NIN #1

Nine Inch Nails – Toronto, Ontario – April 28, 2000

During spring break, I got tickets to the Nine Inch Nails show in Toronto. The Thursday before the show, Eric came and picked me up to stay overnight in his apartment at RIT. Friday, I spent a few hours in the RIT library, yay, and then around 4:30 me, Eric, Mary, Karl, Dan and their friend who’s name I can’t remember left for Toronto. After a quick stop at Karl’s house and Wendy’s we hit the road for Toronto. I had told my friend Carolyn to meet us at this Taco Bell near Maple Leaf gardens at 6 or 6:30…but since we didn’t leave until 4:30 we were about 2 hours late HAHA. So anyway, we get into Canada, and are on our way…we hit a bit of traffic, nothing bad.

We get into the city, find a parking lot and go get Carolyn at Taco Bell, who was ready to just go home. So we went into MLG and got padded down, pink wrist bands, and headed out to the floor. As soon as we got onto the floor Carolyn and I lost the rest of them (actually, their no name friend had a seat by himself, and we all had floor tix) but found a spot in the crowd until we could find them again. We missed half of A Perfect Circle’s opening set, but from what I saw they were pretty good. So they finished, and we walked around the back of the crowd as people left before NIN came on. We found them, and rejoined them. At 9:30, the show started. There was a black curtain around the stage, and they “opened” with “pinion” which went into “terrible lie” as the curtain opened. This is the complete

setlist:

Pinion
Terrible Lie
Sin
March of the Pigs
Piggy
The Frail
The Wretched
Gave Up La Mer
The Great Below
The Mark Has Been Made
Wish
Complication
Suck
Get Down Make Love
Closer
Head Like a Hole

E N C O R E :

TDTWWA
Just Like You Imagined
Starfuckers, Inc.
Hurt

They played for an hour and a half. At one point Trent talked to the crowd about how it had been a long time since they had been there, and he thanked us because they were really looking forward to playing for us, and how we made him happy and that was a rare event. The show was beautiful. The stage was pretty small, smaller than what I expected. They had 3 LCD things (dunno what u would call them), that they used for lighting instead of just pictures (like jumbotrons)..they moved down from above them pointing down, to behind them and they moved front and back, and it was a really cool effect. During some of the instrumentals they did use them for natureish pictures of water, and a field of tulips, and it was gorgeous.

After the first 3 or 4 songs, like when they played Piggy, the crowd mellowed out, and were amazing. The beginning was nuts of course, and we got thrown around a bit (That’s when Karl got hurt), but after Piggy, it was great. I had a perfect view of the stage the entire time, we were about mid stage mid ice. I had no problem with people around me, and I didn’t need to get my spleen removed afterwards haha. Before the encore Trent was like “you put me in a good mood, and that’s a rare thing, thanks.” What else..god it was just so incredible…The best show I’ve ever been to…Ok, so NIN closed with “hurt” the LCD screens were behind Trent and light just shown on him and it was so great. Um…I guess that’s it…so after the show we went out to find Karl, and got in line for shirts, which was worse pushing than the crowd during the show was.

After we got our shirts we still hadn’t found Karl, so Dan, Carolyn and I went out front, no name guy and Eric went out back and that’s where he was, near the parking lot. So I said goodbye to Carolyn, and we headed out of Toronto. By then it was about 12, and when we finally got to the QEW, we ended up losing no name guy who Dan was driving with, because they went a wrong way, then made an illegal turn back into the right way, but then we got stopped at a red light, and lost them. Since no name guy drove so slow, we caught up to them, passed them but they didn’t realize it. And so we lost them again….we pulled over to the side of the road until they passed us again, then we ran over a box which got stuck under the car for the entire way home haha.

Then in Oakville we got stuck in traffic cuz of construction, that was about 5 feet…but they merged 4 lanes into 1 without any signs or anything. We were there for a half hour…so that ended, and we rode back to North Tonawanda. Got home at quarter after two, drank a bottle of water and went to bed. On Saturday I got up around 12, took a shower and stuff and Eric, Dan and Karl and some girl, Kelly I think, came to my house to go to the Our Lady Peace show…which I wasn’t going to go to because I had so much work to do, but I did anyway. We went to UB (university of buffalo) to find out about it, doors opened at 4 so we went to the mall and then back to UB. We found out that OLP wasn’t going to go on until 9pm, so we decided not to go, and go back to school. So we went and got my stuff from home, and then to Eric’s house where his parents made us dinner, and drove back to RIT. After a quick stop there, Eric drove me back to Geneseo, and this boring life.

One last thing, Trent is the most beautiful person I have ever seen in my entire life. He is amazing.

7-20-1999

July 20th, 1999 was the Nsync/Jordan Knight concert at Six Flags Darien Lake in NY. Danielle (my roommate) and I left to go there at about quarter to 5, and we got there around 5:30. We parked, and got to the line. IT WAS HUGE!! So we found the end of the line and waited for doors to open. Then all these people started screaming (I guess it was because people thought Nsync came out to see the line, I dunno) and lots of people left the line to rush the gates (sort of). So the line disappeared, and we figured, what the hell.

So we mushed into line near the front, and we ended up getting in a lot sooner than many people who had been there all damn day!! So we got inside, and went to the field, where our tickets were for. We weren’t lucky enough to get seats, so we had to settle for the general admission part of the theatre. So we made our way through the crowd (using our mad awesome crowd maneuvering skills learned from Orgy concerts 🙂 lol) and we turned up being about 4 away from the front barrier of the field “seats”. We had a pretty good view of the stage. So then… after waiting a while, there was this chick who came on stage and sang some song. Then this group called PYT (awesome Michael Jackson reference) came on. They were 4-13 year old girls. They sang some song, and left. Then some 4 black guy group came on and sang 2 songs (I think). Then I guess you could say the concert began.

Sugar Hill Gang (the first rap group ever) came on. They did some stuff, played some songs that have recently been sampled by people like Puff Daddy. Then they played Rappers Delight, the only song anyone actually knew. So then after they left the stage they got it ready for JORDAN!!! YAY….They had a big picture of his album cover on the stage, and after awhile this DJ guy (DJ Finesse) came on and started the set. Jordan’s dancers came on and did some stuff and Jordan finally appeared. Oh my god he is sooo gorgeous. He was wearing all black, a suit with a jacket and everything, and sunglasses. He began to sing “A Different Party” and it was soo totally awesome. The dancing was amazing (and you can soo totally tell he is influenced by Michael Jackson). After that song he took his jacket off and was talking to us. He said that his album was for sale at the vendors stands if we wanted to get it “it’s right next to the glow sticks”! AHH he was so adorable!!!!!!!! So after that he talked a bit more about how beautiful we all are (LOL, all the little 12 year olds) and he began “Never Take the Place of Your Man” and I almost died. He is just so amazing. So then, his DJ did something, and Jordan was jammin. Then he took his other shirt off, and so he was wearing this black sleeveless shirt, oh god! LOL…So then he did “Give It To You” after asking us all if he could give it to us (hell yeah baby! right here!)… Everyone sang along to that song, and he did a longer version of it with way more SUPER sexy dancing. Oh god. He is just amazing.

So he only did 3 songs, and that’s ok since it wasn’t his tour, and my god, was it worth it!!!! So then after a break Nsync came on. We watched from way further back than we were for Jordan. We were way high up on the hill and could barely see anything, not like we cared. We watched for a while. They did this thing where they showed a clip from the 60s, and then sang “That Thing You Do”. Then they did the 70s, and in their clip was tons and tons about the Jackson 5, and then they performed the Motown Medley from Jackson 5. It was really good actually!! Then they did a clip from the 80s, and they showed some of MJ’s motown 25 performance of “Billie Jean” and me and Danielle screamed LOL. They did “Celebrate” for that song.. then they did the 90s and went back to their own stuff. Blah LOL.. we left during “God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You” (that is too long of a damn title, that’s worse than Jordan’s “Never Take the Place Of Your Man”). We pigged out in the car, and started home. It was so rad, and Jordan is so god damn gorgeous!!! I can’t wait til he tours himself in the fall. I’m there dude, every damn show!

Orgy at Water Street

5-19-1999

May 19th, 1999 was the Orgy concert in Rochester NY. I went with Danielle and her brother David. We wanted to go really early so we could get right up front for the concert (it was in a small clubish/bar place). So we drove all the way to Rochester, and got there and Ryan was out by the backstage door signing autographs and stuff. So we parked, and went over there to see if we could talk to him. Well, he had to go back inside to do a sound check and stuff. So we were waiting by this back door for, about an hour, with a few other people, waiting to meet the band. They were inside doing sound checks, and stuff. They played “Dissention” 2 or 3 times and we got to hear it perfectly from where we were outside!! It was soo awesome, cuz we heard Jay doing sound check, and I forget what he was saying, but it was funny. So then…They were finished doing that, and they were going to go to the hotel.

So they came out the back stage door, and we got to meet them!!! The first one I met was Amir. My hands were shaking, but he was super super nice. I gave him my silver pen to sign the CD cover with but it wasn’t working, so he had to use his black marker he had, and you can’t see it too good (cuz its on black background). And I got a picture of me and Amir. He’s alot shorter than I thought. He looks really tall in the “blue monday” video, and on stage. He had the same nail polish as Danielle. haha So after that, I went to talk to Jay (I think I talked to Jay next, yeah). I asked him to sign my CD, and for a picture. I was calm, it was cool. Then he put his arm around me for the picture, and I realized he was touching me and it was so weird. I didn’t freak out or anything, it was just, oh my god, Jay’s touching me HAHA. ( his whole time, Danielle and David are talking to the band and getting autographs too). So David starts talking to Jay, and carrying on a normal conversation. He told Jay that they should come to Buffalo and Jay said something like it was bad enough in Rochester, he had to walk 3 hours to find breakfast that morning, and there weren’t even any good malls there. haha After I talked to Jay I went to talk to Bobby. He smelled SOO good haha. I got his autograph, and a picture, which I think looks super cute. After Danielle talked to Bobby, Paige came out. Danielle got Paige’s autograph, but their road manager was trying to get Paige away to go back to the hotel to get changed for the show. He told us all to wait there and Paige would come back and hook us up, but we didn’t want to wait for them to come back and get bad spots inside for the show. So the band left, and we went around to the front of the building to get in line for the show.

There were a bunch of 8 year olds behind us with their father!!! I wouldn’t have WANTED to go see Orgy when I was 8…unreal. Anyway, we get in, and we got a pretty good place, close to the barrier, 3rd row approximately. The opening band, some local band, Distortion 9 or Division 9, something like that, came on. They were um…bad. Then an hour after that Orgy came on AHHHHHHH it was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!!!!! They opened with “Dissention” like at UB (actually, they probably had the same play list), and it was sooo awesome. I got pictures!! woo hoo. But so they played “Dissention”, “Gender”, “Fetisha”, “Fiend”(i think), “Stitches”, “Pantomime”, “Blue Monday”(and Jay sang “you spin me round(like a record)” at the end too), a new song I don’t know the name of…um…was that it? It might have been. They played for 50 minutes about. It was SOOO awesome! The crowd was sooo smushed, way worse than UB. But it was better, because you were so jam packed you couldn’t fall. But of course, I have the worst luck with crowd surfers. I got hit again. Some guy kinda landed on me and a bunch of people and we couldn’t get him off us, so I fell on the ground. Someone picked me up and someone else asked me if I was all right. I was, I didn’t even feel it AHHA. Everyone was so nice at this show, not like UB.

So I got way pushed back from Danielle and David. At one point Jay threw one of his towels into the audience and Danielle and David got it. The two of them and the 2 girls who helped me when I fell all had it, and they fought everyone off and then ripped it and shared it. So I have a piece of Jay’s towel!! 🙂 hehe….Um.. so When I got pushed way back, I was stuck right on the edge of the mosh pit, so I just got out of there and I moved back into the crowd where people were calm HAHA. I dried off (I was sweating so much, my hair was soaked, and my Under 21 stamps on my hand all sweat off) and watched the rest of the show. It was so great. I’d definitely go again, besides I need pictures of me with Ryan and Paige, and their autographs!! They better come around here again sometime soon!! So the show ended and I finally found David and Danielle and we left for home. It was so awesome ahhh….

Orgy at UB

5-2-1999

May 1st was University at Buffalo’s Spring Fest 99. MTV’s campus invasion came, and Run DMC, ORGY!! and Sugar Ray played. It was free, and I love ORGY so we (me, roommate Danielle, Eric and Mary) decided to go. We got there around 2:30pm and it had started at 12, with local bands I guess. The line to get in through metal detectors was so long, we were like, AHHH we’re never gonna get in to see Orgy. Eric found some kid he knew from RIT and we cut into the line haha go us.

Run DMC came on, and we were like SHIT, we are NEVER gonna get in intime to see Orgy. But when Run DMC came on, lots of people left the line, to go sit on this hill because they all thought they weren’t going to get in too. So the line got a bit shorter, and we got in during the middle of Run DMC’s set. We pushed our way into the crowd a bit, and watched the rest of their set…it sucked. lol….so then, we wanted to get up front for Orgy, so we pushed our way up to the front, not total front, but into the big mush of people. Then some DJ guy was spinning records while we waited for like, an hour and a half until Orgy came on. Run DMC had to go on early, cuz they had some other show to do…so Orgy wasn’t ready I guess….they came on FINALLY but everyone in the crowd got rowdy from waiting for so long, and people were pushing, and falling all over the place, and it was really hot and sweaty. It was so much fun though, because you’re all excited and stuff, and trying to get closer up front, and stay standing at the same time.

So Orgy came on and Jay Gordan looked so good. So we were watching the show, while being pushed all over, and jumping along with the crowd, and trying to stay standing, and avoid the crowd surfers….(more about that later)….They played “Dissention” first.. ahh kicked ass, so we’re fighting the crowd, and a crowd surfer came from behind us and landed on us. I got kicked in the face, and lost my 3rd pair of sunglasses this year (yeah, go me :-P). It really hurt, and I had my head down, cuz like, the guy was kinda still on me. I was wiping my face, cuz I swear I tasted blood. Danielle shouted “GET THE FUCK OFF HER” to the guy, and Eric was punching the guy and trying to get him down off the crowd, he was kinda still on me. Well he fell to the ground and I looked up at Danielle and she was like are you alright? And I had to ask her if I was alright, cuz I didn’t know if I had a face left AHHA (it wasn’t THAT bad, but I didn’t know if I was bleeding or not.) Eric was kicking the guy on the ground, and he was like, are you ok? and I was like NO I gotta get outta here. So we all left the big mush of crowd, and watched the rest of the show from back where it was way less crowded.

Orgy played SOOO good. So like…after they were done… Oh wait I forgot a really cool part. While we were still in the big mush, I think after “dissention” Jay goes “How many girls out there wanna fuck Mark McGrath (from Sugar Ray)?” and some ppl in the back shouted….so then Jay went “Well I wanna fuck all of you too” Ok…so back to the story… Orgy finished, and we got some drinks, and were waiting for Sugar Ray to come on, even though we don’t like them at all. So we’re standing back by the paramedics tent again, and Danielle was looking at Sugar Ray and saw some of the Orgy guys walking by the stage. So she went “LOOK IS THAT ORGY?!” and I’m like YES and I pushed her and said “GO!” so we ran to this chain link fence by the edge of the stage. hahaha

So we saw 2 or 3 of the guys in the band walk behind the stage. So we just decided to stay there. So then, Ryan, the one guitar player from Orgy came around the stage again, and went up the stairs to watch Sugar Ray! So me and Danielle were yelling for him to come over and talk to us haha… he was so drunk HAHA. But anyway, he kept looking at us, and waved to us. So then… um… Paige, the bassist came onto the stage with Ryan, so we kept waving to him too HAHA…Then Bobby the drummer came on and he blew us a kiss and waved to us……… then Jay came on stage. We kept yelling for him, and he looked at us and waved…then he pointed us out to someone else. He kept looking over at us and we’d scream and wave trying to get him over to us, and he’d wave. He waved to us 3 times, and pointed at us, and blew us a kiss too! hahahah. We didn’t pay attention to Sugar Ray at all…. the only part of their show I remember is saying how Orgy set a high jump bar very high, and that Sugar Ray could only jump real low. And Mark McGrath kept saying how they couldn’t stand up to Orgy cuz Orgy is great and Sugar Ray sucks HAHA….well Sugar Ray did suck, and Orgy kicked serious ass!!! It was so much fun!! We are planning on going to see Orgy again on May 19th in Rochester, can’t wait.