Today I get to see one of my favorite bands of all time: Papa Roach. The day started at 11:45 am when I had to meet Katharina and Thomas at the train station. Our train left Oldenburg at 11:33 and arrived in Hamburg at 1:09 pm. We didn’t have our tickets yet, and we couldn’t go to the club to pick them up until 8:00 pm, so we had about 7 hours to walk the city like zombies. So that’s what we did!
While walking, we stopped in many stores, including a cool second-hand clothing store where I found an LSUMC (my dad’s work) security uniform shirt! I didn’t buy it though because it was too small. But that was still really cool to find that over here in Germany! In Hamburg lives the majority of the millionaires in Germany. And it showed! My god, did I see some beautiful cars! Included was a Dodge Viper GTS, a REALLY nice Ferrari (but I don’t know what kind…), and a Lamborghini Countach that I wasn’t able to get a photo of. Hamburg IS a beautiful city, but I didn’t really see anything worth taking a picture of EXCEPT for St. Nicholas Church.
So we got tired of walking around Hamburg at about 5:30, so we started for the club hoping to catch a glance of Papa Roach before the concert. We arrived at Logo(the name of the club), at about 6:15 or so, to find Papa Roach casually standing outside! It is excellent because Papa-Roach isn’t famous here yet. I mean, their album, Infest, didn’t come out until about three weeks AFTER the concert! So here, their music is unavailable! Because of this, when we got there, there were only a few people at the club, and they were also just sitting around asking each other, “Is that the band over there?” “I don’t know, maybe.”
Then I walk up and just SCREAM, “COBY DICK!!!!!!” I got to talk with the band beforehand. And when I say talk, I don’t just mean talk; I mean REAL conversation! I spoke with Coby for a good hour and a half finding out about his life, and answering HIS questions about mine! So, of course, I couldn’t pass this up without a photo of Coby and me. I just can’t believe that I didn’t take more pictures, though! The whole time talking with them, it just felt so natural and felt as if I didn’t NEED to take photos of them because it was like I knew them or something. Oh well, I have my memory, and so I know what happened, and that’s good enough.
We finally were allowed into the club at 8:00, which was good because at about 7:30, the band had to all go inside to do mic checks, and so we didn’t have them to talk to anymore. We get inside, and of course, bought up all the souvenirs (just a t-shirt) and then had to wait yet another hour for the concert to begin. A German band 4Lyn opened up. But as with most German music groups, the vocals were in English, and so we could understand. They were quite good, and I look forward to seeing them again sometime.
After 4Lyn’s performance, which lasted for about one and quarter hours, we had to wait 30 min while Papa-Roach setup. In this club, there were NO MORE than 200 people, and the stage was only about a foot high or so. Because of how small the club was and how low the stage was, we were able to get REALLY close to the stage!
My whole life, I have seen these CRAZY people who ‘crowd surf.’ I have always thought that they are so crazy for doing that; I mean, it just looks so dangerous! But at this concert, I got to find out what a rush it really is and also found that it is probably actually a whole lot safer being the one up there, then the one holding them up. I surfed five times! One time, I was having trouble getting up on the stage, and Coby saw this, so he reached out his hand and pulled me up!
That was great! THANKS COBY!!! Also, even better, the last song was, of course, Last Resort, and I was also, of course, front row, and he put the mic in my face, and I got to sing a few words of the song! WOW!!!! The concert was so great that now writing about it, it feels like it never actually happened, because it was just so unreal! It was SOOOO GREAT!!!!
After the concert, we talked again with Papa Roach and told them how great we thought the show was. And of course, I got Coby’s autograph. We spoke again shortly and found out that they were going to go to the Reeperbahn (red-light district) and go clubbing. We had planned to do the same, and so they asked if we would like to go with them! Of course, we said yes!
At first, I thought that they were just being nice because they had to leave to go to the hotel and take showers. So I thought that the chance of them actually showing up at the meeting point was really slim. But we gave them a chance and prayed, and they DID come! So we walked with them to the club called The Doll House, which is apparently the most famous club there.
At this point, I ran out of film! :( and Katharina had already run out at the club (Thomas didn’t have a camera), so I don’t actually have any photos from here on out. Darn it! We stayed with them till about 4:00, and then they had to go to the hotel to pack and get on a plane to New York so that they could do an interview on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno the next day.
So at this point, we told them goodbye and all that mess, and then we went to the train station to see what time a train would come. We ended up having to wait until 6:14 for a train. SO that means that I got to do for the first time what EVERY exchange student will end up doing at some point: sleep in a train station with the bums! YEA!! What fun, let me tell you! But hey, it builds character, right? Right!
We couldn’t sleep so well because it was so cold, so we started walking around. While walking, Thomas found a cell phone! It turned out to be one of the best phones available on the market! So he reprogramed it so that its signal would match what is now his old phone. He told me that he could get a completely new signal for his old one, which is actually quite nice, and then he will sell that one to me! FOR CHEAP! SWEET!
The train finally came, and I was home at about 9:30 am, with NO sleep, and so what did I do? Well, of course, I went to sleep, and then I slept until 6:00 pm! AHHHH! It was great to relax! But even more so, it was a GREAT weekend!
Ok, so there it is, I saw Papa Roach in concert, and what were all my Tioga people doing back home? You were dancing in uncomfortable formal-wear, listening to everyday music played by a DJ at Homecoming! Where would I have rather been? Truthfully, I wished I was home at the time. I was so homesick this night! But now, two weeks later, I am glad to be here, I am having such a great time! And hey, I will have Homecoming next year, and it will be great! GO SENIORS 2002!!! Yea, whatever…….
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Greetings from 2020! It’s been 20 years since I wrote this post and how life has changed. I’ve been all over the world and have had a fabulous career (so far). I even worked briefly as a concert promoter, where I got to work with Papa Roach on a few shows. And now: I live once again in Germany.
In March 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic took root in Europe, I got to see Papa Roach in concert again. They have only gotten better with age. I love this band and am happy to have their music as part of my life’s journey.
I hope I can see them again in 20 years, and still have the energy to spend the night in the moshpit!
Oh and check it out, the band liked my tweet:
Pretty stoked to see @paparoach at the @VertiMusicHall 20 years after I first saw them at Logo in Hamburg for their last show of their first European tour when I was a @RotaryYouth student. pic.twitter.com/rXUa9UI5ud— Judson L Moore (@judsonlmoore) March 9, 2020
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