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Set Abominae

I am so fucking thrashed......from the OREGON SHOW!!!!

I wrote this before I went to bed last night and posted on MySpace. Here it is.

Today was one of the best days in my life. I woke up this morning, knowing that I was going to see my favorite band ever, ICED EARTH. At 12:45, Clinton came and picked me up, we went and grabbed his CDs, and then went and picked up Tony. We stopped at Subway for lunch and then we were off to Portland, Oregon.

On the way there, we had some great fun. We made fun of many things, ranging from anime conventions that Clinton has attended to an old man picking his nose. We also listened to several CDs, those being Iced Earth's new album The Crucible of Man, my custom Pantera mixed CDs, and a comedian that I don't remember the name of. He was pretty funny though. From Olympia to one of the last exits before the bridge to Portland, we followed a car that we dubbed the "Satan View", for it was a Saturn View and the last 3 digits on its license plate was 666. We were sad when it left, because it brought us much joy.

When we finally entered Oregon, it took us about 30 minutes to get to Portland. Actually, it was on the outskirts of Portland, and we figured it was called Hawthorne for the venue we were seing the band at was called the Hawthorne Theatre, not to mention countless small restaurants and banks with "Hawthorne" in the name.

We parked the car on top of the local Fred Meyer. That's right, you read it right - on TOP of it. It was a two-story Fred Meyer with an upper parking lot. We entered from the upper entrance, rode the escelator down and decided it was time to use the restroom. After all, we had driven about 3 hours. We couldn't find a pisser anywhere in the Fred Meyer, so we exited out the bottom entrance and roamed the streets for 45 minutes before finding a Honey Bucket, which was unfortunately locked. We went back to the Fred Meyer and decided there must be a bathroom in there. Sure enough, there was, but we didn't see it before because the sign was so oddly placed that if you didn't approach it from a certain angle you wouldn't even see it.

After pissing, I decided it was due time to pick up my interview and photo pass for the show. Unfortunately, the guy at the bar told me that the will call wouldn't be open until the doors opened at 7:00, so we headed back to the car. We sat in there for about an hour making fun of miscellania people who walked by.

At 6:45, I hadn't gotten a call from the tour manager yet, so we decided to wait outside the theatre. It was here we realized that 90% of the people at the show either drove down from Washington [like us] or drove up from California. We only found one guy who was actually from Oregon. This guy had a cup of soda, or so it seemed, when he said something to his friend about it being LSD and that they were going to have a grand night. I've never taken LSD and don't really plan on ever doing it, and after this night, I know I never will. I will speak more on this later.

The doors opened at 7:10. We went inside, I went to the will call booth, I told the guy I had an interview with Jon Schaffer, and he checked my ID and then the Iced Earth guest list. I was listed on there - "Ben Williams w/Phone" - so he gave me a photo pass and told me to await a call from the tour manager.

The first band, Saviours, was scheduled to play at 8:00, so I figured my interview would take place in between 7:30 - 8:00. I never got a call and no one approached me about the interview. I figured that they must be running behind schedule. The whole rest of the show, in between band sets, I went to various security officers and the ticket booth guy again, and they all told me that it should happen. Well, it never did. I never got to interview Jon. This was quite depressing as I had a poster for the actual show with me and I was going to ask him to sign it, and Clinton wanted me to have his Something Wicked This Way Comes booklet signed as well. Not only that, but I've been wanting to meet Jon since the first day I learned of Iced Earth and when the opportunity arose to interview him I took it immediatley. So, I hate to say, but this never happened. But I do have proof of my interview preparations, such as the questions, the e-mails from the webmaster of LivingForMetal.com, and my photo pass. I'll post the photo pass in my pictures soon.

Well, on to the bands - first on the list was Saviours, as I already stated. They were a cross between old sludge metal like Black Sabbath and Corrosion of Conformity and thrash metal like Metallica and Slayer. They were pretty awesome.

The second band, Into Eternity, was a progressive/thrash/death metal band. The vocalist was AWESOME. He growled like Dez Fafara of DevilDriver, screamed like the guy from Kataklysm, and sang like ZP Theart of DragonForce and Geddy Lee of Rush. Iced Earth was wise to put them as the main support for the show as they were much better than Saviours, but Saviours was good.

And finally, onto Iced Earth. Once I finished speaking with Jon's bodyguard about the interview and learning it probably wouldn't happen, I gave up, pretty much. After that I told Clinton and Tony the news; they were dissappointed but we weren't about to let that ruin the night. The original plan was to see Iced Earth, a band that is in all of our favorites.

Needless to say, it was an awesome show. Barlow sounded amazing, Jon's riffage was just as good as it is on the albums, Brent's drumming was superb, Freddie's bassing was amazing, and Troy sounded good on backup rhythm, but you couldn't really hear his solos. At least, where I was standing. Did I mention I was pretty much right next to the stage the whole time? See my pictures.

Here's the setlist.

In Sacred Flames [intro]
Behold the Wicked Child
Invasion
Motivation of Man
Burning Times
Declaration Day
Vengeance is Mine
Ten Thousand Strong
Stormrider
Pure Evil
Watching Over Me [I watched Jon during this song, and if you're an Iced Earth fan, you know that it was about his best friend's death. I noticed him choking up the whole song. I cried during the last chorus. I thought about my Grandpa the whole time.]
The Coming Curse
Dracula
High Water Mark
ENCORE
Melancholy [Holy Martyr]
My Own Savior
Iced Earth

We drove back from Portland to Puyallup in 2 hours - the traffic was toned down and we pretty much hauled ass the whole way. All in all, it was a great night. This concert surpasses Iron Maiden's, and that's only because I like Iced Earth more.

I'll post some more photos of my photo pass, my shirt, and some other things soon. I'm going to bed.
paranoidmexican

sucks you couldn't interview Jon, but it sounds like an awesome show!!!
Set Abominae

To see pictures of the show go here

http://s34.photobucket.com/albums...Who2/ICED%20EARTH%20Oct22%202008/
Feaněs

sad about the interview, but its good that you had a good time, I hope I can cry soon too when hearing "watching over me", don't worry, its okay to cry at this song....I nearly cried when they played "Hold at all cost" cause I was so happy...
The Sexiest Metalhead

Sounds awesome, too bad you didn't get the interview. oh well, at least you got to see them!
Kanadwen

I'd raise some fucking HELL that you didn't get to interview. Didn't you pay extra to get that interview or at least to meet him? Could be illegal!?
Set Abominae

Kanadwen wrote:
I'd raise some fucking HELL that you didn't get to interview. Didn't you pay extra to get that interview or at least to meet him? Could be illegal!?


No, I didn't pay extra for the interview, I just organized it with LivingForMetal.com. Here's the reply I got after I explained to the webmaster of LFM.

Quote:
Looks like there was a breakdown in communication between the tour manager and the promo company. That's shitty, man. Sorry you didn't get the interview. I will contact the promo company and see if we can get you a Seattle interview.

I checked my email to make sure I forwarded your phone number to the promo company and I did...he even responded to the email. So, you aren't at fault. Here's the number I passed along: [hidden]

Again, you must have been crushed, so I apologize for their breakdown in communication!

My email is: [hidden]. Please send me an email requesting the Seattle show interview with show details (date/time) and that will remind me to follow up with the promo company.

Thanks
Aggelos Poneros

I'm really sorry for the interview. I'd probably kill somebody that I was you.
But you saw them live Smile))
Dante

Sorry 'bout the interview man!

"I've never taken LSD and don't really plan on ever doing it, and after this night, I know I never will. I will speak more on this later."
What happened to your LSD story?
Set Abominae

Dante wrote:
Sorry 'bout the interview man!

"I've never taken LSD and don't really plan on ever doing it, and after this night, I know I never will. I will speak more on this later."
What happened to your LSD story?


Oh yes! That guy and a few others took many drinks from the cup. At the beginning of the show, they weren't tripping to hard. But once Into Eternity came out on stage, they were bouncing up and down and acting like fucking fools. They attempted to mosh, but every time they were pushed they fell down and asked for help from people around them. As I said before, I brought my poster just in case if Jon would sign it after the interview, so I had to hold on to it during the show. Luckily it was in a cylinder tube, so it was safe, or at least I thought it was. Well, during Iced Earth, I put it in my pocket and it was sticking out quite a bit, and then LSD man ran into me, grabbed my poster, fell down, and BENT IT!!!!! I almost fucking kicked his ass!!!! If I wasn't at the show and wouldn't get kicked out I would have killed that fucker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kanadwen

LSD is one hellvua drug!

*Grandpa Voice* Look at this way laddy, at least everytime you look at your poster you will always have that special memory! *ends Grandpa Voice*
Feaněs

Kanadwen wrote:
LSD is one hellvua drug!

*Grandpa Voice* Look at this way laddy, at least everytime you look at your poster you will always have that special memory! *ends Grandpa Voice*
Laughing
The Wicked One

glad you had fun, and its too bad that you couldn't do the interview.

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