okay, my last post was a quickie and i didn't even touch what i've been dying to say. so, without further ado, i recount the single most awesome day of my winding 18 years, known to all as July 30th, 2004.
We got to PNC so damn early that we wound up parking where the tour people park. w00t. we got there at 9:40 am and sat there just...doing NOTHING until about 12. Mind you the doors open at 2:30. I was chilling by the north gate and and this kid (his name, which i caught later, was Andy) hops out of a van, wearing an PR shirt that was only available to LPU members. I was all ::giddly:: because I was finally meeting another real, live, BREATHING LPU member! lol, anyway, he came up to me (i was wearing my LPU 2.0 tshirt) and said, "I see your in LPU, are you on the Street Team?" and i shook my head and sighed, stating that I'd give my spleen and possibly my appendix and kidney to be on it, especially for LP. He laughed and said, "here, have some Breaking The Habit promo stuff, and some PR stuff, and even the PR sampler!" we talked a bit more and we started waling on the lawn to the south gate entrance for the venue. a friend called, said he was looking for him, where were we, blah blah. Turns out that the friend he was meeting was this totally AWEOME dude named Cameron. Really cool kid, nice, friendly, totally understand me, likes THE SAME MUSIC, (and i mean all the same music, and he's not a tremendous punk fan like :;cough;:RJ:;cough;:) likes anime and RPG and video games. Put simply, this kid can't be cooler. :DDDDD So, it's 1:45 and Andy hands me a whole bunch of LPU3 membership cards, so i made a mad dash, running up to random people and telling them to join because "you'll get the best fucking band taking care of you as a fan". Returned within 5 minutes and was sitting on the railing, talking with Cam and Andy and Maria(my cousin) and Lisa (the girl from work) and I blurted out that it was "hotter then Jesus' balls stuck to his inner thigh". the people next to me were in stitched and tried to talk security into letting me in early just for that statement. Lol.
Finally, 2:30 rolled around, security did the pat down, and i was first for the south gate to be let in, and 1st in the venue. w00tNEss. Then, maria and i bolt over to the TShirt booth and she bought my tour shirt for my b-day, and i bought the Cinemanga/DVD for BTH. We walked into the PR village, which we watched them set up, and it was pretty cool. We went over to the LPU/MSM booth and picked up our samplers. I was a bit disappointed, I really wanted to make it into the M&G, but alas, that's life. We watched the whole dwonset. show and then I walked around a bit, ran into (off all people, my LP partner in crime) MARK LEICHT AND JOE LEMMELIN. lol. we talked and then we went our seperate ways. I went over to the entrances for the lawn and seating around 3:30, i was so excieted. Cameron had been on the lawn for OZZFEST not 2 weeks prior and found really good lawn spots.
150 feet away, I can see all the band members walk by the backstage door at all times, hey look it's BRAD AND OMFG ROB and "i can watch the sweat fly from Chester "ALMIGHTY" Bennington's forehead and fo-hawk" good.
hell FUCKING yeah.
Less then Jake were first to play, and they were good, I wished they had played 'She's gonna break soon' only because that's the only song of theirs i know.
The Used. What to say. they were good, i think that they'd be able to hold their own on their own tour, but due to Burt's bulimia (suprisingly, he didn't puke on stage) it'd never happen for a while. Good music though.
Snoop D-o-double jizzle. he sang P.I.M.P. to repeat what he told me to sing "na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, GO DIE." ::twitch::
KoRn. I'd never been hugely into KoRn the way that I'm into LP. I knew some of their more popular songs, since i listen to k-rock religiously, but other then that, not much. I HAVE BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK, AND THE ROCK HAS BEEN CROUCHING OVER ME. simply put, KoRn is my new favourite band. And Jonathan Davis is FUCKING AWESOME. The whole KoRn set, I was thrashing so hard i made the stadium spin. w00tability. :O i totally want JD. lmao lmao lmao.
then about 40 minutes after KoRn ripped me a new one and blew me away, LP came on. Mind you, i'm horribly hoarse and getting tired, but the electricity and adrenaline that was rushing through me had me screaming with Chester, in tune, in sync and me fucking half-throwing my sweaty (it was FUCKING BOILING all day) shoe-less self at the stage the whole time i was there. God, simply put, I was releasing 17 years worth of bullshit and anger and hatred and family bullshit. They played the version of BTH that's on the sampler, i was misty (as was everyone else). Numb fucking blew my mind, Wish (NIN COVER) was the shit. During ITE, Mike had a whole bunch of kids run up the centre isle and sing the bridge. During APFMH, Chester decided to hop into the crowd, and before he did so, Mike told the crowd "Now no grabbing off Chester's clothes, we don't need to see that." PSSSSHHH. Crazy teenies started gropping the poor man, at which point he grumbled into the mic "I'm not a FUCKING piece of CHOCOLATE." and was helped back on stage. I stayed through KRWLNG (re-animation version) and I was screaming/crying/going euphoric before i had to leave the sight of the 6 people whom i don't know but have had the HUGEST impact on my life. Ever. The crowd was so intense and so pumped that you could bearly hear Chester and Mike singing. Supposedly, after KRWLNG, Jay-Z came out for 2 songs, and Jonathan Davis did the re-animation version with 1 STP KLOSR to close the show. simply put, I still get goosebumps thinking about it, and whenever i hear any LP song now because i just think back to the show and how intense and raw and FUCKING AWESOME they were.
BAAH. I can't wait until the next show. I'm 1 year ready, totally advanced. Needless to say, I'm stoked, and touched. Thank you Linkin Park. You are truly hero-s.
If I ever get to tell the band just how much they've saved me, I damn sure as hell will.