I've been listening to Hawthorne Heights for seven-ish years and finally got the chance to see them live. For only $12! It was everything I'd imagined. They were great live, vocals got lost sometimes in the music but that could have been because they were playing a venue about the size of a living room. It was also comforting to know that there is a scene of some sorts in this hellhole where I live. On a bad note though, we three were definitely the old folks at the show since everyone else seemed about 14. They had three other bands playing with them, but we (bro, sis and I) went late and only caught After Midnight Project. Nothing memorable but they had lots of energy and were committed to their playing.
By far, far, far, far the best live performance I have witnessed. The vocals are amazing, the playing incredible, but the visual spectacle! Insane. And the sense of camaraderie, young and old, men and women, black, white, hispanic, metal-heads and jersey shore look a likes. All types of peeps love Muse. Totally worth the ten hours in a car with my bro to Michigan (when we could've gotten there in like seven hours if he would have followed my directions tyvm).
Saw Silversun Pickups with Muse. I had heard a couple songs and was "eh" about them, but they are more enjoyable live. The vocals bugged me a little, but I think it's because the singer hasn't gotten in his groove or confidence to sing that high yet. He doesn't fully own it yet.
Ah, Fall Out Boy. Commence your laughing now and get it out of the way. Done? Good. Now then, they were great live. I've been a fan for awhile but never saw them live (mainly because I didn't have money, which I still don't). I didn't have high expectations because if you see them on TV or youtube they don't sound that great, but really they just don't transfer well. They were really good live, had a great stage setup/show.
Saw CS with FOB, and honestly I thought they were better than FOB. As soon as they hit the stage Cobra Starship is in hyper drive and don't slow down. They sounded good (Gabe was a little pitchy here and there) and they really got the crowd going. I challenge you to not dance.
Saw them on Projekt Revolution. Well, saw the very last song. My bro and sis didn't want to go earlier so I missed Madina Lake, The Bled, and most of Saosin. I was pissed. I still am pissed. From what I did hear they were good, which is good because I really like them.
I've seen H.I.M. twice. The first time was on Projekt Revolution. They sounded great, but they didn't look like they were really into it. Some say it's because they were playing amphitheaters, some say it was because they played outside (in the sunlight), and some say it's because singer Ville Valo was newly sober and still getting used to it. The second time I saw them was at the Chicago House of Blues and they were headlining. It was an amazing show. They sounded great, they looked like they were having loads of fun, and they finished with a killer cover of "Rebel Yell." It was such a difference seeing them in a smaller, more intimate place like HoB, So definitely see them in a smaller place. At HoB I also saw Dommin with them. They were alright, I honestly don't remember much.
Oh my Gee Way. Haha. They were so good live. Is Gerard the best singer, no way. But the commitment and emotion he projects is astounding. And their stage! I wasn't even that close and I could feel the heat from the pyro. I must see them again.
Linkin Park, obviously the headliner at Projekt Revolution. All I can is that my hands hurt so bad from all the clapping and my throat was sore from all the singing/yelling, and my hearing was temporarily impaired but it was worth it. They put on an amazing show, and they have by far the best crowd participation I've witnessed. And they song a great of their old and new songs, plus I got to hear my current favorite song (at the time) 'The Little Things Give You Away.' Fantastic.
Aretha Franklin was the first concert I saw. I can't remember exactly what the concert was, some special that was recorder for TV. But anyways, come on it was the Queen of Soul! Of course she was amazing.