So, I want to get nostalgic and a little (okay very sappy) sappy with you guys for a few minutes, if that's okay. Fair warning, I will probably ramble, but I promise, its worth the read. Today is the ten year anniversary of the Immortal Music Facebook page, and while that might not seem like much to any of you, its a big deal to me. For context, the page came before the website. When I made it, I didn't make it with intention of doing journalism, or anything. I actually made it just days after joining Facebook because I wanted to share my love of music with people.
I had only in the past year, maybe year and a half or so, gotten into rock music fully. I had heard a handful of things prior to that, but I only hardcore got into rock and metal at either fourteen or fifteen. I literally don't remember, and sometimes I feel like it was younger, sometimes it feels like it was older. I don't know, I don't care, I guess it doesn't matter. All that matters is I got into it, and oh boy did it CHANGE MY LIFE. For the better, of course.
Does anyone remember the first time they ever turned to music for comfort? We've all done it, turned on songs to drown out the noise of life, or as some kind of escape. A moment I remember often, though I don't believe I've ever talked about online, is the first time I remember turning to music for that purpose. I realized the other day that the moment I'm thinking of was probably right around ten years ago as well. I do think it was just before I made the page, I actually think it might have lead to me wanting to make the page.
See I was homeschooled, and there's groups you can join just to socialize, or do some extra classes, whatever. Ours was a little clique-ish, and sometimes I was included in it, but sometimes I wasn't. I don't remember exactly what happened, but I remember leaving one of our drama classes early one day. Something or someone had made me feel like shit, and I wanted to leave. So I was crying in the car, waiting for my mom to say goodbye or something. I don't remember that detail either. I turned on my iPod and initially turned on the Jonas Brothers, who were my favorite at the time. But it wasn't doing enough for me. I was still upset, I wasn't distracted at all. I was hurt and mad all at once, and just knew I needed to drown it out.
At the time, I'm pretty sure I only had 3 rock bands on my iPod. Those were Three Days Grace, Bullet For My Valentine and My Chemical Romance. I knew only a few BFMV songs at the time, and I knew they were louder than anything else I had. So I went straight for "Waking The Demon." I played nothing but those three bands for who knows how long. All I know is I calmed down enough I nearly fell asleep in the car, and I never looked back. From that moment on, I turned to music for comfort, to escape, or just for fun.
I don't know exactly when that was, but I am sure it was before the page was made. I randomly decided to make it, and it took a couple years before I really got any followers, so most of the time it was me rambling to myself and maybe twenty people about music. I felt like a low-key DJ though, just sharing music, and some news. I started writing blogs, just to talk some.
Eventually, I joined a youth group and made new friends. A couple of them are still among my best friends to this day, and both helped encourage the growth of who I am today. One of them showed me an interview from Bryan Stars, and I decided I wanted to do that. I had already been here and there posting news I saw, or sharing my thoughts on a now defunct blog, so it felt like the right thing to do.
I'm finding myself reflecting a lot on how much came out of me just wanting to share my love of music. I've been to 23 shows, most of which I either had a pass for, or just wrote about anyway. I learned I have a love of photography because of this whole thing, I've met my mom's favorite band, I've met part of one of my favorite bands, I've made so many friends, done so many things that most people would never do. Hell, I've saved a couple lives even. Those stories are not mine to tell, but it all came from conversations sparked through the page -for the love of music.
Its gotten harder, its gotten less rewarding over the years. I've gotten discouraged and burned out more than once, but none the less, this whole world is part of who I am. I am so grateful to all who have stuck around and supported me. So many people had no idea it was more than just a Facebook page full of music, and that's fine. I'm just glad people were able to share the love of music with me, and that I've been able to make people smile.
Thank you for listening to me ramble, and for you all your support over these past 10 years. Here's to so many more adventures, and memories.
You know, I've been feeling much more attached to my music lately. Its such a nice feeling, that frankly faded quite a bit for a long time. I didn't think that much of it at the time, but looking back at it, that's really sad. Way back in the day, I used to share countless songs, and talk about music semi aimlessly on the Facebook page. Back then it was called Music= Life, then did get changed to Immortal Music, but that was still back in 2012.
The random love of music has been sparked again. I actually went to a concert (I Prevail) where I didn't even have my phone on me. Going into it that felt foreign, and I thought I would hate that. Not being able to record or take a single picture? Its unheard of for me, but you know what? That ended up being the most therapeutic thing I think I ever could have done for myself. I forgot how absolutely incredible it is to stand on the edge of a massive mosh pit, watching from a safe distance, screaming your heart out to songs while surrounded by 2,000 strangers doing the exact same thing. All that mattered was the music, and its been almost a week, yet I still feel so much better. I honestly don't remember the last time I left a concert feeling RELAXED.
That isn't what I wanted to talk about, I actually in a way, wanted to do a little catch up. I'd like anyone who reads this to do the same too. I used to periodically post about the bands and songs I was loving at the moment, and frankly wanted to bring that back. Partly to share, and see what others are listening to, but also to look back on.
I was talking about this with a friend of mine the other day, and one of the things I love is that I have eight years of content to look back on through my website. And that includes how much my music tastes have changed. My favorites have evolved so much, and I've had so many small phases with various bands. Some have stuck longer than others. Some I was into heavily for a month, some have lasted ten years.
From what I can see, the earliest I mentioned my favorites was actually before Immortal Music as its now known existed. It used to be mostly through Blogger, if you look hard enough, you can still find it. That was before I found a good balance to make it all work on one website. It appears in November 2011 my favorites were Escape The Fate, Mayday Parade, Art Of Dying, All Time Low, and sort of seems like a touch of Black Veil Brides. Though I did at one point still acknowledge that "Scars" from Papa Roach is my favorite song. Course I called it my 'theme song', which I would never say now, but it still reigns true.
Now I would say my favorites are fairly different. While I still love all of those bands, none of them are what I would call my favorites now. Though I do still find myself playing a lot of Escape The Fate and All Time Low. All Time Low has recently come back into my rotation actually, I feel like I moved away from them for a while there. For no particular reason, though I admit I didn't care for the Last Young Renegade album that much. So that might not have helped.
My favorites today though are I Prevail, Shinedown, Beartooth, Papa Roach, and A Day To Remember. Now I threw Beartooth in there, but it is only really their Diseased album. I am somewhat new to them and so far, I only have select songs from their earlier work I really like. THat's still subject to change, of course.
Shinedown, Papa Roach and A Day To Remember are three bands that honestly never leave my favorites list. Even if I'm not actively playing them a lot, they will always hold a special place in my heart. As for I Prevail, they've been in my list also constantly since they released their Lifelines album in 2016. If I'm honest, without getting into it, I Prevail has helped get me through a lot of hard things life has thrown at me, and they continue to do so to this day.
I've also been feeling a pull back to some of my old favorites, like Bullet For My Valentine and Three Days Grace. Those were two of the bands that actually lead me into getting into rock music several years ago. I'm talking like 2007. Three Days Grace has always been something I find myself going back to periodically, but Bullet not so much. "Waking the Demon" though will forever be a classic for me, and i will always love it, I swear.
As for specific songs, where do I even start? After seeing I Prevail on August 3, I've had "Bow Down" and "Gasoline" stuck heavily in my head. They mix better than you might expect, I might add. I've also been loving, "Afterall" and "Believe" from Beartooth for months, no idea why really, they just speak to me. I've also been slightly attached to "Stronger on Your Own" and "The Light" by Disturbed, just because they're both super uplifting, and powerful.
Oh! And I've been playing All Time Low again lately as well, but that's not for any particular reason. I just randomly chose to listen to them again one day last week, and went down a rabbit hole. I'm sure we all know how that goes.
I honestly think that about covers it. Please let me know who and what you've been listening to. I'd love to hear what you all are thinking, and I will speak to you soon, hopefully.
So I was talking to a friend of mine about concerts earlier, and he had said there's a few he remembers going to, but no details about the shows. I said I couldn't imagine that, considering I'm almost certain I can remember the dates of every show I've ever been to, and at least two of the bands I saw at almost every one.
That gave me an idea; to make a list of every show I've ever been to. List the dates, and someone I saw at every show. Which is quite the feat for me, since I've been to 23 of them over the past fifteen years. Now given, a lot of them were festivals, and due to interviews or whatever, I never once caught every single band at any given festival. Its just not possible, especially at things like Warped tour, of which I went to three times. None the less, I thought this would be fun to try to do.
Also quick disclaimer, I am in no way bragging by saying any of this. Almost every show I've been to have been something I had a pass for, and was there for working the event. That is the only reason I have been to so many. Well, that and we won a few off the radio several years ago. I'm not going to go into details about every show, as you will be reading for hours if I did that. If anyone wants me to go into more detail, I will be happy to do so, but for now I just added a little tidbit about each show.
But yeah, without further ado, let's get into it. Also, feel free to do the same! I would love to hear any of your experiences as well. Or just any memory you have from a concert really, I always love hearing people's stories.
⦁ Hilary Duff, August 4, 2004. I don't remember much of this show, as I was only 11. I have heard Teddy Geiger was her opening act, and I'm sure the was another one. However, I don't remember any of his set. Not even sure we actually saw him perform.
⦁ Jonas Brothers, August 18, 2009. They had three opening acts, Jordin Sparks, some dancing girl's group that i don't think even sang a song, and a small pop band. I don't remember their name either oddly. The pop band was okay, whatever their name was, but clearly didn't make a lasting impression if I can't even remember their name. I looked up the two while writing this, and supporting them was Wonder Girls and Honor Society. I didn't remember that at all.
⦁ Three Days Grace, February 26, 2010. Opening for them was Flyleaf and Breaking Benjamin. We were super impressed with Flyleaf, and were at one point concerned that the guitarist was going to head bang himself right off the stage. Benjamin from Breaking Benjamin also was very sick at the time, and it showed. He could barely get off a stool, but he sounded great. Three Days Grace blew us away, honestly. They were my favorite band at the time, but to this day I would say Adam Gontier is one of the best performers I've ever seen.
⦁ Carnival Of Madness, June 20, 2010. This show was headlined by Shinedown, supported by 10 Years, Sevendust, and Puddle of Mudd. This is the show that hooked me on not only Shinedown live, but being close to the stage. It was my first time being on the floor, and I was so scared. I learned after that show not to be afraid and how incredible it is to be so close to everything. This was also the first time I ever met a band, which was 10 Years. I don't remember much of it, but they're super nice.
⦁ Escape The Fate, January 30, 2011. They were supported by Drive A, Alesana and Get Scared. Only band I don't remember much was Alesana, and I think that's because I chose not to watch them. We spent a lot of time talking to Drive A, which ended up leading to my first ever interview, which came just a couple months later. Also met Max Green, who I am positive was so high he could barely see, but he was very nice.
⦁ Avenged Sevenfold, May 10, 2011. They were supported by Three Days Grace and Bullet For My Valentine. This was an adventure of a show. My mom almost passed out in line from the heat, we met BFMV and I gave myself permanent knee damage by falling off my chair during A7X. Would have broken it actually, except my best friend and the girl behind me caught me as I fell. But we had such a kick ass time none the less. One of my favorite little concert memories comes from this actually. Just full blown screaming along to "I Hate Everything About You" with my best friend. It was something so little, but always makes me happy to look back on.
⦁ Mayday Parade, November 18,2011. They were supported by We Are The In Crowed, There For Tomorrow and You Me at Six. This was my first time ever with a press pass, and I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I don't think I saw There For Tomorrow at all really, maybe a song or two. Not sure why. Only ones I really remember were We Are The In Crowd and Mayday Parade, and I don't really remember details about either of their performances. Except I remember Taylor from WATIC was in a boot from falling on her guitarist after they both hopped a fence for some reason, and Alex from Mayday Parade had a massive whole in his pants. Oh! And that Mayday Parade made me cry by playing Miserable At Best and Stay back to back.
⦁ X-Mas Ball, November 23,2011. X-Mas ball was an annual concert held around Christmas every year by the local radio station. That was actually the last one they did, and it was headlined by Avenged Sevenfold, and supported by Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, and Hollywood Undead. Honestly we had fun, but the sound system was not working in anyone's favor, and Danny Worsnop was incredibly drunk at the time. I only really watched BVB and A7X, due to the sound system being awful that night. I just wished BVB would have had a longer set. I spent most of the time in the hallway chilling with two friends. And there we met a Craig Mabbitt lookalike, who was quite flattered we thought he looked like him.
⦁ Adelita's Way, December 1, 2011. This one was headlined by Adelita's Way and supported by Art Of Dying and Emphatic. I don't remember much of anyone's actual performance, aside from ending up on the stage for Emphatic. All I remember was actually before and after the show because this was the day I got my first in person interviews. I interviewed Rick DeJesus from Adelita's Way for two hours while following him around the bar -he told me to that. I actually need to properly tell that story. And spent most of the other time chatting with Cale Gontier of Art of Dying. It was such a unique experience and I've never had another one quite like it.
⦁ Warped tour, July 22, 2012. That date might actually not be accurate, and it was actually a terrible experience. We were there for 3 hours, saw nobody, but might have heard some of We Are The In Crowd, if I remember correctly, and left. The venue was run like shit, all the press stuff was fucked. I was extremely disappointed and actually wrote off Warped tour for several years because of it.
⦁ Uproar Festival 2012, September 13, 2012. I don't even know who all performed that day, and this was my first festival. Give me a second to remember who all I saw, as all of my memories pertained to interviews or something related to the journalism. I saw Mindset Evolution, Soulswitch, Godsmack, Shinedown, Adelita's Way again, Nine Lives, Within Reason, Seether, Candlelight Red, And I know I heard some of POD, Fozzy and Staind. I didn't get to watch their sets though due to interviews. While I cannot tell you much from any of the action concert, I can solidly say this was one of the best fucking days of my life. Its another story I need to sit down and properly tell you eventually.
⦁ All Time Low, November 11, 2012. They were supported by The Downtown Fiction, and Hit The Lights, and this was another adventure of a show. I loved it, but did have my eardrum blown out by something popping in a speaker during Hit The Lights. Also got crushed into the stage due to Jack Barakat climbing onto the speaker, and fangirl's flooding the barricade. But they did put on one hell of a performance, I sincerely loved it. Just their fans are a little intense when packed into a sold out show.
⦁ Shinedown, March 13,2013. This time was Shinedown supported by Three Days Grace, adn POD. This was my third time seeing both Shinedown and Three Days Grace, but first with Matt Walst. Yeah.....best not to get me started on that again. I found Matt to be very disrespectful, and I kind of made it clear to him. I'm not proud of it, but I do sort of get a laugh out of my self for it. But Shinedown once again was absolutely incredible. POD didn't really give a memorable performance, and their bass was so loud it shook the floor and it kind of hurt to stand in front of the speaker.
⦁ Fort Rock 2013, April 14, 2013. This is another one where an experience went wrong, so we didn't get to stay long. I don't even remember who all was playing, but all I got to actually see were Pop Evil, and Hell or Highwater. I don't remember either performance as I was fighting with security for most of that time. They didn't want me to have my camera despite me having a pass, with a magazine that's no longer in existence. Only positive memory I have is seeing my name in print. I was published in Spot Magazine, and it debuted at Fort Rock.
⦁ Spring Fever tour; April 16, 2013. Headlined by Pierce The Veil and All Time Low, supported by Mayday Parade and You Me At Six. We got lost and missed You Me At Six entirely, but we saw everyone else. I honestly LOVED Pierce The Veil live. They had such an incredible energy, and it just made me appreciate them so much more. All Time Low also put on one hell of a performance, though admittedly all I really remember were the sexual comments being thrown between Jack and Alex.
⦁ Zach Myers and Justin Moore Acoustic, April 9, 2014. For context, Zach Myers is the guitarist of Shinedown, and Justin Moore is his best friend and the singer of Ingrahm Hill. Supporting them were Elisium, and a local band Dolt. All were incredible, but the main thing I remember was Zach and Justin's performance. They did the coolest thing I've ever seen. They had no set list for this tour, and no time limit. They played whatever they wanted, for as long as they wanted. It was the coolest thing ever. They played some of their own songs, some covers, they took a couple requests, they talked. It was just two friends playing music for fun, and it was incredible. Hell at one point, Zach came and sat next to me and said to Justin he looked good from down there. It was honestly so sweet, and I cannot say enough good about that night. I also got to interview them, which was a whole other incredible experience. But sincerely, every band should do a small tour like they did, it was magical.
⦁ Uproar 2014, August 31, 2014. I was mostly there for Escape The Fate, whom I had an interview with. I didn't have any sort of a pass, only an interview with them and Sons of Reverly. Sons of Reverly did not make a good impression on me, and I don't remember if they sounded good live. Actually only people I remember watching that day are them, Escape The Fate, and Godsmack. I know I saw other bands, but for the life of me I do not remember anyone else. All I really remember is my interview with Escape The Fate, walking to the stage with Craig Mabbit, and thinking my best friend was going to get his ass beat at one point. He had been checking out some girl, and she came over to him at one point. Come to find out she was a famous WWE wrestler named Paige, and was also there to hang out with Escape The Fate. He freaked the hell out and fanboyed so hard, and that's about all I remember from that day.
⦁ Adelita's Way, September 22, 2014. They were supported by local bands Before The Fire and Dolt, and there was a lot of technical difficulties. It had rained and some equipment got messed up, so honestly everything was off. My mom still to this day swears the speakers messed up her hearing from all the interference, and I could barely hear a word anyone said. It didn't help that Rick was sick, so mix that all together, and it just wasn't the best experience.
⦁ Papa Roach, January 10, 2015. They were supported by Seether, Kyng and Islander, and honestly? There's a lot of great emotional memories attached to this show, but the venue was awful. All they cared about was selling alcohol, they had the lighting all messed up and the sound all wrong. They got better throughout the night, but they didn't even give the smaller bands a chance to sound good, and it was disappointing. However, one of my absolute favorite memories came from this show. One of my mom's favorite bands is Seether, and she hadn't gotten to see them. And Papa Roach is one of my favorite bands, and neither of us had seen them. It was the most incredible thing seeing her with happy tears on her face just singing along to Seether, and she said the same thing with me for Papa Roach.
⦁ Fort Rock 2015, April 26, 2015. This was a proper festival and eventful as all hell. I had interviews with several bands set up, and there were sets on and off all day I was looking forward to. Give me a minute to remember who all I actually saw that day. Lola Black, We Are Harlot, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Godsmack, and Slipknot. Oh, also listened to The Pretty Reckless, and from afar Motionless In White. They actually drowned out my Starset interview. That day was a blur, I can't even begin to explain it all. Though I did manage to get stuck on the barricade, then amuse security because he watched me struggle to get over it for five minutes. I couldn't get to the entrance of the press area, and I knew I was allowed up there so I said fuck it and was going to just climb over the barricade. However, I got my leg up on it and got stuck because of the sunburn on the back of the leg. Had to have a guy help me over and he was not comfortable with that because he thought he would get in trouble. I finally get over and a security guard asked if I was struggling.
⦁ Warped tour 2015, July 3, 2015. This was an incredible day! This was actually the day that changed my opinion at Warped tour. I actually was there with a band! For those who don't know, I managed a band Remedy X for about six years, and all of 2014 I had been trying to get them on Warped tour. It didn't work for 2014, but the link still worked. So I reactivated it and they got on! We were literally like the first band up all day, so hardly anyone actually saw us, but it was still such a proud moment! We also then got to watch Escape The Fate, As It Is, Pierce The Veil, Black Veil Brides, Blessthefall, and heard Icon For Hire, Asking Alexandria, Knuckle Puck and Set It Off. We had such an incredible day, and I got the worst sunburn of my life but it was so worth it.
⦁ Hollywood Undead; November 14, 2015. Only opening act they had was Evacuate The City, and this was an unexpected show. I had originallly had a pass for an opening band that I now don't remember the name of. They last minute dropped off, leaving me with no pass. I am not a Hollywood Undead fan, but my boyfriend at the time was a fan, and we were almost there anyway, so we were still going. I ended up being so impressed and not going to lie, freaked out a little because every member of Hollywood Undead ended up with an Immortal Music bracelet. That had never happened before, and it warmed my heart. We also made a new friend that night in the line, and come to find out met Hollywood Undead and nobody had a clue til they took their masks off on the stage. Apparently they don't usually do that, but they did for our show.
⦁ Fort Rock 2016, April 30 & May 1. This was a blurry and incredible couple of days. I don't believe I had any interviews, but I still certainly tried. Let me see if I can remember who all I saw over those two days. Saint Asonia, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth, A Day To Remember, Asking Alexandria, Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For My Valentine, Sixx.AM, 3 Doors Down, Shinedown, and Disturbed. I probably forgot someone, and that's just who all I took pictures of. I more than likely watched someone else that day that I have completely forgotten about. That was a blur of two days, and was so insane I claimed I would never do a two day festival ever again. Then proceeded to do it again the following year. All I know for sure is it was actually incredible, and oh god do Bring Me The Horizon take their God damn mosh pits seriously.
⦁ Fort Rock 2017, April 30, 2017. This was one of my more disappointing events. I wasn't that thrilled with the lineup that year, but still had a pass none the less. I also only got to cover four bands, those being In This Moment, Alter Bridge, Seether and Of Mice And Men. I know I also watched Three Days Grace and Papa Roach, and listened to Chevelle and part of Def Leppard's set. During Seether however, a security guard hosed down two crowd surfers, sprayed my camera and ruined it. My camera refused to take any more pictures after that, and I discovered this while trying to cover Papa Roach. I proceeded to spend the rest of the night running all over trying to talk to the head of security who the next morning basically told me to fuck off. He said it in better words, but still. It was easily my worst festival experience ever. We returned to the festival the next day just to watch I Prevail, and left. I must say, this festival is what helped killed my passion for the journalism. It was already disappearing at this point, but that ruined all of it.
⦁ Warped Tour 2018, August 5, 2018. This was the absolute FINAL Warped tour, and I decided we had to go to the last one. Despite this being at the venue I had previously had massive issues with, we actually had a pretty good time. I went with my boyfriend at the time, and best friend, and we only went for a few bands. All of which we did get to see. Those bands were Mayday Parade, Motionless in White, As It Is and Simple Plan. Honestly, don't have a ton to say about this one. We had a lot of fun, met Ronnie from As It Is and Brooks from Mayday Parade, sweated a lot. I will say As It Is' performance sparked something for me I hadn't felt in a long time -the actual love and excitement for live music. You all know what I'm talking about, its a special feeling. This was the first festival I had ever been to without a pass, so it was a whole new thing for me.
⦁ Shinedown & Papa Roach, Febuary 20,2019. So I ended up going last minute to this, as my parents had the tickets and decided not to go. I had a lot of mixed feelings about this show, and it probably didn't help that I wasn't in the best space at the time. I didn't feel good, and had a massive headache the entire time. On top of that though, we were at the far back of the floor, to the point I couldn't see anything. I felt extremely disconnected from the whole thing, and it was disappointing for me. I will say though, I was happy to see Shinedown for the fifth time, they still never disappoint. Papa Roach oddly didn't hold my attention much, partly because of the newer music. I am not that into the new album, and it was brand new at that point, so I also didn't know much of it either. So that didn't help. It was a bunch of things stacked on top of each other, and it was nobody else's fault really. Life got in the way, I guess.
So that's every show I have ever been to! That's 26 shows since 2004, with most of them being in the last nine years. Tomorrow actually, I am going to my 27th show, which is I Prevail, supported by Justin Stone and Issues. I had no idea who Justin Stone was, aside from him being featured in I Prevail's "Rise Above This", and while he doesn't seem to be my cup of tea, I am looking forward to seeing what he can do. I also have seen Issues two times, but both times were partial. I honestly can't say I've paid much attention to them either time, and I don't even think I mentioned them? I saw them at one of the Fort Rock's, totally forget what year, and Warped tour 2018.
But yeah, I honestly cannot wait for tomorrow's show. I haven't been this excited for a concert in so long. I plan on vlogging it the best I can so stay tuned to the YouTube channel, and who knows I might even write about it.
I'm running out of things to say now, so please feel free to tell me all about any shows you've ever been to. Or even just shows you want to go to, or even are going to. Anything goes. I just really did this because I wanted to see if I could remember them all, and while I did cheat and check my own Facebook a few times, I did it. That being said, I didn't realize until I had them all listed like this that its 26 shows. I solidly thought it was 23, and I have no idea what shows I was forgetting to count.
Honestly, this was nice and I hope this was interesting to anyone aside from me. If not, oh well, I guess. It was nice to write like this again.
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