Standout: Either Underoath or Killswitch Engage. Both bands completely dominated the crowd and pulled out some interesting old songs in their sets. Underoath pulled off some of the biggest sing-alongs of the day with the youth in attendance easily silencing the PA. KSE’s crowd might have been the most disruptive with the biggest mosh pits and their now standard bottle throwing wars.
Surprise: Paramore. It was a lunatic female-fronted freak show that was pretty fun and definitely left people scratching their heads and talking for the remainder of the day about the performance.
Downer: Norma Jean and Poison the Well both were not on that show, and I was looking forward to them.
Predictable: The litany of pop-punk/power punk bands that began to blend into one another within the first couple of hours of each show. Another three chord, two drum beat, one melody set would have made even the most undiscerning attendee puke.
Questionable: All the preteens with “Free Hugs” scrawled across their chests in black Sharpie. When did this become the new hot trend in emo fashion?
Best T-shirt: The fat, ugly dude wearing the homemade shirt that said “Hugs and kisses free, massages $1.” I wanted to ask him if he was paying the person to take the massage because there is no way on God’s green earth someone was paying him for it.
Most Obscure T-shirt: Either Operation Ivy or Circle Jerks. The best part about it was the young lady in the Operation Ivy shirt was actually a fan with enough useless knowledge about the band to fill their memoirs.
Most Out of Place T-shirt: Cradle of Filth’s “Jesus is a C***” on a little goth-looking girl who hardly seemed to belong in the first place.
Most Ironic T-shirt: The 14-year-old wearing the Poison “Open Up and Say Ah!” shirt. She wasn’t even born when that record came out. I wonder if Daddy lent it to her.
Worst Tattoo: I don’t even know what it was. It was on someone’s mother, and she obviously had liposuction between when she got the ink and now because it was hanging like a water painting in the rain.
Most Obnoxious Tattoo: The girl that had Mickey’s face on her front. I am not sure why one would want Mickey’s ears covering their boobs but she did.
Best Tattoo: Either the Christ on the cross that showed up during every Christian band’s set or the revolutionary war battle on this one dude’s back that was literally something out of a hand-drawn history book rendering. Both were quality pieces.
Quote of the Day: During the Still Remains set hearing someone remark, “This is so dancy, it makes me feel like I have three left feet.”