When I approached The Warfield, there was a line wrapped around the entire block. Not in a very good neighborhood, but that that didn't stop anyone from going. Homeless people made the wait not so long by talking to themselves or other people. They told jokes and stories that made people laugh. Next thing I know, me and boyfriend are in front of the line next to get into the venue.
The entire venue is red and gold with balcony seats. There's a painted mural on the ceiling and it's very elegant. But the type of venue wasn't so good for a hardcore show. Kids are pushing and dancing so close together. So there was no room to dance and mosh. Everyone was excited and waiting for the show to start.
Issues was the first bands to perform, with hardcore screaming, keyboards, and techno dancing. I've never head of them, but after their set, I really like what I heard. They really got the crowd moving with breakdowns in every song, you couldn't just stand still. Plus it was cool to see the lead singers help the crowd surfers get down and high fived them after hey got to the stage.
One thing that I think is important when playing a show, connecting with your fans. Of Mice and Men included the crowd in every song they played. From holding the mic out for the fans to sing, to telling them to jump and making them love the band even more. I haven't really listened to Of Mice and Men but I can say that I became a fan, their stage presence and devotion to their fans is really great see. The entire venue was vibrating. Literally went out with a bang. Metal synchronized head banging is what I got from the show, haha.
A Day To Remember was next and the fans were surprisingly patient. Keeping themselves occupied by the songs that they played during sound check. But as soon as the lights turned off, everyone immediately jump out of their seats and cheered. ADTR started off their set with their new song, "Violence" on their up coming album. After that they moved to their most recent songs off of "What Separates Me From You" and then moved to "Homesick" and then, "For Those Who Have Heart". Literally moving from most recent albums to albums they played back in 2007. Non-stop cheering and hand in the air. At one point, Jeremy (lead singer), told all of the guys to take off their shirts and swing them around...so that's exactly what they all did. Haha I loved singing, dancing, and head banging. Jeremy had some small talk with the crowd and told us how rad we all were. They even played a new track off their new album that HASN'T BEEN RELEASED YET. FUCK YEAH. Also, they played a song that they haven't played from their album Homesick, and San Francisco was the first city to hear it live. Take that to the other 49 states! The show overall had a lot of energy and everyone was constant cheering., crowd surfing, head banging, and jumping. And it all ended with an encore!
I had a great time, and I'm proud to say that this is my third time watching these dude rock out. Third times the charm I guess. Thanks for reading, now I'm going to go massage my neck from the head banging!