As many may know, I am a big fan of All Time Low. On November 11, 2012, I saw and covered an All Time Low show. They were performing with The Downtown Fiction, and Hit The Lights, and all the bands did wonderfully. What I wanted to talk about the most though was All Time Low's performance and their insane fan base.
First I want to say this- I got to the show accidentally way too early. Like five hours too early, so I saw a lot of the behind the scenes, like their now ex manager, Matt Flyzik having to get 300 fans in a line for a meet and greet (which Jack was late to), and all the members going in different directions. I actually got to the venue, and while making my way to a friend, walked right into someone. Neither one of us said anything, just smiled and stepped out of one another's way. As I was walking away, I thought to myself, "Hmm...that guy looked like Rian." I gave it another thought and realized, "That guy was Rian." So that was the first weird encounter for the day. Notice that I said first, it kept happening. Only one I didn't have a weird encounter with that day was Zack.
After a couple of hours, a friend texted me and said he had just spoken to Jack around the corner and he would ask about my interview when Jack returns. I asked if I should go over there, and he said yes, but also told me not to explain out loud to anyone where I was going. Obviously, we did not want fangirls to be swarming. Most of the crowd wasn't even allowed on the side of the venue, but he practically lives there and since we were there with them, they didn't try to stop us. (I say 'us' because I had a friend with me as well) We waited for a while for Jack, and when he came over, I decided to just let my friend do the talking. They had met before that day, so it only made sense for them to discuss things first. He asked about my interview, and Jack looked at me with a very apologetic look. He then told me that he would love to, but it wasn't up to him at all. I would have to talk to the very stressed out Matt Flyzik about it, and due to all the stress I knew he was under, I decided to not bother. My friend then asked if he could at least take a picture with me. Jack said yes, but sounded slightly hesitant as he started to put an arm around my shoulders. I noticed and asked what was up, and if he was late for something.
As it turns out, he was late for the meet and greet Matt had been gathering fans for. So, I shoo'ed him away and just told him I would get my picture later in the night. Which I did do, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
Probably an hour later or something, a different friend of mine showed up and as we were talking she all the sudden made a sound I will never forget as she stared over my shoulder. The only way I can ever describe the sound is to say, "It sounded like you channeled a kitten." Of course, I asked her what that was all about. All she said was, "Alex." I didn't know what she was talking about still, so I went, "Yeah, what about him?" She all the sudden grabs my shoulders, turns me around and points, repeating his name once more in my ear. Sure enough, Alex had come out of no where and was trying to carefully make it through the fans.
Yeah....that didn't work too well. Fans quickly noticed he was there, and frankly a couple of them looked like hungry zombies as they approached. It was kind of scary, and I remember not even trying to talk to him and just being relieved when security quickly got him inside. Still won't get the looks on those girl's faces out of my head.
Then came the actual show, their lights are blinding but somehow I got some really cool pictures. About two songs in, Jack got an idea. Not a good idea, I might add. He decided to climb onto the amp, which caused fans to flood the barricade in attempts to get to him. Not like you needed to know this, but being between the fans and the band member they wish to get at isn't ideal. I got slammed into the stage and I think I scared Alex a bit because I nearly climbed onto the stage for safety. I think he saw that thought process pass through my mind somehow because he was looking down at me with a look on his face like, "Please don't..." For his peace of mind, I decided not to.
So covering the show was a bit of an adventure but they put on such a good show and I had so much fun and do remember it fondly. When All Time Low is involved, something is always bound to happen, its part of who they are. That actually may have been one of my favorite shows to cover, just because of all the antics. In the moment, I think I was probably slightly frustrated, and possibly concerned but looking back at it, it was awesome.
I will see you guys tomorrow for another memory!
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