Hammerstein Ballroom Show
Tuesday November 18, 2008
That familiar feeling rolled in again early monday morning when the doorbell rang. My apartment once again became Staind central, with the arrival of my out of state peeps. Harrison from North Carolina and Eric from Delaware were in town for the Hammerstein show. Seether, Papa Roach, and Staind all on the same stage, on the same night spelled out one rockin evening. After a relaxing monday, the pre-party festivities were about to begin. A quick ride to pick up another peep and we were back and ready to party. My husband Rocco, Eric, Harrison, Otan, Lauren and her boyfriend George, and myself sitting back cranking Staind and preparing for another kickass night of music. Later in the evening Tony and Cindy from North Carolina came over. the pre-party wound down in the wee hours of the morning.
It was Tuesday, the day was here. We all got ready and headed for the railroad. A short ride on the rail and welcome to Manhattan. We arrived at the venue at around 4:30 and met up with our group, already on line. We had a crew of around 20 peeps once we all arrived. Richie finally emerged to bring us inside for the meet and greet. The meet and greet was the usual set up, line up get a pic signed, reline up, take a photo and bang its over. It was nice seeing the guys again and as always a pleasure having that short yet meaningful convo with Aaron. Once the M & G was over we proceeded into the venue. We began our trek through the crowd towards the front as State of Shock was finishing their set. We were all set at the front when Papa Roach came out. Papa Roach came out and wowed the crowd. Definitely a talented showman with his on and off stage antics. At one point climbing into the crowd mid-song and climbing up on to the balcony, much to the dismay of the venue security who valiantly attempted to keep up with him. They played their big hits like "Scars", "Getting Away with Murder", and "Forever", as well as a few new tracks from their upcoming CD including a song he dedicated to Paris Hilton called "Hollywood Whore". All in all they rocked the crowd and set us up for a great night.
Next up was Seether, ok terrific, time for Staind. Ok, ok, Seether attempted to rock the house, but due to possibly the worst sound set up ive ever heard, they crashed and burned. The bass was so cranked that Shawn's vocals were almost non-existent. Im not sure what they were shooting for, but, between songs they had a guitar whining uncontrollably for the entire break between each song. Their guitarists little convos with the backstage personnel between songs added to the crowds dismay as well as shawn walking offstage several times between songs. In a nutshell Seether joins the list of great CD/radio bands. To not totally bash their performance, they did do a good job with "Fuck Me Like You Hate Me" and "Remedy". Seether's set ended and left me less than thrilled. Oh well.
The moment of truth was now upon us, the previously loose crowd suddenly crammed forward. The lights dimmed and strobes behind the transparent curtain slowly began to flicker. Just when you were ready for the boys to break out in some kick-ass song we were all stunned when a Johnny Cash song began to play, WTF. It continued to play for a few minuted until the jarring intro to "Suffocate" swallowed up the Cash tune and the transparent curtain fell from the rafters and in a violent display of light the boys emerged onstage to a fierce roar from the crowd. That heart pounding feeling began to rip through our chests and that uncontrollable urge to pump our fists in the air took over. That feeling is what keeps us coming to show after show. The boys cranked out "Suffocate", they followed with another crowd favorite, "Falling". Mike who still impresses the crowd with his dual guitar display on "Right Here". They followed with their first new song of the night with "All I Want". "Fade" and "So Far Away", two more classics blessed the set list. Another new tune "Pardon Me" simply wowed the crowd, one that will definitely become a fan favorite. Aaron then came out alone and did "Epiphany" solo which turned the crazed crowd into a swaying bunch of lighter holders, only to re-ignite us by blasting out into "For You". They then reached back into the past and cranked out an early tune, "Tolerate", that song totally incensed the crowd. They then played "Outside" because they have to. Then to the crowds amazement a rarity blasted out of the speakers, "Spleen" live, wow what a treat. Their hit from the new CD "Believe" followed by "Its Been Awhile" wound up the set list in preparation for the usual finale, "Mudshovel". This "Mudshovel", however would leave a scary memory in all our hearts. Flashbacks of the Dimebag Darrell tragedy played in our minds as some freak ran through the crowd and jumped on the stage behind Mike. He was loose onstage for a good 5 seconds mostly due to total ineptness of the venue security staff. Richie came barelling across the stage and like a linebacker on a mission totally crushed this guy and slammed him to the floor. This dude without a doubt got his ass handed to him backstage. Even with the onstage distraction the boys completed "Mudshovel" without missing a beat. The boys left the stage after yet another memorable night. Another night and another Staind memory. It was that time again, time to say goodbye. Time to say goodbye to the boys and for all the peeps to head back home until the next show, the next road-trip, and the next night of Staind madness which cant come fast enough.