Black Veil Brides Concert & Traveling Solo

I am excited to announce that I booked my travel plans for my upcoming Black Veil Brides concert. This is the first concert that I have been to in three years and the first time I will be going to a concert alone. The thing about concerts is that you’re not really alone, you’re there will all the other people enjoying the show. From what I understand about BVB fans, they are similar to MCR fans… crazy.

As I mentioned in a previous post, The Darkness in Me Sees the Darkness in You, I have been waiting to see Black Veil Brides for a few years now. I have been listing to the playlist below to get myself pumped up for this show. All the tracks are in release date order. Check out that cover of Rebel Yell though, it’s sick!

When I purchased the tickets for Black Veil Brides through the pre-sale, I received a free copy of their new album Vale, which you can listen to from the playlist above.

I feel like every other Black Veil Brides album it hit or miss for me. Keep in mind that my taste in music comes down to personal opinion and not on any kind of scale of music snobbery. I can remember listening to Black Veil Brides back when they were first making significant waves in 2011 and I wasn’t into their sound. Now, a few years later, they have changed their sound and developed more of a story to go along with the message of the band. The newest video “Wake Up” continues the Story of the Wild Ones carried over from Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones. That album was the one that sold the band for me.

They don’t put as much effort into the pageantry as they used to but I think what they are doing is working for them. I didn’t mind the the costumes but I can imagine that takes a lot of work to pull off day in and day out when you are on tour. I think they have a more polished sound in their recordings, I can’t wait to see them live to see how they live up the the recordings.

I am a little apprehensive of their stage performance after the last Vancouver show. A heckler in the crowd must have done something bad to piss off the band and causing the lead singer to jump in after them. Below is the famous video of that event:

Even if something like this happens again, it should still be an enjoyable show. Come to think of it, I don’t think I have ever been to a metal/punk show that didn’t have its fair share of stage stoppers. Every time I saw Thirty Seconds to Mars, they stop the show and ask people who don’t want to be there to leave. I have to wonder what drives someone to be so disrespectful that they provoke the lead singer to jump off the stage and into the crowd to go after them. Also, have to wonder what level of self control the band has to have to NOT jump in after hecklers. Either way, that’s rock and roll for you.

Traveling in the winter in British Columbia is a bit tricky as the highways are unpredictable and dangerous, I have decided to fly instead of drive because of this. I will be testing out the new inexpensive airline, Flair Airlines. They offer affordable flights by making you pay for extra things like picking you seat, printing off boarding passes, and luggage. Since I don’t care where I sit, check in online, print off my own boarding passes anywhere, and I will only be bringing a backpack with me, my flights will only cost me $154 in total. That’s half the cost of any Air Canada or Westjet flight.

Once in Vancouver, I will be spending a couple of nights with two of my best friends that I have not seen in over a year. I am super excited to see them and spend time with them after being away for so long. I used to see them all the time when I used to travel to see shows in Vancouver. I don’t really know why I stopping going to shows, I think that for the most part, there wasn’t any shows I wanted to see or they were happening during times that I could not travel. However, with these cheaper flights, I may have solved this problem. Now, all I need is for my favorite musicians to tour more.

For the night of the concert, I will be just staying at a hostel on Granville Street called Samesun. They have places all over the country and the USA. Yeah, I have to share a room with others but I am not worried about that since my flight leaves in the morning and I have to be at the airport by no later than 10:30am. I looked at Air B&B and other hotels but for what I need, $40 a night at hostel works best. One might think that I am too old to be traveling like this but I don’t think so. After that red eye flight from Kona to Vancouver, I think I am up for anything.

C. Munro

The Darkness in Me Sees the Darkness in You

Be still my little black heart, I saw the two most amazing announcements today. The first was I came across a trailer for American Satan, a film about a band that is trying to make it on the Sunset strip but end up in a Fustian deal in their weakest moment. It stars the lead singer of Black Veil Brides, Andy Biersack (also known as Andy Black). The film comes out on Friday, October 13th and I will go see it, even if I go alone.

The second announcement was that Black Veil Brides are going on tour in the spring and will be in Vancouver in February. I am going to see them, I bought the tickets this morning as soon as they went on pre-sale. This band has been on my list of bands I need to see for four years now. Ever since I listened to the album, “Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones”, I have been a fan of this rock band. There is just the right level of darkness and light in their music that I am captivated by it.

Now, I will admit that when I first saw the look of the band, Black Veil Brides, back in 2011(ish), I was a little turned off by the obvious pageantry I saw there. I had heard enough rock metal bands that sucked that I wasn’t about to let the image of the band sell me alone. I eventually broke down and decided that I needed to give them an honest listen. I was floored by the quality I found there. Something similar happened to me when I eventually gave My Chemical Romance a listening to. While I don’t love all of the work that Black Veil Brides have created, I respect them on a much deeper level.

I respect them in the same way I respect artists like Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper. Speaking of Marilyn Manson, he’s got new work coming out too! What attracts me to artist who dance with the darker side is the honesty of the lyrics. There’s less pop repetitiveness to them and though touch on topics most people are uncomfortable talking about. Everything from fighting personal demons, suicide, death, political oppression, and anger. There’s a reason why youth tend to be attracted to rock and metal music, they are given so little latitude for dealing with their polarizing emotions in an effort to control them better, to keep them from making mistakes that will affect their whole lives. I remember being a teenager all too well.

In my late twenties, I had something of a resurgence of adolescent rebellion come out of me. I cut my hair into a mohawk, I dyed it crazy colors, I got my lip pierced, and I dressed like a punk. I also picked up some bad habits like smoking, drinking whisky, and back talking to my leadership team at work. It was a strange time for me, I was dealing with so much grief in my life that the only place I felt I could go was into my shell and make myself as approachable as I could.

Here’s a picture of me in that glorious rebellion

Now, coming out the other side of that, I still feel that pull towards self destructive behaviours but it’s tempered now. Believe it or not, injuring myself and then finding yoga to help recover, might have actually saved my life. I am still prone to existential crisis on what feels like a monthly basis. It’s been worse the last few months since my break up but I have better ways of dealing with it because of yoga and self reflection.

No one cares what you go through, as much as people say they do. At the end of the day, they really only care about themselves. Learning to be selfish with yourself and giving into what you need in order to deal with your life, is hard for others to understand. I had a friend tell me that my writing in order to deal with my break up made her feel uncomfortable and my first reaction was, “I actually don’t care what you feel, it’s not about you.” Then I got to thinking about what I was writing and decided that maybe there needed to be a different venue for me to write about it. I took it offline and back into my journal because like I said before, no one cares how you feel, not really.

When artists like the band Black Veil Brides produce their music, they are giving up a piece of themselves to be put on display for everyone to see, hear, and feel. If you feel anything come up while listening to their music, than they have accomplished what every musician hopes for, to make a connection with you through their music. Music has been a medium by which people have connected since the first songs were sung around the fires of our ancestors.

It broke my heart a little when my ex told me he didn’t feel any connection to music of any kind. He would listen to music but he would not connect with it. He couldn’t feel anything from it. I often wondered if it was because he himself was emotionally closed off. There was only one time the two years we were together that I saw an emotional reaction from him other than guilt and that was when he told me about a fairly traumatizing experience he and his ex went through.

Music for me, is all about connection. I feel connected to others when I share my love of it. I feel connected when I am in the heat of a mosh pit, trashing around. I get moments of euphoria when I hear the harmony of chords and lyrics come together. This is why I can’t pick a genre of music that I like best because I love it all. I wrote before about listening to country music and how that wasn’t normal for me. This week I am listening to rock and metal. I feel pulled to different music depending on my mood. When I need to calm my angry soul, I need music like that of the Black Veil Brides to remind me that I am not alone in what I am feeling and that it’s okay for me to feel the way I do.