Greetings! Since you are here, I'm hoping its because you're ready for another story. Yesterday I told a couple stories from the Art Of Dying and Adelita's Way show in 2011, which you can check out if you want. I actually am trying to figure out what order to do these in, if any.
Part of me says I want to go in order that it happened, but part of me just wants to do it in random order because why not? Unless someone wants me to go in order, I am just going to write them however they happen to come to mind. Today, I feel like talking about something that happened actually right about the same time I technically started doing any of this. I had barely started writing, had no idea what a press pass was and Immortal Music existed only on Blogspot. The memories in this post happened at the show that introduced to me the fist band I ever interviewed.
The show was headlined by Escape The Fate, and supported by Alesana, Get Scared and Drive A and happened on January 30, 2011. I wasn't attending as a journalist, I just there as a fan with a few friends and my mom. We had won tickets last second, and friends decided to come with, and we had a great time.
There's two memories in particular that I kind of want to talk about, and both were actually after the show and were really just conversations that have remained memorable. The first was right by the door, as people were exiting the venue. A crowd of people just stopped like twenty feet from the door and all appeared to be around one person. So obviously, someone was over there, but I couldn't see who it was. Luckily a friend of mine who was with me is much taller than I am, and was able to see it was Nicholas Matthews of Get Scared. So we decided to go over and get our Get Scared EPs signed. As I was waiting for a few people to get their autographs and pictures with him, people were leaving right behind me.
All the sudden Nick hands off a CD to someone and then comes over to me and is like, "I'm sorry, but you come over here. You being near all of those people is making me nervous, I don't want you to get trampled." I'm a pretty small person, and I think that's what worried him, and I just thought it was pretty sweet of him actually. Something else that was kind of cool was the fact that he made a funny face in every single picture he took. Mine included, see?
We thanked him and left the build. A lot of people were leaving, so we decided to hang out a bit to let the traffic clear up some. A bunch of people were on the side of the building, so we went over that way to see what was going on. The tour buses were parked over there, so we also knew that meant there was a pretty good chance of meeting someone.
I was walking through a crowd of people, texting (You really shouldn't text and walk, you always end up walking into someone. Sure enough, that's exactly what happened. I saw someone step down from the stair just past me, but we basically walked into each other before I could really react. That person was Max Green, who at the time was Escape The Fate's bassist. We both apologized for walking into each other, and then myself and my friends asked for pictures before others noticed he was there.
The really memorable thing about this was 1) he was so high, we're not actually sure he could see us that well. 2) Just after we got the pictures, and everyone was getting signatures, a friend of mine asked him, "Hey, do you know where Craig is?"
Max signed something and handed it off to someone, turned to my friend and goes, "I will answer your question with another question. Do I look like Craig's babysitter?" I kind of wish we would have said yes, just to see what he said, but I think we actually kind of just laughed. Then he said Craig was probably somewhere down the sidewalk and went on signing things.
I actually didn't end up meeting Craig until Uproar 2014 (You'll hear that story at some point, I promise), because I think something was wrong that night. I saw him trying to get through the crowd as quickly as he could, and when he got stopped, frankly he looked terrified. So, I left him alone because I didn't want to add to it. Still don't know what was wrong that day, but hey, we all have our off days! Escape The Fate is great live, by the way. I have now seen them live three times, there was that night, Uproar 2014 and Warped tour this year. If you get the chance to see them, I recommend it.
There's that, and I kind of don't know how to end this but I will be back with another memory tomorrow!
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