Grindco's Motopsycho Mania tour was this last Friday at the Comcast Arena, and both myself and Tim were able to go! It was a rocky start for us since the GPS took us through every back road possible since it thought the freeway would be worse. Once we got there, we had to find a place to park that had enough lighting in it and would accept card (we both never carry cash on us). Once we finally found it and started heading over to the ticket pick-up, there was a huge line! We finally got our tickets and I mentioned that I was to receive two VIP passes; I didn't get them.
I'll go ahead and mention now that the crew at Comcast Arena is beyond useless and snobby. I got told to talk to someone inside, and when I did, the guy whined about "why people always go to him when there's a problem." I explained to him that I had already talked to Tony Grinder in regards to passes and that they would be ready for me once I got my tickets. His remark? "Everything in regards to that should be done before the show. You can talk to Tony about it if you'd like." I asked where to contact him and I simply had just had it after his reply of "I don't know." BLAH! We checked out where our seats would be and being quite unhappy, I checked my Vampirefreaks account with the hope that I had gotten a message I wasn't aware of, and turns out I did! The passes were actually under my username.
We finally made it down to the all access floor where we could literally high five the motorcyclists (and the lot of us did, for that matter!) and enjoyed the show. There were three sections to the stunt show: a dirt bike stunt show, the globe of death, and a street bike show. My favorite had to be the globe of death because at one point, there were two stuntmen at the same time.
The stunt show went on for a good hour, and there seemed to never be a dull moment. The arena is large enough that all three sets were displayed at the same time without leaving any time to set up over and over (I personally hate having to wait for a set up, so this was a great venue choice, in my opinion!) I should also mention the fact that such great music was played, my favorite for a stunt show has always been "Firestarter" by Prodigy. As soon as I heard that song, I was immediately excited throughout the whole event! Shortly around 8:50pm, the DJ announced Tony Grinder & Means to an End to play on stage. The interesting thing is that they are filming their world release DVD, so we had a great time being part of it.
I don't know a lot of the music that the band played, considering that I had just heard them maybe a month before the event, but the music was really good, though the last two covers were definitely something I could have lived without. I enjoyed it, and I took enough video and pictures to the point that I had to switch between SD cards. My most favorite part of the whole show, of course, was getting to hear "Be Like Me" live! It's the first song I heard from them when I was doing my research, and I've just been in love with the song ever since.
Tony Grinder has a great presence on stage, and definitely puts his heart into each set the band plays. The band as a whole work together and flawlessly delivered throughout the whole show. No one actually stayed put in the same place for two long, and when possible, the band interacted with the audience. They even had a crowd starting to mosh, though unfortunately, the Comcast Arena group didn't allow it for no more than a minute.
I think the fact that I was pretty much arm-length to the amps helped me stay away from the forever extinguishing mosh pit.
The one thing that stuck with me during the show is that every time I turned to the audience, it kept getting smaller. It eventually dwindled from 300+ people to a good 50 people or less. I believe that this was because the event was poorly marketed. Being aware of the band's music genre, I expected to see a lot more people into the same, rather than a demographic of 70% parents with kids, and 20% party/skaters. Because there was a huge amount of parents with kids, the arena became pretty vacant during the start of the band's performance, and the few that stayed eventually left a little before the show ended. The point being, the band played excellent, and didn't disappoint... but the target audience was completely wrong for them.
Regardless of the event, the band has a lot of potential to be bigger, I just hope that this event wasn't one that will influence their decision in never playing in WA State again! Also as a bonus, I'll have a video from the event for everyone on the Alternative Kei Youtube channel, so check back for it!