I arrived at Newark Airport in New Jersey on Friday at 5pm EST. My family picked me up and we had dinner at Chilis. Afterwards, I met up with my friends Shelly and Ilene (from San Diego) and we checked into out hotel, Extended Stay of America, which was a mile away from the venue.
That night we went into New York City to check out the Pre-Bamboozle Party at Fontana's which was extremely packed and a lot of fun. I ran into some old friends and the atmosphere in general got me excited for the festival. We got back to our hotel around 2 am and went to sleep.
We arrived at Bamboozle at 10:30am because I wanted to see the Andrew WK Pep Rally. Although I am a fan of Andrew WK's music and was sad he wasn't performing, I was excited to see him speak. While it was fun watching Andrew WK get everyone hyped up for the day, it kind of dragged on a bit. His speech was around 40 minutes and around the 20 minute point it looked as if he was running out of things to talk about. Regardless, I am glad I got to see it!
As I walked into Bamboozle, the first thing I noticed was how huge it was. The last time I had attended Bamboozle, was in 2004 when it was still known as Skate and Surf (Bamboozle existed back then as well but was geared towards mostly rock and hip-hop) when it was at Asbury Park's Convention Hall and consisted of several different rooms inside of one large building.
Now it was in Giants Stadium's parking lot and contained numerous stages, a few rides, tons of food stands, tons of merch stands and 1000's of people in between. Even though Skate and Surf haf a huge turn out the years I went (2003, 2004) the amount of people in attendance was overwhelming. It really allowed me to see first hand just how big the scene has gotten over the past few years. There must have been at least 50,000 people there both days.
On Day 1 I was able to watch performances from Boys Like Girls (I can't believe how huge they have become!), Cartel, New Found Glory (played an incredible setlist), Say Anything (I am proud of my good friend Coby and all his band has achieved so far), part of The Hush Sound, The Matches (Always amazing to watch!), Van Stone (whose gimmick is STILL funny to me), MC Hammer (wasn't as funny as I had expected) and I ended the night by watching a live performance of the famous SHOES video by Kelly.
I did some interviews during the day (which you can view on my Buzznet video page
along with videos from the performances), hung out with friends who I haven't seen in a long time and met around 25 listeners of my radio show.
Overall the day was a ton of fun and we ended the night by having a nice dinner at an Italian restaurant and a mini-party in our hotel room. We went to bed again at around 3am.
I woke up Sunday and was ready for Day 2 of Bamboozle! (even with my sunburn and allergies)
We arrived at the venue around the same time as Day 1 and the first I band I saw as I entered was Blessthefall, rocking out at 11:30am!!
During the day I caught parts of sets from All Time Low (who I first had one my show when they were only 16!), Brand New (who played the same song twice for some reason), Four Letter Lie, It Dies Today, Jack's Mannequin (sounds just as great live as on CD), The Matches, The Secret Handshake, Yellowcard, Weird Al (I can not even tell you how amazing he was) and Linkin Park (first time seeing them, I enjoyed it)
I did some more interviews, met some more listeners, hung out with some more friends and once again had an incredible day at Bamboozle. We headed back to the hotel afterwards to relax and then checked out a party that was going on in the Sheraton lobby. We found another party in the 3rd floor HALLWAY where I found my buddies in Powerspace. We headed back down to the Sheraton lobby which was exactly what it sounds like, 60+ people from Bamboozle hanging out in a lobby...how random, right? We headed back to the hotel at around 2am and went to sleep at around 3am again.
My flight back to Los Angeles was at 3:15pm EST. I got home at around 6pm PST, watched 24 and went to sleep (finally!)
Overall, I had a great time at Bamboozle and it looks as if Bamboozle 2008 is going to be even bigger!! (not to mention Bamboozle Left in October)