[Lisa] Korey, Emily, Aimee, and I had such a great time for Korey’s birthday weekend, we decided to do it all over again (sans crown). The occasion? After Midnight Project was playing at our favorite dive bar in Toledo! Korey and I opened the bar at my house, consuming the best home-made strawberry margaritas ever. Afterward we ventured downtown for dinner on the river, this time at Zia’s – one of the best Italian places in town. Several courses and several rounds of drinks later we ventured to Sidelines sports bar across the street from the new hockey arena for a few warm-up beers. We made our way to the upstairs section where a band was playing, thinking we’d stay until it was time to head to our final destination. We quickly realized, however, that the average age of the band, and crowd itself, had more than a few years on us. Playing hits from The Rolling Stones to CCR to Tom Petty, the band said they’d buy the first person to get out on the dance floor a beer. That first person: a 50-something preppy hippy who already had his fair share of alcohol. The second person: a college-age girl doing the “swim”, too young to even know anything about the classic rock being performed. Needless to say, we finished our beers and headed out in search of a much more age-appropriate crowd.
We entered Frankie’s (aka Dive Bar) just after 10 pm, and spied Jason of AMP immediately. He greeted Korey and me with big hugs and exclaimed “Girls of Chaos are in the house”, happy to see a few familiar faces in the small crowd. We spotted Christian next, seated at the bar; then TJ and Danny, and finally Spencer. Two of the opening acts had already played, and we were all excited for Ashes of Soma to take the stage. Their set was fantastic as usual, and really got the crowd fired up. AMP took it from there performing most of our favorites. By the last song Emily had taken off her sandals (risking picking up lord knows what from the bar floor) and in a show of solidarity the guys did the same. We were able to hang out with the guys until well after last call, complete with drinks and pictures. It was close to 3 AM when we said our goodbyes, and Korey, Emily, and I continued on to Waffle House for breakfast. By the time Korey and I got back to my house it was after 4:30, and we looked forward to sleeping in until…
…the phone rings. At 9:30 AM. The only reason I answered was because it was my dad, who hardly ever calls. I tried to sound as cheerful and awake as possible, failing miserably. He laughed and inquired just how late I was out “the night before” before asking to stop by for help with a computer favor. Needless to say, Korey and I spent most of the afternoon doing a lot of nothing, knowing we’d need every last ounce of energy for the evening ahead.
We hit the road around 7 PM following the 2nd most bizarre directions Google Maps has ever given us. We eventually found the venue in Pontiac, MI and warmed up with Vodka Sweet Tea and Vodka/Diet Coke.
[Korey] Starting a tab, we made our way to the merch booth to drop off our jackets. Who pays for coat check when you don’t have to? Not us!! We ran into the tour manager, Captain, who upon greeting us again said… “Girls Of Chaos, right?” I busted out laughing. He then pulled out his phone in order to show us that he deserved to be a GOC. His front facebook page is him standing at a urinal with his pants around his ankles. He answered the GOC questions and passed with flying colors. He is wearing converse and automatically is admitted to the new category he himself named “Chicks with Dicks.” We grab another round of drinks and make our way through the crowd to watch After Midnight Project set up and take the stage. They played all of our favorites this time. After a fantastic set, we grab… you guessed it… another round of drinks and watch as Richie Nix performs. After the last song, we saw Danny and gave him the copy of the application. He decided to answer the questions right away and of course passes muster. The clincher was the fact that he had his drum sticks in his back pocket. If you have questions about that, read the application and you will see why he passed.
"Yeah, man we made it."
Jason came over to say hi and take a quick picture with me. Then he took us to begin our interview for this website. We were content with audio yet he offered video. Boy was that a mistake. We spent the remainder of the evening hanging out with and interviewing the guys. By the time everything was said and done it was 3am and Captain walked us to our car. We drove him back to the venue and said our goodbyes. Leaving the guys with the thought that we would see them soon at Warped Tour, Lisa and I drove back to her house. We had a very nice conversation with Bob, our international GOC rep. Putting ourselves in bed at 5am, we vowed that no phone calls would awaken us the next morning.