PropertyOfZack Warped Blog : : Freshman 15 (Final Update)
From Freshman 15:
(June 28, 2011) Today was our second day off between the San Antonio and Las Cruces dates and to pass the time we’re going to the fourth annual Warped charity-bowling tournament. Pretty much, the way this works is that twenty-five or so bands all bowl against each other with the last member of their team being someone who won an eBay auction. It was a lot of fun and we got to hang out with our new buddies in Every Avenue, The Dance Party, and Shut Up and Deal among others. We got to meet the lead singer of Unwritten Law who was the nicest guy as well as Joe Marro of Hellogoodbye. Speaking of Hellogoodbye, they were the team that actually won the tournament beating out August Burns Red by fourteen pins. There aren’t really many, if any other instances where you will say Hellogoodbye and August Burns Red in the same sentence, which is why Warped Tour is as awesome as it is. After going back to the hotel that Every Avenue was parked outside, we pulled up behind another bus temporarily blinding the guys sitting behind it in lawn chairs. Lo and behold, those guys were members and crew of The Devil Wears Prada. Those guys are some of the nicest dudes and are really chill and down to earth. It was definitely one of those situations that you like a band but once you meet them and they’re great it makes you like them that much more. After blowing their bus drivers mind by showing him how we sleep in the van, we called it a night so we were all energized for our last two days on the tour.
(June 29, 2011) After our merch guy was being cuddled continuously all night by Davey, we woke up for our second to last day at Warped Tour at the New Mexico State University practice field in Las Cruces. One of the first things you notice is the heat here is really weird. It’s obviously hot, you can feel that, but unlike all of the Texas dates, you don’t really sweat much at all. The layout of the stages was a little bit confusing at first. We kept getting lost on the way back to our tent and for some reason continuously wound up at the Kevin Says Stage instead of ours whenever we went to look for it. The kids in New Mexico were awesome though, which quickly made you forget about the layout and blistering heat. We actually had quite a few different people come up to the tent and tell us that they came for F15 or that we were one of the main bands they were looking forward to seeing. It’s really cool for us, when we go to places like this that not only have we never been to before but we’ve never really even been close and there are kids who not only know who Freshman 15 is, but are really stoked on us. Leo and Kyle started their day off by checking out our new buddies in TDWP and they absolutely killed it for a fantastic way to kick off the day. After handing out posters and free download cards for a couple hours, we wandered over to watch Of Mice & Men for a bit. They are really tight live and we could see why the kids were into them as much as they were. Next we went to catering which was great as usual, but we didn’t have much time to sit and eat because we wanted to catch one of our favorites from the tour: Relient K. They are so good live it is ridiculous. Every song sounds perfect and even when things were going wrong, you would have never known if they weren’t motioning to their crew to fix it. We played our earliest set of the tour today at 4:50 and unfortunately it was going up against a couple of the big dogs. We still drew a pretty nice sized crowd including one very awesome fan in particular. At some point in the day, the Daveys ran into Matt Thiessen of Relient K and just started talking to him and asked him to come check out the set. To the surprise of everyone, there he was right in the middle of the crowd to watch the whole thing. He even got into the joke of not clapping and pumping your fists instead. It was a dream come true for usand it was just crazy to watch him get into the set and actually enjoy himself. Mr. Thiessen is the man and we certainly hope that our paths will cross again sometime in the near future. To close out the night, we hit up Simple Plan’s set as we have every night that we’ve been on the tour and yet again they knocked it out of the park. I guess after doing it for so long you just get into a rhythm and are able to be the best every time, but its still nuts to watch them continuously be awesome every night. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do our usual hang out sesh with our new friends at the BBQ because the drive from Las Cruces to Las Vegas was a staggering eleven hours, so we packed it up right away and hit the road for what was certainly going to be a bummer of a day.