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The Longshot - 2018/05/26 - Ottobar, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Plankfan

Shoutout to this show and tonight's crowd...by comparison to DC...yinz were wonderful <3    What a show

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solongfromthestars

This crowd was SO much more respectful than DC! Sure I got crushed and I'm covered in bruises but that was just people having fun and I loved it. I was right in front of Billie. I haven't slept since before the DC show so I'll write up a longer post when I'm home but it was great.

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James11693

Tonight was amazing! 

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pacejunkie punk

I heard they allowed fans onstage for Chasing a Ghost only so it was less out of hand overall. I wasn’t there though any reports from people who were regarding the amount of crowd surfing, stage diving etc? I know Billie stage dove again which is awesome I hope he keeps that up.

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solongfromthestars
1 hour ago, pacejunkie punk said:

I heard they allowed fans onstage for Chasing a Ghost only so it was less out of hand overall. I wasn’t there though any reports from people who were regarding the amount of crowd surfing, stage diving etc? I know Billie stage dove again which is awesome I hope he keeps that up.

Yeah, before Chasing a Ghost Billie said "stay down there, come up, I don't give a shit" (or something along those lines). Aside from a few assholes they were way less aggressive to the audience. Some still groped Billie and pushed him over so he was motioning to me and @basketcase4933 to help him, which I personally think isn't cool at all. People did stage dive but they weren't kicking and stepping on us like the DC crowd were - just normal stage diving :lol: Billie was batting phones away from him which was funny.

When people got on stage/crowd surfed earlier in the set they were immediately escorted off and some got kicked out. I think Billie wanted to give people the chance to do it if they wanted to but they obviously didn't want it to get as out of hand as DC.

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neverdone2000
5 minutes ago, solongfromthestars said:

Some still groped Billie and pushed him over so he was motioning to me and @basketcase4933 to help him, which I personally think isn't cool at all. 

Were you on stage or in the audience when he motioned to you to help him? What did he want you to do? 😳

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11 minutes ago, neverdone2000 said:

Were you on stage or in the audience when he motioned to you to help him? What did he want you to do? 😳

In the audience. He was getting close to falling off the stage and just wanted us to stabilise or catch him if they carried on. To clarify I didn't mean him asking for help wasn't cool, I meant the people pushing him to that extent.

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Maddie86

Alright, I just got home so I'll share my experience from last night :)

I got to the venue around 6:30 and there was already a pretty decent sized line. The doors were supposed to open at 8 but I think they started letting people in a little early. Right as I was about to go inside the band came out of the venue and went inside their bus, it was exciting to see Billie that early, and from maybe 20 feet away! I went inside and bought some stickers and a pin, hit the bathroom, drank some water, and then I got a spot. I stood right in the center of the stage but maybe 10 to 15 feet back from it, not a bad spot at all!

The Trash Bags came on at 9 and i can't say that I liked them. I didn't hate their music, I actually liked the guitar playing, but I think their singer was lame and I hated his lyrics, he seemed pretty sleezy. Who wears leather pants and a beret? ew. They played for a half hour and then there was a wait and the Longshot started at 10.

So I had my doubts about making this trip, I even thought about backing out last week when I had to drop $400 on my car and then spend $100 on gas for the trip, and then worry about a place to stay. After seeing the Longshot I am SO glad I went and in the future I am going to make myself do MORE of these types of trips! There's just something really magical about seeing Billie perform in person. Last summer I thought to myself "do I really want to drive 3 hours to see Green Day play when I already know the setlist?"... Well I went and had a great time then, and this was even more fun! You can tell that he really enjoys what he's doing and that he sings from the heart, every minute spent on stage is genuine emotion, he has so much passion for his art, I could see a sad look in his eyes during some of the "rainy day" songs that just added a realness to everything, which was just amazing to see.

He was pulling a lot of spitting antics last night though lol. He spit his gum out towards the end of the first song and spit it up into the air, and then later towards the end of the set he spat a huge loogie up that hit the ceiling and dripped back down! It was very funny but also pretty gross! Definitely not the kind of thing you see him do in an arena! Then during Chasing A Ghost when all of those people went on stage someone was trying to take a selfie with him and he actually spit on the phone!!! I wish I could see how that picture came out!

As for the crowd, there were a few annoyances but overall the people seemed pretty nice. Early on in the set I had a little wiggle room to dance around a bit but then this short drunk girl came and just started trying to push her way forward when there was no room to go anywhere, it was really irritating. She just kept pushing into me like a little brat trying to get her way. Finally she got in front of me and she started dancing even though there was no room and her hair was like a rat's nest and it kept touching my arm and I got grossed out. I decided that it would be silly to let her ruin my night though, so I got my mind off of it and then I found myself right at the edge of the most pit, so I kept being ran into and the guy next to me could tell I was annoyed so he offered to trade places, which was super nice of him! The crowd was energetic but for the most part respectful. It was really funny, when Billie did his first dive into the crowd so many people reached out to touch him and this one guy behind me yelled out "let me touch that man!" :lol: I got a kick out of that! People seemed to especially go nuts for the Rockaway Beach, Devil's Kind, Fell For You, and Stay The Night. Kill your Friends was a great opener and then Chasing a Ghost was a good closing song to the first part of their set, it was definitely really cool that he invited people to come up on stage. They played a few encores, one of which was Fever Blister, which made me really happy because I love that song! I can't really think of anything I'd change about the set, other than I wish they played Color Me Impressed instead of Bastards of Young for a Replacements cover.

After the show I was going to wait outside and try to get an autograph or a pic but after a few minutes I decided to call it a night. I was staying at a friend's house and I didn't want him to stay up all night waiting for me and then the security guy came out and seemed irritated. I figured if I were to ever meet Billie it wouldn't be that special if it was just a quick run in with a ton of other fans waiting around, I dunno. I already had a great time at the show so I decided to leave on a high note and not risk waiting around for nothing. Does anyone on here know what time they ended up coming out? I heard someone say that the night before they didn't get out until 1. Maybe I should have waited, I dunno, maybe next time!

I got a few pics, nothing super special but here they are!

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pacejunkie punk

And also this happened 😘😘😘

 

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pacejunkie punk

From the above review just posting this clip here because from Billie’s own lips this is what he said after Chasing A Ghost and before the first encore:

 

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Maddie86
4 hours ago, Jet Taman said:

Had a great time both at the DC show, where I was 3rd row in, but DID get a chance to get up on stage.  When we were escorted off, I put my book I wrote (My Green Days: the story of a fan & a band) that is about all my adventures at Green Day shows since the first time I saw them at Lollapalooza 1994, that I gave to him a couple years ago at the 99 Rev tour and he posed for a picture with it, but that was 5 years ago and I have even more stories to add since then.  

But anyway, I dropped my book there and left the stage and met up with some people afterwards and we all agreed we'd hold a spot for each other on Saturday in Baltimore.

I was planning on bringing a BJ Guitar I had made for Billie just to thank him for 25 years of music and I've tried multiple times at Green Day shows to bring one in but security always either takes it or sends me back to my car to put it back.  I've been to the Ottobar many times and even brought a guitar to successfully give to Joey when Emily's Army played there a few years ago so I knew that Ottobar would probably have no issue with me bringing it in.

So when I get there on Saturday there's already a pretty long line and I see familiar faces from the night before.  The Ottobar's entrance is in an alley where we were all lined up and that's where the tour bus was parked as well.  As we all talked about the night before, I was showing some people the guitar I brought and a few people wanted pictures taken with it which was cool.  

Then the bus doors open up...

And out walks Billie.  I think we were all pretty speechless because NO ONE screamed, ran up to him, or anything.  He said, "hey, man"  and I said something along the lines of "Hey, I made this for you just to thank you for 25 years of good music.  I know its weird getting a copy of your own guitar, but this is what your guitar looked like when I first saw you at Lollapalooza and Woodstock in 1994 and it changed my life, so I want to give this to you.   I wrote a book about my times at Green Day shows"... and he said "Oh yeah I got that last night!  Thanks!" and then I said "Do you mind if I get  a picture with you real quick?"  and he said "Sure!" and I handed my phone to the first person I saw and she took a picture of us.  Unfortunately she did not get the GUITAR included in the pic!  But I could not complain.  Bill Schneider was with him and said they had to go but that he would be back and Billie gave me a hug and thanked me again.  I was shaking at this point.  And everyone around was saying how awesome that was.

Feeling on a high I ordered a couple pizzas and bottled waters to be delivered to us at the line and I was too amped up to even eat any myself, but I met and talked to people from ALL OVER THE WORLD!   We all spoke the same language as we talked about music and Green Day and the Longshot and it was just so cool to know that us fans are like a family.  I met people from Germany, Australia, the UK, all over the USA.  I saw and met people who had bought a guitar from me as long as 10  years ago!   

There was so much more that I wanted to say to Billie, like how I gave his son a guitar in that very alleyway 5 years ago, or how we both have sons that play drums, and I wanted to show him my BLUE tattoo, but FUCK, I got up on stage with him and sang with him, gave him my book, gave him a guitar, talked briefly to him, got my picture with him, got a hug with him, there's really nothing more I could have dreamed of happening.

When we got inside, I headed right to the stage again, but then got called up to join some friends up on the balcony that was right next to the stage and extremely close.  I had experienced the crowd the night before, but now I got a chance to just enjoy the show and watch everyone.  

It was truly an amazing weekend.

Thank you to all my new friends....we'll see each other next time

that's awesome!!! What time did he come out and talk to you? I didn't get there until 630, I'm assuming it was way before that?

When you saw Emily's Army in 2013 was that at an Insubordination Fest? because I was there for that too!

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Jet Taman
2 hours ago, Maddie86 said:

that's awesome!!! What time did he come out and talk to you? I didn't get there until 630, I'm assuming it was way before that?

When you saw Emily's Army in 2013 was that at an Insubordination Fest? because I was there for that too!

That was around 4pm.  I think it was just happenstance that he came out.  He may have seen me take out the guitar and that could have prompted him to come out, but I'm not sure.  I didn't get there incredibly early like some others.

And yeah!  I saw them at Insubordination Fest that year and I think a year or 2 earlier!  Perfect venue for them!  I think Cole was running for class president at his school that year and I took a picture from his IG account that was a "Cole Becker for Class President" poster and made an iron-on with it and put it on a shirt and wore it that night.  He loved it.  I saw them a few years later when they were SWMRS at some dive in Baltimore City that was about a quarter the size of the Ottobar.

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