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I Buy Women's Cereal

When I say "Women's Cereal," name the first (and probably only) cereal that comes to mind. That's what I buy...just because I like the taste of milk after its been saturated with Vanilla and Almonds. Is it strange that I feel weird buying cereal marketed towards women even though its just cereal? Hmmm...anyways, list is bands I've seen live, in the order that I've seen them.
1The Mars Volta

The first concert I ever went to was back in 2005 (right after I graduated high school): System of a Down w/ The Mars Volta in The Woodlands, TX. Imagine it: the very first band I ever saw live was The Mars Volta. Too bad I wasn't as into them as I am now. Still enjoyable...there wasn't a single moment where at least one instrument wasn't playing during their set.
2System of a Down

What a show! Considering this was the very first concert I'd ever been to, I was blown away. Only good memories from it...probably the best concert I've ever been to, all things considered.
4Rebecca St. James
5Audio Adrenaline

#'s 3-5 were all at the Youth Evangelistic Conference (YEC) I attended in Dallas in 2005, along with speakers like Kirk Cameron and Stephen Baldwin. I hardly remember this thing, and I hardly remember these bands, except I was absolutely ASTOUNDED by the range Miss St. James had. Very talented.
6My American Heart

They performed for a free concert here at Texas Tech called Rock the Plaza, and it was amazing because I didn't even know they were going to be there. I was excited when they took the stage, and they sound awesome live.
7Mayday Parade

Same free concert as My American Heart. This concert made me a Mayday Parade fan, absolutely...they were energetic as all hell, and the guitarist can jam. (This Providence also made an appearance at the concert, but I left after these guys, who, for some reason, weren't the last act).
8Norma Jean

#'s 8-12 were all at a two-day festival in Snyder, TX known as Red Letter Rock Fest. These guys opened the entire thing with a huge-ass RRRRAAAUURRGGHHH, and I was right up front. Good set, saved "Memphis..." for last...(would've loved a guest appearance by Aaron Weiss, though)

Very next band to play the festival...had to run across the arena to the other stage. Opened with "September," which is one of their best songs, really. Closed with "Bitter Taste," with Cory from Norma Jean and a half-speed breakdown. Good show!
10Family Force 5

Can't say that I'd heard of this band before the festival, and even after hearing them, can't say I would ever find myself in possession of any of their music...but they put on a HELL of a live show!
11Decypher Down

I had to leave right after these guys played, and I was pissed: right after them was Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, then Haste the Day, and later, Red and Skillet. I missed all of them.

Right...these next four are from a tour in Lubbock, and these bands come out all the damn time. This was the first time I'd ever heard of Lo-Pro, but their show was so good I downloaded their album. Now I'm a fan...I even legitimately bought their latest album.

Not too big a fan of this band, but they had some good songs

One of the very few bands I've ever seen whose sets consist entirely of songs I actually know. Show wasn't so energetic (there's only three of them, so they have to sort of stand still), but it wasn't bad.

I enjoyed their music enough, but this show made me a fan. They put on an excellent show, and even included one of my favorite songs by them, "Fly From The Inside." Staind played after them, but despite my username, I bolted.
17Silversun Pickups

With Muse. I enjoyed them a lot...kind of want to see them headline a show, though....

Other than System of a Down, probably the best show I've ever been to. I can't describe to you the sensory overload you experience at a Muse show...what's even better is that I left the concert without a ringing in my ear. The only disappointing part of it was that they didn't play "Map of the Problematique." But that's all right...I'd see them again in an instant.

Two years after seeing Mayday Parade for free at Rock the Plaza, one of my absolute favorite bands comes to my school to play for free. Their first electric show in six months. I even made a list about it ;-).

A week after seeing Mae, I saw #'s 20-22 in an bar's open courtyard in Lubbock. War of Ages played before these guys, but I was in line through their whole damn set. Blessthefall, of course, attracted all the hxc fuckers, but that's okay. They weren't too bad, and I didn't mind seeing them, but I obviously wasn't there for them.
21Demon Hunter

Demon Hunter was an opening act, which only made me long to see them at a headlining show. Oh, well...they played an excellent show, saturated with stuff from their new stuff, sprinkling in a bit of their older stuff (but not from their first album). Of course...they're one of my favorite bands, so ANY set would probably be acceptable to me ;-).
22As I Lay Dying

I enjoyed this show a lot more than I probably should've, considering I don't know half of their catalogue. Guess that's just a testament to the band.

This show last month was a last-minute addition: They were supposed to go straight from OK City to Albuquerque, but decided to stop in Amarillo. Good choice...the turnout for the week-or-so notice was impressive. Deftones were at that point (and still are) at the height of my fandom, a definite Top-10 band for me. They opened with "Rocket Skates" and "Diamond Eyes," played a billion songs from both 'White Pony' and 'Diamond Eyes' (including "Elite," which I was really damn happy to hear), and some other fan-favorites like "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)," "Lotion" and "7 Words." Overall, excellent show, and I was up-front and central through the entire thing, though I swear I've never sweated as much at any show as I did at that one.
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