September 16 will mark the four year anniversary of Immortal Music and a lot has happened over the last four years! Now, I do talk about my experiences at every show, and in the last couple years actually vlogged them as well. However, every time there is some moment that stood out more than others that probably was never brought to your attention. These moments tend to be more personal, and sometimes are actually only noticed in retrospect.
With the website turning four and the fact that I am working toward possibly covering an event that is as close to a dream lineup as I think I will ever get, I'm feeling rather reflective. So, leading up to the 'birthday' of the website, I want to share a memory each day for the next sixteen days. They're not really in any order of favorite memories or anything, and some will be longer than others but they're all real events that may or may not have been talked about before.
There's so many memories though....where do I start? I think I'm going to start with a very early memory. I've told the story of the Art Of Dying show on December 1, 2011, but there were a couple moments through out it all that I may not have talked about, all of which involved Art Of Dying directly.
I'm not entirely sure where I want to begin because a lot of that night was incredibly memory. I think I will start with something that actually wasn't Art Of Dying related but completely involved Adelita's Way's singer, Rick DeJesus. He is a very fun person, and to this day this was still one of the most interesting interview experiences I've ever had. Rick came into the room, and was saying hi to everyone, and then noticed me standing there with a folder in my arms. He all the sudden asks, "Hey, what's that?"
So I told him, "They're interview questions. I have some for you actually."
He pretty much instantly lit up and then goes, "After the show, let's do it!" I remember asking him if he was sure and he said yes he absolutely was. I honestly figured he would forget once the show was over, and I had decided in the middle of Adelita's Way's performance that I wasn't going to bother him if he seemed to have forgotten.
As he bounced off the stage, drenched in sweat and on a bit of an adrenaline high, he saw me and goes, "Oh right! Interview! Come here." We went over and sat at the bar and he goes, "Okay, ask me some questions before I get distracted."
I think I managed to ask him roughly two questions before he decided he needed a shower. He told me he was going to go take a shower on the bus and he would see me in like ten minutes. I agreed, but still figured he probably would come back refreshed and find other things to do. He kept his word though, he came back about ten minutes later and made it a point to come straight to me. I remember him putting his hand on my shoulder and saying something along the lines of, "Okay, I want you to follow me around and ask questions. Don't feel bad interuppting, just do it. I get very distracted, but I do want to do this interview!"
What was I supposed to say? "No, sit your ass down and do this interview?" It was my first in person interview (and only my third interview at all, actually), and I knew he was there with several friends he rarely got to see, so of course I agreed. I followed Rick around this bar for TWO HOURS asking him interview questions as he took shots with a local DJ, and had a general good time. It was actually a lot of fun throwing in questions here and there when I got the chance, and by doing that, it was more like hanging out but I was doing an interview all at once.
One of his friends had driven down from Tampa to see him, and noticed I was doing an interview. At one point she asked me what question I was on, because there was a chance she knew the answer. I still remember the question too, I was asking which song of his was his favorite. I wish I could remember what she said she thought it was, but all the sudden Rick turns around and is like, "What are you guys talking about?" His friend answered with, "What's your favorite song that you've ever written?" He asked her what she had said it was, and then goes, "WRONG!" Then looks at me and adds, "Its Alive." He looked back at her then and says, "And you should have known that!"
I've never had an interview experience go quite like that ever again, but hey, who can say their first interview went like that? Not many, I'm sure.
Then came the Art Of Dying interview. As I was waiting on Jeff Brown, their drummer to be ready for the interview (we had previously talked about it), Cale Gontier came over and drapped an arm over my shoulders and asks, "Whatcha doing?"
"Waiting on an interview." He asked who I was waiting on, to which I shrugged and said, "Well, you I guess."
That surprised him but he was all for it. We couldn't hear each other very well inside, so we went outside and sat at a picnic table and did the interview. We sat there talking for a couple minutes and I was getting cold and I guess he noticed. It was probably 40 degrees out, which is pretty cold for Florida, but Art Of Dying is from Canada. I didn't bring up that I was cold to him or anything, but I must have shivered or something because he all the sudden goes, "Oh shit, this is probably really cold for you isn't it!" I said yes it is and he sort of laughs and says, "This is really nice weather for me. Come on, lets get you inside."
I figured we would pretty much part ways after tha but that wasn't the case. Cale actually hung out with myself and a friend til 2:30 in the morning. One particular thing stood out so much to me, and I honestly may never forget it. At one point, "Rockstar" by Nickelback came on in the bar, and of course everyone started singing. I don't really sing, so I wasn't really singing along, just enjoying everyone else. Well, Cale noticed. He stopped singing all the sudden, leans down so he can look me in the eye and asks, "Why aren't you singing?"
I just flat out told him, "I can't sing."
He threw his hands up in the air and says, "Well neither can I!"
I automatically responded with, "Bullshit!" He sort of blinked at me, with a look on his face like, "Did she just call me out on my bullshit?" I then added, "You sing back up in a band! You can too sing, we all just heard you!"
He just shrugged and puts his hands on my shoulders and goes, "Well sing!"
I don't think I gave in, but it was rather amusing. And then about ten minutes later I saw him basically give their manager a lap dance and get his ass smacked by said manager. It was a very interesting, awesome night. I've only had a few experiences even similar to that one and if I'm perfectly honest, had that night gone differently, I don't know if I would have continued. I don't think I would be writing at all four years later, reminiscing on memories and working toward things I once never would have even dreamed of.
There's so many more stories where that came from, and you will be able to see one every day for the next couple of times. I hope someone out there enjoys it, because I'm kind of enjoying reminiscing on things I remember that you guys may not actually know about yet. I'm sure plenty of it are stories I've told thousands of times, but some of it may have never surfaced to the internet. None the less, I hope you guys enjoy it and I will be back tomorrow with another memory!
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