I just got back from the HIM show at the Electric Factory in Philidelphia, PA. I live in Virginia, first of all, so we drove up there.
Auf der Maur was up first, I thought they were okay, but the lead singer was the only animated one and the sound people didn't make any adjustments for her voice and stuff. I have a feeling that their recorded stuff is a lot better than what we got tonight. Some kids behind us were also being rude and yelling dissrespectful things.
Monster Magnet was magnificent. I thought the lead singer sounded like Bon Scott from AC/DC and he was so entertaining. I got a decent view, but I did manage to catch one of the water bottles that he threw into the crowd. That was pretty neat, gonna give it to my friend who wasn't able to go. I enjoyed them and will probably get some of their stuff. I was muchly entertained.
Then HIM came on. Well, technically April and Phil Margera came on to announce that the show would be taped for Sunday's Viva La Bam. So basically Bam & Company were present. But that's not important, what's important is that HIM was fucking AMAZING. He was chatty and animated and was his usual self on stage (drinking and smoking the whole time, of course). They played some of my favorite songs, it was great. I wish I could give you the whole setlist, but unfortunately after the concert and a 3.5 hour drive my brain is pretty much fried.
My friend, Jose, went crowd-surfing a few times, and one of the times he saluted Ville, and Ville saluted right back. People were throwing all sorts of things on stage for him including bras, underwear, jackets, shirts, scarves, bracelets, waterbottles, and....he made note of this to stop...tampons (unused). He joked that it's the best game and he wins the plush toy if you get his head. But nobody tried. Burton (keyboards) was chilling the whole time. Midge (Bass) chased Linde (Guitar) around the stage once, that was pretty funny. A few points his mic stopped working, but it almost didn't matter because the crowd kept with the song and probably could have performed the whole show themselves. At the end they all took off their shirts and he's so wiry and skinny but sooooo good looking. They went off for a few minutes, threatening to leave, but the crowd refused to go, so they came out for an encore.
At the very end I got a crowd-surfer dumped on my head without any warning, so I'll probably wake up and not be able to move my neck. But it was well worth it.
I unfortunately didn't get pictures, but hopefully someone will have and post them to share.
(x-posted to emynii, himcommunity, valo_daily, him_daily, fem_metalheads, beauty_in_music)
edit thewindkeeper corrected me:
HIM I believe that Ape and Phil were actually announcing that the HIM show from the TLA will be on Viva La Bam tonight when Phil and Vito compete to be a rock star. Last night was taped by Franz for a HIM documentary that they just inked the deal for.
Sorry about that missinformation, hard to hear from halfway back with screaming :)
Buried Alive By Love
Your Sweet Six Six Six
Right Here In My Arms
Heartache Every Moment
It's All Tears
This Fortress of Tears
Lose You Tonight
And Love Said No
In Joy and Sorrow
Soul On Fire