I don't have 'rockstar' stories to tell - like those epic lucky moments where a fan finds themselves stumbling upon their favorite band and getting to party with them.
However, I do have my 'really? This is so funny! How cool' moments.
And I did last night at the AFI show here in NYC.
So, a few weeks ago, we caught AFI here in Jersey for the first part of their tour, then I miraculously had the chance to interview his high holy, Davey Havok. Next was the NYC show and I got lucky to have a photo pass.
Was late getting there, so we walked in halfway through Gallows' set, so I didn't get to shoot them - kinda bummed about that, but...I was the one who caused us to be late.
So 15mins before AFI was going on stage, I decide to figure out where to go for the photo pit. Apparently the 'pass' I was given wasn't the 'right' one in the eyes of the security people I talked to.
However I was sent one way and told to find the tables. Next thing I know, I'm outside the bands' dressing rooms with some of the members of Gallows right down the short hall from me and a few VIP people chilling.
ummm...to leave or not to leave this area?
I see people cross the curtain to my right that I thought couldn't be crossed. I'm talking to this one security gentleman and he's telling me to go sit, my friends should be over there and who walks by me, but Fuse's own Steven Smith.
By the time I realized it was him...he was gone to friends and my chances of kidnapping him were lost, haha. Since I had no friends in this area and wanted to shoot photos and not be in this special area, I headed back to the floor.
I go to the other side of the place and the two guys didn't believe my 'pass,' but as soon as the one cute one takes me to the stage security guys, they look at my pass and are like 'OK, you're fine, go ahead.' haha, wtf!
First three songs saw from right there with no pushing or crowd surfers, then hung out on the special side platform and then went back to my friends and had fun singing along to the rest of the songs.
Funny too, leaving the magazine with my interview was being handed out - go me!
Best concert experience!