And the rain hit - HARD. We sat it out over several hours at a nice little table near the food vendors with a huge umbrella overhead & watched everybody get soaked. Much like this:
Thankfully it cleared up in time to see I Am Ghost - they did a signing at the Epitaph booth & I got another copy of their EP "We Are Always Searching" & they gave us some posters & signed them - they even remembered me as the photographer from the Tiger Army tour and said they'd very very happy to get some from Warped :)
I Am Ghost at the signing -
I got some REALLY nice shots of them with my new Lumix which has a much faster shutter than my old Coolpix 5200 -
Posted a bunch here:
After they played we wandered over to the main stages & watched the Buzzcocks and Anti Flag. After Anti Flag's set I worked my way up to the rail even tho AFI wouldn't play for another hour and a half but I got a pretty good spot over on Jade's side; the downside was I missed seeing Joan Jett on the other main stage but you can't do everything :(
It rained again but thankfully cleared in time for AFI tho it was very dark & unfortunately that didn't make for great photos - sigh... what I wouldn't have given for them to be as nice as the I Am Ghost ones but at least a few came out pretty decent - I had trouble with the lighting tho as the sun was setting behind them which created a weird shadow. Should have tried for Hunter's side if I'd been thinking clearly upfront - whoops!
Their set unfortunately was plagued with problems - the PA kept cutting out in the middle of songs & you wouldn't hear them but you'd hear the whole audience still singing along. And about 2/3 of the way into their 30 min set Davey stopped ths show as he saw some kid getting hurt in the pit & made everybody stop moving & called the medics & stood there until they were able to rescue the kid and Move him out. By then they just had time for one more song & they did a great job on "Totalimmortal"....as the PA cut out again! Argh!
I bought a ton of new AFI shit & said hi to Fritch at the merch booth, met a very cool gal with neat tattoos (Tiger Army, AFI, Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, Nekromantix, VNV + Tim Burton's voodoo gal!) & she klet me take some pix of her TA tats for the Ghosttigers site. Said goodbye to I Am Ghost & promised to mail them photos & got a nice hug from Steve & we left & got into the car, changed into dry clothes & headed down to Myrtle Beach!
AFI pix here -
a very cool Salvador Dali tattoo:
Steve's cool new I Am Ghost tattoo: