I suppose technically the first two posts in this series are Spring, not Summer…ah well, we’ve gone too far!
Up first is BabyMetal, if you’ve never seen or heard of BabyMetal, you should rectify that with the quickness! (Here check out the video for their song Gimme Chocolate, it was my introduction to them.)
“Babymetal is a Japanese metal idol band. Their line-up consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as “Su-metal”, Yui Mizuno as “Yuimetal”, and Moa Kikuchi as “Moametal”. The concept of the group is a fusion of the metal and idol genres. Their vocals are backed by heavy metal instrumentation played by the Kami Band. Babymetal released their debut album of the same name in February 2014. Their second album Metal Resistance was released worldwide on April 1, 2016″-from their Wikipedia page
Ok, now about the show itself, Eric and I went into Boston, we got there early enough to go to Qdoba and kill time. Doors were supposed to open at 7pm with the band taking the stage at 8:30, we headed back to the car to drop off jackets and whatnot, it was rainy and chilly…what? We were less than impressed with what we saw, as we crossed over the Mass Pike…that’s were the end of the line was, wait, what? It was a little after 7, why wasn’t the line already moving? Well, the doors wouldn’t open until closer to 7:45! The “Ne” in Newbury St is where we were in line before the doors finally opened!
Once inside the venue (no security pat down, not a big fan of that!) Eric headed to merch, I went on a quest for ear plugs, they turned out to be at coat check, where Eric needed to go anyway. I went back and found him in the merch line, I actually ended up getting my shirt before he did (anyone that has been anywhere with me can tell you, I navigate crowds with efficiency). With ear plugs in my ears (I’m old, I like to hear things, sue me) I headed to the floor and waited for the show to start. There was no opening act…only BabyMetal!
The show was intense as hell! I wasn’t really sure what to expect, that kind of made the show better for me. Even though if you don’t speak Japanese (I don’t) you can still get caught up in the experience.
If BabyMetal is ever playing near you, make an effort to go see them!
The next night I was off to Rhode Island with Jim and Eric to see Insane Clown Posse. I can’t even hazard a guess as to how many times I’ve seen them live, I’ve been going to shows since 1998. This was a special show as they were playing the Riddle Box album in its entirety. Who is ICP?
Insane Clown Posse (ICP) is an American hip hop duo from Detroit, Michigan. The group is composed of Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler, who perform under the respective personas of the “wicked clowns” Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope (originally 2 Dope). Insane Clown Posse performs a style of hardcore hip hop known as horrorcore and is known for its elaborate live performances. The duo has earned two platinum and five gold albums. The songs of Insane Clown Posse center thematically on the mythology of the Dark Carnival, a metaphoric limbo in which the lives of the dead are judged by one of several entities. The Dark Carnival is elaborated through a series of stories called Joker’s Cards, each of which offers a specific lesson designed to change the “evil ways” of listeners before “the end consumes us all”.-from their Wikipedia
The venue was…interesting, not exactly in the “best part of town”, mostly abandoned warehouses. Good times. Security was the exact opposite from the night before, they should have at least bought me dinner first!
There’s nothing quite like an ICP show, I’ve been to many concerts, all different genres, they’re still the best! The energy from the stage mixed with the energy from the crowd causes a maelstrom of awesome. Flying bottles of Faygo combined with light shows make the Pit an interesting place to be. The set was amazing!
Now came the time to get changed…in the middle of the street…in the cold rain…while soaked to the bone with Faygo. Good times!
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