ICH saying they do meet and greet at the merch between Donnis and Travie, and Pete said they would try to do meet and greet if security allowed it. We went over there and I bought the last Black Cards hoodie! (picture on twitpic and fb) I voted for the tank top versus a baby tee, and I didn't even buy it haha.
The merch girl was so nice and kept calling me a nickname I don't remember (I think it was "honey"). She asked me what was on my shirt (a lot of people do) and I showed her it was Clandestine. She liked it (a lot of people also do :) ). She said there probably wouldn't be a meet and greet because security didn't want them to. I think Pete probably wanted to spend time with Bronx before he went to San Francisco today. But where where Bebe, Nate, and Spencer??
During Donnis' set, we sat on chairs on a wall (lol "sitting out dances on the wall") as I kept glancing at the merch booth. Every time someone left a space in the curtains to backstage after going through them, I tried to peer through to see if I could recognize anyone. A security guard kept closing the gaps >:|
We went to the bathroom (haha nothing graphic okay). The sinks had candy and perfume bottles all around them and a bathroom attendant handed us the paper towels to dry our hands. I'd seen something like that on tv before, but never in real life. I saw the hoodie in the mirror for the first time and it looks cool even though it's a large.
We went back to the floor for Travie's set, but there a lot more people by then so we stood on the side in the back. There was a hint of an "herbal" smell. I just stood there singing for the most part. I was hoping Pete would come out for Superbad (11:34), but he didn't. I forget after which song, but Travie and the band left the stage. People began chanting "One more song!" and "Travie!" but they didn't come out. Some people left, then we saw glowing glasses. The drummer came out and drummed to two songs. About one-third of the people left. We decided to move to the floor since we could get closer. Then Travie and the rest of the band came out again! Travie started talking about Gremlins and he said there were two rules. I kept saying all I knew was that you can't feed them after midnight. A few seconds before he said the second rule it clicked and I started yelling excitedly, "After MIdnight! After Midnight!" haha, I'm so stupid. "After Midnight (It'll Burn)" is my favorite Travie song right now. I started moving by then. Somehow, there was a much more relaxed vibe.
Travie talked about Gym Class Heroes not breaking up, they'll be on Warped Tour this summer. Then they played "Cupid's Chokehold"!! LOL I went crazy (relatively, of course). Danced and sang with my heart, as cheesy as that sounds.
Travie talked about Nate Dogg inspiring him to sing. There was a moment of silence. Then, they played a little bit of "The Next Episode" I wonder if this is a West Coast thing, but everyone bounced (haha even me a little bit, "yeeeeaaaaay. smoke weed everyday" LOL) to this song, even I grew up knowing it (but not verbatim, obviously).
Sometime he also asked "family" to put their thumbs up. It was cute. I love his stage presence. It really was fun. :) Travie told everyone there was an after party at some place called "Hemingway's" or whatever. Tim William was going to perform. He wanted as many people as possible to get in (so cute, this man!). We assumed it was a club. Since we're 19, we wouldn't be able to get in so we decided to just get food somewhere.
I didn't want to leave yet, but security was flashing flashlights around and motioning for everyone to leave. As we walked toward the lobby, a girl stopped me and asked me how much the hoodie was. I told her I recognized her from her picture on OCK! I can't remember her username, but I remember her location was "L. A". As we walked through the lobby, there was a guy leaning on the wall, texting. I pulled Desiree aside to ask her if I should ask him if his name was Nate, because he really looked like Nate (from Black Cards). A few seconds after staring at him, I decided his build was too small and he wasn't even wearing the same clothes. We walked out of the building and people kept handing us little flyers. I didn't want to deny them, so I took them. As we were walking down the street, I realized I could barely hear anything. It was so quiet I couldn't hear any traffic on the street. It was the weirdest feeling. Almost kind of helpless. I didn't want to be driving and not hear sirens.
The parking spaces were so small, and we were in such a hurry that I rushed when I parked. When we got there, my parking was perfect! Just an ego boost for me. :)
Since we were already in West LA, I decided we should check out Angels & Kings to see if maybe Black Cards was hanging around, even though we agreed it was very unlikely. When we go there, the road was blocked across the street. I wonder if they were filming because there were vans and some kind of huge machine was doing something (so descriptive, right? idk how to describe it, i had to turn right).
Most places were closed so we decided to go home to get food. We went into In-N-Out, but I didn't feel like it, so we kept cruising around looking for something to eat. McDonald's was closed :/. I really don't like Taco Bell, but it's cheap and I was tired of driving. I always got a Nacho Cheese Chalupa when I was little, so I ordered one. I kept mentioning how cute Pete looked that night, though a little sad. I also kept whining about not getting to talk to him, or meet any of Black Cards.
In entirety, it was a fun night and I hope Black Cards and Travie both come back soon! I'd also love it if Patrick played a show I could get into (i.e. not 21+). I don't have as much fun listening to The Damned Things, but I still enjoy their music and maybe I'll get to see them too.