Okay, I know you guys (especially you non-bandom kids!) are about to punch me out for posting so much, but I have MORE TO SHARE!!
And this is it: The Academy Is... is AMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZING in concert. Like, we saw them on the Honda Civic Tour, but we were so far away, and getting yelled at by security for most of the time, and then we had to miss a couple songs so we could get in line to meet them (which was AWESOME, and I don't regret it AT ALL, but still), but this was just totally different.
The venue was smaller, for one, but it was just overall, so fucking high energy. Like, you guys, this was the MOST AMAZING CONCERT OF MY LIFE. TAI... are so INTO IT, omg, it made my LIFE.
After almost dying on the floor (and then meeting 4/5 of Cobra Starship - we ran into Alex later, and were awkward and creepy with him, too - EEEEEEE!!!!!), my friend and I just hung out off to the side. It was actually better, because we could see the entire stage, and weren't in danger of, you know, BEING CRUSHED TO DEATH BY 12 YEAR OLDS. But DUDE, it was still the most energetic concert I've ever been to. Like, with Gym Class Heroes, Travie talks a lot, and he's smart and witty, and his comments make the show, and then with Cobra Starship they just want you to fucking dance, and it's so much fun
, and with Fall Out Boy you just sort of stare open-mouthed and go, "Oh. My. GODDDDDDDDDD" a lot. But this show was like - like, okay, if the biggest, longest, most insane keyboard smash was an emotion?? It would be how seeing The Academy Is... in concert feels.
William fucking FLINGS himself across the stage, and bounds around and throws mic stands into the air (I kept worrying he'd knock himself out, or something), and the Butcher is INSANE and AMAZING (and totally the MVP of the night, we decided), and pretty much NEVER stopped drumming, and Mike and Sisky and Chiz ROCK OUT and they're all just so INTO IT and they totally give it their all, and - just - SFHKJLASHDUGFHJBKADLAHSIGFEHVSDKMLFJIUHA
I ALMOST CRIED, IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL (no joke!!).
OMG, AND STORY! Okay, so at one point Butcher starts playing the beginnings of "Classifieds" (which is my favorite TAI... song EVER, btw), only apparently the mics weren't working properly or something, so William turns around and fucking WINDMILLS his arms at Butcher to let him know. What made this especially hilarious was that William's arms are SO FUCKING LONG (like Gabe's!!), so it was, like, LIMBS EVERYWHERE.
Anyway, so then Butcher and Mike just played randomly for a bit (while Tony ran around frantically trying to fix things, aww ♥), and then they finally started "Classifieds".
It was AMAZING, of course, AND THEN! Around the second chorus, who should appear on stage but Gabe!! He sang with William for a bit, and I was paying attention to that and trying not to pass out from sheer glee, and then I just vaguely see something totally FLAILING at the side of the stage, near Mike, and I turn, and it's RYLAND!!! omg, you guys, it was AMAZING, he was seriously dancing like there's no tomorrow. SKOIJAUOHGDVBHNKJSDLFHUGABDNKJDSHUYHFBSD
JKFH!!!!!! And then I looked around some more, and Alex was totally there too, bouncing around Mike and Ryland. So then the Cobra boys head off stage, and TAI... finish the song, only the mics were futzing out a little, and when they finish, William's like, "...that was unexpected." And then he goes, "Tony! Can we fix this, because Mike wants to sing the next song", and Mike GRINNED HUGELY, and I may or may not have swooned a little.
And THEN they played another song that I forget right now, and William's mike cut out at the end, so he decided to, instead, LAUNCH himself into the crowd and flail around there. And so then the song finishes without him, and Butcher's like, "I was trying to sing the end by myself there...it didn't really work, though". So then everyone runs around frantically trying to fix everything, and William's like, "I don't know what I'm going to do if this keeps happening...we might have to just have a fucking party. *turns to Butcher* And you, I think you should sing lead vocals in the next song!!" SFJAKSDLLOJIASUHGBJSKLDJIAHUSBHDJKSLIOIF
OMG, AND THEN THEY PLAYED "ALMOST HERE" AS THEIR LAST SONG, AND IT WAS SERIOUSLY, LIKE, A FUCKING RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE. OH MY GOD, IT WAS THE MOST AMAZING, AMAZING THING TO EVER AMAZING. AND THAT TOTALLY MAKES SENSE, THAT'S JUST HOW AMAZING IT WAS.
UGH, YOU GUYS, IT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY LIFE
...And then we went to this diner, and flipped out some more (and got yelled at for being too loud, hah), and did this with the fries
And then we got pulled over on the way home. But not even for something cool, just because our lights weren't on enough!! SO.ETA:
OH, I FORGOT TO MENTION. After we met Gabe and Ryland, we were just sort of standing there freaking out, and this lady (looked about 40-something??) was like, "*nods to Ryland* Who's that?" So I told her, right. And then there was this pause, and then she goes, "OMG, AND IS THAT GABE OVER THERE?!?!?!!!!11" I SHIT YOU NOT. It was WONDERFUL, y'all. :DDDDDD