Send me a message on my personal blog on here - crystaalvisions. I obviously check my messages more there than here, and I would like an idea as to when you guys will be arriving to the show on S A T U R D A Y :)
“Reunited w my dreamboat #villevalo xo long way from #helsinki” @matdevineslife
Early albums from Finnish “love” metallers HIM were recently digitally reissued via The End Records, with deluxe versions in multiple configurations to come this summer. The albums that have been…
Honestly, I’m not sure if there is going to be any other opening acts for them except for Anathema, which of course was announced just today that they will be supporting them. Some of the shows start late (like the Philly show starts at 8pm), so I doubt that they will be more acts following along. We’ll see, though, and I’ll be sure to keep y’all updated if there is anyone else added to the roster :o)
If so, inbox me. It would be cool if we could all meet up and grab coffees and stuff before the show!
Ah, concert newbie! Well, for starters, being an almost-native of the area, the HOB in beloved Cleveland is a great venue. I’ve never had a bad spot in the place, and the concerts I’ve been to at the HOB have been A+
The last HIM concert I went to, nearly 4 years ago (holy shit), was the only “bad” one I went to. The venue was total shit, for starters. The bass was too loud and you really couldn’t hear a thing. Some idiot thought it would be cool to bring in a bong in and smoke up in the middle of the show, like HIM was some metal Grateful Dead tribute band, and some girls got into a fight over something stupid and stopped when Ville was like “yo”. The likelihood of the latter happening are rare, and if it does happen, do not be afraid to punch someone in the face in the name of love metal. Do it. Do it for me.
Now, from all of my concert experiences, people that usually attend a HIM show aren’t rowdy types (of course, I have to deal with the crazy people when I go. But I’m different. You will have fun). There won’t be much moshing (if any, which I sincerely doubt. They’re usually pseudo-sentimental goth kids, like me) going on, just your normal pushing to the front from assholes behind you 30 minutes before the band comes on.
Here are some general things that you should keep in mind when you go (this goes for everyone!):
#1: HAVE F-U-N
Don’t be afraid to sing along, dance appropriately (so you’re not smacking people besides you), throwing your hands up in party mode, etc. Sing right along to your favorite songs, the songs that you hate, any song! Don’t just stand there looking bored (HIM fans are guilty of this. Look at DVDoom — that crowd was fucking boring. They should’ve brought me along).
#2: Minimize the phone/camera usage
Ever since I’ve had a digital camera, I’ve been super guilty of going picture crazy. A few pictures and videos are great, however don’t spend the night looking through the viewfinder. Seriously! It makes such a difference. That, and if by chance you get to meet anyone after the show, your batteries are saved for that precious moment :P Pictures are lovely, but live in the moment. Don’t live vicariously through your pictures. Everyone will know you went to the show, but to be 100% honest, no one is going to look through your facebook album filled with 150 blurry photos of strobe lights and awkward faces.
#3: Carry light
Seriously. Being that you probably won’t die at a concert, there’s no reason for people to bring a small suitcase filled with their social security cards, makeup, hair curlers, extra clothing (unless if you get super sweaty and gross), shoes, etc. I’ve seen way too many people do this at different concerts I’ve been to. Carry essentials — wallet, keys, tickets. Maybe a bottle of water. If you’ll be carrying a bag, be sure that it can be secure in almost in front of your body, etc. Common sense.
#4: Don’t be afraid to “fight” back
Also known as don’t be afraid to be a dick right back to people. If someone is not acting human and doing something stupid, don’t be afraid to call them out on it. If they continue acting like a dickfuck, call security over and have them removed. I don’t know what it is, but sometimes a large crowd of people can trigger something in idiotic people to have them act even more idiotic. If they’re fucking up your good time, along with everyone else’s around you, get them thrown out, because they don’t deserve to be there in the first place. They belong in a fucking zoo.
Also, IF MOSHING HAPPENS (tips/notes from a reddit user):
1. Note that moshing should NOT consist of throwing fists or punches. It’s simply throwing your body around.
2. If you knock someone over, be sure to help them up. While moshpits may seem violent and brutal, everybody is in them to have fun. If you get knocked down, you can be sure that someone will help you up.
3. Don’t force the moshpit. If no one else is moshing, don’t go tackling people. Wait until either a group of people initiate one or the singer tells you (the audience) to get one going.
4. Secure your belongings. This is especially true when crowdsurfing. If you have open pockets and are keeping a phone or other valuable device in there, It will get stolen. Keep all valuables in a zipped pocket, and check that you have it periodically. Nothing ruins your first concert like losing your iPhone. (see my response above)
5. If you see a crowdsurfer coming your way, do not avoid him/her. He/she needs your help to move across the crowd. Simply put your hands up and push their back a bit to keep them moving forward.
I’m going to stress, though, that the likelihood of a pit happening is unlikely. But be prepared regardless. My punk rock is coming out in me, but moshing is fun as hell if done right without a crowd full of dicks.
#6: If you’re tall, let shorter people stand in front of you
I’m tall (5’9”) and let shorter people stand in front of me. It’s a courtesy thing. I’m not saying let a whole line of short people stand in front of you so you lose your good spot (I wouldn’t do this if I was at barricade), but be courteous to people that are shorter than you. The whole point is to be able to see the concert, and they’re at a disadvantage. It’s not like they would be obstructing your view, anyway (sorry short people, I love you).
#5: Cheer on the underdog
A lot of people don’t give a shit about opening bands. But for them, opening for a bigger act is a big deal, so give them some props. If you like the music, bob your head and shout if you want to. If you don’t care for the music, clap for them when appropriate. Make them feel good, etc. because they’re automatically at a disadvantage. About 90% of the crowd doesn’t give a shit about the opening bands, and they know this. Either way, be nice to them unless they’re absolutely horrible and not making an effort to impress you.
Those are just some things you might want to consider just out of respect and courtesy, but otherwise, go with the flow and have FUN. That’s all there is to it :)
For starters, it helps not being anonymous. Next, I don’t follow random people — I pretty much follow everyone who follows me. However, I don’t follow blogs who have never posted, and I unfollow blogs inactive for more than 2 months. Finally, another thing you should not is not to worry if I follow you or not, how many followers you have, etc. Because that’s not what “this” is about, yo.
Unless you had someone following you in real life, like me. It wouldn’t happen, but still. The internet is a weird place and I don’t know where I’m going with this.
IRVING PLAZA, NYC — March 16th, 2014.
On sale in 3 days to general public, pre-sale tomorrow!
Better yet, you can buy the CD version for only $14.21 and get the MP3 version for free. Look at that — double the music. Tears On Tape is an A+ album, I do recommend it if I do say so myself.
HIM to play the “ROCK THE RING” festival in Switzerland on June 20th, 2014.
Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666 (1997)
Razorblade Romance (1999)
Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights (2001)
Love Metal (2003)
Dark Light (2005)
Uneasy Listening Vol. I (2006)
Uneasy Listening Vol. II (2007)
Venus Doom (2007)
Screamworks: Love In Theory and Practice (2010)
Tears On Tape (2013)