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Today is the ten year anniversary of my very first Linkin Park concert plus meeting the band. It really doesn't feel that long ago. So thankful I got to meet the band and see them in a small 2000 capacity venue before they blew up and became the biggest band of the last decade. <3
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Have some videos from the Pentatonix concert I went to last week. SO good live! It blows my mind that an a cappella group can make the ground shake and create as much vibration in the air as a fully plugged in band. Normally from the distance I was from the stage I'd get great audio from my camera (heck, my audio from the second row of a Kris Allen show is nearly pristine) but nope. The awesome that was Kevin's beatboxing and Avi's bass vocals (I'm pretty sure he can hit notes so low only elephants can hear OMG) made it sound a lot like that time I took video at a Family Force 5 show standing two feet away from the speakers.

Watch the audience participation video for sure. I've experienced many awesome crowd singalong moments in my concert going life but never anything that good (and that in key lol). Only other concerts that come close to singalong epicness are Linkin Park's but for completely different reasons.

the girl they brought onstage to serenade during "Let's Get It On" was a riot so make sure to watch that one as well. She should be every flailing fangirl's personal spirit animal lol.
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AMAZING show from the band as usual. Total chaos and full on ridiculousness - just the way I like it! At one point Soul Glow was spinning around in circles on a furniture moving dolly while he sang. Later on he was strutting around on stage with a towel around his neck like a cape, then randomly brought a poinsettia plant out and just left it sitting right in the middle of the stage.

Oh, and Chapstique punched a yeti in the stomach with his guitar...

How many of you can say all that happened at your favorite band's concert? lol
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Typed this out last night but LJ wasn't working so here it is now...

Jack's Mannequin show at the zoo. This was the one I was looking forward to most out of all the show's this season as it's most closely resembles the type of concert I'd go to anyway. I had seen Something Corporate open for Good Charlotte back in 2004 so it was nice to experience that vibe once again as it hasn't changed much. Andrew still rocks out on piano with his two microphones (has there ever been an explanation as to why he has two? I always find it amusing how he jumps back and forth between the two every five words.) jumping on top of the piano and stomping on the keys. And lots of lulzy spaz dancing which I can always appreciate. The only thing different is back then he had an upright and now it's a big ol' grand!

One fun bit was when they decided to change their name to The Bird Show for the night. A few songs later he continues the joke about the name change and almost on cue you see something dart over everyone onstage and Andrew was "did a bird fly over my head just now?!" Guitarist responds "uh, I think that was a bat." Cue the band changing their name to "The Bat Show" lol

Steel Train was great as well. I knew I'd dig them when first song it they had two dudes banging on drums. The lead singer bantered a ton and chatted back and forth with the audience which was great. Best part was when he was interrupted by a plane flying overhead and made a reference to the bar scene in the movie That Thing You Do. He also decided that the zoo venue was like Red Rocks but cooler, and yelled "WERK!" in response to something an audience member said in return. I was like "he just said werk. SOLD!" lol. And during the very last song all four members of the band were banging on the drumset which was awesome.
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Florence + The Machine concert at the zoo tonight, so quick recap before I go to bed (gotta be back at the zoo by 8:15 tomorrow morning for a tour of the new penguin exhibit!). Got in while she was doing a soundcheck party for some radio station contest winners. Was happy to hear "The Dog Days Are Over" because I knew I would have to leave before she got to that song.

After the soundcheck she went to do an interview and they ended up in the amphitheater bathrooms while the opener did soundcheck. It was amusing because guests were starting to come in and some were all "OMG she's right on the other side of that door" so I played with them being all "OMG she walked right by me and her dress touched me!" lol and then they finished up right as I was at the door refilling my water bottle so I got yet another quick meeting with her. I didn't know she was so tall! I'm about a half inch shy of 6 foot even and she was close to the same.

Opening act Hanni El Khatib was awesome! Kind of a mix between The Black Keys and The White Stripes. In fact one song I could totally hum the guitar riff of "Seven nation Army" over and later had a very "Fell in love with a Girl" type vocals. I definitely planning on checking out his music when I get the chance.

And then Florence + The Machine. She had changed into this really flowy "red riding hood" red dress/cape thing and it reminded me of Adam's Sleepwalker coat and now I want her red dress as well. She had a wind machine and stage fog and she just spun around dancing with it flowing and fluttering around (sometimes with an added tambourine, sometimes jumping around and banging on a drum) with her being all adorable like. I wish I was able to bring my camera with when I usher because it was so wonderfully visual and photogenic. And wow girl has got some powerful vocals and can hit some high notes! Like she made some sounds I don't think I've ever heard come out of a human before! And it's crazy how loud and big her vocals are when you hear how softspoken she is when talking.

And we left just as the thunderstorms were rolling in. Really pretty drive home watching the lightning along the horizon.

Okay, really need to go try and get some sleep. I'll come back and fix any typos and maybe add some stuff tomorrow.
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Day 10: Post a picture video of a band you've seen the most

As far as I know this was the first show they played as a trio. And I was there third row! This was also the show where my sister and I got to hang out with them backstage before the show and we got a little private performance on the piano. *sigh* memories...

Sadly, only 6 or 7 videos exist of Plus One live. And only two are of the three-piece "rock band" Plus One while the rest are the original "boy band" Plus One. Glamberts are so spoiled with multiple videos of every show on tour and then some, lol. Anyway, I saw the boy band version twice and the updated rock band version four times.

I also highly recommend watching this video because Nate going out of his way to throw random objects onto the stage (including himself!) will never not be hilarious. Definitely my favorite of all the available Plus One footage.

And because they almost count as two separate bands, here's some video of a band I've seen in concert four times.
Or maybe I just feel like spamming Escape From Earth videos? )

The Prompts )
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Day 09: Describe how concerts make you feel

Concert can have such a cleansing effect. There's been a few times where I had been feeling really sick and miserable, to the point of almost not going. And then once you're at the show and the band comes on stage - all that goes away.

I also love that feeling of being surrounded by other people that "get it." It's one thing to chat with other fandom people online, but the ability to do that in person for a night is an amazing thing. For example, during a lull at the Music For Relief booth last month at the Linkin Park concert me and another volunteer just started recreating favorite scenes from episodes of LPTV. In any other place those around us would be looking like we're nuts (Why is she pretending that water bottle is a didgeridoo? And what exactly is an autogram anyway?) but instead there was a crowd of LPU fanclub members waiting to go into meet-n-greet that knew exactly what we were doing.

Plus that moment where several thousand people are singing along to a song at the same time? Amazing!

The Prompts )
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Day 08: Describe the craziest mosh pit you've ever been to

Family Force 5. Obviously a band that's lulzy insane onstage needs an equally crazy mosh pit. And I wouldn't even call it a mosh pit as it's more of a weird dance pit thing than anything else. That video above is a pretty good example on how it is.

I also recommend this video if only for the dude at the very beginning. XD

The Prompts )
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Day 07: Post a picture of the band that you've seen that gave the best performance and why

I can't pick one, but above is a collage of my unranked list of 5 all time favorites. And I'm not even gonna start explaining why for each artist because that's just asking to turn this into a 5000 word tl;dr essay.

Wait, how about I explain each one with a descriptive word or two? Whether they make sense to anyone else is anyone's guess, lol.

Plus One: lol, umm...spazzy flaily boy?
Family Force 5: pure insanity
Escape From Earth: pick/stick tricks
Linkin Park: singalong awesomeness
Adam Lambert: fierce dorkface

Oh if only you knew how many times I changed the words I used for Adam, lol.

The Prompts )
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Day 06: Post a picture video of a band you want to see live and why

Street Drum Corp because they're basically a punk rock version of Stomp - why would I not want to see that?! I also want to see Muse in concert because I've been a fan since 2004 and still haven't seen them live. Plus they have LASERS!!! =P

The Prompts )
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Day 05: Post a picture of a piece of concert memorabilia that you own

My guest pass for the Linkin Park show is still sitting on my desk, so here ya go! I rarely buy merch at shows (I have a battery powered glowstick thing from the *NSYNC show and that's pretty much it) and I've never caught a drumstick/guitar pick/setlist/whatever. I figure the ticketstub and whatever photos I took were enough of a memento. I almost cracked and bought an Adam Lambert shirt at my first show, but in the end I'm glad I didn't because a few months later I got it online for 15 bucks cheaper.

The Prompts )
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Day 04: Describe in detail the best concert you've been to

Sorry, but picking a "best" concert is just an impossible task. Each show has it's own special moments and unique qualities to it. That being said, I've already written a concert recap for nearly every show I've ever been to, so I'm gonna link to the two recaps I'm most proud of. Surprise surprise they are my Glam Nation recaps: Mystic Lake Casino and Walnut Street Bridge

And yeah, I really need to start working on my Linkin Park recap some day soon...

The Prompts )
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Day 03: Post you best concert picture

lol, is that too predictable of me? September 3rd, 2010 - Glam Nation Des Moines - PARTY ON A BRIDGE! Only concert photo I've taken in over ten years that has the performer actually looking at the camera. My second favorite photo is this series of Mike Prost action shots. My all time favorite drummer right there. I miss Escape From Earth so much! At least the former members are doing fabulously. Chris was nominated from a Grammy this year thanks to his work on a Cee-Lo track! And (funfact!) he also wrote a song for Adam! Of course it was rejected but still it happened!

The Prompts )
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Day 02: Post a picture of your most recent concert

January 28th, 2011 - Linkin Park at XCEL Energy Center! There were way better photos I took at this show, but I had to share this one due to the incredible feat of getting 5 out of 6 members of Linkin Park into one shot. Yes, that barely noticeable grey/black plaid totally counts as getting Mike in the shot! =P

The Prompts )
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Thought this would be a fun one to do. I also really want to do the 30 Days of Kris Allen meme but I can't find the full list of prompts anywhere, only days 1-5. If anyone happens to have a link or something please let me know!

Day 01: Post a picture from the first concert you ever went to

Technically I went to a couple free shows at Mall of America the year before (Youngstown and 98 Degrees), but what I consider my first "official" concert that had actual tickets in an actual venue was *NSYNC's Pop Odyssey Tour from June 24th, 2001.

I actually went back and read my recap from the show a couple weeks ago, and there's an entire paragraph where I ramble on about the cool laser show and how they pretty looked reflecting off the roof of the Metrodome. Clearly me and my obsession with lasers goes waaaaay back, lol!

The Prompts )
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Amazing show as always. Very surprised by how close I ended up considering the fact that I got on the floor only 10 minutes before Linkin Park took the stage. My neck is super stiff and I have a growing bruise on my knee, but sooo worth it. And we had a great volunteer crew for Music For Relief. I knew three of them from last time so that was great. Anyway...longer recap in a few days. In the meantime here are my videos. LOVE the one for "In The End" with Mike out in the crowd. He had the biggest grin on his face as the entire audience sang and rapped along. SO KYOOT! <3


Jan. 21st, 2011 04:30 pm
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Woo, Linkin Park concert a week from tonight! I've been watching videos from last night's tour kick off and it's just giving me chills I'm so excited. AHH the singalongs - best concert singalongs you'll ever bear witness to. Most concerts have a song or three where there's good crowd singalongs, but with Linkin Park it's every. last. song. Even to the extent where at points the crowd drowns out the band. I know some concertgoers probably hate that, but I think it's the coolest thing in the world. Even my dad was impressed by this when he came with for my second LP show. First thing he said afterward was "Is it always everyone singing along the entire time?" Yep, pretty much.

I do wish I would be able to get close enough to really see Chester and Brad on drums (and I'm amused that Mike plays a Theremin. I love my geeky band), but by not getting to the floor until after the opening acts I kind of doubt that will happen. I'd rather get in free but be further back than my other option of not being there at all. I also realized that this will be my fourth Linkin Park concert and I technically got in free for three of them. Yay volunteering! :D
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Yeah, I've been spamming this video everywhere. Whatever, I love it. Always wanted to hear Linkin Park acoustic.

ICU lurking back there Mr. Fiore! ;P

And they're coming back to Minnesota January 28th! lol, always in the dead of winter, right? Anyway, floor and the closest seats in lower level are over 80 bucks this time around. And sense I couldn't care less about the opening acts I have already sent an email to Music For Relief about volunteering at the booth again. Volunteers get in free and, while last time I still bought myself a lower level ticket, I hope to actually use the free offer this time around.

I've been within the first 20 or so rows for all of the Linkin Park shows I've been to, even front row once; I'm sure I can deal with being way in the back this time around. Besides, I've heard that this next tour is going to have a much stronger visual aspect to it (possibly even working in awesome lasers like this and you know how I love me some lasers!) and to get the full experience of those types of shows it's best to be a bit further back.

But yeah... W00TW00T LINKIN PARK!!! :D
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Current photo in the lead in the Barnyard Animals category for the zoo's official photo contest. My photo is also a finalist in this category, was running in first on day one of voting in fact, but this photo is my second favorite photo of the entire competition and I would rather see it win anyway. My favorite photo in the entire competition, and what I hope wins the grand prize, is this awesome coral reef photo. LOVE IT! Actually was my desktop wallpaper for a week or so.

Anyway...I've been doing a terrible job updating this month, haven't I? Today at the farm was the one day all summer absolutely all the volunteers were present, and so it was group photo day. I bring my tripod and we set up on the farmhouse staircase. Four of the volunteers were afternoon arrivals, so they were photographed separate and I get to put my horrible photoshopping skills to work combining us into one photo. Goody.

Read the latest guest comments during lunch. I had a good time reading all comments flowing with praise at how awesome the bird show and Dave is. And then there was a quick glimmer of jealousy that these people actually got to see Dave do a show for once. Only one Dave show all year while with some trainers I've seen them do the show half a dozen times. The shows are still great without Dave but man, are they absolutely amazing with him. That's the only time you get dueling parrots, random "Pants on the Ground" references, imitations of vulture food, superhero strongman skits, bad British accents (well, besides that one entirely Harry Potter themed birdshow lol), OTT facial expressions and enough ridiculousness to make me nearly fall to the ground crying with laughter.

I also ushered two concerts this month. Last week was George Thorogood and the week prior? HANSON! One of the most interesting shows I've ushered at the zoo yet. Number two right behind Reel Big Fish. I mean really - you know you're in for a treat when most of the ushers come dressed like this. I just wish I had gotten the pigtail memo. It was also the only time I've ever seen a line before doors at a zoo show. And they were there lining up since 3 in the afternoon! In the heat and humidity and pouring rain. For a reserved seating show! Hanson fans are hardcore, y'all!

nearly getting struck by lightning for MMMBop - totally worth it! )

9 more days until I'm seeing Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta in concert again!! SQUEEEEE!!!


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