my experience on seeing frnkiero andthe cellabration live in chicago March 1st, 2015
okay so this is just a post that can be used as a reference or guide or even just a review of frank iero’s 2015 headline tour that i went on:
so the concert started at 7:00pm and the club’s doors opened at 6:30pm. my idea had been to arrive at the latest 5:30pm bc i thought the VVVEERRRYY cold weather would deter people from lining up early (it didn’t) but chicago literally has zero parking so we didn’t line up until 5:50pm. by then the line for the venue was a little more than halfway down the block (and still growing). so we waited outside in literally FREEZINGLY NUMB temperatures until the doors finally opened.
the venue was very small but the general admission was even smaller
OPENING ACT #1
Modern Chemistry were AWESOME live!! the lead singer has excellent vocal ranges and moves around the stage a lot. the band also cracked a couple jokes with each other, making the crowd a little more comfortable. the band only played for about half an hour or so, 7:30pm-8:00pm.
OPENING ACT #2
The Homeless Gospel Choir was pretty good, i guess. i personally found Modern Chemistry more enjoyable to listen to music wise, but THGC was pretty humorous in the messages he was trying to get across and i guess that was kind of entertaining. it’s not a gospel choir though; it’s a one-man band where a guy preaches about how punk rock music saved him. he performed from 8:00pm-9:00pm.
literally so extremely amazing. frank has really brought out the strong vocals inside him and with his bouncing energy, the crowd was extremely lively and EXTREMELY wild. lots of shoving and pushing, but that’s probably just how us rude chicagoians are lmao. frank leapt into the crowd during joyriding. opened with all I want is nothing and closed with weighted. played leathermøuth’s sunsets are for muggings
HOW TO MEET FRANK
as soon as the concert ends, GO TO THE MERCH STANDS. the line fills up EXTREMELY quickly, and Frank only stays at the merch stand to sign stuff until all the items are sold out, then he leaves ((or so that’s what the lady who worked the merch tables told my mom)). Frank is almost always at the end side of his merch stands ready to sign and take a picture, so please have ur items out and camera ready!! our venue only allowed one picture to move the lines faster, so decide while in line if u want to take a selfie with Frank or have someone take it for you
literally I was so terrified of meeting Frank because he’s my idol and my entire world and i was just so scared to meet someone so amazing you know??? but Frank was actually very soft spoken and extremely sincere and sweet to me as he signed at least 3 of my items and gladly took the time to draw boozey for me and write out one of his quotes that I want to get tattooed in the future. i felt bad for asking so much of him, but he didn’t make any signs of complaints or annoyance at all and was extremely attentive to me with eye contact and speaking. when i gave him my letter, his eyes actually lit up and he smiled and said something like ‘thank you so much’ and offered to shake my hand ((his hands are very firm and calloused btw unff)) and when I asked to take a selfie with him, he agreed and placed his arm around my shoulders and smiled at the camera patiently while I tried to find a somewhat decent angle. overall, frank iero is EXTREMELY easy to talk to as well as the literal sweetest, kindest man as he isn’t the least bit judgmental or rude to anyone, and as long as you ask him nicely, he will gladly sign as many items as you want
i cried for half an hour after meeting him because i was so overcome with the emotions of meeting him face to face