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02 March 2010 @ 02:19 pm
 

 OK!  Here's how Atlanta was :-p.

IF YOU USE ANY OF THESE PICTURES, PLEASE CREDIT AMY WUERTZ!

I got there the night before, and let me just say that I was in the most sketchy area of Atlanta EVER.  I was convinced I was going to get mugged any time I stood outside.  But whatevs :P.

The day of, I got to the venue at around 12:30.  I got to hang out with Glenn, who had gotten there first.  I wasn't the first one this time!  Shocker!  There was a lot of waiting, until around 6:30, when the VIP session happened :D.  The entire band was super nice, and all of them signed my DYU cover, and a poster.  I got my pic with Simone!

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She was very nice and sweet  to everyone, and I'm not exaggerating at all.  Mark was also very nice.  Our conversation was SOMETHING like this: 

Mark: Looking forward to tonight?
Me: Yeah, I got my ticket like 6 months ago!
Mark: *kind of surprised* 6 months?!?
Me: Yeah!
Mark: Wow!

I really don't know why that surprised him, but I digress...

Since I had a photo pass, I was able to get some great pics.  I asked the venue before I went in about it, and they were kinda clueless.  Then the tour manager came out, and I showed her my e-mail from Jereon, which cleared it all up.  I got my long sleeved Divine Conspiracy shirt, and settled into my place right next to the stage, where the platform between the stage and the audience was.  This made it REALLY difficult to take pictures, since I had to crawl on that thing in front of annoyed fans, but it's a sacrifice you gotta make for photography! Not to mention the lighting was absolutely disgusting, and I eventually had to cave and use flash.

There were 5 bands.  The first two were local, I think.  I don't remember their names :/.  They were followed by Blackguard, Threat Signal, and Epica.

Best shots from the first two bands: 

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Then Blackguard came on. The lead singer really like to move around the stage, and while I was sitting on the platform with my leg out, he stepped right on my leg! He felt bad, though I think, and was patting my shoulder (and head) as he continued to growl away. Here's the best pics from them:

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Threat Signal was next, and this guy didn't jump on my leg! YAY! One of the many pranks of the evening was Mark coming out and giving the whole band bananas as they played. Someone also came out and swept the stage :P. Some pics:

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And then... they came on stage. Epica was AMAZINGLY EPIC AND AMAZING!

Setlist:
-Samadhi
-Resign To Surrender
-Sensorium
-Unleashed
-Martyr of the Free Word
-Fools of Damnation
-Imperial March
-Piano solo
-Tides of Time
-Seif Al Din
-The Obsessive Devotion
-Design Your Universe
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-Cry For The Moon
-Quietus
-Consign to Oblivion

Pranks worth mentioning: duct tape on the guitars, light saber fight during Imperial March, bringing a chair out on stage for DYU.

I don't know what to say. The whole thing was amazing! Lets see... There was one moment when a perv wanted to see Simone's, well, lady parts. She swiftly replied. "No, only Oliver can see those." There was a cute moment with her and Oliver doing a little dance (Sadly, I didn't get a good shot :(.) They did a little pause at the end of Fools, which was fun :P. At the end, the other two bands kept coming out to do stage dives :P.

On with the pics!

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 I think that just about covers it!  
 

A few of them on DeviantArt.
All 110 of the edited photos on Facebook.
photobucket album with all of the edits.
 
And if your interested, I have 400 total shots.  Here's the links to the unedited pictures on Facebook:
 
Part one.
 
 
 
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Cognitive dissonance at it's best: grace jefffrancheska28 on March 2nd, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
Paul stepped on your leg. :( Paul is such a sweetheart. Met him twice before. I am convinced I am gonna have his babies. lol

Mark and Simone were both so cute. I talked to Mark after the show for a while. lol He's so damn nice and flirty. hahahaha Love the man. I told him I was gonna be on the cruise 70000 tons of metal and he said. "So we're gonna hangout for 4 days" "And we're gonna go swimming, right?" hahaha Ahhhhh Mark, I love you. haha

Such a great show. One of the best nights of my life. :D

AMAZING.
Amy: Simone- awesomeparadiseseeker on March 2nd, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
Oooh!! I wanna go on that cruise! Sadly, not enough money :(. We'll see if it happens, though. I'll cross my fingers.

kou: Simone vs Mark // Epicakoutetsuhime on March 5th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC)
Hi! Sorry for a sudden comment from a stranger, but I found your post from the Epica forum! (I have my own review of the San Antonio show on my LJ if you wanna read, too. :) )

I just wanted to comment and ask: Was it easy to get a photo pass? I'm looking to get one for other bands, and I'm really nervous about it cause my only concert pics are of Epica taken on my not-so-good p&s camera. Did you already have a portfolio when you applied for the photo pass?

Sorry for the questions! I just saw you were interested in concert photography too, and thought maybe you could give me some insight ^^; Sorry if it's a bother at all!

Edit: Also, I wanted to add that this pic is gorgeous! Awesome capture!

Edited at 2010-03-05 07:11 am (UTC)