Bad Blood Tour Hits Hartford

Bad Blood Tour Hits Hartford

Jennifer Hill and Dahvie Vanity

Jennifer Hill and Dahvie Vanity

Saturday 9/22/13  I went back to the Webster Theater in Hartford for the first time since 2009. Those of you that know me, know I do not go there. It wasn’t for any other reason than a band my daughter loves was playing there. Blood On the Dance Floor.

When I get to the Webster that afternoon to see Blood On The Dance Floor, BOTDF to their fans, what I encounter is a bunch of polite teens dressed in black and neon colors, faces painted KISS style with manes the colors of unicorns and hopes as high as Mount Everest  to be a part of tonight’s experience.

And an experience it was… Lets rewind to how I got here. As I was researching the group to get permission to interview I found a juicy little bit of info. A friend and former band member, from CT, had actually founded the group. WTF? I had luck for once??? My daughter’s room has been plastered with posters of these guys for two years and I never knew we had just one degree of separation. (Thank God she doesn’t love Justin Bieber… No connections there lol.)

So after a few talks, emails and chats I end up with VIP passes for Scarlett and I. Meet n greet included.

Something if  I was 12 and meeting my idol (Madonna) would have made me faint on the spot. Scarlett, was definitely on the edge.

Outside The Webster

Outside The Webster

Blood on The Dance Floor

Blood on The Dance Floor

We went to the Webster for sign in at 3:45 and after about two hours we met the band. Jayy Von Monroe came out first and worked the crowd. Everyone got an autograph, everyone got a hug, and acknowledged. It was definitely magical to see these girls swoon and the way everything was handled. Parents were in the room meeting them too. I think I threw Jayy Von off a bit cause when we met it was awkward silence as I pushed Scarlett forward for her to meet him. Maybe he thought I was a fan and wanted a body part signed (maybe I kinda did)?? She was all nerves and excitement and I was just trying not to “embarrass her.” She got her hug and autograph etc and we waited for Dahvie Vanity.

Dahvie is the one who I share a friend with. We had brief FB contact beforehand and I had asked for an interview but wasn’t sure it would pan out. Scarlett was on pins and needles for weeks waiting. When he comes in and we finally reach the front, to my surprise and Scarlett’s he knows me by name/face from our friend reaching out. We chat briefly, Scarlett does her thing, swooning, and he agrees to the interview after the show.

How happy is my daughter??? Best birthday ever?? BEST MOM EVER??? Ummmm yeah. Finally my being in a band helps not annoys her.

Farewell My Love

Farewell My Love

So before I go any farther and complete my article I just want to address anyone who has read things on the internet about this band that are less than favorable. I know. I read it. I chose to go there open minded for Scarletts sake and I’m glad I did. In life you can’t judge a book by its cover and it’s the same with the tabloid media you find online. All I know is what I experienced. And what I experienced made me happy.

Scarlett had never gone to a show in this way before. Usually, it’s me and her in some seat in a stadium.  This is totally different. The main stage of the Webster is in a big room  that is standing room only. The bar is separate from the dance floor divided by an area with tables and chairs between. This set up made it perfect for me to give her some freedom. I was able to watch from the back and also go around the perimeter to check on her in the pit. (Usually I’m in the pit but I resisted the urge due to it being her night.)    I met a mom with two daughters close to her age and we let all three go to the front row together and made a team effort to watch them.

The Relapse Symphony

The Relapse Symphony

During all this I do not have a proper camera with me.  Mine has crapped the bed and I had set up a couple people to help me with this but since I did not hear from the band about the interview till the day of, and Hartford was exploding in music that night from The CT Music Awards, I lost my chance with a loaner. My iPhone was charged full when I got there but three hours had passed by now and the IOS7 update was killing my battery at rapid speed. Being the person I am, I made friends with the other bands and merch team (Julie if you read this, you rock!) and was able to sit behind the booth and charge my phone.

This led to me learning even more about this scene of kids and the bands they follow. (It should also be noted that Parents are very much a part of this scene and welcomed by the bands and tour staff.)

First off, every supporting band from the tour came out after their set and met the kids, signed autographs/body parts, and made each kid feel special. I saw no one with an attitude or any sort of bad will towards each other. I saw acceptance and helping and a common bond. The kids were floating on air and the bands were more than tolerant with the wave of kids coming for pics and autographs.

You can see an interview with one of these bands “The Relapse Symphony. (Really nice guys…) by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8yqJVaG9Z4

 

As I was running back and forth to the merch booth to charge my phone, I met fans who told me stories of how BOTDF got them to stop cutting, to feel better about themselves and to respect others no matter what their race, religion, or sexual orientation. Some had disabilities and their parents were grateful for the outlet their teen had, some were bullied and didn’t feel apart of anything till now.

In my eyes, if the kids are feeling it and believing it,and becoming better people from it, let it be.

The show BOTDF  puts on was insane. A bit like GWAR but without the monster heads…instead it’s sexy tattooed and painted men in the front (Dahvie Vanity and Jayy Von Monroe)with a blonde pixie singer/guitarist (Hayley Rose), a blonde violinist virtuoso and a drummer. During the show various furry characters,masks, chainsaws, monsters, foam and fake blood all make appearances.

It was high energy with the crowd pulsing to every song and the band interacting with the crowd. Dahvie sang to the fans in the front and gave a few the mic.  Jayy Von strutted the stage and girls screamed with each giration. BOTDF hit it hard and then ended it swift. It was an impressive live show.

 

When  it was over Dahvie came right off stage, signaled me for our interview and Scarlett and I walked the crowd with him and his body guard. He was very sweet to all the kids he met, some he recognized, some he honestly didn’t and promised he would next time…. and everyone got a moment. If you talked to him he acknowledged you. As is how it should be. We are all people. We aren’t different because one plays music and one watches.  His bodyguard got us through quickly or we would have been there forever…and we were whisked up to the green room to chat.

 

 

 

This is where Scarlett says it turns into a dream. Lol. This is also where I see my daughter tremble like the kids who loved MJ. This is funny to me since I always look at other performers as kindred souls. We do the same thing, different ways and at different levels but the similarities are there as is the passion. So we talked and hung out like people who just met at a show would do. Everyone was really nice…and afterwards I got the interview you can find by clicking on the Link Below.  A special thank you to everyone on the Bad Blood Tour for accommodating us and our questions.  BOTDF interview:


Links to the BANDS:
BOTDF http://www.ilovebotdf.com/
Farewell My Love https://www.facebook.com/farewellmyloveofficial

The Relapse Symphony
http://therelapsesymphony.com/

 

Jennifer Hill, Frontwoman of Jennifer Hill and Co., and organizer of SWAN DAY CT (support women artists now), is an avid supporter of the music scene. A gift and a curse, music chose to take over her life at the age of 3 and she has never been the same since. She is not only an accomplished songwriter but also a music mentor, teaching all ages voice, piano and songwriting. Sure to be seen on the scene, look for the tiny blonde in her natural habitat: music blaring, armed with bubbles, lazers, and sky high heels.

http://www.jenniferhillandco.com

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4 Responsesto “Bad Blood Tour Hits Hartford”

  1. CLICK HERE FOR MORE PICS OF BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR BY TATER TOTH <3

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  2. Raynebow Ashes says:

    See? People won’t believe me when I say it! Dahvie’s really sweet. I saw BOTDF for the second time one year and four days ago, and I felt like a princess. I dressed up as Zombie Dahvie for their zombie contest (didn’t win though haha, oh well) and he loved it and remembered me from Twitter. He stood and talked for a moment even though he said he didn’t feel good, then he had his body guard go get me some free merch out of nowhere. The guy just walked up, Dahvie asked my shirt size, then he asked the guy to get get me a shirt and a few other things. Later he gave me his rice farmer hat, then right before I left that night, his necklace. He even kissed my hand while he was on stage and said he loved me! And sang to me after the show :3 If that ain’t a sweet, kind, and caring guy, then I don’t know what is! (Despite what it sounds like, I care more about how thoughtful, generous, and kind he was to me than getting free merch. He helped me a lot that night.)

  3. Addie says:

    I’m so glad I could read this review. I have yet to go to any of BOTDF’s shows (crossing fingers to go to their show in December), and always wondered what it would be like.

    Thank you for writing an article that displays how great Blood on the Dance Floor is. Thank you for being supportive of music of all kinds, and for understanding the power it has to heal and help others. <3

  4. Margaret Razo says:

    I’m so glad another mom really “sees” these guys. I am generally open to the music my kids listen to. BOTDF caught me by surprise I must say. It wasn’t long ago we took our son to see Nickelback. Quite average looking fellows. Then I see all the outlandish, colorful spectacle that BOTDF brings. Big change! I read into the band. The message was clear. They truly cared about our youth. They spoke for the underdog. Friends of the friendless. Their video depicting school violence and bullying spoke volumes. It was so graphic. So not mainstream. Shocking even. The fact that they didn’t sugarcoat the violence and the blood made it all the more powerful. The first show I took my son to was heartbreaking at first. We got to the venue 4hrs early to get tickets. I hadn’t even thought of having to buy them online. I mean the venue was small and who had really heard of these guys anyway? Lots of ppl I found out. After 4hrs in line…SOLD OUT. I was crushed because my son was. However, while he was in line, I sat in my truck and waited. Who parks right next to me? Yeah. So I’m freaking out like a teenage girl! Jayy must’ve mingled with the crowd for 2hrs before the show. Who does that? I told my son to try to get a pic so the day wouldn’t be a total bust. You could still see the sadness in his face in that pic. Dahvie had come back to his truck to chat with a friend. I made up my mind to be a stalker mom..and see if I could somehow get my kid into that show. Dahvie was so awesome. He dropped all kinds of wisdom on my son and his friend. Telling them about setting goals and achieving them. Telling them about his background. His faith. Real stuff. Not glossed over bs just to appease them. I stood there in awe. Who does this? The smile on my son in that pic was priceless. While he didn’t get to see the show, he did get a free shirt for his birthday which was the next day. Even more than that, he was shown that he mattered. That he was an individual and that BOTDF really cared that he was a fan. He was appreciated. They made a fan of me that day as well. We have VIP tickets for the Chain Reaction show in Dec. Rock on Jennifer and thanks for spreading the word.