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18 February 2004 @ 04:46 pm
concert concert concert!  
This week my project was to clean out my closet, and I have done so. I now have two and a half boxes of clothes in new, nearly new, and good used condition that I want to try to sell before I give them to Goodwill. So Jeannie, don't let me forget to ask Isabel or another Express girl if I can borrow one of their plastic bodies. I'm sure they'll never miss it; they have piles of them sitting in their stock room. I also have a shitload of shitajiki that I'll be selling; can I interest any of you otaku in them?

On Monday night I went to See Linkin Park at the HP Pavilion. A gaggle of silly gooses went - me, Jeannie, Bandaid, Christian, Kitty, Tyler, and Lori. I think Richard - Lori's husband-to-be - was supposed to go, but for whatever reason decided to stay home instead. His loss! Into the fun we go!

Story of the Year. They're known for this whiny song that goes "Until the day I die I'll spill my heart for you" and they weren't very impressive. The lead singer was trying too hard to be a hardass rockin' punk, and kept spitting out the f-word inbetween every other sentence. He was a joke, and ruined his act with his inability to cease posing. The only song worth noting that they did was a cover of a Metallica song. (I didn't actually know it was a Metallica song, I just knew it had to be a cover because it was very different from the rest of their noise.)

Hoobastank (zjppnsdysml if your hands are on the wrong keys) was the next band, and they are really good live. Well, I may be biased, because I actually like them, but come on. The lead singer came across as intelligent when he spoke, and he is an entertainer. He wasn't trying to put out some image of tough punk like the previous band, but seemed to just want to make sure everyone had fun. I mean, they started their set with music from Three's Company, and near the end of the set he sang the first verse of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" in falsetto. They threw most of their hits in, too - "Crawling In The Dark" "Running Away" "Outta Control" "The Reason" and several others that I recognized, but don't know the name of.

P.O.D. Ok, I realize their sound is harder than what I usually like, but eh. I think I could almost sit and listen to them on a CD, but live it just doesn't work! The lead singer has those crazy dreadlocks, and he does this bizarre stomping thing when he sings (I realize a lot of rock dudes do that, but it's really distracting when he doe!) ane he looks like a crazed Neanderthal dancing around a campfire. They had this great light show going on the screen behind them, with pretty little green lights buzzing everywhere like fireflies, but I don't think I'm supposed to watch that. ^^; I couldn't wait for their set to be over, because Linkin Park was next, and they are much cooler than this caveman band. (I apologize to all you P.O.D. fans.)

Linkin Park. Yay! I was so ready for them when they finally showed up. I had killer cramps and I was getting sleepy, but it was still one of the best concerts I've been to. <3 Mike Shinoda sounds very different in person - his voice is a different pitch or something; he sounds much more Asian (does that make sense to anyone save me?) It wasn't in his accent, but something about the quality of his voice. Oh well. He actually reminded me of this co-worker of mine we call Intense-Mike, but anyway. He is a good performer and it was great watching him switch from guitar to piano and back and forth. Jeannie claims him fabulous, and while I'm not willing to go that far (Yoshiki is a billion times more fabulous, and he plays the piano, the guitar, and the bloody drums! Triple threat! No vocals, tho'. Oops. I'm talking about Linkin Park, not X.) Shinoda is pretty cool. Chester was inaudible; according to some teenyboppers sitting behind us he was recovering from laryngitis, so that was probably why. Too bad. I really like his voice! I paid $30 of a $41 ticket to hear his voice! Bah. I didn't pay much attention to anyone else, because in the end, only vocalists interest me. They stuck all their hits into their set, which was good. Hits are always good. The last song of their encore was pretty cool; they had the vocalists of the opening bands come out and they all sang together. It was a great way to close out the night.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: "the reason" by hoobastank
sami-pisamikitty on February 19th, 2004 12:37 am (UTC)
whee!! you went to the LP concert in your city!!! ^_^v
i actually quite liked Story of the Year, but then i was too busy staring at the guitarists and bassist to pay attention to the singer. ^O^;;; i swear at one point one of the guitarists gave me the weirdest look cuz i was staring at him while everyone else was looking the opposite way at the vocalist. ^O^;;; but yah, the vocalist was dumb. 9_9
and i know *exactly* how you felt about POD. >_< and partially, i can blame the fact that i was quietly suffocating in the mosh pit, but you know... largely i think i was just bored by POD's music. ^^;;; hopefully no one comes to beat me up for that comment. ^O^;;;
also, poor chester did indeed have laryngitis on feb. 6, and bronchitis too according to the website. ;_;
Suzik00kaburra on February 19th, 2004 08:29 am (UTC)
It was very whee! ^_^v You were in the mosh pit! Lucky you! My friends wanted to go down to the floor (we had really bad nosebleed seats) but I felt so crampy that I didn't think I'd handle it well. Besides, we would only have milled around in the back instead of getting into the crowd, because I would probably break. :-p That's fun fun for Sami tho'!
Poor Chester, he'd better have a good voice next time he's in town! :D
Jasondelirium19 on February 19th, 2004 12:50 pm (UTC)
Waaah i missed story of the year because we were stuck in the line. Damn thing wrapped around the parking lot! POD blows the big one, alex got mad at me cuz i didnt jump up and sing. Ya shoulda gone in the mosh pit and crowd surfed, We had fun throwing things at the people who were surfing!
Laylalittle_lies on February 19th, 2004 05:46 pm (UTC)
Ah that was so much fun!!! Chester is so cool even from far away, man Suzi you n' me and all of us should of tried to make it down closer. *sigh* oh well next time right? =D
jeanniejeannietran on February 20th, 2004 12:58 am (UTC)
Mike Shinoda is nothing like Intense Mike, how dare you! and Mike Shinoda IS fabulous! i don't know who your yoshi person is but he cannot compare with Mike Shinoda. is he the guy on that poster in your room? Chester inaudible? i didn't notice... but then again i wasn't really paying attention to him. "in the end"... funny. next time, with or without you i'm going on the floor. start building some muscles!
captured: heh.capuu on February 20th, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC)
Linkin and Hooba. *envies*
Are you shedding your otaku goods? ;.; Because ah, the thing I'm mailing to you is very otaku-y.
Suzik00kaburra on February 20th, 2004 01:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Linkin and Hooba. *envies*
Not all of my otaku goods! ^^; I just find I no longer have the interest in shitajiki that originally drew me into collecting them. I am still very much an anime geek. :D
Marce (マース・・・天使の指切り)yubikiri on February 21st, 2004 10:30 pm (UTC)
Depends on which shitajiki they are.