I’ve been a big fan of music for quite a while now. That’s probably a silly statement to make, but I have really allowed it to play a major role in my life for years. I set out trying find different styles and bands that I loved; however, as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that I just don’t really enjoy some of this stuff the same way I used to. Regardless of that, I decided that I wanted to head out to the second day of Bamboozle in Asbury Park NJ this past Saturday. While there were 30 or so bands and groups I didn’t know performing, the headliners were the ones I was set on seeing. I have managed to drag my wife into this love of music back when we were dating. Ultimately, I got her super hooked on Jimmy Eat World. We’ve seen them two or three times since getting married, but I saw they were playing this festival, so I knew we needed to go. The other headliners that were playing were Foo Fighters, Blink 182, and All American Rejects. Having never seen Blink I was really excited to see them, but they got sick so My Chemical Romance took over. Definitely less excited about them, but I thought they’d put on a good show.
Living in DC, and not wanting to pay for a hotel, we set out for NJ around 10 AM Saturday morning. I thought the set up of this show was rather interesting. They didn’t have a band go on until 2:00, so we could kind of take our time getting up there for the show. Even then, Foo Fighters were scheduled to end around 9:30, so we could drive the four hours back to our house in DC. It seemed like the perfect way to make sure we had a fun filled Saturday and got to head home and save some money. There was some traffic getting up there, but we managed to make it up there around 3 something.
They did have a fairly good set up on getting everyone to the show, of course, it seemed less perfect on the way home. We parked about 20 minutes away at a local race track and caught a shuttle to the concert area. It was one of the more interesting little set ups for a concert area I’ve seen in a while. Evidently they had 7 different stages where you could go see bands play. Also, they didn’t try to cater to a single music style. There was rock, rap, metal, punk, ska, DJ’s, and even a comedian on Sunday night. Truthfully we only saw about 4 of the stages. I’m not sure where the others were hiding. Ultimately we ended up staying at the main stage.
We did have to purchase beer right away to set us apart from the masses of little children. It was actually an interesting mix of kids and adults who needed to feel young again. Anyway, we made it all the way down the boardwalk to the main stage just before All American Rejects went on. We found a spot on the beach where we could sit. We of course were a little ways away from the stage, but I’m fine with just sitting back and listening. I prefer to not stand in a sweaty pit of people anymore. I don’t want people crowd surfing on my head. It was nice being able to sit on the beach, see the ocean, and enjoy the music.
I’ve never been a big fan of All American Rejects. Their songs are catchy and all, but I was never really a big fan of them overall. My wife, however, is a big fan of theirs, so we caught their whole set first. They played a pretty good show, but I hate a band continuously cursing at me. They were the least rock star band there, and yet, they wanted to act like big bad rock stars the whole time. Thankfully, that was the last band that decided to be overly obnoxious on stage. Jimmy Eat World took the stage next. They are probably the least rock star band that played that night. They make great music, and it doesn’t really seem to be about the image with them. Thankfully they didn’t play anything off the new album because I really didn’t care for it. They did however still play things all the way back to Clarity. I like it when a band knows when to ignore a record. They played a great set, and I know my wife was happy to see them again.
It was now that I set about going and getting some pizza. Of course waiting in line, or mob, for food made me really annoyed; however, it wasn’t overly expensive. Therefore, I was alright with the whole ordeal. This did cause me to miss the beginning of My Chemical Romance. I’ve never been a big fan of theirs. I enjoy some of the radio hits they’ve had, but I don’t really know a lot of the songs. The ones I did know were fun; however, I could tell they were a fan favorite there from all the people singing along. While I wasn’t a big fan, I still did think they put on a good show. I was also really happy to see they dropped the gothic stuff.
Finally it was time for Foo Fighters. They were given two hours to play which was shorter than the last time I saw them, but I was happy they had them playing for a little while. Surprisingly they also had to get up to NYC for playing with Mick Jagger that night. They made sure to let us all know they would be taking a helicopter from Asbury to NYC so they could do both. I think it’s pretty cool they played two hour and then went and did SNL. Anyway, some of the stuff they did in their live show was similar to what I saw a few months ago here in DC. They still played a great show. I also wish I didn’t have 5 kids next to me trying to dig a whole in the sand and an older woman having fun with her light up hoola hoop behind me. I feel like that was the antithesis of the old and the young crowd right there.
The worst part of the night was trying to get home. We all rushed for the shuttles, and it took a while to get back to the parking area. Thankfully we made it there and had no traffic getting home. We finally got home around 2:30 in the morning. It was a real long day, but it was a lot of fun for sure. I’m not sure I’d do it again, but I suppose it would depend on the line-up. I couldn’t pass up on Jimmy, Foo, and Blink. Maybe next year they’ll really get Blink to play for sure. I also would have liked to get to a few of the other bands playing on different stages. Still, it was a good time and a nice way to get away for a day. Even if I was exhausted when I got home.