Carnival of Madness

A little after the fact- but I went to Carnival of Madness on 7/31 at Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield IL. 

So, it’s time to review it and post pictures!

I got there around 12:30 and went into the venue and sat around, since the doors didn’t open until 4:30

ImageThere wasn’t too many people ahead of me- maybe 7 or so, but the shitty thing about that venue is there are two doors, and they open BOTH. Which makes it pretty unfair and hard to get to the front, even if you were there hours in advance.

Anyway, a little after 4:30 we were let into a big area but still kept away from the stage by a big curtain and separated into 4 lines. I took this chance to run to the bathroom while the people I was standing by held my place. So we all stood around a chat for a little while and realized at the front of our line was a woman in a wheelchair, so we were complaining to each other saying we would probably be held up by her and stuck behind her. Well it turns out that it actually did us a favor, because they let her in first- followed by a woman on oxygen – and then let our line in before the other 3. So I booked it to the stage and got to the barrier in the perfect spot at front!

(You can see my face pretty clear in the official picture- which is badass!) 

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Anyway, New Medicine came on first and they were alright, followed by Cavo. I didn’t know either of them so I was just anxious for them to get off stage for Halestorm- which I did know and loved.

Halestorm came on and killed it! Lzzy was badass and kept coming really close to where I was standing. While on her knees singing Familiar Taste of Poison so looked right at me and smiled, holding eye contact for a few seconds. It was amazing

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I also got Lzzy’s guitar pick when she threw it out to the crowd. It bounced right off the barrier in front of me and the security guard picked it up and handed it to me- knowing that I was a huge Halestorm fan. The drummer also tossed his drumstick and it bounced out of my hand and the security guard picked it up and stuck it in his pocket- wanting to keep it. The drummer saw and started pointing at me (I think because he was trying to give it to me) but I let the lady next to me have it. Later on as they finished he ran up to the stage to hold the front rows hands and gripped my hand and held it for a few seconds.

Halestorm put on a REALLY good show, they did not dissapoint at all. I would go see them again in a heartbeat. 

After Halestorm came Chevelle. I knew them of course, but I’m not a fan really. And since they were the last act before Evanescence I really just wanted them to hurry up and get off stage. But I did get some good pics

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(^ He actually accidentally kicked me in the shoulder he got so close)

Then finally it was time for Evanescence! This was my 4th time seeing them live (the second time seeing them since the release of the new album) It was AMAZING. I have to say, Amy has only gotten better with time, and the album alone does not do the songs justice. Experiencing them live and the emotion she puts in them is WAY better and not evident in the album. Live shows add so much more depth to the songs and the album. 

She continually kept coming over to my part of the stage, which was pretty awesome. She looked amazing and was covered in glitter, it was mesmerizing. The only bad part was the piano parts because the piano was facing towards me- which meant I couldn’t see Amy while she played. 

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I have a bunch more pictures, but they’d take forever to load. Anyway, they also played Disappear for the first time live and it’s my favorite song off of the new album, so I of course freaked out. It was AMAZING live.  At the end she ran out and smacked some of the crowds hands- one of them being mine. Then I leaned over to the security guard, whom I’d talked to in between sets, and asked him for the set list. So he got it for me and I ran away with it grinning! (My third setlist. I also have one from Florence + The Machine and Christina Perri).

I bought the arm warmer gloves at the merch stand then wandered around outside the venue for a bit before driving home. They’d had a special VIP meet and greet so I doubted they’d be coming out to meet anyone after the show. 

Ultimatley it was an AMAZING show and I’m so happy I bought a last minute ticket to it. Worth every penny and worth going to work at 6am the next morning sore and tired.

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