How can I start this. I started this review a million times in my head but it never came out right until now. I went to see Black Veil Brides, Falling In Reverse, Set It Off, and Drama Club at the Knitting Factory(learned from a security guard it was built-in 2004 and opened in the same year) on November 8th, 2014. A day that I will never forget nor forget to remember as every ounce of that day is soaked into my brain forever. I truly grateful and thankful for it. Every ounce of it. To be alive and breathing is something I will never take for grant.
This review taking a little longer to do cause five days after my concert. I had to get major surgery to remove a hernia and appendix(Doctor told me basically my appendix was an organ bomb ready to explode inside my intestinal cavity it was that extremely inflamed from my severe stomach issues I have) that was causing me to be in extreme stomach pain. They were going to take my gallbladder out too but there was no gallstones prevalent so I must have another surgery to test to see if something is wrong with my gallbladder if there is there taking that out too next year. I live on a never ending battle roller coaster ride with my medical issues. Going to the concert was my get away from my problems and bullshit I deal with. I met A LOT of kids at the concert with medical conditions of there own. Ranging from scolisos to fibromyalgia. I gave them so many hugs and told them that their in my thoughts and prayers. Meanwhile all this medical bullshit is happening within the BVB army our own leader, Andy Biersack, stated in the new Revolver Magazine said he suffered a blood infection that rendered him to have constant pain and suffer from inflammation. Even though his dad, Chris Biersack, stated in a few tweets recently he is okay now. Andy if you do read this always know YOU aren’t alone now like you were in the past. We are all here for you dude. Health, batman, or whatever the hell you want wise. You do so much for us. Sometimes its best for the community to show its part in supporting you unconditional. In fact I say this about ALL the members of BVB really. I want them all to be healthy. Being sick is never fun. I live the life all to well and its never fun to be chronically ill.
So lets start this review. How can I really. I have been rendered speechless but now I have found the words to review it. My meet and greet went magically how I wanted it to go even though I was an awkward potato at that. All I wanted for them to hear was an “I am sorry” from a former BVB hater. But instead they got it formally. I said ” I want to apologize for being a former hater of your band” CC, Jake, and Jinxx’s faces were flabbergasted by my apology. I am very pleased to have done what I did. I made sure both ends of the table got an apology. I apologized formally to Andy and Ashley Purdy. Andy took this in glory and welcomed me “Officially” to their weird side of things. I was stunned of what Andy Biersack had to say to me. I could tell he comprehend who he was talking to at the moment. He then told me something that brought something rare out of me. He took me WAY off guard. He told me that he reads what you the reader are reading right now. I was stunned, shocked, and couldn’t come to words at them moment to thank him. Andy pulled a “Mariah Pysduck” out of me. They are rare. After he said he reads my things on this blog. I am very very appreciative and grateful of that. I then told him without even thinking that BVB should brand BVB haters in the head with “Research” on their heads. No Andy I didn’t mean cattle prodding BVB haters with that. I meant putting stickers and shit like that annoying V8 juice commercial. So Andy you are one of the very few that pulled a “Mariah Psyduck” out of me. I can say the most off the wall shit when I am very stunned as potato hearing cool shit things. All of the meet and greet experience was awesome besides my mom telling Andy he was born in Idaho. I corrected her though. My mom is new to BVB. No matter how much I try teaching her BVB facts she won’t remember them. She also told him that I share a birthday with him. I was going to tell Andy I named my cat after him but then he told me “Happy Almost Birthday” I became overwhelmed and I told I called it “Merry Birthmas which was meant as greeting to him too. I was still in shock that I apologized twice to a band that receives so much hate still for just being a band that are themselves and are the true people who they are in the public eye. So Andy that “Merry Birthmas” was for you. I hope you have wonderful “Merry Birthmas” I understand what you go through birthday wise. Haha. Pros and cons of it. All the rest of you in the band Jake, Jinxx, CC, and Ashley. I tried my best to give you all equally amount of time with me. You all have some sort of inspiration to me personally equally. I love you all. Converting to be BVB fan is the best gift I could ever give myself cause really if I never became a fan. I wouldn’t be here really. But I am proud to say this. I, Mariah, am no longer associating myself as former BVB hater or anything towards it. I, Mariah, am a huge dedicated fan of Black Veil Brides and that is the end of that. The last bits of darkness were given to BVB in a two-part fan letter addressed to all the guys. Their was a piece of paper I wanted them to destroy. It’s all the thoughts I had left and vanished with pure love for the band after I got done writing it. It wasn’t made for me it was made for them to destroy. The fate of it I don’t know what happened to it. I don’t want to know cause its theirs to keep and destroy as a band insignificance of putting a huge dent into the “BVB hater” side. Which by the way doesn’t have potatoes, porta potties, etc. BVB army side has it better and cooler. Trust me the BVB hater life is the sad life. 😉 So all in all. BVB “In the end*” got me as forever fan as they rightfully deserve. I am very proud of myself making that decision on January 27th, 2013. It was the best gift I ever received and the best thing to ever happen to me in the world.
I also want to make a side note that they went nuts over my thank you notes/letter combined into one. It was so cute and fun to see all the dudes faces in BVB light up when they saw themselves in potato form. I will never be over that and the fun I had making them was priceless. So truly it put me over the moon with this whole VIP meet and greet experience.
Now let’s get to this concert review shall we. I woke up very early Saturday. That alone is a chore for me to do cause I am disabled and I have severe sleeping disorder that makes me sleep till odd hours of the day. I just deal with my health issues madness. But my cat Loki Andy the one I named after Andy Biersack cause around the time I converted I was given this little tiny baby rescue tabby kitten who lost all its fur and was full of fleas around my fifth month after being new to BVB and the BVB army. He lived in barn and bathroom the first part of his life. My cat Loki LOVES the bathroom. That is his bedroom so I make sure he gets spoiled and has his room cleaned a lot. He is my little rock star cat of trouble. He is my little “Toilet Buddy”(referred to BVB 2011 interview done by Kerrang Magazine). My other cat Snickers despises the bathroom. lol. My cats are my alarm clocks cause I hate regular alarm clocks. Cats are cuter and you can’t stay mad for long at their annoying nature verses an alarm clock that just needs a shotgun to it. My mom and I get ready and out the door quick. We go to my moms friends and her daughter’s house to pick them up to carpool up to Spokane,WA to the Knitting Factory. During the three plus hours on the way up. My mind was going nuts cause I was the first person to apologize to BVB. I had all these mix feelings of excitement, love, passion, and happiness as well as being nervous knocking on the door. I just kept telling myself their human like me.
I hurried the hell up and ate something(lawn LOL, salad) plus hydrated the hell out of myself cause I am disabled and my body tires easily. I need to conserve precious amounts of energy to rock the hell out with BVB later on in the day. Get their and as I mentioned above I got to go in early cause I was apart of the meet and greet. I said “Hi” to all the people outside who were waiting to see BVB and FIR. I got a lot back in return. The BVB army is consisted of nice smelling again I am noting that again. THANK YOU FOR PUTTING DEODORANT ON BVB ARMY AND NICE SMELLING THINGS. I can’t thank you enough for that. It’s pleasant to smell a sweaty nice smelling person verses a sweaty BO person. I don’t judge someone though about this but hygiene is a must and BVB fans sure know it all too well.
The meet and greet gets over. I wait in line inside the building waiting line also known as Que. I am relieved to not see the see through shirt double DD see all the titties lady outside in the line. I was going to go to Wal-Mart to buy her a special bra to wear but glad I didn’t have to. There are a lot of kids at shows. Kids don’t need to see that shit. Again concert attire should be nice looking and presentable. Not be like your going to the stripper joint. But on the flip side I seen a lot awesome dressed people who dressed awesome. I don’t give a shit what one wears but there is boundary line though. Don’t dress like a stripper to a concert were there are kids in attendance. No no square. Potato brownie points to the four banana ladies who took that one Andy Biersack quote to heart and went to the show as bananas. So shout out to them. If you want to dress like a banana or giraffe and go into public I am very proud of you and cheer you on. I did see an epic Eve Black cos-player in attendance. She spent lots of time preparing her attire I could tell just for the concert she also attended the meet and greet too. Their were a lot face painted kids hailing the person that influenced them the most in the band with stitches and everything. I was going to put face paint on but I have severe hand tremors that would make me look like I dipped my whole face in black paint. So I went as a plain Jane BVB army member. I am very very pleased with how much effort people put into their attire for the BVB concert. It’s a huge event to them. BVB’s concerts means everything to us. I started already planning my next meet and greet and BVB concert next time. I plan on doing it all over again. The whole experience was just amazing.
Now I get to talk about the concert part:
Drama Club: My thoughts on these crazy cats. They are very positive force for a younger demographic and beyond. They hit really well with people who like techno, dub-step, and fast beat music. Very high energy. The songs they played were fantastic. It reminded me if anonymous had love children with Rage Against The Machine and Skrillex and Drama Club is born minus Rages political cannery. I loved their Andy Black spin-off. That was cool as potatoes to see and hear. I seen on their masks they had the “NO H8” sign glad to know they are against homophobia and all for the LBGT community. Spread the love and not the hate. This music isn’t my cup of tea but I am highly pleased with them. I can’t listen to this kind of music too much with my medical conditions so it was a hairy situation when I they started playing. I respect the hell out these guys cause they called an asshole out in the crowd. I was their just enjoying and respect them as one should(I have learned from all of my hate.) No hate from me. Their great cool cats. I would recommend their music to anyone that loves this type of music. It’s just that I can’t listen unfortunately “Fuck You, Motherfucker to my medical conditions right” So Drama Club keep working your asses off to make YOUR dreams come true(Your reading mine) and peace out from Potatoland.
Set It Off: I quite enjoyed these guys. Their bassist gave me a hug when I told him I was broke and couldn’t buy his CD. I promise you Austin. If you are reading this I will buy “Duality” and review it sometime down the road. Hold on with me as I do my best that I can. I love Set It Off’s energy. Cody’s Carson’s speech to the crowd about Anxiety was beautiful and well needed to our youth of today and everyone in between that deal with that. He is very inspirational up and coming front man to inspire a whole new legion of people to become fans of his band. His band though were crazy cool cats. Cody stage dived a few times. Making the whole floor go wild. So I am not worried at all for this band not to fall through the cracks cause they got their shit straight and I am proud to be fan just very newly. I love going to shows and discovering music that way. Its more kick ass and cooler. So Set It Off keep working your ass off and someday you can become a headliner band. Excited to see your journey to flower. All my best to Set It Offs future.
Falling In Reverse: I was hesitant for this band 100%. I had mixed feelings about their music and what Ronnie Radke is as a musician. But at the end of the day he earned my respect for stopping the show to see if a little dude was okay from getting hit crowd surfing. He asked him if he needed back surgery and if he was alright. After that I knew all that bullshit from the past just needs to be in the past. People make mistakes(are only human). People deserve “Second, Third, Fourth, etc chances”. Ronnie deserves that just like anyone else. He got the crowd going for sure to the point were the security guards had to give the kids out on the floor water to prevent dehydration and people from collapsing from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Those security guards deserve props throughout FIR’s set cause Ronnie made sure the whole house was on fire before BVB. All the musicians and everyone who works for Ronnie all deserve my props for caring about the audience that night. Thais all I cared about and he earned it. So Ronnie you are breaking through the shit. If you can earn respect from me then you can slowly rebuild your reputation back again. Shit happens in shitty ways and good ways. I am proud as hell you’re getting your life turned 360’d. All I can do is send my best of wishes to FIR’s future and whatever the hell you do. You put on a hell of a show. I respect FIR. It might not be my cup tea cause some music takes awhile for me to fall in love with and some its love at first listen. All FIR can do is try to I can say that about any band really. If you try to failing gets you to success then you know you are winning the battle. Kudos from Potatoland.
Black Veil Brides: The band of the night arrives. Excuse my french even though I have been using no-no language throughout my review but I am my own writer and I do what I want to write. HOLY FUCKING SHIT POTATO AMAZEBALLS. I have had enough days this year that felt like Christmas and this was one of them Ho! Ho! Ho! “Merry Blackmass everyone” The five dark Saint Kris Kringle’s came out and gave everyone a rock n roll time. This show was special to cause THERE WAS NO BVB HATER SPEECHES AT ALL. I felt validated and honored to do a such thing. This how a BVB show should run for them for the rest of the run as band. The time for hating bands is becoming so dull and very annoying. Of course hate the band as you please if it makes you feel good to be miserable. But I believe its time to just move on from hating bands. If people sat down and did the math of how much it costs to run a band and what it takes to be in band people would be respectful. Ignorance should NEVER be celebrated. So it pleased the hell out of me that BVB was having the time of their lives doing the greatest thing they loved to do and that is to perform for thousands and thousands of people every night and sing along with the Army they created from the beginning. To experience this is truly something I will never take for grant. I am very happy to see that these guys are happy on stage. I should say stupidly happy. Which makes me even more elated cause its like seeing kids on Christmas, Halloween, or any cool ass holiday or a store that makes that person go nuts to see the person that happy. To know they have re-built their band relationship from their struggles from making W&D. To see them party the fuck up on stage and blow it up. The fact that they received something huge from me that day an apology from a former “BVB Hater” all I can say is “Goodbye Agony” and saying hello to a new chapter and new beginnings of what is in store. I am at a loss for words when It comes to their concert cause literally they fucked shit up and made sure everyone had rock n roll time. Andy also mentioned to the crowd that he appreciated the fact that people spent their hard-earned money on rock and roll show twice. Andy is one of the most sweetest people I have ever met along with his band brothers. I am living testament that all the shit against them is FALSIFIED BULLSHIT. I researched and went to the source. None of the shit that is against BVB is true. I will go to my grave and defend the fact that BVB are five wonderful dudes and care about their fans. So proud of them as band and as individuals. So really if your on the fence about these guys go to the source. Don’t be a coward and become another worthless keyboard warrior troll. My hard-working money went to a magnificent rock show to five incredible, kind-hearted, and hard-working dudes plus a huge crew who works day in a day out to put the show on for you all. So all in all, the show was BVBBOMBTASTIC and it was a killer night for rock n roll as a whole it was alive and well in that venue. I cherished every moment of it. So thank you BVB for doing what you do even though you return the exact opposite to us. Haha!. You inspire a legion of people to follow their dreams and conquer them. Mine is only beginning and I have firm believing that if I work hard enough I can feel like a rock star too. I wish you all nothing but the best. All my love and admiration from Potatoland(Idaho). Jake Pitt’s birth state. I call Jake a “Famous Potato” for a reason.
In conclusion, hating on bands is so my space. Bands either crash and burn or get wild success from a rabid fan base. But Its getting tiring to read the same ole shit everyday. Its become amusing and quite sick( I believe some extreme band haters have mental health issues its sad really). All my money. planning, etc paid off big time. I am pleased with how the Blackmass tour went. I am even more enamored how the bands made sure they didn’t hurt their fans at all. Even though it was a packed house it was a house filled with love, common place, love, bananas, Eve Black cos-player, a lot of BVB face painted kids, a lot of hardcore kids, kids with medical issues that came to prove they could go to the ends of the earth to see their favorite band, and most of all we all were their for reason, to enjoy ourselves and have fun. Cause what is life-like without the party. Life already gives us shit and things we have to deal with on a daily basis whether with be life, medical, etc. All these bands have a mission to help kids find their dreams and make them come true.
Whether your favorite band was FIR, SIO, Drama Club, or BVB. The respect levels in the room and people’s manners were very polite. I never been to a concert except to BVB’s where common manners are highly used. Doors were being held by gentlemen and some gentlemen went and got drinks for their ladies and their friends. Seen a ole grandma that was disabled rocking the hell out to BVB. As I left the concert to leave to my motel that my carpool for the night was staying at when my mom and I was walking to their car their was drunk imbecile in a sketchy bar singing karaoke to KISS’s “Rock and Roll All Night and Party Everyday” I am like well I just got a blast of BVB and touch of real life Average Joe here. Poor dude wasn’t impressing the ladies in the bar. Oh lord. What a night that was and I will never forget it for the rest of my life. I am at peace and very proud of what I did. I am excited to see BVB again sometime down the road. These guys deserve a lot of good karma in their lives. I hope that everyone in the BVB army is able to see the power that is BVB on stage cause their a presence to be reckoned with. One that is groundbreaking and hits the take over the world stratosphere. These guys are only starting. I am glad I am a long for the ride cause I believe that BVB’s future is bright of many cool things.
Thank you for reading this concert review. It means a lot that you took time out of your day to read my words. It greatly appreciated. This took awhile for me to put out cause A) I am speechless. B) I couldn’t find the words C) Recovering from appendix and hernia surgery sucks. So thank you for holding in their with me. I love you all. Your all my lovely potato gems and I appreciate the hell out of you that support me and my writing. I support YOU in whatever you do and need plus your dreams whatever they may be. All my wishes and love to you all. “Never give in, Never back down.”-BVB Always remember YOU are not alone. Keep kicking ass and eat your potatoes cause they help aid to kill heart disease in its place plus they clean your colon out too while providing nutrients and minerals. Whatever your dreams are. GO FORTH AND CONQUER.
-Mariah L. Hanna Copyright @PotatoBVBQueen 11/21/2014 *See About page for *inquire
*”In The End” is the song that converted me from being a hater of BVB’s to a huge dedicated fan of BVB’s on January 27th, 2013. The song gave me the tools to live with myself and accept myself for who I am. Its one song that is dear to my heart cause its the song that stopped me in my last and final attempt of committing suicide. BVB gave me the tools to help save my own self destruction. For all that I owed them debt. I apologized to them as the debt. I still feel like I need to pay them more but they got me as a forever fan in the end.
LONG LIVE BLACK VEIL BRIDES AND NEVER GIVE IN, NEVER BACK DOWN.
I will never give in, never back down. I have been through hell and back medically and my spirits have never been broken even though I have “Lost it all” at times. But know we are only human. If you are going through hell know we can fight this together. No one has to be alone. Again follow your dreams and “SET THE WORLD ON FIRE”