Taste of Chaos was amazing. There is really no other way to describe it.
It started off a little rough -- my sister decided to take forever to get ready and we left an hour later than planned -- at 3:45 instead of 4:45. Then, on top of that, we got lost getting to Asbury Park, so we didn't get there until 5:30-ish, and we missed the Battle of the Bands winner and Evaline play. I got on the merch line to get a Senses Fail hoodie, and by the time we finally got out and made our way to the stage area, I had missed most of Chiodos' set. I got to see them play the last three songs of their set at least, and I did get some pictures.
After Chiodos, Aiden came on. I never really listened to Aiden that much before, but wiL is gorgeous and brings such energy and excitement to the stage that he definately made a fan out of me. I have a few of their songs on my iPod, but I'm definately getting full CDs now. After Aiden, Saosin played. I saw Saosin in November when they opened for Senses Fail, and they were great tonight, too. I got some great picture of Cove singing. After their set f inished, me and my sister and I walked around and luckily we ran into wiL from Aiden and I got to get an autograph and take a picture with him. :) He's honestly the hottest guy that I have ever met, and the hottest band member I have ever met, knocking Jared Leto, Rob Thomas, Tim from the Plain White T's, Tom from the Plain White T's, and a whole bunch of other band members out of the running. After I met wiL, we went back inside for the highlight of my night... Senses Fail.
I saw Senses Fail exactly four months ago on November 25th. It was the best show I had been to, even though I got stuck in the crowd and me being only 5'2 had some trouble seeing. But this time, we stood on the outskirts of the crowd and I got to see and photograph the whole set. It was amazing. Senses Fail has it's off moments on live shows -- sometimes Buddy's voice just isn't up for it. But tonight, he was spot on. He only played one song from Let in Enfold You, but the song selection was good from the new CD -- he played Shark Attack and The Priest and the Matador, two of my favorite songs off of the CD. When they finished, the set felt entirely too short. I wish they had let them headline instead of 30STM.
After Senses Fail, me and my sister made our way to where Saosin had been doing their signing. We missed the signing, but luckily Cove & Chris were still there, and I got to take a picture with the two of them. Then we went and sat in the stands for 30 Seconds to Mars. I used to be a big 30 Seconds to Mars fan, but Jared Leto has really turned me off of the band. He is such a tool, there's honeslty no other word to explain him. He knows he comes from a career of being a pretty boy actor, and it's as if he feels he needs to make up for that by proving how hardcore and emo he is. It doesn't work. Their whole set and show just comes off as incredibly forced and fake. Then, he comes out with his guitar strapped to him, but he can't play guitar and sing at the same time, which resulted in him not singing at all for 50% of the time. After their third song in their hour long set, my sister and I just got up and left and walked around until their last song - The Kill - where we made a lucky choice of standing stage right and Jared Leto actually walked into the crowd and he was literally three feet from me, and I was able to snag some good pictures. Although I don't much care for him, so it isn't all that exciting.
After 30 Seconds to Mars came... The Used. While Senses Fail was the highlight of the night because I love them so much, The Used really had the best set. This was the first time I saw them lived (This was my third time for Senses Fail, and second time for Saosin and 30 Seconds to Mars), and they really brought it. Bert is AMAZING live. Not only that, he also involved the audience and gets everyone into the music. I got great pictures of him, as well as five videos of him performing.
All in all, the night was definately one to remember. One of the best -- if not the best -- concert experiences ever.
wiL from Aiden & I [&hearts]
Cove, Chris, and Me. I look disgustinggg... this was after screaming and jumping for a half hour during Senses Fail's set.
My sister & I waiting for Saosin to play
My favorite banddd <3
On the way home after an amazing Taste of Chaos experience