So this past weekend I had the pleasure of going to the Never Sleep Again Tour, which had bands such as The Color Fred, Emery, and Hawthorne Heights. I was highly saddened at what I saw. Emery is my favorite band, in fact, they killed it that night.
They by all means should have played for at least an hour and headlined that tour instead of Hawthorne Heights. I can’t believe the type of crap some bands are willing to do to get their name over again and be relevant. Hawthorne Heights had their 15 minutes, in fact, they had another 8 minutes when their guitarist Casey Calvert died of a “apparent” drug overdose. I’ve seen them live before(not by choice) and they put on a decent show. But, last night, I haven’t seen a more incoherent money pandering show by one band who was more out to get theirs and provide a statement on the illegal issues of pirating and how much of a dick you were for doing it. As well as making statements such as “Its like If someone came in and stole your T.V., that’s what your doing to us, buy our album!”
I am all for bands who care about how they live and the money they make continue their tours. I however am not for making it known every couple of songs how much you care about us, and that we should buy your album because the fans love them. It pretty much sounds to me like “aww come on baby, I want to have sex…I thought you loved me.” Jesus, people will do what they want. Feel like your respected and be gracious that people want to listen to your music even if they download it. It brings in more potential customers than people buying it. In fact, many reputable bands have embraced it.
Now back to Emery, they came in, didn’t talk to much and provided a solid half hour of killer tracks from their new and old stuff. There was no begging, there were no statements being made about money and the life they live. They straight walked on, said hey whats up, I’m here to rock the shit out of you, then walked off. Honestly, I was not trying to be biased, but a lot of people felt the same way as well, more than half of the people left after Emery, while Hawthorne Heights was setting up. I figured I would stick around and hear how much HH has changed. I can safely say, I will never see them again, and will never buy/download their albums its just not for me, hell, I even downloaded the new Emery EP While Broken Hearts Prevail on I Tunes, then purchased it again at the show just in spite of what was said.
Keep on rocking kids, and lets get some more bands out there that are in it to make music and the memories that it has the capability to make, and not to blindside people with their corporate greed.