Like what are our thoughts about being at the barricade for any show??
I’d probably only want barricade now for AFI. I’ve been at the barricade for several shows, and usually it sucks, especially because I constantly have to deal with crowd surfers suffocating me because I’m pretty short, and I almost always end up with a security guy right in front of me so I don’t even have a good view of the stage. I saw Sick Of It All in New York years ago, and that was okay. Still had to deal with some crowd surfers though. I also saw Rancid in once, and that was fucking awful. I had to get out, and went up to the balcony. My ribs were bruised for days. Got kicked in the head a few times. Also some guy’s ass in my face constantly. There was nothing enjoyable about that experience in the slightest. Crowd surfers are what mainly ruin barricade for me.
That being said, I’ve been to some other shows, with slightly older crowds, who still listen to older bands that still make the rounds occasionally, where there are very few or no people crowd surfing, and that has always been fun. I got a chance to see 7 Seconds a few years ago, and got barricade slightly left of center super easy even though I got there after work so it was already late and the first band was about to play. But it was really a cool show, everyone was great. Because most of the people there were an older generation of punks, most people were like in their 30s and 40s. It got kind of insane, but not to the point of being kicked in the head or anything. I think what’s appealing about barricade, in my opinion, is the opportunity to interact with the band. I was probably the youngest person there, and Kevin lost his shit when I was screaming along to the Sham 69 cover they played, and he shoved the mic at me lol. It was really fun. I mean I rarely go to shows anymore, but even then I prefer balcony nowadays.