I wish that I had pictures from the Plain White T's concert, but I don't, other than crappy cell phone ones. However, the fact that I don't have pictures is what made it such a great night.
I signed up to be on the "street team" for this concert through the PWT's website. Basically it meant that I'd have to hang up posters around town promoting the concert, and for that, I'd get a free ticket and get to go to a meet & greet. The tickets were pretty cheap but this was still a cool thing to get to do.
So I hung up my posters and headed to Charlotte for it, waited outside, and I brought my camera with me, my nice Nikon D40. Just as they were letting in the people for the meet & greet, which was me, one other girl who did the street team, and some people who won radio contests, they told me I couldn't have that camera in there. I asked if I could bring it in just for the meet & greet, and then bring it out to my car. One of the security guys went to check, then had to tell me no. He told me to hurry out to my car to put it away, which was luckily just across the street. I ran, put it in the car (which took a few cause I wanted to hide it in the glove compartment), then ran back to the arena, and the security guys had already gone inside, and the doors didn't open from the outside. So it took forever to get one of them back to let me in, and by the time I got in, I'd missed the meet & greet. I talked to this one guy who either worked for the concert hall or the PWT's, and he said that the band was in interviews now, so they couldn't meet with me, but he told me to find him after the show, and that they'd at least get me autographs. I told him that I'd driven four hours for this and really wanted to meet them, not just get an autograph, cause I'm actually not all that concerned with autographs to begin with. He said he'd see what he could do. I heard from the other street teamer that the meet & greet they did wasn't anything that great anyway, just an autograph line, but I still wanted to do it.
I joined the crowd for the concert and I had the best time. I thought I might not enjoy it much being there by myself, but it ended up not mattering. I was right up at the stage, and I loved it. There were two opening acts, one band called Day's Difference that was awesome, and another called Company of Thieves, which was also good, but Day's Difference was better. Then finaly the Plain White T's came out and they were amazing. If you get a chance to see them, do it. This tour's almost over, but they're going to tour again in the fall. They put on a great show.
After the show, I went over to the stage doors where I'd talked to the promoter guy (or whatever he was) and waited for him, and spent the time talking to a really nice security guard. The promoter guy came out and told me to wait there, and told the security guard that even if they started kicking people out of the concert hall, to make sure I got to stay. A few minutes later, the tour manager came out and brought me backstage. He led me right into their dressing room, and I got to meet four of the five band members. No idea where the other guy was. I talked to them for probably a good five or ten minutes, and they are the nicest sweetest guys. They were very apologetic about what happened before the concert, and I told them that it was fine, cause it wasn't their fault anyway. And really, it worked out even better, cause if I'd gotten in there, all I'd have done was the quick autograph line. This way, I talked to them for a good amount of time, and while I felt like a total dork, it was still fun. I mentioned how one of my favorite songs of theirs is "That Girl", which isn't released, and that I was so glad they sang it, and Demar, the drummer, was all excited and goes "It's my favorite too!". And Tom, the lead singer, was such a sweetheart too. They gave me an autographed poster, they autographed my ticket as well, and took a picture with me on my phone.
I was a big fan of these guys before, but now, thanks to meeting them, I'm an even bigger fan. Such nice sweet awesome guys. I already want to see them again.
And the next time I see them could possibly be in Austin. I'm figuring all that out. More details to come.