“This is a once in a lifetime tour just for you guys,” Vic Fuentes of Pierce The Veil yelled into the microphone.
On June 17, I found myself turning the corner of the checkerboard grid roads in Center City Philadelphia. The Theater of Living Arts, otherwise known as the TLA, stood in front of me with “Pierce The Veil” and “Sold Out” written in bold capital letters on the white sign above the door.
Inside, it was packed from the stage to the merch table. I squeezed my way between teens and tweens pressed together, waiting for the bands to start. Luckily for me, being 21 has its perks. I took a moment walking through the bar area where only “of age” people were allowed to go.
Misadventures recently came out, where it has been played non-stop for weeks; there was even a song that landed itself on the radio for the first time named “Circles”. Since it took a good four years to make, the band decided it was time to headline a tour and just play the entire new album, which is why it was such a once in a lifetime tour for fans.
Being in the photographers’ pit is an adventure in itself and I definitely didn’t expect what happened during the PTV set. Before they even came on, three girls had fainted in the crowd and security had to drag them over the barrier. I was pressed against the stage as I let them pass.
“If the crowd gets too wild with surfers, you’re going to have to leave the area so you don’t get hurt,” a bouncer told all the photographers. I nodded my understanding at him and hoped that wasn’t the case. The first song was wild: crowd surfers constantly getting to the front, bumping into other photographers, and the guitarist jumping and kicking off the elevated stand. I was sure I would get kicked in the face and my camera would have seen better days. After two songs, with spot-on lighting might I add, we had to leave.
Though the concert wasn’t as smooth as I had hoped, the music itself was brilliant. Vic’s voice sounds just as he does recorded, and I lost myself in the live show. Concerts are where I feel at home and being able to photograph them was always a dream to me. It’s amazing to be able to get that close to idols you’ve had for years singing the songs that meant so much to you as a kid. Though it took forever for the new album to come out, I wouldn’t want it any other way with every song sounding as good as they do.
View more photos from the concert here.