So we’re back with the second installment of the P.O.D., Shinedown, and Five Finger Death Punch concert I went to at the beginning of the month as a surprise from my parents and friend Brittany.
I just wanted to clear up any confusion anybody might’ve had after I came home from it and the next day when I was busy uploading videos and pictures from the whole experience. Apparently I didn’t act like I had a very good time according to what my mom had mentioned because I wasn’t exactly very talkative like she figured I would be which wasn’t the case at all. It’s just easier to talk about it on here all at once, so I don’t necessarily have to repeat myself over and over again. I also felt like when I did start to open up to my parents that I might forget a few things later while I went to write up this post, so that’s my only reason why I was being a little quiet about it.
Now that I have that out of the way, I can finally discuss this section of the surprise.
Where I left off on the first post was what I thought of P.O.D. and Shinedown’s performance and I have to say they were pretty good, but my focus was on Five Finger Death Punch. I’ve endured mental torture from myself at the beginning of falling in love with these guys in 2011. They were the first all male heavy metal band that I basically liked at the time of the phase started in 2009. I also had to deal with the constant teasing of my dad who turned into a fan eight months after and if anybody remembers last summer I basically bought their newest album “Got Your Six” as a surprise for him.
As the crew was busy taking down Shinedown’s set up and putting up Death Punch’s, I basically sat in my chair patiently waiting and still trying to process that I was seriously going to watch one of my favorite bands live. So once they got Jeremy’s drum set up and the infamous microphone stand in the middle of the stage, I couldn’t contain myself anymore I had to take a picture of it and send it to my dad so I bent down and went through my purse for my phone and once I got it open, I held onto it with all my might and zoomed as much as I could so my dad could see everything even if the photo turned out smaller on his screen. I had to do it twice and as I was taking each picture I kept hearing people behind me start to say things like “that’s so awesome” and “look!” at this point my phone couldn’t work fast enough because I realized they were watching me attempt to take pictures with my feet. Ahh, the joys of being disabled sometimes!
Anyways, the wait for them was so torturous like I’m a patient person but for this, I was way too damn excited! It was bad enough that where we sat you could sort of see an entrance and feet walking around that hallway, I saw Ivan and Chris a few times talking and taking pictures with fans as Shinedown was closing out. When the lights really began to die down, I just got crazy. I had already given Brittany two warnings (before the doors opened to get in and before 5FDP started) that I didn’t know how crazy I’d really get, our only issue was as long as I didn’t end up on the floor it would be okay! They started out with “Lift Me Up” and I didn’t really notice what songs were playing because I was too stuck in my own head to notice that yet! When the lights came on and they started playing and all six appeared on stage I basically screamed my little lungs out and proceed to headbang for the next three songs!
Everything after that though is a little fuzzy for me!
I was concerned about was when they started playing their newer songs off of “Got Your Six” because I haven’t listened to that album a lot since I bought it. I can’t put any new music onto my iPod anymore and I don’t have a good stereo to play and listen to my CDs like my dad does in his truck, so I don’t know the lyrics to the majority of the songs on that album. I don’t even know the whole song of “Jackyll and Hyde” so I listened and watched the crowd and it instantly made me feel better. Their energy is overwhelming! Everybody on the floor, watching them with their fists in the air and jumping up and down, crowdsurf, form a mosh pit were as much a part of the show as watching the band play. The people in the stands where we were, were getting as crazy as the people on the floor! The group of guys below us were drunk and having the time of their lives. It was insane!
I’m seriously having trouble what came first in the timeline in my head. I remember Ivan explaining the “rules” and if you’ve been to their shows or watched any of their concerts on YouTube, you know they have certain rules that they want everybody to follow. One of which is smart for those on the floor area, if somebody falls you pick them back up. The second is for all the guys to not grope the girls, but at least get their number first. That’s Ivan for you! And at some point after doing this, he started to say something about rumors about him and the band. Ivan also said something about how heavy metal was dying out and went “oh, that’s right Kanye West said that” or something in the lines of that and everybody literally started chanting “fuck Kanye” and I almost joined in on that one I’m not going to lie!
I want to say a little bit after that Jeremy Spencer did his drum solo. You guys don’t know how long I’ve waited to hear this man do his solo, I mean you can hear it in the live version of the double disc of “The Wrong Side Of Hell And The Righteous Side Of Heaven, Vol. 1” but I mean this was right in front of you! I am my mother’s daughter, I have a soft spot for drummers. Another thing that the band is notorious for doing is bringing up little kids in the middle of their set and having them watch the “big kids” and show them how it’s done per se. This is where you see these giant guys covered in tattoos become big kids themselves. I almost started crying because it was so adorable! What gets me is everytime they do this, Ivan manages to find the smallest metalheads on stage and the band plays the most explicit song. This time it was “Burn Motherfucker” and I have to say as much as I sing along to this at home alone in my room I’ve never been so happy I wasn’t around my parents when it’s on because I don’t necessarily cuss, much less use the “F” word out in public or on here!
I can remember when Ivan and Jason were trying to slow things down. They did an acoustic version of “Wrong Side Of Heaven” which at first, I didn’t even recognize until the second chorus but at this point I was really distracted. Ivan had decided to walk around the front rows and everybody on the floor basically freaked out. However, in the mist of this and switching to “Battle Born” poor Ivan’s mic kept going in and out so his time on the ground shaking hands with fans wasn’t too long.
One of the last things was the songs performed during their encore. My two favorite tracks, “Under And Over It” and I was busy going back and forth watching the band perform and Brittany trying to get good pictures of the members. The last song was “The Bleeding” and sadly I only have the acoustic on my iPod and so I was very happy to hear the heavier version for once. I really let myself hear Ivan’s beautiful voice. I had heard it the whole hour but I think my body finally got the memo that he was like a few feet away and I thought I was going to melt into a puddle.
The memories of the “stars in the sky” as I like to think of them. I’m familiar with these pictures of the audience putting up their many lights. It’s the only time where I don’t hate cell phones in general. I was really surprised to see so many lighters too! According to Ivan, since he could smell weed from his place on stage he knew they had lighters! The stinage of beer had clouded the scents around us, so all I could really smell was sweat and alcohol, every once in a while a sniff of cigarette smoke, but that was it.
Going home after that was a little bittersweet, I wasn’t ready to go back to life yet, but when is anybody ready to go back to normal? Thank you so much for reading these posts! Hope you enjoy them! All right, time for the pictures! 🙂